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Table of Contents VOL. 4 NO. 3, SPRING 2012

Gates Hall rendering

The Essentials

A first look at Bill & Melinda Gates Hall; new reading project pick; Big Red Bear to suit up for Reunion; citizen science in print; graduate student is walking across the U.S.; and more. Read more

Cornell President David Skorton and Technion President Peretz Lavie

Real work on CornellNYC Tech now begins

In December, Cornell learned it had won an intensely fought competition to build a 2 million-square-foot tech campus in New York City. The university is on track to break ground on the transformative campus in 2015. Read more

Graduate student Erica Johnson in Hollister Hall

Graduate students -- Cornell's future

Helping to attract top faculty and enriching undergraduate education are among the benefits accomplished graduate students provide, and they are a key factor in Cornell's efforts to be a top 10 research university. Read more

Jillian Cohen ,studies Chesapeake Bay as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow.

How a Cornell graduate education is funded

It's not enough for some of the nation's most talented graduate students to want to come to Cornell. Ways must be found to finance their education. Read more

Agua Clara students in Honduras

Celebrating clean water in Honduras

No one who takes clean, drinkable tap water for granted could have guessed the reason for a Jan. 13 party in Honduras -- the "inauguration" of a water filter designed by Cornell engineering students. Read more


A Milstein Hall montage

This composite image is a unique creation. Made by photographer Brett Beyer from 250 separate images taken on three dates last semester, it gives a bird's-eye view of Milstein Hall's expansive studio space. Read more

Shoals students collexting samples

Shoals: Fieldwork on Appledore's rocky shores

Cornell offers a new marine biology concentration for biology majors with courses and fieldwork available at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island. Read more

NYCTech campus rendering

Campaign News: Cornell Now--2015

A look at the annual fund's youngest supporter, the biggest gift in Cornell history and the new humanities building, now paid in full. Read more

Shirley Samuels, professor-dean at Flora Rose House

Jefferson Cowie and Shirley Samuels' West Campus 'exit interview'

We talk with two departing West Campus professor-deans about their relationships with students and what students gain from sharing their living space with a faculty member. Read more


The Amit Bhatia Libe Café

Amit Bhatia '01 already stands out as one of Cornell's youngest donors to endow a scholarship. Last fall, he decided to make a new gift to Cornell, this time to the library. It was among the four largest gifts to the library last year. Read more

Dan Kuhr '13

Checking in on enhanced financial aid

Dan Kuhr '13 spent months in fearful anticipation during his senior year of high school, wondering which colleges would accept him -- and just as important, how much financial aid they would offer. Read more

Lucas Shapiro '15

Matching aid, matching interests

The Award Match Initiative -- announced in fall 2011 -- strengthens Cornell's need-based financial aid by offering to match need-based aid packages from other Ivy League schools. Read more

Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History, in Olin Libraryistory.

Collections, access key to library's future

Ambitious doesn't begin to describe the task Kraig Adler embarked on three decades ago: writing an encyclopedic tome cataloging every single reptile and amphibian in China. Enter Cornell University Library. Read more

Willis Carrier, Class of 1901, with centrifugal chiller

Ezra Cornell's legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship lives on

If Ezra Cornell were to peruse Cornell-related headlines today, he undoubtedly would be impressed with the breadth and depth of the university's achievements and innovations. Read more

Phyllis Blair '53 and Tom Weissenboro '49 MBA '50

Live well while doing good

For two Cornellians, helping Cornell is important, but so is charitable giving that benefits them or their family members. Read more

Cornell Annual Fund logo

Cornell Annual Fund: Gifts of any size, for any person, any study

Unrestricted Cornell Annual Fund gifts offer tremendous possibilities, helping to provide immediate and flexible resources for a variety of Cornell's needs and priorities. Read more

Mack Lownes '11 wins a match in NCAA Wrestlebacks seminfinals

Grappling -- and running -- for Olympic gold

Mack Lewnes '11 and Morgan Uceny '07 are attempting to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Read more

New Faculty members

Q&A with new members of the faculty

Of the approximately 70 new faculty members hired this academic year, seven have been appointed to named professorships. Here are four of them and their answers to Ezra's questions. Read more

Graduate School dean Barbara Knuth

Graduate students drive our future

As a faculty member at Cornell, I've had the privilege of working with top-notch graduate students whose creativity, leadership and exceptional problem solving have inspired my own research and discovery. Read more

From The Publisher

Tommy Bruce

In 2006, Erika Johnson, a young engineer working for a NASA subcontractor in Florida, happened to meet Lance Collins, director of mechanical and aerospace engineering (now engineering dean), at a conference. Read more