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 Students with a catch box in an active learning class

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New approaches to teaching revolutionize the classroom

Teaching at Cornell is in the midst of a transformation, with faculty applying the latest research and technologies across disciplines to excite and engage students.
 Professors at computer

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Courses continue transition from Blackboard to Canvas

Cornell has entered the second semester of its transition from Blackboard to Canvas, with more than half of all courses now using the new learning management system. Blackboard will be unavailable after the fall 2019 semester.
 Kelly Zamudio, left, Goldwin Smith Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Provost Michael Kotlikoff chat at the Provost’s Seminar on Teaching and Learning April 18 at the Statler Hotel.

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Provost’s seminar celebrates innovation in teaching

The Provost’s Seminar on Teaching and Learning brought nearly 75 faculty and instructors together to share and celebrate innovations in teaching at Cornell.

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Revisiting the Time of J.S. Bach

This Cornell Research story focuses on Bach scholar and accomplished organist/pianist, David Yearsley, who is exploring not only Bach’s music but also the music of Bach’s wife and their world.

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Catalysis—Focusing in to see the action

This Cornell Research story focuses on the work of Rong Ye,  one of the first Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows, who is working in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

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Unheard Voices, Made Known and Amplified

When Carole Boyce Davies, professor of Africana studies and English, first began studying African and African diaspora literature and culture, the field was dominated by male scholars and writers—both as teachers and subjects of study, according to this story on the Cornell Resarch website. Boyce Davies arrived at just the right moment to make significant contributions.

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What is Metaphysics?

Metaphysics includes big, abstract questions about the nature of reality that can’t be fully answered or investigated empirically: questions about whether or not we have free will and the nature of consciousness; about how objects or people persist through time. Are we the same people as we were as babies? Is a table the same if you inscribe your name into its surface? And what about causation, which is so central to our thinking, on what terms does one event cause another? 

 Kyle Lancaster

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Passionate explorers - a chemistry story

In the middle of the periodic table of elements, on the block that bridges the two jutting sides, is a series of elements known as transition metals. The electronic composition of transition metals makes them great catalysts for some of earth’s most life-enabling reactions. They mediate key reactions, for example, in photosynthesis and help convert nitrogen in the atmosphere so it can be used as a nutrient to sustain life.

 Sculpture in Klarman Hall

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Classical Art- Ideal Form, Copy, Illusion

 Eun-Ah Kim

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The social life of electrons

Like human social behavior, the behavior of electrons in relation to each other is difficult to predict. In strongly correlated systems, each electron impacts how those around it act, their orientation and movement, and this leads to diverse behavior in the whole. This Cornell Research story explores this behavior.

 Peng Chen

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Innovating with Single-Molecule Imaging

In 1989, W.E. Moerner—a Cornell University graduate and current professor at Stanford University—discovered a method that allowed researchers to see single molecules for the first time. It was a breakthrough that opened doors for the development of an entirely new technique that would impact scientific research across disciplines, and one that earned Moerner, as well as fellow Cornell alumnus Eric Betzig (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), a Nobel Prize in 2014.

 David Bateman

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Congress and political parties, a checkup

A government professor studies how Congress, political parties, and the electorate have shaped each other throughout history
 Kim Weeden

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Work: Aspirations, inequalities, markets

This Cornell Research story focuses on Kim Weeden, the Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor of the Social Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of Inequality, whose work focuses on inequality and opportunity in the United States and other industrialized countries.

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The native archaeology of the Finger Lakes

Through his writing, archaeology, and outreach, Kurt Jordan, associate professor of anthropology, works alongside Native partners to better understand the indigenous history of the Finger Lakes region.

 Francesca Molinari

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The Beauty of Logic and Rigor in Data

The research of Francesca Molinari, professor of economics, is explored in this recent Cornell Research story.

 Richard Miller

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A political philosopher speaks

The research of Richard W. Miller, professor of philosophy and director of the Program on Ethics & Public Life, is explored in this recent Cornell Research story.

 Robert R. Morgan

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A Natural Storyteller Talks about His Art

Robert R.Morgan, professor of English, spoke about how writing and storytelling took over his life.
 Tara S. Holm

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Shapes, Floppy and Squeezable

What does it mean to do research in math? According to Tara S.

 Poster for runaway slaves

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Slavery and today's policing

After writing a book on slavery, Edward Baptist is creating a searchable database that will digitize runaway ads.
 Paul Fleming

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The Anecdote: Capturing an Experience

Paul A. Fleming, German Studies/Comparative Literature, recounts an old story that’s been told and retold many times. It comes from Herodotus’ Histories, an account of the Egyptian King Psammetichus’ capture by the Persians. As part of the king’s humiliation, the Persians parade his family in front of him—first his daughter as a slave and then his son on his way to execution. While everyone else around him wails, King Psammetichus shows no emotion until a beggared old drinking buddy passes, upon which he begins to weep and lament.

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