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A&S welcomes 10 new Klarman Fellows to expanded program

The fourth cohort of Klarman Fellows is the largest since the program’s launch in 2019, includes scholars investigating quantum phases of two-dimensional materials, mechanisms of social mobility, housing politics of metro areas, and gaps between neuro cognition and artificial intelligence, among other critical topics.
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Cornell-led telescope project completion in sight

The Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope “will be able to look regularly at frequency ranges very few other telescopes can even detect."
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Tweezers untangle chemotherapeutic’s impact on DNA

New research is providing a fresh view into the ways a common chemotherapy agent, etoposide, stalls and poisons the essential enzymes that allow cancer cells to flourish, advancing the study of cancer inhibitors.
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Mating causes ‘jet lag’ in female fruit flies, changing behavior

A seminal fluid protein transferred from male to female fruit flies during mating changes the expression of genes related to the fly’s circadian clock, Cornell research has found.
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‘Bombing among friends’: Historian probes Allied raids on Italy

In WWII, two-thirds of the 60,000 Italian civilian victims of Allied bombing were killed when Italy was no longer an enemy. Matt Evangelista explores this seeming paradox in a new book.
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Peter Gierasch, planetary astronomer, dies at 82

Gierasch contributed to a wealth of knowledge on the processes of planetary atmospheres and served as a team scientist on the Viking, Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo and Cassini missions for NASA.
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Cornell, NYSEG pilot app to help consumers moderate electricity use

Inspired by an A&S researchers' own electrical bills, a new payment plan and an app would provide consumers with more information about their energy use.
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Morse named A&S Zubrow Distinguished Visiting Journalist

Recently appointed president and publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Andrew Morse ’96, a former leader at CNN, Bloomberg and ABC News, will be on campus in March and April.
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Experts assess innovative Cornell election study

The researchers, including those from the government department, revealed the results from the Cornell-led 2022 Collaborative Midterm Survey Jan. 20 at an event at Cornell Tech.
Richard Kong

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A&S Klarman Fellows program renewed and expanded

Thanks to additional significant support from Seth Klarman ’79 and Beth Schultz Klarman, the Klarman Postdoctoral Fellowship program has been expanded to support 10 fellows per cohort.
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Results of innovative Cornell-led public opinion survey to be released Friday

Peter Enns is the lead investigator on the 2022 Collaborative Midterm Survey, containing answers by more than 19,000 Americans to a wide-ranging survey about political views.
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MLK's 1960s visits to Cornell still resonate today

King’s historic visit on Nov. 13, 1960, and a second, on April 14, 1961, came during a period when he was honing ideas that would take center stage at the March on Washington in 1963
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Ancient farming strategy holds promise for climate resilience

A paper by Cornell researchers suggests maslins have the unique capacity to adapt in real time to extreme weather.
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Electrochemistry converts carbon to useful molecules

Cornell chemists discovered they could produce two products used in medicinal chemistry by changing the electrochemical reactor.
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Cornell to lead new semiconductor research center

Dan Ralph, Ph.D. ’93, the F.R. Newman Professor of Physics, is among the center’s 25 principal investigators.
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Mellon grants $1M to deepen and improve Freedom on the Move

Cornell is partnering with multiple institutions to foster a research community around a growing collection of “runaway slave” advertisements published in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Perseverance rover records sound of dust devils on Mars

Thanks to the first working microphone to traverse the surface of Mars, the sound of a tiny, extraterrestrial dust tornado has reached Earth.
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December graduation celebrates unique paths to Cornell education

More than 700 students were awarded degrees at the university’s 20th recognition ceremony Dec. 18.
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Seed grants foster collaboration across Cornell campuses

Researchers from the College of Arts and Sciences are involved in some of 14 new Multi-Investigator Seed Grants, designed to foster multidisciplinary collaborations.
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Eminent astronomer Riccardo Giovanelli dies at 76

An observational cosmologist studying the structure, evolution and environments of galaxies, Giovanelli had broad research interests.
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Florida Field Course benefits biology students, study finds

A longitudinal study of course participants connects participation with higher rates of publications and faculty positions.
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Mouse pups cry for help most urgently while active

The connection is important for understanding mouse neural circuitry and for research into human communication disorders.
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Wisner '16 shares expertise with entrepreneurial community

Originally planning to attend medical school, the chemistry alumna is co-founder of biotech startup Centivax.
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Freedom on the Move project inspires music performances

A Cornell-based database of “runaway ads” placed by enslavers in 18th- and 19th-century U.S. newspapers was the starting point for a new song cycle, “Songs in Flight,” that will premiere Jan. 12 in New York City.
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Paul Hyams, expert on medieval law, dies at 82

