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Time for a change

AtlanticWire named a Time magazine column by Noliwe M. Rooks, associate professor of Africana studies and feminist, gender and sexuality studies, to its best five columns of Oct. 11. Read Rooks’ column, “Why It’s Time to Get Rid of Standardized Tests.” An interdisciplinary scholar, Rooks studies the racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment; racial inequality in education; […]

Ithaca: oasis of safety

Farmers Insurance has ranked the City of Ithaca as the Most Secure Place to Live in the United States for municipalities under 150,000 in population. The company annually ranks about 400 U.S. communities based on safety and security. The rankings consider crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, terrorist […]

Ithaca: No. 1 college town

The American Institute for Economic Research‘s College Destination Index (CDI) ranks Ithaca No. 1 of more than 300 cities and towns based on academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunities among cities with populations of 250,000 or less.

‘Founding Mother’

Acclaimed Cornell historian Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History – and the first woman faculty member in the history department – was the subject of a two-day conference Sept. 28-29 called Liberty’s Daughters and Sons: Celebrating the Legacy of Mary Beth Norton. Arranged by former students and colleagues, the on-campus conference attracted more […]

Star intern

The Chronicle of Higher Education has awarded Michael Stratford ’11, one of the paper’s former interns, its 2012 David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists. “Mr. Stratford received the $3,000 award, which is now in its 10th year, on the strength of three articles he wrote during his internship. The award committee recognized the articles for their […]


The journal Nature Materials has featured Cornell work on transition metal oxides on its October cover. The Cornell team includes Kyle Shen, Darrell Schlom and David A. Muller, who revealed new insights into quantum interactions of transition metal oxide superlattices, which are artificial stacked layers of alternating materials, each just a few atoms thick.

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Eisenman @ 80

Peter Eisenman ’54, B.Arch. ’55, who celebrated his 80th birthday Aug. 11, remains extremely busy. Among other prominent projects, he designed Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Eisenman discusses his career and his time at Cornell in the video below.

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