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Abagail Crites talking with students


After 75 years, accelerator physics still going strong in Newman Lab

Accelerator physics has revealed hidden universes, from the Higgs boson to what can be seen on a CT scan – and much of that progress is thanks to work done in an unassuming building tucked away on Cornell’s north campus: Newman Lab.
Stephan's Quntet


Cornell astronomers cheer new space telescope’s first images

Faculty respond to the release of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope.
people gathered around a conference table


Latina/o Studies Program launches crowdfunding campaign

For 30 years, the Latina/o Studies Program (LSP) has been a hub for research and community. To celebrate the anniversary, the program has launched the “Let’s Dream Together” crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 in support of LSP students.

Riccardo Giovanelli pointing at site for telescope


Breakthrough telescope to be built in Chile

Cornell scientists will lead a team building a telescope that will offer insights into the Big Bang and the ways that stars and galaxies form.
Olivia Lowman, winner of contest, holds up winning gecko design


Gecko design wins annual Math Awareness Month T-shirt contest

For more than 25 years, the Department of Mathematics has been engaged in outreach and building solid partnerships with local teachers and schools, such as the annual T-shirt design contest held at Ithaca High School in honor of April's Math Awareness Month.
Faculty and students in lab


New environment and sustainability major approved

The new major offer students additional ways to combine the study of physical and biological sciences with social science and humanities fields.

Victor Nee


Victor Nee elected president of the Eastern Sociological Society

Victor Nee, the Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society, has been elected president of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS).

David Orr


Literary critic’s new book explores the nuances of penning a poem  

David Orr, professor of the practice in the English Department, gives a literary critic’s perspective on the craft that is behind penning some of the best works in poetry.

Aoise Stratford


PMA professor honored with playwriting fellowship

Aoise Stratford, a visiting assistant professor in Performing and Media Arts, was named the 2017 Blaine Quarnstrom Guest Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi in January. Stratford spent five days on the Southern Mississippi campus at the beginning of the year giving public talks, having her work read and teaching a series of intense hands-on playwriting workshops for students across the undergraduate and graduate programs in theatre and English.

Brad Ramshaw


Physicist Brad Ramshaw receives 2017 Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize

Brad Ramshaw, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded the Lee Osheroff Richardson (LOR) Science Prize for 2017. 

Clara Liao '17


$2.7 million grant expands Arts & Sciences Active Learning Initiative

Six new projects will be launched in music, classics, economics, mathematics, physics and sociology.

Hirokazu Miyazaki


Lessons we can learn from an exchange of dolls

In reaction to the current immigration ban, Hirokazu Miyazaki, professor of anthropology, writes this opinion piece in the Japan Times, telling the story of Sidney Gulick, who, frustrated with the immigration ban of 1924, decided to turn his attention to the next generation.

Stack of books on a desk


NYT reviews debut novels for A&S alums

Two Arts & Sciences alumni were honored with reviews of their debut novels in the Jan. 29 New York Times Book Review.

The novels of Sana Krasikov ’01, winner of the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and Lydia Peelle ’00, author of the short story collection “Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing,” were both reviewed in the recent issue.



Faculty discuss curriculum changes in Arts & Sciences

“The curriculum belongs to the faculty, 100 percent,” declared Interim President Hunter Rawlings at a faculty forum Jan. 23 in the Rhodes Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall.

Carole Boyce Davies


Prof. Boyce Davies to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Carole Boyce Davies, professor of Africana studies and English, will receive The Caribbean Philosophical Association’s 2017 Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award at the association’s international conference, June 22-24 in New York City.

Chiara Formichi


Professor explores contemporary and historic Islam

Islam has been much in the American news lately, but Chiara Formichi says the stereotypes media reinforce do us a disservice. “It’s important that we as faculty help students to break up assumptions and see that Islam is not just what is portrayed in the media,” she says. 

Exterior of original Africana building at 320 Wait Avenue


Two events will honor Africana Center’s history in September

Nearly half a century ago, student protests led to the creation of Cornell’s Africana Studies and Research Center. Since then, the Africana Center has trained generations of leaders in academia, the professions, business and public service.

Fred Ahl


Volume in honor of classics professor Fred Ahl released

Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry,” a book in honor of Frederick Ahl edited by two of his former students, has just been released. The volume comes out of a conference titled “Speaking to Power in Latin and Greek Literature,” which was organized in honor of Ahl at Cornell University in September 2013.

