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Ithaca Makes List of Most Educated Cities in U.S.
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015



It just confirms what we always knew: Ithaca is one of the smartest cities in America.

In January, the financial news site marketwatch.com reported the results of a study that ranked the ten smartest cities in the U.S.—or at least the most educated. It tallied the percentage of adults twenty-five and older who hold at least a bachelor’s degree; Ithaca came in fourth, with 50.9 percent. Boulder, Colorado, topped the list at 58.5 percent, followed by Ann Arbor, Michigan (53.5 percent), and Corvallis, Oregon (52.2 percent).

If you see a pattern forming: all ten of the cities are home to at least one institution of higher learning.

But the news wasn’t all rosy: the study noted that Ithaca’s educational acumen didn’t necessarily translate into high earnings. “A typical household in Ithaca earned $48,516 last year, less than the national median,” it noted. “And while the nationwide median earnings for adults with a graduate degree was more than $65,000 last year, similarly educated Ithaca residents had median earnings of less than $47,000.”

Langer 70 is CU Entrepreneur of the Year Print E-mail
Friday, 19 December 2014

Famed engineer Robert Langer ’70 has been named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015. A professor at MIT, Langer has founded more than two dozen companies and is the most-cited engineer in history. Langer, who majored in chemical engineering on the Hill, holds nearly 1,100 patents; they’ve been licensed to hundreds of firms in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech, and medical device industries.

Langer has won more than 220 major awards including the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Draper Prize (engineering’s answer to the Nobel), and the Millennium Prize, the world’s most lucrative award in technology. In 1998, he received the Lemelson-MIT prize for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year award is given annually by Entrepreneurship at Cornell to a Cornellian who exemplifies entrepreneurial achievement, community service, and high ethical standards. Langer will be honored in November during Cornell’s annual Entrepreneurship Summit in New York City.

Langer’s son Samuel is currently a junior at Cornell; daughter Katherine graduated in 2013.

John Marcham, 19272014 Print E-mail
Friday, 05 December 2014

CAM is mourning the passing of its longtime editor John Marcham ’50, who died at Cayuga Medical Center on December 4. He was eighty-seven. John served as editor of what was then the Cornell Alumni News from 1961 to 1991, except for a brief hiatus in the University's administration. He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Jane Haskins Marcham ’51, the retired longtime editorial page editor of the Ithaca Journal, and their three children and two grandchildren. John was the son of Fred Marcham, PhD ’26, a legendary professor of English history who taught on the Hill for nearly seventy years.

“John Marcham set a high standard for his successors at Cornell Alumni Magazine,” says Jim Roberts ’71, CAM’s recently retired editor-publisher. “He perfectly defined our editorial stance as ‘sympathetic objectivity’—first and foremost, sympathy and affection for Cornell University, but also an unwavering dedication to the truth in reporting. He believed this was the right way to serve a great university and its alumni. I learned a great deal from him, and I am mourning the loss of a mentor and friend.”

Arrangements are in the care of Bangs Funeral Home. A tribute to John will appear in our January/February 2015 issue.

Campus Mourns Senior Murdered in Ithaca Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014


Cornellians are mourning the death of a twenty-three-year-old senior who was murdered over Thanksgiving break in an alleged domestic violence incident in Ithaca. Shannon Jones, an engineering major from Potomac, Maryland, was found strangled in an apartment near campus. Her thirty-two-year-old boyfriend—who has allegedly confessed to the crime—has been charged with second-degree murder in her death and is being held in jail.

In a message to the University community on Tuesday, President David Skorton cited engineering professor Mason Peck’s praise of Jones, with whom he worked on a student satellite project team known as Violet. “Shannon had an infectious enthusiasm for exploring space and building our future in it,” Peck said. “She helped figure out how to make Violet’s star tracker work, and when Violet launches next year and takes its first images of the stars, we’ll have Shannon to thank for it.”

In his e-mail, Skorton also noted two other tragic incidents that occurred over break: the gorge suicide of an eighteen-year-old man unconnected to the University, and a car crash in which four students returning to campus were injured.We are hopeful as they continue their recovery,” Skorton said. “We send well-wishes to them and to their family and friends.”

Schwerner 61 Receives Posthumous Medal of Freedom Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2014


President Barack Obama has awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to the late Mickey Schwerner ’61 (above, far left), one of the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964. Also posthumously honored were Schwerner’s colleagues James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, son of Carolyn Drucker Goodman ’36 and Robert Goodman ’35, BS ’39. “As African Americans were systematically being blocked from voter rolls, Mr. Chaney, Mr. Goodman, and Mr. Schwerner joined hundreds of others working to register black voters in Mississippi,” said the award announcement. “They were murdered at the outset of Freedom Summer. Their deaths shocked the nation and their efforts helped to inspire many of the landmark civil rights advancements that followed.” The three are memorialized in Sage Chapel, with a stained-glass window that bears their images and the phrase, “We shall overcome.”

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