Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Cornellians Win ‘Genius Grants’
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Two Cornellians are among this year’s crop of MacArthur Foundation Fellows. The twenty-four winners of the annual awards, commonly known as “genius grants,” will each receive $625,000 in unrestricted funding over five years. The winners include professor William Dichtel (above), a chemist who, according to the foundation, is “developing new ways to make nanostructured materials with potential uses in energy storage, solar power, biosensors, and other technologies.” The other Cornellian fellow is Christopher Ré ’02, MEng ’03, a Stanford University computer scientist “making big data more widely accessible and useful in ground-breaking data applications.”

Other members of the MacArthur Class of 2015 include prominent journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates and playwright-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights and the current Broadway hit Hamilton.


Cornell Inaugurates Thirteenth President Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2015

On a gloriously sunny late summer morning, the University kicked off Homecoming weekend with an historic event: the inauguration of its thirteenth—and first female—president. Hundreds of students, alumni, staff, and berobed faculty witnessed legal scholar Elizabeth Garrett formally accept the symbols of office, as three trustees presented her with the University charter, mace, and seal. In attendance were three other living Cornell presidents (from left, with Garrett in the above photo): Frank H.T. Rhodes, David Skorton, and Jeffrey Lehman ’77.

In her inaugural address, Garrett repeatedly cited C. P. Cavafy’s poem Ithaka, about Odysseus’s journey to his home island after the Trojan War. “I am confident we will lead the world in creating new paths to knowledge, discovery, and the many ways we can move closer to the truth,” she said, “and in launching our students on their own voyages.” She also stressed her excitement about the Cornell Tech campus—and issued a challenge to Ithaca faculty “to consider how deep collaborations—in teaching or research or creative work, or all three—can be developed to achieve excellence we could not have imagined had we not established this new port of learning.”

Following tradition, the academic processional included representatives of dozens of other colleges and universities, marching in order of their founding year. New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand, as one of her predecessors had been for the inauguration of Andrew Dickson White in 1866. English professor Alice Fulton delivered three poems she’d written for the occasion, and Board of Trustees president Robert Harrison ’76 offered opening remarks. “It is fitting as we turn the page on our yearlong celebration of the sesquicentennial that we begin the next 150 years with a historic first: For the first time in 150 years, Cornell University has chosen as its president a person from the great state of Oklahoma,” he said, to a round of laughter, “and also a woman.”

A chapbook containing Garrett’s speech, Fulton’s poems, and more is available from the Cornell Store.

September/October issue is now online! Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2015

Have you seen what’s happening to Collegetown? A spate of construction projects is transforming the neighborhood, as CAM’s September/October edition reports.

This issue also looks at the four-decade effort to restore the once-rare Atlantic Puffin back to Maine, which has become a model for like-minded conservationists the world over. We meet some of the dedicated campus tour guides for whom showing their University to potential students is both a passion and a calling—rain or shine. And examine the collaborative efforts to foster a better East Coast broccoli industry.

Plus, we offer stories on the alum who tends Jefferson’s Monticello garden, the founder of app-driven ride-hailing service Lyft, one of the world’s newest (and youngest) master sommeliers, the Cayuga’s Waiters, still crooning after more than sixty years, and much more…

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NPR Series Features Lab of Ornithology Researchers
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Wednesday, 29 July 2015


The Lab of Ornithology, home to the renowned Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, is teaming up with NPR’s “Morning Edition” for a seven-part series on researchers who study the natural world through sound analysis. Beginning July 30, the series—co-produced by Lab of O staffer Bill McQuay—will feature several Cornellian investigators working in such fields as whale migration and elephant communication.

July/August ’15 Issue Now Online Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015


Summer is the perfect time to curl up with a good book—and CAM’s July/August issue is devoted to reading and writing. From new releases to Cornellian classics, from the nation’s oldest university press to a new publishing house founded by an alumni couple, we explore the depth and breadth of the Big Red’s literary pursuits.

Plus, we offer stories on an innovative canine rehab program, a grad’s restaurant devoted to grilled cheese, a Reunion photo album, a fraternity’s quirky meet-up tradition, a round-up of Cornellians in the movies, and more.

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