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Help Angela help the Hopi

Tomorrow (Oct. 31) is the last day to donate to Angela Bikes 4 Hopi, Angela Gonzales’ effort to raise funds for the Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund, which helps defray patients’ travel expenses. Gonzales, associate professor of development sociology, took sabbatical leave from Cornell this year to participate in a 30-day, 1,539-mile bicycle ride from Bellingham, Wash., […]

‘The Partisan Muse’

Age-old sagas of Norwegian kings and nobility are the subject of the newest volume of the library’s “Islandica” series. “The Partisan Muse in the Early Icelandic Sagas (1200–1250),” by Theodore M. Andersson, is volume 55 in the series, which is published electronically and in print under the Cornell University Library imprint. Andersson is one of […]

Savings at your fingertips

Energy Outreach Coordinator Erin Moore shows off one of the Human Ecology Building‘s energy usage dashboards during a trustee dinner Oct. 25. The dashboards give researchers, students and others a trove of information to analyze the LEED Platinum building’s efficiency or to launch energy conservation competitions.

David & Glenn on: do majors matter?

In their Forbes blog post today, President David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler, professor of American studies, write: “Regular readers of our column know that we are unabashed fans and supporters of the humanities and the creative and performing arts. We believe that the world’s thorniest problems will not be solved—nor will our nation be secure — without […]

Singing red

For fans of “The Office”: The Huffington Post is airing a clip from the final season of the sitcom in which Stephen Colbert, playing Cornell alum Broccoli Rob, upstages Andy – dressed as singer George Michael – when Andy books his former Cornell a cappella group to perform at the office’s Halloween party.


“Terra Nova,” a new exhibition in Mann Library’s gallery space, leads viewers through a landscape of desolate beauty. Photographer Thibault Roland’s elegant, evocative photographs capture Newfoundland’s icebergs glowing in the dark sea, the sky hanging vast above the moors and the wind speaking in waves and clouds. Roland is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral […]

Our man in space

A new special edition of Time magazine lists Steve Squyres, Ph.D. ’81, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, among the 25 most influential people in space: “Earth’s invasion of Mars (sci-fi writers had it backwards) began with planetary flybys in the 1960s; then came the Viking 1 and 2 landers in 1976 and the Pathfinder mission, with […]

Pizarro’s disgust

David Pizarro, associate professor of psychology, demonstrates a correlation between sensitivity to disgusting cues and moral and political conservatism in this TED talk.

Man o Mann

Mann Library turns 60 this fall and Manndible Café turns 5. Visit Mann Lobby at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, to celebrate the dual milestones with Manndible-made cake, giveaways and raffle prizes. Those wearing 1950s librarian clothes and get a free cup of coffee.

Gabby, chillin’

Cornell DMV candidate Gabby Wild, aka Gabby Wagner ’11, species preservationist and fashionista, posed for a series of photos in which she is made up to suggest various amphibians (half of amphibian species are at risk of extinction). Read previous Essentials posts about Wild here and here.

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