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Goldberg shares research at Russekoff lecture

The Mitzi Sutton Russekoff ’54 Lecture took place Nov. 15 at the Cornell Club in New York City.
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Cornell, global partners discuss the next ‘grand challenge’

Global Cornell will host a town hall in December for additional feedback and announce the new Global Grand Challenge theme in the coming year.
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Webb telescope shows exoplanet atmosphere as never seen before

“This is the first time we see concrete evidence of photochemistry – chemical reactions initialized by energetic stellar light – on exoplanets.”
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Biden, Xi meeting a chance to ‘step back from the brink’ of conflict

Government professor Jessica Chen Weiss: "I hope that both leaders will come prepared to test the proposition that the two governments could begin a range of discussions in areas of shared concern and explore potential terms of coexistence.”
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Winter Session spotlight: Jennifer Wissink

Students can earn up to four credits in the three-week winter session – including Wissink's ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics course.
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Latest U.S. drone transfer to Ukraine signals shift in ‘character of war’

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Lushenko, senior policy fellow at Cornell's Tech Policy Lab, comments on the announcement of the inclusion of the MQ-9 Reaper in a U.S. defense aid package to Ukraine
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A dream of discovering alien life finds new hope

For Lisa Kaltenegger and her generation of exoplanet astronomers, decades of planning have set the stage for an epochal detection.
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Fear of election violence highlights how political landscape has changed

Concerns about violence are growing as Election Day in the U.S. nears, says scholar Mabel Berezin: “The expectation of violence at the polls this year signals how much has changed in the American electoral landscape since 2018."
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‘Fearmongering’ drives Netanyahu’s comeback in Israel

Government scholar Uriel Abulof comments that in Israel, Netanyahu’s comeback appears powered by politician Itamar Ben-Gvir and the far-right.  
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As Kerry presses World Bank on climate, field staff drive global lending reform

Prof. Richard Clark comments on U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry's call for the World Bank and other multilateral institutions to expand financing for low-carbon projects in developing countries.
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Xi’s personalized, opaque rule eroding trust in Chinese economy

Prof. Jeremy Wallace comments on China's report that its third-quarter gross domestic product grew.
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Role of African Union scrutinized in Ethiopia, Tigray peace talks

Prof. Oumar Ba comments on the first formal peace talks between the Ethiopian government and Tigray forces since war broke out two years ago.
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Drones ‘arms race’ renews debate on global governance

The United States is calling for a United Nations Security Council briefing regarding news that Russia is using Iranian drones for its war on Ukraine. Paul Lushenko, doctoral student and co-editor of "Drones and Global Order: Implications of Remote Warfare for International Society,” comments.
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Policy inconsistent with UK reality: Cornell experts available on Truss resignation

Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced she will resign after 44 days in office. Cornell University professors discuss what’s next for the United Kingdom and the European Union.
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Tips for Grad Students from a Global PhD Research Scholar

Government PhD candidate Vincent Mauro shares his strategies for making the most of your time at an international collection of primary materials.
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New podcast explores imaging technique cryo-EM

Co-host Liz Kellogg, assistant professor of molecular biology and genetics: "In every interview, we heard stories that we hadn’t expected and learned something new about each other and about the field."
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Indigenous dance troupe show focuses on residential schools

The internationally-renowned Indigenous Canadian Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will perform their poignant "The Mush Hole" at Cornell on Friday, Oct. 28.
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American Sign Language (ASL) Literature Series features ASL Poets/Storytellers

Six American Sign Language (ASL) poets and storytellers will visit Cornell between Oct. 12 and Nov. 28, in conjunction with this semester’s ASL Literature course.
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Belarusian poet: Nobel Peace Prize win must galvanize support

Viasna, founded by activist Ales Bialiatski, was ‘liquidated’ by Lukashenka’s regime in 2003 but he has continued to fight for human rights in Belarus under the great pressure, says poet Valzhyna Mort.
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U.S. tech restrictions on China could backfire without ally support

The U.S. is increasingly seeing China as a significant military threat and seeking to maintain as large a lead as possible in its tech competition with China, says Sarah Kreps.
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Two A&S postdocs receive Blavatnik awards in physics, chemistry

Xiaolong Liu, a postdoctoral researcher in physics, and Wen Zhang, a postdoctoral researcher in chemistry, stand out among young scientists in the tri-state area.
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What’s healthy? FDA tackles notoriously difficult definition

"Healthy is not a neutral one-size-fits-all concept," says Adrienne Bitar, an expert in the history and culture of American food.
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What’s next for Brazil: Cornell experts on economics, politics post-election

In the first round of Brazil’s elections Oct. 2, former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva face off against right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro; Cornell government professors react.
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Fascism expert: Italy is next in the European nationalist movement, here is why.

