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Native ironworkers’ tradition continues on North Campus

For six generations, Mohawk ironworkers have “walked the steel.”

Indigenous people began ironworking in the 19th century, when they were hired to build railroad bridges in Canada. They helped craft the New York City skyline, working on projects including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the World Trade Center.

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Biathlon e-book aims for insight

Craig Wiggers grew up in Alabama. During his 25-year career in the U.S. Marines he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. So when he moved to Ithaca as a Cornell ROTC instructor in 2012, he wasn’t quite sure what to do with snow.

“At first my wife and I spent our winters staring at the walls and waiting for spring,” said Wiggers, now director of administration at the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).

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Silver linings: Innovation, kits, tech animate a hybrid semester

Elora Robeck ’24 couldn’t find rubbing alcohol.

She needed alcohol to preserve the soft-bodied insects she’d collected near her home in Missouri, for her entomology class at Cornell. But it wasn’t included in her box of supplies, because alcohol is too flammable to ship. Her local drug store was all sold out.

So at her professor’s suggestion, she asked her father to buy a bottle of 190-proof Everclear instead.

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Summer in the cloud for undergraduate researchers

Four Cornell undergraduates spent the summer learning about the latest cloud computing technologies and making contributions to the Aristotle Cloud Federation as well as the computational tools researchers use to make scientific breakthroughs.

Their work and learning experiences were funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which supports research activities by undergraduates in NSF-funded areas.

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Nanotech facility gets 5-year, $7.5M renewal from NSF

The National Science Foundation has renewed its funding for the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF), with a five-year, $7.5 million grant to continue supporting academic and commercial research in nanofabrication – the design and manufacture of devices measured in nanometers.

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Study: Machine learning can predict market behavior

Machine learning can assess the effectiveness of mathematical tools used to predict the movements of financial markets, according to new Cornell research based on the largest dataset ever used in this area.

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Project to investigate digital ag’s impacts on rural America

As technology begins to transform farming, a team of Cornell researchers is exploring how digital agriculture could affect small and midsized farms, as well as its likely effect on the environment, to inform the design of these developing technologies.

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Summer program aims to lower barriers for CS majors

The three-week program aimed to boost the numbers of computer science majors from underrepresented backgrounds.
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Crossing boundaries: Cornell’s thriving research ecosystem

"Cornell's collaborative culture drives innovation, which leaves a lasting impression on our students.”
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Six stories of six weeks of virtual learning

Spring 2020 was a semester like no other. Over the course of a few weeks, thousands of classes – lectures and seminars, laboratory and performance courses, capstone projects and veterinary clinics – transitioned entirely online. Instructors navigated technical and logistical difficulties, as well as the shifting realities of a global pandemic. But amid the challenges, students and faculty found opportunities for innovation, connection and intellectual growth.

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Cybersecurity requires international cooperation, trust

Most experts agree that state-sponsored hackers in Russia are trying to use the internet to infiltrate the U.S. electrical grid and sabotage elections.

And yet internet security teams in the U.S. and Europe actively seek to cooperate with their Russian counterparts, setting aside some of their differences and focusing on the issues where they can establish mutual trust.

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Smooth start to virtual instruction, thanks to weeks of prep

On April 6, Cornell instructors led 6,600 Zoom meetings with a total of 89,000 participants.
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Video game experience or gender may improve VR learning, study finds

The study has new implications as learning around the world shifts online to combat the spread of coronavirus.


Researchers sniff out AI breakthroughs in mammal brains

"“When you start studying a biological process that becomes more intricate and complex than you can just simply intuit, you have to discipline your mind with a computer model."
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Faculty mobilize to provide virtual instruction

Cornell's Center for Teaching Innovation is helping faculty prepare for the shift to virtual learning April 6.
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NYC Visioning projects host cross-campus events

The four faculty teams that received funding support through the President’s Visioning Committee on Cornell in New York City have conducted cross-campus workshops, hosted interdisciplinary talks and expanded their outreach as they move towards presenting final results in the fall.

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Davis, Delimitrou, DiStasio win Sloan fellowships

Assistant professors Damek Davis, Christina Delimitrou and Robert A. DiStasio Jr. have won 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships support early-career faculty members’ original research and education related to science, technology, mathematics and economics.

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Energy-saving particle accelerator achieves breakthrough

The technology's capabilities can power the world’s largest accelerators to help scientists unlock the mysteries of the universe.
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Four A&S assistant professors win NSF early career awards

One A&S researcher is studying the ethical implications of artificial intelligence algorithms.
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Professor’s Vietnam War service determined his life’s path

Keith Taylor didn’t want to be a veteran.



Cornell partners in NSF grant for astrophysics institute

The Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) is among 10 collaborators awarded a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the concept for a Scalable Cyberinfrastructure Institute for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics.

Adam Brazier, a computational scientist with CAC, is the technical lead on the project, which is being led by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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CS classes can break down cultural barriers, study shows

The Nairobi Play Project, funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund Kenya Country Program, seeks to foster intercultural learning between groups in or at risk of conflict. In 30 after-school sessions led by teachers who are themselves refugees, students learn basic computing concepts and develop video games with community-based themes.


Research gives robots a second chance at first impressions

At the intersection of psychology, artificial intelligence and robotics, researchers seek to understand how people understand others, whether human or robot.


After years of wandering, longest-serving professor finds a home at Cornell

Anil Nerode spent his childhood on the move.

As the son of an itinerant yogi living in the United States, “I went to around 50 grammar schools in 50 places,” said Nerode, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I was never anywhere more than a few weeks.”

So in 1959, when he found a place he liked – Cornell – he settled down and stayed put.

