Ian Owens, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s deputy director, has been named the next executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He will take the helm of the 106-year-old institution on July 1.
One unsung aspect of Cornell’s success in managing the spread of COVID-19 on campus has been a commitment to analyze and learn, to pivot and adapt. As a result, the university will implement tweaks to its COVID-19 response plan this Spring semester.
Cornell is partnering with New York state and Northwell Health System to develop and train the nation’s first state public health corps, which will support COVID-19 vaccination and improve long-term public health outcomes.
Changes make the curriculum easier for students to navigate, simplify the graduation requirements and expand student opportunities for interdisciplinary work and faculty opportunities for innovative teaching.
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.
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.
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.