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A weekly digest of news from ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu                                                               August 19, 2011

Students, faculty Service program puts new students to work
to discuss tale entation Service Trips (POST), I
                    “Because of Cornell’s Pre-Ori-

of two brothers met my bestcommunity service,
                  passion for
                              friends, regained a
   The Cornell community will           became a POST leader, and I
discuss E.L. Doctorow’s 2009            got to feel as though I belong
historical novel “Homer & Lang-         at Cornell. I believe I had the
ley” in New Student Reading             best possible Cornell experience
Project events across campus            possible!” notes a former POST
Aug. 21-22. Over the summer,            participant and team leader.
3,325 freshmen in the incoming             POST, now entering its 16th
Class of 2015 and 572 new trans-        year, provides new Cornell stu-
fer students received and read          dents with the opportunity to
Doctorow’s book, which con-             get a head start on making new
nects early 20th-century Ameri-         friends by coming to Ithaca a
can history with the true story         week early to work in small teams
of New York City eccentrics the         on daily community service proj-
Collyer brothers.                       ects. Each year, POST provides
                                                                                                                   RobeRt baRkeR/UniveRsity PhotogRaPhy

   Students will submit an essay                                             new students gina Piersanti gioe, Chrisoula Duros, Carleen krieb, abigail
                                        more than 1,800 hours of service     Woughter and alyssa troutner work on a blooming labyrinth at hospicare.
on a topic chosen from a list of        to the local community before
10 study questions available on         the Cornell academic year even       that address issues specific to the    Partnership, Hospicare, Ithaca
the Reading Project website,            begins. Over the years, more than    Tompkins County community,             Children’s Garden, Ithaca Free
reading.cornell.edu.                    900 students have participated.      from animal rights and rescue to       Clinic, Loaves and Fishes free
   “We have chosen in the study            This year, 62 incoming fresh-     accessibility, hunger and poverty,     meal program, Longview residen-
questions to emphasize the real-        man and transfer students led        health care and aging, affordable      tial senior retirement community,
ity effect – to call students’ atten-   by 14 team leader volunteers are     housing and childhood literacy,”       Planned Parenthood of the South-
tion to the fact that this book is      spending five days at more than      said Renee Farkas, POST’s pro-         ern Finger Lakes, Salvation Army,
based on a real story,” said Vice       22 nonprofit organizations and       gram coordinator.                      SPCA of Tompkins County and
Provost for Undergraduate Edu-          schools. The students spend their       Those issues are central to the     Ithaca City School District.
cation Laura Brown.                     evenings getting to know the local   program’s host sites. This year           It’s not all work. Activities
   Six faculty lectures on Aug. 21      community and each other and         POST has branched out to include       include a scavenger hunt and
will be followed by small group         nights camping out in the Boyn-      a host site in Cortland, the YWCA      contra dancing on the Ithaca
discussions on campus Aug. 22.          ton Middle School gymnasium.         women’s organization. Other            Commons, bowling and a cele-
   The lecturers are Ileen Devault,        “The students work on projects    sites include the Family Reading       bratory barbecue at Stewart Park.
professor of labor relations, law
and history, on immigration and

                                        Incoming students increase CU diversity
class in America; Laura Har-
rington, associate professor of
entomology, on the 1918 influenza
pandemic and other pandem-                 Cornell’s entering freshman class – the class        American, up from 15 percent;
ics; Matthew Miller, professor of       that will graduate in 2015, the university’s sesqui-       • 6 percent of the class identify as black or Afri-
mechanical and aerospace engi-          centennial – continues to grow in diversity over        can-American, up from 5 percent;
neering, on “Engineering, Design        its predecessors.                                          • 12 percent of the class identify as Hispanic/
and the Odd Ideas of Langley               The number of international students, for            Latino, up from 10 percent;
Collyer”; Richard Polenberg, pro-       example, has increased to 349, a 24 percent hike           • Seven students identify as Native American,
fessor of history, on “Doctorow:        over last year’s freshman class; international stu-     down from 15 in 2010; and
The Novelist as Historian”; Steven      dents represent 10 percent of the Class of 2015 and        • Two students identify as Hawaiian-Pacific
Pond, associate professor of music,     come from 45 countries.                                 Islanders, up from zero in 2010.
on popular music and “genteel              And while 41 percent of the new class identify          As for socio-economic diversity, just over half
poverty” in the book, and Michael       themselves as Caucasian (down from nearly 46            of all incoming freshmen qualified for need-
Shapiro, associate professor of         percent in 2010), more than 36 percent of the class     based financial aid, and the university awarded
communication, on “The Psychol-         identify themselves as students of color this year.     grants to 49 percent of the class, averaging $33,099
ogy of Real and Media Realism.”         For example:                                            – up $2,417 from the average in 2010.
                       — Daniel Aloi       • 16 percent of the class identify as Asian-                                            — Nancy Doolittle
2 August 19, 2011 Cornell Chronicle                                                                 ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu

