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Lenora Warren


Early version of Black Pride brought US a step closer to Juneteenth

In 1829, abolitionist David Walker’s “Appeal to the Colored People of the World” went viral, enabling enslaved people to imagine freedom and why they deserved it.
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Talking with a friend can ease the sting of being left out

Small, simple forms of social connection can lessen the negative feelings and thoughts that come with being excluded, according to Cornell psychology researchers.
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Admitted Class of 2028 personifies Cornell’s founding principles

The 5,139 admitted students will bring with them a variety of lived experiences that will enrich the vitality and innovation of Cornell’s intellectual community.
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‘A completely different game’: Faculty, students harness AI in the classroom

“This is a tool that students are using already, and it’s probably not going away,” said doctoral candidate Amelia C. Arsenault, M.A. ’23, a teaching assistant in the government department.
Michell Chresfield


Breaking silence: Speak up to honor MLK Jr., historian says

A Cornell historian says one of the most important aspects of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy was his insistence on speaking up against social and economic injustice.
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Prioritize space to dream, OADI alumna tells diverse students

At a May 5 ceremony, Misha Inniss-Thompson ’16, assistant research professor of psychology in the College of Human Ecology urged students to prioritize their passions and interests.
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Campus rallies to support Syria, Turkey earthquake survivors

With about 70 students on campus from Syria and Turkey affected by the devastation in their countries, students, faculty and administrators have mobilized to create relief efforts.
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MLK's 1960s visits to Cornell still resonate today

King’s historic visit on Nov. 13, 1960, and a second, on April 14, 1961, came during a period when he was honing ideas that would take center stage at the March on Washington in 1963
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Ancient farming strategy holds promise for climate resilience

A paper by Cornell researchers suggests maslins have the unique capacity to adapt in real time to extreme weather.
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Students get out the vote, on campus and across the state

“The youth have so much power, and we just don’t use it,” said Lauren Sherman ’24, Arts and Sciences student.
 Goldwin Smith Hall in the fall


Weiss teaching award honors eight exceptional faculty

Four A&S faculty members have been honored for their excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
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‘Our story’: Native American writers cultivate their craft

Fourteen authors from upstate New York participating in the Oñgwaga•ä’ Writers Workshop this month.
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Craib and Fiani win graduate, professional teaching prize

… adviser for many students, who have obtained research fellowships, internships and other notable accomplishments …
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Seeds of survival: Botanic Gardens honors the Black experience

Arts & Sciences student Jakara Zellner ’23, co-leader on the Garden Ambassador team, who served on the advisory committee and narrated the audio tour of a Cornell Botanic Gardens featuring 21 plants significant to the Black experience in the Americas.
Fernando Santiago


Rochester lawyer receives NYS Hometown Alumni Award

Fernando Santiago ’86, the first person in his family to go to college, majored in government in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Overlooked, undervalued: Cornell research seeks to elevate home care workers

Madeline Sterling '08, an Arts & Sciences alum, is part of a team launching a research program to elevate the value of home care workers.
Riché Richardson


Juneteenth marks emancipation’s progress and delay

The holiday reminds professor Riché Richardson of exciting celebrations of her youth, but also of obstacles that stand in the way of fully achieving Black freedom.
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Russian trolls tried to distract voters with music tweets in 2016

The researchers' finding has implications for the 2022 midterm elections.
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Center offers tools for culturally responsive research, practice

The Cornell Center for Cultural Humility provides a new resource to understand and help break down barriers between people.
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Two Cornellians will compete in ‘Jeopardy!’ Feb. 8

Andrés Quijano ’22 will compete at 7:30 p.m. on “Jeopardy!” and Catherine Zhang ’22 will compete at 8 p.m. on the “Jeopardy!” National College Championship, on ABC and Hulu.
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Afghan women scholars find safe haven at Cornell

The nine undergrads will be arriving on campus through December, thanks to robust international and cross-campus collaborations. Cornell has pledged support until they graduate.
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A 'freedom church' unearths its Underground Railroad history

Church members and a multidisciplinary team of Cornell faculty and students are learning more about St. James A.M.E. Zion Church by doing an archaeological dig.
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Cornell launches $5B campaign ‘to do the greatest good’

A newly launched, major fundraising campaign aims to shape Cornell as the model university for the 21st century and beyond, building on its foundation of world-class academics, research and engagement.
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Excavation to explore church’s role in Underground Railroad

A multidisciplinary team of Cornell students and faculty and local schoolchildren began an archeological dig Sept. 18 at St. James AME Zion church in Ithaca.
Derrick R. Spires


July Fourth and early Black Americans: It’s complicated

Black people in early America used July Fourth to argue that they should be freed from enslavement and had as much right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as white people.
Jamila Michener
Lindsay France/Cornell University Jamila Michener, associate professor of government, says when enslaved people gained their freedom, they lacked the political and socioeconomic power to influence their lives. In many ways, Black people still lack that power, she says.


Juneteenth reverberates with triumph, pain, past and present

The holiday celebrates the day enslaved people gained their freedom. But they lacked political power then, as Black people too often do today, says associate professor Jamila Michener.
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Cornell shares land acknowledgement

The university’s acknowledgment states that the Ithaca campus is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ, also known as the Cayuga Nation.
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Filmmaker Jeff Palmer tells Native Americans’ untold stories

Jeff Palmer grew up taking long walks with his father in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma. Palmer’s father, a linguist and a native Kiowa speaker, told him ancient Kiowa stories about the granite-capped peaks and rolling hills around them.

