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Cornell ChroniCle 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, Football 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 Rowing 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 Cornell Vol. 43 No. 1 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 W 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 tials<<< 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 6 8 August 19, 2011 Cornell Chronicle ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu THINGS TO DO Aug. 19-26, 2011 the Rose ensemble opens the Cornell Concert series. see no. 6. PRoviDeD 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. 4. ter Outreach Services and United Way of Tompkins County. In 2010 Dump and Run edu/orientation/OrientationGuide11.pdf. 6. 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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