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Three juniors awarded Caplan Travel Fellowships

Julia Fritsch ’25, Cristina Kiefaber ’25, and Ashley Koca ‘25 have been selected as the 2024 Harry Caplan Travel Fellows, supported by the Department of Classics.
Lenka Zdeborová

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Spring 2024 Bethe Lecture bridges physics and computer science

During three events March 13-15, Lenka Zdeborová will explore how principles from statistical physics provide insights into challenging computational problems.
Book cover: The Mechanical Tradition of Hero of Alexandria

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Book brings elusive Greek technical writer into focus

Hero of Alexandria's writings on things like pneumatics, pure geometry and catapults have influenced many others through the ages and his principles touch early modern inventions including the player piano and the fire engine.
statue of Chairman Mao

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Speaker series focuses on China’s communist past and present

A series of four lectures — two in the spring and two in the fall of 2024 — will focus on “Unmasking the CCP: History, Politics, and Society in Post-1949 China."
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A musical bridge: Cornell Wind Symphony makes transformative journey to Cuba

Cornell musicians traveled to Cuba for a tour in collaboration with the National Concert Band of Cuba.
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Cornell expert on same-sex marriage in Greece vote

Legalizing same-sex marriage in Greece would show other Eastern Orthodox Christians that providing rights does not undermine culture and values, says sociology scholar Landon Schnabel.
Book cover: Sharing Less Commonly Taught Languages

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Book shines light on teaching ‘Less Commonly Taught Languages’

How can institutions, programs, and LCTL instructors collaborate and think across institutional boundaries to strengthen language offerings?
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Physicists detect elusive ‘Bragg glass’ phase with machine learning tool

The discovery settles a long-standing question of whether this almost–but not quite–ordered state of Bragg glass can exist in real materials.
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Alum’s Emmy caps his ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ experience

Miloš Balać ’11 was the primary point person on the ground, connecting with the town and the team.
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Juliana Hu Pegues to speak on Indigenous Feminist Activism

In this year’s Invitational Lecture hosted by the Society for the Humanities, Hu Pegues will examine the story of Tillie Paul, a Tlingit woman in Alaska
Jacob Anbinder

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How did our housing get so expensive? Klarman Fellow dives into the history

Jacob Anbinder is finding political as well as economic reasons for the current housing crisis.
Several people in army fatigues surround a man, the leader, with a beard

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Zaluzhny firing ‘sign of desperation more than calculation’

In Ukraine, fired general Zaluzhny appears to be taking the fall for recent failures and circumstances outside of President Zelensky’s control, says David Silbey.
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Cornell Latin American politics expert on El Salvador election

President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele is on track to handedly win reelection on Sunday.
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‘Cosmos’ screening features ice cream and live Q&A with Ann Druyan

As part of their “Voyager Spacecraft Week,” the Cornell Astronomical Society joins Cornell Cinema to present “Cosmos” Episode 6: “Traveler’s Tales” on Feb. 13.
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Twelve new Klarman Fellows to pursue innovative, timely research in A&S

This fifth cohort of Klarman Fellows is the largest since the program was launched in 2019.
An x-ray image of a worm, curved up like a smile, all red.

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Tiny worm offers window into important protein modifications

“The more we understand protein modification and function, the better we understand its central role for human health and disease.”
White and blue flag of Israel seen at a distance between two buildings

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Cornell scholar: Biden should bypass Bibi, appeal directly to Israelis

Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu is an impasse to Biden's "dream deal" approach to the Gaza crisis, says government scholar Uriel Abulof.
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Iran has little incentive to dissuade proxy attacks against US troops

"Mounting an attack with clearly identifiable Iranian forces is probably off the table," says David Silbey, associate professor of history, "but further proxy attacks are likely to continue.”
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Ukraine’s National Symphony Orchestra featured in Cornell Concert Series 

The Cornell Concert Series event, featuring conductor Volodymyr Sirenko and cellist Natalia Khoma, takes place Feb. 10 in Bailey Hall. 
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‘Another Body’ documentary exposes harm of deepfake technology

The film focuses on the gendered implications of deepfake technology; a free screening Feb. 7 will be presented by the Milstein Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, partnering with Cornell Cinema.
Rhoda Feng, wearing big black glasses, long hair and a serious expression

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Freelance writer Rhoda Feng wins 2022-23 Nathan Award

The committee praised the verve, precision, and wry wit of Feng’s criticism, observing that she also brings historically and culturally informed sensibilities to all her reviewing.
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Oscar nominations: Cornell expert on racial representation in performing arts

Kristen Warner, who studies the impact of racial representation in the performing arts, highlights the shutout of Ava Duvernay’s “Origin” across the board, as well as racial politics of the Oscars.
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New insights into metabolites that control aging and disease

The study presents an unexpected connection between spermidine, a long-known compound present in all living cells, and sirtuins, an enzyme family that regulates many life-essential functions.
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‘Shredding’ cancer cells: Study of CRISPR-Cas3 brings us a step closer

Cornell researchers have taken an important step toward harnessing CRISPR gene editing in “targeted, safe and potent” cancer treatment.
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Now showing: Spring 2024 at Cornell Cinema

Cornell Cinema's spring semester film slate features a mix of contemporary and classic films selected to spark curiosity, inspire understanding, and advance teaching across disciplines.
Researchers in striped orange hazard vests kneel next to a cloudy lake holding long poles in the water.

