Pledging support and participation from all levels of the campus in protecting the environment and building sustainable futures, Cornell officials and student leaders signed a new statement on the environment today (Nov. 14, 1997). President Hunter Rawlings emphasized Cornell's long tradition of commitment to the environment in his remarks at the signing, which was held at noon in the Art Gallery of Willard Straight Hall.
Eleven months a year, grounds workers at Cornell University's arboretum strive to keep the greenery attractive. Then, a month before Christmas, the arborists make some evergreens unappealing to potential thieves by coating boughs with Pink Ugly Mix.
Cornell has been honored for a "breakthrough in design that sets a new standard" for distance learning. The directors of TeleCon, an international telecommunications conference for educators and business executives, selected Cornell as a finalist.
Sheila Heslin, a former director for Russian, Ukranian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House, will deliver a lecture at Cornell, Nov. 12, at 11:15 a.m. in 165 McGraw Hall. Heslin recently testified before the U.S. Senate Government Affairs Committee about her efforts to help prevent President Clinton from meeting with a prospective campaign contributor who sought Clinton's support for a billion-dollar oil pipeline project in the Caspian Sea area.
Mary Jo Bane, former assistant secretary of Health and Human Services (HSS) for Families and Children and commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services prior to her appointment with the Clinton administration, will speak Friday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in E405 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall at Cornell.
Students at the Cornell Law School are assisting attorneys in the appeals of death row inmates. For some, the work has taken them off campus to interview law enforcement authorities, witnesses, former jurors and, in one case, a convicted killer, in hopes of discovering state misconduct that might lead a court to overturn the defendant's conviction or sentence.
Gustavo Aguirre, V.M.D., Ph.D., the Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Ophthalmology, has been selected to receive the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's (WSAVA) International Award for Scientific Achievement for 1998.
Scratching the surface of wild tomatoes that bugs don't bother, Cornell scientists discovered the plants' chemical secret for repelling insect pests: a complex, waxy substance that commercially grown tomatoes have "forgotten" how to make.
Jane Goodall, the world renowned primatologist, will share her breadth of knowledge about chimpanzees, humans' closest relative, in a free lecture titled "Chimpanzees, Humans and Habitats" on Monday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall on the Cornell University campus. As an A.D. White Professor-at-Large, Goodall will spend three days on campus meeting with faculty and students, Nov. 23 through 25.
"Rain Forest Conservation and the Search for the New Jungle Medicine" is the topic for ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin in the ninth annual Audrey Harkness O'Connor Lecture, set for Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the David L. Call Alumni Auditorium of Kennedy Hall at Cornell.