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Verizon Gives $50 Million for Exec Ed Center at CU Tech
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Monday, 02 February 2015


Telecom giant Verizon has donated $50 million to create an executive education center at Cornell Tech. The structure—which an announcement described as “a gathering space for the tech community and a place for leveraging the campus’s impact on technology beyond its degree programs”—will be part of the first phase of the Roosevelt Island campus. Construction began in January; some buildings will open in summer 2017, with the executive ed center completed later, the University says.

“Our donation to Cornell Tech is an investment in the future and fits perfectly with our mission to use communications technologies to solve big challenges and make people’s lives better,” says Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam ’76. “The Verizon Executive Education Center will be a magnet for developers, entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators across all industries, building on the great talent and creativity we already have in the tech sector here in New York City.”

The first phase of Cornell Tech will also include an academic building, a corporate co-location center, and a residence for faculty, staff, and students. The campus is ultimately planned to comprise twelve acres, with capacity for 2,000 students.

Campus Mourns Two Victims of Traffic Accidents Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2015


Cornell is mourning two members of the University community who died in separate traffic accidents in recent days—both cases of pedestrians being struck by vehicles.

On Saturday, Oluchukwu Onuora, a twenty-three-year-old senior in CALS’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, died after being hit by a car while walking on an Ithaca-area road. A native of Nigeria, Onuora grew up in West Harrison, New York.

And on Monday, Angela Stedwell, a fifty-five-year-old administrative assistant in Human Ecology, was killed by a Tompkins County Area Transit bus near Robert Purcell Community Center on North Campus.

No charges have been filed in Onuora’s death, and Monday’s accident remains under investigation.

Economist Hallock Tapped to Lead ILR School Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 January 2015


An economist on the faculty since 2005 has been named the eleventh dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Kevin Hallock, an expert in the field of compensation, begins a five-year term on February 1.

“As ILR celebrates its seventieth anniversary this year, Kevin is the perfect individual to lead the school into an even more successful, productive future,” says President David Skorton. “He brings a wealth of administrative experience to his new role, along with his perspective as a distinguished faculty researcher and internationally recognized scholar.”

The forty-five-year-old Hallock succeeds Harry Katz, who was dean for nine years and currently serves as interim provost. An alumnus of Princeton and of U Mass, Amherst, Hallock teaches in the departments of economics and human resource studies. His most recent book, Pay, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Ithaca Makes List of Most Educated Cities in U.S. Print E-mail
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 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.

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