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Bloomberg extols tech campus

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg included a shout-out to the Cornell NYC Tech campus in his final State of the City address. “On Roosevelt Island, we’ve set the stage for Cornell University to build an entirely new applied science and engineering campus, maybe the most exciting economic development project our city has ever undertaken,” […]

Life of Squyres

Tim Squyres ’81, who studied psychology at Cornell, is nominated for an Academy Award for best film editing of best picture nominee “Life of Pi.” The 3-D adventure film is the 11th Squyres has edited for director Ang Lee (“The Ice Storm,” “Sense and Sensibility”). Squyres says he and Lee rarely talk, and Lee often accepts […]

No. 2 Marine

U.S. Marine General John “Jay” Paxton ’73, M.Eng. ’74, received his fourth star and became assistant commandant of the Marine Corps Dec. 15 in a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. According to Kevin Bruns ’79, president of the Cornell Delta Upsilon Association, about a dozen Cornellians, including nine Delta Upsilon alumni, were […]

St. Francis revealed

Andrew Sullivan, the former editor of The New Republic and a widely read columnist, selected the Cornell University Press book Francis of Assisi: A New Biography, by Augustine Thompson, O.P., as his favorite of 2012. Sullivan writes in the Daily Beast: “It’s a book that rescues the human being from hagiography, and that is, in fact, […]

Roosevelt Island visionary

Thom Mayne, who is designing Bill & Melinda Gates Hall and the Cornell NYC Tech campus academic building, won the American Institute of Architects’ 2013 Gold Medal, one of the profession’s highest honors. Previous winners include LeCorbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Mayne, dubbed “the bad boy and angry young man of Los Angeles architecture” by The New York Times, founded Morphosis, his Los […]

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 […]

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.

Viva vegan

Cornell has made it to the final round of the Most Vegan-Friendly College Contest 2012. The contest site writes of Cornell: “Between the Va-Va Vegan Bar, located in Keeton House; One World Café, an all-vegetarian café on campus offering popular dishes such as African peanut stew and a vegan Reuben; and the barbecued tofu with […]

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 […]

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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