Lingzi Zhuang is a doctoral candidate in linguistics with a minor in cognitive science from Maanshan, a small city in Anhui, China, and Shanghai. He chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to the linguistics program, program offerings, and feeling of community.
The European Union’s privacy watchdog, the European Data Protection Supervisor has opened two investigations into EU institutions’ use of cloud computing services offered by Amazon and Microsoft. Sarah Kreps, professor of government, says the EU is in a difficult position when it comes to privacy and cloud storage.
Charlotte Logan is a doctoral student in linguistics from Syracuse, New York. She chose to pursue further study at Cornell due to its location in the Haudenosaunee homelands and the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program.
Valzhyna Mort, assistant professor of literatures in English, received the Rome Prize in Literature for 2021-2022. Mary Jane Dempsey, graduate student in the Department of Romance Studies, received the Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies.
The National Endowment for the Arts has approved a $30,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to the Department of Music to support a musical response to Freedom on the Move (FOTM), a database housing digitized, searchable fugitive slave advertisements.
Deadly clashes between Israelis and Palestinians are likely to continue this week, as the Israeli military deploys additional forces near the Gaza Strip. Uriel Abulof, a visiting professor in Cornell University’s government department and professor at Tel-Aviv University, gives perspective.
Facebook’s Oversight Board voted to uphold the social media company’s suspension of former President Donald Trump on its platforms but insisted the company must review the suspension to determine an appropriate length of time and develop clearer policies to balance freedom of expression and public safety. Professor of government Sarah Kreps says that Facebook’s Oversight Board acts like a private firm without real accountability of its own and that its consequential decision making over Facebook’s policies require additional independent oversight.
On Monday, the Biden administration announced a significant increase in the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The announcement comes as the administration also begins to reunite parents separated from their children under the Trump administration’s family separation policy. Maria Cristina Garcia, professor of history and Latino studies, and Chiara Galli, sociologist and Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow, comment.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, a bill that would make the District of Columbia the 51st state. David Bateman, professor of government says that while much of the critique of H.R. 51 is political, the bill represents a decision about whether residents of DC merit equal rights of citizenship.
On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin was convicted by a jury of killing George Floyd in an act of police violence on May 25, 2020. Joe Margulies, professor of law and government, says the verdict in Chauvin’s case underscores that police should only respond to calls requiring an armed officer.
On Wednesday, hundreds of companies’ executives joined in a new statement to call out Republican-sponsored voting bills that they say will curtail voting access in several American states. History professor Lawrence Glickman, an expert on consumer activism, comments
Federal health agencies have recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after six people developed blood clots within two weeks of receiving the one-shot vaccine. Government professors Sarah Kreps and Doug Kriner, who have surveyed nearly 2,000 American adults on issues regarding their willingness to get a vaccine, comment.
The Biden administration is making a pitch this week for new legislation that could provide a combined $3 trillion for infrastructure such as roads, rail lines, electric vehicle charging stations and grid upgrades, while investing in universal pre-kindergarten, paid family leave and free community college. Noliwe Rooks, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor in Africana studies and an expert on the role of segregation in American society, comments.