Colleagues and former students remember Hyams as an innovative and multidisciplinary scholar who reached from history into literature, law, medieval studies and beyond through a pedagogical approach that combined intellectual rigor with camaraderie.
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Twenty Affinito-Stewart research grants awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year

The President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) awarded Affinito-Stewart research grants totaling $195,166 to 20 Cornell faculty members.
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Fruit flies use two muscles to control pitch for stable flight

The finding provides evidence for an organizational principle in which each muscle has a specific function in flight control.
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‘Losing Istanbul’: Personal histories illustrate an empire’s end

Mostafa Minawi gives the reader a street-level understanding of what it was like to live through the final decades of the Ottoman Empire.
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Structural biology workshop builds intercampus connections

More than 100 Cornell researchers from Cornell's Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell Medicine gathered for a two-day workshop in October to discuss research on the three-dimensional structures of macromolecules.
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Global Public Voices fellows to speak out on democratic threats

This year, 27 fellows, including three from Arts & Sciences, will engage with national and international news media to make their voices heard on several issues.
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Fictional civilization leaves behind lasting legacy

Llhuros – its relics, rituals, poetry, and music – as well as the academic commentary it inspired, "documents just one tiny little sliver of Cornell’s history. But it’s a fascinating one.”
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CRISPR insight: How to fine-tune the Cas protein’s grip on DNA

A new explanation of nanoscale mechanics by Michelle Wang's lab contributes to the future of CRISPR technology.
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Physicist identifies how electron crystals melt

Eun-Ah Kim and Michael Matty, M.S. ’19, Ph.D. ’22, describe a phase in between the liquid and the solid for electron structures.
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Economist Tom Davis dies at 93

Tom E. Davis, professor emeritus of economics, was an expert on economic development in Latin America.
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Laidlaw scholars at Cornell gain global perspectives

Four current Laidlaw scholars share their summer research or leadership in action experiences.
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Cornell, global partners discuss the next ‘grand challenge’

Global Cornell will host a town hall in December for additional feedback and announce the new Global Grand Challenge theme in the coming year.
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Town-gown awards honor food-related community partnerships

The awards celebrate cooperation between the university and the greater Ithaca community.
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Webb telescope shows exoplanet atmosphere as never seen before

“This is the first time we see concrete evidence of photochemistry – chemical reactions initialized by energetic stellar light – on exoplanets.”
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Anthology celebrates Nuyorican Poets Cafe founder

A digital and print collection, co-edited by Karen Jaime, pays tribute to the late Miguel Algarín.
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Goffe: Collaboration is key to major humanities grants

Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation will help make humanities research more accessible to scholars and the public.
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Public views drone strikes with other countries’ support as most legitimate

A first-of-its kind survey reveals that Americans consider tactical strikes, used with the consent of other nations, to be the most morally legitimate or appropriate.
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Iceland president: ‘Turn smallness into strength’

During a highlight of a two-day visit to Cornell, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson discussed his country’s commitment to peace, diversity and science-based climate solutions during a sold-out lecture held Nov. 10.
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Breaking barriers: Peer outreach boosts student veterans

The number of undergraduate veterans enrolled at Cornell has nearly quadrupled over the past five years, thanks in part to outreach by a team of student veteran peer counselors.
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‘Young, male and aimless’: Why are men in India delaying marriage?

Economic changes in India are forcing adaptations in traditional marriage practices, but not enough for a modernizing overhaul to this deeply traditional institution.
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Book: Time for Black women to claim the right to lead

Extending her research on writing by Black women around the world, Carole Boyce Davies examines the stories of Black women political leaders in Africa and in the global African Diaspora.
Jennifer Wissink

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Winter Session spotlight: Jennifer Wissink

Students can earn up to four credits in the three-week winter session – including Wissink's ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics course.
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Cornell-led election survey seeks to improve science of polls

The survey boasts a sample size 20 times larger than most nationally representative surveys.
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Experts will offer day-after election analysis

The in-person event The Day After: What Happened on Election Night and What Happens Next will be held November 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall Room 155.
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Students get out the vote, on campus and across the state

“The youth have so much power, and we just don’t use it,” said Lauren Sherman ’24, Arts and Sciences student.
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Common dietary fiber promotes allergy-like immune responses

Inulin, a type of dietary fiber commonly used in health supplements and known to have certain anti-inflammatory properties, can also promote an allergy-related type of inflammation in the lung and gut, and other parts of the body, according to a preclinical study from Cornell researchers.
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People over numbers: Book charts China’s neopolitical turn

