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Fugitive slave ad database receives grant from Mellon

Freedom on the Move, a database documenting the lives of fugitives from American slavery through newspaper ads placed by slave owners, has received a $150,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A&S initiative launches with webinar about abolishing police

The Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity, a new initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences, will hold its first event, a webinar featuring discussion about the abolition of police, July 27 at 1 p.m.

A&S dean delivers keynote at K-12 ed conference

Ray Jayawardhana, the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of astronomy, delivered a keynote address to approximately 1,000 K-12 teachers at the National Math and Science Initiative virtual conference.

McLaughlin begins second stint as Dyson interim dean

Ed McLaughlin has been tapped again as the interim David J. Nolan Dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. He began his second stint in the role on July 1.

Book touts internet that works for all, not just Silicon Valley

Engineering Professor Stephen Wicker chats with Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D. ’13, who was an advisor at the White House and then a researcher at Facebook before writing a new book about digital privacy issues.

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Small-farm tech reduces deforestation, climate change

Small farms in Zambia that use the latest hybrid seed for maize, help reduce deforestation and tackle climate change in a new Cornell study.

Grant supports Cornell University Press open-access effort

A new grant awarded to Cornell University Press by the National Endowment for the Humanities will support open-access scholarly publication and help offset the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofit university press publishing.

University unveils student COVID-19 testing plan

The university launched its COVID-19 testing program for students July 16 as part of a multipronged public health effort. The initial focus is “arrival testing,” in which students are tested upon their return to the Ithaca area.

Library’s linked-data project gets new grant

A $2.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is boosting a multi-institution initiative, which includes Cornell University Library, to develop ways to improve the sharing of catalog data among libraries.

Electrons obey social distancing in ‘strange’ metals

A Cornell-led collaboration has used state-of-the-art computational tools to model the chaotic behavior of Planckian, or “strange,” metals. This behavior has long intrigued physicists, but they have not been able to simulate it down to the lowest possible temperature until now.

Cloud software startup raises $1M, signs pilot deal

Exotanium, founded by Cornell researchers, has created software tools to help companies save money on running software in the cloud.

In Peruvian Amazon, a celebration of birds takes flight

Two Lab of Ornithology staff members created a science project on birds with community leaders, teachers and students in the Peruvian Amazon. The result? A flowering of community interest beyond anything they could have imagined.