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Thursday, 23 October 2014

During Homecoming, Cornell dedicated its Sesquicentennial Grove in a ceremony that included President Emeritus Frank Rhodes and other dignitaries. Located behind the Ezra statue at the western edge of the Arts Quad, the 1,700-square-foot spot features plantings, a timeline of University history, and quotes from notable Cornellians carved onto benches. “The Sesquicentennial will conclude in 2015,” says Nancy Schlegel Meinig ’62, co-chair of the committee that oversaw the project, “but this grove will be an ongoing reminder to students, faculty, alumni and staff of Cornell’s rich history.” The grove was spearheaded by government professor Isaac Kramnick, who says he realized that “there is no building, no marker, not even a plaque to be found anywhere on campus to indicate that the University ever had celebrated its 100th birthday in 1965.”


Magazine Industry Veteran Tapped to Lead CAM Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014


The Cornell Alumni Association announced today that Jenny Barnett will become the eleventh Editor and Publisher to lead Cornell Alumni Magazine in its 115-year history. Barnett, a graduate of University of Oxford, brings more than twenty years of outstanding publishing experience to the new positon. She has served as the Executive Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire in the U.S. and was a founding editor of UK Marie Claire.

Barnett moved to Ithaca in 2009 with her husband and three children. Since fall 2010, she has been a lecturer in Cornell’s Department of Communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where she developed a new course on Writing and Editing for the Media and spearheaded the establishment of a Professional Development Concentration. Barnett also serves as a judge for both the Clarion Awards and the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Awards.

Bill Howard ’74, chair of the Cornell Alumni Magazine Advisory Board and Search Committee said: “Jenny has the experience and vision to lead the Alumni Magazine into a bright and successful future and develop the brand across multiple platforms.”

Barnett, who in her earlier magazine roles managed editorial and staff, also played a leading role in planning health and human rights campaigns, developing brand extensions and events, and generating publicity and marketing opportunities. During her time at Bazaar and Marie Claire, both titles saw significant increases in circulation and won a variety of industry awards and accolades, including the Amnesty International Award for Journalism.

Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, said, “I have never been prouder that an alumnus of Bazaar is now the editor of Cornell Alumni Magazine. Working with Jenny was its own education; she is an exceptional editor and I learned something new every day.”

“While I am thoroughly enjoying teaching,” said Barnett, “I miss the hands-on creative process, and I am thrilled to be taking on the position of Editor and Publisher at such a significant moment in Cornell’s history. I look forward to building on CAM’s success, engaging alumni, and celebrating this remarkable university and community.”

Cornell Alumni Magazine’s previous Editor and Publisher, Jim Roberts ’71, retired in the summer after 14 years leading the publication. Barnett will assume her new role in December 2014. In the interim, the magazine is being led by Senior Editor Beth Saulnier and Associate Publisher Adele Robinette.

Bear to Gator: Fuchs to Lead U Florida Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 October 2014


Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs has been named the twelfth president of the University of Florida.


Alumni Share Chemistry Nobel Print E-mail
Friday, 10 October 2014


Two Cornellians are among the three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Eric Betzig, PhD ’88, and William Moerner, PhD ’82, were honored by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for developing “super-resolved fluorescence microscopy,” which allows researchers to observe molecular processes as they occur. “For a long time optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain a better resolution than half the wavelength of light,” the Academy said in its announcement on Wednesday. “Helped by fluorescent molecules, the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2014 ingeniously circumvented this limitation. Their ground-breaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension.”


Moerner, who studied experimental physics on the Hill, is a professor at Stanford; Betzig, whose doctorate is in applied and engineering physics, is a researcher at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Honored for work conducted separately, they share the Nobel with a German colleague. The three will divide the $1.1 million prize, to be awarded in Stockholm in December.

University Launches $150 Million 'Engaged Cornell' Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014


The University has launched a decade-long, $150 million initiative that will ultimately involve all undergrads in community outreach projects designed to promote hands-on learning. Dubbed Engaged Cornell, the effort is supported in part by a $50 million gift from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, led by David Einhorn ’91 and Cheryl Strauss Einhorn ’91. “Engaged Cornell will institutionalize public service as a cornerstone of every Cornellian’s educational experience,” says David Einhorn, “a critical step toward recognizing that until we have the skills to work together, we won’t be able to effectively tackle the world’s greatest challenges.”

Described as a new model for higher education, the program aims to integrate community engagement into all phases of learning. As the University said in a statement: “Through this initiative, students graduating from Cornell will enter the world as educated global citizens who practice respect and empathy; seek collaboration, cooperation and creativity; embrace differences and diversity in all aspects of their personal, professional and civic lives; and are dedicated to working together to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.”

A comprehensive description of Engaged Cornell is available here.

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