INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 3 AWAKENINGS Neurologist, author Oliver 4 BENEFITS Data finds unemployment payments
Sacks visits campus, Sept. 9-20. are more healthful than welfare.
Volume 33 Number 4 September 6, 2001
Two from CU
are named to
By David Brand
Two members of the Cornell faculty
have been named to NASA committees
overseeing the agency’s budget and man-
agement of space science programs.
Robert C. Richardson, the Floyd R.
Newman Professor of
Physics and vice pro-
vost for research at
Cornell, has been
named to the Interna-
tional Space Station
and Cost Evaluation
Task Force, which will
help NASA analyze Richardson
the recent cost growth
of the program.
Paul M. Kintner
Robert Barker/University Photography
Jr., professor of elec-
From left, freshmen Brooke Siegel, human ecology, from New York City; Seth Helfgott, arts and sciences, from
trical and computer Boston; and Bryn Fuller, arts and sciences, from La Jolla, Calif., ride stationary bikes in the fitness center in the
engineering, will chair Community Commons on North Campus earlier this week.
the Living With a
sion Definition Team,
which will determine Kintner An inside look at new structures on North Campus
how NASA spends Today the Cornell Chronicle presents joined Cornell Residence Life in 1986.
$300 million in science funding.
Richardson, who shared the Nobel Prize
the second installment of a four-week NORTH CAMPUS The gas fireplace on the atrium’s first
series on the university’s North Campus floor, one of two in the Commons, is
in physics in 1996, will join a team of
notable experts in the field of science, engi-
Residential Initiative. The stories in LIVING & LEARNING surrounded by comfortable couches and
today’s edition focus on the amenities of armchairs, the kind you can sink into on
neering, finance and business to advise the new buildings and their relation to a cold winter day, with oriental rugs on
Common reading assignments, Page 5
NASA and the Bush administration on how the initiative’s goals and on the Guns, the floor “to make the place feel home-
to maximize the scientific returns on the Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human floors echo the peaked dormers and gables like,” she said.
ISS, while staying within the guidelines of Societies book project for first-year stu- of Balch Hall to the south. The third, There also are a mailroom service desk,
the president’s budget. The task force will dents. In the coming weeks, stories will Community Commons, is a glass and a café called Ezra’s, a copy center and
report its findings to the NASA Advisory discuss the carefully planned architec- brick cube that is perhaps most stunning school supply store and a 3,200-square-
Council by Nov. 1. ture and sustainable design of the new at night, when it glows like a beacon. foot fitness center, with windows that
“It’s a broad examination of management campus community and the anticipated Jean Reese, student and academic offer relaxing views of the woods and
of the space station and its technical program, outcomes and actual impact of the initia- services’ project leader on the North route toward central campus. The equip-
its finances and mechanical plan,” Richard- tive on the campus. Campus Residential Initiative, has been ment – treadmills, step machines, sta-
son recently told The Chronicle of Higher leading informal tours of the three tionary bicycles, elliptical trainers, row-
Education. “There’s a cost overrun, and deci- buildings since they neared comple- ers and weights – is state of the art, says
sions have to be made about how the costs By Linda Myers
tion this summer. Her energy has yet to the student behind the front desk. Like
can be contained, if they can, and what the Anyone who has jogged or driven flag, despite the demand on her time, and Helen Newman Hall, across the crescent,
overall program will be eventually.” along Pleasant Grove Road during the there is still a little bounce in her step as the facility is comprehensive, offering both
Kintner will chair the NASA geospace past 16 months has seen the transforma- she leads the way to the new campus. weight and cardiovascular equipment.
committee for the next year, leading a team tion of a muddy field into a bright new The three-story glass-windowed “Membership in campus fitness cen-
that will decide how the space agency spends campus. atrium of Community Commons, she ters has skyrocketed,” said Reese. A year’s
money on research, ranging from under- Three new buildings border “the Cres- points out, is more than merely decora- membership is $130 for students and $160
standing climate change to investigating cent” – a half-moon plaza defined by a tive. It allows students, inside and out, to for faculty and staff and includes use of
radiation belt and ionospheric effects on curved sitting wall. Two, Mews and Court take in the action on all floors at once. all five fitness centers on campus.
global positioning satellites. halls, are of brick and Llenroc, the dis- “It’s a see-and-be-seen environment that Vincent Poon, a freshman in the Col-
Living With a Star (LWS) is part of the tinctive shale-dense rock that’s quarried students seem to like,” said Reese, who lege of Engineering from New York,
Sun-Earth Connection, one of four science locally. Triangular windows on the top was a teacher of young people before she Continued on page 6
themes within NASA’s Office of Space
Rev. Kenneth I. Clarke is named director of Cornell United Religious Work
By Jacquie Powers H. Murphy, Cornell vice president for student and aca- dialogue. As director, Clarke oversees and coordinates reli-
demic services. gious ministries at Cornell, supervises core staff members and
The Rev. Kenneth I. Clarke, for- “We are thrilled that Ken has accepted our invitation to lead develops campus religious programs and lecture series. He
merly director of the Center for Ethics CURW,” Murphy said. “His experience with the interfaith also oversees liturgical and preaching responsibilities at the
and Religious Affairs at the Pennsyl- community at Penn State prepares him well for the special campus’s Sage Chapel and elsewhere, handles pastoral
vania State University, has been named community we have at Cornell. Moreover, his pastoral and counseling and liaison with academic units, boards and
director of Cornell United Religious teaching background have given him an appreciation for the committees and may officiate at funerals and weddings.
Work (CURW), the first interfaith pro- opportunities that exist for integrating the spiritual, personal “I am honored to accept the position of director of
gram on a major American campus. and intellectual lives of our students, faculty and staff.” Cornell United Religious Work,” Clarke said. “I inherit a
Clarke, who also was the primary Clarke CURW is composed of 22 affiliated religious communi- legacy established by distinguished religious, socially con-
administrator for the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel at ties. It offers programs of worship, study and social events, as scious and intellectual leadership from the inception of
Penn State, was named director effective July 9, said Susan well as opportunities for students to engage in interfaith Continued on page 2
2 September 6, 2001 Cornell Chronicle
Clarke continued from page 1
CURW in 1919 and particularly embodied
by my immediate predecessors, Robert
Time for good advice NOTABLE
Johnson and Jack Lewis. I am challenged D. Tyler McQuade, assistant professor
and inspired to build upon this legacy as of chemistry and chemical biology, has
CURW evolves into its future.” won a 2001 New Faculty Award from the
Clarke, who had been at Penn State for 11 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
years, said he was interested in moving to The award carries a check for $40,000.
Cornell and CURW because of their national McQuade, who joined the Cornell fac-
reputation. “Additionally attractive,” he said, ulty on July 1, was one of 11 researchers
“was the fact that there is an institutional nationally honored by the foundation. He
expectation at Cornell for the director of was selected from 86 nominees for the
CURW to engage a broad university com- awards, which are designed to provide ex-
munity of students, faculty, staff and alumni. ternal research support to new faculty no
I was also attracted to Cornell because it later than the beginning of their first full-
shares with Penn State a land-grant institu- time academic appointments.
tional identity, reflecting an effort to make McQuade’s research group is investi-
higher education available to a wide spec- gating a biomimetic approach to materials
trum of persons irrespective of social, class, research. Building on the tools acquired
ethnic and other characteristics of identity. I through the synthesis of small molecules,
left Penn State, a national leader in religious the group is attempting to create well-de-
affairs on a state-related campus, largely be- fined polymeric and molecular-based as-
cause CURW and Cornell represented excep- semblies that mimic the complexity and
tional opportunities and promise.” function of biological materials, from en-
Clarke said his goals for CURW include: Nicola Kountoupes/University Photography
Dan Maloney Han, center, director of engineering advising, speaks with zymes to organs.
