Are young children reliable witnesses in court? How easily are their memories distorted? How can interviewing techniques and repeated questioning affect children's reports of events? What can professionals do to elicit accurate testimony from children? These questions are explored in the new book, Jeopardy in the Courtroom: A Scientific Analysis of Children's Testimony, co-authored by award-winning developmental psychologists Stephen J. Ceci, Ph.D., of Cornell University and Maggie Bruck, Ph.D., of McGill University.
Ann Stunden joined Cornell's Information Technologies as director of support services and academic computing earlier this month (January). Stunden will work with academic and administrative units to assure that adequate support exists throughout Cornell to enable faculty and staff to use information technologies in pursuit of the university's academic mission.
Cornell is moving to the next phase of an innovative plan to cool campus equipment and buildings using cold water from Cayuga Lake as a natural refrigerant, now that studies have shown the concept is environmentally and economically feasible. The plan, called lake source cooling, would use cold water from the bottom of Cayuga Lake to chill water from the campus, which then would be used for air conditioning and equipment cooling in Cornell buildings.
The following testimony is scheduled to be delivered by Henrik N. Dullea, Cornell vice president for university relations, at a New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education hearing on "Rethinking SUNY." The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Morris Conference Center, State University of New York at Oneonta.
Continuing a tradition established in 1965, Cornell's Program for Andrew D. White Professors-at-Large will bring four distinguished scholars to campus this semester for formal and informal exchanges with faculty and students. Raphael D. Levine, the Max Born Professor of Natural Philosophy and chairman of the Fritz Haber Research Center for Molecular Dynamics at The Hebrew University.
Jerome M. Ziegler, former dean of Cornell's College of Human Ecology, is applying a lifetime of acquired knowledge and skills related to education and passing them on to school principals in an innovative professional education program.
The Victim Advocacy Program, a new Cornell University service, is now available to all members of the Cornell community. The position will function under the auspices of the University Ombudsmans Office. Danilee Poppensiek will serve as the victim advocate while continuing her assistant ombudsman duties.
A new synthesis and public-information program starting up at Cornell University will examine the environmental risk factors -- including exposure to chemical pesticides -- for breast cancer in women of New York and the United States. Prompted by concern from U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) about higher-than-average "clusters" of breast cancer in some regions of the state, the Cornell program will interpret and disseminate research information on both the established and suspected risk factors for the disease.
A conference titled "Hollywood vs. Babelsberg: Nazi Entertainment Films" on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Cornell will explore the politics of film in the Third Reich within the broader context of an emerging entertainment industry.