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IBM's chess-playing 'Deep Blue' computer is harbinger of the future of supercomputing, Cornell's Kalos says

PHILADELPHIA -- Checkmate? Not yet. But having a supercomputer battle the world's human chess champion to a draw is just a hint of the future power of these man-made analytical superstars. So says a Cornell University expert, Malvin H. Kalos, a physicist and director of the Cornell Theory Center, which houses a more elaborate version of the IBM SP supercomputer that is tying up Garry Kasparov in the six-game match being played in Philadelphia at the Association of Computing Machinery '96 annual meeting. The match is tied 2-2.

Dairy farmers may recover up to half the energy costs of milking cows, thanks to technology developed by Cornell agricultural engineers

Forever looking to save money, dairy farmers soon may be able to pocket up to half the energy cost of milking cows thanks to new technology developed by Cornell agricultural engineers that provides energy-efficient ways to control vacuum levels on milking machines.

International agricultural agency hosted by Cornell links private research with Third World countries

One of the world's staples - the potato - has been pounded by disease and pestilence for centuries, but small farms soon may get a reprieve.

Previously unknown letters by Abigail and John Adams are donated to Cornell by descendants

A major collection of previously undocumented papers from U.S. presidents and other political leaders of the 18th and 19th centuries has been donated to Cornell Library by a current student. The collection includes a number of letters written by John and Abigail Adams, the nation's second presidential couple.

Reichenbach named Cornell's vice president for alumni affairs and development

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University President Hunter Rawlings announced Wednesday that the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Inge T. Reichenbach as vice president for alumni affairs and development, effective immediately. Reichenbach has served since May of 1995 as acting vice president for public affairs, now renamed "alumni affairs and development" to reflect more clearly its role and mission.

Franchising is the subject of a new book by a Cornell writer

ITHACA, N.Y. -- While many businesses in the early 1990s were faltering, franchising steadily grew 6 to 8 percent every year and reaped an annual income of more than $760 billion. "If franchising continues to grow at its current rate, franchises will account for one-half of all retail sales by the turn of the century," says Mike Powers, a Cornell University writer and author of the new book, How to Open a Franchise Business (Avon, $12.50).

Gasoline leak at Warren Road facility prompts removal of underground tank

Gasoline leaking from an underground storage tank last week at 925 Warren Road prompted temporary evacuation of one Cornell building and clean-up operations that included removing the tank.

Expanded Cornell campus events calendar mailed to Tompkins County households

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University's Community Report and Campus Events publication is being mailed this week to more than 36,000 households in Tompkins County. The 12-page report includes an expanded calendar, including cultural, performing arts and athletic events on campus.

Cornell to host Community Conference on Biological Control April 11-13

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University, the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc. and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service will host the Cornell Community Conference on Biological Control, April 11 to 13, 1996, on the Cornell campus. Key speakers at the conference will include Jeff Waage, director of the International Institute of Biological Control; Ernest DelFosse, director, National Biological Control Institute; Rebecca Goldburg, scientist, Environmental Defense Fund; Ralph Hardy, president emeritus, Boyce Thompson Institute; and Tony Bellotti of CIAT, the International Centre of Tropical Agriculture, Cali, Colombia.

Spring ornithology course introduces birds of the Finger Lakes

ITCoinciding with the spring migration of birds through the Finger Lakes region, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's "Spring Field Ornithology" course is scheduled for April 3 through May 22.

Cornell's Johnson Museum of Art wins reaccreditation

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive: reaccreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. Of the nearly 8,500 museums nationwide, only 748 are accredited, and of those, 438 have had their accredited status renewed.

Elfriede Abbe work on exhibit at Cornell's Kroch Library through March 27

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The work in wood of Elfriede Abbe, illustrator, printer and sculptor, is being celebrated in an exhibition at Cornell University's Carl A. Kroch Library through March 27. The exhibition encompasses Abbe's private press books, wood block prints and wood sculpture from 1950 to 1994. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Carl A. Kroch Library. Abbe, who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1940 from Cornell, was employed by the university as an illustrator from 1942 until her retirement in 1974. Since then, she has worked exclusively in her Vermont studio, printing her own private press books and sculpting.