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Two named Kaplan faculty fellows for service-learning work

Sandra Babcock, clinical professor at Cornell Law School, and Jon McKenzie, professor of practice in the Department of English, have been named 2020 Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellows in Service Learning.

Kathryn Boor named Graduate School dean, vice provost

Kathryn Boor ’80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a professor of food science, has been named dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced June 8.

Armor on butterfly wings protects against heavy rain

An analysis of high-speed raindrops hitting biological surfaces such as feathers, plant leaves and insect wings reveals how these highly water-repelling veneers reduce the water’s impact.

About 480 attend Cornell webinar to reopen tasting rooms

The tasting rooms of New York state’s craft beverage industry are beginning to open up, as Cornell held a webinar on how to do that safely in the era of COVID-19.

Film by alum-owned media studio wins Webby Award

A woman-owned science media studio founded by two Cornell alumnae has produced an interactive film that won this year’s Webby Award for best science website.

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Lynden Archer named dean of College of Engineering

Lynden A. Archer, the James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor in Engineering, has been named the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering for a five-year term beginning July 1.

Opinion: COVID-19 models must factor in nursing home spread

According to Weill Cornell researchers, epidemiological models of COVID-19 should take into account the special dynamics of the coronavirus’s spread in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Smart parking software could ease congestion, save time

New smart parking software developed by Cornell researchers could reduce congestion and emissions while saving drivers the time of circling to look for available spots.

Kavita Bala named dean of Computing and Information Science

Kavita Bala, professor and chair of computer science, has been named dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced June 5.

Lorin Warnick reappointed veterinary college dean

Dr. Lorin D. Warnick, Ph.D. ’94, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed to a second five-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

Refugee children get better health, nutrition via e-vouchers

Electronic food vouchers provided young Rohingya children in Bangladeshi refugee camps with better health and nutrition than direct food assistance.

(Virtual) Things to Do, June 5-12, 2020

Virtual events at Cornell include Virtual Reunion 2020, a Johnson Museum tour for 4-H students, a COVID-19 public policy discussion and a town hall featuring former Congressman Barney Frank and MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle.