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 Ph.D.  alumna Dr. Christine "Xine" Yao


Alumna honored with BBC award

Christine “Xine” Yao, M.A. '13, Ph.D. '16, was named one of the 2020 BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinkers. The program, now in its 10th year, affords early career academics a platform to share their ideas via BBC Radio 3 and other outlets. 

“It is an amazing opportunity to work with the BBC to share my expertise and hopefully provoke different ways of understanding the world,” Yao said.

 Professor Margaret Washington


Historian Margaret Washington featured in History channel, CNN programs

Margaret Washington, the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of American History, was recently featured in the History Channel documentary “Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution,” and will appear in a CNN program focusing on women’s history. 

 active learning course


Following curiosity leads students through A&S requirements

A new system of requirements is simplifying the process for incoming students this fall in the College of Arts & Sciences. Many students find that the requirements expand their worldview and introduce them to topics and concepts they would not have encountered otherwise.

 Lisa Kaltenegger


Astronomy virtual meeting taps Kaltenegger for lecture

Lisa Kaltenegger, associate professor of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Carl Sagan Institute, will give the Fred Kavli Plenary Lecture on June 1 at the American Astronomical Society virtual meeting.

 Ph.D. student Ellen Abrams


Ph.D. student Ellen Abrams awarded early career prize

Ph.D. student Ellen Abrams was awarded the 2018-19 Taylor and Francis Early Career Prize from the British Society for the History of Mathematics for her essay “‘An Inalienable Prerogative of a Liberated Spirit’: Postulating American Mathematics.”

 Gas giant planet: artist's rendition


Cornell linked to three 51 Pegasi b astronomy postdocs

Cornell will have connections to three of this year’s eight winners of 51 Pegasi b Fellowships in Planetary Astronomy. Two are coming to Ithaca for three years of postdoctoral work; another is a recent Cornell graduate.

 Lisa Kaltenegger


AAS names Kaltenegger as Fred Kavli plenary lecturer

… 15 different departments, working together to develop the forensic toolkit to find life in the solar system as well as … other organizations, Kaltenegger served on the National Science Foundation’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory … Kaltenegger was also selected as a role model for women in science and research by the European Commission. Asteroid …
 House votes to impeach Trump


Professors to teach new fall course on impeachment

Cornell students who carefully followed President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment can now take a course on the subject matter starting in the fall. The course, taught by Joseph Margulies, a professor of government and law, and Edward Baptist, professor of history, will look at the politics and history of impeachment in the United States.

 Yunyun Wang '20


‘State of the Pod’ founder Yunyun Wang ’20 named Newman Civic Fellow

Yunyun Wang ’20, a double major in information science, systems and technology (ISST) and government, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow, an honor given by Campus Compact that “recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers” according to information on its website.

 Derrick Spires


English professor honored for book on black politics

Derrick R. Spires, associate professor of English, was awarded the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize for his book, “The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States.”

The award, given by the Bibliographical Society of America, honors research in the bibliography of American literature and history. The award carries a prize of $2,000 and a year’s membership in the organization.

 Associate Professor of English Derrick R. Spires


Bibliographical Society of America honors English professor

Derrick R. Spires, associate professor of English, was awarded the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize for his book “The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States."