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

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

Kapil Longani ’97: shaping NYC’s COVID-19 response

Since 2018, Kapil Longani ’97 has served as chief counsel to New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio. Since the start of the pandemic, Longani has helped shape the city’s plans for reopening schools, creating outdoor dining protocols, and thinking through legal issues around COVID testing and vaccine distribution. “Every significant or sensitive legal issue … Read more

Truth matters: a conversation with Republican John Kasich

As part of its ongoing effort to encourage bipartisan dialogue and problem solving, the Cornell Institute for Politics and Global Affairs (IOPGA) and Government Department co-hosted a conversation with former Governor John Kasich and former Representative Susan Molinari (R-NY)—two life-long Republicans who both endorsed Joe Biden’s Presidential bid at the Democratic National Convention in August … Read more

Leaders of Problem Solvers Caucus find hope and common ground

On January 13, the Cornell Institute of Politics and Global Affairs launched its Campaign for the Future of Democracy with a timely conversation between Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) about how to bridge the partisan divide in Congress and in our nation. Reed and Gottheimer are co-chairs of the Problem Solvers … Read more

Finding your North Star: aligning your purpose and your paycheck

“Finding what we love doing, what we’re good at, and what the world is calling us to do is akin to finding one’s North Star,” says Mike Bishop, director of student leadership for the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) at Cornell University. For the past five years, OEI has contributed to the culture of public … Read more

Weill Cornell Medicine is at the frontline of vaccine development

Images courtesy of Weill Cornell Medicine, Stronger Together Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), at dozens of sites across the U.S., and in labs around the world are collaborating in the race to test treatments and develop effective vaccines for COVID-19. On Thursday, August 20, infectious disease specialists on the frontlines hosted “COVID Clinical Trials: … Read more

Game-changing gift for Public Interest Tech

Cornell Tech has announced a $1 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to jumpstart its Public Interest Tech (PiTech) initiative. PiTech will be geared toward developing the tools, systems, data sets, research, and education needed to address significant public sector concerns. The gift will help Cornell Tech create the foundational infrastructure for the PiTech initiative, … Read more

TeleTown Hall: building treatment capacity in pandemic

How long will it take to develop a vaccine for COVID-19? And how quickly can it be scaled up to inoculate everyone? With lives and livelihoods on pause, Cornell’s Institute of Politics and Global Affairs hosted a TeleTown Hall April 8 to explore these questions. Featured speakers were Dr. Leonard Schleifer ’73, founder, president and … Read more

Alumna writes go-to guide for teaching climate change

Ingrid Zabel ’87 is Climate Change Education Manager for the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), a small but mighty presence situated across Cayuga Lake from Cornell. The Ithaca-based institution is nationally recognized for its top-notch education resources about the history of life on Earth. Zabel’s job is to make climate change science more accessible to the public, via … Read more