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 Roberto Sierra

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Sierra symphony highlights Caribbean culture

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will launch its 2021-22 season on Oct. 14 with the world premiere of “Symphony No. 6,” composed by Roberto Sierra, the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kaushik Basu wearing a tweed jacket with hand upraised as he delivers a talk.

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Dear diary: Basu shares notes from policymaking’s front lines

Prof. Kaushik Basu's new book recounts his experiences in the Indian government, then as chief economist and senior vice president at the World Bank.
Family gathering for a group hug

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Religious have fewer children in secular countries

The study reveals that “societal secularism” is a better predictor of fertility rates than surveys of individuals’ religiosity or secularism.
Cover art for "The Queer Nuyorican"

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Book explores historical queerness of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

“What’s really interesting about the space and these artists is that there is a queerness that has always been at the cafe, but that has never been used to frame the space.”
Reflections of Mars' South Pole
ESA/Mars Express Mars’ south pole – which looks like creamy swirls in cappuccino – is an icy cap with carbon dioxide and other geologic traits. About a mile below the cap is smectite, a hydrated version of clay.

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Mars’ bright south pole reflections may be clay – not water

“Those bright reflections have been big news over the last few years because they were initially interpreted as liquid water below the ice.”
Beams of light

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Chaotic electrons heed ‘limit’ in strange metals

"We are finally unlocking the enigma behind the intense motions of electrons in strange metals.”
Fuertes Observatory against a starry sky

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Lai and Mish win initial graduate, professional teaching prize

Dong Lai, M.S. ’91, Ph.D. ’94, professor of astronomy, has won Cornell’s inaugural Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in Graduate and Professional Degree Programs.
Person receiving vaccine

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Vaccine acceptance higher in developing nations than U.S.

The study provides one of the first insights into vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in a broad selection of low- and middle-income countries, covering more than 20,000 survey respondents.
Wedding bouquet and rings

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Choose wisely: Spouses consolidate resources in families

In consolidating multiple types of resources, married partners deal themselves and their children better hands with long-term payoffs, but the process may amplify inequality across generations.
Image of hundreds of microscopic proteins shaped like cylinders

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Advanced microscopy shines light on new CRISPR-Cas system

The interdisciplinary team used a state-of-the-art microscopy technique to reveal protein structures and key steps of a CRISPR-Cas system that holds promise for developing an improved gene editing tool.
Mukoma Wa Ngugi

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From Kenya to Cornell, writer Mukoma ranges across genres

Mukoma Wa Ngugi channeled his fascination with Ethiopian "Tizita" songs into his fourth novel, “Unbury Our Dead With Song,” which will be published Sept. 21
People placing their hands together in a circle

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Following the ‘wisdom of crowds’ can stifle diversity

People who believe there is a single right answer to a question are better at coordinating with others, but that benefit may come at the expense of a diversity of opinions.
Wind turbines in a green, hilly landscape

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Wilson wins grant to explore rare earth element opportunities

Justin Wilson has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop more efficient methods of separating rare earth elements, which are found in wind turbines, liquid crystal displays, batteries, and portable electronics.
Graphic featuring yellow, red and blue balls
Provided Ligands can attract and help each other adsorb at some surface sites, but can often impair each other’s efforts as well.

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Small molecule plays outsize role in controlling nanoparticle

A breakthrough imaging technique enabled Cornell researchers to gain new insights into how tiny ligands adsorb on the surface of nanoparticles and how they can tune a particle’s shape.
Glowing gold mountian
NASA/JPL Maat Mons, a large volcano on Venus, is shown in this 1991 simulated-color radar image from NASA’s Magellan spacecraft mission.

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Trace gas phosphine points to volcanic activity on Venus

Cornell astronomers say the detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus shows evidence of explosive volcanoes on the mysterious planet.
Book cover: Hijacking the Agenda

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Money talks: Wealthy ‘hijack’ agenda to gain policy influence

Analyzing more than 20 years of floor speeches by members of Congress, a new book co-authored by Peter K. Enns, professor in the Department of Government, explains why corporate and wealthy interests dominate the national economic agenda.
Ancient stone building in a rocky landscape, seen from above
Provided The 7th-century Armenian church of Vankasar in Azerbaijan. In April, Caucasus Heritage Watch reported a possible threat to the church due to satellite detection of heavy machinery in the area.

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Satellite monitoring documents cultural heritage at risk

Cornell researchers are using satellite imagery to protect endangered and damaged cultural heritage in the South Caucasus, where an ethnic conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has raged for decades.
a colorful orb

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Machine learning tool sorts the nuances of quantum data

An interdisciplinary team of Cornell and Harvard University researchers developed a machine learning tool to parse quantum matter and make crucial distinctions in the data, an approach that will help scientists unravel the most confounding phenomena in the subatomic realm.
Derrick R. Spires

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July Fourth and early Black Americans: It’s complicated

Black people in early America used July Fourth to argue that they should be freed from enslavement and had as much right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as white people.
Peter K. Enns

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Peter Enns Named Director of Cornell Center for Social Sciences

Peter K. Enns, professor in the Brooks School of Public Policy and in the Department of Government, has been named the Robert S. Harrison Director of the Cornell Center for Social Sciences. Enns’ three-year appointment began July 1.
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