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 Saul Teukolsky


Physicist Teukolsky wins biennial Einstein Prize

Saul Teukolsky, the Hans A. Bethe Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has won the American Physical Society’s 2021 Einstein Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement in gravitational physics.

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Black, Indigenous voices highlighted in Dark Laboratory

The lab will help people tell their stories to the world through technology.
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RNA analysis at heart of COVID-19 testing

When Cornell faced the challenge of developing its own COVID-19 testing system, Jeff Pleiss stepped forward to offer his lab’s experience.
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Linguist links language to social change in ‘Words Matter’

In today’s world, where social media and protest signs speak volumes, we hardly need a linguist to tell us that words matter. But a language scholar can help us understand how and why words unite and align people, well as exclude and exploit.

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Chemist Mao named finalist in Blavatnik Awards

Xianwen Mao, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has been recognized for his innovations in imaging nanoscale systems by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

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Book profiles Jewish director as a leader in Egyptian cinema

"Togo Mizrahi was one of the most prolific filmmakers of his day" and helped start Egypt's film industry.
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Anthology explores Asian American California through art

There isn’t one unified Asian American vision of California, argues Christine Bacareza Balance, associate professor of Performing and Media Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, in “California Dreaming: Movement and Place in the Asian American Imaginary,” a new multi-genre collection she co-edited.

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Can life survive a star’s death? Webb telescope will explore

When stars like our sun die, all that remains is an exposed core – a white dwarf. A planet orbiting a white dwarf presents a promising opportunity to determine if life can survive the death of its star, according to Cornell researchers.

In a study published Sept. 16 in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, they show how NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope could find signatures of life on Earth-like planets orbiting white dwarfs.

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NSF grant to fund economists’ active learning study

Doug McKee, senior lecturer in economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and George Orlov, an Active Learning Initiative postdoctoral fellow in economics, have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the long-term effects of active learning and online instruction.

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Summer Milstein Program bridges tech and humanities virtually

The program’s goal was to help students navigate the new pandemic world by providing them with intellectual frameworks and tools.
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Revised tree ring data confirms ancient Mediterranean dates

"This finding largely resolves many decades of scholarly debate,” said researcher Sturt Manning.
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Kreps: Social media helping to undermine democracy

In international relations, democracies including the United States have long claimed to have several advantages over authoritarian regimes – such as sound governance and effectiveness in wartime – based on the open marketplace of ideas and freedom of expression.

And what could be more open and free – more democratic – than social media?

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Male entitlement hurts women, Manne writes in new book

Points made in “Entitled” have particular resonance with events unfolding in 2020, such as the systemic inequalities being revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Mettler explores threats to US democracy in new book

American democracy has often been fragile, the authors argue, and today it faces an unprecedented crisis.
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Credible assumptions replace missing data in COVID analysis

How contagious is COVID-19, and how severe is the virus for those who’ve caught it?

Everyone wants firm numbers as schools make decisions about in-person versus remote learning, as local and state governments grapple with reopening, and as families care for sick loved ones.

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Cornell to host Semantics and Linguistic Theory conference virtually

August 17-20, Cornell will host the 30th meeting of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT), one of the world’s leading conferences on the scientific study of meaning in natural languages. Originally scheduled to take place on the Ithaca campus in April, the meeting will be held virtually.

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Rural Humanities initiative to focus on Black lives

The “Rural Black Lives” theme for 2020-21 will concentrate on the visibility of Black lives in rural central and western New York state.
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A&S initiative launches with webinar about abolishing police

The Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE), a new initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences, will bring together scholars, researchers and the public for conversations that just might make everyone a little uncomfortable.

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Faculty research group addressing monuments, heritage

An interdisciplinary group of scholars is exploring “Unsettled Monuments, Unsettling Heritage,” through a grant from the provost's Radical Collaboration task force focused on the arts and humanities.
 Michael Stillman


Stillman receives Jenks Prize for developing influential algebra software

Michael Stillman, professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received the 2019 Richard D. Jenks Memorial Prize for “excellence in software engineering applied to computer algebra” for his work on the Macaulay and Macaulay2 computer algebra systems.