• developing effective relationships with incoming engineering college freshmen Jennifer Baylson, from Princeton, The Dreyfus foundation was established
CURW core staff, chaplains, students, fac- N.J., left, and Adriane Boscardin, from Amherst, Mass., Aug. 31 at the in 1946 by chemist, inventor and business-
ulty and staff; Welcome to the Engineering Community Fair in front of Olin Hall. The fair, man Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his
• promoting of multifaith and cultural sponsored by student services in the college and by the Engineering Student brother, Henry, also a chemist, who was his
pluralism (diversity broadly defined); Council, offered an opportunity for new students to talk with faculty and get
information about student organizations and other services at the college.
partner in developing the first commer-
• establishing contacts with alumni to cially successful system of cellulose
keep them abreast of CURW’s ongoing acetate fiber production.
• utilizing Sage Chapel worship and edu-
cational events “to assert the contribution
religion has to make to the educational mis-
sion and intellectual life of the university.”
Clarke became acting director of the Cen-
ter for Ethics and Religious Affairs (CERA)
at Penn State in July 1996 and director in July s Graduate research abroad: The Predissertation Grants”; and Oct. 10, “Writ- Regular benefits-eligible Cornell staff
1997. He was assistant director of CERA Mario Einaudi Center for International Stud- ing a Winning Grant Proposal” by Professor and faculty members who volunteer to do
from 1990 to 1996, primarily responsible for ies is holding fall 2001 information sessions Judith Reppy. Visit the Einaudi Center web hands-on work at community agencies on
developing CERA’s educational program- on grants and fellowships for graduate re- site at <http:www.einaudi.cornell.edu> for the Day of Caring may obtain paid release
ming. He also served as a part-time instructor search abroad. “An Overview of Funding information on funding opportunities and to time from their jobs, contingent on approval
in the Department of African/African Ameri- Opportunities for Graduate Research determine your eligibility. For more infor- from their supervisors. On Sept. 12, volun-
can Studies at Penn State from 1992 to 2001, Abroad” will be held Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in mation, contact Einaudi Center executive teers will gather at Stewart Park at 9 a.m.,
teaching courses on “The Emerging Status of 153 Uris Hall and will be repeated Oct. 17 at director David Lelyveld at 255-6370 or receive free T-shirts and refreshments and
Blacks in the 20th Century” and “The Life 4:30 p.m. in G08 Uris Hall. The other ses- <email@example.com>. be assigned to specific work sites. Volun-
and Thought of Malcolm X.” sions also will be at 4:30 p.m. in G08 Uris teers will be treated to lunch by the commu-
He received his bachelor’s degree from Hall on the following dates: Sept. 17, “Seek- s “Day of Caring” volunteers: Help a nity agencies and, later in September, be
Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., ing Funding Through the Social Science Re- local United Way member agency catch up recognized at an on-campus United Way
in 1980 and his master of divinity degree search Council (SSRC) and American Coun- on its housekeeping or maintenance chores kickoff event.
from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in cil of Learned Societies (ACLS)”; Oct. 3, by participating in the fifth annual United To volunteer, send e-mail to <dayofcaring
Rochester, N.Y., in 1986. “Einaudi Center Travel Grants and Way “Day of Caring,” Sept. 12. @cornell.edu> or call 255-8206.
CU plant pathologist: Bacterial wilt that kills pumpkins found in Northeast
By Blaine P. Friedlander Jr. cucumbers, zucchinis, gourds and squash. which succumbed to wilt by late August,
To complicate matters, the wilt bacterium, said McGrath. The cucumber’s susceptibil-
Carving knives may be the least of threats Erwinia tracheiphila, cannot be controlled ‘Recently there has been a ity was not due to the number of beetles
to pumpkins this Halloween, because a with pesticides, said Margaret T. McGrath, dramatic increase in the invading the plant, she believes, but rather
pumpkin-destroying disease called bacte- Cornell associate professor of plant pathol- occurrence of bacterial wilt, to the plant’s susceptibility to the disease
rial wilt, spread by striped or spotted cu- ogy, who works at the Long Island Horti- carried by the beetles.
especially in pumpkin and
cumber beetles, has been found in the upper culture Research and Extension Center in McGrath observed that Waltham Butter-
Midwest and the Northeast, says a Cornell Riverhead, N.Y. squash.’ nut squash had fewer beetles, less feeding
plant pathologist. “Recently there has been a dramatic in- – Margaret T. McGrath, damage than other winter squash varieties
Bacterial wilt also affects cantaloupes, crease in the occurrence of bacterial wilt, associate professor and was the last among these plant types to
especially in pumpkin and squash,” McGrath of plant pathology develop wilt symptoms. It was less suscep-
said. Growers must manage cucumber tible than the squash varieties Golden Deli-
beetles, which harbor and carry the bacterial cious or Blue Hubbard, which had higher
Chronicle pathogen, she said. The disease shows up on
the plants as pale sections of leaves and it
progresses from the leaves to the vines, and
The gourd variety Turk’s Turban (Cucur-
bita maxima) is very attractive to cucumber
beetles and is severely affected by wilt, said
beetle densities, more feeding injury and a
higher incidence of wilt than either Waltham
Butternut or Table Ace.
Henrik N. Dullea, Vice President for University eventually the plants wilt and die. Wilt has McGrath, while the gourd Pear Bicolored “Management practices have targeted
Relations increased its foothold in some areas and (Cucurbita pepo) is less attractive to the beetles the insects that harbor and spread the patho-
Linda Grace-Kobas, Director, Cornell News Service recently has spread to new areas. and much less affected by wilt. “This docu- gen,” said Thomas A. Zitter, Cornell profes-
Simeon Moss, Editor As usual this season, the beetles were ments an important difference between these sor of plant pathology and a colleague work-
David Brand, Science Editor abundant in some areas, such as Indiana, but species that most likely extends to other ing with McGrath. “Control is complicated
Jacquie Powers, Education Editor
Karen Walters, Editorial Assistant were not as abundant in Michigan and Min- gourds,” said McGrath. In the absence of because the presence of beetles alone is not
Wendy Turner, Circulation nesota, said McGrath. Although there have insecticide treatment, all Turk’s Turban plants indicative of an impending wilt epidemic.
Writers: Franklin Crawford, Blaine Friedlander Jr., been few beetles on Long Island, bacterial observed by McGrath died before produc- In the absence of the pathogen, the crops can
Susan Lang, Linda Myers, Roger Segelken and wilt has developed there this season but is ing fruit, while about 25 percent of the Pear tolerate many beetles. However, if growers
less prevalent than in the previous two years. Bicolored plants she studied died by late wait until disease symptoms occur to treat
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She speculates that winter conditions could August of last year’s growing season, about a the beetle’s spread of the disease, then sub-
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org determine the number of cucumber beetles week before the start of harvest. sequent control of wilt is erratic.”
Web: http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicle.html that survive and, thus, how much bacterial Pumpkins tested at the Long Island re- For fact sheets on resolving bacterial wilt
Published weekly during the academic year, ex- wilt occurs next year. search facility showed how susceptible some problems, see Cornell’s Vegetable MD Online
cept during university vacations, the Cornell Chronicle McGrath discussed her research at the varieties are to the wilt. At least 30 percent web site at <http://vegetablemdonline.
is distributed free on campus to Cornell University
faculty, students and staff by the News Service.
American Phytopathological Society annual of Merlins developed severe wilt in ppath.cornell.edu>. The latest fact sheet pre-
convention, Aug. 29 at the Salt Palace Con- midseason, while at least 90 percent of the pared by McGrath says that imidacloprid,
Mail Subscriptions: vention Center in Salt Lake City. plants were affected by the disease by late sold under the brand name Admire 2F (Bayer
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ticed a higher percentage of cucumbers with The pickling cucumber County Fair, symptoms; and using foliar insecticides if
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zucchini is more attractive to the beetles but substantially less susceptible to wilt than or if wilt is developing and the variety is
less susceptible to wilt. Dasher II and Calypso cucumbers, most of highly susceptible.
Cornell Chronicle September 6, 2001 3
Dr. Oliver Sacks visits as A.D. White Professor-at-Large, Sept. 9-20
By Franklin neurobiology classes. In addition, Sacks with a biological problem.”
