Robert F. Smith ’85, founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, will be honored with Cornell Engineering’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award. It will be presented at a ceremony April 24 in Statler Hall Auditorium.
On topics ranging from oceanic disease to restraining invasive species from distant seas, Cornell faculty joined 10,000 scientists to discuss “Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth” at the AAAS meeting in Seattle.
The iconic “pale blue dot” photograph of Earth was taken 30 years ago – Feb. 14, 1990, at a distance of 3.7 billion miles – by the NASA spacecraft Voyager 1 as it zipped toward the far edge of the solar system.
This month marks the third anniversary of the discovery of a system of seven exoplanets known as TRAPPIST-1. Nikole Lewis, assistant professor of astronomy, is principal investigator for one of the teams investigating TRAPPIST-1.