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Michelle Knudsen

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Bestselling children’s author weaves tales of wonder

The latest by Michelle Knudsen ’95, of Library Lion fame: the story of a sensitive spider who yearns to be a pet kitten
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Racing toward her second Olympics, Taylor Knibb ’20 preps for Paris

The Arts & Sciences alum (psychology) and Big Red four-sport standout is set to compete in the women’s triathlon for Team USA.
Anna Esaki-Smith

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What my winding career path taught me about college

Asian Studies alum Anna Esaki-Smith ’83, who struggled with what to do after graduation is author of 'Make College Your Superpower: It’s Not Where You Go, It’s What You Know'
Kate Manne

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A moral philosopher contemplates the evils of 'fatphobia'

After penning two acclaimed books on misogyny, Kate Manne turns her attention to a different—but related—form of oppression
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Poised for Oscar gold, Oppenheimer boasts a Big Red distinction

Thanks in part to its physics-centric plot, the hit movie may depict more Cornellians than any other feature film in history.
Elbert Cox: a black and white portrait of a person wearing doctoral regalia

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Remembering the Cornellian who broke racial barriers in math

After becoming the first Black person to earn a PhD in the field, Elbert Cox, PhD 1925, spent a lifetime inspiring others to follow.
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How much do you know about Africana Studies on the Hill?

During Black History Month, test your knowledge of Cornell’s ground-breaking program with 10 trivia questions!
Fatema Gunja Sumar ’01

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Founded by undergrads, service groups are still going strong

Meet some alums whose good works—from youth outreach to food drives—are being continued by a new generation
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For 75+ years, students have made Watermargin a home

The pioneering co-op led the way in creating an interracial, interfaith house as a nondiscriminatory ideal.
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With 'Succession,' another Emmy for producer Scott Ferguson '82, BA '83

The veteran Hollywood exec boasts a resume including Oscar winners, ratings toppers and critical favorites.
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Campus time capsules are blasts from the past

From contemporary ephemera to a missive from Ezra himself, the historic containers are relics of an earlier Cornell.
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For two Cornellian pals, art meets life — now in book form

An enduring friendship between alums — dating back to when they were mentor and student — has led both to cultivate their creativity.
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Big Red books, perfect for gifting

Need a present for the Cornellian on your list? Here are titles on University history, traditions, songs, famous alums—even recipes!
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Giving voice to the often voiceless, alum wins a ‘Genius Grant’

Fiction writer Manuel Muñoz, MFA ’98, draws inspiration from his upbringing in a Mexican-American farming family
Joseph Holland ’78, MA ’79

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Alum’s book gleans inspiration from Black American trailblazers

From Oprah and the Obamas to lesser-known heroes, Joseph Holland ’78, MA ’79 finds words to live by.
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Cornell Cinema still lights up the silver screen

After more than a half-century in the Straight, the Hill’s iconic movie venue remains a film fan’s delight.
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Brains! Collection is a (slightly spooky) artifact of an earlier era

Now overseen by the psychology department, the vintage cerebra draw many a visitor to the second floor of Uris Hall.
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New memoir spotlights pioneering female surgeon's WWI service

The book curates the diaries and letters of ‘double Red’ alum and Cornell trustee Mary Crawford 1904, MD 1907.
Steve Salm

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Meet the alum behind some of music's biggest rights deals

… smash hits like “Believer.” As recently as September 2023, Concord added more than 30,000 songs to its portfolio, …
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Meet some of the (many!) Cornellians who’ve won the Nobel

From Hans Bethe to Toni Morrison, we offer a sampling of alums and profs who’ve earned one of the world’s highest accolades.
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Cheryl Engelhardt ’02 Is a rising star in new age music

Her latest album snagged a Grammy nomination — and she once scored a Cheerios commercial starring Grumpy Cat
Julie Schumacher

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Award-winning author mines humor from academic absurdity

Julie Schumacher, MFA ’86, closes out her satirical series with "The English Experience," in which a study-abroad trip goes off the rails.
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Project chronicles experiences of alums of Asian descent

In an ongoing effort, Cornellians are being asked to recall their student days for an oral history.
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Campus center holds the ‘keys’ to musical history

From fortepianos to pipe organs, the Hill boasts one of the world’s leading collections of performance-ready vintage instruments.
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Novels set at ‘Cornell’ bring you home to the Hill

The University has served as a backdrop for literary fiction, mysteries, tales inspired by real-life events, and more.
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From the Sun to CNN: Journalist and Commentator S.E. Cupp ’00

‘I came up through academic, intellectual conservatism,’ says the popular pundit, who’s unafraid to challenge her own party.
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Alum launches first Smithsonian museum dedicated to women

Lisa Sasaki ’97 is helping to shepherd the high-profile new Washington, D.C., institution into existence
Ozan Varol

