Pioneer in the search for ET looks back, ahead in talk

Frank Drake ’51 talked about searching for evidence of intelligent life in the universe for 57 years in a campus visit Oct. 19.

Chemical evolution expert David A. Usher dies at age 80

David Usher joined the Cornell faculty in 1965 and taught generations of students the basics of organic chemistry until he retired in June 2016. He was a tenor lead in the Cornell Savoyards for many years.

Fluid dynamics lab named in honor of Charles Williamson

The Fluid Dynamics Water Channel Lab in Upson Hall was rededicated Oct. 21 in honor of long-time professor and sailing team faculty advisor Charles Williamson.  

Cornellians celebrate the Voyagers’ historic Golden Record

Four decades after NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, about 800 Cornellians gathered at Bailey Hall Oct. 19 to celebrate the unprecedented mission, its famous Golden Record and the university’s role in the mission.

Exhibition, research project highlight learning from Rembrandt’s art

Rembrandt van Rijn’s art and artistic practice have fascinated scholars and collectors for centuries. His printmaking methods, and prints from across his career, are revealed as an inspirational resource for research and teaching in a new exhibition of his etchings at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

From an ocean away, students design a girls’ school in Ghana

About 5,287 miles from Ithaca, near the banks of Ghana’s Volta River, a primary and junior high school for girls is rising from the collective imagination and brain power of the Cornell University Sustainable Design team.

Magnetic tweezers reveal ‘hairballs’ in polymer growth

Using a technique known as magnetic tweezers, a group led by Peng Chen is the first to observe real-time polymer growth at the single-polymer level. The study, called "landmark" by one reviewer, achieved several firsts.

Wise takes reins from Hines as director of CCMR

Frank Wise, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering, is the new director of the Cornell Center for Materials Research, replacing Melissa Hines, who held the post for 12 years.

Top neuroscientists headline Mong neurotech symposium

Three renowned neuroscientists spoke at the second annual Cornell Neurotech Mong Family Foundation Symposium Sept. 22.