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Peter Loewen

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Peter Loewen named dean of Arts and Sciences

Coming from the University of Toronto, where he is the director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Loewen begins his five-year appointment as the Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Aug. 1.
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Four Cornell professors elected to national academy

A&S professors Steven Strogatz and Peter Wolczanski are among Cornell’s 2024 electees to the National Academy of Sciences.
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Chen, Wolfner, Ryan elected to arts and sciences academy

Professors Peng Chen, Mariana Wolfner ’74 and Timothy A. Ryan, M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’89, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced on April 24.
Ailong Ke

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Three faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Molecular biology and genetics professor Ailong Ke is among three Cornell faculty members elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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Accuracy ‘nudges’ decrease misinformation-sharing on left, right

A collaboration between two research teams with opposing views found that, despite claims to the contrary, simply reminding people about the concept of accuracy improves the quality of information-sharing on both sides of the political aisle.
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Four early-career faculty win 2024 Sloan Research awards

… early-career researchers who have won 2024 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. … Four …
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Cornell’s ’24-25 Schwarzman Scholars named

A&S young alumni are among this year’s group of 150 scholars, who are from 43 countries and 114 universities. Schwarzman Scholars, an international program, nurtures a network of future global leaders.
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The Dead rise: Cornell '77 tribute show among top stories of 2023

When Dead & Company came to Cornell in May for a benefit concert commemorating the Grateful Dead’s famed “Cornell ’77” show, it drew thousands to Barton Hall. The March announcement of the show was the most-viewed Chronicle story of 2023.
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Oral delivery a possibility for silica-based C’Dots

New research has shown that ultrasmall Cornell Prime Dots, or C’Dots, which are among the nanocarriers for therapeutics once thought to be viable only by injection, have the potential to be administered orally.
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Five early-career professors win NSF development awards

Philippe Sosoe, mathematics, is among those at Cornell who recently received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards.
 Ray Jayawardhana

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A&S dean Jayawardhana named provost at Johns Hopkins

Rachel Bean, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor in the Department of Astronomy and senior associate dean for math and science, has been named interim A&S dean.
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Online ‘sexual double standard’ disadvantages women

In a new Cornell psychology study, female applicants for scholarships or jobs were viewed less favorably than males when study participants, acting as decision-makers, were shown “sexy” social media photos of the applicants.
Steven Jackson

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Steven Jackson named vice provost for academic innovation

“Teaching is at the center of what we do,” said Jackson, who has a with a dual appointment in the Department of Science and Technology Studies.
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Diversity of neurons affects memory, study finds

Understanding this diversity could lead to better knowledge of the brain’s computational flexibility and memory capacity.
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Physics professor elected to National Academy of Sciences

A&S physicist Michelle Wang is among four Cornell faculty who were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in research.
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Whole-message AI communication seen as more useful

Cornell tech policy research: using AI to write entire messages in representative government appears to be more effective than using AI to generate individual sentences.
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Life on Mars? Better tools needed to get the answer

Current state-of-the-art instrumentation being sent to Mars to collect and analyze evidence of ancient life may not be sensitive enough to make accurate assessments, says a Cornell-led study.
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Five early-career faculty win Sloan Research Fellowships

… Pendergrass and Andrej Singer have won 2023 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships, established in 1955, support early-career … and Canada who this year have received two-year, $75,000 fellowships to advance their work. “Sloan Research Fellows …
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Parking ticket reminders work, but not for all

New research by Cornell behavioral economists reveals that people who would benefit the most from gentle “nudges” to pay their fines – those who are least responsive to tickets in the first place – respond least to those reminders.
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Cornell joins Schmidt AI in Science postdoc research initiative

… engineering and mathematics. The Schmidt AI in Science Fellowships, a $148 million program, is part of Schmidt … improve lives across the globe. The Schmidt AI in Science Fellowships program seeks to accelerate the incorporation of …
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Pollack lauds ‘amazing Cornellians’ in State of the University speech

Cornell's president highlighted recent achievements of Arts and Sciences faculty.
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Three projects awarded Belonging at Cornell innovation grants

The "Can You Hear My Voice?" project, a collaboration between Arts and Sciences, the ILR School, eCornell and the College of Human Ecology, received one of three Belonging at Cornell innovation grants for 2022.
 Ray Jayawardhana

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Jayawardhana reappointed A&S dean, named Bethe professor

… launched under Jayawardhana’s leadership: the  Klarman Fellowships , a premier postdoctoral program for exceptional …
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Radical Collaboration initiative adds AI, quantum, design tech

The universitywide initiative has resulted in the hiring and retention of world-class faculty, millions of research dollars invested, and published research that has helped push science forward and change lives in New York state, the nation and the world.
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Legal language affects how police officers are judged

Referring to police using the legal phrase “objectively reasonable” puts the officer in a more favorable light, regardless of race, according to new research from Neil Lewis Jr. ’13, assistant professor of communication, and doctoral student Mikaela Spruill.
 Sabrina Karim

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Assistant professor wins NSF early-career award

Sabrina Karim, Hardis Family Assistant Professor of government, has received an NSF early career award.
Bruce Lewenstein

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Bruce Lewenstein appointed university ombudsman

Bruce Lewenstein, professor of science communication in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed Cornell’s 13th university ombudsman.
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Seven faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Seven Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. This year's fellows, 564 in all, will be honored at a virtual event Feb. 19.
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Four assistant professors win early-career awards

Two professors in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology have received Early Career Awards to further their research.
Alex Townsend

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Eleven assistant professors win NSF early-career awards

Alex Townsend, Goenka Family Assistant Professor of mathematics, is among the 11 Cornell faculty members who have recently received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards.
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Lindsay France/Cornell University Anjan Mani ’23 (left) and Alexander Chung ’21, near the Arts Quad.

