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Learn about the cosmos with Cornell astronomers

Professlor Martha Haynes organizes monthly Zoom events led by Cornell faculty, research staff, and student experts on a variety of astronomy topics.
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Michael Madon ’94 enlists smart technology to help people battle drug addiction

Pretaa, inspired by the Latin meaning ‘to be ready,’ draws upon Madon's Cornell English degree, his Wharton MBA, his military training and his technical expertise.
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Student veteran finds a sense of community at Cornell

Matthew Garcia '25 was in the first cohort of student-veterans to move in to the university’s new Veteran Program House on University Avenue.
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Devoting time to do the most good

Financial aid didn’t just open a door to education for Adam Shelepak ’17—it afforded the possibility of service to the Cornell community, like founding the nonprofit Anabel’s Grocery.
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Lamin Johnson ’21: sparking connections through art

The Class of 2021 grad and spoken word artist is known for writing thoughtful and poignant poetry.
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Alumna’s galactic quest proved existence of dark matter

Vera Cooper Rubin, MS ’51, was a pioneering astronomer whose studies on the Hill helped shape her life’s work.
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The Cornellian behind the slogan ‘Ithaca is Gorges’

The man who designed the Ithaca is Gorges logo in the Seventies—the late Howard Cogan ’50, MPS ’80—never trademarked it.
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For those who dream, Cornell is your place, says Farid Ferdows ’21

Farid Ferdows ’21 says that from his first day on campus, Cornell welcomed him.
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Maya Cutforth ’20, her father Nick, and her sister Asia hiking Colorado’s Mount Flora in July 2020


Class of 2020: Learning to let it flow

Eight members of the Class of 2020 share candid reflections on their lives over this past year.
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XR is the future

Nonny de la Peña, one of pioneers of Extended Reality, or XR, and the founder of Emblematic Group, shared her story in a focus talk co-sponsored by the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity on April 8.
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Truth matters: A conversation with Republican John Kasich

As part of its ongoing effort to encourage bipartisan dialogue and problem solving, the Cornell Institute for Politics and Global Affairs (IOPGA) and Government Department co-hosted a conversation with former Governor John Kasich and former Representative Susan Molinari (R-NY). The talk was moderated by Steve Israel, IOPGA director and former U.S. Representative (D-NY), and by Doug Kriner, IOPGA faculty director and Clinton Rossiter Professor in American Institutions at Cornell.


Cornell CIS hosts recipients of 'Genius Grant'

On October 3-4, 2019, Cornell CIS (Computing and Information Science) celebrated its 20th anniversary. To mark the event, CIS hosted a symposium showcasing the game-changing impact of computing on a breadth of disciplines.
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Homecoming 2019: A beautiful time to be in Ithaca

Friends Alexandra Gutierrez ’20 and Elizabeth Farkouh ’21 had a full day on October 5, the Saturday of Cornell Homecoming 2019.



Alumna writes go-to guide for teaching climate change

Ingrid Zabel '87 has created The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change.
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Cornell Glee Club celebrates 150 years with 300 voices

Glee Club members overflowed the Bailey Hall stage, singing from sections on either side, as well.
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Peter Yarrow ’59 delights and unites in Reunion concert

Folk musician Peter Yarrow ’59 played solo during his Reunion 2019 concert, but his voice was not the only one filling Call Auditorium, not by a long shot.

The crowd joined Yarrow, formerly a member of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary, in several familiar tunes from the 1960s. The hour-long sing-along was based on the same theme that has driven his career: using music to make the world a better place.

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Cornell Family Fellows spring weekend 2019 offers some surprises

When the Cornell Family Fellows Program hosted its spring weekend March 9-10 there was one slightly unexpected outcome. “The parents talked about math the whole weekend!” said Mindy Stevenson, assistant director of Parent Engagement in the division of Alumni Affairs and Development.
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A tale of friendship and mathematics

A lifelong friend endows the Frank Spitzer and Narahari Umanath Prabhu Assistant Professorship of Mathematics.


Boochever and Rasmussen step into new roles as trustees

Before she enrolled at Cornell, Yonn Rasmussen ’83, MS ’86, PhD ’89 visited the Ithaca campus with her parents and saw for the first time McGraw Tower, the inside of Andrew Dickson White Library, and the suspension bridge over the gorge.

 “I remember walking down the well-worn steps of Willard Straight Hall to the cafeteria in the basement and thinking how many Cornellians must have passed through there to make the concave indentation on the stone steps,” she said.


Scholarships provide lasting impact

The scholarships created early last year as part of the recently completed endowed scholarship challenge are already benefiting several students. For two of them, in particular, the scholarships came at crucial times.

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Scholarship opens paths for Christine Jasmin '18

When Christine Jasmin ’18 was applying to colleges, her first glimpse of Cornell—a video posted on the university website—told her it would be a good match for her eclectic passions.

“It was a video of a student doing an interpretive dance to represent a biological mechanism,” she said. “That was mesmerizing.”

Jasmin, a science-oriented student with a lifelong love of dance, wanted to go to a college that would let her do something like that.


Giving Day 2018 breaks records with philanthropic innovations

Thanks to our generous alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, students and other supporters, the College of Arts & Sciences exceeded its goals on Giving Day.


Student melds humanities, sciences to find her intellectual community

Finding life balance is a quest that junior Kylie Long, an aspiring radiologist, appreciates.

Her pathway of learning and discovery at Cornell has led her to pursue the humanities along with the sciences and to study ancient texts as well as conduct stem cell research. She asks life’s big questions, while also getting down-to-earth at a local potting studio. She likes quiet meditation as well as using her voice to blog about self-care.

Mabel Lawrence


Parent gift supports productions at Performing & Media Arts

Mabel Lawrence '19 grew up in a home filled with musical theater. It wasn't unusual, when she was 8 or 9, to get home from elementary school near Los Angeles to find her parents, film and television composer David Lawrence and lyricist Faye Greenberg, working with original cast members, such as those in the Disney Channel’s hit show, "High School Musical."

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Alumni boost students' careers

Many alumni working for large and small companies mentor, encourage and recruit Cornell students.