 Nicholas Sturgeon


Philosopher Nicholas Sturgeon dies at age 77

Nicholas Sturgeon, Susan Linn Sage Professor Emeritus in the Sage School of Philosophy and an expert in the foundations of ethics, died Aug. 24 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at a local hospice. He was 77.

Sturgeon was a professor in the Department of Philosophy, in the College of Arts and Sciences, from 1967 until his retirement in 2013.  

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McNair Scholars lobby DC virtually for more higher ed funding

This summer was going to be crucial for Areion Allmond ’21.

With a major in biology and society, she had planned to live on campus in student housing to continue her research on the effect of the nutrient choline on children’s cognitive development. This kind of research can make or break a student’s chances of getting accepted into a M.D./Ph.D. program – which is Allmond’s goal.

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With help from family, friends, ROTC seniors become officers

Navy Ensign Emily Ortwein ’20 had “one of the most special and exciting experiences of her life” May 22, the culmination of four years of rigorous military training.

 Barry Strauss


COVID-19 impact: Barry Strauss on the historical perspective

Historian Barry Strauss, who specializes in ancient and military history, notes that plagues and epidemics have often been linked to wars. The current pandemic will accelerate the use of computer models and big data in the field of history; however, he says, COVID-19 has taught us that models are only as good as the assumptions on which they’re based.

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Student team designs smart mask that monitors vital signs

In February, Longsha Liu ’21 was well aware that COVID-19 was coursing through China and around the world.

His mother had been giving him regular updates about the virus’s spread in China, where most of his immediate family live – including his 77-year old grandmother, who continued to practice as a physician.

 Rachel Beatty Riedl


COVID-19 impact: Rachel Beatty Riedl on Africa’s response

Rachel Beatty Riedl, an expert in international studies, says Africa is the first place to look for an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, given Africa’s success in dealing with the Ebola virus.

 Lawrence Glickman


COVID-19 impact: Lawrence Glickman on crisis at hyperspeed

Historian Lawrence Glickman says the simultaneous public health disaster and economic meltdown may lead us to rethink the country’s values. However, “given … how rare it is for fundamental transformations to happen, my money would be on this pandemic not fundamentally altering our basic structures of society,” he says.

 Gustavo A. Flores-Macias


COVID-19 impact: Gustavo Flores-Macías on economic, political consequences

Political scientist Gustavo A. Flores-Macías compares the economic consequences of COVID-19 to the 2008-09 recession. The pandemic, he says, will result in a poorer and more unequal U.S. society, and it highlights the importance of solutions that require collaboration across borders.

 Noliwe Rooks


COVID-19 impact: Noliwe Rooks on representing oneself online

Interdisciplinary scholar Noliwe Rooks discusses how people curate their home spaces, now that much of work and school is conducted from home via video conferencing. The pandemic has also underlined our need for human contact, she says. Rooks is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences.

 Jamila Michener


COVID-19 impact: Jamila Michener on the federal government

Jamila Michener, assistant professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences, discusses COVID-19 and potential changes in the role of the federal government. The pandemic may prompt people to re-examine investments in institutions, such as the public health system, on which we now rely, she says. Disinvestments in these institutions include the steady closure of rural hospitals for the past five years, she says.

 Thomas Pepinsky


COVID-19 impact: Tom Pepinsky on the partisan divide

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Students face pandemic disruption with resilience

“When you give support, I find that it always comes back.”
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Academic calendar changes; other coronavirus FAQ updates

Cornell leaders have announced changes to the academic calendar (see below) and to policies related to drop deadlines and grading options.

Below is the latest information; for the full list of frequently asked questions, visit the university’s coronavirus resources and updates webpage.

 Professor Joe Margulies interacts with his students at Cayuga Correctional Facility in Moravia, New York


‘Making the turn’: from inmate to scholar

It is 4 p.m., and Darryl Epps has just put in a full day at work. Yet his day is only half over.

 Brenda Schertz


Sign of the times: American Sign Language thrives on campus

The new ASL classes meet the College of Arts & Sciences’ three-semester world language requirement.
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Mettler selected as 2019 Radcliffe Institute fellow

Fresh off winning a Guggenheim fellowship, democracy scholar Suzanne Mettler, Ph.D. ’94, has just received another honor: a Radcliffe Institute fellowship.

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Grants bolster social sciences research

The ISS’s Spring 2019 Small Grant Awards are designed to assist scholars as they develop new research and seek external funding.
 Susan Mettler


Democracy scholar wins Guggenheim fellowship

Suzanne Mettler, Ph.D. ’94, the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Department of Government, has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
 Filiz Garip


New director leads Center for the Study of Economy & Society

An engineer-turned-sociologist whose career has been defined by interdisciplinary thinking is now leading a Cornell center that brings together economists and sociologists, from across campus and around the world.
Panel of Professors for CAPS


Social scientists analyze the dynamics shaping China’s cities

China’s enormous cities, their divisions and future plans have been at the heart of five social scientists’ research for the past three years.
 Melissa Ferguson and Christopher Wildeman


Cornell creates Center for Social Sciences

An implementation committee will explore the integration of public policy academic areas and the creation of "superdepartments."
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How hawkish is the Chinese public?

Chinese Communist Party officials often invoke the outrage of the Chinese people when disputing a foreign government’s actions or demands. International observers are often skeptical of these claims about the overarching feelings of 1.3 billion people.

But not much is known about what citizens of the People’s Republic of China actually think about their country’s foreign policy. A Cornell scholar of Chinese politics and foreign relations is among the first to ask that question.