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Representatives from around the world forge alliance that plans to improve our diets and the food we eat

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Representatives from a dozen agricultural universities and research facilities from around the world finished a three-day meeting April 11 at Cornell University to hammer out details on an alliance to improve diets worldwide. If a memorandum of understanding is signed between all the institutions within the next few months, the alliance could begin assembling agricultural demonstration projects that show how food systems could be improved -- a long-term boon to the food supply and the diets of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. An agreement also would begin the process of upgrading food-systems infrastructures and training within developing countries.

Cornell breaks record, with 13 prestigious national awards given to undergrads and recent grads

ITHACA, N.Y. -- A recent Cornell graduate and a current junior, both from the College of Arts and Sciences, have just received major national awards: the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies and the Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship. James Kessler '96, a former College Scholar and Near Eastern studies major from Auburn, Ind., is one of 85 college seniors or recent graduates from nearly 800 applicants who will receive a 1997 Mellon Fellowship for a year of graduate study, which includes a stipend of $13,750 plus tuition and mandated fees. Daniel Louis Klein '98, also a College Scholar, from Pittsburgh, has received a 1997 Beinecke Scholarship for superior academic achievement and personal promise. The award includes $2,000 upon completion of undergraduate studies and $15,000 for each of two years in graduate school.

Cornell graduate student receives Ford Fellowship for minorities

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Vera Bauer Palmer from Niagara Falls, N.Y., a Cornell University graduate student in the Department of English, has received a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for Minorities. Bauer. Palmer is a member of the Tuscarora Nation of the Six Nations Iroquois, Grand River Band, and is in her second year of doctoral study. Designed to increase minority presence in the arts and sciences on college and university faculties, the fellowships provide $14,000 per year over three years to members of racial and ethnic minorities, with an additional $6,000 provided by the student's university for tuition. Applicants must be college seniors, first-year graduate students or individuals at or near the beginning of their graduate studies.

U.S. ambassador to Croatia to address Cornell Law School April 25

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Peter Galbraith, the U.S. ambassador to Croatia, will discuss the successes and failures of the negotiated peace in the former Yugoslavia in a keynote address during "Making Peace Agreements Work," a two-day symposium beginning Friday, April 25, at the Cornell University Law School. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Cornell International Law Journal. All sessions take place in the MacDonald Moot Court Room of Myron Taylor Hall.

Third annual Perkins Prize for Interracial Understanding and Harmony to be presented to a Cornell senior on April 28

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The annual Perkins Prize for Interracial Understanding and Harmony at Cornell University will be awarded for the third time at a ceremony on campus Monday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Orpheus M. Williams, a senior in human ecology and co-leader of Peer Educators in Human Relations (PEHR), will receive this year's $5,000 award.

New Institute for Animal Welfare at Cornell addresses farm, wild and laboratory animal concerns

The Cornell University Institute for Animal Welfare has been established to foster discussion and research on issues concerning animals in agriculture, laboratories and the wild.

UC--Berkeley historian David Hollinger to discuss racial, ethnic classifications and their relation to culture in Cornell lecture April 28

ITHACA, N.Y. -- David A. Hollinger, a professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley, will give a lecture titled "The Will to Descend: Culture, Color and Genealogy" at Cornell University on Monday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Bethe Room, 700 Clark Hall. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will focus on current debates over the relation of culture to ethnoracial classifications and is presented as the 1996--97 Nordlander Lecture in Science and Public Policy, sponsored by Cornell's Department of Science and Technology Studies.

Cornell economist to testify before U.S. Senate committee April 23

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Charles J. Whalen, senior economist with the Institute of Industry Studies at Cornell University, is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on Wednesday, April 23 in Washington, D.C., in support of establishing a two-year budget and appropriations cycle for the U.S. government. Whalen has written extensively on U.S. economic trends and public policy, with special attention to federal budget issues. He testified before the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 on the proposed balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is the author of "Political Economy for the 21st Century "(M.E. Sharpe, 1996).

Alpha Zeta fraternity at Cornell to host Richard Rominger, USDA official, on Friday

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Richard Rominger, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will tour Cornell University on Friday afternoon, present the keynote address at the Northeast Regional Alpha Zeta Conference on campus on Friday evening, then visit Cornell's Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., on Saturday. Celebrating its centennial this year, Alpha Zeta is the national honorary fraternity for agriculture. One of 67 chapters nationwide and one of only two house chapters, which also operates as a social fraternity, Cornell's Alpha Zeta members are active in community service, 4-H activities and promoting agriculture throughout the campus. The chapter is the host for Rominger's visit.

Cornell Earth Day '97 celebration to be held Saturday

ITHACA, N.Y. -- On Saturday, April 19, from 1 to 6 p.m. on the Cornell University Arts Quad, more than 50 student groups will take part in a celebration of Earth and culture for Earth Day '97. This year's celebration combines the traditional Earth Day elements with an emphasis on cultural diversity and has been named "Many Voices, One Earth."

Two Cornell faculty members are selected Guggenheim Fellows

Two Cornell faculty members have been chosen as 1997 Guggenheim Fellows, the Guggenheim Foundation has announced.

Uruguayan ambassador to discuss democratization in Cornell lecture

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Antonio Mercader, Uruguay's ambassador to the Organization of American States, will give a lecture at Cornell University on Monday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Room G-08 Uris Hall. The free and public lecture is titled "El Futuro de la Democracia en America Latina" and will be given in Spanish with English translation.