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New research on microbes expands the known limits for life

The research shows how changes in salinity may affect life in aquatic habitats on Earth and widens the possibilities for where life may be found throughout our solar system.
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Pinkham wins British Journalism Award for feature on migrants

Pinkham’s winning story follows migrants from Syria “wandering in a cold, wet purgatory” on the Polish border of the European Union.
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A&S grad wins Marshall Scholarship

The award allows Andrew Lorenzen ’22 to pursue two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom.
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Maps have political power, sociologist says

A new paper examines the politics at play in the maps published in 2020 as part of a peace plan proposed by the Trump Administration.
Environment & Sustainability Program

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Student opinion pieces encourage action on climate change

Students in Prof. Caroline Levine’s Communicating Climate Change class wrote opinion pieces spurring readers to take action related to climate.
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Cornell historian testifies in landmark Indigenous rights case

Jon Parmenter helped the defense successfully assert an Aboriginal right to trade based on 18th century treaties.
 Goldwin Smith Hall

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NY Times op-ed by philosopher Kate Manne wins award

The award honors “standout pieces that successfully blend philosophical argumentation with an op-ed writing style.”
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Math professors honored as AMS fellows

Two professors in the Department of Mathematics were recently named fellows in the American Mathematical Society.
Hand-lettered sign "No Justice, No PEACE" held by a person in a crowd

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Reparations commission ‘step in right direction,’ but education is key to understanding

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, an expert in Africana studies, wrote about how America should respond to its history of racism in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.
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LGBTQ Catholics in a state of ‘conditional belonging’

Sociologist Landon Schnabel says the blessing of same-sex couples is an important and complex step for the Catholic Church.
Book cover: The Counterhuman imaginary

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Animals, disasters, love: Book traces nonhuman voices in literature

Laura Brown's research looks beyond “the singular, autonomous, rational, human protagonist" to find that many other-than-human presences appear in literature – with a lot to say to readers.
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December A&S graduates share stories of growth

The College hosted a new pre-graduation reception in the Groos Family Atrium of Klarman Hall for December graduates and their families.
Ali Soong in front of NBCU banner

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Cornell alumna shapes future of media at NBCUniversal

When Ali Soong ‘16 goes to work each day at NBCUniversal, she uses various skills she acquired at Cornell.
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Klarman Fellow: Studying electron interactions with ultrafast lasers and more

New experimental tools developed by Hongyuan Li give insight into an exponentially complicated world.
Gold surface of a computer chip

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DOE funds new research to advance computer chip technology

Cornell researchers are part of a project to enable sustainable hardware for AI and quantum computing, one of 11 projects selected by DOE to receive a total of $73 million.
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Undergraduates celebrate Latinx history through Rockefeller Hall exhibition

The collaborative mixed media projects, showcased online and in Rockefeller Hall, explore how culture strengthens and uplifts communities.
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Without aid, Ukraine’s ability to continue fighting ‘deeply in question’

Historian David Silbey gives perspective to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy scheduled meeting with President Biden ahead of a joint news conference.
Three small, colorful parrots cluster around a hand in a blue glove

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Parrots, songbirds have evolved distinct brain mechanisms, Klarman Fellow finds

The study provides a clue into how parrot – and human – brains allow continuous, flexible vocal learning.
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Alumna encourages undergrads to ‘be bold’

Estefania Perez ’21 is in her second year as a paralegal with the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.
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Welcoming AI into the classroom

Students are experimenting with generative artificial intelligence in everything from essay writing to computer code creation.
 Toni Morrison at Cornell

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Toni Morrison Collective hosts book talks, giveaways during December

"The project makes Ithacans aware that this Nobel writer lived in Ithaca for two years."
 Mostafa Minawi

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Minawi wins Middle East Studies Association book prize

The award was given for “Losing Istanbul: Arab-Ottoman Imperialists and the End of Empire.”
woman showing Ukrainian words on chalkboard

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Classes, events show 'Ukraine is not only a country at war'

… is bringing the country’s culture to campus through language learning, folk tradition and history. The effort is … record 12 folk and popular songs for classroom use in the language classes. Many Ukrainian songs are actually stories, … scenes or even dialogues and lend themselves well to language study, Golovakova said. To engage with these songs, …
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Conference celebrates 40 years of Andean studies at Cornell

“The conference showcased the true intergenerational and diverse group of scholars involved in Andean Studies,” said Prof. Cohen-Aponte.
 Steven Strogatz wearing headphones

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Mathematician Steven Strogatz receives national award for science communication

Strogatz’s work, along with that of communications professor Neil Lewis Jr. (CALS), was selected for the awards from among 500 entries published or aired in 2023.