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Roper Center hosts forum on public opinion polling

While some consider public opinion polls critical to democratic accountability, others question the ability of today’s pollsters to accurately reflect the public’s preferences on issues and candidates.

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Cornell faculty featured on ‘The Academic Minute’

The program, airing on 70 stations, covers new and emerging topics in higher education.
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Ground broken in Chile for alum-backed telescope

The telescope itself will arrive in mid- to late 2022, with first light anticipated in 2023.
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Yuri Orlov memorial webinar held Nov. 18

Some of the world’s most prominent human-rights leaders honored the late Yuri Orlov, professor emeritus of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, in a webinar Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

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Reading series finale to feature Black feminist scholars

Black feminist scholars will examine the current socio-political and cultural moment in “Triangle Breathing: A Conversation with Hortense Spillers and Alexis Pauline Gumbs,” the final Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series: At Home virtual event of the fall.

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‘Racism in America’ webinar to examine education, housing

Join us at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 for the next event in this yearlong webinar series.
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Astronomers find evidence for a rapid evolution of galaxies in the early universe

"It rather seems to be the norm for galaxies to mature quite rapidly at these early epochs."
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John Kerry will speak at Belnick presidential forum Oct. 29

Former U.S. Sen. John Kerry, secretary of state in former President Barack Obama’s administration and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, will be the Belnick Family LaFeber/Lowi Presidential Forum speaker Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. The virtual event is open to those with a Cornell NetID; registration is required.

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Alum’s film to be available for online sneak peek Oct. 16

Director Robert H. Lieberman ’62 takes viewers on a journey into the vast and little-known country of Mongolia in his latest film, “Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan,” in a one-week online sneak peek beginning Oct. 16.

Cornell Cinema and Cinemapolis of Ithaca are presenting the advance showings, ahead of the film’s international release. The film will be available for two-day rental, for $12.

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Physics graduate student receives DOE grant

Christopher Morrison Pierce, a doctoral candidate in the field of physics, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program.

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Jeep’s new ad will support the Carl Sagan Institute

The Carl Sagan Institute is getting a boost from an unexpected source: Fiat Chrysler Automotive’s ad for its new plug-in hybrid, Jeep’s Wrangler 4XE. The ad features the late Carl Sagan’s famous “Pale Blue Dot” monologue and images -- and for every view of the ad on Jeep’s Youtube channel, a donation will be made to the Carl Sagan Institute (CSI).

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Polls, voters and election 2020: A&S webinar on Oct. 19

Polls don’t tell the whole story and many forecasts in 2016 were proved wrong: what can we expect this year?
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Renowned dissident Yuri Orlov, professor emeritus, dies at 96

Internationally renowned physicist, human rights champion and Soviet-era dissident Yuri Orlov, professor emeritus of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), died Sept. 27 in Ithaca. He was 96.

Fred Young ’64, M.Eng. ’66, MBA ’66 in front of the summit of Cerro Chajnantor in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, site for the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope.


Breakthrough telescope in Chile renamed for benefactor alum

The powerful new telescope being built for an exceptional high-elevation site in Chile by a consortium of U.S., German and Canadian academic institutions, led by Cornell, has a new name: the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST).
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Breakthrough telescope in Chile renamed for benefactor alum

Fred Young ’64, M.Eng. ’66, MBA ’66 has been instrumental in keeping the telescope project moving forward.
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A&S launches ‘Racism in America’ webinar series Sept. 16

The year-long series features faculty experts and journalist moderators exploring the far-reaching impacts of institutional racism.
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A&S dean Ray Jayawardhana awarded Carl Sagan Medal

The medal is given for excellence in public communication in planetary science.
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Roger Livesay, emeritus professor of math, dies at 95

G. Roger Livesay, professor emeritus of math in the College of Arts and Sciences, died Aug. 1 in Ithaca after a long illness. He was 95.

Livesay received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1948 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. in 1952 from the same institution.