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Cornell gets $25 million grant to build William H. Gates Hall, launching new home for computing and information science

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $25 million to Cornell to support the construction of the signature building for a planned information campus.

Change your computer backup and help save $1.5 million

If you have ever lost a computer file, you know backup systems are crucial. But usually they come at a price: Either they slow down the system during the day, or they waste energy by requiring that computers be left on. Staff members in the Division of Facilities Services solved both problems, and if other departments follow their example, Cornell could save some $1.5 million a year in energy costs. (December 14, 2005)

In 'Six Degrees of Reputation' Cornell authors track plagiarism and abuse of online reviewing systems

Positive bias in online consumer reviews has become almost standard industry practice, but plagiarizing user reviews and passing them off as authentic is another animal altogether, says a new Cornell study that has been tracking that other animal. (December 12, 2005)

Cornell's Department of Statistical Science moves to CIS

The Cornell University Department of Statistical Science has become a department of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. (November 29, 2005)

Hopcroft receives Harry M. Goode award

John Hopcroft, the IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics, has been awarded the Harry M. Goode award of the IEEE Computer Society in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the study of algorithms and their applications in information processing. (November 29, 2005)

As Cornell Theory Center winds up Microsoft pact, it seeks faculty advice on future, direction

Cornell Theory Center has announced new, faster computing facilities and is inviting members of the Cornell research community to a "town hall meeting" to discuss new directions. (November 15, 2005)

Jon Kleinberg receives 2005 MacArthur 'Genius Award'

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today (Sept. 20) named Jon Kleinberg, Cornell professor of computer science, among the 25 new MacArthur Fellows - the so-called "Genius Awards" - for 2005. He will receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.

Computer program learns language rules and composes sentences, all without outside help

Shimon Edelman of Cornell and colleagues have developed a method for enabling a computer program to scan text, infer the grammar behind it and generate new sentences.

Gates sees a software-driven future led by computer science

Bill Gates sees a future in which technology manages all our information for us, with devices at work, at home and in our pockets all seamlessly linked. The hardware is already here or coming soon, he says, but the challenge is to create the software. And, he said in a campus visit Feb. 26, he needs today's college students to produce it.