The outcome of the Italian election on Sept. 25 could have dramatic effects on the country and European Union, says professor Mabel Berezin.
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Martial law anniversary marked by ‘historical revisionism’

This year’s anniversary of Philippine martial law is momentous, says professor Christine Bacareza Balance.
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Proteins could lead to early breast cancer diagnosis, treatment

A team of researchers has discovered a non-invasive biomarker that could aid with earlier diagnosis of breast cancer, the most common cancer among women, which will likely affect one in 13 women during their lives.
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King Charles III must quickly determine his path as ruler

Cornell faculty reflect on what will happen after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
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The College Welcomes New Faculty for 2022-23

This year, 15 new faculty are bringing innovative ideas in a wide range of topics to the College of Arts & Sciences’ nexus of discovery and impact, including climate change, astronomy, identity studies and the economy.
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NASA releases first Webb Telescope image of exoplanet

Observation team member Eileen Gonzales, 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow, says this is just the beginning.
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New Faculty: Daniel Hirschman

Daniel Hirschman, Sociology
Kristen Warner

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New Faculty: Kristen Warner

Kristen Warner, Performing and Media Arts
Michell Chresfield

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New Faculty: Michell Chresfield

Michell Chresfield, Africana Studies
Vanessa Gubbins

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New Faculty: Vanessa Gubbins

Vanessa Gubbins, Romance Studies
José Luis Montiel Olea

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New Faculty: José Luis Montiel Olea

José Luis Montiel Olea, Economics
Jamie Budnick

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New Faculty: Jamie Budnick

Jamie Budnick, Sociology
Chelsea Mikael Frazier

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New Faculty: Chelsea Mikael Frazier

Chelsea Mikael Frazier, Literatures in English
Joe Lerangis

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New Faculty: Joe Lerangis

Joe Lerangis, Music
Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz

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New Faculty: Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz

Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz, Performing and Media Arts
Carolyn Fornoff

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New Faculty: Carolyn Fornoff

Carolyn Fornoff, Romance Studies
Mayer Juni

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New Faculty: Mayer Juni

Mayer Juni, History and Jewish Studies
Milena Djourelova

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New Faculty: Milena Djourelova

Milena Djourelova, Economics
Anna Ho

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New Faculty: Anna Ho

Anna Ho, Astronomy
Ryan Chahrour

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New Faculty: Ryan Chahrour

Ryan Chahrour, Economics
Richard Clark

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New Faculty: Richard Clark

Richard Clark, Government
Sophia Veltfort

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Student Spotlight: Sophia Veltfort

Sophia Veltfort, MFA ’20, a doctoral candidate in English language and literature, studies the representations of speech and thought in 20th-century fiction.
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Mikhail Gorbachev, dead at 91, ‘likely haunts Putin’s dreams’

Vladimir Putin has spent his entire life trying to undo Gorbachev's legacy, says Cornell University military historian David Silbey.
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With visit to Taiwan, Pelosi upsets Xi-Biden’s balancing act

Government Prof. Allen Carlson comments on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
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Don’t Stress: Maternal Stress Affects Child’s Diet

Maternal exposure to stress during pregnancy could have long term detrimental effects on children’s diets, finds Michele Belot.
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Student Spotlight: Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei

The doctoral candidate in music from Denton, Texas studies music composition with a focus on time malleability.
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NATO decision on Finland, Sweden strong on paper, future unclear

With NATO formally inviting Finland and Sweden to join its alliance after Turkey dropped its objections, classics and history professor Barry Strauss comments that history is full of alliances that amounted to little.
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Student Spotlight: Yongjian Tang

A doctoral candidate in physics from Guangdong, China, Yongjian Tang is a recipient of a 2022 Wu Scholarship.
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Jan. 6 hearings: What’s missing are key White House witnesses

As the House Committee charged with investigating the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol prepares to hold the first of several hearings on June 9, Doug Kriner and Steve Israel share from their recent poll designed to measure public opinion of election reforms.
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Student Spotlight: Michael Lee

