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Book cover: Genetic Afterlives


Book examines Black Jewish indigeneity in South Africa

The book opens larger questions about the relationship between genetics, citizenship, race and origins.
Book cover: Technology and the Environment in History


Authors break down history of ‘envirotech’ in new book

The authors analyzed the interconnected nature of dilemmas such as carcinogens, energy crises and invasive species at the intersection of technological and environmental history.
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Conference to explore tactile approaches to media, virtually

Media Objects,” a media studies conference originally scheduled for March 2020 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, has been reconfigured into a virtual event, with the first panel scheduled for Oct. 23.

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Religion: less ‘opiate,’ more suppressant, study finds

“Contemporary American religion – and Christianity in particular – suppresses what would otherwise be larger group differences in political ideology.”
Book cover: Life, Death and Other Inconvenient Truths


Psychology professor offers alphabetical guide to human nature

 Life doesn’t come with a user’s manual, but Shimon Edelman, professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has created an alphabetical reference guide.

Vijay Varma


Klarman fellow models black hole collisions, tests Einstein's theory

Vijay Varma is among six inaugural cohort members in the Klarman Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
Book cover: Yeshiva Days


‘Yeshiva Days’ records Lower East Side Jewish life

The book chronicles a side of Jewish life that outsiders rarely see.
Baobao Zhang
Baobao Zhang


Klarman Fellow Zhang examines tech policy through social science

Baobao Zhang is researching trust in digital technology and the governance of AI.
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Hayes, Lunine to chair Planetary Science 10-year survey panels

The panels "carry considerable influence on how the space agency sets priorities for new missions."
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.
Book cover: Words Matter


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.

Book Cover: Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema


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.
Book cover: California Dreaming


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.