Adam Smith


"For five millennia, politicians have proposed walls like Trump’s. They don’t work."

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, anthropologist Adam Smith offers lessons from history on Donald Trump's proposed wall as a solution to border problems.

Cartoon from the Gilded Age of the "Bosses of the Senate"


Special issue of journal devoted to history of capitalism

“In the last decade, political economy has moved from the margins to the mainstream of the historical conversation in the United States,” writes history postdoc Noam Maggor in his introduction to the special History of Capitalism issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, which he edited.  “Galvanized under the banner of the ‘his

Tracy McNulty


Understanding freedom and law through psychoanalysis

When Tracy McNulty read “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” at age ten, about a psychotic, the book had a profound impact: after college, McNulty went to France to study psychoanalysis and later trained with experts in psychosis treatment.  With academic degrees in French and comparative literature and training in clinical psychoanalysis, McNulty has become known for combining these interests in her scholarship.

Adam Levine


Adam Levine wins two American Political Science Association awards

Adam Seth Levine, assistant professor of government, has won two awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the leading professional organization for the study of political science. The awards will be presented in Philadelphia at the beginning of September.


Faculty comment on South China Sea verdict

On July 12, a United Nations tribunal ruled on an arbitration case involving contested territory in the South China Sea. Government professors Allen Carlson and Jessica Chen Weiss, both on the faculty of the China-Asia Pacific Studies (CAPS) Program, reflected on the verdict.

McGraw Hall


College departments and programs now in new locations

With the opening of Klarman Hall, colleagues in departments that were spread out across campus can now collaborate more easily. 

Jeremy Baskin with lab in background


Meinig Investigator sees path to disease cure in lipids

The key to curing multiple sclerosis may well lie in the mysterious signaling of lipids, a major component of cells. 

Charles Aquadro


Prof. Chip Aquadro receives honorary degree

Forty-one years after graduating, on May 22 Charles ("Chip") Aquadro was presented with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University, his alma mater, in recognition of his achievements in science. 

Goldwin Smith Hall


College triples Humanities Faculty Research and Travel Grants

Humanities faculty can use funding to bring a speaker to campus, attend a conference or purchase books or other items.

Tapan Mitra


Economics professor Tapan Mitra gives back to students

The prizes will go to economics graduate students who contribute outstanding papers.

Stephanie Czech Rader


WW2-Era U.S. spy Stephanie Rader ’37 posthumously honored with Legion of Merit

Stephanie Czech Rader '37, a chemistry graduate who became a U.S. spy in Europe at the end of World War II and died Jan. 21, was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit before her burial June 1 at Arlington National Cemetery.

A character


Cornell scholars examine the structures of inequality

Researchers from varied disciplines are tackling the topic of inequality — asking questions about its sources and its impacts, as well as the policies and movements under way to reduce it.



Public lecture illustrates importance of math

Math matters in important ways, and each year Cornell’s Department of Mathematics sponsors a public lecture to illustrate just how much. This lecture takes place during the national Mathematics Awareness Month, with the goal of increasing public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. This year’s lecture, held April 29 in Malott Hall, featured assistant math professor Lionel Levine on “The Future of Prediction.”

solar panel


New cross-college Environment and Sustainability major being explored

The new major would allow students to explore the social, ethical, and public policy dimensions of environmental issues.

high school student giving presentation on chalkboard


Cornell math dept. reaches out to high school seniors

On May 22, Ithaca High School (IHS) seniors presented the mathematics research projects they did as part of the Senior Seminar, a course for Ithaca High School (IHS) students who have completed most or all of the IHS math classes. The seminar meets at the high school and is taught by three graduate mathematics or applied mathematics students each year, to introduce high-school students to three mathematics topics they normally would not see until college.

Edmundo Paz-Soldan


Conference in Spain on work of Edmundo Paz Soldán

A conference on the writing of Bolivian author Edmundo Paz-Soldán, professor of Spanish literature in the Department of Romance Studies, was held at the University of Seville, Spain, on May 25. The conference explored Paz-Soldán’s “narrative path,” and featured speakers from Spain, France, Bolivia and Belgium.

