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Cornell announces $100 million gift for West Campus, major component of $500 million investment in undergraduate experience

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University President Hunter R. Rawlings today (Oct. 8, 1999) announced that the university has received a $100 million pledge -- only the second of this magnitude in Cornell's history -- from a friend who wishes to remain private. "This extraordinary commitment will play a major role in our goal to make Cornell the best research university for undergraduate education in the world," said Rawlings.

Oct. 15 Symposium honors Ferdinand Rodriguez, retiring Cornell professor of chemical engineering

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell University School of Chemical Engineering is celebrating the career of retiring professor Ferdinand Rodriguez with a symposium on Friday, Oct. 15, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in 165 Olin Hall. The symposium is free and open to the public.

How DNA molecules move through small spaces: Sometimes the bigger you are, the easier it is to squeeze through

On a steeplechase track about half the width of a human hair, Cornell University researchers are racing individual DNA molecules to learn how they move through tiny spaces.

Filmmakers and experts discuss issues Oct. 22-28 at Cornell Environmental Film Festival

From disappearing frogs and Alaskan fisheries to Gypsy herbs and West African deforestation, filmmakers will talk about their artistic visions at the third annual Environmental Film Festival Oct. 22-28.

Christopher Ober and Trevor Pinch named to department chairs at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Two new departments chairs have been announced at Cornell University. Christopher Ober, professor of materials science and engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for a three-year term starting Jan. 1, 2000.

At Cornell, cluster of Pentium processors becomes a supercomputer

ITHACA, N.Y. -- You may have a piece of a supercomputer on your desk -- that is, if you can get together with a few friends. A project at Cornell University has linked a cluster of 256 Intel Pentium III microprocessors together to act as a supercomputer, the largest "tightly-coupled" system of its kind so far, using the largest hardware switch ever assembled and new control software written at Cornell. Most importantly, it may be the most cost-effective supercomputer around. Since the system is built entirely with off-the-shelf components, such a cluster could easily be built almost anywhere and used for many scientific and business applications, Cornell experts say.

Cornell report shows HUD economic investments are working wonders in upstate New York's canal corridor, say Gore and Cuomo

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Vice President Al Gore and Andrew Cuomo, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), paid a special visit to Amsterdam, N.Y., Sept. 30 to release a preliminary report on HUD's efforts to jump-start the historic barge canal region's stalled economy. Their findings: economic investments have indeed increased tourism and produced jobs in the economically depressed canal corridor over the past three years, and they have the potential to do much more. The report was produced by researchers at Cornell University's Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) and was based on a Cornell CRP study that looked at four upstate communities -- Fulton, Little Falls, Lockport and Oswego -- involved in the HUD-supported Canal Corridor Initiative (CCI) to spur private investment in revenue-generating projects in the region's 32 counties. The researchers also did a regionwide study, employing sophisticated analytic tools.

Cornell-affiliated researchers to testify before Congress on agricultural biotechnology Oct. 5 and 6

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Three researchers associated with Cornell University will testify before Congress Oct. 5 and 6 on the use of biotechnology in foods and agriculture. They are Charles J. Arntzen, president and chief executive of the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) for Plant Research Inc., located at Cornell University; Ralph Hardy, president of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council; and Anthony M. Shelton, Cornell professor of entomology. Shelton, who also is associate director for the office of research at Cornell's New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will testify on the subject of genetically modified crops before the basic research subcommittee of the House Science Committee, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

Former UN official says sanctions against Iraq amount to 'genocide'

Nine years of United Nations economic sanctions against Iraq have created genocidal conditions and should be eliminated, Denis Halliday, a former UN official, told a Cornell audience last week.

Cornell Cooperative Extension-NYC to host first Community Hydroponics Harvest Festival on Oct. 5

NEW YORK -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of New York City and the Police Athletic League (PAL) will host the first "Community Hydroponics Harvest Festival" on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at PAL's South Bronx Center, 991 Longwood Ave. The festival will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Students from the Hydroponics Science Education Program at PAL will guide guests through the rooftop operation, where six large A-frame hydroponics units are housed. Produce grown there includes lettuce, endive, Chinese cabbage, collards and sweet basil. Hydroponic vegetables (i.e., grown in a nutrient solution) grow up to 10 times faster than in soil. Hydroponics is ideal for urban areas where land is limited.

Free public events include video screening and a reception

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Author Alison Lurie's contribution to arts and letters will be celebrated with a Cornell University Library exhibit that opens Oct. 7 with a video screening followed by a reception. The exhibit, titled "Alison Lurie: Writer at Work," opens with a screening of Foreign Affairs, a 1993 made-for-television adaptation of Lurie's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, in the Willard Straight Hall theater, Thursday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. The screening, co-sponsored by Cornell Cinema, will be followed by a reception in the Carl A. Kroch Library Exhibition Gallery, level 2B. Both events are free and open to the public.

Trustees and Council members gather at Cornell Oct. 7-9

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Members of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and Cornell University Council will arrive on campus Thursday, Oct. 7, for Cornell's annual Trustee/Council Weekend. The annual meeting of the 440-member council and a quarterly meeting of the trustees are scheduled on campus every fall so that the groups may attend joint meetings and hear President Hunter Rawlings' State of the University Address.