In honor of what would have been the 78th birthday of Robert Moog, Ph.D. ’64, Google - whose NYC HQ will be home to the CornellNYC Tech campus for the next 5.5 years – has re-imagined its logo as a working version of one of Moog’s revolutionary synthesizers. Moog’s name became synonymous with the many forms of the music synthesizer he originally invented and manufactured in a Trumansburg, N.Y., storefront from 1964 to 1971. He died Aug. 21, 2005, at age 71.
Street harassment has a lower negative impact on pedestrians who respond to it, according to a study by the ILR School’s new Worker Institute.
Researchers analyzed descriptions of street harassment experiences submitted to Hollaback!, which offers street harassment victims free smart phone apps to post their experiences online.
- • Street harassment is under-researched but prevalent for many New York City residents.
• Emotional reactions to street harassment vary but any harassment – verbal, groping, assault – can produce feelings of fear, anger and shame.
• Targets who photograph the harasser or report harassment to officials appear to experience less negative emotional impact than those who don’t.
• When bystanders fail to act, their presence tended to compound targets’ negative emotional responses.
• Bystander interventions that had a positive influence on targets could be as simple as a knowing look or a supportive statement.
• When a bystander took action by confronting the harasser, harassment was more likely to stop.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, street harassment targeting women and LGBTQ people is the most pervasive form of sexual violence and the least legislated against.
— Mary Catt
Cornell was featured front and center in the April 7 edition of The Main Street Wire, the community newspaper of Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island. Cornell’s new tech campus will make its home on the island, with groundbreaking slated for 2014.
The College of Architecture, Art and Planning hosts its annual Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition Jan. 5-16 in New York City, featuring work by three Class of 2011 B.F.A.s.
Taery Kim presents video from “[home]coming,” an ongoing project exploring personal and national identity; Maggie Prendergast documents her project (pictured) creating gardens as public art in all five boroughs of New York City; and Rachel Mari Simkover re-contextualizes collected images and experiences “as an escapist proposition and/or invitation.”
At 2:30 p.m. today, CornellCast will carry a live event of special interest to all Cornellians. The livestream will also be available on Facebook.
“Two years devoted exclusively to composition is a luxury almost beyond my ability to imagine,” said Matheson. “My deepest thanks go to the academy – and to the ghosts of Charles and Harmony Ives – for making possible this astonishing gift of time.”
Jury member Steven Stucky, professor of music, said “James Matheson’s music never wallows in the sentimental, never panders, never takes it easy. It has muscle – both intellectual and kinetic – it has passion, and it has integrity. Matheson takes chances; he doesn’t settle for the routine. His gritty, gutsy ardor and eloquent gravity make me think (approvingly) of Sibelius.”
The Chicago Tribune features an interview with Matheson about the Dec. 15 world premiere of his new violin concerto, to be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The School of Visual Arts in New York City will host a preview screening of “The Lost Bird Project,” documenting Cornell associate professor of art Todd McGrain’s series of sculptural works preserving the memory of five extinct North American bird species, including the passenger pigeon and great auk.
McGrain has installed his six-foot-tall bronze sculptures at or near the locations where each bird was last seen. His Labrador duck sculpture is in Brand Park in Elmira, N.Y., south of Ithaca.
The screening is Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., following a 7 p.m. reception at the SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St. The Middlemarch Films release will be followed by a book on the project. Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology has displayed McGrain’s work and has been promoting the project.
- Daniel Aloi
Architecture students in the Parallel Utopias studio, an upper-level design course directed by Yehre Suh, will present their work at the DMZ Forum 2011 Annual Conference, Nov. 21 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The DMZ Forum is an international nongovernmental organization whose mission is to support conservation of the unique biological and cultural resources of Korea’s Demilitarized Zone. Cornell students have been researching the political, social, economic and ecological conditions in border areas of North and South Korea, and have created speculative architectural scenarios and strategies for the sites.
Suh, a visiting critic in the Department of Architecture, was awarded the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts Grant in 2008 for her research project “Parallel Utopias: The Normalcy of Architecture in North and South Korea” and a Reich Foundation Fellowship in 2010 for ”Parallel Utopias: Strategies of Normalcy and Exception.”
- Daniel Aloi