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For faculty and students affiliated with the Asian American Studies Program and the Southeast Asia Program, online events and social media campaigns are taking on deeper meaning during the COVID-19 crisis.

A determined group of Cornellians in and with connections to China has been helping to provide crucial equipment and supplies for medical professionals at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City and Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.


Steve Hilgartner, professor of Science and Technology Studies, has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Cornell Center for Social Sciences, to lead international research on COVID-19 policy.

Students have designed VitalMask, a “smart” respiratory mask that prevents the spread of airborne diseases and monitors the wearer’s vital signs.

Student workers at the Einaudi Center for International Studies play important roles in the center's mission, and those jobs have helped them prepare for careers in international relations, academia and other areas.


Threatened with shutting down due to COVID-19, Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County was saved at the last minute by the formation of new partnerships that helped keep the food distribution service going.

A group of 32 students from three colleges at Cornell will make up the first cohort of Humanities Scholars in a new program that will start in the fall, offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

A multi-institution team, including a Cornell researcher, has received a National Science Foundation grant to design an open-source, 3D-printable medical mask inspired by the nasal structures of animals.

Jonathan Burdick, Cornell’s vice provost for enrollment, discusses comprehensive enrollment strategies, what “need blind” means, and the challenges the COVID-19 outbreak means for connecting new students with the campus community.