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In search for alien life, purple may be the new green

Purple bacteria is one of the primary contenders for life that could dominate a variety of Earth-like planets orbiting different stars, and would produce a distinctive "light fingerprint," Cornell scientists report.
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Iranian strike against Israel seemed more spectacle than attack, says prof.

Professor David Silbey comments on Iran's thwarted attack on Israel.
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New book gives insider’s view of cosmic search for life

The clues we find on exoplanets could be as strange as a bioluminescent glow or a rainbow hue, as astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger describes in “Alien Earths: The New Science of Planet Hunting in the Cosmos.”
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April 25 event celebrates class of 2024

Arts & Sciences Career Development staff want to help mark the next steps in your journey.
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Bestselling children’s author weaves tales of wonder

The latest by Michelle Knudsen ’95, of Library Lion fame: the story of a sensitive spider who yearns to be a pet kitten
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Hubble Fellow chooses Cornell for postdoc

Physicist Keefe Mitman will work with Nils Deppe, assistant professor of physics, on the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration on improving gravitational wave models to aid with the LIGO-Virgo-Kagra Collaboration’s detection and characterization of compact binary encounters.
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Community-engaged research gets boost from new grants

A multidisciplinary project to design a new facility and community garden for the Enfield Food Distribution Center – which has seen demand skyrocket since 2020 – is among eight teams of Cornell faculty, students and community partners to receive Engaged Research Grants from the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement.
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'A place at the table': Exploring free expression through dance

Student-artists will reimagine the Kiplinger Theater in a work titled “This table has been a house in the rain,” through choreography and improvisation, innovative staging and ties to other art forms.
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Ukraine’s mobilization bill sign of ‘desperation’ and ‘rationalization’

Scholar David Silbey: “Large industrial wars like this one are as much about organization as they are about fighting, and this is a sign that Ukraine takes that lesson seriously.”
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The Klezmatics to play in Cornell Concert Series April 13

The Klezmatics’ music is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while also incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and antifundamentalism, and eclectic musical influences — from jazz and punk to Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms.
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Life as a Cornell entrepreneur: ‘I have people in my corner who inspire me’

Richlove Nkansah '26 is the co-founder, with Harmony Prado ’24, of CultureCare, a digital platform for BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) therapists to manage their practice and connect to clients.
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Film set in Schwartz Center: A pop-up laboratory for building worlds

Throughout spring 2024, a set installed on the Kiplinger Theatre stage for the short film “Remembering Colin Stall" doubled as an experimental zone for film and theater technology classes.
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Major new telescope structure completed in Germany

The newly assembled Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST), nearly the size of a five-story building, was unveiled April 4 at an event in Xanten, Germany.
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Two seniors chosen as fellows by Carnegie Endowment

McKenzie Carrier ’24 and Margot Treadwell, ’24 will spend next year conducting research with the organization in Washington, D.C.
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Totality awesome: 400 students travel north for rare eclipse

The April 8 solar eclipse was “definitely life-changing,” said Emma Linscomb ’27, a member of Cornell’s Society of Physics Students.
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Cornell Cinema offers tasty, mind-stretching Science on Screen showings

Science on Screen® supports creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with introductions by figures from the world of science, technology and medicine.
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Treats and poems featured at LRC’s “Sweet Poetry” event

“Any poem, any language” is the theme of the Language Resource Center’s second annual celebration of National Poetry Month, April 17
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5K run, remembrances to honor fallen Cornell war hero

On April 13, the Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps will celebrate the legacy of U.S. Marine Maj. Richard J. Gannon II '95, nearly 20 years after he was killed in Iraq.
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Accuracy ‘nudges’ decrease misinformation-sharing on left, right

A collaboration between two research teams with opposing views found that, despite claims to the contrary, simply reminding people about the concept of accuracy improves the quality of information-sharing on both sides of the political aisle.
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Former national security adviser to speak on US-China relations

Former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley ‘69 will explore “U.S. National Security Policymaking and the Future of U.S.-China Relations” in a fireside chat on Wednesday, April 17.
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Kiss-Pophouse deal shows recording ‘promises a certain immortality’

The recordings can be endlessly reconfigured to bring Kiss to life for new audiences, says Benjamin Piekut, professor of music.
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NPR’s David Folkenflik ’91 to host ‘Dissident Writers’ event

The April 17 event, part of the Freedom of Expression series, features Folkenflik in conversation with Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, and Belarusian poet and Cornell faculty member Valzhyna Mort.
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Racing toward her second Olympics, Taylor Knibb ’20 preps for Paris

The Arts & Sciences alum (psychology) and Big Red four-sport standout is set to compete in the women’s triathlon for Team USA.
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Uyghur Human Rights Project bibliography

Magnus Fiskesjö recently updated the Uyghur bibliography he began in 2017. The bibliography is hosted by the Uyghur Human Rights Project, "one of the most active and well-known organizations dedicated to the issue," he says.
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Florida ruling ‘deviates from the more moderate views’ held by most Americans

Professor Landon Schnabel: “The Florida Supreme Court's seemingly contradictory abortion rulings—allowing a six-week ban while permitting voters to decide on a constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights up to viability—reveal the tension between conservative courts and the popular will in determining reproductive rights."
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McEneaney Memorial Reading features Irish author Cólm Tóibín

