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Donald F. Smith is nominated as dean of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Donald F. Smith, professor of surgery and acting dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, has been nominated to be dean of the college. The nomination, which would make Smith the ninth dean in the 103-year history of the veterinary college, is subject to approval by the Cornell University Board of Trustees.

Census Bureau Director Martha Farnsworth Riche will discuss families on April 21

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Martha Farnsworth Riche, director of the U.S. Census Bureau and a former Ithaca resident, will give a public lecture at Cornell University on Monday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. Her lecture is titled "What Demographic Data Tell Us About the American Family: Its Present and Future" and is presented as part of the Family Values Lecture Series of the Cornell Women's Studies Program.

Talk by former Black Panther leader commemorates takeover of Willard Straight Hall

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Kwame Ture, who as Stokely Carmichael was a leading spokesman for the Black Power Movement of the 1960s, will give a lecture at Cornell University on Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in Robert Purcell Union. His lecture, "28 Years After the Takeover: Developing a National Black Student Agenda," is free and open to the public. Ture's talk will commemorate the occupation of Cornell's student union, Willard Straight Hall, for 36 hours on April 19, 1969, by approximately 100 African American students. The takeover followed months of unrest over issues concerning minority education and race relations on campus and seized the nation's attention, becoming for many people an enduring symbol of black student activism.

Animal-human health is topic for Calvin Schwabe April 24 in Cornell Veterinary Medicine lectureship

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Calvin W. Schwabe, a world-renowned expert in the relationships of veterinary medicine and human health, will speak on "Meeting Development Needs of Pastoral Peoples" on Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in Lecture Hall I of the Veterinary Education Center at Cornell University. A second lecture by Schwabe, who is the 1996-97 George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professor of International Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, is set for Friday, April 25, at noon in Lecture Hall I on the topic, "Bull Sacrifice: The Beginnings of Comparative Medicine in Egypt."

New two-stage screening successfully identifies personality disorders

Although personality disorders can cause long-term suffering and disability, they are difficult to detect. As a result, many people go untreated.

New book argues for a different view of scientific reasoning among nonscientists

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Ordinary people are much more adept at scientific reasoning than most psychological literature gives them credit for, argues a Cornell University expert in cognitive development in a new book. "Most of the psychological literature that examines nonscientists' ability to reason scientifically largely ignores several principles that are crucial to scientific inquiry and that nonscientists, in fact, typically use," said Barbara Koslowski, associate professor of human development at Cornell and the author of the new book, Theory and Evidence: The Development of Scientific Reasoning (MIT Press, 1996, $40).

Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences honors outstanding teachers, scholars

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences honored outstanding teaching and scholarship at its annual Dean's Award Convocation on April 4. Dean Philip E. Lewis led the afternoon celebration in a packed auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.

Cornell senior wins a 1997 Churchill Scholarship for study at Cambridge University

Jakob Begun, a Cornell senior from Wantagh, N.Y., has been awarded a 1997 Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship to England's Cambridge University.

Pulitzer-winning author and computer scientist Douglas Hofstadter to lecture

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Douglas R. Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science and computer science at Indiana University and recipient of a 1980 Pulitzer Prize for his book Gšdel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, will speak at Cornell University on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Statler Auditorium. The lecture is free, but tickets are required and are available at Willard Straight Hall ticket office and the Graduate School information desk in Caldwell Hall. The lecture is titled "The Magical Dance of Words Across the Language Gap: Musings on Translation and Creativity" and is presented as part of the Graduate School's Olin Lecture Series.

Civil War historian and Pulitzer winner James M. McPherson to give lecture

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Pulitzer Prize--winning author and Civil War historian James M. McPherson will speak at Cornell University on Tuesday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 165 McGraw Hall in a lecture titled "Was Blood Thicker Than Water? Ethnic and Civic Nationalism in the Civil War." The lecture is free and open to the public. McPherson has been the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University since 1991 and has served on Princeton's faculty since 1965. He won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in history for Battle Cry of Freedom, his history of the American Civil War.

Two publications from Cornell's Akwe:kon Press share honors with local printer for quality of design and production

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Gallery of Superb Printing, which issues awards for outstanding examples of printing in Central New York, has honored Cayuga Press of Ithaca with 15 awards -- two of them for publications from Cornell University's Akwe:kon Press. In giving Gold Awards to Cayuga Press and Akwe:kon Press for Native Americas and People of the Seventh Fire in the magazine and book categories, respectively, the Syracuse Gallery cited both publications' printing and design quality. The winners were chosen by a team of printing and design experts, according to such criteria as registration, ink coverage, design and typography, difficulty of printing and overall appearance.

George Bernard Shaw exhibition opens April 17 in Cornell's Kroch Library

An exhibition drawn from one of the largest collections of George Bernard Shaw materials opens April 17 in the Exhibition Gallery of Cornell University's Carl A. Kroch Library.