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Rocket science can be a roadmap for life, says this astrophysics alum

Former law professor (and proud polymath) Ozan Varol ’03 inspires audiences with lessons rooted in space exploration.
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From corks to Corey to the cosmos: The Hill’s most ‘legendary’ courses

Cornellians offers a (not-at-all-comprehensive) roundup of quintessentially Cornellian classes—and invites you to weigh in!
Eve Ogden Schaub

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Alum aimed for zero waste—and wrote a book about it

Eve Ogden Schaub ’92, BA ’93, BFA ’93, caps off her trilogy of memoirs with "Year of No Garbage."
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Popular course offers life lessons from faculty dream team

Drawing on research in psychology and economics, the profs offer practical tools for relationships, finances, and more.
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The notable lives behind (seven more) big red buildings

In part two of our continuing series, we meet a celebrated scientific couple, a distinguished Chinese scholar, and much more.
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For Newman Lab’s 75th Birthday, Some Fascinating Facts

You don’t have to be a nuclear physicist to appreciate these tidbits about the Hill’s first facility devoted to accelerator physics
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Meet two young alums doing hands-on relief work in Ukraine

The best friends recently marked one year since they left their East Coast lives for a humanitarian aid mission to Eastern Europe.
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‘March Madness’ Contest Will Crown the Top Fictional Alum

Cornell history maven Corey Earle ’07 is running a Twitter poll with 64 contenders—and you can vote.
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In a Posthumous Memoir, Famed Prof Recalls a Turbulent Childhood

Long before Isaac Kramnick joined the Cornell faculty, he was a foster child from a family grappling with poverty and mental illness.
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On a Half-Century of Navigating a ‘Maze Lined with Flypaper’

First elected at just 23, retired Assemblyman Richard Gottfried ’68 holds the record for longest-serving New York State legislator.
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CU in Congress: Alumni in the House

The seven Cornellians serving as representatives in D.C. include military veterans, businesspeople, and even a former MMA fighter — and two A&S graduates.
J.C. Dombrowski

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TikTok Star’s Eclectic Offerings Entertain—and Educate—Millions

Exploring topics from marine mammals to moisturizers, leading influencer J.C. Dombrowski ’23 loves to share science.
Victor LaValle ’94, BA ’95

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Acclaimed Horror Writer Forges Bright Paths Through Dark Worlds

Novelist Victor LaValle ’94, BA ’95, has recently expanded his eerie narrative voice into Marvel Comics—and Apple TV.
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At a Personal Crossroads, a Visit to Ithaca Focused My Mind

… first time I went to Ithaca, I was terrified. Fresh off of my junior year of high school, I was about to spend the … August, this time as a full-fledged member of the Class of 2015. The four years I spent there began with a … Of course, I knew exactly where to go. Finally, in August 2022, I made my way back up Route 17—with a mandatory stop at …
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‘LaFeber Posse’ Gears up to Honor Legendary Professor

A posthumous festschrift and 2023 conference in New York City will celebrate the eminent historian’s impact—on former students and worldwide.
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Big Red volleyball standout advocates for women in sports

Psychology major Sydney Moore ’24 was honored at the ESPY ceremony for her efforts to empower fellow athletes.
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Big Red (and white): 2022 alumni wine collection launches

… — have been tapped for this year’s Big Red celebration of the grape. Now in its fifth year, the annual  Alumni Wine … Red ethos, the bottles feature art by a Cornell grad. The 2022 labels sport abstract paintings evoking Ithaca’s gorges … traces his passion to the Hotel School’s Intro to Wines class his senior year) and his wife. As the Alumni Wine site …
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Book explores the centuries-old influence of ‘Protestant Brooklyn’

Professors Glenn Altschuler, PhD ’76, and Stuart Blumin take a deep dive into the borough once known as the "city of churches."
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Between Two Slices of Bread, an Enduring Big Red Bond

Two ’06 classmates enjoyed a simple-but-tasty sandwich for decades—then the Washington Post shared it with the world
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Quelle Surprise! The Hidden Benefits of My French Lit Major

Being immersed in another language and culture made Melissa Hart Moss ’93, JD ’97 a better lawyer—and a more broad-minded person
Book cover: Corrections in Ink

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In a Brutally Honest Memoir, Alum Recalls Addiction and Imprisonment

Having returned to complete her degree in literatures in English, reporter Keri Blakinger ’11, BA ’14, now covers the prison system for the Marshall Project.
Anna Shechtman

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Get a Clue: Anna Shechtman Is a Star in the World of Crosswords

The Klarman Fellow (and future prof) is a regular contributor to the New Yorker—and she created a puzzle just for Cornellians!
Chris Pavone

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Chris Pavone ’89 Pens Globe-Trotting Tales Packed with Twists and Turns

The bestselling author’s latest thriller follows a heroine with a secret past—and a kidnapped husband.