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Valzhyna Mort


Faculty poet Valzhyna Mort reads her poem, “In the Woods of Language, She Collects Beautiful Sticks”

"I wrote this poem when I couldn't write a different poem," Mort says. "And this inability to write made me feel homeless in language and in poetry."
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Rising stars: Harrison Award honors recent alumni leaders

Four special guests, including Arts & Sciences alumni, will be honored at the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference in Baltimore in February.
Steven Strogatz in front of a blackboard with "small world" and an illustration on it showing a circle and interconnected lines inside


For the joy of x, y, and z

With Professor Strogatz helping to lead the charge, the Math 101 initiative will attempt to decrease disparities, democratize the subject and better prepare young people to solve math problems.
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Exploring the complexities of the US-China relationship

As part of the Cornell University 2023 Stewardship Report, this story highlights how donor philanthropy is supporting faculty and their pursuit of new knowledge and solutions that do the greatest good for people and communities all around the world.
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Learn about the cosmos with Cornell astronomers

Professlor Martha Haynes organizes monthly Zoom events led by Cornell faculty, research staff, and student experts on a variety of astronomy topics.
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Michael Madon ’94 enlists smart technology to help people battle drug addiction

Pretaa, inspired by the Latin meaning ‘to be ready,’ draws upon Madon's Cornell English degree, his Wharton MBA, his military training and his technical expertise.
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Student veteran finds a sense of community at Cornell

Matthew Garcia '25 was in the first cohort of student-veterans to move in to the university’s new Veteran Program House on University Avenue.
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Big Red volleyball standout advocates for women in sports

Psychology major Sydney Moore ’24 was honored at the ESPY ceremony for her efforts to empower fellow athletes.
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Between Two Slices of Bread, an Enduring Big Red Bond

Two ’06 classmates enjoyed a simple-but-tasty sandwich for decades—then the Washington Post shared it with the world
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In a Brutally Honest Memoir, Alum Recalls Addiction and Imprisonment

Having returned to complete her degree in literatures in English, reporter Keri Blakinger ’11, BA ’14, now covers the prison system for the Marshall Project.
Farid Ferdows


For those who dream, Cornell is your place, says Farid Ferdows ’21

Farid Ferdows ’21 says that from his first day on campus, Cornell welcomed him.
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Maya Cutforth ’20, her father Nick, and her sister Asia hiking Colorado’s Mount Flora in July 2020


Class of 2020: Learning to let it flow

Eight members of the Class of 2020 share candid reflections on their lives over this past year.
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XR is the future

Nonny de la Peña, one of pioneers of Extended Reality, or XR, and the founder of Emblematic Group, shared her story in a focus talk co-sponsored by the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity on April 8.
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Truth matters: A conversation with Republican John Kasich

As part of its ongoing effort to encourage bipartisan dialogue and problem solving, the Cornell Institute for Politics and Global Affairs (IOPGA) and Government Department co-hosted a conversation with former Governor John Kasich and former Representative Susan Molinari (R-NY). The talk was moderated by Steve Israel, IOPGA director and former U.S. Representative (D-NY), and by Doug Kriner, IOPGA faculty director and Clinton Rossiter Professor in American Institutions at Cornell.
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“Zoomed-out”: extracurricular life in the time of COVID-19

Cornell students adapted to changing circumstances, as they improvised to sing, dance, make art and build things together.
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Big Red podcasters: finding their voice

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Alumni startup: making student votes count

Juliana Bain ’20, Noe Abernathy ’20, and Devki Trivedi ’20 met during their first year at Cornell. Bain and Trivedi lived in the same dorm (floor 5 of High Rise 5), and Bain and Abernathy shared a house together for most of the next three years. Today, the trio are part of the core team behind Voteology, a startup focused on motivating college students to vote.

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Diverse alums gather for conversations on race, justice

John Rawlins III '06, president of the Cornell Black Alumni Association, urged listeners to give the black community space to “share how we feel and to express what we want.”
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Timeout: students and young alumni reflect on life on pause

These young Cornellians are finding new sources of inspiration in everyday life.
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TeleTown Hall: building treatment capacity in pandemic

How long will it take to develop a vaccine for COVID-19? And how quickly can it be scaled up to inoculate everyone?

With lives and livelihoods on pause, Cornell’s Institute of Politics and Global Affairs hosted a TeleTown Hall April 8 to explore these questions.



Cornell CIS hosts recipients of 'Genius Grant'

On October 3-4, 2019, Cornell CIS (Computing and Information Science) celebrated its 20th anniversary. To mark the event, CIS hosted a symposium showcasing the game-changing impact of computing on a breadth of disciplines.


Alumna writes go-to guide for teaching climate change

Ingrid Zabel '87 has created The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change.
 Reunion attendees in 2018


Reunion 2019: a time to treasure Cornell

Just two weeks after classes end and students disperse for the summer, alumni and their families will return to campus for Reunion 2019. This year’s event – from Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9 – is on track to set a new record for attendance, with more than 7,000 alumni and their guests registered.

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A tale of friendship and mathematics

A lifelong friend endows the Frank Spitzer and Narahari Umanath Prabhu Assistant Professorship of Mathematics.


Bringing the world to campus

This year’s Cornell Model United Nations Conference brought more than 800 high school students to campus in April. The conference, which is organized annually by the Cornell International Affairs Society, included high school delegates who hailed from across the United States and from around the world.

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Contested terrain: Historian probes Earth’s polar regions

Dawn Berry is a visiting scholar in the Department of History at Cornell, and former postdoctoral fellow in foreign policy, security studies, and diplomatic history at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

How did you become interested in foreign policy relating to the Arctic and Antarctic, and why are these regions important?

 Sujata Singh with students


Learning Hindi, Teaching English

Students have three weeks of Hindi instruction on campus, then a three-week immersion in India.