Students and staff explored the map in their stocking feet.

Cornellians Explore Giant Map of New York State in Celebration of 20th GIS Day

On Tuesday, Cornellians in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall literally walked all over New York State — shedding their shoes to explore the 15’-by-20’ fabric map that covered the floor of the atrium. The giant map was only the beginning of Cornell Mapping Society’s celebration of the 20th International Geographic Information Systems Day. From using Google Maps to find a restaurant to studying the effects of poverty in the boroughs of New York City, mapping allows regular people and scientists to understand and influence the world around us— and many Cornell researchers are taking advantage of it. To mark the 20th International Geographic Information Systems Day, Cornell’s Mapping Society hosted a slew of events to celebrate. “GIS Day is a chance for people to share with the public but also a chance to share with your professional colleagues that you wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to,” Prof. Diana Sinton, soil and crop sciences, MSC’s faculty advisor, said.

Cornell students studying in the new Mui Ho Fine Arts Library.

‘Light in All Senses’ Renovated Mui Ho Fine Arts Library Opens Its Doors In Rand Hall

When students in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning returned to campus this fall, they were greeted with a grand addition to their historic Rand Hall — the completion of the new Mui Ho Fine Arts Library. The new space houses approximately 100,000 volumes of fine arts, design and urban planning materials as well as new spaces for research, computing, instruction and studying, according to an AAP press release.