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Gretchen Ritter


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.
What makes us human


Podcast considers Nile’s centrality to Egypt

“Egypt’s Nile,” the final episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series’ fourth season, considers what the Nile River means to Egypt. This season the podcast asked "What Does Water Mean to Us Humans?" and showcased the newest thinking across academic disciplines about the relationship between humans and water.
Two black holes


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"


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


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


Klarman postdoctoral fellowship program announced

The program will support early-career scholars of outstanding talent, initiative and promise.
Artist's rendition of an exoplanet with an ocean on another world in front of it


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.
Math prof talking about soccer and math


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.

Poseidon with his triton


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


‘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


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


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.
Sue Savage-Rumbaugh sitting with a bonobo and a sheet of lexigrams


New book explores the meaning of being a human animal

Philosopher Laurent Dubreuil and primatologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of being human.
Traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship featured in 100-rupiah banknote.


‘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.
John Preskill


Physicist to explain quantum entanglement in Bethe Lecture

The quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and information encoded in quantum systems has weird, baffling properties like “quantum entanglement.”

Physicist John Preskill will explain quantum entanglement, and why it makes quantum information fundamentally different from information in the macroscopic world, in the spring Hans Bethe Lecture, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall.

Dan Gaibel playing guitar


Dan Gaibel, LRC IT manager, dies at 45

Daniel Gaibel, information technology manager for the Language Resource Center (LRC) for 18 years, died March 30 of metastatic melanoma. He was 45.

“His love for people, cultures, technology, and music was evident in everything he did. We will miss him dearly,” said Angelika Kraemer, LRC director. She noted that according to Gaibel, "fortune favors the bold" and the glass was always full. 

trees in a circle with the sky showing through


Podcast explores role of forests in providing water

“The Need for Trees,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, explores the critical role trees play in the earth’s water cycle.
Artist's rendition of TESS against a backdrop of stars


The hunt is on for closest Earth-like planets

A team of astronomers has created a catalog with the 1,822 stars that can be observed by NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), most likely to host Earth-like planets.
A map of Venice created about 1650


Podcast examines the waterways of Venice

A new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series featuring Comparative Literature professor William J. Kennedy explains the influence of water on European Renaissance culture.