Cornellians                           Grad School hires support                                                   Big Red
in the news                           inclusion and development                                                   Athletics
                                         Sheri R. Notaro, previously          development. She helped create       Track and Field
Deflation                             associate dean for the Gradu-           programs to attract graduate and
  “Masculinity is associated with     ate School of Arts and Sciences         professional students to Washing-   the men’s and women’s track
  control and independence.           at Washington University in             ton University and support them     and field teams have earned
  having a partner that intrudes      St. Louis, was named associate          in their professional development   accolades for their efforts
  on your relationships can make      dean for inclusion and profes-          and career planning.                in the classroom, as the U.s.
  you feel less independent and       sional development at Cornell,             Baumstark will provide lead-     track & Field and Cross Coun-
  ‘in control’ of your social life,   effective Aug. 19. She reports to       ership for developing a program     try Coaches association (Ust-
  causing anxiety and, ultimately,    Barbara A. Knuth, vice provost          in research ethics and scholarly    FCCCa) honored the big Red
  sexual dysfunction.” Benjamin       and dean of the Graduate School.        integrity, mentoring in grant       as a Division i all-academic
  Cornwell, assistant profes-            A second position of assistant       writing and written and oral        team for the 2011 season. addi-
  sor sociology, on his study that    dean for professional develop-          communication, working with         tionally, the big Red had 12
  finds men experience erectile                                                                                   student-athletes honored by
                                      ment has been filled by Tilman          graduate committees, developing
  dysfunction when their female                                                                                   the UstFCCCa on the all-aca-
                                      Baumstark, associate professor          programs in dissertation writ-
  partners become involved                                                                                        demic track & Field team: Chris
                                      of biological sciences at the Uni-      ing and cultural competency,        arlinghaus, bob belden, Josh
  with their male friends. Men’s
                                      versity of the Sciences in Phila-       and partnering with other offices   Cusick, adrien Dannemiller,
  heaLth neWs, aUg. 10
                                      delphia. Baumstark will report          on campus in support of profes-     nate edelman, Dan hagberg,
Gluttony                              to Notaro.                              sional development. Baumstark       Drew hart, nick huber, Molly
  “our homes are filled with             Notaro will provide vision,          will begin in mid-September.        glantz, kelsey karys, katie kell-
  hidden eating traps. Most           direction and coordination for             A graduate of Heinrich-          ner and Janel Parker.
  of us have too much chaos           Graduate School initiatives to          Heine-University in Dusseldorf,
  going on in our lives to con-       enhance the academic and profes-        Germany, with an M.S. (1989)
  sciously focus on every bite        sional development of graduate          and Ph.D. (1997) in biophysics,
  we eat, and then ask our-           and professional students, with a       Baumstark served as a post-         senior placekicker brad gre-
  selves if we’re full. the secret    primary focus on students from          doctoral and Howard Hughes          enway has been named to the
  is to change your environ-          groups historically underrepre-         Medical Institute fellow at the     2011 Fred Mitchell award Watch
  ment so it works for you            sented in graduate education. She       University of Wisconsin-Mad-        List. he is among 50 kickers on
  rather than against you.”           will provide strategic leadership       ison. At the University of the      the Watch List for excellence on
  Brian Wansink, professor of         in defining and implementing            Sciences, he chaired the Gradu-     the field and in the community.
  applied economics and man-
                                      programs that foster competencies       ate Faculty Council and led a       greenway has led the team
  agement, on a study that                                                                                        in scoring in each of his first
                                      and skills to enhance students’         university strategic planning
  found subjects ate 73 percent                                                                                   three varsity seasons and will
  more soup from “bottomless”         academic success, improve reten-        process to enhance graduate
                                      tion and completion rates, and          student skills in leadership,       be attempting to become the
  bowls. yahoo neWs, aUg. 5                                                                                       first player in school history to
                                      prepare students for their profes-      written and oral communi-
                                                                                                                  lead the team in scoring all four
Greens                                sional careers. The appointment         cation, ethics in science and
                                                                                                                  years. off the field, greenway
  “they went to Congress and          of Notaro is the last of three new      research, cultural competency
                                                                                                                  has been active serving not
  said: Look, we produce half         high-level positions created this       and entrepreneurship.               only the ithaca community but
  the value of crops in the coun-     past spring to support underrep-           “With the filling of these two   also communities throughout
  try, but the commodity crops        resented students.                      positions, the Graduate School      the world.
  are corn and soybeans. ... We          Notaro (M.A. 1996 and Ph.D.          is well-positioned both to sup-
  don’t want subsidies. We want       1999, in developmental psychol-         port our graduate fields in
  research and extension to           ogy; M.P.H. 1998, in health behav-      attracting and retaining a more
  help us be more successful.”        ior and health education, all from      diverse graduate student body
  thomas Bjorkman, associ-                                                                                        several Cornell rowers trav-
                                      the University of Michigan) brings      and to enhance Cornell’s gradu-     eled to the 2011 World Row-
  ate professor of horticultural
                                      broad experience in student sup-        ate experience,” Knuth said.        ing Under 23 Championships
  sciences and head of the east
  Coast broccoli Project, on          port, mentoring and program                             — Nancy Doolittle   held in amsterdam July 20-24
  U.s. farmers’ efforts to grow                                                                                   and helped the United states

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  broccoli. nationaL PUbLiC                                                                                       to four top-10 finishes. Chris
  RaDio, aUg. 8                                                                                                   Massey ’13 helped the heavy-

Picky                                                                   ChroniCle                                 weight quad to a fourth-place
                                                                                                                  finish, which is the best ever for
  “We know that people vary            Thomas W. Bruce, Vice President, University Communications                 the United states in that event.
  rather remarkably in their           Karen Walters, Director, Cornell Chronicle                                 heavyweight commodore Jim
                                       Susan S. Lang ’72, Managing Editor                                         voter ’12 (heavyweight straight
  ability to taste bitter. these
                                       Bonnie Sellers, Chronicle Online Editor Click on stories to read the       4) and solveig imsdahl ’13
  people, interestingly enough,
                                       Robin Zifchock, Graphic Designer
  usually don’t like certain vege-                                                full versions online.           (lightweight women’s quad)
                                       Agnes K. Binger, Circulation Manager
  tables, particularly the crucif-                                                                                helped the U.s. to sixth-place
  erous vegetables like brussels       Writers: Daniel Aloi, Nancy Doolittle, Anne Ju ’01,                        finishes, while Ray Devirgiliis ’11
                                          Susan Kelley, Susan S. Lang ’72, George Lowery,
  sprouts, which do have a cer-                                                                                   (lightweight straight four) fin-
                                         Krishna Ramanujan, Bill Steele ’54 and Joe Wilensky
  tain bitterness to them.”            Address: 312 College Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850
                                                                                                                  ished ninth overall.
  David levitsky, professor of         Tel: 607-255-4206 Fax: 607-255-5373
  nutritional science and psy-         Email: cunews@cornell.edu Copies available from                             Schedule
  chology, on fussy eaters. the        Cornell Digital Print Services: www.cbsds.cornell.edu
  neW yoRk tiMes, aUg. 8                                                                                          www.cornellbigred.com
ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu                                                                           August 19, 2011 Cornell Chronicle 3

