Historian Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington DC, will visit Ithaca March 24-25. The visit is hosted by the Ithaca Descendants of Holocaust Survivors and co-sponsored by Cornell’s Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional sponsors include Ithaca College Jewish Studies and the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community.
Women make up the majority of the field of science communications (in some Cornell courses in the field, up to 90 percent), but until it became a professional field practitioners were more often male. “Science communication is now lower status, lower paid and has all the ghettoizing characteristics of other gendered professions,” said Professor Bruce Lewenstein at the recent Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Conference in Washington, D.C.
The second season of the Antiquitas: Leaders and Legends of the Ancient World podcast, “The Death of Caesar,” launches Feb. 11, in a new collaboration with the Cornell Broadcast Studios. The season will feature interviews with experts who will illuminate the life and death of one of history’s most famous leaders.
The simulation, “Learning Moon Phases in Virtual Reality,” is part of a multi-phase research study to determine whether the compelling, immersive nature of virtual reality (VR) provides a better learning outcome than conventional hands-on activities. The study – which found no significant difference among hands-on, computer simulation or VR learning – is one of the first to look at the impacts of VR on learning.
The George Jean Nathan Award Committee has named John H. Muse of the University of Chicago and arts journalist Helen Shaw as winners of the 2017-18 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, citing “their invigorating and perceptive theatrical analyses.”
Sabrina Karim, assistant professor of government, has been awarded a Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) grant to assess the barriers affecting women's participation in eight selected United Nations peacekeeping troop and police contributing countries. The $294,843 award will cover a post-doc position for 18 months, a research assistant, and time for Karim to conduct the study.