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Linguist, architect named A.D. White Professors-at-Large

Linguist and vernacular language scholar John Rickford and Indian architect and educator Brinda Somaya have been elected Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large at Cornell for six-year terms effective July 1.

Poverty fighters find new ways to educate and collaborate

The Program Work Team on Poverty and Economic Hardship met to brainstorm ways to eradicate poverty in upstate New York. In the United States, 40 percent of people will be poor at some point during their adult life, they said.

Forum focuses on youth development strategies

Youth Development Research Update brought to campus more than 50 Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and 4-H program leaders, youth service providers and faculty to discuss issues of well-being in children.

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Historian's book traces rise of mass imprisonment

In "Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America," historian Julilly Kohler-Hausmann examines political choices and discourse that have led to mass incarceration and rising inequality.

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Female STEM leaders more likely to back policies aiding women

A national study of higher ed administrators has found that female department chairs, deans and provosts have different attitudes and beliefs than their male counterparts about how to retain women professors in STEM fields.

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Support for health care law higher when polls mention 'repeal'

Support for the existing health care law is significantly higher in U.S. opinion polls when the survey question explicitly mentions "repeal" or "repeal or replace" as an option, according to Cornell researchers.

Who is 'too fat'? That all depends on race, gender, generation

A person's gender, race and generation matter a lot for whether they are judged as “thin enough” or “too fat." “It looks like obesity is in the eye of the beholder,” said Vida Maralani, associate professor of sociology.

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Report: Coordinate efforts to ensure food, nutrition security

A national commission that included leaders from CALS announced May 16 a comprehensive, coordinated effort to solve food and nutrition security challenges that pose humanitarian, environmental and national security risks.

Jewish studies' lecturer Sampson is an NYC hero

Elissa Sampson, visiting scholar and lecturer in the Jewish Studies Program, will be honored May 18 with a Lower East Side Community Hero Award in New York City.