Cornell to answer call for New York City tech campus
   NEW YORK — Building on                for a new campus to fuel New           innovations and dramatically         University Cooperative Exten-
its world-class technology pro-          York’s 21st-century economic           expand the unique tech ecosys-       sion-New York City, Cornell’s
grams, its deep connections to           vitality, that it plans to develop a   tem in New York City.                ILR School in Midtown, Cornell
New York’s growing tech sector           proposal that places the city at the      Known worldwide for its top       Financial Engineering Manhat-
and its broad network of suc-            center of the high-tech universe.      programs in engineering, com-        tan off Wall Street, Cornell-spon-
cessful alumni entrepreneurs,               The proposal will draw on           puter science, and interdisci-       sored Food and Finance High
Cornell has announced that it            Cornell’s strong research pedi-        plinary and applied research,        School on the West Side and vari-
will answer the call issued by           gree and its deep roots in New         Cornell’s portfolio in New York      ous programs in disciplines rang-
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on               York to marry the city’s global        City includes the world-class        ing from architecture to human
July 19 to create a world-class          leadership in media, finance,          Weill Cornell Medical College        ecology. The city is home to more
applied science and engineer-            medicine, design and other             – where Cornell recently broke       than 50,000 Cornell alumni and
ing campus in the city.                  information-intensive industries       ground on a state-of-the-art,        about 5,000 Cornell employees.
   Cornell reiterated, as it has since   to a broad array of world-lead-        billion-dollar medical research         More information is available
the mayor first outlined his vision      ing scientific and engineering         complex – as well as Cornell         at www.cornell.edu/nyc.

Provost announces new universitywide economics department
   In July Provost Kent Fuchs announced the           nomics department will bring increased oppor-      Opatrny Chair of the Department of Eco-
formation of a new universitywide economics           tunities for collaborative research and enhance    nomics; Francine Blau, the Frances Perkins
department that will bring together strengths         the university’s already excellent international   Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations
in economics from across the university’s col-        reputation in economics,” said Fuchs.              and Labor Economics; Kevin Hallock, profes-
leges and schools into one academic unit.                Peter Lepage, the Harold Tanner Dean of         sor of labor economics and director of ILR’s
   The new Cornell Department of Econom-              Arts and Sciences, noted that “greater vis-        Institute for Compensation Studies; and Ted
ics combines all economics faculty from               ibility for economics at Cornell will mean         O’Donoghue, professor of economics.
the College of Arts and Sciences and all              we’ll be better able to attract and retain top        “The College of Arts and Sciences and the
labor economists from the ILR School. A               faculty and graduate students.”                    ILR School have been moving toward this
small number of senior professors from the               The decision is the result of six years of      point for a long time,” said Harry Katz, the
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of              faculty involvement and recommendations,           Kenneth F. Kahn Dean of the ILR School.
Management, the Charles H. Dyson School               arising from numerous committees and task          For the past 15 years, economics courses
of Applied Economics and Management                   forces. A group of prominent alumni and            have been cross-listed and a joint Ph.D. pro-
in the College of Agriculture and Life Sci-           economics faculty from outside the univer-         gram offered.
ences, and the College of Human Ecology’s             sity also provided advice about how to fur-           “We have a lot to offer each other and a lot
Department of Policy Analysis and Man-                ther strengthen economics at Cornell. The          to learn from each other,” said Hallock. “We
agement will have joint appointments.                 transition team appointed by the provost           come from a position of strength, and this new
   “Combining the world-class economists              consisted of David Easley, the Scarborough         structure will make us better immediately and
from ILR and Arts and Sciences into a new eco-        Professor of Social Science and the Don            going forward.”

Cornell Annual Fund crosses Enrollment expert Lee Melvin
$30 million mark for first time named associate vice provost
   In the fiscal year that ended         gifts to the university in a given        Lee H. Melvin, vice president       “We are very fortunate to have
June 30, 2011, the Cornell               year (excluding those to Weill         for enrollment planning and          Lee join us. He is a well-known
Annual Fund raised $30,086,159,          Cornell Medical College), it           management at the University         national leader in international
surpassing a long-standing goal          has a disproportionately large         of Connecticut, has been named       and diversity recruitment,”
of $30 million and setting an all-       impact on Cornell’s ability to         Cornell’s associate vice provost     announced Vice Provost and
time record.                             support its top priorities.            for enrollment, as of Sept. 15.      Graduate School Dean Barbara
   “At the onset of the cam-               More than 32,000 alumni, stu-           Melvin, who succeeds Doris        Knuth. “We are committed to
paign, we laid out the ambitious         dents, parents and friends made        Davis, will be responsible for       providing access to a Cornell
goal of doubling our Annual              Annual Fund gifts in fiscal year       leading universitywide under-        degree for a diverse student pop-
Fund by 2011 and reaching $30            2011, up from 26,000 donors in         graduate admissions, enroll-         ulation, and Lee’s leadership and
million or more,” said Joe Lyons         2005. Those gifts were solicited       ment management and financial        vision will increase our capacity
’98, the fund’s director.                by students, staff and volun-          aid policy; serving as enroll-       toward this commitment.”
   Annual Fund gifts are unre-           teers throughout the world.            ment “thought leader” and chief        During his tenure at UConn,
stricted, current-use gifts that           “This is truly a milestone           strategist; leading and assessing    minority enrollment increased
donors can direct to a handful           accomplishment by hundreds             recruitment, admissions and          by 28 percent and international
of general areas – including             of dedicated alumni and parent         financial aid practices; address-    undergraduate student enroll-
undergraduate colleges, profes-          volunteers and most of all, of         ing market changes; and devel-       ment by 300 percent, 2004-09.
sional schools, undergraduate            course, our committed and gen-         oping and executing policies         Last year, UConn’s international
student aid and universitywide           erous Annual Fund donors,”             and programs that support the        applications grew by 80 percent
units such as athletics. While           said Annual Fund national              university’s goal of attracting a    and diversity applicants by 25
$30 million represents only              chair Robert Katz ’69.                 highly qualified, diverse student    percent.
about one-tenth of charitable                          — Emily S. Hopkins       population.                                          — Nancy Doolittle
4 August 19, 2011 Cornell Chronicle                                                                ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu

Atlantic Philanthropies gives $15 million                                                                          This Week
                                                                                                                   in Cornell
to CU for undergraduate scholarships                                                                                 History
   On June 28, Cornell received a $15 mil-       nell Tradition, Atlantic is helping Cornell        Week of Aug. 19-26
lion grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies      encourage undergraduates to pursue work
to support financial aid for students in the     and volunteer opportunities and to make it           Aug. 20, 1893 Charles Goodwin Sands,
Cornell Tradition program. The gift, which       a priority to become involved in the life and      Class of 1890, dies three years after hav-
will be paid in three annual installments of     welfare of the community,” said President          ing graduated. His father and sisters gave
$5 million, is one of the largest current-use    David Skorton. “This gift supports one of          a memorial medal in 1899 to what was then
gifts to undergraduate scholarships in Cor-      the university’s most important missions –         the College of Architecture. Every year since
nell’s history.                                  to educate people who will go on to make           1900, the college has awarded the Sands
   The grant is intended to help the univer-     lasting contributions to scholarly fields,         Memorial Medal to an art student for work
sity meet its growing commitment to keep         science, the arts, business, and not least, to     of exceptional merit. Past winners include
Cornell affordable for students from all         their communities and the world.”                  Day Hall architect Frederick L. Ackerman,
financial backgrounds. In 2008, Cornell dra-        The Atlantic Philanthropies was founded         Class of 1902.
matically expanded its financial aid coverage    by Cornell alumnus Chuck Feeney ’56, who             Aug. 24, 1992 The Carl A. Kroch Library
by reducing, and in some cases eliminating,      earlier this year signed the Giving Pledge, a      opens its doors. Named for pioneering
need-based student loans and requirements        movement initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates       bookseller Carl A. Kroch ’35, the build-
for parental contributions. The policy is        and Warren Buffett to encourage America’s          ing was designed to store rare and fragile
costly, adding approximately $20 million per     wealthiest people to make a commitment to          materials and houses the Divisions of Asia
year to the university’s undergraduate finan-    giving away the majority of their money to         Collections and of Rare and Manuscript
cial aid budget, which exceeded $198 million     charity. To explain his participation in the       Collections. Its underground vault is one of
in the 2010-11 academic year.                    pledge, Feeney wrote: “I cannot think of a         the most secure facilities on the Ithaca cam-
   The Cornell Tradition awards 545 fel-         more personally rewarding and appropriate          pus, providing a safe home to treasures,
lowships per year to Cornell students who        use of wealth than to give while one is living     from a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio
demonstrate significant work experience,         – to personally devote oneself to meaningful       to the Gettysburg Address written in Lin-
a commitment to campus and community             efforts to improve the human condition.”           coln’s own hand.
service, and academic achievement. Atlan-           Since 1982 Feeney’s foundation has                 Aug. 25, 1939 “The Wizard of Oz” is
tic’s gift will support grant aid costs for      granted Cornell more than $600 million,            released in theaters, with several Cornell
students enrolled in the program, an expen-      making it possible for the university to main-     connections. Author L. Frank Baum mar-
diture that amounted to more than $12 mil-       tain its need-blind admissions policy, recruit     ried Cornellian Maud Gage, Class of 1884,
lion in the 2010-11 academic year.               and retain faculty in key academic areas, and      who dropped out to be with her husband, a
   “By directing its generous grant toward       pursue a wide range of other initiatives.          traveling actor. Her brother, Clarkson, was
scholarship support for students in the Cor-                                — Emily S. Hopkins      a Class of 1872 Cornellian. Two Baum chil-
                                                                                                    dren attended Cornell: Frank Joslyn Baum,
                                                                                                    Class of 1905, and Robert Stanton Baum,
Skorton named co-chair of Southern Tier                                                             Class of 1909. And the actor who played
                                                                                                    the wizard, Frank Morgan, Class of 1912,
Regional Economic Development Council                                                               attended Cornell but did not graduate.

   Cornell President David Skorton is serv-      dozens of existing programs, the regional
ing as regional co-chair of the Southern Tier    councils will apply for $1 billion in state                     CU in the City
Regional Economic Development Council,           funding for projects they determine to be
one of 10 such councils Gov. Andrew M.           part of their regional strategy.
Cuomo launched July 27 to drive local eco-          “The regional councils will empower indi-       CU in Central Park
nomic development and improve the business       vidual regions, such as the Southern Tier, to         On Aug. 28 at noon, all Cornellians and
climate statewide. Tom Tranter, president and    take charge of their own development and           their families are invited to enjoy an after-
CEO of Corning Enterprises, is co-chair.         maximize the potential of local resources to       noon turning Central Park red. The event
   Kathryn Boor, dean of the College of Agri-    address the unique challenges of their busi-       will include a “bring your own picnic”
culture and Life Sciences, is a general mem-     ness environments,” Skorton said.                  and softball games. A $5 registration fee
ber on the 21-member Southern Tier council.         The councils have been designed partly to       is required to secure a spot. Information:
Other members include CEOs, presidents and       encourage business, industry and academic          Elyse.Richardson@gmail.com
leaders in business, industry, academia, local   leaders to collaborate on developing tech-
government, labor, agriculture, nonprofits and   nology transfers and to allow new knowl-           WCMC faculty award
community-based organizations.                   edge from universities to play a larger role          Dr. Charles L. Bardes, associate dean of
   The regional councils, which will be          in driving economies, said Rod Howe, Cor-          admissions and professor of clinical medi-
chaired by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, repre-         nell Cooperative Extension assistant direc-        cine, has been chosen as the 2011 Siegel
sent an overhaul to New York’s approach to       tor for community and economic vitality            Family Faculty Award recipient. The award,
economic development, from a top-down            and executive director of the Community            made possible through an endowed gift
development model to a community-based           and Rural Development Institute.                   from overseer Herbert J. Siegel and his wife,
approach that emphasizes regions’ unique            The new region-centric economic focus will      Jeanne, recognizes a Weill Cornell Medical
assets, harnesses local expertise and empow-     encourage municipalities to consider their role    College faculty member who demonstrates
ers each region to set plans and priorities.     in regional economies while also encouraging       pedagogical excellence, outstanding scien-
   Through a new consolidated funding            inter-regional collaborations, Howe said.          tific achievement, and a record of dedicated
application that combines resources from                                 — Krishna Ramanujan        educational service to Weill Cornell.
ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu                                                                         August 19, 2011 Cornell Chronicle 5

