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Davis lab/provided This composite image shows where the selenium atoms reside in the crystal of niobium diselenide, a transition metal dichalcogenide, using conventional scanned tunneling microscopy (left, in grey) and where the electron pairs are observed using scanned Josephson tunneling microscopy (right, in blue).


Electron-pair discovery advances field of quantum materials

Physicist Séamus Davis and his team have found an exotic state of quantum matter.
Ekaterina Landgren
Sue Longhini Ekaterina Landgren


Applied math/astronomy student receives Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Ph.D. student Ekaterina Landgren has received a 2021 Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The program recognizes women pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences.
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CCAT Observatory, Inc. Mod-Cam receiver for the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope.


Annual conference on new telescope moves science ahead

More than a hundred people gathered virtually at the end of April for the 2021 annual conference on the CCAT-prime project, which is building the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) in Chile. “First light” is scheduled for 2023.
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Advising, teaching awards honor Arts and Sciences faculty

“During this challenging year, our faculty have demonstrated exemplary caring and commitment to our students."
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Final ‘Racism in America’ webinar on April 27 to focus on our economic system

The webinar will feature four Cornell faculty experts looking at the past as well as present of the relationship of racism to capitalism and the unequal impact of COVID-19 on different sectors of the economy.
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JPL/ NASA An illustration depicting Mars Helicopter Ingenuity during a test flight on Mars


Roving Mars, by air and land

The Ingenuity helicopter and other rotorcraft could provide reconnaissance for rovers to help guide their routes.
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Dean announces transitions on Arts & Sciences leadership team

Ray Jayawardhana, the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences, has announced transitions in the College’s senior leadership team that will take place on July 1.
Book cover: Constants of the Motion


Poetry book by Nobel-winning chemist features science, nature

Roald Hoffmann received a Nobel Prize in 1981 for chemistry—and he’s been writing poetry since the 1970s. His fifth book of poetry, “Constants in Motion,” was recently published by Dos Madres Press. These poems interweave Hoffmann’s scientific perspective with his poetic sensibility.
Red book cover: How to Tell a Joke


Translation updates Cicero’s treatise on jokes as ‘weapons’

Michael Fontaine’s lively new translation amuses as well as instructs.
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Health inequities the focus of ‘Racism in America’ webinar on March 29

The fourth webinar in our Racism in America series features faculty from A&S, CALS and Weill Cornell Medicine.
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FYS Telescope partners in Canada receive new $4.9 million grant

A team of Canadian researchers have been awarded $4.9 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to help build a next generation telescope, the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST), part of the CCAT-prime project, an international collaboration including Cornell University.
Richard Boyd


Pioneering philosopher Richard Boyd dies at 78

Richard Newell Boyd, the Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy and Humane Letters Emeritus, died in his sleep in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 20. He was 78.
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‘Racism in America’ webinar to examine protest movements

Moderated by Kat Stafford, national investigative writer at The Associated Press, the webinar will feature five Cornell faculty experts.
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Wolfgang Wuster Mozambique spitting cobra


Study: Did cobras first spit venom to scare pre-humans?

New research by Harry Greene, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, suggests that for some cobras, the venom evolved additional complexity to deter potential enemies– possibly including bipedal, larger-brained hominins like Homo erectus, our extinct close relative.
Alexis Soloski
Provided Alexis Soloski, theater critic


NY Times theater critic wins 2019-20 Nathan Award

Alexis Soloski’s articles about theater during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic “transcended the limits of traditional reviews," the award committee said.
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Roper Center hosts forum on public opinion polling

While some consider public opinion polls critical to democratic accountability, others question the ability of today’s pollsters to accurately reflect the public’s preferences on issues and candidates.

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Cornell faculty featured on ‘The Academic Minute’

The program, airing on 70 stations, covers new and emerging topics in higher education.
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Ground broken in Chile for alum-backed telescope

The telescope itself will arrive in mid- to late 2022, with first light anticipated in 2023.
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Yuri Orlov memorial webinar held Nov. 18

Some of the world’s most prominent human-rights leaders honored the late Yuri Orlov, professor emeritus of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, in a webinar Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

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Reading series finale to feature Black feminist scholars

Black feminist scholars will examine the current socio-political and cultural moment in “Triangle Breathing: A Conversation with Hortense Spillers and Alexis Pauline Gumbs,” the final Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series: At Home virtual event of the fall.