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Cornell President Martha E. Pollack announced May 28 that she will be sending regular messages to the community during the summer to share opportunities for input and describe the university’s progress on reopening plans.

Culminating four years of rigorous military training, five Cornell seniors became officers in the U.S. Navy, and one in the U.S. Marine Corps, in virtual ceremonies May 22. Three more will take the oath May 29.

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences has awarded nearly $110,000 in rapid response grants to help faculty pursue nine research projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences welcomed two new assistant professors, whose research will enhance the commitment to pursuing cutting-edge research focused on improving people’s quality of life.

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Emeritus professor of art Kay WalkingStick has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Séamus Davis, the James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor Emeritus of physics, has received a $1.6 million five-year grant renewal from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to continue his studies of quantum materials.

In the online-only spring issue of Ezra, Cornell University’s magazine, read about how collaborating across disciplines to tackle the grand challenges facing humanity is intrinsic to Cornell’s approach to research innovation.

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Students in the Bending Instruments course let their imaginations run free in creating unique musical instruments, using what they had on hand while sheltering at home.

The Collegetown Neighborhood Council held a COVID-19-themed virtual meeting May 26 that included community updates and details about planning for the return of students this fall.