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A weekly digest of news from ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu                                                                 mAy 14, 2010

As oil spreads,                       Sustainability takes center stage at Slope Day 2010
citizen-science                          Shortly after the gates opened
                                      at 12:30 p.m. May 7 for Slope
network helps                         Day 2010, the party on Libe
                                      Slope and activities at SlopeFest
track birds                           on Ho Plaza were in full swing.
                                         As in past years, SlopeFest
   As oil continues to gush into      contributed to the festive atmo-
the Gulf of Mexico from the           sphere and offered activities,
Deepwater Horizon well, Gulf          games and a photo op with a
Coast bird watchers are taking        life-sized likeness of President
action by surveying beaches           David Skorton. “SlopeFest is the
and marshes for birds. By enter-      non-alcoholic portion of Slope
ing their counts at www.ebird.        Day,” said David Bell, who
org, they are helping scientists      works in the Student Activities
track hundreds of species that        Office.
could be affected as the oil             He was one of the approxi-
spreads toward land.                  mately 500 student, staff and
   The new eBird Gulf Coast Oil       faculty volunteers who scanned
Spill Bird Tracker on the site, a     IDs, collected tickets and
joint project of the Cornell Lab of   ensured that the day remained
Ornithology and National Audu-        safe for all participants.
                                                                                                                 RobeRt baRkeR/UniveRsity PhotogRaPhy
bon Society, enables people to           On Libe Slope, the opening       students celebrate the last day of classes with live music on Libe slope.
gain quick access to interactive      acts by Canadian rapper/singer
maps showing where each spe-          k-os and New York-based synth       whose tent near the stage               on the slope were either com-
cies is and how many are being        pop band Francis & the Lights       offered interactive opportuni-          postable or recyclable.
reported up to the hour.              ramped up the celebration, fol-     ties for students to learn about          “Slope Day is less about the
   Audubon will use the data as       lowed by the main act, Drake.       sustainable activities.                 attractions and more about the
part of its on-the-scene recovery        This year, sustainability took      Cornell Dining also designed         people,” said Jack Stupinski ’10.
response, including volunteer         center stage. Drake, a rhythm-      Slope Day to be a green event,          “Slope Day is about spending
recruitment and coordination,         and-blues artist best known         beginning with the purchase of          time with your friends.”
and to help in its ongoing habi-      for his top-of-the-charts single,   35,000 bottles of Eco-fine water          Noted junior Don Sim: “It’s
tat restoration initiative across     “Best I Ever Had” (nominated        for free distribution; these bottles    the one day all Cornell students
the Gulf region.                      for a Grammy Award), par-           use 50 percent less plastic than        can come together and reduce
   “No one knows what the             ticipates in the national 2010      other water bottles. All utensils       their stress. It’s a good day.”
impact on birds will be, but          Campus Consciousness Tours,         and serving containers available                          — Nancy Doolittle
bird watchers have a key role

                                      WCMC-Q graduates third class of M.D.s
in helping us to find out,” said
Chris Wood, co-leader of eBird.
“We’re asking birders to sur-
vey the coastline for … birds to        As the national anthems of Qatar and the                Meanwhile, 47 students from 15 countries cel-
help us understand the spill’s        United States played, 17 graduates in Weill Cor-       ebrated completion of WCMC-Q’s two-year pre-
impacts – and guide the region’s      nell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q)’s Class         medical program.
cleanup and recovery efforts.”        of 2010 assembled May 5 to receive their Cornell          The 17 new physicians assembled at the Ritz
   Launched in 2002, eBird gath-      medical degrees – the culmination of six years         Carlton Hotel in Doha before more than 100 mem-
ers data from bird watchers on        of study and training with Qatar’s first and only      bers of the Cornell and Weill Cornell Medical
all North American bird spe-          medical college.                                       College faculty, along with parents, families and
cies, amassing more than 1.5            The new physicians, six women and 11 men,            friends who supported them along the way.
million bird observations per         represent nine different countries: Qatar, Bosnia,        Class speaker Anas Abou-Ismail, reflected on the
month, which scientists analyze       Canada, Egypt, India, Jordan, Syria, Pakistan and      spirit of the class and its hope for the future. “As
with information on climate,          the United States. They will move on to the next       graduating physicians, we hope to help answer the
human population and habitat          stage of their medical and scientific careers with     questions of the 21st century and rekindle the flame
to see how birds are affected by      residency training or research programs in the         of scientific innovation, medical discovery and
environmental changes.                United States and Qatar.                               social justice in this part of the world,” he said.
2 May 14, 2010 Cornell Chronicle                                                                          ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu

Cornellians                           Plans to improve operations Big Red
in the news                           and cut costs move forward Athletics
                                         Plans to improve                                     energy       conserva-
Meow mix                              Cornell’s operations                                    tion will take two to      Advisory Council
  “Just because you don’t like        while also cutting                                      three years to kick       the Cornell student-athlete advi-
  eating liver or think hearts        administrative costs                                    in, after the univer-     sory Council organized the bench
  are yucky doesn’t mean that         are moving toward implementa-            sity puts money into more opera-         for a Cure event, held May 10, at
  byproducts aren’t good-             tion, Provost Kent Fuchs said May        tions and capital projects. Other        the Friedman strength and Con-
  quality sources of protein.”        10. “I am just enormously opti-          recommendations call for more            ditioning Center. the event was
  Joseph Wakshlag, assis-             mistic and enthusiastic that we’re       focus on maintenance and less on         organized by co-presidents erin
  tant professor of clinical          going to achieve those goals,”           construction, dividing work by           keene and irene Leung, of the soft-
  nutrition at the vet school,        Fuchs said at a public discussion        campus zone, clearer definition          ball and gymnastics teams, respec-
  in an article on cat food           on the Initiatives Coordination          of management roles, and stream-         tively, and raised more than $1,500
  ingredients. the DaiLy Cat.         Office (ICO) in Warren Hall.             lined processes for approving and        for the susan g. komen Founda-
  CoM, May 9                             After Fuchs’ introduction,            contracting projects, Streeter said.     tion. Leung was the top lifter on
                                      Paul Streeter, associate vice pres-         Information technology: Rec-          the women’s side, establishing the
Euro debt a boon?                                                                                                       top mark of 67 repetitions at 90
  arguing that the european           ident for planning and budget            ommendations focus on more cen-
                                      and ICO director, gave a status          tralized coordination of desktop         pounds, while the men’s mark was
  financial crisis could be good                                                                                        set by senior wrestler Mike Moore,
  news for the United states in       report on the ICO plans. Most            support and application develop-
                                                                                                                        who bench pressed 135 pounds
  the short term as investors         of the ICO teams have designed           ment, and a “significant limit” on
                                                                                                                        73 times. Donations are still being
  flee europe, making credit          initiatives and are submitting           the number of computer models            collected. For more information,
  more freely available for           them to the Steering Commit-             available to staff, although research-   contact Chris Wlosinski, assistant
  american borrowers, law pro-        tee. President David Skorton and         ers will have more latitude.             director of athletics for student
  fessor robert C. hockett            Fuchs will assess and approve               Management of support oper-           services, cmw32@cornell.edu.
  said, “if this turns into a clas-   recommendations in the coming            ations: Savings will center on the
  sic contagion about sovereign       weeks, Streeter said.                    concept of “spans and layers.”
  debt rather than just greek or         They have charged the ICO             A span is the number of people
  european debt at some point         with achieving significant and           a manager supervises; a layer is         the big Red won its second
  american sovereign debt may         sustainable financial savings by         the number of layers between the         straight ivy League title, and fifth
  be targeted.” the neW yoRk          2015, with a planning target of          president and a division’s lowest-       in program history, on May 8 with
  tiMes, May 4
                                      $90 million annually, while              ranking employee. Operating              a 3-2 win over harvard at niemand
Toxic cloud                           improving the effectiveness              units have already shrunk spans          Robison Field in game three of the
  “i am astounded that the            of support operations where              to five from six on average; further     conference championship series.
  California DPR [Depart-             needed.                                  consolidation will help supervi-         Junior elizabeth Dalrymple struck
  ment of Pesticide Regula-              Streeter gave progress reports        sors make better decisions and           out seven to earn the win, pitching
  tion] in making this decision       on the following ICO areas, not-         will improve communication,              in her third complete game over
  has more or less ignored            ing that the administration will         Streeter said. Most of the savings       a two-day span, while classmate
  an expert outside review.”          announce more detailed infor-            will come from eliminating vacant        Marissa amiraian provided all of
  roald hoffmann, nobel               mation once it has made final            positions; the rest, from attrition      the big Red’s offense. amiraian
  Prize-winning chemist and           decisions.                               and layoffs, he said.                    slammed her first career home
  the Frank h.t. Rhodes Pro-                                                                                            run to give the big Red the 2-1 lead
                                         Procurement: Cornell aims                Finance, human resources and
  fessor in humane Letters                                                                                              in the third, then came back in the
                                      to save $8 million in fiscal year        communications: This team will
  emeritus, in an article on                                                                                            fourth and beat out a two-out,
                                      (FY) 2011, which begins July 1, by       give the ICO Steering Committee          bases loaded grounder to third to
  California’s intention to use       managing most of its purchases           its recommendations next week.
  methyl iodide, a soil fumi-                                                                                           drive in the winning run.
                                      through vendors with whom it                Visit Reimagining Cornell at
  gant pesticide that poses
                                      has secured negotiated contracts.        www.cornell.edu/reimagining.
  health risks to workers and
                                         Facilities: Most savings from                                — Susan Kelley     Track and Field
  people living near treated
  fields. natURe.CoM, May 4                                                                                             For the seventh time in the last

Palm-sized horses                                                           Cornell Vol. 41 No. 34                      eight years, Cornell swept the
                                                                                                                        men’s and women’s outdoor heps
  “in the last 50 years, breed-
  ers have made very good                                                   ChroniCle                                   championships, with both teams
                                                                                                                        winning in convincing fashion. the
  progress at making a very                                                                                             men set an ivy League record by
  small horse, but they period-        Thomas W. Bruce, Vice President, University Communications                       taking the team title for the eighth
  ically hit these speed bumps.        Karen Walters, Director, Cornell Chronicle                                       straight season. on the women’s
  it takes a while to work them        Susan S. Lang ’72, Managing Editor                                               side, Cornell claimed its eighth
  out so that you end up with          Bonnie Sellers, Chronicle Online Editor     Click on stories to read the         outdoor heps team title in the
  a horse that not only fits in        Robin Zifchock, Graphic Designer            full versions online.                last nine years. Melissa hewitt was
  the palm of your hand but is         Agnes K. Binger, Circulation Manager                                             named the Co-Women’s athlete
  happy and healthy.” equine           Writers: Daniel Aloi, Nancy Doolittle, Lauren Gold ’98, Anne Ju ’01,             of the Meet by accumulating 28
  geneticist and assistant pro-          Susan Kelley, Susan S. Lang ’72, George Lowery, Krishna Ramanujan,             points for the big Red. hewitt took
  fessor of animal science               Bill Steele ’54 and Joe Wilensky                                               first in the 100-meter dash and
  Samantha Brooks, in an               Address: 312 College Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850 Phone: 607-255-4206                  second in the 200, while running
  article about breeding tiny          Fax: 607-255-5373 E-mail: cunews@cornell.edu                                     a strong second leg on Cornell’s
  horses. WiReD.CoM, May 3             Copies available from Cornell Digital Print Services: bigredprint.cornell.edu    title-winning 4x100 relay team.
ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu                                                                               May 14, 2010 Cornell Chronicle 3

