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Prolonged immaturity an evolutionary plus for human babies

Human infants use that time to begin to acquire complex social skills, including language, empathy, morality and theory of mind.
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New lab studies role of gender in security forces

“Women who enter into occupations that are traditionally masculine spaces such as in the security sector or politics face many barriers that prevent them from succeeding in the profession."
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Book: Thai poet uses Buddhist principles to “re-enchant” the modern world

In “Teardrops of Time,” Arnika Fuhrmann places Thai poet Angkarn Kallayanapong among the most significant of the 20th century.
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Robert Barker/Cornell University file photo Hector D. Abruna, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CHEM), in the lab with post-doctoral students.


Abruña wins national award in analytical chemistry

The ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry adds to a long list of honors Abruña has accumulated during his 37 years at Cornell.
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Professor to use fellowship for WWI ‘trench art’ study

Ding Xiang Warner, professor of Asian studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, has won a yearlong 2021 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to study etched shell casings and other “trench art” made by some of the Chinese laborers who supported the allied armies during World War I.

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Study: Americans skeptical of COVID-19 contact tracing apps

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, technologists and health officials have looked to technologies – including smartphone contact tracing applications – to stem the spread of the virus. But contact tracing apps, which require a critical mass of adopters to be effective, face serious obstacles in the U.S., Cornell researchers have found.

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Hilgartner co-leads new COVID-19 policy research

A comparative analysis of COVID-19 policies across 18 countries, led by researchers from Cornell and Harvard University, reveals that different countries reacted to the pandemic with a variety of policies – resulting in widely varied public health and economic outcomes linked to underlying characteristics of each society.

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Physics without fear: a course for students across disciplines

Holmes hopes that students will take a positive, informed view of physics with them into their careers.
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Spires wins MLA award for ‘Practice of Citizenship’ book

Derrick R. Spires, associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, has won the Modern Language Association (MLA) Prize for a First Book for “The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States.”

In the book, Spires examines the parallel development of early Black print culture and legal and cultural understandings of U.S. citizenship between 1787 and 1861.

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Physics professor advances breakthrough research on black hole paradox

Tom Hartman has discovered a mathematical technique for calculating the physics of a black hole.
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South Asia, Latin America ‘flashpoints’ of global care markets

The global south has been a vital resource for the sustenance of life and care.
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Middle class actually enables autocrats in post-Soviet countries

Rosenfeld spent more than a year doing research in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
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‘Di Linke’ webinar series explores history of Jewish Left

The Jewish People’s Fraternal Order (JPFO) was founded in 1930 and flourished for two decades as the Jewish division of the multi-ethnic International Workers Order (IWO) before being shut down during the Cold War.

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Smartphones help show how places affect health in real time

In places they perceived as stressful or threatening, older adults were significantly more likely to report momentary spikes in fatigue or pain.
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Ahmann co-edits journal issue on ‘late industrialism’

The term “late industrialism” has become synonymous with collapse: breakdown, pollution, waste and disappointment left behind by failing or exploitive systems.

But the “late” in “late industrial” also carries radical potential, according to Chloe Ahmann, assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Panel: Segregation still ‘in force’ in US schools, neighborhoods

Civil rights legislation and Supreme Court rulings have undone a history of legal racial segregation in America, but schools and neighborhoods remain largely segregated, four Cornell faculty members said during the Nov. 19 webinar, “Racism in America: Education and Housing.”

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Roman historian views early martyr narratives as ‘living texts’

Prof. Rebillard found that the texts were mostly composed long after the time of persecution, in contexts of peace for Christians.
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Anthropologist examines aging in U.S. ‘Through Japanese Eyes’

Older people occupied a significant part of life for Yohko Tsuji Ph.D. '91 when she was growing up in Japan. Her widowed grandmother lived with the family, creating a traditional three-generation household, and elders were a positive part of daily life.

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Klarman fellow Galli investigating child migration

"We are witnessing the demise of the U.S. asylum process."