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Students save man from frigid lake after fishing mishap

“I’ve been a swimmer for 15 years, so I didn’t hesitate to jump in," said Alexander Chung '21.
Author Ijeoma Oluo, seen on a computer screen

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Oluo offers practical antiracism strategies in MLK Lecture

Author Ijeoma Oluo, the featured speaker at the virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture, held March 1, said the white male in America has always enjoyed relatively unfettered passage – usually at the expense of others.
Katherine A. Tschida

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Agarwal, Rush, Tschida, Udell win Sloan Fellowships

Katherine A. Tschida, assistant professor of psychology, is among four Cornell faculty who have won 2021 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.
Ijeoma Oluo

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Author, journalist Ijeoma Oluo to give annual MLK Lecture

Seattle-based writer Ijeoma Oluo will give the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Cornell, in a virtual forum on March 1. This year’s event will be a conversation between Oluo and Edward Baptist, professor of history and author of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism."
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Professor emerita to discuss latest work in ‘Book Breaks’

Mary Beth Norton will discuss her book, “1774: The Long Year of Revolution,” in the next “Book Breaks” discussion, hosted Jan. 31 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City.
 Peng Chen, Peter J. W. Debye Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

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A first: Cornell researchers quantify photocurrent loss in particle interface

With a growing global population will come increased energy consumption, and sustainable forms of energy sources such as solar fuels and solar electricity will be in even greater demand. And as these forms of power proliferate, the focus will shift to improved efficiency.

 David Henderson

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Professor Emeritus David Henderson dies in accident

David Wilson Henderson, professor emeritus of mathematics, died Dec. 20 in Newark, Delaware, from injuries suffered when he was struck by a vehicle in a pedestrian crosswalk in Bethany Beach, Delaware. He was 79.

According to published reports, Henderson was struck shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 19. After being taken to nearby Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware, Henderson was transported to Christiana Hospital in Newark, where he died the next day.

 Alex Hayes and Ailong Ke

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Provost Research Innovation Award winners announced

Innovative research with great impact is one of Cornell’s hallmarks, and to recognize some of the best examples of that work, the Office of the Provost has established an annual award that highlights the depth and breadth of the university’s research efforts.

The inaugural Provost Research Innovation Awards recognize midcareer faculty from engineering, the humanities, life sciences, social sciences and physical sciences.

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Nine faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Nine Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

 Sarah Kreps

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Global Grand Challenges event to spark faculty dialogue

What are the biggest threats facing inhabitants of Earth in the 21st century? A two-day symposium will bring together people from across the university for a dialogue on the “grand challenges” of a world that’s both more connected than ever and increasingly fractured.

 Supreme Court justices

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Doctoral student applies physics modeling to voting of SCOTUS ‘Super Court’

The maelstrom surrounding the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was to be expected, when one justice’s vote could change the country’s moral compass for generations. But looking at the high court over a period of decades, have political leanings been its strongest barometer?

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Arthur Ashkin, Ph.D. ’52, shares Nobel Prize in physics

Ashkin received the prize for his invention of "optical tweezers" that move objects with light.
Lawrence Kidder

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Lawrence Kidder elected fellow of American Physical Society

Award-winning senior astronomy research associate Lawrence Kidder, who contributed to the 2016 confirmation of gravitational waves detected in 2015, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).
 Event recorded with the CMS detector in 2012 at a proton-proton centre of mass energy of 8 TeV. 3D perspective. Courtesy of CERN.

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Cornell part of $25M NSF effort to untangle future physics data

Particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) produce massive amounts of data that help answer long-held questions regarding Earth and the far reaches of the universe. The Higgs boson, which had been the missing link in the Standard Model of Particle Physics, was discovered there in 2012 and earned researchers the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics.

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Unraveling titanium dioxide’s self-cleaning ability

Titanium dioxide is one of several minerals that are self-cleaning; they use energy from the sun to convert any “schmutz” that lands on their surface to a harmless gas, which then floats away.

 Donald Holcomb

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Donald Holcomb, emeritus physics professor, dies at 92

Emeritus professor of physics Donald F. Holcomb, who served two terms as chair of the department and championed the cause of improving physics education, died Aug. 9 in his residence at Kendal at Ithaca.
 Members of the Brett Fors lab in chemistry

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On-demand polymers may yield designer materials

Researchers at Cornell are devising a method for creating new polymers in much the same way that a jewelry maker creates a beaded necklace.
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Accelerator project gets push from National Academy of Sciences

A National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) committee has endorsed the idea of building an electron-ion collider (EIC) in the United States, for the purpose of expanding understanding of the fundamental building blocks of matter.

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Singer group will use DOE funding to create new quantum states of matter

Andrej Singer, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and David Croll Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, will lead a three-year project funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science that will attempt to create new quantum states of matter.

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Garbage to gold: getting good results from bad data

Researchers sought a way to obtain usable protein structure images without the expense and time of an X-ray free electron laser source.