Crawford will visit plant science and veterinary col- • Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. in Willard
‘What can one say of one of lege laboratories while on campus. Straight Theatre, Cornell Cinema will host a
Dr. Oliver Sacks, the great writers of our time?’ “What can one say of one of the great screening of “Awakenings,” the Oscar-nomi-
neurologist and author writers of our time? Oliver Sacks human- nated movie starring Robin Williams and
of Awakenings and – Professor Roald Hoffmann, izes illness ... he writes of body and mind, Robert De Niro. “Awakenings” is a Holly-
speaking of Oliver Sacks
The Man Who Mis- and from every one of his case studies there wood rendition of Sacks’ extraordinary sto-
took His Wife for a radiates a feeling of respect for the patient ries about his original post-encephalitic pa-
Hat, will hold two lec- and for the illness,” said Roald Hoffmann, tients who were “awakened” by the drug L-
tures among other Sacks human feeling, will participate in a Knight Cornell’s Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of dopa in the summer of 1969 after decades
events during his first campus visit to Cornell freshman writing seminar in which his book Humane Letters and professor of chemis- spent in semiparalysis. These patients were
as an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at- on deafness, Seeing Voices, is required read- try, who is the faculty sponsor for Sacks. survivors of a worldwide outbreak of “sleep-
Large, Sept. 9-20. ing. He will discuss monsters in Greek my- “What others consider unmitigated tragedy ing sickness,” an epidemic that lasted from
Sacks, whose engaging literary voice is thology in a classics course and also partici- or dysfunction, Sacks sees – and makes us about 1916 to 1927. At the Sept. 9 show, 100
an artful blend of hard science and profound pate in cognitive neuroscience and clinical see – as a human being coping with dignity Continued on page 4
Ober group awarded
$1.3 million to study
Christopher Ober, professor of materials science and
engineering at Cornell, has been awarded a $1.3 million,
four-year grant by the National Science Foundation to
produce and study polymer microphotonics.
Ober believes the research has the
potential to revolutionize the way all
routine lithographic nanopatterning –
that is, patterning at the molecular
level – is carried out and to open up
new strategies for integrating soft
materials, such as polymers, onto a
silicon platform, such as a chip.
The researcher, who also is direc-
tor of Cornell’s Department of Mate- Ober
rials Science and Engineering, was
awarded the funding under the agency’s Nanoscale Interdis-
ciplinary Research Team program. Other Cornell members
of his team are two researchers, like Ober, notable for their
ability to synthesize unique polymers: Geoffrey Coates,
associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology, and
Uli Wiesner, associate professor of materials science and
engineering. Also on the team, for his characterization
expertise, is Sol Gruner, professor of physics and director of Charles Harrington/University Photography
the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source. Bruce S. Raynor ’72, president of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees
(UNITE), gives his pre-Labor Day address to ILR School students and faculty Aug. 30 in the
Non-Cornell research team members are Edwin Thomas Biotechnology Building’s first-floor auditorium.
of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Nitash
Balsara of the University of California-Berkeley, both ex-
perts in the study and control of block copolymer micro-
structures. Industrial partners in the research are Rohm & Labor leader urges ILR students to join the fight
Haas, for research in lithography, and Wright Materials
Lab, for the optical behavior of materials. By Linda Myers
The team will create block copolymer electro-optical In our era of corporate domination, “the only force
structures, both at the two-dimensional and three-dimen-
with the power to do something about the ills that
sional levels, containing elements on length scales ranging plague society is organized labor, as imperfect as it is.”
from the molecular (measured in nanometers, or the width That was the message labor leader Bruce S. Raynor
of three silicon atoms) to the macroscopic (measured in
delivered Aug. 30, the Thursday before Labor Day
millimeters). Polymer microphotonics permits the produc- weekend, to a standing-room-only crowd in Cornell’s
tion of precision optical devices or elements using low-cost Biotechnology Building.
materials and simple processing steps.
Raynor, a 1972 Cornell graduate and university
The patterning of block copolymers, Ober said, offers trustee, is president of UNITE – the Union of
remarkable possibilities for size control on much smaller Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees. In his
length scales than currently possible and with intricate
pre-Labor Day address to students and faculty in
geometries and functions not realizable with conventional Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, he
lithography alone. took U.S. industry to task for paying CEOs “salaries Charles Harrington/University Photography
larger than some countries’ gross national product” Raynor speaks with students following his
while the working poor around the globe are struggling Aug. 30 address.
Cool awarded DOE to survive.
Raynor criticized President George W. Bush for personal lab report,” said Raynor. “We handed the kits
contract to study “rolling back the ergonomic standards that will affect
hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers” and attacked
out to business travelers in Chicago.” Three corporate
executives who got the kits refused to turn them over to
combustion chemistry America Online’s Gerald Levin for laying off thou-
sands of U.S. workers in a profitable year and moving
the airline, which then halted their flight. When the
executives later sued, the airline agreed to talk with
jobs overseas just to boost company stock profits a little UNITE and pressured the laundry to sign a union
Terrill Cool, professor of applied further. Other CEOs who earned Raynor’s wrath for contract. “Within weeks, the workers got a 75-cent-an-
and engineering physics at Cornell, laying off U.S. workers and moving jobs overseas while hour raise, health care, paid sick leave and dignity and
has been awarded $354,000 by the “voting themselves large raises” were Microsoft’s Bill respect,” reported Raynor.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for Gates and General Electric’s Jack Welch. He spoke of labor abuses worldwide, particularly
a three-year study of combustion Raynor also called the promises made about the among clothing manufacturers for such companies as
chemistry. North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, “a The Gap, that needed similar exposure. He expressed
In his research, Cool applies flame- lie” that has been devastating not only for U.S. workers his belief “that young people have a sense of moral
sampling photoionization mass spec- but for Mexicans, “who so far have lost 600,000 jobs” righteousness and vote with their dollars,” and corpora-
trometry (PIMS) to the detection of and “are voting with their feet.” tions will bow to “one thing, consumer pressure. ”
key-reaction intermediates in labora- Cool Despite job losses and a general drop in union Then he invited the ILR students in the audience “to
tory flames. This, he said, offers significant advantages over membership, the U.S. labor movement still “makes a take part in an anti-sweatshop demonstration, do some-
the use of conventional electron-impact mass spectrometry tremendous difference in people’s lives today,” he said. thing for someone else” while they are still undergradu-
for the development of predictive models of the chemical- Raynor described how UNITE persuaded two major ates. “Although I know that most of you will go on to do
reaction kinetics of combustion. airlines to get an anti-union laundry subcontractor to things other than make society better, and that’s fine,
Such models have several important applications, includ- sign a union contract with its workers. At a press you have choices to make. I urge you to explore the
ing the design and performance monitoring of incinerators conference, UNITE revealed that workers had told labor movement, fighting for social justice. Nothing
used for the removal of hazardous wastes. Other uses include them the airlines were recycling used blankets and can top standing up for the people in our society who
the thermal destruction of chemical warfare agents, the devel- earphones to save money. “We created a test kit, with a have no power, and helping them gain dignity and
opment of clean-burning alternatives to conventional diesel test tube, a cotton swab and a postage-paid mailer, so respect. It’s a fight to save what’s best about America,
engine fuels and the formulation of high-performance propel- you could take your own test on the plane and get a and we’re welcoming young people.”
lants with well-characterized ignition properties.
Continued on page 4
4 September 6, 2001 Cornell Chronicle
Study shows welfare Celebrating the new
benefits may not be
sufficient for health
By Susan Lang
While unemployment payments can help protect recipi-
ents against health deterioration during forced unemploy-
ment, welfare benefits don’t, finds an international study by
a Cornell epidemiologist.
Examining data from the United
States, Britain and Germany, she says,
“In all three countries, unemployed
persons who received welfare or simi-
lar benefits reported negative health
effects since losing their jobs, even
when factors such as previous health,
education and household income were
controlled for in the analysis.” The Rodriguez
researcher, Eunice Rodriguez, a
Cornell associate professor in the the Department of Policy
Analysis and Management and its Sloan Program in Health
Services Administration, adds: “The jobless who received
unemployment insurance payments or similar entitlement
benefits, on the other hand, did not show this negative health
effect. Rather, their perceptions of their health were not
different from those of full-time working people.”