Cólm Tóibín, the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, will visit campus April 11 to deliver the Eamon McEneaney Memorial Reading,
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Cornell alum to discuss future of video games

Alejandro Marin Vidal, ’06, will talk about AI and game creation, industry layoffs and other topics during his talk April 8 at 5 p.m. in Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall.
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Suffrage Science Award given to neuroscientist Azahara Oliva

The award aims to “create a self-perpetuating cohort of talent that can encourage others to enter science and reach senior leadership roles.”
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What my winding career path taught me about college

Asian Studies alum Anna Esaki-Smith ’83, who struggled with what to do after graduation is author of 'Make College Your Superpower: It’s Not Where You Go, It’s What You Know'
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Why kretek – ‘no ordinary cigarette’ – thrives in Indonesia

In a new book, anthropologist Marina Welker examines the staggering success of clove-laced tobacco cigarettes called “kretek” in Indonesia, the world’s second-largest cigarette market.
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Admitted Class of 2028 personifies Cornell’s founding principles

The 5,139 admitted students will bring with them a variety of lived experiences that will enrich the vitality and innovation of Cornell’s intellectual community.
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Two Cornell scientists chosen for 51 Pegasi b Fellowships

The three-year postdoctoral fellowship, granted to Lígia Fonseca Coelho and Zach Ulibarri, provides recipients with resources, freedom, and flexibility to conduct theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy.
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Alumni spotlight: Nora Brown, Ph.D. ’23

Nora Brown, Ph.D. ’23, is an alumna of the genetics, genomics, and development doctoral program at Cornell, during which she was co-advised by Mariana Wolfner and Andrew Clark. She is now a postdoc at MIT.
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Townsend lecturer explores Anatolian origins of European literature

Morris’ research involves the interaction of Greece with its Eastern neighbors, in art, literature, religion and culture.
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Summer Experience Grant applications now open

The grants provide funding for students in unpaid or low-paying summer experiences to offset the cost of taking on those positions.
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Panel explores rise of nationalism across the globe

Cornell faculty and alumni took part in a wide-ranging discussion focused on nationalism around the world during a March 26 New York City event featuring NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik ’91, the Zubrow Distinguished Visiting Journalist in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Cornell Expert: Why bridge collapse recovery is ‘time to listen’ to Baltimore residents impacted by coal shipping

Anthropologist Chloe Ahmann comments on environmental justice in in the wake of the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.
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A.D. White professor addresses threats to democracy

Theda Skocpol, Harvard scholar and A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell, will present the public lecture “Rising Threats to U.S. Democracy – Roots and Responses” on April 9.
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Statistical machine learning can find unknown factors behind disease

The study builds on a foundation of theoretical work conducted by co-authors including Marten Wegkamp, professor of mathematics.
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‘A completely different game’: Faculty, students harness AI in the classroom

“This is a tool that students are using already, and it’s probably not going away,” said doctoral candidate Amelia C. Arsenault, M.A. ’23, a teaching assistant in the government department.
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Nabokov celebrated for crossing arts/science boundaries

An avid lepidopterist since childhood, Nabokov was known to spend most of his free time on campus in the Cornell University Insect Collection.
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Mind Prize awarded to neuroscientist Antonio Fernandez-Ruiz

The prize aims to “change the paradigm of neuroscience research by creating a community of next-frontier thinkers who can uncover a deeper understanding of the brain and cognition.”
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Klarman Fellow: Digital media connects people in a polarized world

Situated at the intersection of media and politics, Shiqi Lin's research explores how critical media culture can push open new spaces for social participation and how new forms of media can bring people together, particularly at times of crisis and radical change.
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Cornell introduces its 2024 Kessler Fellows cohort

The new Kessler Fellows, including A&S students, will spend their spring semesters sharpening their entrepreneurial skills while preparing for a fully funded summer internship at a startup of their choice.
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Celebrating April as Mathematics Awareness Month

The Cornell and Ithaca communities can see a unique blend of mime and mathematics during two days of events planned by the Cornell Department of Mathematics on April 19 and 20.
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Passion for civil rights continues after Cornell: Alec Giufurta ‘21

Alec Giufurtan '21, discusses his work related to journalism and civil rights, and his current life as a law student.
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Physics Ph.D. candidate wins 2024 Three Minute Thesis competition

Meagan Sundstrom won Cornell’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 3MT challenges graduate students to present their thesis research compellingly to general audiences in just three minutes.
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Astronomy mourns Mary Mulvanerton, ‘amazing problem-solver’

She’s being remembered by friends and colleagues as a mentor, advisor, friend and fierce advocate for the work of the department.
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April 10 lecture focuses on formation of revolutionary China

Mitter’s talk will re-examine the classic question, “Did the communists win or the nationalists lose the Chinese civil war?”
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‘Art and Architecture of Migration and Discrimination’ released

Following their co-taught Mellon seminar, Cornell faculty Akcan and Dadi announce the release of their edited volume of essays on the art and architecture of partitions, migrations, arrivals, experiences, and global conditions from the 20th century to the present.