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Table of Contents VOL. 2 NO. 4, SUMMER 2010

Assistant professor Peter Frazier on unicycle
THE ESSENTIALS

A unicycling engineering professor

The bogus Mr. Krimsnatch '56 ... "I Am Cornell" Flickr group ... Linda Macaulay wins ornithology award ... student-designed shotgun ... a capella reunion ... Read more

Provost Kent Fuchs with students
COVER STORY INTRODUCTION

Kent Fuchs: Reimagining Cornell

In October 2008, Cornell faced a new economic reality. The Great Recession was upon us, and we at Cornell were facing a significant budget shortfall. Read more

cropping of Word cloud image of Cornell's strategic plan text
COVER STORY

Historic plan charts university's path to 2015

Paul Streeter was as well equipped as anyone at Cornell to detect the first tremors of the Great Recession as they began to vibrate through the university in fall 2008. Read more

Maurice Chammah 10
COVER STORY SIDEBAR

Chammah: Reflections on public engagement

Maurice Chammah '10 says his worldview has been shaped most profoundly by his time in Cairo and a summer in Jerusalem seeing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict up close and personal. Read more

Sherina Giler 10
COVER STORY SIDEBAR

Sherina Giler: Learning to be a leader

Sherina Giler '10 always knew she wanted to teach. But she didn't know – until she came to Cornell – that she also wanted to be a Latina leader who makes an impact. Read more

Rajeev Dokania, graduate student
COVER STORY SIDEBAR

Rajeev Dokania: Low power meets high tech

Ph.D. student Rajeev Dokania is studying synchronicity found in nature to radios and came to Cornell on a prestigious Intel Foundation Fellowship. Read more

Deondra Rose, graduate student
COVER STORY SIDEBAR

Deondra Rose: 'It's thrilling to watch her'

Graduate student Deondra Rose hasn't been hired yet, but the former law school-bound Ohio native is likely to be part of the next generation of college professors. Read more

Mike Walsh, graduate student
COVER STORY SIDEBAR

Technology enhances excellence in education

Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant Mike Walsh says the key to using technology to enhance the educational and student experience is online collaborative software. Read more

Uchenna Agbim 13
COVER STORY SIDEBAR

Agbim: Financial aid is enabling a high flyer

Uchenna Agbim '13 is just one of nearly 8,200 Ithaca campus undergraduates receiving some form of financial aid, many of whom would not be able to afford to attend Cornell otherwise. Read more

Professor Glenn Altschuler, Ph.D. 76
VIEWPOINT

Protecting and burnishing America's crown

Higher education is America's best product. Jonathan Cole's new book, "The Great American University," explores the emergence of the research university and the threats they face. Read more

Senior retirees from the Floating Classroom on Cayuga Lake
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Environmental volunteering improves health

Volunteering on environmental projects could not only prompt retirees to get more exercise but also improve mental and physical health through old age. Read more

Organ pipes during construction
ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Anabel Taylor Chapel, age of classic Baroque

A new organ will fill Anabel Taylor Chapel with the authentic sound and beauty of German instruments from 300 years ago when it is completed this fall. Read more

Sara Furguson 10
PEOPLE

Giving others a full opportunity to succeed

Sara Furguson '10, who suffered a high-level spinal cord injury at age 3, founded a disabilities service group at Cornell whose members volunteer to help those with disabilities with daily tasks. Read more

Undergrads visit Doha
CAMPUS LIFE

Undergrads visit Doha to sow seeds for exchange

Every summer since 2003, a dozen or so premedical students from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) have come to Ithaca for six weeks of research – and a taste of life on the hill. Read more

Nine-spotted lady beetle
NEW YORK CITY

A ladybug man's nine-spotted mission

Cornell entomologist John Losey is a man on a mission. His goal is to discover why the nine-spotted ladybug, New York's official state insect, has all but disappeared. Read more

NEW YORK CITY

AA&D expands to the Northeast corridor

More Cornellians live in the Northeast corridor than anywhere else in the world. The Division of Alumni Affairs and Development is expanding its New York City focus to better reach them. Read more

Seven Cornell books featured
CORNELL BOOKS

Epic journeys and grave tales

Final resting places ... the guinea pig that complained ... devil's in the (numerical) details ... Revising a Homeric quest – in a Winnebago ... protecting children's immune systems ... Read more

Detail of plastic soda bottle greenhouse
OUTREACH

Students build greenhouse for children's garden

Students in Cornell's William Keeton House on West Campus spent part of the spring collecting plastic soda bottles – more than 900 of them. And they turned them "green." Read more

Evalyn Milman with husband Stephen Milman and Professor Mary Katzenstein
WORTH SUPPORTING

New endowment to benefit child development

Evalyn Edwards Milman '60 recently translated an early passion into a philanthropic legacy by endowing an assistant professorship in early childhood development in the College of Human Ecology. Read more

Hotel students at graduation
WORTH SUPPORTING

Hilton Foundation grant will support hotel students

With a new grant of $1 million from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Cornell's School of Hotel Administration (SHA) has established a scholarship fund for undergraduate students. Read more

Tom Howley, assistant director for athletes performance
BIG RED ATHLETICS

Coach keeps student-athletes in shape

Through the frenzy of activity in Bartels Hall walks Tom Howley, Cornell Athletics' assistant director for athletes' performance. Here's a look at his typical day. Read more

Trustee Martin Tang 70
CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Martin Tang on supporting student opportunities

When I imagine what is possible for Cornell in the future, I look first to my own family's past – my grandfather was a boy in China during the early part of the 20th century. Read more

Katie Dreier, 12
END NOTE

A family's traditions, enshrined in the future

I somehow always knew I would come to Cornell. I was brought up with it. When my two grandparents, mother, aunt, uncle and cousin were all clamoring to tell "their" Cornell stories at family gatherings, I yearned to play a part. Read more



From The Publisher

Tommy Bruce

This, the eighth issue of Ezra magazine, is the most important we have published since our inauguration in the fall of 2008.

The reason is the theme of our cover story: Reinventing the University. And by that we mean not only Cornell, but the American research university in general. Most important, of course, is the application of the term to Cornell, and an ambitious program of regeneration that we call "Reimagining Cornell." Read more