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

Nature Rx: the many benefits of time outdoors

Donald A. Rakow has good news to share: “Spending time in nature benefits us no matter our age.” Rakow, associate professor of plant science at Cornell and director of the NatureRx@Cornell program, also served as director of Cornell Botanic Gardens from 1996 to 2013. In 2019, Rakow and his colleague, the late Gregory T. Eels, … Read more

Caring for wildlife in Cornell’s own backyard

Located a short drive to the east of Cornell’s main campus, on Hungerford Hill, the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital is a hidden treasure, providing lifesaving medical care for native wild animals. The hospital provides this valuable service free of charge to residents of surrounding communities and across New York state. The majority of patients … Read more

The power to change the world

Throughout his Cornell career, Dustin Liu ’19 was deeply involved with the community-engaged learning initiative (CEL)—a university-wide effort to involve every Cornell student in learning with and from communities. Dustin says that his engagement with the larger Ithaca community started from the moment he first set foot on the Cornell campus to take part in … 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

Cornell moments: ten hallmark stories of 2020

This was a year of firsts As we look forward to the New Year, we wanted to take a few moments to reflect on 2020. This was a year of firsts, as many of us transitioned to working, learning, and connecting online. We learned hard lessons: from how to keep the Cornell campus open in … Read more

“Zoomed-out”: extracurricular life in the time of COVID-19

When Cornell closed its campus in March 2020, the state of New York was the global hotspot for COVID-19. In the months that followed, Cornell faculty and staff worked together to create a plan to reopen campus, based on best scientific practices. The plan required every community member to make sacrifices, including a massive transition … Read more

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