The Triple Helix, founded at Cornell, has gone global
   The Triple Helix was founded       now sponsor The Triple Helix.         journal The Science in Society               Recently, Cornell’s Triple
at Cornell in 2004 as a semian-       Its website, which features           Review once or twice a year.              Helix has developed a new
nual student journal focusing on      research, scientific blogs and           What makes the print edition           website called TTH Online:
science, society and law. Today,      podcasts of seminars given by         articles unique, says Julia Rosen-        Explorations in Science, Soci-
it is a nonprofit corporation at      professors around the world,          berg ’10, editor-in-chief of Cor-         ety and Law. This site features
27 universities worldwide and         receives about 4,000 unique hits      nell’s print edition, is that students    short articles that blend science
includes an online journal and        per week and is syndicated by         infuse their research-based articles      and society and supplement
a science policy division.            Google News.                          with their own ideas. For example,        the material in the print edi-
   Such organizations as the             Each chapter of The Triple         the latest issue – published May          tion. It encourages debate and
American      Association    for      Helix is led by a president who       11 – features such topics as the role     discourse through comment
the Advancement of Science,           coordinates print and online          of science advising in the current        sections below each article and
Kaplan Test Prep, and Scien-          editions, and chapter presidents      presidential administration and an        discussion forums.
tists and Engineers for America       produce a print edition of the        examination of cyborg research.                — Kate Neafsey, writer intern

Panelists explore religion’s role on campuses at CURW celebration
   “How do we prepare students academi-            vice president for student and academic ser-        he said, that there is one world, the natu-
cally and spiritually to live good lives and       vices, told 200 guests that A.D. White helped       ral world, and that science is the best tool to
to deal with the realities of suffering, aging     found Cornell in the 1800s as a nonsectarian        determine the nature of it. “We need to have
and death that are all a part of living?” was      university but that Ezra Cornell also under-        a better conversation,” said Epstein, “a dia-
one of many challenging questions raised           stood that “religion was an absolute and            logue rather than a circular firing squad.”
at a panel discussion, “Religion and Public        pressing need.”                                        One source for that dialogue has been
Life,” sponsored by Cornell United Religious         Clarke challenged the panelists to dis-           CURW, said Clarke. “In 1929, CURW was the
Work (CURW) in celebration of its 80th anni-       cuss what some call “intellectual/political         first example of Protestants, Catholics, Chris-
versary, May 11 at the Cathedral NYC.              apartheid,” a belief that matters of the spirit     tians and Jews coming together in one organi-
   Cornell President David Skorton and Pro-        belong to religion, but that such public chal-      zation to work together for a common goal,”
vost W. Kent Fuchs participated in the multi-      lenges as poverty should be solved by secu-         he said. Today, 80 years later, CURW com-
faith discussion, which explored social justice,   lar reasoning. Clarke asked how universities        prises 30 affiliated communities and offers
religious pluralism, secular humanism and          can reach out to religious and nonreligious         programs of worship, study and social life, as
science on college campuses. Rev. Kenneth I.       community members and include them in               well as opportunities for students to engage
Clarke Sr., director of CURW, moderated six        conversations, coalitions and activities.           in interfaith dialogue. CURW is housed
panelists including Jewish, Muslim, Tibetan/         “Today, one out of every four or five             in Anabel Taylor Hall, a gift of Cornellian
Buddhist/Christian and humanist chaplains          adults ages 18-25 define themselves as non-         Myron Taylor, who believed that “religion is
from various universities.                         religious,” said Greg Epstein, humanist             the greatest force in the world today.”
   In her opening comments, Susan Murphy,          chaplain at Harvard. Humanists believe,                      — John Mikytuck ’90, freelance writer

Dan Ralph named director                                                    Sun Grant conference to explore
of CU NanoScale Facility                                                    biofuels, biopower and bioproducts
   Daniel C. Ralph, the Horace        Robert A. Buhrman, senior vice           National and regional bio-             address on the potential economic
White Professor of Physics, has       provost for research.                 fuel, biopower and bioproducts            impact of biofuel and biopower
been named the L.B. Knight               Ralph first started working in     experts will convene in Syracuse          for New York agriculture, May 25
Director of the Cornell Nano-         the CNF in 1987, when he was a        for the Northeast Sun Grant 2010          at 6:30 p.m., at the hotel.
Scale Science and Technology          graduate student investigating        Regional Conference, hosted by               Other key speakers include:
Facility (CNF), starting July 1.      electrical transport and quan-        Cornell, at the Renaissance Syr-          Tiffany Westendorf, lead chemi-
   The CNF is a national user         tum defects in metallic nano-         acuse Hotel, May 24-26.                   cal engineer at General Electric
facility that provides state-of-      structures as small as 15 atoms          Among the bevy of speakers             Research, discussing the research
the-art resources for research        in diameter.                          will be Peter Woodbury, senior            and development of bioenergy; and
projects that encompass physi-           After a postdoctoral appoint-      research associate in Cornell’s           Zia Haq, a team leader in the U.S.
cal sciences, engineering and         ment at Harvard during which          Department of Crop and Soil Sci-          Department of Energy’s biomass
life sciences. Researchers use        he continued to use the CNF for       ences, who will address feedstock         program, discussing the research
CNF’s fabrication, synthesis,         sample fabrication, Ralph joined      and land use assessment in the            and development of biofuels.
computation, characterization         the Cornell physics faculty in        Northeast. Larry Walker, profes-             At the general meeting,
and integration resources to          1996 and has been an active           sor of biological and environmen-         groups will develop research-
build structures, devices and         CNF user ever since. He has           tal engineering and director of the       needs lists, estimate the region’s
systems spanning the range            served on the CNF Executive           Northeast Sun Grant Institute of          budgets and priorities and give
of atomic to millimeter length        Committee since 1998 and has          Excellence, will be session mod-          presentations on the soon-to-
scales.                               chaired that committee since          erator and give opening remarks.          be-released New York Renew-
   “Dan will bring years of CNF       2007. Ralph is also a founding           Patrick Hooker, New York Com-          able Fuels Roadmap.
user and leadership experience        member of the Kavli Institute at      missioner for Agriculture and                For more information: nesun
to his new role as director,” said    Cornell for Nanoscale Science.        Markets, will present a keynote           grant.cornell.edu.
4 May 14, 2010 Cornell Chronicle                                                                      ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu

