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A&S dean delivers keynote at K-12 ed conference

Jayawardhana showed teachers how the at-times esoteric subject matter of astronomy “is not only relevant but integral to our lives.”
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Webinar to examine systemic racism, health equity

What can, and should, faculty members, staff, students and the community be doing in response to institutional racism and its role in shaping health equity?

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New book explores maps as tools of political power

Maps are more than two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional terrain. They are also powerful political tools to control territory, as Cornell sociologist and science studies scholar Christine Leuenberger explains in her new book, “The Politics of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of Israel/Palestine,” co-written with Izhak Schnell of Tel Aviv University.

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Study finds hidden emotions in the sound of words

New research reveals that the sound of the word "virus" was likely to raise your blood pressure – even before “corona” was added to it.
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Alum establishes scholarship for Black students

The gift is part of the Cornell Promise initiative to support students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Richardson explores Rosa Parks’ life in new animated video

“One of our goals with the project was to spotlight dimensions of Rosa Parks that are less familiar and to help viewers move beyond the myths."
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New video engages public in cosmic exploration

A new animation about two innovative telescopes being developed at Cornell has just been released by the research group led by Michael Niemack, associate professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The two-minute video explains how researchers are “measuring the oldest light in the universe with the highest telescopes on Earth.”

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That swing: Many systems hinge on ‘pivotal components’

In a group decision-making process such as the one happening in the U.S. this November, swing voters are crucial. At least that’s the conventional wisdom.

Whether it’s a presidential election, a Supreme Court vote or a congressional decision – and especially in highly partisan environments, where the votes of the wings are almost guaranteed – the votes of the few individuals who seem to be in the middle could tip the scales.

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Students translate ancient religions for the 21st century

“This was definitely my favorite project I’ve ever done in my time at Cornell,” said Aliyah Geer ’21.
J.C. Séamus Davis


New awards to enable ‘quantum’ leaps in research

Physicist J.C. Séamus Davis, the James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $1.6 million five-year grant renewal from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Initiative.

Tom Ruttledge


Tom Ruttledge, retired chemistry lecturer, dies at 55

Tom Ruttledge, retired senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, in the College of Arts and Sciences, died May 19 in Ithaca. He was 55.

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Study finds funding does not drive scientists’ political advocacy

In this time of increasing political polarization, the participation of scientists in political advocacy has become yet another flashpoint, with some critics accusing scientists of being self-serving if they advocate for increased science funding.

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Immersive calligraphy at the Johnson Museum

The monumental scroll stretches nearly 60 yards around the Bartels Gallery in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art – an immersive calligraphy experience by Tong Yang-Tze, one of Taiwan’s foremost calligraphers working today. The scroll’s subject – and title – is “Immortal at the River,” referencing a poem by 16th century Chinese poet Yang Shen.

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A 500-year-old book for our time, newly translated

When Michael Fontaine began translating the Latin poem “How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing” by Vincent Obsopoeus, he could not have known it would be published in the middle of a pandemic. Ironically, much of the advice offered in this 500 year-old text seems eerily appropriate to this time of social distancing -- Obsopoeus tells readers that the best way to drink is at home.

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Faculty help hospitalized patients stay connected

Two Cornell professors have organized a project to bring computer tablets to the bedside of each patient at Cayuga Medical Center.
a black hole binary system


New method predicts which black holes escape their galaxies

Shoot a rifle, and the recoil might knock you backward. Merge two black holes in a binary system, and the loss of momentum gives a similar recoil -- a “kick” -- to the merged black hole.

Book cover: Child of the Universe


A&S dean’s book stokes children’s imagination, wonder

“Our connections to the universe run much broader and deeper than the idea that we are stardust."
Cassini team leaders standing at a window, looking up.


Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ legacy lives on in new series

Forty years after Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan first introduced the world to the wonders of science through his “Cosmos” television series, a new season of thought-provoking scientific adventures will air on the National Geographic Channel, beginning March 9. All but one of the science advisers for the acclaimed series are Cornell faculty.

Physicist Suzanne Staggs of Princeton University


Physicist illuminates Big Bang in spring Hans Bethe Lecture

This lecture has been cancelled.

Leftover radiation from the Big Bang – the cosmic microwave background (CMB) – carries clues about the fundamental nature of the universe, which was only 400,000 years old when the CMB was released.

TRAPPIST-1 system


Astronomers will probe exoplanets with Webb telescope

This month marks the third anniversary of the discovery of a remarkable system of seven planets known as TRAPPIST-1. These rocky, Earth-size worlds orbit an ultra-cool star 39 light-years from Earth; 1 light-year is approximately 5.88 trillion miles.