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Thursday, 17 December 2015

The University aims to unite its business-oriented schools under a new college. In mid-December, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced the creation of a College of Business, which he described as “a top 10 business school in terms of scale and impact, with 145 research faculty and nearly 2,900 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students.” The college, which will go up for approval at the January meeting of the Board of Trustees, will comprise the Johnson School (seen above), the School of Hotel Administration, and the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. “Each school will maintain its unique identity and mission,” Kotlikoff said, “while its already strong stature, scope, and impact will be markedly enhanced by its combination with faculty, curricular offerings, and programs in a cohesive College of Business.”

He noted that the Dyson School will remain within CALS but also join the new college, and that its students who are New York State residents will still be eligible for statutory tuition rates. Soumitra Dutta, currently dean of the Johnson School, will become dean of the college, which is set to launche next fall. Said Kotlikoff: “The need for integration among Cornell’s business schools has long been recognized as an imperative by various Cornell constituencies, who believe as I do that a unified college will advance Cornell’s mission to apply knowledge for public purpose and educate the next generation of leaders and creators to benefit society and solve some of the world’s major challenges.”

Vet School’s ‘Test Tube’ Puppies Make Headlines Print E-mail
Friday, 11 December 2015



The news that Cornell researchers had successfully bred puppies using in vitro fertilization made headlines around the globe in mid-December. (As the London, Ontario, Free Press reported: “First ever test-tube dogs give ‘puppy love’ a new meaning.”) News stories, from the New York Times to NPR, described how Vet school scientists and colleagues from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute solved a problem that had bedeviled reproductive biologists for decades: how to perform in vitro in canines, whose reproductive system is in some ways more complex than that of humans. “Since the mid-Seventies, people have been trying to do this in a dog and have been unsuccessful,” says Alex Travis, associate professor of reproductive biology.

The years of research ultimately resulted in the transfer of nineteen embryos into a surrogate mother, who gave birth to seven puppies—five beagles and two beagle-cocker spaniel mixes. The work, published in the journal PLoS ONE (with Travis’s grad student Jennifer Nagashima ’09 as first author), could help conservationists protect endangered canid species, and lead to methods of preventing inherited diseases in domestic dogs.

Cornellians Mourn Austin Kiplinger ’39 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The University lost one of its most celebrated alumni, and staunchest supporters, with the passing of Austin “Kip” Kiplinger ’39 on November 20. He was ninety-seven. Chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees, Kiplinger (seen above at Charter Day Weekend last April) held the longest-ever term of service on the board: fifty-five years. His many other contributions to Cornell life include supporting the creation of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts and the restoration of Lincoln Hall; and the chairmanship of the search committee that selected Frank H.T. Rhodes as the University’s ninth president.

“The breadth of Austin Kiplinger’s involvement in so many facets of the life of Cornell University, for so many years, has left an indelible legacy for generations of Cornellians in the arts, economics, undergraduate education, and through his example of steady leadership,” said President Elizabeth Garrett, noting how pleased she was that Kiplinger attended her inauguration in September. “Kip’s support, wisdom and influence meant a great deal to me even in the few months I was honored to have known him. . . He was a true Cornellian in every sense.”

A prominent figure in the field of journalism, Kiplinger began his career as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. He was the longtime head of the publishing company founded by his father, and served as editor emeritus of the Kiplinger Washington Editors, which publishes Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Kiplinger Letter, among other titles. (As his New York Times obituary noted, he opted for the Chronicle job after graduating from Cornell—rather than going directly to work for his father’s company—because he did not want to be a “hothouse flower.”)

A past recipient of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, Kiplinger was one of the oldest members of the Glee Club; he performed with the group as recently as 2014, at his 75th Reunion. His many Cornellian relatives include sons Knight Kiplinger ’69 and Todd Kiplinger ’68 (who died in 2008) and grandchildren Brigham Kiplinger ’03 and Daphne Kiplinger ’07, BS ’08. Said Knight Kiplinger: “Among all the institutions that were central to my father’s life—in his personal development and as the focus of his passion—Cornell was Number One.”

Garrett Launches Meet-the-Cornellians Tour Print E-mail
Friday, 06 November 2015

Newly inagurated President Elizabeth Garrett is launching a tour that will take her to cities across the U.S. and abroad over the next six months for meet-and-greet events with Cornellians. The tour kicks off in Washington, DC, on November 10, with upcoming events in Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, and more; international cities include Mumbai, India, and Beijing, China. “Cornell is a global university, and I want to connect with our alumni, families, and friends in the places they now live and work,” Garrett says. “This tour will give me insights about our spirited and diverse Cornell community, as I share my own vision and passion for our great university.” Dates and registration information are available here.

Queen Elizabeth Honors Cornellian Engineer Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2015

Much-lauded biomedical researcher and entrepreneur Robert Langer ’70 has received one of his field’s highest honors: the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering. According to the award’s website, the MIT professor was recognized for his “revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface with chemistry and medicine.” A pioneer in tissue engineering, Langer has received numerous accolades including the Kyoto Prize and the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The queen presented Langer with the prize, which carries an award of one million pounds, in the throne room of Buckingham Palace in late October.

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