Friday, 28 October 2016
Provost Briefs Students on New Business College
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Wednesday, 03 February 2016

A crowd of 150 students filled the Willard Straight Memorial Room on Tuesday to hear Provost Michael Kotlikoff discuss the planned College of Business, which the Board of Trustees had voted to approve the previous weekend. The plan—to unite the Hotel School, the Johnson School, and CALS’s Dyson School of Business under the umbrella of a new college—has sparked controversy among some students and alumni, particularly Hotellies. Some graduates have threatened to withdraw planned donations; prior to the board’s decision, the Faculty Senate unanimously voted to ask trustees to table the issue. The furor has made headlines in outside media, including coverage in Inside Higher Ed.

During his talk at the Straight, Kotlikoff outlined the academic benefits of the new college, including addressing the fragmentation of the University’s business programs that various committees have noted since 2009. As he and President Elizabeth Garrett have previously pledged, Kotlikoff said that the planning process for the new college will be inclusive of all constituencies of alumni, students, and faculty. “I hope that you, as students, think about where we’re going and not where we’ve been,” Kotlikoff said. “And that’s what I say to our alumni as often as I can. I know the risks. We all know the risks. … We will be working on mitigating those risks. But we have to secure the future. Our job is to create something better and leave this place stronger than we found it. And that is what this initiative is fundamentally about.”

An official statement about the new college from Garrett and Kotlikoff can be found here.

Storm Cancels Alumni Leadership Conference Print E-mail
Friday, 22 January 2016


For the first time in its 111-year history, the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference has been cancelled due to weather—and it wasn’t even Ithaca’s fault. Organizers made the last-minute decision to nix the event, which was to be held in Philadelphia, in the face of the major winter storm bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic region. “As you know, snow rarely stops a group of Cornellians, but we are focused on everyone’s safety,” wrote Jim Mazza ’88, associate vice president for alumni affairs. “Thank you for your understanding.” A reception was held Thursday night for those attendees who had already arrived for the annual conference, which brings together volunteer leaders and Alumni Affairs staff for networking, social events, panel discussions, and more. Refund information is available here. The cancellation prompted Corey Earle ’07, associate director for student and young alumni programs, to tweet the hashtag #CALCPOCALYPSE2016—noting that, on the bright side, he wouldn't be missing the men's home hockey games against Dartmouth and Harvard after all.

Cornellian Elected President of Taiwan Print E-mail
Monday, 18 January 2016

Tsai Ing-wen, LLM ’80, has been elected president of Taiwan. When the master of law grad takes office, she’ll be the first woman—but second Cornellian—to serve as the nation’s president. Lee Teng-hui, who earned a PhD in agricultural economics in 1968, was president from 1988 to 2000. His visit to campus to deliver the Olin Lecture during Reunion 1995 sparked a diplomatic drama between China and the U.S. and drew scores of international journalists to East Hill.

University Plans New College of Business Print E-mail
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.

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