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Most people trust accurate search results when the stakes are high

Using experiments with COVID-19 related queries, researchers found that in a public health emergency, most people pick out and click on accurate information.
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Partisan news shows broadcast emotions alongside information, says Klarman Fellow

Erin Cikanek proposes that citizens are picking up from television news not just what to think but how to feel.
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New trustees to join Cornell board in July

At its May 24 meeting, the Cornell Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees to four-year terms. The board also reelected a trustee from the field of labor.
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Philosopher mines the ethical line in caustic wisecracking

In his new book, David Shoemaker, professor of philosophy, explores the need for spirited, sometimes prickly humor and the ethics that distinguish an innocent gibe from an offensive insult.
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‘Ready to serve’: ROTC grads commissioned as officers

At a May 24 ceremony in Statler Auditorium, 21 graduating members of the Tri-Service Brigade received commissions as officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Space Force.
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New Book Chronicles Cornell’s International Impact

In "Beyond Borders," more than four dozen authors – many from A&S – contribute to an overview of the university’s "global dimensions."
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A giant crater in Siberia is belching up Russia's past

As the world warms, permafrost is thawing across two-thirds of Russia, writes Sophie Pinkham, professor of the practice in comparative literature, in a New York Times opinion piece.
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Peter Loewen named dean of Arts and Sciences

Coming from the University of Toronto, where he is the director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Loewen begins his five-year appointment as the Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Aug. 1.
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Personal crises reduce voter turnout, but may prompt other political action

People with unstable lives are systematically underrepresented at the ballot box, finds new political science research co-authored by Jamila Michener.
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Manne awarded Lebowitz Prize, symposium appearance

As part of the award, Manne will engage in discussion this year on the theme “Dehumanization and its Discontents” with the prize co-recipient, David Livingston Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of New England.
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Merrill Scholars honor mentors who inspired them

At a luncheon on May 21, 42 Merrill Scholars celebrated the mentors who had the greatest influence on their early education and the Cornell faculty or staff members who contributed most significantly to their college experience.
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Marginal students reap more benefits from STEM programs

Enrolling in a selective college STEM program pays off more for academically marginal students – even though they are less likely to graduate, Cornell economics research finds.
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Three doctoral students selected for Department of Energy program

Virginia McGhee, doctoral candidate in chemistry and chemical biology; and Liana Shpani, doctoral candidate in physics, are two of three Cornell doctoral students selected for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (DOE SCGSR) Program’s 2023 Solicitation 2 Cycle.
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Eighteen receive awards recognizing inclusive excellence

A&S graduate students and faculty were among those honored with 2024 Distinguished Awards at the Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Recognition Celebration on May 14.
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Lai receives Brouwer Career Award in astronomy

The award recognizes Dong Lai’s “formidable and broad contributions to astrophysical dynamics, his outstanding mentoring record, and his wide-ranging professional service activities.”
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Gainor elected to College of Fellows of the American Theatre

The election recognizes Gainor as “a distinguished scholar of early 20th century American theater."
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The Digital CoLab: Elevating skills, building community

Following one simple formula: “People over projects," the Digital CoLab on the 7th floor of Olin Library stimulates innovation in research and teaching while building connections among scholars across campus.
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Hard work, personal stories bring speech team big wins

Cornell Speech Team members shared stories about gender, ethnicity, racism and their hometowns during the most successful season in the team’s 40-year history.
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Humanities scholars research free speech, AI, sports culture and the Supreme Court

“This year’s Humanities Scholar Program conference was spectacular. The range of topics covered, the diversity of approaches, and the level of mastery demonstrated by the students were inspiring,” said interim director Lawrence Glickman.
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Mothers live longer as child mortality declines

The dramatic decline in childhood mortality during the 20th century has added a full year to women’s lives, according to a new study.
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American Sign Language has found a growing home on the Hill

Now offered as a minor, the study of ASL at Cornell came about through years of student advocacy
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Committee to recommend final expressive activity policy

The committee of faculty members, students and staff has begun a review of the university’s interim expressive activity policy and will recommend a final policy early in the fall semester.
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BTPI will research relationship between Bitcoin and financial freedom

The Brooks School Tech Policy Institute (BTPI) has announced a $1M project to study financial freedom in countries with authoritarian governments. Led by BTPI Director Sarah Kreps, the research will employ quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding the use of Bitcoin and stablecoins by individuals around the world.
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Reynolds Foundation commits $1.25M to fund Brooks School initiatives

The Reynolds Foundation, established by Tim MBA '94 and Caroline Reynolds, and led by Dr. Álvaro Salas Castro MPA '14 as President and CEO, has committed $1.25M to fund a range of initiatives at the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy.
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New research initiative tackles pressing global development issues

CIDER unites 24 faculty across campus and the world, along with students, staff, researchers and external partners, to create and share knowledge.
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Global Scholars amplify free expression

