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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.

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.

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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.

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.