Mr. Potato Head, Barbie part of student-                                                                                  Briefs
curated art exhibition ‘Bodies Unbound’                                                                Birds website wins a Webby
   Ugly, beautiful, strange and familiar bod-    human form and shows that children’s toys               The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About
ies urge visitors to rethink their perception    can find a place in art.                              Birds website has won the 14th Annual Webby
of human physicality at the student-curated         Mattel Inc.’s Barbie blurs boundaries              Award for Best Lifestyle Site of the year.
exhibition “Bodies Unbound: The Classical        between classical and grotesque, say the exhi-          Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by
and Grotesque,” on view through June 13 at       bition notes. Her long legs, a tiny waist, large      The New York Times, the Webby Awards are
the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.            breasts and blonde hair become cliché for an          the leading international award for excellence
   “Bodies Unbound” is the work of 17            idealized and unobtainable female body.               on the Internet. The All About Birds website
undergraduate members of the History                The exhibition also features about 40 paint-       helps people identify and learn about nearly
of Art Majors’ Society. Laurel Garber ’10,       ings and photographs, including “Eeyore and           600 species of North American birds. The site
the society’s president, said the students       the Snake,” a Walt Disney Co. painted anima-          features photos, sounds and video of birds,
wanted viewers to consider how they per-         tion cel. Eeyore’s tail, which is literally nailed    bird-identification tutorials, bird-feeding tips,
ceive, understand and define their bodies.       to his body, frequently becomes detached.             gear reviews and an online magazine.
   “By exploring two terms – ‘classical’ and     This deterioration is symbolic of the literal           Many of the site’s photographs were taken
‘grotesque’ – in relation to the body, we were   unbinding of the body that is central to the          by amateur photographers; the site’s sounds
hoping to open up and expand on their defi-      show’s theme, according to the exhibit notes.         and video come from the lab’s Macaulay
nitions,” she said.                                 “The Fall of Man,” by German painter               Library. This year’s competition received
   Sammy Perlmutter ’10 said the most chal-      Albrecht Dürer, presents the figures of               nearly 10,000 entries from more than 60
lenging part of curating the exhibition was      Adam and Eve falling from idealized, spiri-           countries and all 50 states.
ensuring that they were being true to the        tual forms to imperfect material bodies. In
show’s theme while selecting visually stim-      Cindy Sherman’s photographs of herself,
                                                                                                       Goldsen Archive wins grant
                                                                                                          The National Endowment for the Arts
ulating pieces.                                  she uses costumes to assume a variety of
                                                                                                       has awarded $25,000 to Turbulence.org to
   “It was often tempting to put a color-        characters, including Mrs. Santa Claus.
                                                                                                       develop an offline archive of its NET ART
ful work by a big-name artist in the show,          The student curators also created a catalog
                                                                                                       Commissions Archive with Cornell Library’s
even if the work didn’t match the theoreti-      for the exhibition and organized an April 18
                                                                                                       Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art.
cal framework of the exhibition exactly. We      symposium on the grotesque at the A.D. White
                                                                                                       Turbulence, a project of New Radio and Per-
found it much more effective to think deeply     House. The History of Art Majors’ Society
                                                                                                       forming Arts Inc., supports Internet art.
about each piece and understand why we           aims to increase awareness and appreciation of
                                                                                                          The Goldsen Archive serves as a research
wanted to include it,” Perlmutter said.          the visual arts in the Cornell community. Each
                                                                                                       repository of new media art and resources,
   Hasbro Inc.’s Mr. Potato Head, for exam-      year, the organization curates an exhibition
                                                                                                       emphasizing digital interfaces and artis-
ple, demonstrates the potential for amuse-       using the collection of the Johnson Museum.
                                                                                                       tic experimentation. It includes materials
ment in manipulating and distorting the                           — Farrah Tan ’10, writer intern
                                                                                                       by individual artists and collaborates on
                                                                                                       conceptual experimentation and archival
                                                                                                       strategies with international curatorial and
Faculty-in-residence professor takes students                                                          fellowship projects.

to NYC to absorb art, architecture, history
   Fifteen residents of Cornell’s Dickson        years ago with descriptions of workers car-                         CU in the City
Hall and the Multicultural Living Learn-         rying bolts of fabric across the streets.
ing Complex took a charter bus from Ithaca          The group visited art galleries in Chelsea,
for a one-day whirlwind tour of the art and      including exhibits by Mickalene Thomas                Exhibition
architecture of New York City April 24, led      and French artist Mohamed Bourouissa.                   Miriam Berkley ’64 Photography Exhibit,
by faculty-in-residence Cheryl Finley, assis-    Adam Izraelevitz ’13, an engineering major            through June 13, New World Stages The-
tant professor of the history of art.            who grew up in a small New Mexico town,               ater, 340 W. 50th St. The show consists of 40
   The group started at the Museum of Mod-       noted that he enjoyed learning about the              digital color and black-and-white prints of
ern Art (MoMA), where students viewed a          city’s artistic depth.                                people and places in New York City. Infor-
controversial retrospective of pioneering           Madison Square Garden/Penn Station                 mation: hellsk@mac.com.
Yugoslavian performance artist Marina            served as a platform for Finley to talk about         Happy Hour
Abromovic, including an ongoing live per-        the historic preservation movement, which               NYC Cornellians Young Alumni Classes
formance by Abromovic.                           was born when the original Beaux-Arts                 of ’05 to ’09, May 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Cor-
   Her performance piece gave Sidra Irfan        train station was demolished in 1963 and              nell Club. Complementary hors d’oeuvres;
’10, an ILR major, “an eerie feeling.” But       replaced with what she called “a horrible,            $4 draft beers, $8 beer and wine; $9 mixed
biology major Oscar Coaquira ’13 said the        hideous, ugly building.”                              drinks. Registration required: www.cornell
visit helped him appreciate the range of art        The group also toured the new High Line            clubnyc.com.
forms not normally displayed in galleries.       Park, a historic preservation project created
The different media displayed in the Pica-       from a former 1930s elevated freight railway          Grand Rounds
sso exhibit were particularly intriguing. “I     bed, and visited New York University.                   “Adherence to HCV Treatment,” May
was so used to seeing certain almost generic        “I learned more about the power art can            19, 12:30 p.m., 402 E. 67th St. Speaker: Jef-
Picasso pieces,” he said.                        actually have, as an expression of some-              frey Weiss, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor,
   From MoMA, Finley took the group on a         thing you can’t say through words but can             Department of Medicine, Division of Gen-
walking tour of Manhattan that included          through color, drawing and technique,”                eral Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School
Times Square and the Garment District,           Coaquira said.                                        of Medicine. Contact: Maritza Montalvo,
where she invoked the New York of 100                          — Linda Glaser, Arts and Sciences       646-962-8005.
ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu                                                                              May 14, 2010 Cornell Chronicle 5

