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CALS dean joins CCE podcast to talk leading through extension

Benjamin Houlton, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, shares his vision for the university’s land grant mission on Cornell Cooperative Extension’s latest “Extension Out Loud” podcast.

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New Cornell Tech course helping cities reboot

Finding innovative solutions for cities’ most pressing problems is a primary goal of the new Urban Tech Hub, part of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech.

Good sport: Squash alum introduces new players to Big Red

Cornell squash champion Aditya Jagtap ’15 is helping young players in India understand college recruiting – and giving the Big Red an invaluable resource 7,755 miles away.

Toni Morrison Quilting Project, to weave communities together, launches Feb. 22

Celebrating the author’s work and the community-building tradition of African American quilt-making, the Toni Morrison Quilting Project kicks off on Feb. 22, noon to 1:30 p.m., with a virtual quilting traditions workshop, featuring Ithaca-based fiber artist Heather Stewart.

Around Cornell

Architect Peter Robinson creates, protects Black spaces

The visiting critic discusses the importance of social design shaped by community partnerships, and a collaboration with AAP students and Black high schoolers in Brooklyn.

New research grants support Ithaca-area communities

Cornell faculty and students are teaming up with community partners in Tompkins County to address opioid use, increase food security, build a greener construction industry and share stories of Ithaca’s Black history pioneers.

Great Backyard Bird Count begins Feb. 12

During the 24th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 12-15, people around the world can count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, and then enter their checklists online.

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Student-developed app connects shovels to snow

Snow Angels, a web app developed in part by Cornell computer science students that allows people to volunteer their snow-shoveling services on street corners around Ithaca, launched on Jan. 28.

Hochul sees brighter days ahead for upstate economy

As New Yorkers emerge from the pandemic’s economic morass, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledged a tough path ahead, but shared hope for the state’s future at Cornell’s annual town-gown regional meeting.