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‘Any person’ welcome

Two hundred years ago, Vermont Sen. Justin Smith Morrill symbolically opened the doors of education – and, eventually, Cornell – with the signing of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act. Abraham Lincoln signed Morrill’s bill on July 2, 1862. Ezra Cornell and Andrew D. White were inspired by this action, and library exhibitions in Olin, Uris and online reflect on […]

Madame ambassador

Makila Z. James ’79 will be sworn in at the State Department July 23 as United States ambassador to Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy. She majored in Africana studies and history at Cornell. James joined the Foreign Service in 1988 and has been posted to Jamaica, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Sudan. She has also served as international relations officer […]

Queer space @ Cornell

Embedded video from <a href=’’>Cornell University</a>In a new video, students, faculty, alumni, staff and parents talk about Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center as a place of support and safety, community building and networking, mentoring and being an ally. The center’s current incarnation began in 1994 but was preceded by groups dating to 1968, says director Matt […]

Nate in the House?

Nathan Shinagawa ’05, MA ’09, took more than 60 percent of the vote June 26 to win the Democratic Party endorsement in his run for New York’s 23rd Congressional district seat. Shinagawa, 28 and a liberal member of the Tompkins County Legislature, faces conservative Republican Tom Reed. A hospital administrator with a strong interest in […]

Agua for Atima

On June 23, in the northern Honduran town of Atima, a small crowd gathered to inaugurate AguaClara water treatment plant No. 8. AguaClara is a student engineering team that designs sustainable water treatment systems in resource-poor communities in Honduras. Read about the celebration and AguaClara faculty leader Monroe Weber-Shirk’s reflections on transitioning AguaClara from technology development to […]

Here she is …

Joanna Guy ’13, who was crowned Miss Maryland June 23, will represent her state in the 2013 Miss America pageant and receive a $10,000 scholarship. The American studies major beat 23 competitors by winning the swimsuit and talent preliminary competitions, but this is far from Guy’s first honor. Among other achievements, Guy is an Intel […]

Streaming Sierra

Stream last month’s Carnegie Hall performance of the 4th movement of composer and Cornell music professor Roberto Sierra‘s Sinfonia 4, by the Nashville Symphony. Click listen icon; go hour 2 of the broadcast; Sierra’s is the second piece.

Gayatri Spivak wins Kyoto Prize

Columbia University professor and literary critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, MA ’63, Ph.D. ’67, has won the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. The prize, announced June 22, is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement and comes with a cash award of 50 million yen (about $630,000). Chakravorty Spivak was recognized as “a critical theorist […]

Picking up the pieces

Think your shredded documents are safe? Maybe they’re not. Visiting research scientist Andrew Gallagher of Cornell’s Advanced Multimedia Processing Lab wrote an algorithm that can sift through 10,000 pieces of a jigsaw in 24 hours to complete the puzzle while he worked at Eastman Kodak. He came in 17th in DARPA’s (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) shredded-document challenge […]

Salamis salutes Strauss

The mayor of Salamis, Greece, has invited Cornell military historian Barry Strauss to receive the city’s highest award Sept. 29 in gratitude for his 2004 book “The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece – And Western Civilization.” The Battle of Salamis, according to the book’s publisher, “was the most important naval encounter […]

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