                                                        FOCUS ON social                                               sciences
  spotlight: VIEWS OF MUSLIMS                                                Words from the wise: Legacy Project
     Since U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden May 1, Americans’              collects wisdom of a generation
  view of Muslim Americans has grown more negative and fear-
  ful.                                                                                  hen t urning 50, “I        ity,” Pillemer says. “We cap-
     Results of a telephone survey conducted April 7-May 24 by                          began to notice some       tured that perspective in hopes
  Cornell’s Survey Research Institute and the University of New                         differences in my per-     that younger people could learn
  Hampshire Survey Center and released July 20 find that before              spective on life,” says Cornell       from it.”
  bin Laden’s death, almost half of respondents described Muslim             gerontologist Karl Pillemer. “The        The Legacy Project website
  Americans as “trustworthy” and “peaceful.”                                 things that bothered me didn’t        will continue indefinitely, Pille-
     After the killing, one-third of Americans agreed with posi-             irk me so much anymore. You           mer says, and it welcomes new
  tive descriptors of Muslim Americans, down from half, follow-              begin to take a longer view of        submissions from people age
  ing heavy, prolonged media coverage of the death. After the                things – you see how individual       60 and up, as well as comments
  killing, they also reported that they were less likely to oppose           events find their place in a larger   and discussions.
  restrictions on Muslim American civil liberties, and opposition            context.”                                A new life lesson is posted
  to the profiling of Muslims as potential terrorists dropped to 63             This led Pillemer to ask: Is       daily, and plans call for audio
  percent from 71 percent.                                                   there something older people          and video content to enhance
     The negative shift in attitude occurred among liberals and              know that the young don’t             the site.
  moderates, whose views took a conservative turn following bin              about how to live?                       Reading all this advice has
  Laden’s demise.                                                               To find out, Pillemer, the         changed Pillemer’s life, he says.
                                                                             Hazel E. Reed Professor of            “One of the strongest lessons
                                                                             Human Development in the              from the elders is this principle
                                                                             College of Human Ecology and          for dealing with your adult chil-
                                                                             professor of gerontology in           dren: Don’t interfere! I have two
Study finds setting eyes on Old                                              medicine at Weill Cornell Medi-
                                                                             cal College, and colleagues col-
                                                                                                                   adult daughters, and I really
                                                                                                                   took that advice to heart and
Glory moves voters toward GOP                                                lected pearls of wisdom from
                                                                             more than 1,500 older Ameri-
                                                                                                                   became much more careful to
                                                                                                                   offer advice only when asked.
   Expect even more flags at          flag. The researchers contacted        cans about living better, happier     The elders give that kind of
Republican campaign events.           participants immediately after         lives.                                clear advice that all of us can
And if the Democrats were wise,       the election and asked them               In July he launched the Leg-       use in everyday life.”
they might well strip the stage of    how they voted. Those who had          acy Project blog to share hard-          Other major lessons: Don’t
flags altogether, suggests a new      been briefly exposed to the flag,      won insights, recommendations         worry so much; elders say they
Cornell study, the first to look at   compared with those who had            and philosophies of living.           deeply regret time spent need-
the political impact of the flag’s    not, were significantly more              Consulting the academic lit-       lessly worrying. Marry some-
image on Americans.                   likely to have voted for McCain        erature, Pillemer found that          one a lot like you, who has
   The research finds that for up     versus Obama.                          although there have been stud-        similar values. Avoid showing
to eight months after glimps-            Yet 90 percent of those             ies on “elder wisdom,” older          favoritism to children. And get
ing the stars and stripes, voters     surveyed said they believed            people have not been system-          on the road: Not having trav-
of all political persuasions shift    seeing the flag would not              atically asked to share practical     eled enough is a source of regret
toward conservative Republican        influence their voting.                advice about leading a happy          for many seniors.
attitudes and voting behavior.           Eight months later, partici-        life.                                    Pillemer says the elders he
   “Part of the reason we think       pants were asked about Presi-             Major themes emerged from          interviewed “have a unique
this effect is so durable is          dent Obama. Those who had              his interviews, which Pillemer        ability to advise us. We’ve gotten
because we primed people with         been exposed to the American           distilled into a set of “life les-    used to motivational speakers
the flag while they were think-       flag on the initial survey felt less   sons” in such categories as love      and pop psychologists instead
ing about their voting choices,”      positive about Obama’s job per-        and marriage; child rearing;          of individuals who are right
said Melissa J. Ferguson, associ-     formance. “We did predict that         work and career; aging well;          next door or in our families.
ate professor of psychology, who      this would happen, but we were         avoiding regrets; dealing with        People in their 70s and beyond
conducted two experiments with        a little surprised that it lasted      loss; and prescriptions for hap-      can teach us how to meet major
Travis J. Carter, Ph.D. ’09, of the   eight months,” said Ferguson.          piness.                               challenges in life and to learn to
University of Chicago and Ran            In a second experiment in              Contributors have submitted        focus more on small-scale, day-
R. Hassin of Hebrew University.       spring 2010, the researchers           lists, one-line answers and what      to-day happiness.
The results were published in         showed study participants pic-         Pillemer calls “long, existen-           “People into their 90s told
Psychological Science on July 8.      tures of buildings with and            tial, soul-searching answers.”        us they feel a kind of freedom
   Shortly before the 2008 presi-     without flags. Again, seeing the       In-depth interviews were con-         they’ve never felt before; they
dential election, the researchers     American flag shifted Demo-            ducted with about 600 elders          can live as they want to; they
recruited voters via social media     cratic and Republican voters           across the country.                   have less responsibility and are
to participate in an online politi-   toward the right – although par-          “At 70 and beyond, studies         less concerned with what peo-
cal survey in exchange for a gift     ticipants did not believe it was       show, many people do develop          ple think.”
card. Half the screens shown to       happening to them, even after          a sense of purpose and seren-                          — George Lowery
participants sported an unob-         they were debriefed.
trusive image of the American                         — George Lowery        Edited by George    Lowery GPL5@cornell.edu
6 August 19, 2011 Cornell Chronicle                                                                       ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu

