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Henry Crans retires after 50 years at Cornell University

The Cornell community is invited to celebrate the retirement of Henry Crans, director of facilities for the College of Arts and Sciences, after 50 years at Cornell. The drop-in reception will be on Tuesday, June 25, 1-4 pm in the Groos Family Atrium in Klarman Hall.

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College staff celebrate summer with Arts Quad picnic

Adorned with feathers, strings of (faux) pearls and false mustaches, College of Arts & Sciences staff celebrated the end of the year with a “Great Gatsby”-themed picnic on the Arts Quad. 

 Alumni and families gather around a table with hyperbolic crochet examples and books

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Hyperbolic crochet ‘goes viral’

Brightly colored crocheted hyperbolic planes spread across tables in the Mathematics Library,  welcoming alumni and their families to a talk with Daina Taimina on her signature method of tactile exploration of hyperbolic geometry and the new second edition of her book,  “Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes: Tactile Mathematics, Art and Craft for All to Explore.”

 Professors Ananda Cohen-Aponte, Erin York Cornwell, and Khena Swallow

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Arts and Sciences faculty honored for advising, teaching

Erin York Cornwell has been awarded the 2019 Robert and Helen Appel Fellowship for Humanists and Social Scientists, and Ananda Cohen-Aponte and Khena Swallow have been awarded the 2019 Robert A. and Donna B. Paul Academic Advising Award.
 
They were among the Arts & Sciences faculty honored at a May 25 trustee-faculty dinner recognizing university-wide teaching and advising.
 
 A page from The Tale of Kieu, written by Nguyen Du and first published in 1820

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Army service leads to career in area studies

Keith Taylor, professor of Asian Studies, celebrates his 50th anniversary as a U.S. Army veteran this Memorial Day, service to the country that determined his academic career.

 Gretchen Ritter

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Gretchen Ritter named executive dean and vice provost at Ohio State University

Gretchen Ritter ’83, professor of government, has been appointed executive dean and vice provost of the Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences.
 Two black holes

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Gravitational waves leave a detectable mark, physicists say

Each new observable provides different ways of confirming the theory of general relativity and offers insight into the intrinsic properties of gravitational waves.
 woman on couch holding up newspaper with giant headline that says "Fake News"

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Source credibility is key to derailing fake news

Fake news is a threat to American democratic institutions, whether through online election interference or, in extreme cases, inciting violence. New research offers a roadmap for dealing with false information.
 Woman in India cleaning out her water containers

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Podcast shows how piped-in water changes lives

“Imagine how much water you use a day, and then imagine having to carry every ounce of that to your home."
 Student gazing into the distance with flowers in the foreground

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Klarman postdoctoral fellowship program announced

The program will support early-career scholars of outstanding talent, initiative and promise.
 Math prof talking about soccer and math

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The delightful geometries of soccer balls

A creative “arms race” has raged in recent years, transforming the traditional black pentagons and white hexagons of soccer balls with new graphics and seam patterns. On April 11, mathematical artist David Swart explored the latest soccer ball designs and spherical geometry in the 2019 Math Awareness Month lecture, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. A reception followed the lecture.

 Artist's rendition of an exoplanet with an ocean on another world in front of it

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Podcast explores where earth’s water came from

“Interstellar Water,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, examines the origin of our planet’s water.
 Poseidon with his triton

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Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ explored in new podcast episode

“A Water-Filled Journey,” the newest episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast, examines Odysseus’ complex relationship with water.
 Sam Harnett "interviewing" a mud pot

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‘World According to Sound’ creators to be artists in residence

Chris Hoff ’02 and Sam Harnett, co-creators of the 90-second public radio show and podcast, “The World According to Sound,” will be artists in residence this fall as part of Cornell’s multidisciplinary Media Studies Initiative.

In advance of their residency, Hoff and Harnett will give an audio presentation May 1 at 8 p.m. in Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

 Stature of the head of a Greek woman

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Roman tragedy illuminated in original Latin

Ghosts, sacrifices, visions –Seneca’s ancient tale of the aftermath of the fall of Troy, “Troades” (“The Trojan Women”), is a Roman tragedy in the grand tradition. On April 21 and 24 Cornell classics students will stage the play in the original Latin (with English supertitles).
 drawing of exoplanet

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Study: Nearest exoplanets could host life

The closest earth-like exoplanets are bombarded by high levels of radiation, but Cornell astronomers say life has already survived fierce radiation, and they have proof: you.
 Traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship featured in 100-rupiah banknote.

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‘Historian of water’ looks at Southeast Asia in podcast

“Water Connections,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, explores the critical role the oceans have played in Southeast Asia.
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