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Darwin discovery

Three Cornellians were researching the papers of late faculty member James G. Needham and the centennial of limnology (the study of freshwater bodies) at Cornell when they stumbled upon an original letter by Charles Darwin in the library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. A transcription of the notoriously difficult handwriting reveals observations about pigs’ […]

Great blue view

Rich wetlands, ponds, streams, rivers and lakes make Ithaca a major attraction for great blue herons. These glorious 4-foot-tall birds (weighing only about 5 pounds) fly as far as 25 miles to get from nest to fishing site. Two birds fishing in the big pond in Sapsucker Woods have apparently decided to dispense with the […]

Reuniting with the Library

Cornell University Library is going all-out for Reunion Weekend, June 4-7, with dozens of open houses, workshops, exhibits, film festivals and more. Just a few of the featured events: •    Lecture by Janet Browne, professor of the history of science at Harvard University whose two-part biography of Charles Darwin has won wide acclaim. •    Tours […]

CALS News goes digital

In support of Cornell’s commitment to sustainability, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has launched a new online version of CALS News, its biannual magazine, with its spring 2009 issue. It’s available at The online edition includes Web-only features such as slide shows, links to related stories and information, searchable text and […]

An Africana landmark

It was a landmark occasion when Justin Davis ’07 presented the Cornell Black Alumni Association’s (CBSS) 2009 Student Leadership Award to Emma Ong’ayo at the Africana Studies and Research Center’s Graduation Ceremony May 24. For the first time since the CBAA’s inception, the award was made in collaboration with Africana and the Ujamaa Residential College. […]

Randel takes the stage

President Barack Obama wasn’t the only one to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 164th Commencement May 17. Former Cornell Provost Don Randel, currently president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, got one, too. Randel was the speaker at Notre Dame’s Graduate School Commencement May 16. The inscription […]

Pomp and circumstance

Take a break from the commencement rush to check out treasures from the library’s collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Cuneiform tablets, a medieval manuscript, historic voting machines, original Strunk and White materials and student scrapbooks will be on display, as well as a major exhibition of Charles Darwin’s work after the […]

Calling wine enthusiasts

Cornell will host a weeklong program Aug. 2-7 exploring the science of grape growing and winemaking. The Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience pairs Cornell faculty members with leading wine professionals to help participants deepen their wine appreciation and knowledge. Participants will get an insider’s view of the grape-growing and winemaking business through instruction and […]

The recession in perspective

School of Hotel Administration lecturer and financial adviser Paul Strebel is the subject of the cover story in Senior Market Advisor magazine’s April issue. The magazine, which serves independent financial advisers across the country, spoke with Strebel about the current economic situation and how he’s advising clients during this downturn while juggling careers in business […]

Gorges Ithaca

“Ithaca – the city, gorges and colleges” is a new book by Liz Bauman ’73, Cornell editor from 1977 to 2008, and Tony Ingraham ’69, former director of environmental education for the Finger Lakes State Parks. The book, designed by Linda Haylor Mikula of University Communications, paints a portrait of Ithaca’s special character with more […]

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