Vikram Gadagkar


Vikram Gadagkar MS ’10, PhD ‘13, receives Simons Fellowship

Vikram Gadagkar MS ’10, PhD ‘13 was recently awarded a prestigious three-year, $234,150 Simons Foundation fellowship with the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB). SCGB seeks to expand understanding of the role of internal brain processes in the arc from sensation to action, thereby discovering the nature, role and mechanisms of the neural activity that produces cognition.



52nd annual Topology Festival held

Cornell's Topology Festival may be the longest running annual conference on a specific topic in math in the United States. The 52nd Topology Festival was held May 13-15 in Mallott Hall, with speakers from Israel, Germany, Sweden, and across the United States addressing topics in topological combinatorics.



New novel by government professor takes flight

In government professor Jonathan Kirshner’s new novel Urban Flight, the Big Apple is in Big Trouble: New York City is on the edge of bankruptcy, crime is out of control, the streets are gridlocked, and the corruption is so thick protagonist Jason Sims, a traffic helicopter pilot, can see it from the sky.



Student Awards for 2016

Students from throughout the college were honored recently for their accomplishments.

Alex Hayes


Astronomer Alex Hayes to receive Zeldovich Medal

Alex Hayes, assistant professor of astronomy, will receive the 2016 Zeldovich Medal, in Commission B (planets) from COSPAR (Committee on Space Research for the International Council of Science) and the Russian Academy of Sciences. The award is given to young scientists who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in their field of research.

Hayes will be presented with the award at the inaugural ceremony of the 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly on August 1 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Black and white hand


Humanists explore dimensions of identity

Identity goes far beyond belonging to a particular group according to race, religion or sexual orientation, faculty say, and it's more complicated today than ever before.

Jonathan Boyarin


Jonathan Boyarin elected to AAJR

Jonathan Boyarin, the Hendrix Director of Jewish Studies, the Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies and professor of anthropology, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research (AAJR). The AAJR was founded in 1919 and includes about one hundred of the most eminent scholars of Jewish Studies in North America.


Migration, immigration and refugees today

Migration is one of the major forces shaping the world today, with more than 60 million displaced people.

“Never in history have we seen this many simultaneous displacements across the globe and these people are not going home any time soon,” says Mostafa Minawi, assistant professor of history and Himan Brown Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow. “This is a global population redistribution and it will hit us whether we like it or not.”



Engaged Art and Its Critique

Artists today engage with a world very different from that of their predecessors: globally connected, technologically advanced and highly diverse. In the last fifty years the Western canon has been displaced as the benchmark for “good” and worthwhile art, opening the door to works intended to challenge viewers, rather than simply to aesthetically please.

Medieval painting


Medieval Studies Program celebrates 50th Anniversary

Scholars in medieval studies say many of the issues they explore resonate with those confronting modern society.

Isabel Hull


Historian Isabel Hull receives award for book ‘A Scrap of Paper’

Isabel Hull has received a Certificate of Merit from the American Society of International Law for her book, “A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law During the Great War” (Cornell, 2014). The award, for “a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship,” was presented at the ASIL’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. in March. 

N’Dri Assié-Lumumba


CIES conference leads to publications for Assié-Lumumba

N’Dri Assié-Lumumba, professor of Africana, recently co-edited a special issue of the International Review of Education-Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) titled, “Rediscovering the Ubuntu Paradigm in Education," Birgit Brock-Utne (University of Oslo) and Dr. joan.Osa Oviawe (visiting scholar at Cornell) were co–editors.

Advising office in Klarman Hall


College announces restructuring of Admissions & Advising Office

College to create two new positions to oversee functions of admissions and advising.


New Career Development Center Director Named

Jennifer Maclaughlin has been named the new Assistant Dean and Director of Arts & Sciences Career Development. In her role, she will design and implement strategies to support the career development of A&S undergraduates at all stages in their education: as they engage in career planning, obtain experiential learning, consider and pursue graduate school options, and conduct job searches.

Georgette Kelly


Georgette Kelly Wins First ‘Hope on Stage’ Playwriting Contest

Cornell University and the University of Notre Dame have announced Georgette Kelly as the winner of the new “Hope on Stage” international playwriting contest. Her play "I Carry Your Heart" was selected from among 800 submissions. Kelly will receive a $10,000 cash prize, and her play will be presented at both the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y. (April 27–30, 2017), and at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles (May 18–20, 2017).