Jeremy Lee Wallace explains how a few numbers came to define Chinese politics “until they did not count what mattered and what they counted did not measure up,” and the “stunning about-face” led by Xi Jinping within the Chinese Communist Party.
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Cornell students to work at UN’s COP27 conference in Egypt

Eleven Cornell students, including two from Arts & Sciences, will help delegations from specialized agencies and small countries gain a stronger voice at the United Nations’ COP27 conference.
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Parking ticket reminders work, but not for all

New research by Cornell behavioral economists reveals that people who would benefit the most from gentle “nudges” to pay their fines – those who are least responsive to tickets in the first place – respond least to those reminders.
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Polarization research in Ecuador underscores risks to U.S. democracy

When political parties stoke partisan conflicts – often by contesting formal state institutions, like systems for managing elections – actual democratic capacity may take a hit as public opinion polarizes.
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Morrison, Ginsburg to be honored with U.S. postage stamps

Both Morrison and Ginsburg graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Cornell joins Schmidt AI in Science postdoc research initiative

Cornell, including A&S, will recruit and train a cohort of up to 100 postdoctoral fellows in the fields of natural sciences and engineering. 
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Student group, Women of Color Athletics, creates space

A new group provides female athletes of color at Cornell with a community of women who understand their challenges.
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eLab announces record cohort of student startups

Student founders from any field across Cornell may apply; once accepted, participants engage in entrepreneurship bootcamps, conduct customer discovery, refine their business plans and gain access to a network of successful Cornell alumni, all while earning college credit.
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Weiss teaching award honors eight exceptional faculty

Four A&S faculty members have been honored for their excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
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‘Blood Novels’ explores material, metaphor in Spanish realist fiction

Julia Chang examines the presence of blood and its deeper literary and cultural meaning in novels by three Spanish authors.
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From fabric arts to human waste: Student Biennial projects transcend

More than a dozen students are taking part in the Cornell Biennial, which aims to serve as an anchor for the arts at Cornell.
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How security crises can spur state-building in Latin America

Gustavo Flores-Macías analyzes key factors of public safety across Latin America in his new book.
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Pollack lauds ‘amazing Cornellians’ in State of the University speech

Cornell's president highlighted recent achievements of Arts and Sciences faculty.
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Global Cornell awards support new international courses

Five International Cornell Curriculum grants totaling $114,000 will support faculty developing courses that feature international experiences for students.
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Staff changes will support interdisciplinary research

Julia Thom-Levy, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named associate vice provost for physical sciences.
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Lipid expansion microscopy uses the ‘power of click chemistry’

Cornell researchers have discovered a way to apply expansion microscopy, which expands cell components to make them more visible, to lipids using click chemistry, recognized with the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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Book: Partisanship led to disastrous response to COVID-19

Survey data shows how the Trump administration’s partisan response led ordinary citizens to prioritize what was good for their “team” rather than what was good for their country.
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Juno’s new views heighten Europa Clipper excitement

Scientists believe Europa’s global ocean contains more than twice as much water as all of Earth’s oceans combined and may be suitable for life.
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‘Our story’: Native American writers cultivate their craft

Fourteen authors from upstate New York participating in the Oñgwaga•ä’ Writers Workshop this month.
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Creating ‘political economy of hope’ at Pakistan-India border

When politicians get close to constituents, either physically or digitally, they manage expectations and offer assurances to constituents. But they also expose themselves to scrutiny, giving people the chance to see beyond the performance into imperfect government workings.
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Cornell chemists contributed to Nobel Prize-winning work

Jeremy M. Baskin and Pamela Chang were doctoral students in Carolyn Bertozzi’s lab at the University of California, Berkley, in the mid-2000s.
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Mummified bird gets second life in multisensory exhibition

“A Tale of Two Mummies: Multisensory Experience” runs Oct. 7-9, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Upson Hall’s Lounge 116.
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Outreach supports Black rural landowners in Northeast

Supported by a grant from the College of Arts and Sciences' Rural Humanities initiative through an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation award, a 30-page publication highlights the stories of five Black owners of forestland in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont
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Protein family shows how life adapted to oxygen

“By understanding the evolution of these proteins, we can understand how nature adapts to environmental changes at the molecular level. In turn, we also learn about our planet’s past.”
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Active Learning Initiative, at 10, elevates teaching and belonging

The initiative has supported classes in the humanities, the social and natural sciences, mathematics, information science and engineering.
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Registration opens Oct. 17 for Winter Session Online

Enrollment is open to anyone interested in taking a class.
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Part-time study helps employees, visiting students boost careers

When Thitirat Boonyanuphong isn’t on her housekeeping rounds at the Statler Hotel or teaching conversational Thai at Cornell’s Language Resource Center, the 43-year-old can be found in a classroom on campus earning college credits.
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Craib and Fiani win graduate, professional teaching prize

