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Gates puts Feynman lectures online

Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently bought the rights to videos of seven lectures that famed physicist (and bongo drummer) Richard Feynman gave when he was teaching at Cornell in the 1960s. The series, “The Character of Physical Law,” includes lectures on the law of gravitation, the relation between mathematics and physics, the principles of conservation, […]

Painting from a shared palette

The ways teachers use images in the classroom is changing, and the shift from analog to digital images means that libraries are figuring out new ways to provide access to art, architecture and historical photography. ARTstor, a nonprofit that uses digital technology to enhance study and learning of the arts and humanities, has embarked on […]

Helping friends of kids who self-injure

Undergraduate research assistants working with Janis Whitlock, a research scientist in the Family Life Development Center, have developed a new set of outreach materials about young people who self-injure. Whitlock runs the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults. The fact sheets were written to help professionals, parents and youth understand […]

Praise for Cornell’s library, food

Cornell is among the best schools in the country when it comes to library, campus food and career placement services, according to the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual college guide “The Best 371 Colleges.” Cornell placed sixth in libraries; ninth in campus food; and 15th in career services. Princeton Review is a private […]

Not yet built, but already twittering

Want to stay up-to-the-minute on the progress of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning’s Paul Milstein Hall, but don’t have time to sit around the construction site dodging backhoes and pile drivers? The Milstein Hall Twitter feed now offers a real-time building’s-eye view (ably translated from building-ese to English by AAP communications director Aaron […]

Talk to us

Do you like the fact that you can return library books anywhere on campus, no matter where you checked them out? How about the new magazines in Olin’s periodical room, or the installations in the Fine Arts Library, or the flowers on Mann’s rooftop garden? Help us showcase the most useful and interesting parts of […]

Welcome to Hogwarts

There’s no quidditch pitch or owls that deliver mail. But Cornell does have the look, feel and school spirit of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school where Harry Potter, the boy wizard we all wished were real, got his top-notch education. Applywise.com, an online admissions counseling site, has named Cornell one of five […]

‘I do’ . . . but why?

Why do people get married? Policy analysis and management professor H. Elizabeth Peters explores the question in ‘Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities,’ co-edited by Peters and Ohio State University sociologist Claire Kamp Dush. The book, published by Columbia University Press, explores the motivation to marry and the role of matrimony in a diverse group […]

A different kind of lunch hour

Something new is blooming in the Ag Quad this summer: Gardeners from all over Cornell will be helping to maintain the varied green spaces, from the hot sunny terrace to the cool shade garden, around Mann Library. Every week in July, Addy Smith-Reiman and Pat MacRae – aka “the Minns people,” after Lua Minns, Cornell’s […]

LaCapra on humanism, violence and victimization

Cornell historian Dominick LaCapra examines the relations among intellectual history, cultural history and critical theory in his new book, “History and Its Limits: Human, Animal, Violence”, released in May by Cornell University Press. The book, LaCapra’s 13th, examines how historians treat and are simultaneously implicated in the traumatic processes they attempt to represent. LaCapra also […]

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