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Benjamin Houlton, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment and professor of global environmental studies at the University of California, Davis, has been named the Ronald P. Lynch Dean, effective Oct. 1.

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.

As planning for a fall residential college experience on the Ithaca continues, Cornell has made changes to plans and deadlines given the growing number of students affected by the New York state quarantine mandate.

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.

“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.

Cornell administrators presented updates on the university’s fall reactivation plans and answered a variety of submitted questions during a July 28 virtual open forum sponsored by the Employee Assembly.

Jonathan Culler, the Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has been elected to membership in the British Academy.

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.

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.