Prof. Christopher Newfield M.A. ’84 Ph.D. ’88, Literature and American studies from University of California, Santa Barbara discussed the consequences of solely STEM educations. Instead, he urged the incorporation of humanities into all fields of education.
Cornell prides itself in being one of the best research universities in the world. The depth and breadth of research endeavors are true to Ezra Cornell’s founding mission of “any person … any study,” and its faculty are some of the most renowned scholars in their field. Yet, the emphasis placed on scholarly activities often come at the expense of student learning and experience. Around this time every semester, I am shocked at the number of Ivy League professors who put so little effort into their syllabi that they forget to change even the term of the course from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019. It is no secret that the setup of a research university enables faculty members to thrive so long as they are actively involved in their research interests and advisement of graduate students under their direct supervision.
New York State Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Ithaca Thursday to announce the completion of $15 million in improvements to the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, a high-intensity X-ray source on campus that has been used for researching treatments for AIDS and innovation of airplane materials.