Mad Men Writer and Executive Producer To Speak at Cornell

Semi Chellas — the writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed AMC drama Mad Men — will speak about her experiences in the television industry on March 10 in Klarman Hall. Chellas’ lecture, “Telling Secrets: Notes from the Writers’ Room,” will explore the processes and inner workings of television writing, including the dynamics of writing for an auteur, according to the University. The writer will also discuss how facts and research shape the creation of a storyline and how to approach writing for characters created by someone else. Chellas was born and raised in Palo Alto, California and grew up in Alberta, Canada. She earned a B.A. in literature from Yale University, studied English as a Mellon fellow at Cornell and studied the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, according to her IMDB profile.

Professor Discusses Causes and Implications of Climate Change in Seminar

Prof. Art DeGaetano, earth and atmospheric sciences, stressed the need for “drastic measures” to combat rapid climate change in an environmental seminar series this week. DeGaetano demonstrated how climate change is directly determined by the changing of two variables — how reflective the surface of the earth is and how much greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. DeGaetano said the warming of the Earth’s surface is undeniably related to human actions, pointing to human’s excessive burning of fossil fuels and deforestation as two leading causes of this warming trend. Around 10 gigatons of carbon were released into the atmosphere this year, making 2015 the warmest on record, according to Degaetano. “I find myself constantly updating the slides in my class because with each new year comes new record high temperatures,” he said.

Storm Jonas Delays Student Return to Cornell

Cornell students and faculty members scrambled to return to Ithaca in time for the first day of classes in the aftermath of winter storm Jonas, which hit the East Coast last weekend. The storm halted travel in several East Coast states, grounding more than ten thousand flights, freezing and covering roads and crippling mass transportation systems, according to The New  York Times. Kevin Kee ’18, a Washington D.C. resident, remembered that stores were “packed” as people prepared for the storm. “We went to the grocery store to stock up and you should’ve seen the bread aisle. Almost all the bread was gone and the lines were packed,” Kee said.

Campaign Proposes Placing Cornell Alumna on $10 Bill

The Barbara on the Bill campaign aims to put Barbara McClintock ’23 M.A. ’25 Ph.D. ’27, a scientist known for overcoming discrimination in the field of genetics and making groundbreaking discoveries, on the $10 bill. Don Gibson, a Ph.D. student in the genome center and plant biology department at the University of California, Davis, started the campaign to emphasize that Americans value achievements in science and technology. Although many have called for another political or civil leader, such as Susan B. Anthony or Harriet Tubman, to represent American women on the $10 bill, Gibson advocates a scientific figure to celebrate American accomplishments in a different field. “America has only had one theme on its currency — great political and civil achievements,” he said. “There’s no greater venue to share a value of American achievement and accomplishment then on our currency.

Student Campaign Highlights Reproductive Health Care Rights 

The Cornell chapter of Vox — Voices for Planned Parenthood — is running a political action campaign through this Friday, which aims to educate students on the importance of learning about and supporting reproductive justice. The campaign, titled “Reproductive Freedom is an American Value,” seeks to initiate dialogue among Cornell students on a range of topics related to reproductive health care, including women’s freedom of choice and the importance of accessible health care for all people regardless of background. The campaign will include informative activities, speeches and messages posted throughout the week. Vox Co-President Cassidy Clark ’17 highlighted the importance of the coming election for reproductive health care. “In terms of the upcoming elections, this campaign is important because the struggle for reproductive freedom did not end with Roe v. Wade (1973),” Clark said.