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Grad students honor three A&S professors with awards

Two A&S professors — Jenny Mann, associate professor of English, and Jolene Rickard, associate professor of American studies and history of art and visual studies — were honored recently by the  Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) with Faculty Teaching, Advising and Mentorship awards. Michael Niemack, assistant professor of physics, received an honorable mention. Faculty members are nominated by current graduate students or alumni.

 Dean Jayawardhana and a graduate student


A&S honors grad students with 2019 teaching awards

The awards recognize innovative teaching, student counseling, classroom presence, preparation, administration and the development of new courses.
 Malte Ziewitz


A&S professor honored with NSF Early Career award

Malte Ziewitz, assistant professor of Science & Technology Studies and a Mills Family Faculty Fellow, was recently honored with a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program award, which will help him to investigate how ordinary citizens cope with being rated, scored and ranked by algorithmic systems.

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Romance studies grad student to publish new book

Francisco Díaz Klaassen, who started writing when he was 12, is the author of five novels.
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Junior awarded Goldwater Scholarship

The scholarship supports students pursuing graduate study and careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
 Peng Chen


Chemistry professor finalist for Chemical Pioneer Award

Peng Chen, the Peter J. W. Debye Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, is among three finalists for the American Institute of Chemists’ 2019 Chemical Pioneer Award.

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Two mathematics professors honored with 2019 Simons Fellowships

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division recently honored mathematics professors Irena Peeva and Yuri Berest with Simons Fellowships in mathematics.

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Africana hosts talk on climate change and its impact in Africa

While future effects of climate change are often in the news, an April 30 event will discuss how the problem is already affecting communities around the world, particularly in Africa.

The Africana Studies and Research Center is hosting, “Disaster: Cyclone Idai, Climate Change & Climate Migration,” a talk that will discuss impacts of climate change, climate migration and food scarcity and takes place at 4:30 pm in Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

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‘Pathways to Art History’ addresses gaps in art history education

While students from affluent school districts are often treated to field trips to museums or AP courses in art history, the same experiences aren’t always available to youth from low-income districts. This unequal access has prompted a new initiative developed by Ananda Cohen-Aponte, associate professor in the history of art department in the College of Arts & Sciences.

 George Yancy


Philosophy professor to address ‘White Backlash’ in Mellon Mays talk

How does one “deploy love” in the process of critically engaging whiteness? George Yancy, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows’ 2019 distinguished guest speaker, will examine this question in “A Letter of love: An Encounter with White Backlash.” He will also address what it means for whiteness to be in crisis, which he argues is a positive way of beginning to undo it. The talk will take place on Friday, April 26, at 4.30 p.m. in HEC Auditorium (GSH 132).

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Poetry night explores ideas of citizenship

Who has the power to dream and to detain? What constitutes culture and national identity? What is citizenship?

These are some of the questions that members of Marginalia, an undergraduate poetry review society, grappled with during an April 18 poetry open mic night called “Radiant Voices: Citizenship.”

 James Turner


Africana Center to honor founder at 50th anniversary symposium

The symposium – focusing on Turner’s activism and impact in shaping the black student movement – will be held from April 12-13 at the Africana Center, 310 Triphammer Road. The keynote address, scheduled for 11 a.m. April 13, will be given by John Bracey, professor in the W.E.B. du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 Eliot Kang


Alum to discuss state department work related to nonproliferation

Eliot Kang ‘84, the principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN), will talk about his work and career path April 18 as the 2019 Arts & Sciences Career Development Center’s Munschauer Speaker.

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Grant to honor Sandy Berger '67 supports student summer experiences

The Berger Summer Internship Fund is again available to support undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences pursuing unpaid or minimally paid summer internships.
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Alumni gifts expand funding for A&S student summer experiences

While students in some fields easily find paid summer positions, others interested in non-profits, health care, government or other areas often need to take internships or summer positions that provide valuable summer career experiences but don't offer much in terms of a paycheck.

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Sophomore reflects on opportunities to do research

From visiting the Galapagos Islands to being immersed in the study of evolutionary biology to traveling to work in a lab in Kenya, Kelsie Lopez ‘21, a biological sciences major from Lindenhurst, New York has been busy during her first two years at Cornell.

