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Ex-Etsy CEO to deliver Milstein Program ‘In Focus’ talk

Chad Dickerson, former CEO of Etsy and a Cornell Tech fellow, will share his story in “The Journey Up: From English Major to Etsy,” Oct. 28 as part of the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity’s fall 2020 “In Focus Speaker Series.”

Cornell Hillel video gives students a chance to reflect on RBG

To commemorate the end of the 30-day mourning period for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54, who died Sept. 18, Cornell Hillel students created a video, “30 Statements for 30 Days: Reflections on RBG’s Legacy.”

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Silver linings: Innovation, kits, tech animate a hybrid semester

This semester, virtual, in-person and hybrid classes across disciplines are employing innovative ways to leave students with safe but lasting educational experiences.

Music faculty’s pandemic response hitting the right notes

Instrumental music professors have gotten creative during the pandemic, using various approaches to teaching this semester in an effort to give their students the best experience possible.

Smile, wave: Some exoplanets may be able to see us, too

Some exoplanets – planets from beyond our own solar system – have a direct line of sight to observe Earth’s biological qualities from far, far away, according to research led by Lisa Kaltenegger, director of the Carl Sagan Institute.

Collaboration sparks new model for ceramic conductivity

An interdisciplinary team’s work will help researchers who are custom-tailoring the properties of metal oxides in technologies such as lithium ion batteries, fuel cells and electrocatalysis.

Analysis: Trump White House NDAs are likely unconstitutional

Nondisclosure agreements implemented by the Trump White House likely infringe on the First Amendment rights of government employees and the press, according to a report by Cornell Law School’s First Amendment Clinic.

Webinar highlights advocacy for international students

More than 700 people attended “Ballots and Borders: Election 2020; What’s at Stake for International Students and Scholars,” a webinar on Oct. 19 featuring Cornell Law School immigration expert Stephen Yale-Loehr.

Efficacy, politics influence public trust in COVID-19 vaccine

In surveys of nearly 2,000 American adults, barely half said they would be willing to take a hypothetical vaccine with an efficacy, or effectiveness, of 50% – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s minimum threshold for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Conference to explore tactile approaches to media, virtually

“Media Objects,” a media studies conference originally scheduled for March 2020 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, has been reconfigured into a virtual event, with the first panel scheduled for Oct. 23.

Choi elected to National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and provost for medical affairs of Cornell University, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Democracy 20/20 webinar to examine U.S. polarization

The next installment of the Democracy 20/20 webinar series, scheduled for Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., will tackle polarization and how tensions between the political parties and the social groups they represent are redefining American democracy.