                                                          FOCUS ON cornell                                                    alumni
  spotlight: mary miller ’77                                               Cornell Business Communities helps
     Mary John Miller ’77 was sworn in as assistant treasury               alumni network from coast to coast
  secretary for financial markets April 29 by U.S. Treasury                   Cornellians are flocking to            current industry-specific topics.
  Secretary Timothy Geithner.                                              industry-oriented events more             A recent presentation sponsored
     Miller will lead the Office of Financial Markets (OFM),               readily than to just about any            by the Cornell Entrepreneur Net-
  which reports to the Office of Domestic Finance at Treasury.             other type of alumni event. To            work covered “The Six Deadly
  The OFM issues regulatory recommendations for the gov-                   better serve those Cornellians, the       Sins of Web Marketing: Select-
  ernment, analyzes congressional proposals to alter federal               university is expanding its busi-         ing a Web Marketing Plan in the
  lending restrictions and participates in government efforts              ness communities for alumni.              Age of Social Media,” featuring
  to deter counterfeit U.S. currency.                                         “It’s a no-brainer for us to invest    author Hollis Thomases ’87.
     President Barack Obama nominated Miller for the post                  in these programs,” said Chris               Cornell Silicon Valley, which
  Oct. 5, 2009. She was a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group            Marshall, associate vice president        caters to the approximately 10,000
  Inc., where she had worked since 1983. Before that she was a             for alumni affairs. “Hopefully,           Cornell alumni who live and work
  research associate for the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.           there will be more and more of            in the San Francisco Bay area,
     A government major at Cornell, Miller, who grew up in                 them going forward.”                      hosts events tied to technology
  Ithaca, earned a master’s degree in city and regional plan-                 The Division of Alumni                 and entrepreneurship. An April
  ning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.               Affairs and Development has               8 panel discussion titled “Beyond
                                                                           filled two new associate director         Avatar: the Big Business of Virtual
                                                                           positions that it had held vacant         Worlds” brought together five
                                                                           for a year due to the univer-             alumni panelists who discussed
Don’t forget that NetID: Library now                                       sity’s hiring freeze. Magdalena
                                                                           Kalinka is now associate direc-
                                                                                                                     trends in the business of virtual
                                                                                                                     goods, gaming and monetization.
offers alumni access to 3 databases                                        tor of the Cornell Entrepreneur
                                                                           Network; and Ashley Binter ’97
                                                                                                                        And Cornell Wall Street,
                                                                                                                     which caters to the more than
   After spending years with a        ports, industry reports, market      is associate director for Cornell         50,000 Cornellians in the finan-
world-class academic library at       research reports and company         Silicon Valley. They join John            cial sector, sponsors events that
their fingertips, some alumni         profiles. This database includes     Zelenka ’03, who directs Cor-             range from such crowd-pleasers
experience information with-          publications in nearly every area    nell Wall Street. Together, the           as a talk featuring “Too Big
drawal after graduation. Never        of business, including marketing,    groups are known as Cornell               to Fail” author Andrew Ross
fear – some of the most heavily       management, finance, economet-       Business Communities (CBC).               Sorkin ’99 to industry-specific
used databases in the library         rics, economics and more.               CBC helps alumni make use-             events like a recent panel dis-
are now available to all Cornell         • Hospitality and Tourism         ful connections with each other           cussion on “High Frequency
graduates.                            Index (http://resolver.library.      and with faculty, staff and stu-          and Quantitative Trading.”
   With funding from the School       cornell.edu/misc/hospitality         dents through small and large                CBC also hosted 20 online sem-
of Hotel Administration and the       indexalumni) is a bibliographic      events. Collectively, CBC plans           inars attended by almost 2,000
Johnson School, Cornell Uni-          database covering scholarly          to produce 150 events for 6,000           alumni in the last 12 months,
versity Library is now offering       research and industry news.          Cornellians in the next year, in          Murray said. Topics ranged from
alumni unlimited access to three         Publications include Hotel        cities from New York City to              corporate strategy execution to
electronic databases featuring        and Motel Management, Jour-          San Francisco and Miami, said             how to find the right mentors.
the latest news and research on       nal of Leisure Research and          CBC Senior Director Shannon                  The division is also considering
a variety of topics.                  Nation’s Restaurant News. Sub-       Murray ’94.                               creating new networks for alumni
   The databases are:                 ject areas covered include the          “If you call somebody whom             in fields including entertainment,
   • Academic Search Alumni           culinary arts, demographics          you met at one of these events,           sustainability, biotechnology and
Edition (http://resolver.library.     and statistics, development and      they’ll return your call,” Mur-           nonprofits, Marshall said.
cornell.edu/misc/academi-             investment, food and beverage        ray said. “But if you call some-             “There are all kinds of indus-
calumni) – designed for the           management, hospitality law,         one you met out of the blue at            try-based programming that we
continuing education needs of         hotel management and admin-          a conference, you may not get             can do,” he said, “and that is what
professionals – provides infor-       istrative practices, leisure and     that level of cooperation.”               our alumni are looking for.”
mation in nearly every area           business travel, market trends,         Each group’s events focus on                               — Susan Kelley
of academic study. It includes        technology and more.
the complete contents of more            All sites are accessible at
than 3,350 journals and index-        alumni.library.cornell.edu/aska       Upcoming Cornell Entrepreneur Network events:
ing and abstracts for more than       librarian.html. A Cornell NetID       • May 19, Washington, D.C.: Cen DC and the College of human
8,200 journals in all.                allows users to log directly on to    ecology present “building a sustainable City.”
   • Business Source Alumni           the sites, without going through      • June 2, new york City: From Campus to Career: summer
Edition (http:/  /resolver.library.   the library’s interface. Alumni       intern gathering featuring Jodi R.R. smith, MiLR ’95, presi-
cornell.edu/misc/businessa-           without a NetID can visit the         dent, Mannersmith etiquette Consulting.
lumni) includes full-text sources     Alumni Affairs site, alumni.
                                                                            For more information, visit Cen at www.cen.cornell.edu.
ranging from general periodi-         cornell.edu, for instructions on
cals to trade publications.           requesting one.
   Additional full-text sources                  — Gwen Glazer, library
include country economic re-                            communications     Edited by Daniel    Aloi DeA35@cornell.edu
6 May 14, 2010 Cornell Chronicle                                                                        ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu

Study: Latino genomes are exceedingly                                                                                     Notables
diverse, reflecting history’s migrations                                                                 Shaw awarded a Guggenheim
   The term Hispanic/Latino “encompasses            knowledge of ancestries may reveal tenden-              Kerry Shaw, professor of neurobiology
a huge amount of genetic diversity,” says a         cies toward chronic inherited diseases.              and behavior, has received a prestigious fel-
Cornell researcher whose new study shows               The genetic analysis shows that individu-         lowship from the John Simon Guggenheim
that populations geographically close to            als from the Dominican Republic, Puerto              Memorial Foundation.
historical slave trade routes and ports have        Rico and to some extent Colombia have                   Winners are selected “on the basis of
more African ancestry than more distant or          more African ancestry, reflecting migra-             achievement and exceptional promise.”
inland Latin Americans, who show more               tions along the historical slave trade routes.          Shaw is one of 180 artists, scholars and scien-
Native American influences.                         In contrast, Mexicans and Ecuadorians have           tists selected from more than 3,000 applicants.
   The genetics study by researchers from           more Native American ancestry.                          Shaw researches the nature and origin of
Cornell, the New York University School                When compared with eight sampled Native           species, focusing on genetic and phylogenetic
of Medicine, the University of Arizona and          American populations, the researchers also           (branching diagrams showing evolution-
Stanford University, appears online in the          found that the Native American segments of           ary relationships among species) behavioral
Proceedings of the National Academy of              genomes of North American Hispanics/Lati-            changes that diverge early in speciation. Her
Sciences Early Edition May 5.                       nos (from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominican          laboratory focuses on studies of reproductive
   “The study reveals unique patterns of ances-     Republic) are genetically more similar to those      behavior and the evolution of mate recogni-
try across these populations,” said Katarzyna       of the Nahua people (indigenous of Mexico            tion among closely related species.
Bryc, graduate student in biological statistics     and Central America), while the Native Ameri-           She will use the fellowship to research
and computational biology and co-lead author        can segments of genomes of South American            the role that sexual selection plays in the
of the paper with New York University medical       populations (of Colombia and Ecuador) were           origin of species.
student Christopher Velez. The genes of “these      most similar to those of the Quechua people.
                                                                                                         Three get NSF Career awards
Latino populations tell us about the complex-          The term Hispanic or Latino encompasses
                                                                                                            Jonathan Butcher, Hadas Kress-Gazit and
ity of migration events involved in the histories   many different countries, hundreds of mil-
                                                                                                         Matthew Pritchard have received National
of Hispanics/Latinos,” Bryc added.                  lions of individuals, and populations that
                                                                                                         Science Foundation Faculty Early Career
   The research also found a sex bias in            underwent “different rates of migration from
                                                                                                         Development Awards, which fund research
ancestry contributions in the sample of             Europe and enslavement from Africa,” said
                                                                                                         and outreach projects for “junior faculty
100 individuals from Ecuador, Colombia,             Velez. “This, in conjunction with the uneven
                                                                                                         who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars
Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and              distribution of native populations throughout
                                                                                                         through outstanding research, excellent
112 Mexicans: All of the studied populations        the Americas prior to the arrival of the Span-
                                                                                                         education” and “the integration of education
show greater proportions of Native Ameri-           ish and Portuguese, has led to marked dif-
                                                                                                         and research.”
can female and European male ancestries.            ferences not only between countries in Latin
                                                                                                            Butcher, assistant professor of biomedi-
   The findings have implications for using         America, but also within them,” he added.
                                                                                                         cal engineering, has been awarded $400,000
a genomic perspective in medicine, where                                     — Krishna Ramanujan
                                                                                                         over five years for the study of tissue assem-
                                                                                                         bly and remodeling. By better understand-

Study uncovers why jurors reward the
                                                                                                         ing the sensitive genetic signaling network
                                                                                                         that is active during the formation of heart

good-looking, penalize the unbeautiful
                                                                                                         valves, Butcher aims to develop new thera-
                                                                                                         peutic technologies to treat heart valve dis-
                                                                                                         ease quicker and earlier.
   It’s the last place you want to be judged on     co-author Stephen Ceci, the Helen L. Carr               Kress-Gazit, assistant professor of
your looks. But in a court of law, it pays to be    Professor of Developmental Psychology.               mechanical and aerospace engineering,
attractive, according to a new Cornell study           Borrowing a theory from personality psy-          was awarded $512,000 over five years for
that has found that unattractive defendants         chology, the researchers sought to identify          her research into high-level robotics. She is
tend to get hit with longer, harsher sentences      emotional and rational thinkers. One processes       developing mathematical formalisms and
– on average 22 months longer in prison.            information based on facts, analysis and logic.      algorithms to provide guarantees for the
   The study also identified two kinds of           The other reasons emotionally and may con-           success of a robot’s high-level task, such
jurors: Those who process information emo-          sider such legally irrelevant factors as a defen-    as driving autonomously in a real city. She
tionally and give harsher verdicts to unattract-    dant’s appearance, race, gender and class.           hopes the research will pave the way for
ive defendants and those who do it rationally          American attorneys are permitted to               creating autonomous robots that will have
and focus less on defendants’ looks.                screen out jurors for a number of reasons.           a wide impact on society.
   Psycho-legal literature has reported for         In cases where the evidence strongly favors             Pritchard, assistant professor of earth
decades that juries tend to show a bias in          one side, a lawyer might want to choose              and atmospheric sciences, was awarded
favor of good-looking defendants. Two Cor-          rational jurors. But in a case with an emo-          $530,000 over five years to use satellite sens-
nell researchers set out to determine why.          tional tug, a defense attorney might try to          ing data to search for magma chambers and
   “Our hypothesis going in was that jurors         screen out highly rational jurors.                   geothermal resources in the western United
inclined to process information in a more              “It is our obligation to look at areas of the     States and Mexico and to monitor changes
emotional/intuitive manner would be more            judicial process that may be prone to weak-          to glaciers in Alaska. He will employ a rela-
prone to make reasoning errors when ren-            ness, at least under certain circumstances, or       tively new technology for measuring the
dering verdicts and recommending sen-               where improvements can be made. How jurors           shape of the Earth that uses satellite images
tences as opposed to rational processors. The       think, process and reason are an important           to infer movements of the Earth’s surface.
results bore out our hypothesis on all mea-         step in understanding potential flaws in the            In addition, Pritchard has received a grant
sures,” said lead author Justin Gunnell ’05,        American justice system, as crucial decisions        from the NASA New Investigator Program
J.D. ’08, who began working on the study as a       ultimately rest in their hands,” Gunnell said.       for $330,000 to study volcanic activity at
policy analysis and management major with                                          — George Lowery       hundreds of volcanoes in South America.
ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu                                                                               May 14, 2010 Cornell Chronicle 7