The unemployed who received welfare-type benefits Charles Harrington/University Photography
might not only bear a heavier weight of disadvantage than First-year students react to a performance by Step Afrika, a professional step dance team from
those who don’t need them, says Rodriguez, but also might Washington, D.C., in the multi-purpose room of Robert Purcell Community Center, Aug. 31. It was
experience additional stress from the stigma of receiving one of the many events across campus that night for the Grand Opening Student Celebration.
social welfare services.
She analyzed data on almost 31,500 people in the three
countries, available in the “Household Panel Comparability
Project” database. Rodriguez’s findings are published in the
September issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Safety nets can play an important role in helping people
CU Police join in ‘Buckle Up’ enforcement Sept. 7-16
during critical periods of their lives and in preventing an Buckle up, Cornellians. 100 warnings to motorists for seat belt violations and issued
accumulation of disadvantage that could have adverse health During the period of Sept. 7-16, law enforcement agen- 103 traffic tickets for seat belt and child safety seat viola-
effects, Rodriguez says. This study, however, provides cies throughout the state, including the Cornell Police, will tions during the first wave of “Buckle Up” enforcement.
powerful evidence that such need-based benefits as welfare be participating in the “Buckle Up New York” campaign “It’s been proven that seat belts and proper restraints for
are not effective in maintaining the health status of the coordinated by the New York State Police. children save lives,” Howard said. “We want to ensure that
unemployed, while such entitlement benefits as unemploy- The campaign calls for “zero tolerance” on seat belt and people drive safely on campus.”
ment insurance payments are. She points out that previous child safety seat violations. New York was the first state to enact a mandatory seat
studies have shown adverse health often follows unemploy- Cornell Police will conduct seat belt checkpoints, and its belt law, which became effective in 1985. Seat belt use is
ment and mortality rates have been shown to increase with patrols will be on high alert for violations during the mandatory for all front-seat occupants and for children
rising unemployment rates in the United States and Britain. campaign, said Sgt. Charles Howard, coordinator of traffic under age 16 in the back seat. Children under age 4 must be
“Since we find that entitlement benefits can be effec- enforcement activities. in safety seats that meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
tive in maintaining the health status of the unemployed In April, Cornell Police conducted seat belt compliance Standard 213.
but needs-based benefits aren’t, researchers and policy- surveys of approximately 1,500 people driving on campus Drivers are responsible for making sure passengers age
makers should monitor the possible health effects of and found that 69 percent of the general public and 41 15 or younger comply with the seat belt law.
changes being considered in public assistance programs,” percent of persons in clearly identifiable university-owned The law applies to out-of-state visitors as well as New
Rodriguez concludes. vehicles were in compliance. In May, they distributed about York state residents.
Here is a sampling of quotations from Cornell University the Boston Globe, Aug.16. x
faculty, students and staff that have appeared recently in the “Academic institutions have been more active about
national and international news media: x
pursuing the commercial opportunities that come from the
“Many communities across the country are really strug- research in their laboratories, and there will be disputes from
“It gives them a sense of control over the outcome rather gling with this issue and trying to find solutions that are time to time.”
than feeling it was imposed on them.” biologically feasible and yet socially acceptable.” – James A. Severson, director of patents and technology
– Elaine Wethington, associate professor of human – Paul D. Curtis, extension wildlife specialist in the marketing, commenting on a lawsuit between Genentech and
development, advising that parents involve children in Department of Natural Resources, on overpopulation of deer a California hospital over royalty payments for patents on
decision-making over finances when a parent loses a job, in in residential neighborhoods, on NBC Nightly News, Aug. 25. production of human insulin, in The New York Times, Aug. 29.
Oliver Sacks continued from page 3 Cool continued from page 3
tickets for a Sacks lecture on Thursday, Sept. nity Center on West Campus; limit is two sulting neurologist for Beth Abraham, where Detailed computer models are created
13, will be distributed to patrons on a first- tickets per student. he encountered an extraordinary group of from measurements obtained from vacuum
come basis; limit two tickets per person. • Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4:40 p.m. in 200 patients, many of whom had spent decades ultraviolet light (VUV), generated either by
Other events during Sacks’ visit: Baker Hall, Sacks will lead a colloquium, in strange, frozen states, like human statues, tunable lasers or a synchrotron. This is used
• Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in “Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical unable to initiate movement. They became selectively to photoionize each of the nu-
Statler Auditorium, Sacks will give a lec- Boyhood,” sponsored by the Department of the subjects of his book Awakenings (1973), merous reaction intermediates that are cre-
ture, “Neurology and the Soul: The Real Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The collo- which inspired a play by Harold Pinter, A ated and consumed by key reaction mecha-
‘Awakenings.’” The lecture will include a quium topic is the subject of Sacks’ next Kind of Alaska, and the movie “Awaken- nisms in several combustion systems.
screening of the original “Awakenings,” a book, a memoir describing his childhood love ings.” Sacks gained international acclaim for Studies of ethylene/oxygen flames will be
40-minute documentary film made for Brit- of chemistry, to be published in October 2001. his 1985 collection of intriguing neurological carried out at a PIMS experimental facility,
ish television in 1973. Tickets are required. The son of two physicians, Sacks was born case histories titled The Man Who Mistook supported by the DOE, under construction at
Fifty tickets for the Sept. 13 lecture will in London and received his medical degree at His Wife for a Hat. In 1989, he received a the Advanced Light Source (ALS) of the
be available to the general public beginning Oxford University. In the 1960s, he moved to Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on what Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California.
today, Sept. 6, at the Clinton House box the United States, where he completed an he calls the “neuroanthropology” of The new facility, using synchrotron radiation
office, 116 N. Cayuga St., (607) 273-4497, internship at the University of California-San Tourette’s syndrome, a condition marked from the ALS, will produce average photon
with a limit of two per person. Also begin- Francisco and a residency in neurology at by involuntary tics and utterances. He has fluxes 100 times larger than those produced
ning today, 50 tickets will be made available UCLA. Since 1965, he has lived in New York, received numerous awards and prizes, is a by tunable VUV laser sources. The high flux
to Cornell faculty and staff through the A.D. where he is clinical professor of neurology at member of the American Academy of Arts will be required for full implementation of
White Professors-at-Large office; contact the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ad- and Letters and his seven books have been flame-sampling PIMS.
Gerri Jones at 255-0832 to reserve a ticket. junct professor of neurology at the New York translated into 22 languages. The wider range of photon energies avail-
The remainder of the tickets will be distrib- University School of Medicine and a con- The A.D. White Program for Professors- able at the new ALS facility, said Cool, will
uted today to students with Cornell ID at the sultant neurologist to the Little Sisters of the at-Large began in 1965 to bring distinguished be a key advantage offered by synchrotron
service center in the North Campus Com- Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. scholars to campus for formal and informal radiation, not realizable with current tun-
munity Commons and in Noyes Commu- Sacks began working in 1966 as a con- exchanges with faculty and students. able laser sources.
Cornell Chronicle September 6, 2001 5
Common reading experience fosters intellectual debate across campus
LIVING & LEARNING
By Susan Lang
When 4,000 people read the same book
on a controversial subject, it’s bound to
trigger a lot of hot debate. Between the
faculty panel discussion in Barton Hall on
Sunday, Aug. 26, and almost 200 small group
sessions Monday, Aug. 27, during orienta-
tion week, the heated intellectual discussion –
and the learning – flourished on campus.
That’s just what President Hunter
Rawlings and Provost Biddy Martin in-
tended when they assigned the reading of
the book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates
of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond, to
all first-year Cornell students, aided by fac-
ulty, staff and upper-class students who
served as discussion facilitators.