"As a poet with the heart of a historian, I’m interested in attending to the interrelated histories of European colonialism and industrial warfare through the lyric."
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In blow to U.S. diplomacy, Mexican president skips key regional summit

The Summit of the Americas, taking place this week in Los Angeles, typically represents an opportunity for leaders to move their agendas forward.
Germán Reyes

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Student Spotlight: Germán Reyes

A doctoral candidate in economics from Argentina, Reyes studies how test-score gaps eventually lead to income inequality.
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Sociology department unveils new augmented reality window

The AR redesign of a display in Uris Hall was a collaborative exploration involving student researchers, staff and faculty.
Esther Kondo Heller

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Student Spotlight: Esther Kondo Heller

With a research travel grant, Heller will go to Nairobi this summer to research an archive of interviews with the Taarab musician Sitara Bute.
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Digital focus of Asia trade plan will help U.S. companies, allies

Prof. Sarah Kreps comments on Pres. Biden's proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
Vaibhav Sharma

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Student Spotlight: Vaibhav Sharma

Vaibhav Sharma, doctoral candidate in physics from Delhi, India, studies the quantum mechanical behavior of ultracold atoms.
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Finland, Sweden considering NATO not surprising given historical context

The announcement marks a turning point but is not entirely surprising from a historical perspective, says professor Cristina Florea.
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Undergraduate psychology conference to feature diverse research

Thirty-five students will present on topics from implicit bias in person perceptions to early-life adversity in prairie voles and more.
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U.S. information warfare ‘fundamentally shapes conflict’ in Ukraine

Historian David Silbey says there is a long history of the U.S. using intelligence to help allies.
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European leaders show ‘creative diplomacy’ in Russian oil ban

The 27-nation bloc bridged economic and political differences to make a sixth set of sanctions, says government scholar Daniel Schade.
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Leaked SCOTUS opinion represents ‘new level of misogyny’

Philosophy professor Kate Manne calls the draft decision "a heartbreaking step back for the rights of women, and anyone who can get pregnant, in America today."
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Christian doctrine barely veiled in leaked SCOTUS opinion

Sociologist Landon Schnabel, a scholar of religion and gender, finds Christian religion between the lines of a leaked draft opinion that suggests that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Protests in Sri Lanka unprecedented, unlikely to fade away

Pressure on the current government has not lessened, says Daniel Bass, manager of the South Asia Program and adjunct assistant professor of Asian studies.
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Russian gas threat could force European economy to reform

Cristina Florea provides a historical perspective on energy and economic development.
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Biden admin rhetoric strengthens Russian propaganda about U.S.

Majorities in Russia, going back to the 1990s, have consistently believed Russia has reason to fear Western NATO countries, says professor Brynn Rosenfeld, who studies post-communist politics and public opinion.
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Despite election loss, Marine Le Pen influence in France to continue

This was Le Pen’s third try for the Presidency, professor Mabel Berezin points out, and in every try she gains more votes.
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Military aid to Ukraine comes amid ‘diplomatic dance’ on world stage

With President Biden expected to announce additional security assistance to Ukraine, Sarah Kreps comments on relations with Russia.
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2022 Cornell Biennial artist preview

… Studies of  Lauren Siegel ,  Sarah Then Bergh ,  Marie Lambert ,  Romain Pasquer , will feature performances and …
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Surprise, no surprise: round 1 of the French presidential election

Sociologist Mabel Berezin, an expert on nationalist and populist movements in Europe, comments on the French elections.
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Marine Le Pen to ‘win’ French election, even if she loses

Sociologist Mabel Berezin, an expert on fascist, nationalist and populist movements in Europe and associated threats to democracy, comments on the French elections.
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Russia’s role in U.N. questioned amid war in Ukraine, atrocities

Historian Cristina Florea comments on the United Nations General Assembly vote on expelling Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council.
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Musk’s Twitter stake speaks to value of platforms by tech titans

Faculty expert on social media Alexandra Cirone reacts to Musk becoming the platform's biggest shareholder.
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In shadow of Ukraine war, EU elections face critical moment

April elections in Hungary and France will be affected by the war in Ukraine, says comparative sociologist Mabel Berezin – even as war news draws public attention from them.
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Amid refugee announcement, Biden seeks to relieve a backlogged asylum system

Cristina Maria Garcia, professor of history and Latino studies, comments on President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will admit 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.
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U.S. can accuse Russia of war crimes, but prosecution will be elusive

