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Cornell research is featured on the Science Coalition web site

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University is the featured university until Feb. 1 on the World Wide Web site of the Science Coalition, an organization devoted to calling attention to the benefits of basic research at universities and maintaining public support. The Science Coalition is made up of 416 organizations, institutions and individuals, including 71 universities and 12 scientific societies. Cornell is a member.

Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford to address Cornell Tradition convocation Feb. 6

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford will address the Third Annual Cornell Tradition Convocation in David L. Call Alumni Auditorium in Kennedy Hall Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The convocation address will follow an afternoon plenary session with Wofford and student and faculty service leaders, and dinner with student leaders and staff of the Cornell Tradition. Wofford, who helped launch the Peace Corps in 1961 and is currently CEO of the Washington D.C.-based Corporation for National Service, will speak to the convocation on "Answering the Call of Citizenship: Making a Lifelong Commitment to the Service Tradition." Wofford was a Democrat representing Pennsylvania in the Senate from 1991 to 1994.

Students inventory rain forest for its medicinal benefits

Cornell students' biological inventory of a rain forest tract in the Amazon is revealing the chemical strategies of organisms that survive in one of the planet's most competitive environments.

Cornell Cooperative Extension sets up disaster relief and resources World Wide Web site

ITHACA, N.Y. -- To help those affected by the recent ice storm in upstate New York and New England, Cornell Cooperative Extension has set up a World Wide Web site called Disaster Relief Resources.

Birds to bytes: BirdSource "Great '98 Backyard Bird Count" invites families and individuals to make history

Ithaca, NY -- People across the continent can help make bird-watching history on February 20, 21, and 22 by participating in the first-ever BirdSource Great '98 Backyard Bird Count, cosponsored by the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology (CLO) and the National Audubon Society.

Bioacoustics research is focus of new Imogene Powers Johnson Senior Scientist chair at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Christopher W. Clark, the engineer-biologist who heads the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University, has been named to the newly established Imogene Powers Johnson Senior Scientist chair at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Funded by a $2 million endowment from the S.C. Johnson family, the named chair honors a longtime supporter of the laboratory's education and conservation efforts.

Cornell's Johnson Museum launches $680,000 effort to put permanent collection on the World Wide Web

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Almost the entire permanent collection -- more than 27,000 objects -- of Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art will be made available for viewing on the World Wide Web over the next two years. "By embracing this technology, we are able to construct a museum without walls, a museum that can be toured by anybody, anywhere in the world," said Franklin W. Robinson, the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the museum.

The National Science Foundation is providing $5 million for five years to fund the informational and educational infrastructure effort

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Jan. 19 the formation of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS), a partnership among New York University, Cornell University, Polytechnic University of New York and the University of Southern California. In forming the institute, the NSF is providing a five-year, $5 million grant to fund the effort. Infrastructure systems provide transportation, water supply, electric power fuel and communications that are critical for modern communities. The institute will link engineering and the applied social sciences to develop better solutions for the myriad of infrastructure problems facing the nation.

Vicki Caron named first Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Vicki Caron, associate professor of history at Cornell University, has been named the Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, effective Feb. 1, 1998. Caron's books, Between France and Germany: The Jews of Alsace-Lorraine, 1871-1918 (Stanford University Press, 1988) and Uneasy Asylum: France and the Jewish Refugee Crisis, 1933-1942 (forthcoming), draw deeply on American and French archival sources and are noted for their interpretative power. Her research has focused on western and central Europe and explores the modern era in France, including government policy, public opinion and French Jewish responses to those policies and opinions.

Cornell trustees approve 4.3 percent endowed tuition hike 1998

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell University Board of Trustees, at its meeting in New York City Saturday, Jan. 24, approved a 1998-99 budget that calls for a 4.3 percent tuition increase for the endowed colleges. The increase is lower than last year's 4.5 percent increase and the lowest since 1965-66, when there was no increase, said Henrik N. Dullea, vice president for university relations.

Cornell President Rawlings announces administration changes

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University President Hunter R. Rawlings announced today (Jan. 24, 1998) a series of administrative changes designed to strengthen the primacy of the academic mission of the university and streamline its central reporting structures. The plan calls for the creation of two vice provost positions In addition, the Office of Institutional Planning and Research and the Office of Financial Planning and Budget Management will be merged into a single Office of Budget and Planning.

Cornell research fellow to attend White House reception on occasion of Muslim holiday

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Ph.D. '88, a visiting research fellow in Cornell University's Women's Studies Program, with a focus on self-identity and Muslim women's Islamic higher learning, will be one of the guests at a special reception to be hosted by the first lady at the White House Jan. 29. The reception, "a family celebration with Hillary Rodham Clinton," will take place on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr (the end of the fasting month of Ramadan). The invitation was extended mainly to Muslim women leaders in the United States and their families, and it is sponsored jointly with the Muslim Women's League and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.