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Long-term investment returns robust in '13

Cornell's long-term investments - which include the university's portfolio of endowments - realized a robust return for fiscal year 2013, says A.J. Edwards, the university's chief investment officer.

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Logevall: International goals 'demand a global presence'

Fredrik Logevall, vice provost for international affairs, spoke on “International Cornell: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?” at a Trustee-Council Annual Meeting presentation Oct. 26.

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Panelists address rising cost of education

Early in an hourlong discussion, “Higher Education, Rising Costs: What Does the Future Hold?,” participants stopped trying to predict the future.

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Herrin goes beneath family's surface in 'Fractures'

Emeritus professor of creative writing Lamar Herrin uses hydrofracking as the background of his new novel, "Fractures," a family story set in a New York town.

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Academia: Loosen patent protection for diseases of poor

Universities should share discoveries crucial to combating diseases plaguing people in poverty, assert two Cornell scientists in a special issue of Nature.

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Deans: Cornell Tech is redefining tech education

The goal of the Cornell NYC Tech campus is a simple one: be the preeminent graduate school focused on the digital disciplines in the information age.

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Make music to fully appreciate it, advises Hogwood

A.D. White Professor-at-Large Christopher Hogwood delivered a talk on the value of appreciating and performing music Oct. 25 on campus.

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Teaching Dairy Barn acclaimed for its form, function

Cornell's Teaching Dairy Barn, opened in September 2012, has received several plaudits for its innovative design.

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Expert: U.S. must do more to protect climate, environment

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, spoke on campus Oct. 22 about the need for greater use of nonpolluting sources of energy.

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Rating colleges: OK if done right

The Essentials blog covers Cornell life on the Ithaca and New York City campuses, past and present, with a light touch.

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Innovator award bestowed upon the late Ray Wu

Ray J. Wu, the late Cornell professor of molecular biology and genetics, won posthumously the 2013 Ezra Technology Innovator Award. It was presented Oct. 24.

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Thought leadership, innovation focus of Skorton address

Cornell needs to think strategically and boldly, promoting innovation by investing in thought leaders and research, said President David Skorton, addressing members of the Cornell Board of Trustees and Cornell University Council, Oct. 25.