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Four assistant professors win early-career awards

Two professors in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology have received Early Career Awards to further their research.
Alex Townsend


Eleven assistant professors win NSF early-career awards

Alex Townsend, Goenka Family Assistant Professor of mathematics, is among the 11 Cornell faculty members who have recently received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards.
Three students on the Arts Quad
Lindsay France/Cornell University Anjan Mani ’23 (left) and Alexander Chung ’21, near the Arts Quad.


Students save man from frigid lake after fishing mishap

“I’ve been a swimmer for 15 years, so I didn’t hesitate to jump in," said Alexander Chung '21.
Author Ijeoma Oluo, seen on a computer screen


Oluo offers practical antiracism strategies in MLK Lecture

Author Ijeoma Oluo, the featured speaker at the virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture, held March 1, said the white male in America has always enjoyed relatively unfettered passage – usually at the expense of others.
Katherine A. Tschida


Agarwal, Rush, Tschida, Udell win Sloan Fellowships

Katherine A. Tschida, assistant professor of psychology, is among four Cornell faculty who have won 2021 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.
Ijeoma Oluo


Author, journalist Ijeoma Oluo to give annual MLK Lecture

Seattle-based writer Ijeoma Oluo will give the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Cornell, in a virtual forum on March 1. This year’s event will be a conversation between Oluo and Edward Baptist, professor of history and author of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism."
book cover: 1774, The Long Year of Revolution


Professor emerita to discuss latest work in ‘Book Breaks’

Mary Beth Norton will discuss her book, “1774: The Long Year of Revolution,” in the next “Book Breaks” discussion, hosted Jan. 31 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City.
 Peng Chen, Peter J. W. Debye Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology


A first: Cornell researchers quantify photocurrent loss in particle interface

With a growing global population will come increased energy consumption, and sustainable forms of energy sources such as solar fuels and solar electricity will be in even greater demand. And as these forms of power proliferate, the focus will shift to improved efficiency.

 David Henderson


Professor Emeritus David Henderson dies in accident

David Wilson Henderson, professor emeritus of mathematics, died Dec. 20 in Newark, Delaware, from injuries suffered when he was struck by a vehicle in a pedestrian crosswalk in Bethany Beach, Delaware. He was 79.

According to published reports, Henderson was struck shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 19. After being taken to nearby Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware, Henderson was transported to Christiana Hospital in Newark, where he died the next day.

 Alex Hayes and Ailong Ke


Provost Research Innovation Award winners announced

Innovative research with great impact is one of Cornell’s hallmarks, and to recognize some of the best examples of that work, the Office of the Provost has established an annual award that highlights the depth and breadth of the university’s research efforts.

The inaugural Provost Research Innovation Awards recognize midcareer faculty from engineering, the humanities, life sciences, social sciences and physical sciences.

 Illustration of neural networks


Nine faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Nine Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

 Sarah Kreps


Global Grand Challenges event to spark faculty dialogue

What are the biggest threats facing inhabitants of Earth in the 21st century? A two-day symposium will bring together people from across the university for a dialogue on the “grand challenges” of a world that’s both more connected than ever and increasingly fractured.

 Supreme Court justices


Doctoral student applies physics modeling to voting of SCOTUS ‘Super Court’

The maelstrom surrounding the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was to be expected, when one justice’s vote could change the country’s moral compass for generations. But looking at the high court over a period of decades, have political leanings been its strongest barometer?


Arthur Ashkin, Ph.D. ’52, shares Nobel Prize in physics

Ashkin received the prize for his invention of "optical tweezers" that move objects with light.
 Lawrence Kidder


Lawrence Kidder elected fellow of American Physical Society

Award-winning senior astronomy research associate Lawrence Kidder, who contributed to the 2016 confirmation of gravitational waves detected in 2015, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).
 Event recorded with the CMS detector in 2012 at a proton-proton centre of mass energy of 8 TeV. 3D perspective. Courtesy of CERN.


Cornell part of $25M NSF effort to untangle future physics data

Particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) produce massive amounts of data that help answer long-held questions regarding Earth and the far reaches of the universe. The Higgs boson, which had been the missing link in the Standard Model of Particle Physics, was discovered there in 2012 and earned researchers the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics.


Unraveling titanium dioxide’s self-cleaning ability

Titanium dioxide is one of several minerals that are self-cleaning; they use energy from the sun to convert any “schmutz” that lands on their surface to a harmless gas, which then floats away.

 Donald Holcomb


Donald Holcomb, emeritus physics professor, dies at 92

Emeritus professor of physics Donald F. Holcomb, who served two terms as chair of the department and championed the cause of improving physics education, died Aug. 9 in his residence at Kendal at Ithaca.
 Members of the Brett Fors lab in chemistry


On-demand polymers may yield designer materials

Researchers at Cornell are devising a method for creating new polymers in much the same way that a jewelry maker creates a beaded necklace.
 Image from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences


Accelerator project gets push from National Academy of Sciences

A National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) committee has endorsed the idea of building an electron-ion collider (EIC) in the United States, for the purpose of expanding understanding of the fundamental building blocks of matter.