While we were away: News highlights from between the semesters
   Chronicle Online has been publishing news and        and Innovation Institute at the school, will       has worked on anti-poverty policy at the
features since the print Chronicle went on summer       return to teaching and research when his           individual, family and community levels
hiatus after the June 3 issue. The following are a      five-year term as dean ends June 30, 2012.         as deputy assistant secretary for human
few of the stories that were posted in June, July and   Said Thomas: “I have seen this school              services policy in the U.S. Department of
August. Click on the item to read the full story        become perfectly positioned to be a leader         Health and Human Services.
online or visit www.news.cornell.edu.                   in global graduate business education. I
                                                        greatly look forward to continuing my out-         University launches financial system
CU earns reaccreditation through 2021                   reach throughout the coming year.”                    Cheers and confetti helped celebrate Cor-
  It’s official. Cornell University has been                                                               nell’s launch of the Kuali Financial System
reaccredited through 2021. The Middle States            Dean Kotlikoff reappointed                         (KFS) in a ceremony July 1 in the East Hill
Commission on Higher Education gave Cor-                   Michael Kotlikoff, the Austin O. Hooey          Office Building. KFS is a web-based, com-
nell its stamp of approval June 23. To earn             Dean of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to a      prehensive suite of accounting software
reaccreditation, Cornell underwent a compre-            second five-year term beginning July 1, 2012.      that replaces Cornell’s decades-old, unsus-
hensive institutional self-study to determine           Among his priorities will be the college’s cap-    tainable mainframe financial systems. The
whether it meets Middle States’ standards.              ital plan, renewing the faculty and expand-        new system provides electronic routing
                                                        ing groundbreaking translational programs.         and approval of paperless documents and
Residents comment on bridge nets
                                                        In addition to strengthening the college’s         is supplemented by a new data-modeled
   Tompkins County residents voiced their
                                                        leading educational and clinical programs,         information delivery and reporting tool.
opinions June 28 about whether the city of
                                                        Kotlikoff wants to ensure continuation of
Ithaca should allow Cornell to install nets                                                                CU/Columbia expand collaboration
                                                        the college’s tradition of excellence as a top-
under three city-owned bridges on and                                                                         A new borrowing program between
                                                        ranked biomedical discovery institution.
adjacent to campus as a suicide preven-                                                                    Cornell University Library and Columbia
tion measure. An overwhelming majority                  Warren renovation to blend old, new                University Libraries allows users at both
of the people who spoke at the joint meet-                 Warren Hall – an 80-year-old Beaux Arts-        schools to take out materials from both
ing of the city’s Common Council and the                style building on the Ag Quad – is undergo-        libraries – meaning that a Cornell student or
Board of Public Works supported the nets.               ing a $32 million revitalization. Construction     faculty member in New York City can regis-
Cornell will bear the estimated $1 million-             is scheduled to be completed in 2015. When         ter for a library card at Columbia and check
per-bridge installation cost, university offi-          it fully reopens in four years, students will      out books, and vice versa for Columbia stu-
cials have said. But first the city’s Planning          find that the basement and first floor will        dents and faculty at Cornell’s Ithaca cam-
and Development Board must approve the                  accommodate most of their activities, includ-      pus. The reciprocal arrangement – the first
designs, followed by the Board of Public                ing classrooms and student support areas.          program of its kind between Ivy League
Works and Common Council. A decision is                 All classrooms will be enhanced with full          institutions – applies to current students,
unlikely to come before September.                      audio-visual capabilities, with some original      faculty and staff at Columbia and Cornell.
                                                        instruction spaces being converted to case
Ivy football to combat concussions                      study rooms. Lounges and social spaces will        In remembrance
  The Ivy League presidents have accepted               also be disbursed throughout the building             Walter Lynn, professor emeritus of civil
a series of recommendations made by a                   to allow easy conversation and partnership         and environmental engineering and of sci-
special ad hoc committee – co-chaired by                between students and faculty members.              ence and technology studies, died June 6 at
Cornell President David Skorton and Dart-                                                                  age 82. Lynn, who joined the faculty in 1961,
mouth President Jim Yong Kim – with the                 CU named a top hedge fund school                   served in a number of key administrative
goal of lowering the incidence of concussive               Cornell graduates are among the most likely     roles, including most recently as university
and subconcussive hits in football. The rec-            to end up in an investing job in the hedge fund    ombudsman for 12 years, and previously, as
ommendations, which include limits to the               industry, according to an online hedge fund        a faculty trustee and dean of the faculty.
number of full-pad/contact practices that               media publication. HFObserver recently con-           James W. Gillett, professor emeritus in
can take place throughout the football year,            ducted a jobs survey, which found that Cor-        the Department of Natural Resources, died
take effect this season.                                nell and New York University tied for second       June 20. He was 77. Gillett, who joined the
                                                        place in the number of hires in the hedge fund     faculty in 1983, was the first professor of
Walcott named Cornell ombudsman                         industry in the first part of 2011.
  Charles Walcott, former dean of the uni-                                                                 ecotoxicology in the United States.
versity faculty and professor emeritus of               Endowment jumps 17 percent in 2011                    Morton “Mort” Sosna, director of founda-
neurobiology and behavior, has been named                  Investments from Cornell’s endowment            tion relations at Cornell, died June 30. Sosna
university ombudsman, President David Skor-             soared for a second year in a row, univer-         led Cornell’s foundation efforts through the
ton announced June 13. Walcott’s appointment            sity officials announced in July. The total        course of two capital campaigns.
was effective July 1. He is the university’s 12th       value of the endowment rose 17.2 percent              Nathaniel Rand ’12, a human develop-
ombudsman, a post created in 1969 and first             to $5.27 billion in fiscal 2011, which ended       ment major in the College of Human Ecology
held by ILR School professor Alice Cook. The            June 30. The figures are preliminary, and          from New York City, and Stanislaw J. Jawor-
ombudsman promotes procedural fairness in               final numbers will be available in Septem-         ski, 26, a graduate student at the University
the content and administration of Cornell’s             ber, according to A.J. Edwards, interim chief      of Gdansk, Poland, who was interning in
practices, processes and policies.                      investment officer.                                chemistry this summer, died July 2 in sepa-
                                                                                                           rate accidents in the Fall Creek Gorge area.
Dean Thomas to return to teaching                       Harris returns as senior associate dean               Recent graduate Harsh Gosalia died
  L. Joseph Thomas, the Anne and Elmer                    David Harris, professor of sociology, has        unexpectedly June 5 in Hoboken, N.J.
Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis John-                returned from a presidential appointment              Alexander Kazimirov, a senior research
son Graduate School of Management, who                  in Washington, D.C., for a one-year term           associate at the Cornell High Energy Syn-
led the efforts to create the Emerging Mar-             as senior associate dean in the College of         chrotron Source, died while hiking in the
kets Institute and the Entrepreneurship                 Arts and Sciences. Since April 2010, Harris        Adirondacks Aug. 12. He was 59.
ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu                                                                            August 19, 2011 Cornell Chronicle 7

