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New AVP will lead Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX

Laura Rugless, executive director of equity and access services and Title IX coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named Cornell’s new associate vice president for institutional equity and Title IX coordinator.

Staff News

Research explores how grape pests sniff out berries

New Cornell research investigates how grape berry moths, a pest for grapes, find their targets amid a sea of other plants in the landscape.

Applications open for community-engaged learning grants

The Office of Engagement Initiatives is accepting applications for grants to fund faculty, staff and students who are launching, advancing or participating in community-engaged learning at Cornell.

Things to Do, Dec. 6-13, 2019

Events at Cornell this week include Lessons and Carols at Sage Chapel; an indoor bouldering event for climbers and an outdoor gear sale; a United Way celebration and Quentin Tarantino’s Hollywood story.

Graduate School dean wins national leadership award

Barbara A. Knuth, dean of Cornell’s Graduate School, is the 2019 recipient of the Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education, given by the Council of Graduate Schools.

Historian and medievalist Brian Tierney dies at 97

Professor Emeritus Brian Tierney, a leading scholar who taught medieval history at Cornell for 33 years, died Nov. 30 in Syracuse. He was 97.

Sign of the times: American Sign Language thrives on campus

Senior lecturer Brenda Schertz, a whirlwind of energy, teaches the first American Sign Language classes at Cornell that meet the College of Arts and Sciences’ three-semester world language requirement.

Physical forces affect bacteria’s toxin resistance, study finds

A chance meeting of two Cornell researchers led to a collaboration and new understanding of how bacteria resist toxins, which could lead to new tools in the fight against harmful infections.

New podcast episode examines the impact of incarceration

“Climate of Fear,” the latest episode in the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series, explores the impact of incarcerated parents on their children’s education with Anna Haskins, assistant professor of sociology.

Essentials

Weill Cornell center will aim to help cognitively impaired seniors

Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded a five-year, $4.6 million grant to create a center aimed at developing technology to help older adults who have cognitive impairments.

Yervant Terzian, who explored matter between stars, dies at 80

Yervant Terzian, 80, the Tisch Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy, died Nov. 25 in Ithaca.

Multiplexed C dots track cancer cells to improve patient care

Researchers are using glowing nanoparticles called C dots to detect multiple cancer markers during surgery in a way that is both precise and safe.