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The Week of Caring, Sept. 21-25, will give community members additional time to support local food pantries and not-for-profit organizations that are seeing higher demand due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the community.

Cornell is distributing $8.5 million to help eligible students with financial needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic during the current academic year.

Cornell administrators announced that the university would be changing its COVID-19 alert level back to “New Normal,” citing a low positivity rate and the success of the surveillance testing program.

Susanne Bruyère is co-principal investigator for a National Science Foundation-funded team that is developing artificial intelligence technology to improve employment outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorder.

The fourth event in the Democracy 20/20 webinar series, “Destroying or Deploying the ‘Deep State’,” Sept. 18 from 2–3:15 p.m., will examine how the capacity and professionalism of the federal government has fared over the past four years.

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Ascribe Bioscience, a Cornell-based startup and UNY I-Corps alumni, has won a $750,000 National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Phase II award.

Vijay Pendakur, the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, will be departing Cornell to become the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at the tech company Zynga.

A new book by Karl Pillemer highlights the prevalence of family estrangement and offers tips for seeking reconciliation.

Alumni, parents, and friends came together to support Cornell students and stay connected during fiscal year 2020 despite numerous challenging factors, including a global pandemic and economic crisis.

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