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time-lapse night image of McGraw Tower and Uris Library

Time-lapse night image of McGraw Tower and Uris Library. Photo by Supriya Mishra '15.

Far above: Stunning and stellar

This truly stellar image, shot by master's of engineering in computer science student Supriya Mishra '15, shows the rotation of the Earth via the apparent movement of stars around Polaris (the North Star, which remains at near center) over a period of about an hour with Uris Library, McGraw Tower and Olin Library in the foreground.

Supriya Mishra

Supriya Mishra '15. Image: Provided. See larger image

Mishra, who took up photography as a hobby a few years ago, created this image by taking 100 photographs at regular intervals from 11:30 p.m to 12:30 a.m. April 18-19 and then combined them for this final result.

"Cornell is a beautiful place and provides tremendous inspiration to anyone's artistic sense," Mishra says. The photo was posted to Cornell's Facebook page, where it received more than 7,800 likes, comments and shares, and also was featured on the home page.

"This was my first star trail image," says Mishra, who also has photographed Ithaca-area and campus waterfalls using slow shutter speeds to blur movement and experiment with long exposure times. (See her Flickr page here.)

This image "is one of my most treasured photographs, and I am very happy that is has been so appreciated by everyone," she adds.

They call the hall Moriah

self-composting toilet facility, David Moriah Hall

David Moriah Hall. See larger image

With a snip of the scissors, Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) in April unveiled David Moriah Hall, Cornell's first sustainable, self-composting toilet facility.

David Moriah at unveiling of self-composting facility

David Moriah '72 at the April unveiling of his namesake facility. See larger image

Located atop Mt. Pleasant at COE's Hoffman Challenge Course, the bathroom promises a room with a view.

In addition to champagne and prune juice, the dedication ceremony included speeches by COE founder and building namesake David Moriah '72 (pictured), representatives from Cornell's offices of facilities and sustainability, COE director Marc Magnus-Sharpe and COE advisory board co-chairs Ellen Tohn '81 and Scott Sklar '80. The composter is the first of its kind for the Ithaca campus.

Bird's-eye view of NYC for AAP

The College of Architecture, Art and Planning's New York City program (AAP NYC) has a new home at 26 Broadway, a historic landmark overlooking lower Manhattan.

Standard Oil Building at 26 Broadway, NYC

The College of Architecture, Art and Planning's New York City program has a new home at 26 Broadway. Image: Yuriy Chernets. See larger image

view of new College of Architecture, Art and Planning program space in NYC

View from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning's New York City program space at 26 Broadway. Image: Garret Rowland, courtesy Gensler.See larger image

Occupying more than 11,000 square feet of former boardroom space on the entire 20th floor of the Standard Oil Building, AAP NYC will host graduate and undergraduate students in architecture, planning, fine art and landscape architecture, as well as professional education programs and public programming.

"AAP's New York City program offers our students a deep, informed and direct exposure to urban issues that we simply cannot provide on the Ithaca campus," said Kent Kleinman, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of AAP. "Given the urbanization of the world's population, our expansion in the city represents not just bigger and better space, but a fundamental shift in our curriculum toward one of the world's most interesting and urgent challenges."

AAP is launching its first executive education program in the city this summer, tailored to international architecture and urban design professionals and taught in collaboration with top New York City-based design firms.

About 250 alumni, friends and students attended a reception at 26 Broadway in March, just days before students moved from AAP NYC's former home of almost nine years (50 W. 17th St.).

Designated a New York City landmark in 1995, 26 Broadway housed Standard Oil's headquarters from 1885 to 1956 (from 1917 to 1937, Walter Teagle, Class of 1899, was president of Standard Oil of New Jersey, then the largest of the parent company's petroleum operations).

Nature and classical art meet

Jack Elliott with recent installation in Human Ecology Building

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Jack Elliott with recent installation in Human Ecology Building

Artist Jack Elliott at his recent installation, 'Carya: Women, Buildings, Nature: Hellenic Themes, Contemporary Works,' in the Human Ecology Building. See larger image

Artist Jack Elliott looks at trees and sees relationships between nature and human forms, architecture and culture. His most recent installation connects these themes to Cornell and its sesquicentennial celebration, with classical plaster casts, contemporary sculpture and a 150-year-old tree as centerpieces.

The exhibition, "Carya: Women, Buildings, Nature: Hellenic Themes, Contemporary Works," opened on Earth Day, April 22, in the Human Ecology Building's Jill Stuart Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public through June 19.

The display positions classical 3-D artworks – including a large figure of the goddess Artemis that is part of Cornell's Plaster Cast Collection – alongside parts of trees that Elliott sculpted as corresponding forms.

"I like the idea of finding statements about the contemporary condition in these ancient forms, and in the myths and origins of architecture," said Elliott, a professor of design and environmental analysis (DEA) in the College of Human Ecology.

Elliott enlisted consultants from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the Departments of Classics and History of Art as collaborators on the project; undergraduate research assistants have been involved as well, including Nick Teaford '15 and DEA major Katrina Stropkay '17, who did archival research.

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