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A career focused on voting rights

Alumna Jenna Zitomer '18 discusses her involvement with civic engagement through the Voter Participation Center in Washington, D.C.
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Harrison speaks about benefits of charting your own path

Robert S. Harrison '76 talked about his interdisciplinary studies as a College Scholar of social psychology and government.
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After 75 years, accelerator physics still going strong in Newman Lab

“There are very few universities that do accelerator research. Cornell is a leader among them.”
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Cornell astronomers cheer new space telescope’s first images

Faculty respond to the release of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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).

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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.

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PMA professor honored with playwriting fellowship

… this residency, Stratford has been honored with numerous fellowships and awards such as the Pinter Review Prize for …
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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. 

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$2.7 million grant expands Arts & Sciences Active Learning Initiative

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Got a question? Ask an Astronomer!


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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



Student Awards for 2016

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



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Medieval Studies Program celebrates 50th Anniversary

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

 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.

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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. 

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College announces restructuring of Admissions & Advising Office

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