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Public History Initiative launches at Cornell

“Our initiative aims to stimulate new conversations about the sedimented histories that shape our contemporary world.”
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Scientists unwind mystery behind DNA replication

“This research highlights the importance of physical principles in fundamental biological processes.”
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Podcast describes efforts to ‘decolonize the screen’

“The public is not hearing the stories that show a culture that is present and ever-changing," says Kiowa filmmaker and PMA professor Jeffrey Palmer.
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Podcast explores inequality’s impact on well-being

"We can expect rising inequality to make the population as a whole less happy," says Professor Thomas Gilovich.
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First Rural Humanities showcase spotlights Cornell-community projects

The Rural Humanities Initiative offers seminars for students and supports faculty outreach in generating new scholarship.
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Unpacking ‘packing’ is topic of Hans Bethe Lecture

Paul Chaikin, professor of physics at New York University, will give a talk, “How Many M&M’s in That Jar? Particle Packings, Frustration and Why Things Crystallize,” Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall.
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Townsend Lectures to focus on home in the ancient Mediterranean

Princeton classics professor Barbara Graziosi will deliver the three-part Townsend Lectures on the theme of “Homecoming and Homemaking in the Ancient Mediterranean.” The lectures will begin at 4:30 p.m. in 165 McGraw Hall. The talks are free and the public is invited.

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Lecturer featured in PBS documentary

 

The PBS documentary series “The Future of America’s Past” features Elissa Sampson, lecturer in the Jewish Studies Program, in the episode about New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, “The Fire of a Movement.”

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New Cornell hub for historical keyboards opened Sept. 6

The Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards celebrated a new space for its instrument collection at 726 University Ave. with “New Meets Old: Collaborative Confrontations,” a festival Sept. 6-7, presented by the Department of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Application portal opens for new Klarman Fellowships

“We are recruiting the most promising emerging researchers from around the world."
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Babies not so helpless, new study shows

New research reveals that baby babbling elicits profound changes in adult speech.
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English professor’s book shortlisted for renowned Christian Gauss Award

George Hutchinson’s book, “Facing the Abyss,” has been shortlisted for the Christian Gauss Award of 2019, one of the major prizes for literary scholarship in any field. The Phi Beta Kappa Society, which confers the award, will announce the winning titles on October 1.

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NSF funds two discipline-based education research projects

NSF funds two discipline-based education research projects

The National Science Foundation has funded two discipline-based education research (DBER) projects in the College of Arts & Sciences, contributing to Cornell’s growing DBER profile. Both grants are about $300,000 and three years in length.

 Andre LeClair

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Physicist offers a new take on 160 year old math problem

The Riemann hypothesis -- an unsolved problem in pure mathematics – is one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems, with a $1 million prize to the person who solves it.  

But that’s not why it fascinates mathematical physicist Andre’ LeClair, for whom this is perhaps the most important open question in mathematics. 

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Study addresses low female participation in STEM classrooms

Increasing class size has the largest negative impact on female participation in these fields.
 Martha Haynes

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Astronomy professor receives Bruce Medal for career’s work

Martha P. Haynes, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, has been awarded the 2019 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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Cornell to celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 July 20

Cornell will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with an afternoon of discussion about the future of planetary and exoplanetary discovery. “From the Moon to Mars and Beyond” will take place on July 20, the actual anniversary of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descending from the Eagle spacecraft onto the lunar surface. The event will feature two talks and a panel discussion and will be held from 2-4:30 pm in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.
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Cornell chosen to host fellowship in planetary astronomy

Cornell has been selected as one of 14 U.S.-based host institutions for the 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellowship in Planetary Astronomy. The fellowship, supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation, provides up to eight postdoctoral scientists per year up to $375,000 of support for independent research over three years.

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