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Book cover: Iberian Moorings

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‘Iberian Moorings’ compares Muslim and Jewish golden ages

The Iberian Peninsula has been a center of fertile intellectual, cultural and spiritual production for multiple religious traditions.
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Science journalists on the pandemic: ‘We couldn’t trust our regular sources’

The April 28 event was part of the College's Distinguished Visiting Journalist Program, featuring journalists from the New York Times, Bloomberg, NPR and Science.
People in graduation caps and gowns wave balloons

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Face-to-face: Families celebrate the newest Cornell grads

Four Commencement ceremonies were held May 29-30, spaced out to meet health guidelines. Though campus was less crowded, the campus mood was warm and celebratory.
Red ink magazine cover from 1931

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In honor of May Day, ‘Di Linke’ conference videos available online

The archives of the Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order (JPFO), which flourished for two decades before the Cold War, are now housed at Cornell’s Kheel Center, Catherwood Library. Videos from a December 2020 conference focused on the archives are now available online.
Artwork showing a woman in a blue dress looking into a mirror.
Mirror, Mirror II by Alison Saar

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Online exhibit marks women’s suffrage centennial

Students investigated women’s engagement in politics and researched images of their choice in the history of art course.
bottles labeled 'coronavirus vaccine'

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Skipping the second shot could prolong pandemic, study finds

New Cornell research shows many Americans remain confused about when COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection.
 A.D. White House, home of the Society for the Humanities

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Humanities students share wide variety of research in spring event

More than 30 students who have conducted research will present their work in a virtual conference May 6-7. One panel investigates the ideas of Goldwin Smith, while other presentations focus on migrant workers in Singapore, political violence in Africa and other topics.
Band on stage, bright lights, worshippers

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Religion both helped and hurt during the pandemic

In a Scientific American op-ed, sociologist Landon Schnabel reports that during the COVID-19 pandemic religion was good, on balance, for people’s mental health—but not so good for physical health.
City buildings

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Panel: Pandemic and protests laid economic injustices bare

Four faculty members and a Washington Post reporter discussed the ways racism shapes economic policies.
Dark space, interrupted by two black holes
Aurore Simonnet/LIGO-Caltech-MIT-Sonoma State An artist’s conception shows two merging black holes similar to those detected by LIGO.

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Black hole spin finding could shed light on relativity, stars

Klarman Fellow Vijay Varma applied a new method of studying binary black holes to analyze data gathered by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors.
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Grants advance social sciences research, collaboration

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences has awarded spring grants supporting research and conferences involving more than 30 faculty and researchers across campus, including collaborations within new and expanded superdepartments.
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Ursa Space/provided Dozens of oil tankers and commercial cargo ships line up at Great Bitter Lake to enter the Suez Canal in this early April satellite image

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Cosmos unveils space-tech business, science opportunities

More than a dozen space industry leaders, capital investors, startup entrepreneurs, a Jet Propulsions Lab manager and Cornell professors gathered virtually for Cornell’s first Space Tech Industry Day/K.K. Wang Day symposium on April 23 – featuring this year’s event theme, “New Opportunities in Space Technology.”
Amartya Sen

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Nobel laureate Sen to lecture on protecting democracy

Amartya Sen, professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, will give the annual Bartels World Affairs Lecture on May 5. His talk, “Attacks on Democracy,” is Hosted by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; this year’s virtual lecture is part of the center’s democratic resilience global research priority.
Person holding protest sign on steps

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Americans aren’t learning about anti-Asian bias. We have the data.

Peter K. Enns, professor of government, and Katherine Zaslavsky, graduate student in sociology, write in the Washington Post that since the coronoavirus pandemic began, Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have endured a spike in hate crimes, with elderly people attacked on the street and an Atlanta gunman killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent. Are Americans aware of the trend? they ask.
Book cover: Rational Rules

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‘Rational Rules’ book examines how we learn morals

Philosophy professor Shaun Nichols argues that we can explain many of the features of moral systems and how humans form them in terms of rational learning from evidence.
Yiddish textbooks

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Yiddish to fulfill A&S language requirement

This fall, Cornell's new Yiddish program is setting its sights higher, riding a generational trend in interest and changing attitudes towards the language.
Tree in bloom outside building with marble columns

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A&S students win prestigious Truman, Goldwater scholarships

Three students in the College of Arts & Sciences have been honored with scholarships for their research and graduate study.
Carolyn Forché

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'Poet of witness' Carolyn Forché to read on April 29

The Spring 2021 Zalaznick Reading Series culminates with a reading by poet, memoirist, translator, and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché on Thursday, April 29.
Curviture of the earth, seen from a great height

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Research and restore: How Cornell scientists are conserving Earth’s resources

Cornell researchers are working to restore our planet’s natural resources — from the soil to the seas to the skies — and helping to ensure a sustainable future for years to come.
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Time and sanctuary: Writing program shapes promising voices

Cornell’s Creative Writing Program supports writers at a time when the world needs insight from artistic voices.
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