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English professor surprised with Windham-Campbell Prize

Ishion Hutchinson, associate professor of English Language and Literature, was honored March 13 as one of eight winners of the annual Donald Windham-Sandy M.Campbell Literature Prize. The award offers $165,000 prizes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Hutchinson, along with poet Kwame Dawes, received the prize for outstanding work in poetry.  

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Chemistry professor honored with scholar award

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) recently honored Justin Wilson, assistant professor of chemistry & chemical biology, as one of 24 recipients of the 2019 Cottrell Scholar Awards for his research, “Capturing the Heavy Alkaline Earth Elements: Ligand Design to Sequester Radioactive Strontium, Barium, and Radium.”

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Historian to unpack history of racist ideas in Krieger Lecture

Ibram X. Kendi, professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, will deliver the Krieger Lecture in American Political Culture April 15. His book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” provides a complex background and exploration of the notions of racial superiority. The event will take place at 4:45 p.m. in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium.

 Steve Strogatz


Math professor honored with the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) recently honored Steven Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, as the 2019 recipient of the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition.

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New College Scholars explore interdisciplinary studies

"The College Scholar Program is the pinnacle of the liberal arts experience at allows students to leverage all of the expertise across all the departments in the College of Arts & Sciences and beyond."
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Bilingual performance explores the experience of Ithaca's Latinx community

Performers told stories from their lives and shared music, dance and poetry about being Latinx in Ithaca, in Habla/Speak, a bilingual collective creation performance.
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Kate Manne recognized with Association of American Publishers Award

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) recently honored Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy, as one of four winners of the 2019 Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) for her book “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.” The winners were announced Feb. 7 at the PROSE Award luncheon in Washington, D.C. during the 2019 AAP Professional and Scholarly Publishing Conference.

“I feel truly humbled by this recognition for my book,” Manne said.

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Language Resource Center podcast highlights indigenous languages

A new season of podcasts from the Language Resource Center (LRC) celebrates 2019 as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. The global celebration kicked off with a seminar in New York City Feb. 1, showcasing the world’s ancient tongues and highlighting the need to conserve, revitalize and promote them.

 Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ‘08, MA ‘15


PhD student combines passion for music with technology and sociology

“I was in Arts & Sciences so I had the freedom to take courses in everything from Asian studies to physics."
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Award-winning chef continues to innovate

Irene Li '15, co-founder of Boston's Mei Mei restaurant, is leading the way in the areas of ethical sourcing and fair employment practices.
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Travel grant helps students explore the world

Ruth Bierman Linnick '60 loved to travel, to learn and to teach, so her family and friends established the grant as a tribute to these lifelong pursuits.
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Zine project features voices in the Latinx community

Faculty from Cornell and Ithaca College worked with community partners to create Bien Acompañada Press, which released its first edition this month.
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Creative writing student recognized by literacy association

Yessica Martinez was named to the International Literacy Association’s 2019 “30 Under 30” list, which celebrates rising innovators, disruptors and visionaries in the literacy field.
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English professor publishes new edition of Jean Toomer’s “Cane”

The New York Times Book Review described the work as a “book for our times.”
 Patrizia C. McBride


German Studies professor receives honor from MLA

Patrizia C. McBride, director of the Institute for German Cultural Studies and professor of German Studies, received an honorable mention from the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) for her book “The Chatter of the Visible: Montage and Narrative in Weimar Germany.”  

 Maryame El Moutamid


El Moutamid named affiliate of African Academy of Sciences

Maryame El Moutamid has been named an affiliate member of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). Moutamid is a research associate at the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science and an affiliate of the Carl Sagan Institute. Moutamid’s research concerns planetary ring dynamics and satellite orbital dynamics and their connections with giant planet interior structure.

