Three-time Chinese government detainee Dr. Wan Yanhai spoke to an audience in the Carl Becker dining hall on Tuesday about his continuing determination to combat AIDS.
As founder of AIZHI, a prominent AIDS organization, Wan gave a three-part lecture series during a two-day visit to Cornell this week, which was organized by Prof. TianTian Zheng of SUNY Cortland.
Commencing his visit with a lecture on Tuesday followed by an additional speech on Wednesday, Wan discussed the growing epidemic of AIDS/HIV in China and his own experiences as an advocate for transparency and recognition of the problem within China.
Unlike some Cornellians, Gerardo Zepeda ’09 will not spend this winter break going out late and sleeping in. Instead, he will use his time to build a sustainable library in Ocotal, Nicaragua.
Zepeda is just one of many students who will travel abroad this winter break to complete a service project. Many of the community service initiatives completed at Cornell are a combination of altruism and motivating personal experiences, and for some students, internationally-geared projects are no different.
The advent of online networking and creations such as YouTube and Wikipedia have started to change the way in which information is shared. Just as user-contribution based Wikipedia forced the academic world into rethinking how information is gathered and dispelled, the student website, TheCollegeFreeway.com, may force the scholastic world to rethink how it educates.
TheCollegeFreeway.com, launched by Andrew Grauer ’09 and fellow Cornellians in September of this year, makes student contributed papers, tests and study guides available online. Much like Wikipedia or YouTube, the site relies heavily on user-based contributions and follows guidelines in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to remove materials violating copyright laws.
Despite the blood stains and the plastic tube intravenously delivering saline into his arm, Luke Sanderson, a sophomore at Elmira College, appeared calm. Safely situated in a classroom of Barton Hall, Sanderson and other sophomore members of the Reserve Officer Training Corp had no reason for alarm. But this would hardly be the reality in a combat situation.
Last August, Cornell faculty members, Matthew Delisa, Dan Luo and Johannes Gehrke were awarded grants of $750, 000 from the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). These government grants, earmarked for commercially viable research, are nothing new. But what has changed is Cornell’s ability to follow the established trend and recognize their significance.
Nearly a decade ago, “Cornell was behind the curve compared to places like the MIT or Stanford” in terms of technology transfer, according to Prof. David BenDaniel of the Johnson Graduate School of Management.