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How much do you know about Africana Studies on the Hill?

During Black History Month, test your knowledge of Cornell’s ground-breaking program with 10 trivia questions!
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Cornell expert on same-sex marriage in Greece vote

Legalizing same-sex marriage in Greece would show other Eastern Orthodox Christians that providing rights does not undermine culture and values, says sociology scholar Landon Schnabel.
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Scholar to speak on intersectional justice at annual MLK lecture

This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Feb. 19 will focus on the importance of understanding and addressing systems of oppression and their impact on multiple identities, including race and gender.
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Climate roundtable sparks insight and invites collaboration

Song Lin, Tisch University Professor of chemistry and chemical biology, talked about how his lab is trying to mimic the way plants fix CO2, via the abundant enzyme Rubisco.
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Juliana Hu Pegues to speak on Indigenous Feminist Activism

In this year’s Invitational Lecture hosted by the Society for the Humanities, Hu Pegues will examine the story of Tillie Paul, a Tlingit woman in Alaska
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Zaluzhny firing ‘sign of desperation more than calculation’

In Ukraine, fired general Zaluzhny appears to be taking the fall for recent failures and circumstances outside of President Zelensky’s control, says David Silbey.
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Engaged Conversations Series to focus on community partnerships

The Einhorn Center for Community Engagement has launched a set of speaker events and workshops designed for anyone incorporating CEL into curricula, research and other programs.
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Cornell Latin American politics expert on El Salvador election

President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele is on track to handedly win reelection on Sunday.
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‘Cosmos’ screening features ice cream and live Q&A with Ann Druyan

As part of their “Voyager Spacecraft Week,” the Cornell Astronomical Society joins Cornell Cinema to present “Cosmos” Episode 6: “Traveler’s Tales” on Feb. 13.
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Researchers develop new model to predict surface atom scattering

Helium beams are potentially very useful for understanding the surface characteristics of materials on the molecular level.
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Cornell scholar: Biden should bypass Bibi, appeal directly to Israelis

Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu is an impasse to Biden's "dream deal" approach to the Gaza crisis, says government scholar Uriel Abulof.
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Tiny worm offers window into important protein modifications

“The more we understand protein modification and function, the better we understand its central role for human health and disease.”
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Iran has little incentive to dissuade proxy attacks against US troops

"Mounting an attack with clearly identifiable Iranian forces is probably off the table," says David Silbey, associate professor of history, "but further proxy attacks are likely to continue.”
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Freelance writer Rhoda Feng wins 2022-23 Nathan Award

The committee praised the verve, precision, and wry wit of Feng’s criticism, observing that she also brings historically and culturally informed sensibilities to all her reviewing.
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New insights into metabolites that control aging and disease

The study presents an unexpected connection between spermidine, a long-known compound present in all living cells, and sirtuins, an enzyme family that regulates many life-essential functions.
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Student grant board funds social justice community projects

Thirteen student-community projects received grants through the Community Partnership Funding Board’s latest round of funding. Their shared goal: to bring social justice to the community.
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Oscar nominations: Cornell expert on racial representation in performing arts

Kristen Warner, who studies the impact of racial representation in the performing arts, highlights the shutout of Ava Duvernay’s “Origin” across the board, as well as racial politics of the Oscars.
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New research on microbes expands the known limits for life

The research shows how changes in salinity may affect life in aquatic habitats on Earth and widens the possibilities for where life may be found throughout our solar system.
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Digitized images illuminate U.S. colonial period in the Philippines

Idyllic images of the Philippines taken by a Cornell alumnus in 1902 illuminate the tumultuous U.S. annexation of the archipelago in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War, according to a Ph.D. student in history.
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Reparations commission ‘step in right direction,’ but education is key to understanding

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, an expert in Africana studies, wrote about how America should respond to its history of racism in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.
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LGBTQ Catholics in a state of ‘conditional belonging’

Sociologist Landon Schnabel says the blessing of same-sex couples is an important and complex step for the Catholic Church.
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DOE funds new research to advance computer chip technology

Cornell researchers are part of a project to enable sustainable hardware for AI and quantum computing, one of 11 projects selected by DOE to receive a total of $73 million.
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Without aid, Ukraine’s ability to continue fighting ‘deeply in question’

Historian David Silbey gives perspective to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy scheduled meeting with President Biden ahead of a joint news conference.
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Parrots, songbirds have evolved distinct brain mechanisms, Klarman Fellow finds

The study provides a clue into how parrot – and human – brains allow continuous, flexible vocal learning.
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Winter Session Spotlight: Dr. Kristen Warner on Black Cult Media

Students can take a deeper dive into cult cinema by enrolling in Black Cult Media (PMA 4403), an online three-credit course that will be offered for the first time during Cornell’s Winter Session, Jan. 2-19.
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Cornell Center for Social Sciences announces 2023 fall grantees

