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Table of Contents VOL. 3 NO. 3, SPRING 2011

Laura Brown with copy of

The Essentials

Harrison named next chair of board of trustees, sweatshirts without sweatshops, Doctorow's "Homer & Langley," alumna's Spanish immersion, Oscars and Sundance accolades. Read more

Graduate student Janelle Jung in greenhouse

New tricks for a very old crop

As challenges -- from yields to climate change -- to the world's rice crop grow, plant geneticist Susan McCouch and other researchers at Cornell are collaborating across disciplines to weed through the past to ensure this vital crop's future. Read more

Glass cylinder for studying rice plant root growth

The guy who picks apart roots, genes and software

Randy Clark '04, now a Cornell graduate student in bioengineering, has devised a system of cylindrical glass containers and gel for growing rice seedlings and imaging their roots in three dimensions as they grow. Read more

Plant breeder Walter De Jong

A singular vision of plant breeding with genetics

Cornell corn breeder Margaret Smith can confidently say her Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics is the best of its kind in the nation -- and not just because it happens to be the only one. Read more

Rice plants with bagged seed panicles

Rice bred without corporate love

While maize, soybean and cotton are crops with strong market value in the United States and heavily backed by corporations, rice is another story. Read more

Janelle Jung plows rice paddy in the Philippines

Learning and inspiration while getting down and dirty in the rice paddy

Though I never realized it until now, my life seems always to have revolved around rice. Read more

Design students with New Roots School principal

Students' designs help others sit up and take notice

Design students working with Professor Lorraine Maxwell have been helping the New Roots high school and Caroline Elementary School rethink how they use some of their spaces. Read more

Scott Palguta on the Big Red mens soccer team.

Scott Palguta boosts soccer's U.S. profile

Scott Palguta '05, a four-year letterman with Big Red men's soccer, recently helped lead the Colorado Rapids professional team to its first Major League Soccer championship in its 15-year history. Read more

North Star dining hall food station.

North Star eatery provides east-west choice

North Star, located in the Appel Commons on Cornell's North Campus, serves 2,600 meals daily and offers a diverse, all-you-care-to-eat dining experience that maximizes choice. Read more

A lecture in Bailey Hall

A conversation with David Croll

We recently talked with trustee David Croll '70 about his views on faculty renewal and what it means for Cornell in today's economy. Read more

Barron Hilton, Steve Hilton and portrait of Conrad N. Hilton

Hotel School selects Hilton family for industry icon award

The Hilton family will be honored at a gala dinner June 7 as recipients of the School of Hotel Administration's 2011 Icon of the Industry Award. Read more

Dresden, Germany, in ruins after the bombings.

Recalling the origins of 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

World War II's Battle of the Bulge, the Dresden firebombing, imprisonment in Slaughterhouse Five -- Gifford Doxsee '48 survived them all. Read more

Grain boundaries in a graphene sheet

How to make a Cornellian quilt -- just stitch a few carbon atoms together

The images could be mistaken for colorful patchwork quilts, but are actually pictures of graphene -- one atom-thick sheets of carbon stitched together at tilted interfaces. Read more

Children view sculpture at the Johnson museum

Museum is a place of solace, inspiration, community

Frank Robinson, the Johnson Museum's Richard J. Schwartz Director since 1992, is retiring at the end of this academic year. The museum has been his full-time vocation and passion from the start. Read more

Paul McEuen in a

Biological weapons, robotics, fungi abound in 'Spiral,' Paul McEuen's debut thriller novel

For his debut novel, which hit American bookstores March 22, the physicist wanted to delve into science he didn't know. Read more

Rodrigo Hasbn

More notable books by Cornellians

Rodrigo Hasbn is one to watch, Cornell classics revisited, Typhoid Morris, gender bias and public vs. private lives, and more. Read more

Traditional entertainment at the Cornell Asian Alumni Association banquet

Banquet brings hundreds to Chinatown

The 20th Cornell Asian Alumni Association annual banquet honored Roderick Chu, MBA '71, vice chair of the Cornell University Council, and attracted more than 350 people. Read more

New faculty memebers

The latest talent on campus

A look at four new professors on campus: Avery August, Margo Crawford, Chad Lewis and Sarah Murray. Read more

Andrew Bass

Why teamwork is the new research paradigm of life sciences

Cornell has long been culturally adapted to research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries; our scientists are reaching across disciplines to improve global welfare. Read more

From The Publisher

Tommy Bruce

A bowl of rice. Nothing could be more iconic as an image for feeding the world. In Asia and Africa, this staple food feeds billions. But as the global population soars and the environment changes, rice production is under pressure. Read more