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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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-
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
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,
“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,
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.
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.