Professor Oumar Ba comments on the likelihood of Russians being prosecuted for war crimes committed in Ukraine.
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Myanmar genocide declaration could propel legal consequences

The Biden administration has declared repression of the Rohingya population in Myanmar amounts to genocide, a formal declaration, says professor Oumar Ba, that carries significant rhetorical weight, in addition to potential legal consequences.
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CCSS announces 2022 spring grants for faculty

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences has announced its spring grants for faculty.
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Study: Language may not shape social outcomes

A new linguistic study, authored by Thomas Pepinsky, argues that there is no evidence that linguistic differences affect social and economic outcomes.
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Drones in Ukraine have ‘irrevocably altered’ character of war

As the Biden administration sends Switchblade drones for Ukraine's defense against Russia, Cornell government scholar Paul Lushenko comments on the use of drones in this and future conflicts.
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Cornell historian says Russia’s war on Ukraine could be a catalyst

Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky spoke to the U.S. Congress on March 16 in a direct appeal for help as Russia continues its bombardment. The war might result in new forms of international cooperation, says Cristina Florea, assistant professor of history.
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China must protect own interests in decision to provide Russia aid

Arts & Sciences China experts comment today as a U.S. national security advisor is expected to meet with a top Chinese diplomat; the first high-level talks between the two countries since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.
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Ancient Rome offers insight into Russian aggression

Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics, says that a glance at ancient Rome may help in trying to understand Putin and the subject of war crimes.
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Putin unlikely to face ICC for war crimes in Ukraine

Oumar Ba, assistant professor of government provides context on the International Criminal Court as casualties mount in the war waged by Russia against Ukraine.
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diacritics journal turns 50

The journal, which is a review of contemporary criticism, is celebrating with an anniversary blog.
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Countering Russian misinformation a ‘comparatively easy’ problem to solve

Twitter just announced it will begin labeling content from Russian state-affiliated media websites. Professor Sarah Kreps says that in some cases, false tags actually lead to more social media sharing of bogus COVID-19 claims.
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Season 4 of Antiquitas podcast features love and war

The fourth season of “Antiquitas: Leaders and Legends of the Ancient World,” a podcast from professor Barry Strauss, premieres Feb. 23.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning alumna explores the human stories behind global migration

L.A. Times reporter Molly O’Toole ’09 is currently tracing a 9,000-mile route to the U.S.’s southern border.
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Alum Leads Cornell’s ‘2030 Project’ on Climate Change

Fresh from sustainability success in New York City, environmental advocate Ben Furnas ’06 directs a new University initiative to marshal its resources to protect the planet.
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Cornell celebrates Morrison’s birthday with screening, roundtable

Cornell will celebrate the birthday of alumna and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison MA ’55 from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 18 with a screening of the film “The Foreigner’s Home” (2017), followed by a roundtable discussion.
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Black sports history topic of Cornell Seymour Lecture

The talk “Reframing Boobie Miles: Racial Iconicity and the Transmedia Black Athlete,” by Dr. Samantha N. Sheppard, will explore the meaning of the black athlete, using Boobie Miles, as portrayed in the multimedia franchise “Friday Night Lights,” as her case study.
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American perception of Olympics sabotage claim ‘doesn’t matter’ to China

Political scientist Sarah Kreps comments on China's claim that the U.S. plans to pay athletes to 'sabotage' the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
Event poster: Zalaznick Reading Series

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Cornell Reading Series features writers with diverse artistic range

Beginning Feb. 24, the Spring 2022 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series will feature a wide range of artistic styles and voices from around the world.
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New superconducting interfaces for quantum technologies

Potential applications of this research include high-performance topological quantum computers, quantum information processing, high-sensitivity sensors, and perfect spin filters.
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Transforming solar energy with solution-processed materials

Thin-film solar cells made from solution-processed crystalline materials are promising alternatives to silicon wafers, the core component that converts light into electricity in most solar panels today.
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Exploring the Widening Chasm Between Urban and Rural Voters

A team led by government professor Suzanne Mettler, PhD ’94, seeks to understand the factors at play in the red-blue divide between America's cities and countryside.
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Putin’s goal of ‘breaking NATO’ evokes past Soviet, Roman leaders

Prof. Barry Strauss comments on Russian President Vladimir Putin's demands about Ukraine.
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E.P.A’s new air, water protections for poor sends mixed signals, says prof.

Prof. Jerel Ezell comments on the EPA's announcement of new air and water monitoring and enforcement.