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Ithaca re-spins White’s web

In Ithaca, March may come in like a lion but it’ll go out like a spider. E.B. White, Class of 1921, is all over town. His classic, “Charlotte’s Web,” is the pick for The Big Family Read March 1-April 1. As part of the celebration, Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections will display a replica […]

Wednesday on NBC: Kate profiles Svante

NBC News correspondent Kate Snow ’91 will profile Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 9 p.m. EST. Writes Snow, who was an undergraduate newscaster for WVBR radio: “One of our interviews is done in his office downtown … one is at the Palms in Collegetown … There’s a standup […]

Race to destruction?

Ever wonder what it was like to develop deadly germs that could kill millions of people? “The Anthrax Diaries,” a 30-minute documentary made by two Cornell faculty members with two other colleagues, will screen at Willard Straight Theatre Monday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. and answer this question. The film, the first part of an […]

In the mood for love

Lovesick spotted salamanders need a hand to reach the pools of water in which they breed. Enter Cornell. The Albany Times-Union reports: “On a rainy night starting next month, groups of volunteers will gather along roads near a swamp at the base of the Thacher Park escarpment, waiting for a spring migration of salamanders and frogs […]

And the winner is . . .

Two Cornellians are nominated for Oscars this year, and both will attend a Cornell Club of Los Angeles event tonight. Thelma Schoonmaker ’61, Martin Scorsese’s longtime film editor, is up for “Hugo.” If she wins Feb. 26, it will be Schoonmaker’s fourth Academy Award. She won for “Raging Bull” (1980), “The Aviator” (2005) and “The Departed“ (2006).     […]

Saving the Florida Scrub-Jay

Researchers have found a key to the habitat puzzle to improve long-term survival of the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay, a species at risk of extinction with just over 5,000 birds left in the world. The high, dry, sandy scrub-oak patches where the bird lives and breeds exclusively have been prime real estate for developers and citrus […]

Faces of immigration

One of the Africana Library’s own is being featured in the new book “Green Card Stories,” which introduces readers to U.S. immigrants by telling their own stories in their own words. Fifty recent immigrants contributed to the volume — including Saah Nue Quigee, a supervisor at the Africana Library. Quigee came to Cornell from Liberia […]

Long-lived advice

Tomorrow (Feb. 22) at noon, the Washington Post will conduct a live Q&A with Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer. Pillemer interviewed more than 1,ooo Americans age 65 and older for his book “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans” and runs the Legacy Project blog, which features video interviews with America’s elders. Submit […]

Winds of change

A wind turbine design competition using inexpensive materials kicks off March 10, 1 to 3 p.m., at Cornell’s Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory to learn how wind energy can be converted into electrical energy. At the event, meet wind turbine designers and pick up free materials, design criteria and guidelines for the “Catch the Breeze” competition. Then […]

Fragile beauty

Marine biologist Drew Harvell and filmmaker David Owen Brown hope to raise about $40,000 by March 7 for a documentary film inspired by Cornell’s Blaschka collection of remarkably detailed glass sea life from the 19th century. The film will draw parallels between the glass invertebrates and the threatened sea in which they live. “We’ll travel to locations where many […]

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