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Student film project to have encore showing Jan. 24

A collection of student films, offering insights into Cornell student life during the pandemic, will be shown again Jan. 24, from 2-4 p.m., followed by a live discussion with the filmmakers.

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Office of the Dean of Students announces three new leaders

The Office of the Dean of Students has announced three new staff members, two joining the Diversity and Inclusion team and one joining the Care and Crisis Services team, to better support Cornell students.

A&S selects 24 sophomores for College Scholar program

The College Scholar Program in the College of Arts & Sciences allows students to design their own interdisciplinary major, organized around a question or issue of interest, and pursue a course of study that cannot be found in an established major.

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Perceived erosion of democracy spawns new campaign

The Institute of Politics and Global Affairs has launched the Campaign for the Future of Democracy, which will work to restore respect for democratic norms and to strengthen democratic resilience.

K. Bingham Cady, engineering emeritus professor, dies at 84

K. Bingham Cady, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, died Dec. 10 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 84.

Cornell helps develop NYS effort on telehealth reform

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accepted new proposals to expand access to telehealth – developed with the Reimagine New York Commission Telehealth Working Group, co-chaired by President Martha E. Pollack.

Migrations initiative wins $5M Mellon grant for racial justice

The grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative will bring together scholars from across the university and beyond to study the links between racism, dispossession and migration.

Alum leads legal team for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Douglas Lankler, J.D. ’90, executive vice president and general counsel at Pfizer, has played a leading role in establishing Pfizer’s agreement with the U.S. government for 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Professor to use fellowship for WWI ‘trench art’ study

Ding Xiang Warner won a 2020 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship to study World War I trench art – the 3D creations made by Chinese laborers who dug the trenches pivotal to the allied effort in WWI.

Hilgartner co-leads new COVID-19 policy research

A comparative analysis of COVID-19 policies across 18 countries, led by researchers from Cornell and Harvard University, shows that varied public health and economic outcomes are linked to underlying characteristics of each society.

Plant biologists reveal genetic patterns in maize development

A team of plant biologists revealed new details about the genetic development of maize plants, showing how stem cells shape mature tissues and organs.

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DNA in water used to uncover genes of invasive fish

In a proof-of-principle study, Cornell researchers describe a new technique in which they analyzed environmental DNA – or eDNA – from water samples in Cayuga Lake to gather nuanced information about the presence of invasive round goby fish.