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Lee Teng-hui, Ph.D. ’68, former Taiwan president, dies at 97

Lee Teng-hui, Ph.D. ’68, the first popularly elected president of Taiwan, who helped guide the island toward prosperity and democracy, died July 30 in Taipei. He was 97.

(Virtual) Things to Do, July 31-Aug. 21, 2020

Virtual events at Cornell include a lecture on challenges endangering freshwater fish, an conference on worker and community concerns in safely returning to work in New York City, an international linguistics meeting and an introduction to religious and spiritual life on campus.

Panel: Pandemic has exposed long-standing health inequities

“Systemic Racism and Health Equity,” a webinar hosted July 23 by the Cornell Center for Health Equity, featured insights from three expert panelists and moderator Jamila Michener, associate professor of government and center co-director.

McNair Scholars lobby DC virtually for more higher ed funding

Cornell’s McNair Scholars shared their stories of academic excellence July 21-24, as they paid virtual visits to the offices of U.S. senators and representatives to advocate for more higher-education funding for first-generation and low-income students.

High Road fellows work remotely for Buffalo’s benefit

The High Road Fellowship summer program was unable to send students to western New York this year due to the pandemic, but the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab modified its programming to bring Buffalo to its 23 fellows.

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Warrior-Scholar Project: a bridge from military to college

The Warrior-Scholar Project offered seminars taught by Cornell faculty and writing instruction July 19-24 in an immersive summer college prep experience for 10 currently enlisted and former service members.

Law scholars’ proposal boosts skilled immigration, economy

A pilot program proposed by two Cornell Law School scholars seeks to attract highly skilled immigrants through a points-based selection process, a change they say would benefit the U.S. immigration system and the economy.

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.

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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