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Byline: Melanie Lefkowitz

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Native ironworkers’ tradition continues on North Campus

For six generations, Mohawk ironworkers have “walked the steel.”

Indigenous people began ironworking in the 19th century, when they were hired to build railroad bridges in Canada. They helped craft the New York City skyline, working on projects including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the World Trade Center.

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Biathlon e-book aims for insight

Craig Wiggers grew up in Alabama. During his 25-year career in the U.S. Marines he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. So when he moved to Ithaca as a Cornell ROTC instructor in 2012, he wasn’t quite sure what to do with snow.

“At first my wife and I spent our winters staring at the walls and waiting for spring,” said Wiggers, now director of administration at the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).

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Silver linings: Innovation, kits, tech animate a hybrid semester

Elora Robeck ’24 couldn’t find rubbing alcohol.

She needed alcohol to preserve the soft-bodied insects she’d collected near her home in Missouri, for her entomology class at Cornell. But it wasn’t included in her box of supplies, because alcohol is too flammable to ship. Her local drug store was all sold out.

So at her professor’s suggestion, she asked her father to buy a bottle of 190-proof Everclear instead.

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Summer in the cloud for undergraduate researchers

Four Cornell undergraduates spent the summer learning about the latest cloud computing technologies and making contributions to the Aristotle Cloud Federation as well as the computational tools researchers use to make scientific breakthroughs.

Their work and learning experiences were funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which supports research activities by undergraduates in NSF-funded areas.

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Nanotech facility gets 5-year, $7.5M renewal from NSF

The National Science Foundation has renewed its funding for the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF), with a five-year, $7.5 million grant to continue supporting academic and commercial research in nanofabrication – the design and manufacture of devices measured in nanometers.

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Study: Machine learning can predict market behavior

Machine learning can assess the effectiveness of mathematical tools used to predict the movements of financial markets, according to new Cornell research based on the largest dataset ever used in this area.

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Project to investigate digital ag’s impacts on rural America

As technology begins to transform farming, a team of Cornell researchers is exploring how digital agriculture could affect small and midsized farms, as well as its likely effect on the environment, to inform the design of these developing technologies.

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Summer program aims to lower barriers for CS majors

The three-week program aimed to boost the numbers of computer science majors from underrepresented backgrounds.
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Crossing boundaries: Cornell’s thriving research ecosystem

"Cornell's collaborative culture drives innovation, which leaves a lasting impression on our students.”
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Six stories of six weeks of virtual learning

Spring 2020 was a semester like no other. Over the course of a few weeks, thousands of classes – lectures and seminars, laboratory and performance courses, capstone projects and veterinary clinics – transitioned entirely online. Instructors navigated technical and logistical difficulties, as well as the shifting realities of a global pandemic. But amid the challenges, students and faculty found opportunities for innovation, connection and intellectual growth.

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Cybersecurity requires international cooperation, trust

Most experts agree that state-sponsored hackers in Russia are trying to use the internet to infiltrate the U.S. electrical grid and sabotage elections.

And yet internet security teams in the U.S. and Europe actively seek to cooperate with their Russian counterparts, setting aside some of their differences and focusing on the issues where they can establish mutual trust.

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Smooth start to virtual instruction, thanks to weeks of prep

On April 6, Cornell instructors led 6,600 Zoom meetings with a total of 89,000 participants.
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Video game experience or gender may improve VR learning, study finds

The study has new implications as learning around the world shifts online to combat the spread of coronavirus.


Researchers sniff out AI breakthroughs in mammal brains

"“When you start studying a biological process that becomes more intricate and complex than you can just simply intuit, you have to discipline your mind with a computer model."
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Faculty mobilize to provide virtual instruction

Cornell's Center for Teaching Innovation is helping faculty prepare for the shift to virtual learning April 6.
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NYC Visioning projects host cross-campus events

The four faculty teams that received funding support through the President’s Visioning Committee on Cornell in New York City have conducted cross-campus workshops, hosted interdisciplinary talks and expanded their outreach as they move towards presenting final results in the fall.

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Davis, Delimitrou, DiStasio win Sloan fellowships

Assistant professors Damek Davis, Christina Delimitrou and Robert A. DiStasio Jr. have won 2020 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.

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Energy-saving particle accelerator achieves breakthrough

The technology's capabilities can power the world’s largest accelerators to help scientists unlock the mysteries of the universe.
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Four A&S assistant professors win NSF early career awards

One A&S researcher is studying the ethical implications of artificial intelligence algorithms.