Professor John Hopcroft, computer science.

How an Electrical Engineer Molded Computer Science At Cornell and Beyond

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.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York on March 31, 2020.

Race as a Social Determinant of Health: Why Black Populations Are Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to claim over one-thousand American lives a day, Black people have been up to twice as likely as the general population to die from the disease. The reasons for the striking racial disparity are complex, but often stem from social inequities that can create an elevated risk for contracting or dying from coronavirus, researchers say.

An empty Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on April 5, 2020.

The Earth During a Pandemic

As people continue to huddle indoors, avoiding their usual daily commute to work and school, it is inevitable that humans’ dramatic new relationship with the world would have a major impact on the state of the environment.

Several biotechnology companies are hoping that a better understanding of SARS-CoV-2's antibodies will lead to effective treatments.

Harnessing the Human Immune System: Why Antibody Treatments Might Just Work Against COVID-19

In the race to develop a safe, effective treatment for COVID-19, biotech companies like Regeneron and Vir Biotechnology, led by Cornell alumni, have turned to antibodies — which are naturally created by the human immune system — as a form of therapeutic treatment.
But what are antibodies, and how can they be repurposed into drugs to help people recover from COVID-19?

The Space Sciences Building at Cornell.

Big Red Taking On the Red Planet: The History of Cornell’s Mars Exploration

For over 50 years, Cornell has made astronomical contributions in the ongoing efforts to explore and understand the mysterious inner workings of Earth’s rust-colored neighbor, Mars. In honor of these decades of research and discovery, The Sun illuminates the achievements of Cornellians past, present and future in their tireless expedition towards revealing the secrets of the Red Planet.