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Skorton looks forward

Stream the podcast of President David Skorton’s upcoming interview on WHCU 870 AM radio or listen live Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7:15 a.m. Skorton discusses his aspirations and expectations for the new school year.

Cornell takes pride

Cornell has been named to the Campus Pride index of the top 25 most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the United States. The rankings are based on data from 339 campuses on LGBT policy inclusion, student life, academic life and other practices. “Every student deserves to feel safe on campus, and all of these colleges are […]

ILR site tops 5 million downloads

Visitors to DigitalCommons@ILR – a repository of almost 16,000 workplace-related documents – have clicked “download” more than five million times. Featuring the work of ILR School faculty and researchers, DigitalCommons@ILR launched in 2004 and includes collections of externally produced material selected by ILR’s Catherwood Library. Content ranges from the 2002 collective bargaining agreement between the […]

Cuomo honors Lurie

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment Aug. 29 of Cornell Professor Emerita Alison Lurie as the 10th New York State Author. She will serve from 2012 to 2014. Kurt Vonnegut, Peter Matthiessen, Norman Mailer, E. L. Doctorow and Grace Paley previously held the title. Novelist William Kennedy, executive director of the New York State Writers Institute, said: “Alison […]

Mann is social

Mann Library has launched its official Facebook page. Click to find new books in the stacks, new computers in the study spaces, alerts, book talks and exhibits, and mobile apps. The page will also feature news from the information frontier and the best and coolest in resources and technology, hand-picked by library staff. Head over and click “like.”

Gold on Gold

“Taking the Back off the Watch: A Personal Memoir” of astrophysicist Thomas Gold, tells the life story of the Cornell professor who – among many other achievements – explained pulsars as rotating neutron stars, recruited Carl Sagan to the Cornell faculty and helped persuade the U.S. Department of Defense to fund conversion of the giant […]

David & Glenn on: foreign language study

In their second Forbes magazine blog post, President David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler, professor of American studies, tackle America’s foreign language deficit. They note millions of college and high school students will not study foreign languages this semester due to cuts. The demand is there, they say: “More and more students and their parents understand […]

Up on the roof

Mother Nature Network named Cornell to its list of top 20 “colleges leading the way on green roofs”: “To date, the most impressive building on Cornell’s campus, at least from a sustainability perspective, is Weill Hall. The huge building for the life sciences department has a number of green features that help reduce energy use. […]

Tree house

This summer, the library’s Conservation Lab was handed an interesting challenge: create a safe home for a sprig of cypress that the Marquis de Lafayette plucked from George Washington’s grave. The sprig had been kept in an archival envelope that caused damage whenever it was removed for viewing. Book conservator Michele Brown matted it and created […]

Citizen diplomats

Cornellian Janice Gallagher, a doctoral student in government, is taking part in the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, a 30-day, 25-city bus tour from Tijuana, Mexico, that will reach Washington, D.C., Sept. 12. Also on board are Mexican peace activist Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed by drug-gang members last year, and other victims of the drug war. […]

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