A&S student Obioha Chijioke ’24 is among the first-ever group of Undergraduate Global Scholars at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
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National Humanities Center selects two A&S professors as 2024-25 Fellows

Kim Haines-Eitzen, the Paul and Berthe Hendrix Memorial Professor of Near Eastern studies, and Mostafa Minawi, associate professor of history and director of Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies, will pursue research projects in residence in Durham, North Carolina.
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We Need Anthropologists Everywhere—Especially in AI

"I never imagined working in STEM with a humanities degree, but it actually prepared me for an amazing career."
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Outstanding A&S teachers, advisors honored with 2024 awards

Among the faculty members being recognized this year for exceptional teaching and mentorship are Liliana Colanzi, Durba Ghosh, and Nick Admussen.
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Ghosh to lead Cornell’s Society for the Humanities

Recently the faculty director of the Humanities Scholars Program, Ghosh brings to the Society scholarly background in the history of British colonialism on the Indian subcontinent; academic focuses on gender and sexuality and South Asia; and broad experience with interdisciplinary collaborations.
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Projects funded by 2024 New Frontier Grants look toward the future

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) has awarded five New Frontier Grants to cutting edge projects in science, social science and the humanities led by A&S faculty.
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Diversity, empathy fuel national win for Men’s Fencing Club

After rebuilding post-pandemic and with diversity as its strength, the Men’s Fencing Club clinched a surprise win at the 2024 U.S. Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs championships.
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Chinese fruit fly genomes reveal global migrations, repeated evolution

Fruit flies, which humans have inadvertently spread around the globe, arrived in China roughly 4,000 years ago.
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Newest EEG lab empowers faculty from multiple disciplines

Cornell University's newest interdisciplinary EEG Lab could help faculty make breakthroughs in fields ranging from psychology to neurology to artificial intelligence.
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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.
Members of the A&S Class of 2024

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Extraordinary Journeys: The Class of 2024

This year's graduates soaked up every opportunity they could — from study abroad trips, to research experiences, to creative pursuits and sunsets on the slope. They formed strong bonds with professors and advisors and made friends they say they will have forever.
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Einaudi seed grants grow international collaborations

A new round of Einaudi Center seed grants will help faculty from across Cornell, including three from the College of Arts & Sciences, tackle issues ranging from drone-assisted healthcare delivery for migrants to sustainable infrastructure design for Ukraine.
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History alum receives Pulitzer Prize for story of dementia

Katie Engelhart ’09 is recognized for “for her fair-minded portrait of a family’s legal and emotional struggles during a matriarch’s progressive dementia."
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Dead & Company concert funds $800K for new climate solutions

One year since Dead & Company’s iconic show at Barton Hall, proceeds from the fundraiser have begun to flow to its climate-fighting recipients, including Phillip Milner, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology.
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Ultrasound experiment identifies new superconductor

With pulses of sound through tiny speakers, Cornell physics researchers have clarified the basic nature of the newly discovered superconductor uranium ditelluride.
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Beyond the ‘booms’: Book probes everyday disasters in South Baltimore, offers hope

In “Futures After Progress,” anthropologist Chloe Ahmann documents Curtis Bay’s industrial past and how it is grappling with pollution and the loss of steady work.
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Cornell jazz musicians bring home awards from DownBeat Magazine

For the first time in university history, Cornell students have won Student Music Awards from DownBeat Magazine, one of the world’s premiere jazz publications.
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Talking with a friend can ease the sting of being left out

Small, simple forms of social connection can lessen the negative feelings and thoughts that come with being excluded, according to Cornell psychology researchers.
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Through cycling tours, alum peddles her passion

For more than three decades, anthropology graduate Lauren Hefferon ’83 has run a company that offers upscale trips on two wheels.
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Four faculty receive 2024 Carpenter Advising Awards

Among those recognized for contributions to advising undergraduates are Paul Merrill, associate professor of practice in music, and Ravi Ramakrishna ’88, professor of mathematics.
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Russia’s nuclear saber-rattling like ‘cocking a gun in an old western movie’

Military historian David Silbey: "You’re not using it yet, but everyone’s aware that you’ve got it.”
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Mayfest, Cornell’s Int’l Chamber Music Festival, begins May 17

Mayfest is “a festival of joy, music, friendships, and deep connections among the musicians and with the loyal and wonderful audiences,” said co-artistic director Miri Yampolsky.
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Finding your calling at Cornell

Three members of the A&S Class of 2024 share wisdom for incoming students about taking advantage of all of Cornell's resources.
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Dancing with the (collegiate) stars

A&S alumna Amanda Hernandez ’21, now a busy med student, coaches her former team to ‘pom’ glory—from hundreds of miles away.
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Four Cornell professors elected to national academy

A&S professors Steven Strogatz and Peter Wolczanski are among Cornell’s 2024 electees to the National Academy of Sciences.