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Barbara Graziosi


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.

Water shooting up the side of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory as firefighters try to put out the fire


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.”

Annette Richards at the organ


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.

Father smiling at baby


Babies not so helpless, new study shows

New research reveals that baby babbling elicits profound changes in adult speech.
A man and woman sitting on the terrace of Olin Library, working on their computers


Application portal opens for new Klarman Fellowships

“We are recruiting the most promising emerging researchers from around the world."
Cover of "Facing the Abyss"


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.

Student working in lab


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


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. 

Students in an active learning class


Study addresses low female participation in STEM classrooms

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


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.

Buzz Aldrin in a spacesuit on the Moon


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.
Artist's rendition of all the planets in the solar system next to each other


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.

Andrew Moisey, assistant professor of the history of art and visual studies, delivers the talk “Forever Your Journey: Capturing the Experience of Faraway Places, 1700-1900” at Reunion


Reunion talk travels through time, and art

Travelers to Reunion were introduced to the origins and evolutions of travel photography by Andrew Moisey, assistant professor of the history of art and visual studies, in a June 6 talk, “Forever Your Journey: Capturing the Experience of Faraway Places, 1700-1900,” in Goldwin Smith Hall’s Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium.

William Thomas, a graduate student in the field of chemistry and chemical biology, collects data on ribonucleotide reductase.


Study offers new target for antibiotic resistant bacteria

As antibiotic resistance rises, the search for new antibiotic strategies has become imperative. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that antibiotic resistant bacteria cause at least 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths a year in the U.S.; a recent report raised the likely mortality rate to 162,044.

Arts Quad in fall


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.

Woman carrying box with prize she won


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


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.”


Timeless story performed in original Latin

The play, which featured an original musical composition by Ellie Cherry ’19, was sponsored by the Department of Classics in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Ancient Theater Performance Group of Cornell University. 
Professors Ananda Cohen-Aponte, Erin York Cornwell, and Khena Swallow


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


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.