“These professors have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to teaching and mentoring their students.”
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Scientists depict Dragonfly landing site on Saturn moon Titan

When NASA’s 990-pound Dragonfly rotorcraft reaches Saturn’s moon in 2034, Cornell’s Léa Bonnefoy '15 will have helped to make it a smooth landing.
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Book: Policymakers are failing ‘climate refugees’

The United States must transform its outdated migration policies to address the human devastation that is left in the wake of climate change and environmental catastrophe, Maria Cristina Garcia argues.
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Synthetic lava in the lab aids exoplanet exploration

Cornell researchers developed a starter catalog for finding volcanic worlds that feature fiery landscapes and oceans of magma.
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Panelists: War in Ukraine reshapes world political order

Faculty and journalist experts considered the consequences of the ongoing conflict during “Aftershocks: Geopolitics Since the Ukraine invasion."
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Layering, not liquid: Astronomers explain Mars’ watery reflections

Using computer simulations, Cornell researchers demonstrate that strong reflections can be generated by interference between geological layers, without liquid water or other rare materials.
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Brains on board: Smart microrobots walk autonomously

Electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are smaller than an ant’s head allow them to walk by themselves.
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Statistical analysis aims to solve Greek volcano mystery

Sturt Manning has zeroed in on a much narrower range of dates, approximately 1609–1560 BCE, for the eruption on Santorini, a pivotal event in the prehistory of the region.
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Collaboration to infuse human behavior into epidemiological models

Six Cornell faculty members from three different colleges will work together to improve epidemiological models of infectious disease using a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
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From methane to microbes: 2030 Project conveys first grants

“Climate change is a pressing challenge and we don’t have a moment to lose."
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Student team will seek public’s views on planetary defense

The researchers will conduct public opinion surveys on how governments respond when asteroids and comets threaten cities, countries, or at the extreme, even the entire earth.
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Report shows near-total erasure of Armenian heritage sites

The study compiled decades of high-resolution satellite imagery from the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.
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Proteins could lead to early breast cancer diagnosis, treatment

A team of researchers has discovered a non-invasive biomarker that could aid with earlier diagnosis of breast cancer, the most common cancer among women, which will likely affect one in 13 women during their lives.
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Sydney Shoemaker, leading figure of Cornell philosophy, dies at 90

Remembered as a powerful thinker and brilliant teacher, Shoemaker contributed to the outstanding reputation of Cornell philosophy during the second half of the twentieth century,
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A.D. White Professors are named; fall visits announced

An acclaimed historian of the Caribbean and a multidisciplinary professor of the built environment have been appointed the newest A.D. White Professors-at-Large.
Khadija Monis

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Afghan students – now Cornellians – look to future

Nine Afghan undergraduates from Bangladesh-based Asian University for Women fled their country after the Taliban took control in August 2021, arriving in Ithaca four months later.
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Cornell scientists show how terrain evolves on an icy comet

Astronomers have shown how smooth terrains – a good place to land a spacecraft and to scoop up samples – evolve on the icy world of comets.
Luminescent tree-like structure with purple branches and bright green canopy: The lateral habenula in the mouse brain

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Study finds tiny brain area controls work for rewards

The discovery has implications for psychiatric disorders, particularly depression and anxiety.
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Three projects awarded Belonging at Cornell innovation grants

The "Can You Hear My Voice?" project, a collaboration between Arts and Sciences, the ILR School, eCornell and the College of Human Ecology, received one of three Belonging at Cornell innovation grants for 2022.
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Cornell helps detect CO2 for first time on faraway world

A large international team found molecular evidence of carbon dioxide on the exoplanet WASP-39b, a giant gaseous world orbiting a sun-like star about 700 light-years away.
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Seeds of survival: Botanic Gardens honors the Black experience

Arts & Sciences student Jakara Zellner ’23, co-leader on the Garden Ambassador team, who served on the advisory committee and narrated the audio tour of a Cornell Botanic Gardens featuring 21 plants significant to the Black experience in the Americas.
James Turner, the founding director of Cornell’s Africana Studies and Research Center and a a professor emeritus of African and African American Politics and Social Policy in the College of Arts and Sciences,

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James Turner, a ‘giant’ of Africana studies, dies at 82

James Turner, the founding director of Cornell’s Africana Studies and Research Center and a pioneer of the multidisciplinary approach to exploring the African diaspora, died Aug. 6 in Ithaca.
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Academic boot camp boosts veterans’ higher ed mission

Professors in physics and classics contributed to the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) hosted at Cornell for military veterans July 23 to Aug. 6.