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Historian Margaret Washington in PBS film Feb. 19

Margaret Washington, professor of history, is featured in the new PBS documentary film, “’Tell Them We Are Rising’: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.”

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Sarah Gould wins Opperman Award for Staff Advocacy

Sarah Gould, senior administrative manager for the Department of Natural Resources, became the second recipient of the Opperman Award for Staff Advocacy Feb. 8 in Emerson Hall.

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PMA professor directs international play at The Cherry

“Rule of Thumb,” an international theater production directed by Beth F. Milles, associate professor of performing and media arts, opens Feb. 23.

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New book examines Plato's view of human motivation

In “Plato’s Moral Psychology: Intellectualism, the Divided Soul, and the Desire for Good,” philosophy professor Rachana Kamtekar examines Plato’s approach to human motivation.

Catherine Bertini to give Wolitzer seminar Feb. 15

Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the U.N.'s World Food Program, will deliver the Joyce Lindower Wolitzer ’76 and Steven Wolitzer Nutritional Seminar Thursday, Feb. 15.

To dye for: Exhibit showcases naturally tinted textiles

An opening for "Quiet Labor," an exhibit featuring naturally dyed textiles, garments, and artworks by participants in the Cornell Natural Dye Studio, took place Feb. 7 at the Cornell Botanic Gardens Nevin Welcome Center and will run until June 25.

Pop-up portal preview coming March 7

An inflatable portal offering immersive conversations with other portal users all over the world will be on campus March 7 in the Biotech atrium.

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For the win (or tie): Most avoid risk, despite better chance at reward

Social psychologist Tom Gilovich co-authored a study analyzing "sudden-death aversion" – the tendency to avoid "fast" strategies that offer both greater chance of success and the possibility of immediate defeat.

Spatial memory allows hummingbirds to rule the roost

For a Costa Rican hummingbird, the long-billed hermit, mental prowess holds an edge over physical flamboyance.

Apply for 2018 Perkins Prize through Feb. 26

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 26 for the annual James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony, established and endowed by Trustee Thomas W. Jones ’69.

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Student Child Care Grant funding to increase $100,000

The annual budget for Cornell’s Student Childcare Grant Program benefiting students with families will increase by $100,000 for fiscal year 2019, Dean of Students Vijay Pendakur announced.

Visiting scholar’s opera premieres in Hong Kong

“Mila,” a chamber opera with music by Eli Marshall, visiting music faculty member, premiered in Hong Kong.