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To the moon

Dyer Brainerd Holmes ’43, NASA’s director of Manned Space Flight Programs in the early 1960s, died Jan. 11 in Memphis at age 91. Holmes graduated from Cornell in 1943 in absentia while serving in the U.S. Navy. He designed missiles and radar systems at Bell Labs and RCA before joining NASA in 1961. That same […]

Cuomo taps Skorton

In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address Jan. 9, he announced that he has asked President David Skorton to become an organizing member of the Innovation NY Network. The state will provide incentives for commercialization and successful start-ups to remain in the state through the $50 million Innovation Venture Capital Fund. Support from the fund will help entrepreneurs […]

Brooklyn Venus

In 1912 The New York Times reported that 24-year-old Cornell “co-ed” Elsie Scheel of Brooklyn Heights was the “perfect woman” whose “very presence bespeaks perfect health.” How standards of beauty have changed, the Times noted Jan.1: “At 5-foot-7 and 171 pounds, she would, by today’s medical standards, be clearly overweight. (Her body mass index was 27; 25 to 29.9 […]

Apocalypse, not so much

Watch chemistry professor David Collum – an expert on finance – give his annual financial year in review Dec. 21. Among other things, Collum covers the Mayan calendar, broken markets and broke students saddled with ever-increasing debt.

Sympathy for Newtown

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Cornell’s caring community can help make a difference by sending sympathy cards. If you are interested in writing a sympathy card, bring it to the drop box outside of 130 Day Hall, near the mailroom, until 4 p.m. Friday, Dec 21. A staff member is attending […]

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 […]

When students drink

In their newest Forbes blog post, Cornell President David Skorton and American studies professor Glenn Altschuler look at binge drinking on campus. “… about 25 percent of college students report negative academic consequences of their drinking, including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers and receiving lower grades overall. The long-term effects include a higher risk of lifelong […]

Language of loss

Watch the new single, “Sign Language,” by Grammy-nominated alumni Kinetics & One Love who gave us “Graduation Song,” a hip-hop farewell to their alma mater, and “Airplanes” in 2010. “Since then,” writes Jeremy “Kinetics” Dussolliet ’09, “I’ve continued to pursue music full-time, which has led me to tour around the country (and even to China) and release a full-length album […]

A gift to Sandy’s first responders

Howard Milstein ’73 donated $2.3 million to the FDNY Foundation and the New York City Police Foundation. His gift is earmarked for first responders whose homes have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Two thousand rescue workers will receive a check of $1,000 just in time for the holiday season. “These are the people that risk their […]

Big questions

Cornell Hillel hosted its “Ask Big Questions Study Break: Cocoa, Cookies & Conversation” outside Olin Library Dec. 4. The event was moved outdoors to take advantage of the balmy weather. Ask Big Questions (ABQ) is an initiative of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. ABQ asks whether we can change the world through conversation and brings diverse […]

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