“I liked having to read the book because
it gave us something to discuss the first day
or two here with people I didn’t know,” said
freshman Rina Kundalkar, a biology major
from West Palm Beach, Fla. Her small dis-
cussion group was facilitated by Rawlings
in Court North, Aug. 27. Richard Killen/University Photography
When Isaac Kramnick, vice provost for Kim Haines-Eitzen, right, assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies, leads a Guns, Germs and Steel discussion group
undergraduate education and professor of in 394 Uris Hall with freshmen, from left, Stephanie Friede, Jenna Forman and Bryn Fuller.
government, asked his group in 145 McGraw
Hall if any had discussed the book with universal dismissal that anyone would have
other incoming students on campus, almost a racially based assessment of others,” said
one-third said they had. “I found that a very Kramnick. “They basically thought that the
hopeful sign because one of the principal book was unnecessary, in that no rational
purposes for this project was to provide an person would take the position that some
opportunity for students to have discussions people are superior to others.”
with each other that had some intellectual In the first hour of Martin’s group, the
content and could go beyond ‘Where are students each expressed what they had taken
you from?’ or ‘What school are you in?’” away from the book, their views on its basic
Kramnick said. themes and the role of religion and indi-
While many students said they appre- vidualism in the fate of human societies.
ciated the common ground the summer Martin began her second hour by asking the
reading of the book had provided, others group to name at least one thing they learned
had questions about the assignment. One and what questions they would want to
student asked Rawlings during the group explore further in their coursework or their
discussion why this particular book had own research.
been chosen. The conversation spread to discussions
“We chose it for two reasons,” he re- of nature vs. nurture, how different cultures
Charles Harrington/University Photography
plied. “First, the book makes a sweeping Provost Biddy Martin leads a discussion group in the Court North 434 study lounge.
have different kinds of knowledge and what
argument about a big problem and so gives counts as knowledge or truth, what the roles
you a lot to argue about. Second, it draws on of the photographs were in the book and
many disciplines and, thus, fits Cornell’s whether the ways cultures developed were
multi-college campus well.” inevitable and natural or if there was an
The Pulitzer Prize-winning book asserts element of chance involved.
that the differences in rates of development When Sara Svoboda, a first-year student
among world societies, cultures and races in agriculture and life sciences, asked what
are more a function of geographical and the book contained for students in the arts,
environmental circumstances, such as the Martin replied: “You can look at this book as
availability of plants and animals that could a writing or rhetorical performance and an
be domesticated, than a result of biological act of stylization,” and she pointed out
differences. When six faculty members and Diamond’s use of anecdote, repetition and
a graduate student explored the book’s the frame he used for the book, which in-
themes in a panel discussion in Barton Hall volved answering his friend Yali’s question
before a massive audience of incoming stu- about why white people developed so much
dents, faculty and staff on Aug. 26, they “cargo” (material goods) and brought it to
stressed that even if Diamond’s hypotheses New Guinea while his black people had
are questioned, his thorough, and often nec- little “cargo” of their own.
essarily repetitious, arguments served read- When Martin asked her group at the
ers well by prompting them to think about Charles Harrington/University Photography end of the session how they liked the new
important issues. Vice Provost Isaac Kramnick’s group meets in 145 McGraw Hall. Court residence hall, the students replied
Illustrating the range of discussion on the that they loved Court North and that their
book were the opinions of two participants bring their voices to the discussion in small Living Center, Stephen Zinder, chair and friends in other buildings were jealous.
in the panel discussion in Barton Hall. groups of about 15 students and two facili- professor of the Department of Microbiol- That prompted Martin to quip: “Well, if
Michael Tetteh ’01, a student in the master’s tators each. ogy, had mostly international students in environment shapes destiny, you will all be
in engineering program, and the lone stu- “The students in my group were very his group. expected to do well. After all, you’re living
dent on the panel, called the book “a politi- insightful and articulate and, by and large, “We had a lively discussion, with the in Court.”
cal masterpiece that makes it possible to were not persuaded by the arguments put major topic being whether it was human “I’m really glad we had this assignment,”
dedicate more focus on the politics of rac- forth by Diamond but were quite interested nature to conquer weaker groups and how it said Anita Ganesan, a first-year student in
ism and the racism of politics.” in the subject,” said Leslie Adelson, chair was easier for one society to conquer an- engineering from Boxborough, Mass., who
Daniel Usner, professor of history and and professor of German studies, of the other if it felt superior or religiously justi- participated in Martin’s group. “When you
director of the American Indian Program, discussion group she led in Goldwin Smith fied in doing so,” Zinder said. “It also helped first get here, it’s awkward not knowing
however, objected to how Diamond weaves Hall. “We explored issues ranging from if there was an economic incentive.” Most anyone, and I got to know a lot of people
European colonialism into his sweeping whether Diamond’s book was an effective students thought that Diamond’s idea that in much more quickly on my floor by talking
survey of change in human societies and tool to counter racist models of history – we modern societies we are under less evolu- about the book.”
makes it seem “natural and inevitable.” concluded that it was not – to what are the tionary selection than are hunter-gatherers “We are all enormously grateful to the
Usner considered it “specious” for Dia- distinctions, if any, between geographical was reasonable. staff in Student and Academic Services
mond to keep asking why did Europeans determinism and historical fatalism.” Kramnick said his group thoughtfully who assumed responsibility for implement-
conquer other parts of the world instead of “I don’t think Diamond concerned him- discussed a wide range of issues, such as ing this project and organizing the events
societies from some other part conquering self enough with factors outside the envi- whether Diamond’s approach was disre- associated with it,” said Martin. “Meg
Europe. “The irony is that Diamond, while ronment,” said freshman John Black, arts spectful of religion (the group’s consensus Nowak, Leslie Sadler, Barbara Romano,
intending to transcend racialized explana- and sciences, from Miami, who was in the was that it was not) and whether Diamond’s Anne Buckley Becker, Marissa Piliero,
tions of difference and domination, actu- session with President Rawlings. Black as- assertions provided a rational explanation Karen Brand and Tanni Hall deserve par-
ally descends into a geographical and bio- serted that Diamond never gave the other for intellectual development and differences ticular appreciation.”
logical determinism that comprises the bed- sides of the arguments and therefore lost among various cultural groups (the consen- Jared Diamond will be on campus to give
rock of racism,” Usner argued. significant scientific credibility. sus was that it did not). a free talk on Guns, Germs and Steel Tues-
The next day, students had the chance to In the Jerome H. Holland International “I was struck, however, by the students’ day, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Bailey Hall.
6 September 6, 2001 Cornell Chronicle
Robert Barker/University Photography Charles Harrington/University Photography
A student lunches in a glass-enclosed dining-and-lounge area on the second floor of the A 10-minute fireworks display over the Community
Community Commons building. “It’s a see-and-be-seen environment that students seem to Commons and the new athletic fields on North Cam-
like,” said Jean Reese, student and academic services’ project leader on the North Campus pus highlights the initiative’s Grand Opening Student
Residential Initiative. Celebration Aug. 31.
Robert Barker/University Photography Robert Barker/University Photography
The triangular windows on the top floors of Court Hall echo Sophomore Oluwole Tairu, agriculture and life sciences, and junior Randolph Rodrigues, arts
the peaked dormers and gables of Balch Hall. and sciences, join diners in the North Star in the Community Commons.
New structures on North Campus continued from page 1
used the Commons fitness center to work out recently after and-learning environment, said Reese. “The first floors in help but smile, it’s so bright. I love the setup too – lots of
lunch at the North Star eatery one floor up. “I think it’s good the residence halls are public space,” she explained, with personal space but plenty of room to interact, and lots of
they put it next to the dining hall,” he said. And Rachel two comfortably furnished meeting rooms in each one that study space, so everyone has the opportunity to get what
Barnes, a junior from Kansas who is studying city and are being used for freshman writing seminars. There are also they need.”
regional planning, walked over from her nearby sorority to offices for faculty fellows and residence hall staff trained to “They’re going to like it,” said Ek Kriengkraipetch, a
test out the center and said: “I like it a lot – it’s great!” help freshmen cope with first-year stresses. Small study program assistant (P.A.) in Mews who is a senior in the
North Star, which dominates the second floor, offers eight rooms have windows into adjacent laundry rooms “because College of Arts and Sciences from Thailand. “So far, we can
distinct stations where food is prepared and served – among students like to multitask,” and a bicycle storage room has tell we’ve got plenty of resources – multipurpose rooms,
them Anything Doughs (Sicilian pizza, pannini, pasta and an outside access door for muddy bikes. Corridors are laundries, study rooms, plenty of kitchens and tons of
vegan offerings), Field o’ Greens (make your own salad) and painted a sunny yellow. fridges” – an asset for Kriengkraipetch, who enjoys cooking
World’s Fare (cuisine from around the globe). There’s also a Upstairs (Mews is three stories high, Court is four) is the Thai food on occasion.
