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 Ray Jayawardhana


Jayawardhana reappointed A&S dean, named Bethe professor

“Dean Jayawardhana has been an exceptional leader of the university’s most academically diverse college,” Provost Michael Kotlikoff said.
Pink buds on a tree branch; a bell tower in the background


Radical Collaboration initiative adds AI, quantum, design tech

The universitywide initiative has resulted in the hiring and retention of world-class faculty, millions of research dollars invested, and published research that has helped push science forward and change lives in New York state, the nation and the world.
Two police officers stand near a police car


Legal language affects how police officers are judged

Referring to police using the legal phrase “objectively reasonable” puts the officer in a more favorable light, regardless of race, according to new research from Neil Lewis Jr. ’13, assistant professor of communication, and doctoral student Mikaela Spruill.
 Sabrina Karim


Assistant professor wins NSF early-career award

Sabrina Karim, Hardis Family Assistant Professor of government, has received an NSF early career award.
Bruce Lewenstein


Bruce Lewenstein appointed university ombudsman

Bruce Lewenstein, professor of science communication in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed Cornell’s 13th university ombudsman.
Campus buildings, cloudy sky, lake


Seven faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Seven Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. This year's fellows, 564 in all, will be honored at a virtual event Feb. 19.
Glass beakers on a table, one partially filled with liquid


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.