>>The essen
                                                                               Fortepiano contest attracts
                                                                               international talent to campus

                                                                                  Two Cornellians were among             “These people are so very good
             ideas>>people                                                     the finalists Aug. 6 in the first      technically, like the best modern
             >>details>>data                                                   Westfield International Fort-          pianists,” said professor of music
                                                                               epiano Competition, which fea-         Annette Richards, executive
             >>happenings                                                      tured performances on campus           director of the Westfield Center
                                                                               by 25 contestants on historic          for Historical Keyboard Studies.
                                                                               instruments.                              The Westfield Center, founded
                                                                                  The competition ended with          in 1979, promotes the research,
>Cornell People                                                                five finalists each playing an hour-
                                                                               long program at the Schwartz
                                                                                                                      performance and discussion of
                                                                                                                      keyboard repertoire and period
 Kicking it with Scott                                                         Center for the Performing Arts,        instruments. “When you play on
                                                                               comprising solo repertoire and a       these instruments, you have to be
 The Cornell Club of Greater Philadelphia took about 26 Cornellians and        Beethoven Trio accompanied by          more adventurous,” said compe-
 their families to a Major League Soccer game in Philadelphia July 29,         violinist Elizabeth Field and cel-     tition president Malcolm Bilson,
 where they met with Scott Palguta ’05, who plays for the Colorado Rap-        list Stephanie Vial.                   emeritus professor of music.
 ids. Also attending were Dave Pollin and Rob Buccini, both Class of ’90,         Jurors awarded the $7,500 first        Lee performed music by
 who are part owners of Major League Soccer’s The Philadelphia Union.          prize to Anthony Romaniuk of           Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and
                                                                               Australia. Cornell Ph.D. student       Schubert to advance to the final
                                                                               in musicology Mike Cheng-Yu            round. “A competition like this
>Did U Know?                                                                   Lee earned the $3,500 second
                                                                               prize and the Herbert J. Carlin
                                                                                                                      is an opportunity [for] some-
                                                                                                                      one like me to present my work
 Mission: literacy                                                             Audience Prize, worth $1,000.          and have it heard by people I
                                                                               The third prize of $2,500 went to      admire,” he said.
 This summer U.S. Air Force service members from Kandahar Airfield             American pianist Shin Hwang.              The annual International Key-
 delivered school supplies – donated by the Cornell Class of ’64 – to a           Romaniuk will be offered solo       board Competition and a Sum-
 school in a rural southern Afghanistan village.                               concert engagements in the United      mer Academy from Aug. 7-13
 U.S. Air Force Special Agent Phil Caruso ’08 planned the humanitarian         States and the Netherlands. One        were established this year in con-
 assistance mission. “While we provide the supplies, it will be the public     of the three prizewinners will         junction with the Westfield Cen-
 school teachers, an extension of the government, distributing those sup-      also be selected to perform a con-     ter coming to Cornell. Next year’s
 plies. This helps give more legitimacy and power to the Afghan govern-        certo with the Orfeo Early Music       competition, for harpsichordists,
 ment,” Caruso told U.S. Air Force website Kandahar Field.                     Orchestra in Budapest.                 will be held in Washington, D.C.
                                                                                  David Hyun-su Kim ’03 also             “In competitions in the modern
 1-800-KITTYDR                                                                 entered the finals after perform-      conservatory world, there is an
                                                                               ing Beethoven, Mozart and              emphasis on conformity – every-
 That’s the number to call with questions about feline friends, 9 a.m.-        Schubert during earlier rounds         one plays on a Steinway,” Rich-
 noon and 2-4 p.m. Eastern time, except holidays.                              in Sage Chapel. Kim, a former          ards said. “Playing the fortepiano,
 You’ll reach the Cornell Feline Health Center’s Dr. Louis J. Camuti Memo-     presidential research scholar in       versus the modern piano, encour-
 rial Feline Consultation Service established by the Cornell University        chemistry at Cornell, is a doc-        ages individual expression. The
 College of Veterinary Medicine.                                               toral student at the New Eng-          instruments demand it.”
                                                                               land Conservatory.                                          — Daniel Aloi
 Camuti, Class of 1916, was the first U.S. veterinarian to devote his prac-
 tice solely to cats. When he was a child a cat helped save his life, and he
 made house calls on cats for more than 60 years. He died in 1981.
                                                                               CUAUV’s ‘Drekar’ places second
>Shelf Life                                                                    at international RoboSub contest
 Fear no weevil                                                                  The Cornell University Auton-        of the competition with their
 Weevils: destroyers of crops … biocontrol agents … charismatic beauties?      omous     Underwater       Vehicle     vehicle, Drekar. Cornell won the
                                                                               (CUAUV) team had another               2009 and 2010 competitions. This
 In Mann Library Gallery, visitors can examine weevils in a way they’ve        impressive finish in international     year’s winner was ETS Team
 never seen them before: through an exhibition of Kent Loeffler’s dazzling     competition this year, placing         SONIA, of the École de technolo-
 photographs. The extraordinarily detailed digital images are magnified        second overall at the Office of        gie supérieure in Quebec.
 hundreds of times. The results are exquisite, revealing weevils as sculp-     Naval Research’s 14th annual             CUAUV has 40 students from
 tural forms in dazzling colors, jeweled, lacquered, feathered and furred.     “RoboSub” contest, July 12-17 in       10 different majors and three of
                                                                               San Diego.                             Cornell’s colleges and is advised