late-night menu from 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. private space, accessible only to residents with entry cards, Erikka Loftfield, a freshman in the College of Arts and
When it’s busiest, the atmosphere is a bit like a video-game explained Reese. Again, the emphasis is on small group- Sciences from Massachusetts, who lives on the top floor of
parlor, but the offerings are plentiful and tasty. ings. Study spaces are plentiful, one for each corridor of 30 Court said, “I love it.” And her roommate, Marcia Regen, a
Although the facility seats 625, “you won’t see any students. Hallways, carpeted in soft gray-green or blue freshman in the School of Hotel Administration from New
airplane runway tables,” said Reese. Instead there are clus- tones, widen into alcoves outside each complex of rooms York City, said: “I was very happy when I found out I was
ters of tables for four. Seating extends to an outdoor balcony and can be used as gathering places. Rooms are grouped six assigned to one of the new residence halls.”
and the third floor, which also has a multipurpose room for to an alcove, with three – two doubles and a single – plus a All rooms on campus cost about the same – $4,972
talks, fitness, dance, martial arts and meditation classes. In bathroom on each side. “We won’t furnish [the alcoves] annually for a double room, $5,622 for a single this year –
addition, there are private meeting areas, divided by mov- because we want the students to make the space their own,“ and costs have not risen because of the new construction.
able whiteboard walls, that professors can book for dinner said Reese. “I imagine them dragging beanbag chairs or Some of the older residence halls have been spiffed up,
and discussions with students, said Reese. (To reserve, call pillows out here to socialize and study.” though, so that no students should feel they’re more, or less,
Conference Services, 255-6290.) Furniture is light and Inside, the rooms seem roomy, with ceilings as high as privileged than others. “Each of Cornell’s residence halls
bright, in keeping with the building’s overall décor. five feet above lofted beds in some. Windows are shaped so has its own charm and special amenities,” said Reese.
Like the Commons, Mews and Court halls have clean, that light pours in and the furnishings are modern and Still, despite the hullabaloo about the new buildings, what
contemporary furnishings and windows that capture as modular, easy to rearrange. “Control over one’s physical will really matter for the 3,000 or so freshmen housed on North
much sunlight as possible, a top request of the 700 students space is important to our students,” Reese said. Campus this year will be social interaction and intellectual
who evaluated life-sized models of the rooms before con- Jessica Boynton is a junior in the College of Agriculture engagement. If all goes well for them, said Reese, “new
struction began. and Life Sciences from Colorado who is working as a students will come away feeling that Cornell is a welcoming
All three buildings are designed to help students get to resident assistant (R.A.) in Mews Hall. She said of the new and caring place. They will have made friends and gotten to
know each other and interact more with faculty in a living- facility: “I love the color tones – lots of yellows. You can’t know faculty and have had a successful first year.”
Cornell Chronicle September 6, 2001 7
CALENDAR from page 8
For a limited time only, George
Lucas has given permission for
the special editions of the origi-
nal Star Wars trilogy to be
United Religious Work, will lead the service Sept.
9 at 11 a.m. screened at college cinemas.
Whether you’re reliving your own
African-American memories of seeing them for the
Sundays, 5:30 p.m., Anabel Taylor Chapel. first time or sharing them with
your kids, September offers a
Baha’i Faith chance to see all three back on
Fridays, 7:30 p.m., meet in the lobby of Willard the big screen. “Star Wars” will
Straight Hall, speakers, open discussion, games be shown Sept. 6-8. “The Empire
and service-oriented activities. Classes, speak- Strikes Back” will be shown
ers, prayers, celebrations at alternating locations. Sept. 13-15, and “Return of the
For more information, call 272-3037 or send e-mail
Jedi” will be shown Sept. 20-22.
Check the calendar listings for
Catholic times and locations.
Weekend Mass schedule: Sundays, 10 a.m.,
noon and 5 p.m., Anabel Taylor Hall Auditorium.
Daily Masses: Monday-Friday, 12:20 p.m., ATH
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sundays, 4 p.m.,
G-22 ATH. agement, Sept. 10, 3 p.m.; and “Using Adaptive Physics Cornell Campus Club
Management to Improve the Practice of Conser- “Energy Recovery Linac,” Sol Gruner and Maury The Cornell Campus Club is holding its an-
Christian Science vation,” Nick Salafsy, Foundation of Success, Sept. Tigner, Cornell, Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m., Schwartz nual Fall Tea on Sept. 9, 2-4 p.m., Grand Ball-
Testimony meetings: Tuesday, 7 p.m., G-20 11, 9:30 a.m. Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall. room, Clarion Hotel, located at 1 Sheraton Drive.
Anabel Taylor Hall. Church services: Sundays, This event is open to all women in the Cornell
10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., First Astronomy & Space Sciences Plant Pathology community.
Church of Christ, Scientist, 101 University Ave., “Status of the Atacama Telescope Project,” “Arabidopsis Functional Genomics: Growth
Ithaca. Riccardo Giovanelli, Cornell, Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m., Stage Definitions for the Unification of Diverse Data Dilmun Hill Student Farm Stand
105 Space Sciences Building. Sets,” Douglas Boyes, Paradigm Genetics Inc., Dilmun Hill holds a weekly farm stand on Ho
Cornell Christian Fellowship “Probing the History of Volatiles on Mars From Sept. 7, 11:15 a.m., 404 Plant Science Building. Plaza, Thursdays through Oct. 18, from 2:30 to 6
Meets every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the One Mars Global Surveyor Topography and Gravity,” “Barriers to Cucumber Mosaic Virus Move- p.m. Fresh-picked organically grown vegetables,
World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. Maria Zuber, Massachusetts Institute of Technol- ment and the Influence of Subspecies Variation,” herbs and flowers will be available. For more
ogy, Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m., 105 Space Sciences James Haudenshield, plant pathology, Sept. 12, information contact Natalie or Ted at 227-0462 or
Episcopal (Anglican) Building. 12:20 p.m., 404 Plant Science Building. e-mail <email@example.com>.
Wednesdays, worship and Eucharist, 5 p.m.,
Anabel Taylor Chapel. Biomedical Sciences Textiles & Apparel Emotions Anonymous
Sundays, worship and Eucharist, 9:30 a.m., “Modeling Neuroendocrine and Peripheral Air- “Color and Appearance Measurement,” Gor- Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step program for
Anabel Taylor Chapel. way Cell Differentiation in Lung Carcinogenesis,” don Leggett, Hunter Labs, Sept. 13, 12:20 p.m., those dealing with emotional problems, meets
For more information, call 255-4219 or send e- Ilona Linnoila, National Cancer Institute, Sept. 11, 317 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at St.
mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. 4 p.m., Lecture Hall III, Veterinary Research Tower. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Ave. For infor-
Theoretical & Applied Mechanics mation, call Ed at 387-8257.
Friends (Quakers) Biophysics “Tensile Testing of MEMS Materials,” W.N.
Meeting for worship, Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at “Global Self-Organization of All Known Pro- Sharpe, Johns Hopkins University, Sept. 7, 2:30 Human Resources
the Hector Meeting House on Perry City Road. For teins: Toward a Complete Map of the Protein p.m., 205 Thurston Hall. Life Cycles: “Life Transitions: Overview of Im-
rides or directions, call 273-5421. Space,” Golan Yona, computer science, Sept. 12, portance and Mechanics of Setting Up Health
4:30 p.m., 700 Clark Hall. Proxies,” Sept. 12, 4 p.m., A106 Corson Hall. In
Jewish this workshop Susan Hassett from the Cayuga
• Conservative and Reform: Fridays, 6 p.m., Boyce Thompson Institute Medical Center will provide an overview of health
Welcoming in Shabbat with song, in the lobby of “The Molecular Basis of Co-Evolution Between proxies, creating a list of individuals who can make
Anabel Taylor Hall, followed by a community Cladosporium Fulvum and Its Only Host Tomato,” decisions if you are unable to do so. To register
Shabbat dinner at 7:45 p.m. in the Kosher Dining Pierre de Wit, Sept. 12, 3 p.m., Boyce Thompson visit the web site at <http://register.cit.cornell.
