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Holocaust Memorial Museum curator to visit Ithaca

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.
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AAAS panel examines field of science communication

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.

Emperor Nero reclining on a couch during a festival


'Ten Caesars' offers lessons from history's great leaders

Stepping into the shoes of a god isn’t easy, as historian Barry Strauss makes clear in a new book that traces the biographies of 10 of the men who succeeded Julius Caesar.
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Freedom on the Move launches database of fugitives from American slavery

This public crowdsourcing project is helping to digitize tens of thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers who wanted to recapture self-liberating Africans and African-Americans.
Bust of Caesar's head


Caesar’s death and life in Antiquitas podcast

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.

Doctoral candidate Jack Madden


Study probes effect of virtual reality on learning

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.
Man with a tattoo on top of a tanker truck with the image of the sky reflected off the metal


Mellon-funded Rural Humanities initiative launches

A new project will leverage Cornell’s position in central New York to reinvigorate thinking about and engagement with rural communities and landscapes.
zebra finches


Psychologists solve mystery of songbird learning

Animal models give us insight into how humans learn language, but it turns out a favorite research model has been entirely misunderstood.
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Streaming chill vibes? Spotify data says the season is the reason

Are you a night owl? Do you live in the north? New research finds our music choices are influenced by time of day, season, and even gender.


Scientists tackle breeding challenges of land mine-finding rats

Thousands of people – many of them children – are hurt or killed by land mines each year, so finding these devices before they explode is critical.

Katherine Kinzler


Dean’s Fellow for Public Engagement announced

Katherine Kinzler has been appointed Dean’s Fellow for Public Engagement in the College of Arts & Sciences, a three-year term that began January 1.

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Winners of 2017-18 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism announced

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.”
The mere presence of void or empty spaces in porous two-dimensional molecules and materials leads to markedly different van der Waals interactions across a range of distances.


Pore size influences nature of complex nanostructures

New research by Cornell chemists could impact the assembly of sophisticated nanostructures and new materials.
Swathi Chandrika ’21 explains her group’s project, building an experiment to predict the behavior of a mass on a spring when released at different positions and with different masses.


Professors, students laud active learning physics lab course

Students said they gained confidence and discovered the pleasure of experimentation.
Marine soldier sitting cross-legged in the desert.


Government professor featured in new documentary

The film investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling the policy decisions that have given rise to a powerful for-profit college industry.
Noliwe Rooks, professor of Africana studies, answers a question during the History of Capitalism forum.


History of Capitalism initiative takes big-picture approach

The initiative is a collaboration between the Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences, the ILR School and faculty in other departments and programs across Cornell.
Bangladeshi female police officer


Sabrina Karim receives grant to study women’s participation in peacekeeping

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.

Seema Golestaneh, assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies, speaks during the Nov. 27 Listening to the Middle East session for BOCES K-12 teachers.


Cornell brings sounds of Middle East to local K-12 teachers

Participants came from four schools and two school districts, including Ithaca.
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Podcast examines what influences physical attractiveness

The podcast showcases the newest thinking across academic disciplines about the relationship between humans and love.