Back to school: behind the scenes with Cornell faculty

When Cornell shifted from in-person classes to virtual instruction in March 2020, individual faculty members were asked to quickly implement new technologies and strategies for keeping students engaged online. Though many had limited experience teaching via Zoom, they rose to the occasion. Some produced scripted video lectures filled with music and video clips, some invited … Read more

Post-Zoom: shifts in the work space

As of July 11, 2021, more than 89 percent of Cornell’s Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campus populations is vaccinated, including more than 10,100 faculty and staff. Only a single case of COVID-19 infection was identified via surveillance testing in the month of June—an encouraging sign as the university looks forward to resuming operations in … Read more

Potluck: seven Cornell stories to savor

In honor of Virtual Reunion 2021, we asked Cornellians to share their favorite Big Red moments. From a young man raised in the ghettos of Uganda celebrating his acceptance to a Cornell PhD program, to a 97-year-old alumnus lecturing in an ILR course he helped create, your stories moved us. The connections you have to … Read more

Facing our urban future: what to expect

Hundreds of Cornellians in cities and communities around the world tuned in to Virtual Reunion 2021 on June 11, to hear from a panel of experts about The Future of Cities. While online participants waited for the live stream to begin, Bobbie Horowitz ’61 typed in the chat, “Hope the future of my city (NYC) … Read more

Class of 2020: learning to let it flow

When 2020 graduates gather online for the Class of 2020 Celebration on Sunday, June 13, they will be Zooming in from locations across the globe—from Brooklyn to Seattle and from Tel Aviv to Tanzania. When these seniors left campus in March 2020, few of them realized they would not be returning to campus for more … Read more

Requiring the COVID-19 vaccine: insights for businesses

More than 900 viewers tuned in on May 4 to hear Cornell alumni and industry experts representing both management and workers discuss whether U.S. employers should require their employees to be vaccinated. As of May 7, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 150.4 million people have received at least one dose of … Read more

Making space: creating a female culture in STEM

“What do we picture when we think of an engineer?” asks Karina Popovich ’23. Karina is working with her peers to redefine preexisting notions about who belongs in STEM fields and transform the faces of tech and science to include more women. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of women in … Read more

Cornellians have green thumbs!

In honor of Earth Day, we asked Cornellians to tell us about their experiences over this past year growing gardens. Since the start of the pandemic, a record number of people have taken advantage of their time at home to get their hands dirty and plant pandemic gardens. According to Agweek, Burpee Seed Company sold … Read more

XR is the future

Extended Reality, or XR, uses a variety of computer technologies to immerse the viewer in a virtual experience. These technologies provide viewers with more information—to enhance their senses and transport them more fully into the virtual environment. Viewers may employ special eyewear, headsets, or handheld devices, or simply view the XR-enhanced content on their phone … Read more