>>The essen
                                                                               ‘Retired’ McConnell-Ginet
                                                                               enjoys Potter prose, theater

                                                                                  Wands and wizardry, teaching        Linguistic Society of America
             ideas>>people                                                     math in prison and discussing          and of the American Association
             >>details>>data                                                   sexuality in Hong Kong – such          for the Advancement of Science.
                                                                               pursuits have become possible             “Retirement is like a long sab-
             >>happenings                                                      since Sally McConnell-Ginet            batical,” McConnell-Ginet says,
                                                                               retired as professor emerita of        “because you have freedom to
                                                                               linguistics in 2007. Add updating      choose how you spend your
                                                                               her 2003 book “Language and            time.”

>Download This                                                                 Gender,” working on several arti-
                                                                               cles and a new book, planning
                                                                                                                         After retiring, McConnell-
                                                                                                                      Ginet helped develop a college-
                                                                               an eggplant cookbook (because          level mathematics curriculum
 Digital bookshelf                                                             they are “visually stunning and        for the Cornell Prison Education
 A new feature on the College of Arts and Sciences’ website spotlights         culinarily versatile”) and being       Program at Auburn Correctional
 faculty books and recordings in a dynamic format. The innovative tool         involved in local theater.             Facility, and she now serves on
 was developed by the college’s web designer Bob Marteal and web                  And that’s not all: She and         the prison program board.
 producer Jen Maffett. A simple online form enables faculty to enter           colleague Molly Diesing, both              She recently returned from
 data about their most recent publications. Each description contains a        intrigued by the “speech-acts” of      a month in Hong Kong as a Ful-
 publisher link. When the page is updated annually, the previous year’s        casting spells in the “Harry Pot-      bright senior specialist, where she
                                                                               ter” books, are collaborating on       gave talks on semantics, language,
 page will be moved to an easily accessible archive.
                                                                               an academic paper, “How to Do          gender and sexuality at Hong
 “The page will give many different visitors to our site, including those      Things With Words and Wands:           Kong Polytechnic University.
 at Cornell, a new view of Arts and Sciences faculty research,” said Dean      The Pragmatics of Magic.”                 Both she and husband, Carl
 Peter Lepage. “Exploring the page is an online equivalent to browsing            It’s no wonder McConnell-           Ginet, retired professor of phi-
 through our bookshelves.”                                                     Ginet says, “You can be as             losophy, are also involved in the
                                                              — Linda Glaser   engaged and involved after             Kitchen and Hangar theaters.
                                                                               retiring as before.”                      McConnell-Ginet says that the
                                                                                  McConnell-Ginet joined Cor-         Cornell Association of Professors
>Around Campus                                                                 nell in 1973 and served as chair       Emeriti can help retired faculty
                                                                               of Modern Languages and Lin-           maintain connections to campus.
 Bang from Big Red Bucks                                                       guistics, director of Women’s          She has helped coordinate the
                                                                               Studies and founding co-direc-         CAPE lecture series, which, she
 The student organization Cornell Hunger Relief asks students to spend their
                                                                               tor of Cognitive Studies. She has      notes, is not just for retirees. “So
 leftover Big Red Bucks on food for local soup kitchens and charities and on
                                                                               been president of two national         far no wizards or witches at the
 toiletries. Bring the items to Appel Commons, Robert Purcell Community
                                                                               academic associations and in           podium, but stay tuned,” she says.
 Center and Noyes Community Recreation Center, through May 21, 5-9 p.m.        2008 was elected a fellow of the                       — Nancy Doolittle
 The value of unused Big Red Bucks is otherwise returned to the university.
 Cornell Hunger Relief has partnered with Cooperative Extension’s
 Natural Leaders Initiative to distribute the toiletries to members of the
 Ithaca community who shop with food stamps, which cannot be used to           Burma workshop offers food,
 purchase toiletries.
 “Imagine how many people we could help if this ‘lost cash’ were channeled
                                                                               politics and language lessons
 into a worthy cause. Hence, our BRB Campaign allows students to use their       As Burmese refugees, includ-         Project in response to the surge
 BRBs to buy food for families in need,” said organizer Jullia Parks.          ing the Karen and other ethnic         of requests for information and
                                                                               groups, relocate to Ithaca and         training about Burma and ethnic
                                                           — George Lowery
                                                                               other places around the coun-          groups such as the Karen, who
                                                                               try because of political upheaval      make up the bulk of the incom-
>Off the Press                                                                 back home, community mem-
                                                                               bers, sponsors and teachers
                                                                                                                      ing Southeast Asia refugee pop-
                                                                                                                      ulation in upstate New York and
 Murder and intrigue                                                           could benefit from learning            many other communities in the
                                                                               more about the historical and          United States.
 “Fault Line” is the latest thriller by novelist, former covert CIA agent
                                                                               political context that led the ref-       The event, which drew more
 and CU alum Barry Eisler ’86, J.D. ’89. The novel – named a Best Book of
                                                                               ugees to leave their homelands,        than 50 people, included presen-
 2009 by Salon – is out in paperback, and a follow-up, “Inside Out,” hits      as well as the richness of their       tations about the political situa-
 the shelves June 29.                                                          diverse languages and cultures,        tion in Burma and on the border;
                                                              — Lauren Gold    says Thamora Fishel, the out-          updates on the refugee camps;
                                                                               reach coordinator of the Cornell       a Burmese cooking demonstra-
>Be essential                                                                  Southeast Asia Program (SEAP).
                                                                                 That’s why SEAP, home of the
                                                                                                                      tion; issue-oriented break-out
                                                                                                                      discussions; language lessons in
 Have a tip to share on something essential, interesting, hidden, strange      Cornell Burma/Karen Project,           Burmese and Karen; and a tour
 or otherwise worth knowing about at Cornell? Send it to cunews@cornell.       opened its doors May 8 for a           of SEAP’s online Karen Book
 edu and include “Essential” in the subject line.                              daylong free workshop for the          Project and how it is being used
                                                                               community at the Kahin Center.         for language preservation.
                                                                               SEAP created the Burma/Karen                            — Susan S. Lang
8 May 14, 2010 Cornell Chronicle                                                                        ChroniCle online: www.news.cornell.edu

