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2020 in review: COVID-19 was the story

More than 300 stories or university statements that mentioned COVID-19 were posted on the Cornell Chronicle website in 2020; it was, without question, the story of the year. We look back at the past 12 months.

Research explores hallmarks of effective conversations

Using data from a crisis text hotline, Cornell researchers explored the question of what makes conversations successful.

New imaging method views soil carbon at near-atomic scales

A new study describes a breakthrough method for imaging the physical and chemical interactions that sequester carbon in soil at near atomic scales, which may have implications for mitigating climate change.

Celebrating December grads after ‘a semester like no other’

On Dec. 19, nearly 1,500 Cornell students celebrated their winter graduation in a virtual recognition ceremony viewed around the world – the first such event at Cornell, and a fitting end to what President Martha E. Pollack called “a semester like no other at Cornell.”

Native ironworkers’ tradition continues on North Campus

This month, a crew of mostly Native ironworkers on the North Campus Expansion Project presented Native students with the cloth image of the Hiawatha wampum belt they’d flown from their crane.

Africana studies class produces political leaders podcast

For their final projects, students in Africana Studies professor Carole Boyce-Davies’ Black Women and Political Leadership course created a podcast featuring interviews with Black women in politics.

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New cassava varieties endorsed for release in Nigeria

Five new cassava varieties developed with support from NextGen Cassava, an international partnership led by Cornell, have been approved for release in Nigeria.

Spires wins MLA award for ‘Practice of Citizenship’ book

Derrick Spires has won the Modern Language Association (MLA) Prized for a First Book for “The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States.”

First new North Campus buildings to open in fall ’21

The first phase of the North Campus Residential Expansion project – including two residential buildings providing beds for 800 students – will be ready for move-in by fall 2021.

President lauds ‘transformational gift’ from Ann S. Bowers ’59

President Martha E. Pollack applauds the legacy of Ann S. Bowers ’59 and her gift that creates the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science.

Gift from Ann S. Bowers ’59 creates new college of computing and information science

A transformative gift from Ann S. Bowers ’59 – a Silicon Valley champion and longtime philanthropist – will establish the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, supporting Cornell’s preeminence in these fields.

Cornell-bred malting barley has a name: Excelsior Gold

The first variety of spring malting barley bred by Cornell to succeed in New York’s wet climate and support the state’s $5.4 billion craft beer industry now has a name: Excelsior Gold.