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$35 Million Gift to Keep Top Profs
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Friday, 26 September 2008

Cornell has received a $35 million gift to retain talented professors who are being lured away by other universities. Andrew Tisch ’71 (left), a University trustee, and his wife, Ann, have funded the Tisch University Professorships to provide mid-career professors with incentives to stay at Cornell.

These incentives include competitive salaries, graduate research funding, travel and conference expenses, sabbaticals, and other support. The endowment will also fund recruitment of new faculty. Cornell expects about one-third of its faculty to retire in the next ten years or so.

Faculty recruitment and retention represents almost half of Cornell’s $4 billion capital campaign, or $1.885 billion.

Tisch is a leading executive of Loews Corp., which has interests in oil, gas, financial services, watches, real estate, and hotels. The Tisch family had owned the Loews movie chain until 1985.

Read an interview with the Tischs and more coverage in the Cornell Chronicle.

 
CU Grads Win Genius Awards Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 September 2008

A lighting designer and a structural engineer have each won a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship. Known as the “genius grant,” the fellowship comes with a “no strings attached” award of $500,000.

John Ochsendorf ’96 is a structural engineer and architectural historian who restores cathedrals and other structures of the distant past and identifies ancient technologies for use in contemporary constructions. His early studies investigated the construction of handwoven, fiber suspension bridges that spanned the deep ravines and connected the territories of the Inca Empire. At age thirty-four, he is an associate professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jennifer Tipton ’58 is regarded as one of the most versatile lighting designers working today, whose distinctive designs have redefined the relationship between lighting and performance. Best known for her work in dance, she has also designed lighting for dramas and operas of all scales. She recently said that lighting “creates a landscape for dancers to exist in”—but if it is done right, lighting is invisible to most people most of the time.

 
Pride and Prejudice and Publishing Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

In the academic world, it’s publish or perish. But many believe academic journals are biased about what articles they publish.

An economist writing for the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute at the ILR School has proposed a new system for detecting cronyism, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Andrew Oswald’s paper compares how editors rank an article—by looking at how high an article is placed in the journal’s table of contents—with how often the article is subsequently cited in the field.

He tested whether a U. of Chicago Press journal favored Chicago authors. It didn’t—and seemed to hold hometown authors to a higher standard.

 
Crunching the Numbers Print E-mail
Monday, 08 September 2008

Two Cornell students, Ali Bair ’12 (left) and Brian Macpherson ’10 (below), are writing a personal finance blog for the Miami Herald. It’s called "The College Crunch." They’re looking at everything from scrounging for cheap school supplies to how to avoid bank fees.

“Their goal is to keep up their GPAs while graduating without big student loans,” says Mimi Whitefield ’73, the Herald’s special projects editor on the business beat. “It might remind fellow Cornellians of some of their own efforts to cut expenses to the bare bone as undergrads.”

 

 

 

 
The (Animal) Doctors Are In Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2008

The Doctor’s Channel: Internet TV for Doctors” now includes a section on veterinary medicine featuring several faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ed Dubovi describes the origins of canine influenza. Dr. Alex Travis explains new research on the cause of male infertility, and Dr. Andrea Looney (left) discusses pain management.

Scroll down to Veterinary Medicine under Therapeutic Specialty in the left column. Or click on Humor for answers to questions about funny bones.

 
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