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Monday, 12 May 2014

CAM Contributing Editor Brad Herzog '90 — co-author of the current issue's cover story, an excerpt from the memoirs of the late Carolyn Goodman '36 — recently gave a TEDx talk that explored the creative thinking behind his writing career.

See it here.

A Perspective on David Skorton Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

As Cornell's president, says Manuel Roig-Franzia of the Washington Post, David Skorton "has floated purposefully between two worlds, two realms of perception: the lofty and the lowly." He goes on to praise the Smithsonian's new leader for his communication skills and his ability to defuse "what might have been tense conversations, either through humor or verbal detours or self-effacement."

Read the full profile here.

Hello and Goodbye Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

As soon as I saw the news about President David Skorton being named the next leader of the Smithsonian, I flashed back to the day when I met him. Four days after his appointment as Cornell's 12th president, I flew to Iowa City to interview David for an article that appeared in our March/April 2006 issue. David (and his dogs) welcomed me into the presidential residence at the University of Iowa, and we had a long discussion about his impressions of Cornell and his goals as president. After I switched off my recorder, David turned the tables and interviewed me, informally, about Cornell. He then invited me to have dinner with Robin and him, and our conversation over Chinese take-out (vegetarian, of course) veered into music. I learned that, like me, David had aspired to be a professional musician when he was young and that he was still active as a jazz saxophonist and flutist. Maybe it was because of that commonality, but I came away from that meeting feeling that Cornell had a rare find in its next president — and events have proved that to be true.

When my interview was published, I wrote in the introduction that David was known at Iowa "not only as an advocate for the health sciences and medical research but as a fervent supporter of the arts and humanities." That made him an ideal leader for our university and makes him an ideal leader for the Smithsonian. Like many of us in the Cornell community, I am sorry to see him go and wish him well in his new position.

During the next year, as David Skorton concludes his term at Cornell, I urge you to share your thoughts and remembrances of his time here, either by posting them at our Facebook page or sending them directly to me in an e-mail. We will collect them as we prepare our retrospective.

Jim Roberts '71

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Skorton Rejects Call for Divestment Print E-mail
Friday, 28 February 2014

As we reported in the current issue, in December the Faculty Senate adopted a resolution calling on Cornell to divest its endowment holdings in fossil-fuel companies.

In February, after the issue went to press, President Skorton issued a statement rejecting the call for divestment but endorsing the Senate's call for making the University carbon neutral by 2035. Read the full statement here.

Five Olympic Medals Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 February 2014

With the heart-stopping 3-2 overtime victory by the Canadian women's hockey team in the final game of the Olympic tournament, four Big Red skaters earned gold medals: Rebecca Johnston '11, Laura Fortino '13, Laurianne Rougeau '13, and Brianne Jenner '13 (who scored Canada's first goal).

A day earlier, former track star Jamie Greubel '06 won a bronze medal for the USA in the women's two-man bobsled.

Cornell's sixth Olympian is Chris Langton '12, an alternate on the USA bobsled team. He saw his older brother Steve bring home a bronze medal in two-man bobsled — the first American medal in that competition since 1952.

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