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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Medical College Dean Laurie Glimcher has been tapped to lead Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Glimcher, dean since January 2012, will leave Cornell when her term expires at the end of 2016. Says Acting President Michael Kotlikoff: “She has provided superlative leadership, and her vision and commitment to excellence have advanced Cornell’s reputation in many areas, including clinical care, education, research, outreach, and global health.”

James Franco to Give Convocation Speech Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 February 2016

Actor James Franco has been named Cornell’s 2016 Convocation speaker. The star of such films as “127 Hours” and the cult TV favorite “Freaks and Geeks,” Franco will address the graduation class and their guests in Schoellkopf Stadium on May 28th during the University’s 148th Commencement weekend. Tickets are not required, and seating is first come, first served.

Pulitzer-Winning Composer Steven Stucky Dies Print E-mail
Monday, 15 February 2016

Emeritus professor of music Steven Stucky, MFA ’73, DMA ’78, a renowned composer who taught on the Hill from 1980 to 2014, has died at his home in Ithaca. He was sixty-six; the cause was an aggressive brain cancer that was diagnosed last fall. Stucky won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. As the New York Times observed in its obituary, “For all the modernist complexities of Mr. Stucky’s scores, his music was sanguine, lucid, and structurally clear—graspable in the best sense.” The chair of Cornell’s music department from 1992 to 1997, Stucky was a longtime composer-in-residence at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The numerous recordings of his work include August 4, 1964, commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to mark the centennial of President Lyndon Johnson’s birth.

President Garrett Reveals Cancer Diagnosis Print E-mail
Monday, 08 February 2016

CAM extends its best wishes to President Elizabeth Garrett, who announced Monday that she has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. “I am receiving the best possible care from a team of doctors at Weill Cornell Medicine and am beginning an aggressive treatment program,” Garrett said in an e-mail to the University community. She noted that she will be reducing her travel schedule and lightening her commitments over the next months, and that some of her duties will be taken over by senior leadership in the interim. “I am optimistic that with the support of my family, friends, and the Cornell community, I will be able to resume a fuller schedule soon and manage this illness,” Garrett wrote. “Advances in research and clinical care in cancer offer great hope to patients like me, and Cornell and Weill Cornell lead in advancing science in this arena. I am truly grateful to all the wonderful friends and colleagues who are helping me out through this difficult process.”


Provost Briefs Students on New Business College Print E-mail
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.

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