“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,” Bloomberg said.
Cornell researchers are among those behind a contest that asks people to submit recipes for meals that will be served during a simulated four-month mission to Mars, set to begin in April. Winners will be announced at the end of the mission in August.
The goal is to determine how NASA can keep astronauts well fed during long missions to the moon or Mars (perhaps avoiding menu fatigue). The researchers are looking for breakfast dishes, entrees and soups, side dishes, desserts and snacks. Recipe submissions are being accepted online through March 8, and ingredients must be drawn from the mission’s ingredient list.
“Our crew will have a pantry of shelf-stable ingredients (meaning, ones which do not require refrigeration or freezing), nearly all dehydrated or freeze dried, which they will prepare into conventional meals. They’ll alternate eating these meals with eating instant meals (backpacking foods, mostly) resembling the real astronaut meals,” said Jean Hunter, associate professor of biological and environmental engineering. “Each strategy has advantages: individual packages are easy and fast to prepare and clean up, while conventional cooking enables the crew to have more variety in their diet and reduces packaging waste.”
“It’s a book that rescues the human being from hagiography, and that is, in fact, two biographies: one a purely historical one, based on contemporary accounts; and the second a review of the enormous literature of legend and spin that his Order bestowed upon him. The Francis in this book is terrifying and self-destructive, visionary, and tormented. And the way he was subsequently used – in legend and parable and hearsay – speaks not just to the imagination of the church, but to the obvious miracle of Francis’s life’s work.”
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 college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others.
This month’s question: “What does the world need from you?”
Beginning in early 2013, Cornell University Police will begin wearing new uniforms, the first significant change in their official attire in 42 years.
The new look replaces the current nickel-gray shirt with a black uniform shirt with ventilated side panels. The shirt complements the multi-pocket black cargo pants the department switched to in 2010.
“The decision to change our uniforms came when our suppliers advised us they were phasing out our current uniform,” said Chief Kathy Zoner. “We also learned that our officers were in favor of a new look, and wanted to find a material that would provide them comfort and meet the seasonal extremes experienced in Ithaca.”
Seven students in Cornell’s Urban Semester program in New York City have written about the impact of living and studying in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, collected here.
Urban Semester immerses students in New York City through classes, internships and community service. Many of them work with hospitals, churches and other community agencies, which has given them a firsthand look at how Sandy affected some of Manhattan’s most vulnerable populations.
The Dear Uncle Ezra website, created in 1986 as what may have been the world’s first online advice column, is temporarily closed for renovations.
“After heartfelt discussion we decided it was time for Ezra to go through a period of rest and recuperation and revisioning,” said Dave Vernon, special assistant to the vice president for information technologies.
The service was created to answer questions about Cornell rules and procedures and expanded to handle questions from “Why are hot dogs called hot dogs?” to how to mend a broken romance. Interested alumni and worried parents participated as much as students.
Now, Vernon said, Cornell information is available from an array of online sources. “We need to think through how Ezra can add a voice to what’s already there,” Vernon explained.
Energy Outreach Coordinator Erin Moore shows off one of the Human Ecology Building‘s energy usage dashboards during a trustee dinner Oct. 25. The dashboards give researchers, students and others a trove of information to analyze the LEED Platinum building’s efficiency or to launch energy conservation competitions.
For fans of “The Office”: The Huffington Post is airing a clip from the final season of the sitcom in which Stephen Colbert, playing Cornell alum Broccoli Rob, upstages Andy – dressed as singer George Michael – when Andy books his former Cornell a cappella group to perform at the office’s Halloween party.