Cornellian addresses underrepresentation in computer science

Jehron Petty ’20 doesn’t shy away from a problem. After realizing during his time at Cornell that there was underrepresentation of Black and Latinx students in engineering and computer science, he set out not only to change that at his alma mater, but at universities around the country. “It motivated me to look at the … Read more

Caring for our international students

About 1,200 of Cornell’s 7,000+ international students are studying outside of the United States this semester. These are undergraduates, graduate, and professional students who are joining their classes remotely from their homes and from Study Away campuses around the world. The majority of these students were unable to return to campus in fall 2020, due … Read more

Navigating the 2020 election

One thing a majority of Americans agree on is that 2020 has been a challenging year. According to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey, 72% of Americans think that 2020 has hit a new low point in our nation’s history. More than two-thirds of Americans agree that the 2020 election has been a … Read more

Journaling project, now global, welcomes COVID-19 stories

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolded this past spring, students in Janis Whitlock’s graduate seminar on translational research found themselves in a unique position – being able to participate in a widespread journaling project to record their hopes, fears, and routines, chronicling COVID-19’s effects on their daily lives and relationships. It is a project that is both … Read more

Alumni involvement in startup incubators sparks growth

When Frank DeCosta, Ph.D. ’85, thinks back to when he was a student, he reflects on how ignorant he was about intellectual property law. Now a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in intellectual property, DeCosta volunteers at Cornell’s Praxis Center for Venture Development to make sure faculty and student entrepreneurs are more … Read more

Digital ‘hub’ to combine best of Cornell’s alumni publications

A new partnership will develop a digital-first alumni publication as part of an information “hub,” bringing the best of Cornell Alumni Magazine, Ezra magazine and much more to Cornell alumni and friends around the world beginning next summer. Earlier this year, a common desire to better serve the university’s more than 280,000 alumni brought together … Read more

StayHomecoming 2020 brings Big Red spirit online

Thousands of alumni, parents, students, and friends from around the globe participated in StayHomecoming 2020, the first time that a Cornell Homecoming was held entirely online. The Trustee Council Annual Meeting (TCAM) was also held online during StayHomecoming week, October 6–10, with many events open to all alumni. Alumni and students alike said that, while … Read more

Cornell honors RBG

On October 10-11, the university honored U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 as part of the StayHomecoming 2020 celebration. RBG was one of Cornell’s most illustrious alumni, and her work as an advocate for human rights and later as a Justice helped create a more inclusive landscape for women, for LBGTQ+ individuals, and … Read more

A conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci MD ’66: cautiously optimistic

StayHomecoming 2020 kicked off on October 6 with Cornell Promise: a commitment to learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic, an interview with one of Cornell’s most respected and well-known alumni, Dr. Anthony Fauci MD ’66, moderated by NBC News’ Kate Snow ’91. Cornell President Martha E. Pollack introduced the event with a message of hope. “In … Read more

Green is the new normal: faculty talk about teaching in fall 2020

Over the past ten months, Cornell faculty have been working to adjust and adapt to the new normal. Faculty have had to quickly master new technologies and new modes of instruction as they’ve transitioned from whiteboards to online polls. They’ve had to think through questions of equity and inclusion, as they attempt to balance the … Read more