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Classics students create art installations on Hercules story

Student displays illustrated Hercules' fabled choice between pleasure and virtue.
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A&S student presents research at Emerging Scholars conference

Vanessa Navarro Rodriguez '19 works to understand why sexual exploitation happens during U.N. peacekeeping missions.
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A&S student combines interests in CS, social systems to study teams

Andrew Wang '19 found that having a confident teammate can do more to boost a person’s self-confidence than having a smart and skillful teammate.
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A&S students named United Nations Millennium Fellows

Students will work to advance the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals, improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.
 Winnie Ho and Emme Runge


A&S students named Engaged Ambassadors

Ambassadors support students working on community projects, coordinate outreach efforts and mentor students learning about leadership.
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FGSS event to explore fracking, environment and citizen impacts

Acclaimed poet Julia Kasdorf and award-winning documentary photographer Steven Rubin, co-authors of “Shale Play,” will be reading on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at Buffalo Street Books. This will be followed by the event, “F Word: Poems + Photographs of Witness from Pennsylvania’s Fracking Fields,” on Nov. 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in 122 Rockefeller Hall.

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Student athletes: Sports contributed to internship success

The ability to work in a team and communicate effectively are some of the valuable skills Sophia Beaudoin ‘20 learned by being part of the volleyball team. Beaudoin says she was able to bring these skills into her internship with Senator Mark Warner in Washington D.C.

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PMA grad students honored with multiple awards

Graduate students from the Department of Performing Media Arts have been honored with multiple fellowships and grants over the course of the year.  Recipients of awards include Caitlin Kane, Jayme Kilburn, Rosalie Purvis, Elaigwu Ameh, Kristza Pozsonyi and Sam Blake.

These grants, which support research, creative pursuits and teaching, give grad students the opportunity for peer academic review, funds to carry out projects and finances for travel.

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Pulitzer Prize Nominee Alice McDermott to Speak at Cornell

Novelist Alice McDermott, a three-time Pulitzer nominee, will read from her work at Cornell on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. The Eamon McEneaney Memorial Reading will take place at the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a catered reception and book signing in the English Lounge. 

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'An internship connects you to your future'

A panel of students shared their experiences with the Cornell in Washington program and their summer internships.
 Student researches social movements in higher education


Student researches social movements in higher education

Noticing a plethora of recent cases where university officials resigned amid pressure from students and others, Naomi Li ’20 wanted to know more.

Li, an economics and sociology major, conducted research over the summer on the role of resignation in social narratives and social change to find out more about cases like Lou Anna Simon at Michigan State University or Tim Wolfe and R. Bowen Loftin at Missouri State University and the kind of justice activists hoped to achieve.

 Hatfield Award recipient spends summer learning about ethics in government


Hatfield Award recipient spends summer learning about ethics in government

From attending a lecture by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to seeing the process of creating a bill, Simone Smith '20 was exposed to many different aspects of government while interning in Washington D.C this summer. 

"Some of the issues I got to work on related to education, agriculture, labor and finance," said Smith, who interned with Senator Mark Warner (D-Va). 

 A&S student spends summer studying perception and memory at UCLA


A&S student spends summer studying perception and memory at UCLA

After taking a philosophy of mind seminar last year, Marlene Berke ‘19 began thinking about connecting her research to the philosophy of perception and epistemology. 

“This course familiarized me with the current philosophical discussion about cognitive influences on perception, providing philosophical motivation for my studies about whether what we remember and expect might ‘leak’ into perception.”

 A&S student creates platform for female empowerment


A&S student creates platform for female empowerment

“Let’s Hear It” is also an online space for women to share advice, insights and valuable career guidance.
 Senior studies impact of nanoparticles in everyday products


Senior studies impact of nanoparticles in everyday products

Manufacturers often use silver nanoparticles in product packaging to keep out bacteria and insects, but there is little research so far about whether the particles are completely neutral in the context of our bodies.                                           

 Headshot of Raven Schwam-Curtis ‘20, MMUF scholar and Cornell Arts & Sciences student


MMUF scholar explores intersection between African, Asian cultures

"The intersections of cultures has always fascinated me because I live at one of those intersections.”
 A&S student combines CS, government interests in White House internship


A&S student combines CS, government interests in White House internship

Graham Cohen '20 built an app for the Executive Office of the President of the United States.
 Senior investigates Latinx identity formation in higher education


Senior investigates Latinx identity formation in higher education

Karen Loya is studying the way U.S. universities influence and support their Latinx students.