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Table of Contents VOL. 1 NO. 3, SPRING 2009

President David Skorton

The recession, Cornell and higher education

President David Skorton and Peter Meinig, chair of the Board of Trustees, on Cornell and the challenges of the recession. Read more

End of Ivy League championship basketball game

The Essentials

Big Red men's basketball's second-straight ticket to March Madness, Cornellians turn out in D.C. for U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration, Cooperative Extension's return to the NYC boroughs, and more. Read more

Students working on research project

Undergraduates play key role in research at Cornell

Undergraduate research at Cornell "is ubiquitous. It's in every department, in every college," said a university official. Read more

Student in Qatar lab

Qatar medical students benefit from research

David Robertshaw, professor of biomedical sciences emeritus, established a program in 2003 that brings second-year Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar premed students to Ithaca every summer for research in labs across campus. Read more

Professor and student with solar array in Belize

How Jim Moore '62 supports undergrad research

Jim Moore '62 has supported undergraduate research at Cornell for more than 20 years through an undergraduate research fund that aids several engineering students each year. Read more

Students working on noise-cancelling apparatus

Noise-reduction invention resonates loudly

Two electrical and computer engineering seniors developed an independent research project with enough promise that Cornell has filed a provisional patent application based on their work. Read more

Associate professor Kelly Zamudio with a lizard

Blurring the lines between work and play

Kelly Zamudio explains how "an academic lab is a perfect environment for undergraduates, because professors, graduate students and postdocs are excellent and varied examples of how people approach their work." Read more

Conducting school orchestra

CU Winds program in Philadelphia schools

A three-day music education and outreach project last fall involved more than 60 student musicians from the Cornell Wind Ensembles and the donation of 10 instruments to two Philadelphia middle schools. Read more

The Hot Truck

Photo essay and alum memories of Hot Truck Bob

'Bob was a great man. He was only selling sandwiches, but he handed out so much more.' Read more

Students in Cook House lounge

Cook House alumni return as graduate fellows

Three Cook House alumnae have returned to the West Campus flagship as graduate resident fellows, marking a maturation of the house system. Read more

Spotting birds in Ecuador

Cornell Presidential Research Scholars

A look at one Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, Leeann Louis '09 and how the program influenced her decision to come to Cornell.; How philanthropists and university leaders created a program that has helped hundreds of undergraduates. Read more

 Kurt Vonnegut

Creative writing's "Centennial Plus Five" at Cornell

The history of creative writing at Cornell goes back 105 years. Alumni and faculty will celebrate thoughout 2009 with a series of readings and other events. Read more

Pop-up book

Recent noteworthy Cornell book releases

On Liberty Hyde Bailey, Sojourner Truth, a gift to President Obama and more. Read more

Hockey players

Alumni who now coach their former teams

Some Big Red student-athletes catch the coaching bug, and some even come home to their alma mater and coach the next generation. Read more

Cornell logo used as a thermometer

Cornell remains strong in a crisis

Even in these challenging economic times, the state of Cornell's endowment and annual fund offer encouragement. Plus, how Cornell and its alumni are doing more than ever to increase student aid. Read more

President Rawlings with student

The value of undergraduate research

Says President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings: 'There is something immensely exciting about a young undergraduate student doing high-level research in close partnership with a professor.' Read more

From The Publisher

Tommy Bruce In this third issue of Ezra, we take a look at the experiences of some of the many Cornell undergraduates doing hands-on research. Cornell has long been a leader in involving undergraduates in research in all disciplines, making them an integral part of campus intellectual life and partners in scholarship and discovery. Our cover story shows you why involving young students in intellectual discovery is so important, especially in today's economic climate. Read more