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 Carl Sagan


‘Lost’ lecture by Carl Sagan released in honor of his birthday

Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute honored Sagan's birthday by releasing a lecture he gave in 1994, “The Age of Exploration.”
 Nilay Yapici


Neuroscientist receives grant for aging research

Nilay Yapici, assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior, has received a 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). The grant provides an early career investigator with up to $100,000 for one to two years to support research focused on aging processes and age-related diseases.

 Bonobo amidst jungle leaves


Forum to examine sustainability and nonhuman primates

Humans share 98.8 percent of their DNA – as well as tool use and systems of communication – with bonobos and chimpanzees. Yet human activity threatens these “next of kin” great apes with extinction. In “Apes and Sustainability,” a forum on Nov. 15, activists, scholars, scientists and humanists will explore new perspectives on preserving nonhuman great apes in sustainable ways. The event will be held in the A.D. White House’s Guerlac Room 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

 Dean Ray Jayawardhana


A&S dean describes ‘extraordinary age of discovery’

Drawing a picture of wonder with words, images and animations, Dean Jayawardhana shared his enthusiasm for astronomy exploration as keynote at this year's Trustee-Council Annual Meeting.
 Volunteers at the Ithaca Children's Garden, pushing wheelbarrows


Podcast explores love of place

“Topophilia,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, examines what motivates people to care for Earth’s creatures and its places.
 Julia Chang


Julia Chang: Confounding expectations

As the child of immigrants, Chang understands what it feels like to be an outsider.
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Nobel laureate to give Racker Lecture Nov. 15

When the tantalizing scent of chocolate chip cookies wafts by, how does your mind know what it means? Nobel laureate Richard Axel will explain in his talk, “Scents and Sensibility: Representations of the Olfactory World in the Brain,” in Cornell’s annual Ef Racker Lecture in Biology and Medicine Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall. A reception will follow in Kennedy Atrium. The talk is free and open to the public.

 Ferris wheel with Coca-Cola logo in the center


Podcast explores attachments to products and brands

“Product Love,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, explores why consumers feel love for certain products or brands.
 Headshot of chemist Geoffrey Coates


Cornell joins battery research partnership

Chemist Geoffrey Coates will be part of the $120 million, five-year second phase of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), an interdisciplinary project aimed at realizing next-generation batteries.

Coates and his team will investigate the polymerics that go into batteries.

“By designing and building new polymers with molecular precision, we will enable

 Image of a ball in colonial India, with a chandelier; men and women in fancy evening clothes, and Indians in turbans


Podcast explores love in colonial India

“Colonial Love,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, examines what love meant for colonial India’s mixed-race families.
 Ray Jayawardhana


Arts & Sciences dean receives physics outreach medal

Ray Jayawardhana, the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences and professor of astronomy, has been awarded the 2018 Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach by the American Physical Society (APS).
 Electoral Politics in Africa Since 1990 book cover


New book examines democracy in Africa

A wave of democratization swept over the African continent in the 1990s. Has it made a difference in the welfare of individuals in sub-Saharan African nations? And why hasn’t the shift to multiparty elections led to profound change in African governance, given the region’s rapidly changing economics and urbanization?
 Alison Van Dyke


'Adored' PMA senior lecturer dies at 79

Alison Van Dyke, retired senior lecturer of performing and media arts and an integral part of the Cornell Prison Education Program, died in London on Oct. 5, while on a trip to Spain, France and England.
 Medieval image of Saint Thecla


Podcast explores the history of Christian love

“Love Transformed,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, explores the complex relationship between love, early Christianity, and contemporary wedding practice.

 The book "How We Get Free" on someone's lap


FGSS convenes ‘The Future is Feminist’ book club

The club is reading “How We Get Free” by Keeanga Yamatta-Taylor, “The Second Sex” by Simone de Beauvoir and “The Politics of the Veil” by Joan W. Scott.
 Two people holding hands


New podcast explores ‘What Do We Know About Love?’

This season's “What Makes Us Human” podcast explores the newest thinking by Cornell faculty about the relationship between humans and love.


Acclimate or die: Book examines disease in the British Empire

Historian Suman Seth explores the intersection of disease theory and race in the British Empire.
 Giant Magellan Telescope


Astronomer to co-lead Extrasolar Planetary Systems Key Science Program

Image: Artist's concept of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope.

 The Winning Side poster


PMA lecturer featured in off-Broadway show

The off-Broadway world premiere of “The Winning Side,” a new play by James Wallert, will feature Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., senior lecturer in the Department of Performing & Media Arts, as Major Taggert
 Royal Solomon Islands Police Force female officers march down the main street of Honiara on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2010


Government professor wins Best Book Award

Sabrina Karim, assistant professor of government, and her co-author Kyle Beardsley, Duke University, have been awarded the 2018 Conflict Processes Section Best Book Award from the American Political Sciences Association for their book, “Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States.”