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Sgt. Scott Grantz


Sgt. Scott Grantz ’99 Serves His Alma Mater on the CUPD

The Ithaca native and Arts and Sciences grad embodies a community-based approach to public safety
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Geologic park manager receives NYS Hometown Alumni Award

Jonathan Weston ’04, manager of Panama Rocks, a park and geologic site in New York’s Chautauqua County, received the Cornell New York State Hometown Alumni Award Oct. 6 in a virtual ceremony.
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Jason Koski/Cornell University Corey Ryan Earle ’07 began teaching the Cornell history course The First American University (AMST 2001) in spring 2011.


Cornell history course marks 10 years of community

When Corey Ryan Earle ’07 began teaching the Cornell history course The First American University, he had several goals, including giving students a deep understanding and shared appreciation for Cornell’s uniqueness and many pioneering “firsts.” But he didn’t anticipate that 10 years later, the course would create a multigenerational, international community, thousands strong, connected by their ties to the university.
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American history scholar Richard Polenberg dies at 83

Richard “Dick” Polenberg, the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History Emeritus, died Nov. 26 in Ithaca. He was 83.

Polenberg, a foremost scholar of American history, taught at Cornell from 1966 through his retirement in 2012. He served as department chair from 1977-80, taught memorable large lecture courses (including his popular class on modern U.S. history, which reliably filled Bailey Hall), and trained and mentored countless graduate students over the decades.

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Alum and twin cross U.S. on foot to support COVID-19 relief

Zachary Prizant ’18, MPS ’19, and his identical twin brother, Maxwell, are crossing the continental United States on foot – running and hiking 3,000 miles – to support COVID-19 relief work.
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Cornellians in China help send medical supplies to NYC, Ithaca

Cornell alumni, parents and friends have helped source and deliver more than 19,600 N95 respirator masks, 94,000 surgical and face masks, 59,000 surgical gloves, 2,600 sets of coveralls and other supplies.
 Molly O'Toole '09


Alumna receives Pulitzer’s newest prize, for audio reporting

Molly O’Toole ’09 was part of the “This American Life” reporting team that produced the November 2019 episode “The Out Crowd.”
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Radical Collaboration sees new hires, custom approaches

More than three years into the provost’s Radical Collaboration initiative, about 15 faculty members have been hired across fields and colleges, partnerships continue to spark research and bold approaches into new areas, and each of the strategic task forces feeding the program has crafted its own approach to the effort.

 Associate professor Caitlín Barrett takes the Casa della Regina Carolina Project group on a tour of Pompeii.


Faculty forge archaeology partnership at Pompeii

Caitlín Barrett, associate professor of classics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Kathryn Gleason ’79, professor of landscape architecture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, have been collaborating since 2016 on the excavation and survey of a large house and garden site, the Casa della Regina Carolina Project, at Pompeii in southern Italy.

 Thelma Schoonmaker holds an Oscar statuette.


Alumna garners eighth Oscar nomination for film editing

Thelma Schoonmaker ’61 was nominated for her film editing work on “The Irishman.”
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Vice provost illuminates Cornell’s global role and impact

"I would like to see every student at Cornell have the opportunity to have an international experience."
 Isaac Kramnick


Eminent historian Isaac Kramnick dies at 81

Isaac Kramnick, the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government Emeritus, a renowned scholar of English and American political thought and history, and a longtime champion of undergraduate education, died Dec. 21 in New York City. Kramnick was 81.

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack said Kramnick was “a beloved Cornellian; a teacher and leader who, in his time at Cornell, touched the lives of generations of students, faculty and staff.”

 Toni Morrison


Literary icon Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, dies at 88

Nobel Prize-winning author and alumna Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, died Monday, Aug. 5, in New York City. She was 88.

 Price Arana


Alumna’s film screening included Q&A with Holocaust survivor

Price Arana ’87 will be on campus April 22 to host a 5:15 p.m. screening of her directorial film debut, “An Undeniable Voice,” in Milstein Hall’s Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium.
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Series of events to mark 50th anniversary of Willard Straight Hall occupation

On April 19, 1969, dozens of members of Cornell’s Afro-American Society and several Latino students occupied Willard Straight Hall for 36 hours to call attention to what they perceived as the university’s hostility toward students of color, its student judicial system and its slow progress in establishing an Africana studies program.

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Tackling cancer biology research across colleges and campuses

Cancer biologist Richard Cerione is seeking to understand what makes a cancer cell more aggressive and more invasive, in a cross-college collaboration with biomedical engineer Claudia Fischbach.
 Gary Koretzky ’78, a rheumatologist, immunologist and Cornell’s vice provost for academic integration, has been named the inaugural director of the new Cornell Center for Immunology.


Cornell creates multicollege Center for Immunology

Building on Cornell’s decades of fundamental and comparative research in the immunological sciences, Provost Michael Kotlikoff has announced the creation of a new Cornell Center for Immunology.

The virtual center will combine multiple research efforts across several departments and colleges on the Ithaca campus and strengthen ties to the university’s ongoing immunological research at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.

 Sharice Davids


Five alumni to serve in the 116th Congress

Sharice Davids J.D. '10 is one of the first two Native American women elected and A&S grad Kurt Schrader ’73 was re-elected to a sixth term in Oregon.
 Julia Thom-Levy


Thom-Levy channels innovation to benefit faculty and students

Julia Thom-Levy, professor in physics and vice provost for academic innovation, oversees Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Her position was created a year ago, and CTI was formed by merging the former Center for Teaching Excellence with the Academic Technologies unit in Cornell Information Technologies.