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Two on A&S faculty awarded DOE early career grants

Two College of Arts & Sciences faculty members were awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its Office of Science Early Career Research Program. Jared Maxson, Ph.D. ’15 and Brad Ramshaw, both assistant professors of physics, will receive at least $750,000 over five years to support their scientific endeavors.

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Machine learning unlocks mysteries of quantum physics

A Cornell-led team has developed a way to use machine learning to analyze the data generated by scanning tunneling microscopy.
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U.S. must get its house in order, Hadley says in Olin Lecture

Former national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley ’69, right, in conversation with former Rep. Steve Israel, left, director of Cornell’s Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, at the Olin Lecture June 7 in Bailey Hall.

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‘Know your purpose,’ speakers urge at OADI awards dinner

Before Clinton Ikioda ’19 came to Cornell, students and staff at his high school said he’d been admitted only to fill a diversity quota. Once he arrived, he felt constant pressure to prove he belonged – as well as a persistent worry that he didn’t.

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Milstein program celebrated as its students make first trip to Cornell Tech

The Milstein program "prepares students to understand both the technical and the human aspects of new technologies," said Cornell President Martha Pollack.
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College Scholar named Carnegie Endowment junior fellow

Samuel Barnett ’19 has been named one of 11 junior fellows by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Barnett, a College Scholar whose studies focus on national security and geopolitics, will spend his fellowship year working with Carnegie’s executive office on issues of U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy.

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Study uses neural networks to define Dada

To make a Dadaist poem, artist Tristan Tzara once said, cut out each word of a newspaper article. Put the words into a bag and shake. Remove the words from the bag one at a time, and write them down in that order.

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Nanoscale guitar string ‘executes a complex dance’

Researchers have devised a way to listen to a nanoscale guitar for the first time.
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Panel explores how AI can solve problems, enrich learning

An avalanche of digital data, combined with sophisticated algorithms to analyze it, heralds a technological transformation as important as the emergence of the internet, said panelists at the launch of the Cornell-r4 Applied AI Initiative, held Dec. 6 at Cornell Tech.
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New data science, computational biology departments span colleges

The university is launching two new multicollege departments – one in statistics and data science, and one in computational biology – to meet evolving research needs, encourage collaboration, and improve the quality of teaching and learning in these increasingly essential fields.
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New group to study AI’s impact on decision-making

Artificial intelligence is guiding a growing number of decisions in criminal justice, education, health care and other areas, with the potential to significantly alter people’s lives.

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Influential researcher to reflect on 20 years of network science

A pioneering network-science scholar whose work reshaped the scientific understanding of the dynamics of social influence will give a talk Sept. 13, sharing insights gained over 20 years of research into the field he helped create.



Documents illuminate U.S. Yiddish-speaking life until the Cold War

Newly digitized documents from the archives of the International Workers’ Order (IWO) and the Jewish People’s Fraternal Order – including three letters from artist Marc Chagall – cast light on the lives of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants in the United States during World War II and the Cold War.

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Library preserves 'Bound for Glory' recordings and folk music history

Over the past 50 years the world has changed, but “Bound for Glory” has stayed almost exactly the same.

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Library ‘portal’ to connect campus with people worldwide

Inside the high-tech portal, which is made from a shipping container, users will come face-to-face with someone in a different portal elsewhere.
 Uris Library in the fall


Cornell Press finds new home at Cornell Library

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, Cornell University Press will report to Cornell University Library.

“We look forward to working closely with the first university press in the nation,” said Gerald Beasley, the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “Both the library and the press share a similar vision to promote a culture of broad inquiry and support the university’s mission to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and creative expression.”

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One billion downloads and counting for arXiv, the scientific pre-print database, has surpassed 1 billion downloads.


Three projects awarded 2017 digitization grants

Since its inception in 2010, the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences has helped to digitize items in Cornell’s collections, from punk music flyers to historic glacial images of Alaska and Greenland to 

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18th-century library map details Seneca and Cayuga villages

The map offers insights into colonial life that will enhance learning and research at Cornell.
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Library tackles fake news with workshops, resources, advice

In the well-attended workshops, librarians are reviewing tips and guidelines to help students identify nontrustworthy news sources.

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Online photo collection documents African-American life

Hundreds of seldom-seen photographs documenting the journey of African-Americans from the slavery era to the 20th century are now digitized and freely accessible to students and scholars around the world.

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New Digital CoLab applies tech to humanities research

The new dedicated workspace in Olin Library will host workshops, training sessions and events relating to the evolving field of digital humanities.

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Library hosts camp on humanities and technology

At the Central New York THAT (The Humanities and Technology) Camp held in Olin Library, there were no official presenters, while participants voted on workshop topics and met in collaborative sessions.

The informal structure suited the subject matter, since digital humanities is a relatively new and rapidly evolving field.

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Alumni key to building Shoah archive and bringing access to Cornell

When Douglas Greenberg, M.A. '71, Ph.D. '74, was analyzing 6,000 court cases for his dissertation on crime and law enforcement in 18th-century New York City, computers were not in widespread use. But he realized technology could make his research more efficient.

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Runaway slave ads portray grim period of U.S. history

Runaway slave advertisements – a common sight in North American newspapers in the 18th and 19th centuries – are frankly disturbing. They describe people as property, listing their physical attributes and family connections in chilling terms.



Database of classical works now freely searchable

Students and scholars can now freely search a new database of Latin and Greek authors that provides links to online versions of their works.

The database, the Classical Works Knowledge Base (CWKB), contains metadata about 5,200 works by 1,500 ancient authors, allowing users with a limited knowledge of the classics’ canonical citation system to simply link to passages of digital texts.