Bias and exclusion have festered within STEM fields for centuries, perpetuating a system that deprives others of a chance to experience the same levels of success as white males. Prof. Corrie Moreau, ecology and evolutionary biology, wants to change that.
As the number of COVID-19 cases on campus continues to rise, stress associated with the pandemic has worsened mental health concerns for many students. According to postdoctoral researcher Kaylin Ratner, human development, college students often struggle with mental health more as they navigate the uncertain process of becoming independent adults.
On Sunday and Thursday afternoon, Ithaca community members witnessed the rapid onset of dangerous winds and precipitation, prompting University-wide alerts through Cornell’s emergency management system. Despite widespread concern, the storms were “nothing spectacular, meteorologically” according to a Cornell professor.
On July 30, the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover blasted off for its months-long journey to Earth’s rust-colored neighbor. On a mission to seek out microbial life on Mars, the rover is armed to the teeth with scientific instruments that can analyze the planet’s ancient climate and geology.
After a 53-year long career at Cornell spent shaping the field of computer science and its disciples, Prof. John Hopcroft delivered his final lecture to an empty lecture hall on April 29. It was not how he envisioned his last hurrah. “It’s fundamentally different to teach a hundred students when they’re physically there and you can interact with them, and when you’re giving a lecture to an empty hall and simply being videotaped,” Hopcroft said in an interview with The Sun. Hopcroft’s illustrious reign over computer science research and education began with his own teachers, who showed him what it meant to be a good educator. “[Throughout my education] there were a number of faculty who really cared about my learning, and my being successful,” Hopcroft said.
Divestment has had a long, complicated history at Cornell. The movement started nearly a decade ago and has involved years of protests, assemblies and resolutions, cultimating in the Board of Trustees’ decision to effectively divest the University from fossil fuels on May 22.