>Be Essential                                                                    The team, which designs and
                                                                               builds autonomous submarines
                                                                                                                      by Alan Zehnder, professor of
                                                                                                                      mechanical and aerospace engi-
                                                                               for competition and research,          neering; Graeme Bailey, professor
 Have a tip to share on something essential, interesting, hidden, strange
                                                                               returned home with a $4,000            of computer science; and electri-
 or otherwise worth knowing about at Cornell? Send it to cunews@cornell.
                                                                               check from the Association for         cal and computer engineering
 edu and include “Essential” in the subject line.
                                                                               Unmanned Vehicle Systems               senior lecturer Bruce Land.
                                                                               International after besting most                              — Anne Ju
8 August 19, 2011 Cornell Chronicle                                                               ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu

Aug. 19-26, 2011                                 the Rose ensemble opens the Cornell Concert series. see no. 6.

1.       Dump and Run sale
The ninth annual Dump and Run sale, Aug.
                                                 sors screenings of recent releases “Thor” and
                                                 “Fast Five” on Aug. 25 that are free to every-
                                                 one. Information: cinema.cornell.edu.
                                                                                                   5.          Block party
                                                                                                   Campus Life hosts the Cornell University
20-21, will offer thousands of used items at
bargain prices, from furniture and appli-
ances to school supplies, sporting goods
                                                 3.         Speak the world
                                                 Discover the array of language and inter-
                                                                                                   Block Party, Aug. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Donlon
                                                                                                   Circle on North Campus. The event is open to
                                                                                                   the Cornell community; the cost of dinner is
and clothing. Sale hours are Aug. 20, 9          national programs on campus and abroad            one card swipe for those on a meal plan. The
a.m.-7 p.m. and Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at        at the Language and International Studies         party, organized by Campus Life, Community
Helen Newman Gym on North Campus.                Fair, Aug. 23, noon-3 p.m. on the Uris Hall       Centers, Cornell Dining and Residential Pro-
The sale is open to the public.                  Terrace. The fair, organized by the Mario         grams, gives the Class of 2015 and new trans-
Dump and Run, a waste recovery and recy-         Einaudi Center for International Studies          fer students the opportunity to socialize while
cling initiative sponsored by Campus Life,       and the Language Resource Center, will            enjoying music provided by WVBR-FM, food
collected more than 20 tons of reusable          provide students with information about           including Baker’s Cornell chicken, lobster,
goods from students moving out in spring         language courses, major and minor pro-            clam chowder, salt potatoes and sweet corn;
2011. Proceeds from this year’s sale will ben-   grams, travel opportunities, fellowships and      and activities including a watermelon carv-
efit Cops, Kids & Toys, the Greater Ithaca       study abroad. Information: www.einaudi.           ing contest for Cornell Dining staff. The rain
Activities Center, Loaves & Fishes, Shel-        cornell.edu.                                      location is Robert Purcell Community Center.
                                                                                                   Information: newstudentprograms.cornell.

ter Outreach Services and United Way of
Tompkins County. In 2010 Dump and Run                                                              edu/orientation/OrientationGuide11.pdf.

raised more than $33,500 for local chari-                   Harder Lecture
ties. Information: dumpandrun.campuslife.        Professor of English Molly Hite and garden
                                                 photographer David McDonald will speak                        Traditional to modern
cornell.edu.                                                                                       Single tickets for the 2011-12 Cornell Con-
                                                 on “Literature, Life, Gardens: The Influ-

2.         Free film classics
From Aug. 21-25, new students with ID can
                                                 ence of Vita Sackville-West,” Aug. 24 at 5:30
                                                 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall. The
                                                 event, the 15th Annual William H. and Jane
                                                                                                   cert Series (CCS) go on sale Aug. 23 at 9:30
                                                                                                   a.m. The series of 10 concerts features a wide
                                                                                                   range of classical and jazz performers. Tick-
sample Cornell Cinema’s diverse offerings for    Torrence Harder Lecture, is free and open         ets will be available at Ticket Center Ithaca
free. Screenings in Willard Straight Theatre     to the public.                                    on The Commons, by calling 607-273-4497
will include classic Hollywood and foreign                                                         or 800-284-8422, and online at www.Cor-
                                                 Sackville-West was a poet, novelist and           nellConcertSeries.com and www.BaileyTick-
films, from “The Godfather” and “Vertigo” to     memoirist who wrote a popular garden-
new and restored 35mm prints of “Bringing                                                          ets.com. Subscriptions and ticket packages
                                                 ing column for The Observer newspaper             will be available until the first concert Sept. 24
Up Baby,” “Raging Bull,” “Breathless,” “The      starting in 1946. She co-created the Sissin-
Conformist” and “The Battleship Potemkin.”                                                         in Sage Chapel, with early music group The
                                                 ghurst Castle Garden in England with her          Rose Ensemble. Highlights of CCS’ 109th sea-
Cornell Cinema Director Mary Fessenden           husband, Sir Harold Nicolson, and inspired        son also include the Academy of St. Martin in
and Student Advisory Board President Eric        several works by her friend Virginia Woolf,       the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Oct. 4; the duo
Horn will present “An Orientation to Cornell     including “Orlando,” “A Room of One’s             of modern jazz heavyweights Brad Mehldau
Cinema,” Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., with original stu-   Own” and “The Waves.”                             and Joshua Redman, Oct. 16; Juilliard String
dent films and other shorts, trailers for com-   A garden party in Cornell Plantations’            Quartet, Feb. 10; The Bad Plus, March 30; and
ing attractions, free popcorn and door prizes.   Botanical Garden follows the lecture. Infor-      the Australian Chamber Orchestra with
The Welcome Weekend Committee spon-              mation: www.cornellplantations.org.               soprano Dawn Upshaw, April 27.

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