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Sundance gets the Beat

“Kill Your Darlings,” a movie written by assistant professor Austin Bunn, is one of 16 narrative feature films chosen for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah. The film about a group of Beat Generation writers stars Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and focuses on the […]

Take our advice

In their newest Forbes blog post, Cornell President David Skorton and American studies professor Glenn Altschuler write an open letter to President Obama as he begins his second term. They offer six ideas to invest in higher education, urge Obama to push for passage of the DREAM Act and double the research budgets of government agencies.

Becoming bar mitzvah

Young Jewish adults often become a bar or bat mitzvah at the age of 12 or 13 as a way of declaring that they will accept and entrust in the Jewish tradition and law as a “son or daughter of the commandments.” I decided to become a Bar Mitzvah at the age of 19 (with […]

A promise kept

Today is President David Skorton’s birthday, and among the gifts he will receive is one that honors Cornell’s graduate teaching assistants. In his campaign for student-elected trustee in 2006, Mao Ye, Ph.D. ’11 (above, holding daughter Cornelia at 7 months, with wife Xi Yang, Ph.D. ’10), said he would create an award to support Cornell graduate […]

Divine illustrations

Dante fans have some new territory to explore: more than 1,000 images from Cornell University Library’s Divine Comedy Image Archive (DCIA). The illustrations are available via Shared Shelf Commons, an open-access library of images from institutions that subscribe to a Web-based digital collections service from ARTstor. The images of suffering sinners and heavenly rewards come […]

Et tu, David?

Cornell historian Barry Strauss draws parallels between former CIA director David Petraeus’ affair with his ambitious biographer, Paula Broadwell, and scandals among such classical Greek and Roman power couples as Pericles of Athens and his mistress Aspasia, and Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, who “had a thing for men in uniform.” Strauss writes on the History News Network […]

Tristan knows yogurt

Cornell yogurt expert Tristan Zuber ’08 will appear on CBS Sunday Morning Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. EST on the program’s annual food show. Zuber, a Cooperative Extension specialist, will discuss the origins of yogurt and the job-creating boom in companies building yogurt plants in New York state.

See how they grow

Physics graduate student Jesse Silverberg blogged in the Huffington Post about his research on the helical buckling of plant roots.

‘Myanmar’ on DVD

The acclaimed documentary “They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain” by Cornell physicist Robert H. Lieberman ’62 and produced by Deborah C. Hoard, M.S. ’78, was released on DVD and digital platforms Nov. 13. The film features Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest after spending nearly two […]

Let’s talk turkey (& chicken)

Move over, turkeys: Mann Library has launched a new online exhibition about the recent resurgence of interest in small-scale poultry-keeping. “Backyard Revival: American Heritage Poultry” delves into the history of raising chickens everywhere from private backyards to huge industrial operations. Individual breeds are pictured and catalogued, and digitized photographs, feed catalogs, book covers and more tell […]

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