Hall. Saturdays, 9:45 a.m., Conservative services Auditorium. edu:800/> or call 254-6400.
in the Founder’s Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. Call
the Hillel office at 255-4227 for more information. Chemistry & Chemical Biology Weight Watchers
• Orthodox: Friday, Young Israel House, call Training grant student seminar, Sept. 10, 4:40 City & Regional Planning Lose weight at work with Weight Watchers.
272-5810 for weekly times; Saturday, 9:15 a.m., p.m., 119 Baker Lab. “A Celebration in Honor of John W. Reps,” New session begins Sept. 12; Wednesdays, noon
Edwards Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. For daily “Foldamers: Structure and Function,” Sam Sept. 14 and 15. The symposium marks the 50th to 1 p.m., 32 Warren Hall. Join anytime and pay a
service times, call 272-5810; all daily services are Gellman, University of Wisconsin, Sept. 13, 4:40 anniversary of John W. Reps’ membership on the prorated fee. For more information, call 257-3128
at the Young Israel House. p.m., 119 Baker Lab. faculty of Cornell. For a list of events and registra- or 1-800-234-8080.
tion form, visit the web site at <http://crp.cornell.edu/
Korean Church Cornell Institute for Public Affairs reps/> or contact the Department of City and Wellness Program
Sundays, 11 a.m., One World Room (in En- “The Value of Developing a Knowledge Base in Regional Planning at 255-4331. “Absolute Beginners”: Tae Kwon Do begins
glish), and 1 p.m., chapel (in Korean), Anabel Public Finance,” Dominick Cafferillo, controller, Sept. 17 at noon in the North Campus Community
Taylor Hall. Call 255-2250 for more information. city of Ithaca, Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m., the Founders Cornell Theory Center Commons. Free to CFC/CU Wellness members,
Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. “Introduction to Computing in CTC’s Windows $45 nonmembers and $35 for students. For more
Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) HPC Cluster Environment,” Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-3 information e-mail <email@example.com>.
Cornell student branch: Sundays, 9 a.m. Call Ecology & Evolutionary Biology p.m., 484 Rhodes Hall. This workshop is open to
272-4520 or 257-6835 for directions and transpor- “Metazoan Phylogeny and the Shifting Com- Cornell researchers ready to take advantage of Willard Straight Hall Program Board
tation. Basketball on Wednesdays, 8 p.m. parative Framework,” Kenneth Halanych, Woods CTC’s high-performance computing environment. Phil Shapiro’s group folk guitar lessons will be
Hole Oceanographic Institution, Sept. 10, 12:30 The course will include lectures, demos and hands- offered Monday nights beginning Sept. 10. The
Muslim p.m., A106 Corson Hall. on exercises with consulting assistance. For more lessons will run for eight weeks, 7 p.m. for begin-
Daily congregational prayer at 218 Anabel information visit the web site <http:// ners and 8 p.m., intermediates. The entire eight-
Taylor Hall. Electrical & Computer Engineering www.tc.cornell.edu/services/edu/events/new/>. week session will cost $50. For more information
Weekly Friday prayer, 1:15-1:45 p.m., One “IEEE Overview,” Adrienne Hahn and Debra contact Shapiro at 844-4535 or by e-mail at
World Room, ATH. Park, IEEE; and John Saylor, Engineering Library, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Weekly Halaqa, Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 218 Sept. 11, 430 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall.
Food Science & Technology
Pagan “Understanding Transmission of Listeria
For information about United Pagan Ministries, monocytogenes Through the Food System,” Mar-
call Cornell United Religious Work at 255-4214. tin Wiedmann, Cornell, Sept. 11, 4 p.m., 204
Protestant Cooperative Ministry
Sunday service at 11 a.m. in Anabel Taylor Latin American Studies Theatre, Film & Dance
Chapel. “La Agricultura Urbana en América Latina y el The department’s resident professional teach-
Caribe: Gobiernos Locales y Sociedad Civil,” Cary ing associates (RPTAs) will display their talents at Men’s Cross Country
Zen Meditation Cruz, Fundación Antonio Nuñez Jiménez de la the annual RPTA Showcase on Sunday, Sept. 9, Sept. 7, Army
Basic instruction is offered Monday, Sept. 10 Naturaleza y el Hombre, Sept. 11, 12:15 p.m., 153 at 2 p.m. in the Class of ’56 Flexible Theatre of the
– meditation practice is every Monday and Uris Hall. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Free and Women’s Cross Country
Wednesday thereafter – 5:30-6:30 p.m., Founders open to the public, the performance will be fol- Sept. 7, Army
Room, ATH. For more information, call Anne Materials Science & Engineering lowed by a reception.
Marie at 273-4906. “Functionally Graded Ceramics by Thermo- Women’s Field Hockey
reversible Gelcasting,” Katherine Faber, Northwest- Sept. 7, at Lehigh, 4 p.m.
ern University, Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall. Sept. 10, Albany, 5 p.m.
TBA, Sossian Haile, California Institute of Tech-
nology, Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall. Men’s Golf
Sept. 8, Cornell/Colgate Invitational
Microbiology & Immunology Sept. 9, at Colgate, the Cornell/Colgate Invita-
“Transmission of Foodborne Listeriosis: Ecol- tional
ogy, Pathogenesis and Population Genetics of
Listeria Monocytogenes,” Martin Wiedmann, Men’s Sprint Football
Cornell, Sept. 7, 12:15 p.m., Boyce Thompson Alcoholics Anonymous Sept. 7, Red-White Scrimmage, 7 p.m.
Applied Economics & Management Auditorium. Meetings are open to the public and will be held
Presented by The Workshop on Rural Liveli- Monday through Friday at 12:15 p.m. in Anabel Men’s Soccer
hoods and Biological Resources: Sept. 10-11, 401 Peace Studies Program Taylor Hall. For more information, call 273-1541. Sept. 8, Colgate University, 7 p.m.
Warren Hall: “NATO’s Kosovo Campaign and Its Ethical and
“The Wildlife Conservation Society and a Com- Book Signing
Legal Lessons,” Henry Shue, philosophy, and Women’s Soccer
parison of Conservation Approaches,” Ken Barry Strauss, Peace Studies Program, Sept. 6, A.D. White Professor-at-Large Oliver Sacks Sept. 9, at Lafayette, 2:30 p.m.
Redford, Bronx Zoo, Sept. 10, 12:30 p.m.; “Wildlife 12:15 p.m., G08 Uris Hall. will hold a book signing Sept. 14 from 3:30 to 4:30
Conservation Amid Endemic Poverty,” Kent “Which Human Rights Do Regimes Choose to p.m. in the lobby of Olin Library. Sacks will sign
Redford, Bronx Zoo; Nick Salafsy, Foundation of
Respect? Why?” David Cingranelli, Binghamton copies of books that are available for purchase at Sept. 7-8, at Kent State Tournament
Success; Amita Baviskar, rural sociology; and University, Sept. 13, 12:15 p.m., G08 Uris Hall. The Cornell Store.
Duane Chapman, applied economics and man-
8 September 6, 2001 Cornell Chronicle
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Hartford, 9:40 p.m.
“Clerks” (1994), directed by Kevin Smith, with
Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti
and Jason Mewes, midnight, Uris.
“Down From the Mountain,” 7:15 p.m.
“Star Wars, 7:15 p.m., Uris.
Johnson Museum of Art “A Room With a View” (1986), directed by
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, on the James Ivory, with Maggie Smith and Helena
corner of University and Central avenues, is open Bonham Carter, on the façade, Johnson Museum
Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. of Art, 8:30 p.m., free.
Admission is free. Telephone: 255-6464. “The Luzhin Defence,” 9:30 p.m.
• “All the World’s a Page,” through Sept. 23. “Clerks,” 9:45 p.m., Uris.
• “Suaranya Gong Kebyar: The Balinese Art of “Once Upon a Time in China” (1991), directed
Ida Bagus Madé,” through Oct. 28. by Tsui Hark, with Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Rosamund
• “Cornell Art Faculty,” through Oct. 14. Kwan and Jackie Cheung, midnight, Uris.
