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Cornell faculty, leadership begin to tackle grand challenges

Global Grand Challenges Symposium brought together faculty, administrators and guests to discuss challenges on which Cornell should place emphasis and resources in 2019-2020.

Three new Tisch University Professors named

Three new Tisch University Professors – Nicholas Abbott, Catherine Kling and Daniel Lee – were named earlier this month by the Cornell University Board of Trustees, bringing to six the total number of current faculty carrying the honor and title.

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22 student entrepreneurs join W.E. Cornell

Cornell’s new entrepreneurship program for women recently announced its first cohort of 22 students for the 2018-19 academic year.

For arid, Mars-like desert, rain brings death

When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death, according to an international team of planetary astrobiologists.

Two-step training helps robots interpret human language

To help robots understand human language when navigating, researchers divided their task into two separate stages: first, interpreting the language in a command and mapping out a path; and then executing the trip.

‘Lost’ lecture by Carl Sagan released in honor of his birthday

The Carl Sagan Institute is honoring Carl Sagan's 84th birthday by releasing a “lost” lecture Sagan delivered in 1994 at the symposium in honor.

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Carrying out Ezra Cornell’s vision in teaching, research, practices

Faculty members discussed “Celebrating 150 Years of Ezra Cornell’s Promise: Reflections on What ‘…Any Person …Any Study’ Means” Oct. 30.

Panelists discuss infrastructure and technology

The Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy’s “Infrastructure and Technology” event Oct. 29 drew experts looking at the future of cities.

A&S dean describes ‘extraordinary age of discovery’ at TCAM

Ray Jayawardhana shared his enthusiasm for astronomy’s “extraordinary age of discovery” with Cornell’s Trustee Council in a keynote address at its Annual Meeting Nov. 2.