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Dong Lai

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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.”
 Ellen Gainor

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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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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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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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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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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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Defying the Odds: Elja Sharifi’s Voice for the Powerless

Afghan visual artist Elja Sharifi, currently a visiting scholar at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, sees her escape from the Taliban as a call to action. She will enter Cornell’s PhD program in art history next fall.
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Community Engagement Awards honor exceptional people, projects 

Collaboration was the theme of the evening at the second annual Community Engagement Awards, held April 16 and hosted by the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement to celebrate excellence in local and global university-community partnerships.
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Mind, Body, Nature: Senior promotes holistic healing for peers

Drawing from her personal struggles, Joanne Wang '24 is committed to sharing her experience and helping other Cornellians find well-being through the healing power of the outdoors.
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CTI grant recipients build student confidence, connection

James Spinazzola is one of the 2023-2024 recipients of an Innovative Teaching and Learning Grant, harnessing immersive technology to help students build confidence as they learn to conduct an ensemble.
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Faculty awarded for creative, innovative community engagement

Derek Chang, associate professor of history, is among 13 Cornell faculty members have received Community-Engaged Practice and Innovation Awards from the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement.
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Steel industry protectionism beyond typical election-year rhetoric

President Biden’s tariff proposal is less about economics and more related to U.S. domestic politics, says Chinese foreign policy expert Allen Carlson.
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Iranian strike against Israel seemed more spectacle than attack, says prof.

Professor David Silbey comments on Iran's thwarted attack on Israel.
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Ukraine’s mobilization bill sign of ‘desperation’ and ‘rationalization’

Scholar David Silbey: “Large industrial wars like this one are as much about organization as they are about fighting, and this is a sign that Ukraine takes that lesson seriously.”
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Treats and poems featured at LRC’s “Sweet Poetry” event

“Any poem, any language” is the theme of the Language Resource Center’s second annual celebration of National Poetry Month, April 17
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Kiss-Pophouse deal shows recording ‘promises a certain immortality’

The recordings can be endlessly reconfigured to bring Kiss to life for new audiences, says Benjamin Piekut, professor of music.
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Uyghur Human Rights Project bibliography

Magnus Fiskesjö recently updated the Uyghur bibliography he began in 2017. The bibliography is hosted by the Uyghur Human Rights Project, "one of the most active and well-known organizations dedicated to the issue," he says.
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Florida ruling ‘deviates from the more moderate views’ held by most Americans

Professor Landon Schnabel: “The Florida Supreme Court's seemingly contradictory abortion rulings—allowing a six-week ban while permitting voters to decide on a constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights up to viability—reveal the tension between conservative courts and the popular will in determining reproductive rights."
Nora Brown

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Alumni spotlight: Nora Brown, Ph.D. ’23

Nora Brown, Ph.D. ’23, is an alumna of the genetics, genomics, and development doctoral program at Cornell, during which she was co-advised by Mariana Wolfner and Andrew Clark. She is now a postdoc at MIT.
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Cornell Expert: Why bridge collapse recovery is ‘time to listen’ to Baltimore residents impacted by coal shipping

Anthropologist Chloe Ahmann comments on environmental justice in in the wake of the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.
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Cornell introduces its 2024 Kessler Fellows cohort

The new Kessler Fellows, including A&S students, will spend their spring semesters sharpening their entrepreneurial skills while preparing for a fully funded summer internship at a startup of their choice.
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‘Art and Architecture of Migration and Discrimination’ released

… Turkey, Pakistan, and their European Diasporas (Routledge, 2024) , a collection of essays on art and architecture that … be featured in AAP's annual Launchpad event on April 17, 2024. Launchpad is held in Milstein Hall and is free and open …
Alain Elkann

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Talk by Italian author on his writing and his papers donated to the library, March 26

Alain Elkann discusses his literary and journalistic work at library-hosted event.
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NY’s fundamental need: New housing of every ‘shape, size and price’

Soaring rents and home prices have created a city of haves and have-nots, says Cornell history scholar Jacob Anbinder, who studies how America’s most progressive cities become unaffordable for a significant portion of the population.
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Eight students advance to 3MT finals

Three A&S-affiliated graduate students are among the competitors advancing to the final round of the 2024 Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT), having competed in a pool of 22 students in the preliminary round.
Amber Bal

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Student spotlight: Amber Bal

Amber Bal, a doctoral candidate in romance studies, studies the urban-rural divide in 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature.
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Russia’s presidential election is ‘not so important’ as what will come after