• “Conserving the Collection: When Art Needs
Science,” through Oct. 28. Sunday, 9/9
• “Image and Imagination: Jean-Léon Gérôme “Awakenings” (1990), directed by Penny
and 19th Century Orientalism,” through Oct. 28. Marshall, with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro,
• “Circa 1900: From the Genteel Tradition to 2 p.m. The first 100 patrons will be given a ticket to
the Jazz Age,” Sept. 8-Nov. 25. attend the Oliver Sacks lecture on Sept. 13.
• An opening reception for the fall exhibitions is “Cinema Paradiso” (1989), directed by
Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Free and open to Giuseppe Tornatore, with Salvatore Cascio and
the public. Philippe Noiret, 4:30 p.m.
• Art-Full Family Saturday – Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. “The Luzhin Defence,” 7:15 p.m. The new documentary “Down From the Mountain” gathers together the musi-
to noon: In “Sounds and Shadows: The Gamelan “Once Upon a Time in China,” 9:40 p.m. cians who perform on the hit soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ film “O Brother,
Orchestra and Wayang Puppets,” discover the world Where Art Thou?” “Down From the Mountain” will be shown Friday, Sept. 7, at
of Southeast Asian art and music in this program Monday, 9/10 9:40 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7:15 p.m.; and Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:15 p.m.,
celebrating the special exhibition of paintings based “M” (1931), directed by Fritz Lang, with intro- all screenings in Willard Straight Theatre.
on the gamelan by Ida Bagus Madé. Free to mem- duction by Professor David Bathrick, 7 p.m.
bers and $5 per family for nonmembers. “Once Upon a Time in China,” 9:30 p.m.
• Art for Lunch: On Sept. 13 at noon, tour the
exhibition “The Balinese Art of Ida Bagus Madé,”
with Kaja McGowan, guest curator and assistant
“Down From the Mountain,” 7:15 p.m.
Cornell Cinema premieres three
professor of the history of art. “Cinema Paradiso,” 9:30 p.m.
documentaries this September
“Contempt” (1963), directed by Jean-Luc Cornell Cinema welcomes two documen- terms, but each day health-care providers
Godard, with Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli and tary makers and presents three new docu- across the country are forced to make real
Fritz Lang, 7:15 p.m.
“Enemy at the Gates” (2001), directed by Jean- mentaries in September. All screenings are choices about their beliefs, their practices
Jacques Annaud, with Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes in Willard Straight Theatre, and admission is and their personal safety. “On Hostile
and Ed Harris, 9:30 p.m. $4.50 general/$4 students and seniors. Ground” visits three individuals who endure
If you liked the soundtrack to “O Brother, physical and verbal threats to provide abor-
“Nico and Dani” (2001), directed by Cesc Gay,
Where Art Thou?” you’ll love “Down From tions. The film does not attempt to provide a
with Fernando Ramallo and Jordi Vilches, 7:30 p.m. the Mountain.” Cornell Cinema presents the complete picture of the abortion controversy;
“The Empire Strikes Back – Special Edition” Ithaca premiere of the documentary, an ex- instead, it examines the dedication of its
(1980), directed by Irvin Kershner, with Mark Hamill, hilarating, foot-stomping film of a concert subjects and “smoothly intertwines the three
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, 9:30 p.m. that took place in Nashville last spring, in stories and builds to an emotionally satisfy-
which all the artists on the soundtrack came ing conclusion,” said The New York Times.
together to play music from the film. Per- Cornell Cinema, the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-
formers include The Cox Family, The sexual and Transgender Resource Center
Fairfield Four, Emmylou Harris, Alison and the LGBT Coalition welcome filmmaker
Krauss, Gillian Welch and John Hartford. Tom Shepard at the Ithaca premiere of
Veteran documentarians D.A. Pennebaker “Scout’s Honor” on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:15
and Chris Hegedus capture the two-day ex- p.m. Co-winner of the Audience Award for
travaganza of country, blues, bluegrass, folk Documentary Feature at the 2001 Sundance
Center for the Study of Inequality and gospel music, as well as backstage prepa- Film Festival, “Scout’s Honor” looks at the
“Destined for Equality: How, Why and When
Tour the Johnson Museum’s exhibi-
Will Gender Inequality Disappear,” Robert Max rations and rehearsals. “Down From the controversy surrounding the anti-homo-
tion “The Balinese Art of Ida Bagus Jackson, New York University, versus, “The Fu- Mountain” will be shown Friday, Sept. 7, at sexual policies of the Boy Scouts of America.
Madé” Sept. 13 at noon. Above is ture of Gender Inequality: Who Cares for the Kids 9:40 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7:15 p.m.; Shepard focuses on two Petaluma, Calif.,
Madé’s “Calonarang,” from the collec- and How Much Are They Paid?” Paula England,
tion of Benedict R. O’G. Anderson.
and Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:15 p.m. heterosexual members of the organization
University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Barnes
Cornell alumna Liz Mermin returns to who are protesting its stance: Steven Cozza,
campus to present the Ithaca premiere of the a 12-year-old eagle scout, and Dave Rice, a
Cornell Plantations documentary “On Hostile Ground,” which 69-year-old scoutmaster banned from his
she co-directed with Jenny Raskin. Mermin duties because of his views. The two co-
“Plant Hunting in Turkey: From Collection to
Sale,” Daniel Hinkley, Heronswood Nursery, Sept. introduces the film on Thursday, Sept. 27, at founded the organization Scouting for All,
12, 7:30 p.m., James Law Auditorium, College of
7:15 p.m. dedicated to upholding what they believe to
Political debates about abortion tend to be the true ideals of the scouts: fairness,
Professors-at-Large put the issue in stark and even abstract moral inclusiveness and honor.
“Neurology and the Soul: The Real ‘Awaken-
Films listed are sponsored by Cornell Cinema ing,’” Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author, Sept.
and held in Willard Straight Theatre, except where 13, 7:30 p.m., in Statler Auditorium. The event is
noted, and are open to the public. All films are limited to students and to the 100 patrons who
$4.50 ($4 for students, kids 12 and under and Parole: Zvi Meniker, fortepiano; Philippe Gouvert,
received tickets at the Sept. 9 Cornell Cinema
seniors). Saturday and Sunday matinees are $3.50. violin; and Andrea Fossá, cello, will present the
screening. Tickets will be distributed to students
Visit the Cornell Cinema web site at <http:// complete Mozart piano trios over two evenings.
with ID on Sept. 6, at the service center at the North
cinema.cornell.edu>. Campus Community Commons and Noyes Com-
munity Center on West Campus. Limit: 2 tickets
Bound for Glory
Thursday, 9/6 Sept. 9: Y’all will perform. Bound for Glory is
per student. See story, Page 3.
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001), directed by broadcast Sunday nights from 8 to 11 from the
Sharon Maguire, with Renée Zellweger, Hugh Café at Anabel Taylor Hall, with live sets at 8:30,
Southeast Asia Program
Grant and Colin Firth, 7:30 p.m. 9:30 and 10:30. Admission is free; kids are wel-
“Between Democracy and Demagogy:
“Star Wars” (1977), directed by George Lucas, come. Listen to Bound for Glory on WVBR-FM,
Indonesia’s New President,” Ian Proud, head of
with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, 93.5 and 105.5.
Indonesia and East Timor Section, Foreign and
9:45 p.m. Commonwealth Office, London, Sept. 6, 12:20
p.m., Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave.
“Memento” (2001), directed by Christopher
Nolan, with Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss, 7
“The Luzhin Defence” (2001), directed by
Marleen Gorris, with John Turturro and Emily
Watson, 7:15 p.m. Brad Wilson
“Star Wars,” 9:30 p.m., Uris. Y’all – James Dean Jay Byrd, left, and
“Down From the Mountain” (2000), directed by Sage Chapel Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer – comes to
D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob, Rev. Janet Shortall, associate director of Cornell Bound for Glory Sept. 9, broadcast from
with the Cox Family, The Fairfield Four, Emmylou Dept. of Music the Café at Anabel Taylor Hall starting
Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and John • Sept. 8 and 9, 8 p.m., Barnes Hall: Trio at 8 p.m.
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