May 14-21, 2010                                    spring garden Fair and Plant sale. see no. 2.

                                                   ish songs from the 19th and 20th centuries.           law, creative writing, genetics, anthropology,
                                                   Information: www.arts.cornell.edu/cmeme.              human rights and political thought. May 20,
         Last films

                                                                                                         10:30-11:30 a.m., Boyce Thompson Institute
Cornell Cinema’s spring season ends with                                                                 auditorium. Part of the Cornell Association
“The Last Picture Show,” “District 13: Ulti-                  Higher ed in South Africa                  of Professors Emeriti Lecture Series.
matum,” “Avatar” and “(500) Days of Sum-           Jonathan Jansen, M.S. ’87, rector and vice chan-
mer” in either Uris Hall Auditorium or
Willard Straight Theatre, May 14 and 15.
Information: cinema.cornell.edu.
                                                   cellor of the University of the Free State, Bloem-
                                                   fontein, South Africa, and scholar-in-residence
                                                   at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy
                                                                                                         8.         Tour de Cornell
                                                                                                         Transportation Services and the Cornell

                                                   for Girls in Johannesburg, South Africa, will         Wellness Program are sponsoring the first
                                                   speak about higher education in South Africa,         Tour de Cornell to celebrate National Bike
           All about gardens                       May 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 153 Uris Hall. His most      to Work Day on May 21.
More than 40 area growers, master gardener         recent books are “Knowledge in the Blood:
volunteers and other garden groups will offer                                                            Whether you cycle to campus, keep a bicy-
                                                   How White Students Remember and Enact the
organically grown vegetable transplants,                                                                 cle on campus or bring one with you, all are
                                                   Past” (2009) and “Diversity High: Class, Color,
herbs, annuals, specialty perennials, flower-                                                            welcome to participate. The event starts in
                                                   Character and Culture in a South African High
ing shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit crops                                                           the parking area between Lynah and Teagle
                                                   School” (2008, co-authored).
at the Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale,                                                                halls, crosses between Comstock Hall and
sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension
of Tompkins County master gardener vol-
unteers, May 15, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Stewart
                                                   6.          May means music
                                                   Cornell’s third annual international chamber
                                                                                                         the Biotechnology Building, turns up Tower
                                                                                                         Road to Plantations Road, wends down For-
                                                                                                         est Home Drive and back to central campus.
Park. Bring containers for transporting plants.    music festival, Mayfest, May 19-24, features          Riders can come anytime between 11:30 a.m.
Information: ccetompkins.org/calendar.             various composers. May 19 includes Sierra,            and 1 p.m. Rain or shine; participants must
                                                   Beethoven and Schumann; May 20, Messiaen,             have a safely working bicycle and wear

3.         Computer games galore
                                                   Villa-Lobos and Barber; May 21, Barber, Shos-
                                                   takovich, Matheson and Rachmaninoff; May
                                                                                                         a helmet. Information/route map: www.

The annual Spring Game Design Showcase,            22, Brahms, Zemlinsky and Prokofiev; May
May 15, 2-6 p.m., 361 Upson Hall, will dis-        23, Barber, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Schumann and
play computer games designed and devel-            Schubert; May 24, Classic/Klezmer Jam. Tick-                    Managing resources
oped by students. Open to the public, who          ets at Ticket Center Ithaca 607-273-4497, online      Provost Kent Fuchs and Associate Vice Presi-
will be able to play the games, vote for favor-    through IthacaEvents.com, and at the door.            dent for Planning and Budget Paul Streeter
ites and meet the game designers. Informa-         Information: mayfest-cornell.org.                     will hold an informal brown-bag lunch
tion: gdiac.cis.cornell.edu.                                                                             about the Initiatives Coordination Office

4.         Sounds of the Middle East
                                                   7.         Cornell behind bars
                                                   Professor Emeritus Winthrop Wetherbee
                                                                                                         (ICO), May 21, 12:15-1:15 p.m., in Schoellkopf
                                                                                                         Memorial Hall, Robison Hall of Fame Room.
                                                                                                         The ICO is helping the university achieve
The Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterra-          will share more than a decade of his experi-          operational savings in such areas as pro-
nean Music Ensemble, under the direction of        ences with the Cornell Prison Education Pro-          curement; facilities; information technology;
Harold Hagopian, with visiting musicians,          gram, in which faculty, staff members and             finance, human resources and communica-
will perform May 16, 2-3:45 p.m., at the lecture   students work with inmates at the Auburn              tions; and organization and management of
room in the Johnson Museum. Their selections       Correctional Facility in such subjects as Eng-        support activities. Information: www.cor-
include Armenian, Greek, Lebanese and Turk-        lish, mathematics, economics, constitutional          nell.edu/reimagining/plan.cfm.

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