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CU study showed upstaters were open to NYC watershed solution

The resentment public officials feared would prevent a watershed agreement between New York City and municipalities along the Hudson River watershed did not run deep, a Cornell study has found.

Trustees approve 4.5% endowed tuition increase

The Cornell Board of Trustees, at its meeting in New York City Saturday, approved a 1997-98 budget that calls for a 4.5 percent tuition increase for the endowed colleges.

Mamet's Speed-The-Plow opens CTA's spring season

Hollywood, the movie capital -- 'city of the modern gold rush' and 'a sinkhole of depraved venality' -- is a likely target for satire, especially for American playwright David Mamet.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson brings Chopin program to Bailey Hall

Now that pianist Garrick Ohlsson has concluded his historic two-year cycle of the complete works for solo piano by Chopin, the 49-year-old musician can play what he wants.

End irrigation subsidies and reward conservation, CU study advises

Unless the world's food-growing nations improve their resource-management practices, life in the 21st century will be as tough as it is now in the 80 countries that already suffer serious water shortages, a new Cornell study warns.

Grants will aid research efforts by CU women

To help advance the careers of women in academia, the President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) is offering grants to support the completion of dissertations and research leading to tenure and promotion.

Adoptive parents are overwhelmingly in favor of opening sealed adoption records, Cornell study finds

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Parents of adopted children in New York are overwhelmingly in favor of laws that allow adult adoptees access to information in their birth certificates about their birth parents, according to a new Cornell University study. "One major argument for keeping records sealed is to protect adoptive parents who might feel threatened if their adopted children knew more about their birth parents," said Rosemary Avery, Cornell associate professor of consumer economics and housing and a specialist in family policy and foster care. "Yet, these results indicate there is no justification for keeping such information from adult adoptees, especially non-identifying information. And there is no reason to believe that New York state adoptive parents are any different from those in other states: they are overwhelmingly supportive of opening sealed adoption records," Avery said.

John L. Ford is reappointed dean of students at Cornell

John L. Ford has been reappointed as the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell, Susan H. Murphy, vice president for student and academic services, announced Wednesday.

Cornell study shows upstate New Yorkers were open to New York City watershed solution

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The resentment public officials feared would prevent a watershed agreement between New York City and municipalities along the Hudson River watershed was not very deep, a Cornell University study has found. Without a watershed agreement with rural towns upstate, New York City would have been forced to build a multi-billion-dollar water filtration plant it could not afford. The Cornell study reveals that toward the height of the controversy -- just before the watershed preliminary agreement was signed in November 1995 -- upstate residents appeared committed to keeping discussions open. The willingness to find a mutually agreed-upon solution contrasts with the often fiery anti-New York City rhetoric of local officials from upstate communities.

Cornell Theory Center's Biomedical Resource is renewed

ITHACA, N.Y. -- A five-year, $5 million grant for the Parallel Processing Resource for Biomedical Scientists at the Cornell Theory Center has been renewed. The Parallel Resource, funded by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health, is an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration aimed at applying high-performance computing and communications to support advances in biomedical applications.

Proceeds from Feb. 9 concert in Bailey Hall will benefit AIDS Work of Tompkins County

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University Choral Director Scott Tucker routinely teaches the works of Western classical artists like Brahms and Handel to his students in the Glee Club and Chorus. But lately he has been directing them in songs of African origin and in an African language. Tucker is warming them up for what promises to be a red-hot musical performance at Cornell on Sunday, Feb. 9, titled "One Voice: A Concert of African Songs by Samite of Uganda." The internationally acclaimed musician, singer and composer will perform at 3 p.m. in Cornell's Bailey Hall Auditorium, backed by the Cornell Glee Club and Chorus, as well as his own band. All proceeds will go to AIDS Work Inc. of Tompkins County.

Cornell receives $1 million in grants from Knight and Park foundations to expand writing programs and create national writing center

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University has received two grants totaling $1 million to expand the John S. Knight Writing Program, which seeks to improve student writing and the teaching of writing through a variety of innovative techniques and programs. A $750,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will establish a national center for writing in the disciplines. The grant will allow the Knight Writing Program to collaborate with institutions nationwide through a summer seminar, postdoctoral fellowships and other initiatives, and will expand the program's existing Writing in the Majors component, which is geared for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Also bolstering the Knight Writing Program is a $250,000 grant from the Park Foundation, which will fund five new Writing in the Majors courses per year in the social sciences. Together, the Knight and Park grants make it possible to increase the number of teaching assistants in Writing in the Majors courses from the present level of approximately 20 to a minimum of 30 per year.