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Translation opens a thriving world of Chinese poetry

Nick Admussen, associate professor of Asian studies, has translated into English selections of Ya Shi’s poetry in the newly published “Floral Mutter."
 President Obama speaking to a crowd

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Michener views ‘Obamacare’ through lenses of race, politics

“Even when policies are intended to winnow racial disparities, politics can undermine the steps necessary to do so."
 White Greek building against a blue sea: island of Santorini

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Fine-tuning radiocarbon dating could ‘rewrite’ ancient events

Radiocarbon dating, invented in the late 1940s and improved ever since to provide more precise measurements, is the standard method for determining the dates of artifacts in archaeology and other disciplines.

“If it’s organic and old – up to 50,000 years – you date it by radiocarbon,” said Sturt Manning, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Researchers pinpoint mechanism controlling cell protein traffic

Cells depend on signaling to regulate most life processes, including cell growth and differentiation, immune response and reactions to various stresses.

 Book cover of "Naked Agency"

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‘Dramas of desperation’: Book examines naked protest in Africa

Insurgent nakedness is the most universal and yet the most highly context-driven mode of dissent, writes Naminata Diabate, assistant professor of comparative literature.
 Sabrina Karim with Liberian police

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Face-to-face contact with police builds trust in fledgling states

After times of major conflict, such as the civil wars in Liberia from 1980 to 2003, peace often leaves a power vacuum, especially in remote areas not yet reached by a developing government.

 writer Jacqueline Kahanoff

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Film screening and discussion to celebrate writer Kahanoff

Writer Jacqueline Kahanoff was born in 1917 to a French-speaking Jewish family in Cairo, and came of age intellectually in New York City and Paris.

When she settled in Israel in 1954, she brought vast cultural experience with her. She also brought an opinion, unpopular with Israel’s ruling elite, that the culture of Jews from the Eastern Mediterranean region – known as the Levant – should be celebrated alongside those from Europe.

 Books in Yiddish

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Yiddish course offers ‘laboratory’ for studying cultures

"In the old world, Yiddish was the vernacular, the language of the everyday, the language of the home."
 Professors discussing impeachment

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Panel: Partisan politics, shifting powers shape impeachment

“We’ve reached Hamilton’s and Madison’s nightmare, in that the party system has taken over the separation of powers system.”
 Klarman Hall in the College of Arts and Sciences

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Arts and Sciences announces first class of Klarman Fellows

Six of the world’s most promising early-career scholars will pursue leading-edge research projects across the sciences, social sciences and humanities during three-year terms.
 Molecular biologist Liz Kellogg and two students

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Biologist's research offers insight on molecular structures

Elizabeth H. Kellogg, assistant professor of molecular biology and genetics in the College of Arts and Sciences, considers herself an explorer.

She devises and refines techniques for looking at the unmapped terrain within cells so she can discover molecular structures so small they are challenging to detect – yet essential to understanding cell function.

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Philosophy professor Manne wins book prize for ‘Down Girl’

Kate Manne, associate professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, has won the 2019 American Philosophical Association’s Book Prize for her first book, “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.”

The biennial prize is awarded in odd years for the best published book written by a younger philosophy scholar.

 Book cover for "Framing Roberto Bolaño"

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Book provides a map for reading boundary-challenging author

Spanish-language writer Roberto Bolaño is, at heart, “a novelist who began as a poet and never ceased wanting to be one.”
 Eromin Center staff compare schedules.

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Study reframes the history of LGBT mental health care

"Clinical activists" in Philadelphia improvised new therapeutic approaches, guided by their own ethics and experiences.
 Lizabeth Cohen

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Struggle to save America's cities is focus of University Lecture Nov. 14

City governments are often forced to rely on the private sector to support the public good. But it wasn’t always this way.
 Two friends at homecoming

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Homecoming 2019: A beautiful time to be in Ithaca

Friends Alexandra Gutierrez ’20 and Elizabeth Farkouh ’21 had a full day on October 5, the Saturday of Cornell Homecoming 2019.

 Glee Club members practice for reunion concert

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Cornell Glee Club celebrates 150 years with 300 voices

Glee Club members overflowed the Bailey Hall stage, singing from sections on either side, as well.
 Peter Yarrow singing during Reunion 2019

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Peter Yarrow ’59 delights and unites in Reunion concert

Folk musician Peter Yarrow ’59 played solo during his Reunion 2019 concert, but his voice was not the only one filling Call Auditorium, not by a long shot.

The crowd joined Yarrow, formerly a member of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary, in several familiar tunes from the 1960s. The hour-long sing-along was based on the same theme that has driven his career: using music to make the world a better place.

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Musicians ♥ Cornell

Mary McDonald ’78 discovered her voice at Cornell.

Originally a French horn player, McDonald joined the Cornell University Chorus, the women’s vocal ensemble, during her sophomore year and won an audition for free voice lessons.

“I had never had formal voice lessons,” she says. “One day, I asked, ‘What about these notes up here?’”

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