“The potential domestic and battlefield implications of another mobilization after the election are the things to watch.”
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France’s abortion rights vote sets potential ‘worldwide precedent’

France is the first county in the world to include a right to an abortion in its constitution, underscoring the role of culture, religion and secular governance in the preservation and progress of individual freedoms, says sociologist Landon Schnabel.
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New grants support student involvement in community projects

An A&S-led project to clean up Cape Cod Bay is among the latest round of Engaged Opportunity Grants.
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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!
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Cornell expert on same-sex marriage in Greece vote

Legalizing same-sex marriage in Greece would show other Eastern Orthodox Christians that providing rights does not undermine culture and values, says sociology scholar Landon Schnabel.
Kimberlé Crenshaw ’81

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Scholar to speak on intersectional justice at annual MLK lecture

This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Feb. 19 will focus on the importance of understanding and addressing systems of oppression and their impact on multiple identities, including race and gender.
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Climate roundtable sparks insight and invites collaboration

Song Lin, Tisch University Professor of chemistry and chemical biology, talked about how his lab is trying to mimic the way plants fix CO2, via the abundant enzyme Rubisco.
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Juliana Hu Pegues to speak on Indigenous Feminist Activism

In this year’s Invitational Lecture hosted by the Society for the Humanities, Hu Pegues will examine the story of Tillie Paul, a Tlingit woman in Alaska
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Zaluzhny firing ‘sign of desperation more than calculation’

In Ukraine, fired general Zaluzhny appears to be taking the fall for recent failures and circumstances outside of President Zelensky’s control, says David Silbey.
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Engaged Conversations Series to focus on community partnerships

The Einhorn Center for Community Engagement has launched a set of speaker events and workshops designed for anyone incorporating CEL into curricula, research and other programs.
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Cornell Latin American politics expert on El Salvador election

President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele is on track to handedly win reelection on Sunday.
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‘Cosmos’ screening features ice cream and live Q&A with Ann Druyan

As part of their “Voyager Spacecraft Week,” the Cornell Astronomical Society joins Cornell Cinema to present “Cosmos” Episode 6: “Traveler’s Tales” on Feb. 13.
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Researchers develop new model to predict surface atom scattering

Helium beams are potentially very useful for understanding the surface characteristics of materials on the molecular level.
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Tiny worm offers window into important protein modifications

“The more we understand protein modification and function, the better we understand its central role for human health and disease.”
White and blue flag of Israel seen at a distance between two buildings

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Cornell scholar: Biden should bypass Bibi, appeal directly to Israelis

Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu is an impasse to Biden's "dream deal" approach to the Gaza crisis, says government scholar Uriel Abulof.
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Iran has little incentive to dissuade proxy attacks against US troops

"Mounting an attack with clearly identifiable Iranian forces is probably off the table," says David Silbey, associate professor of history, "but further proxy attacks are likely to continue.”
Rhoda Feng, wearing big black glasses, long hair and a serious expression

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Freelance writer Rhoda Feng wins 2022-23 Nathan Award

The committee praised the verve, precision, and wry wit of Feng’s criticism, observing that she also brings historically and culturally informed sensibilities to all her reviewing.
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Student grant board funds social justice community projects

Thirteen student-community projects received grants through the Community Partnership Funding Board’s latest round of funding. Their shared goal: to bring social justice to the community.
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Oscar nominations: Cornell expert on racial representation in performing arts

Kristen Warner, who studies the impact of racial representation in the performing arts, highlights the shutout of Ava Duvernay’s “Origin” across the board, as well as racial politics of the Oscars.
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New insights into metabolites that control aging and disease

The study presents an unexpected connection between spermidine, a long-known compound present in all living cells, and sirtuins, an enzyme family that regulates many life-essential functions.
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New research on microbes expands the known limits for life

The research shows how changes in salinity may affect life in aquatic habitats on Earth and widens the possibilities for where life may be found throughout our solar system.
Black and white historic image of Filipino family traveling on carabao from an American concentration camp, circa 1900

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Digitized images illuminate U.S. colonial period in the Philippines

Idyllic images of the Philippines taken by a Cornell alumnus in 1902 illuminate the tumultuous U.S. annexation of the archipelago in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War, according to a Ph.D. student in history.
Hand-lettered sign "No Justice, No PEACE" held by a person in a crowd

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Reparations commission ‘step in right direction,’ but education is key to understanding

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, an expert in Africana studies, wrote about how America should respond to its history of racism in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.
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LGBTQ Catholics in a state of ‘conditional belonging’

Sociologist Landon Schnabel says the blessing of same-sex couples is an important and complex step for the Catholic Church.