Faculty member Douglas Kriner and graduate student Aaron Childree received grants in CCSS's fall round, among 16 awards across eight Cornell schools and colleges.
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Minawi wins Middle East Studies Association book prize

The award was given for “Losing Istanbul: Arab-Ottoman Imperialists and the End of Empire.”
Derek Berman

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Student Spotlight: Derek Berman

Derek Berman, doctoral student in geological sciences, studies the geophysical environment of Mars’ Jezero crater.
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OpenAI board may have won the battle – but lost the war

Differences of opinion about OpenAI’s “benefit of humanity” vision became more evident over recent months, says Sarah Kreps, professor of government and director of the Tech Policy Institute.
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Cornell expert: Milei’s platform ‘important driver’ of significant change

Argentines have voted to elect Javier Milei, economist and former TV pundit, as their next president, and Gustavo Flores-Macías weighs in.
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Cornell expert: Don’t expect big breakthroughs from Biden-Xi meeting

With President Joe Biden meeting face-to-face with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Wednesday, government professor Allen Carlson says a key factor will be how much the two heads of state are able to publicly agree to disagree. 
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Talk on arts and sciences and why they matter, Nov. 30

Christopher S. Celenza will suggest some answers that arise from considering the history of the liberal arts, medieval and early modern universities, and the rise of the arts and sciences in the modern era.
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Employee Excellence awards honor staff achievements

Seventeen individuals and three teams of Cornell employees received President's Awards for Employee Excellence in seven categories, highlighting the achievements of staff and faculty who excel in their roles.
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Remembering the Triangle

About 2,000 people gathered in October in Greenwich Village for the Triangle Fire Memorial dedication. The 1911 workplace disaster became a catalyst for worker protections and a defining moment for the nation.
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Community spotlight: 2023 First Generation Celebration Week

To kick off the 2023 First Generation Celebration Week, Student and Campus Life gathered insights and advice from first-gen students, alumni and staff.
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Looking ahead: State elections ‘not always great predictors’ of what’s to come

Virginia voters flipped the House of Delegates to Democratic control, but this is not necessarily an indication of what’s to come nationally in 2024, says David Bateman.
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Struggling with sarcasm: Cornell expert on why Musk’s Grok chatbot isn’t funny

The key to funny sarcasm is found in empathy, says professor David Shoemaker, who studies the moral psychology of humor.
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A. R. Ammons Reading Series: Reviving a beloved tradition

Over two decades since Ammons’s passing, an open mic tradition is being revived thanks to a gift from his student Beverly Tanenhaus ’70.
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Bethe Lecture: Testing space propulsion on Earth

On Nov. 15, physicist and engineer John Foster will discuss the challenge of testing high power electric propulsion on the ground.
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Role of women in early Christianity informs Catholic present

“As Roman Catholic Church leaders meet this month for the Synod on Synodality, some women—both nuns and laypeople—have been invited to join the workshop," says Kim Haines-Eitzen.
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Argentina’s run-off to be decided by Patricia Bullrich supporters

Which candidate can capture the votes of supporters of Patricia Bullrich, the mainstream conservative candidate?
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As Pew investigator, Goldberg to study how animals feed young

The collaboration aims for a breakthrough in understanding the neural mechanisms by which parental animals balance their own needs with the needs of their offspring.
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Research repository arXiv receives $10M for upgrades

Cornell Tech has announced more than $10 million in gifts and grants to support arXiv.
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Law and Justice party seeing ‘double rebuke’ from voters

Prof. Bryn Rosenfeld comments on Poland’s Law and Justice party losing power.
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Library publishes catalog on Jewish fables

Jon A. Lindseth’s collection of Jewish fables complements the library’s holdings related to Jewish Studies.
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U.S.-supplied, long-range missiles of ‘limited utility’ for Ukraine

Military historian David Silbey comments on Ukrainian forces using American-supplied, long-range missiles on the battlefield for the first time.
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Nature’s missing evolutionary law identified

An interdisciplinary group of researchers has identified a missing aspect of Darwin's theory that applies to essentially everything.
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Webb detects quartz crystals in clouds of hot gas giant

The quartz crystals are only about 10 nanometers across (one-millionth of one centimeter), so small that 10,000 could fit side-by-side across a human hair.
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Student Spotlight: Megan Driscoll

A doctoral student in chemistry and chemical biology with a focus in polymer chemistry from Chelmsford, Massachusetts Driscoll researches new ways to make and upcycle polymers.
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Israel-Hamas conflict: Fighting misinformation requires better tools

“Every time there is some major event and information is at a premium, we see misinformation spread like wildfire," says professor Gordon Pennycook.