Mary Beth Norton


Mary Beth Norton nominated for president of American Historical Association

Historian Mary Beth Norton has been nominated for president-elect of the American Historical Association, the principal umbrella organization for the profession. If elected, she would serve as president beginning in January 2018, for one year. The results of the on-line election are expected in July.


Studying comets provides clues to the early history of our solar system

For decades, scientists have agreed that comets are mostly water ice, but what kind of ice -- amorphous or crystalline -- is still up for debate. Looking at data obtained by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft in the atmosphere, or coma, around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists are seeing evidence of a crystalline form of ice called clathrates.

Four people walk in a group and converse with each other


China & Asia-Pacific Studies Program celebrates 10 years

A&S Dean Gretchen Ritter and other university officials visited China earlier this month to celebrate the anniversary of the program.

Charles Peck


Doctoral student honored with Carnegie Hall commission

Charles Peck is one of only four classical composers chosen to create a piece for the New York Youth Symphony's First Music Program.

Decorative illustration


New book reintegrates the science of language

Is language innate? How did we get language? While researchers continue to debate, a new book offers a revolutionary, unifying framework for understanding the processing, acquisition and evolution of language. The book, “Creating Language: Integrating Evolution, Acquisition, and Processing” by Cornell Professor of Psychology Morten H.

Big tent on the Arts Quad with lots of alumni


Reunion 2016

Hear faculty explain gravitational waves and ponder this year's election mayhem — while connecting with old friends and making new Cornell memories — at Reunion 2016.

Outer space


Three faculty win Simons Awards

Three Cornell faculty have been awarded Simons Fellowships in Theoretical Physics for their research. Eun-Ah Kim, associate professor of physics, Dong Lai, professor of astronomy and Maxim Perelstein, professor of physics were honored with the 2016 award from the foundation, which supports scientific research related to mathematics and physical sciences, life sciences and autism, as well as education and outreach efforts.


Understanding the mind

The mind that thinks our thoughts is a pretty special place. But is it distinct from the brain? Is there, in fact, a soul directing our thoughts or are they determined entirely by the output of our biology? Could that mouse scampering through your garden be thinking deep thoughts, or are humans really special?

Book cover


Schwarz writes new book

Dan Schwarz, the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English and a Stephen H. Weiss  Presidential Fellow, recently released a new book on undergraduate education, “How to Succeed in College and Beyond: The Art of Learning.”

Abhinav Rangarajan '16


Phi Beta Kappa’s 134th induction: the Cornell chapter’s renaissance

Phi Beta Kappa recently inducted a new group of students, who will work on the group's faculty lecture series and raise funds for scholarships.

A black and white photo of two hands playing a piano


Asking questions of culture: media studies at Cornell

Media studies research and teaching at Cornell elaborates on traditional techniques of scholarship, bringing in new objects of analysis and combining disciplines. 

A.D. White House


Society for the Humanities Celebrates 50th Anniversary

For 50 years, the Society for the Humanities has fostered path-breaking scholarship in the humanities. It has sponsored numerous internal grants, workshops and funding opportunities for Cornell faculty and graduate students in the humanities, as well as hosting over 100 annual lectures, workshops, colloquia and conferences organized by Cornell’s distinguished humanities faculty.

AguaClara Project in Honduras


Students abroad get head start with Jumpstart courses

Jumpstart courses help students going abroad feel more prepared for their adventures.

Terrence Turner


Anthropologist Terence Turner dies at 79

Visiting Professor of Anthropology Terence Sheldon Turner, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, died Nov. 7 at Cayuga Medical Center of a brain hemorrhage. He was 79.


Government incompetence is the real threat to China

Cornell government professors commented on the market volatility in China and the Chinese government’s response.

Jeremy Wallace, associate professor of government and faculty member of Cornell’s China and Asia Pacific Studies Program, is the author of “Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China.”

Wallace says:

“Don’t worry about the Chinese stock market collapse, worry about government incompetence.

Kate Manne


Sympathy for the Rapist: What the Stanford Case Teaches

The Brock Turner rape case at Stanford triggered a firestorm of criticism; an op-ed by assistant professor of philosophy Kate Manne in the Huffington Post helps to explain why.

The case, she wrote, “vividly illustrates…all of the ways we collectively ignore, deny, minimize, forgive, and forget the wrongdoing of men who conform to the norms of toxic masculinity, and behave in domineering ways towards their historical subordinates: women.”