The Atlantic Philanthropies makes new grants to Cornell University

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Atlantic Philanthropies, created by Charles F. Feeney ’56, made its very first grant in 1982 to Cornell University. By the end of this year, the foundation will conclude its grant-making, realizing the full impact of the foundation’s largesse within its founder’s lifetime and fulfilling Feeney’s commitment to “Giving While Living.” Among […]

‘Now-or-never bottleneck’ explains language acquisition

ITHACA, N.Y. – We are constantly bombarded with linguistic input, but our brains are unable to remember long strings of linguistic information. How does the brain make sense of this ongoing deluge of sound? In a new paper in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, “The Now-or-Never Bottleneck: A Fundamental Constraint on Language,” Cornell psychology professor Morten Christiansen and […]

Changing technology prompts NATO’s shift on cyber warfare

Barry Strauss, military historian and chair of the history department at Cornell University, comments on NATO’s likely upcoming agreement on cyberspace as a warfare domain. He says wise leaders recognize innovation in military technology. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php   Strauss says: “It’s not surprising that NATO is likely to agree at its summit next month to recognize […]

Theater for social change champion Bruce Levitt awarded inaugural Engaged Scholar Prize

ITHACA, N.Y. – Professor of performing and media arts Bruce Levitt is the inaugural recipient of Cornell’s Engaged Scholar Prize, Vice Provost Judith Appleton announced today. Administered by Engaged Cornell, the annual prize recognizes a faculty member who inspires others with innovative integration of teaching, learning and research involving public or community-based partnerships. Levitt was […]

Early Cannes Film Festival built culture of internationalism

Sabine Haenni, professor at Cornell University’s department of Performing and Media Arts, studies American cinema and mass culture. Haenni says the Cannes Film Festival has brought nations together in the past, and it should still do so today. Bio: http://pma.cornell.edu/sabine-haenni   Haenni says: “In this age of increasing nationalism in Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere, we should […]

Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute director available to comment on Kepler announcement

NASA officials are expected to announce the latest discoveries of the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. Lisa Kaltenegger, professor of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and director of the Carl Sagan Institute, is available to comment on the announcement. Bio: http://astro.cornell.edu/members/lisa-kaltenegger.html       For interviews contact: Daryl Lovell Office: […]

The contented shall inherit the Earth. The glum? Not so much

Media note: A video of the researcher explaining the findings is available on YouTube, and can be downloaded along with the research paper at https://cornell.box.com/v/happiness   ITHACA, N.Y. The survival of the fittest might just be the survival of the steadfast instead. Having a positive attitude could be evolutionarily advantageous, according to Cornell researchers who […]

European Union unable to handle crises, voters turn to nationalist right

Norbert Hofer the candidate for Austria’s Freedom Party, an established nationalist right party, received 36 percent of the vote in the first round of the Presidential elections in Austria. Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and […]

Pioneer and independent – Prince defied culture, gender and race

Judith Peraino, a professor of musicology at Cornell University and an expert in music and queer theory, comments on the sudden death of Prince and says the iconic singer defied musical, cultural, and racial categories. Bio: http://music.cornell.edu/people/faculty/profile/judith-a-peraino/   Peraino says: “Prince was a pioneer in demolishing musical and cultural categories. His unique revolutionary sound fused Jimi Hendrix-style […]

Obama’s balancing act – reduce U.S. footprint while holding world order

President Obama has embarked in a weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany where he will discuss a broad range of political and economic issues with leaders in the Gulf states and Europe. Barry Strauss, a professor of history at Cornell University, says the trip is a balancing act for Obama. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php   Strauss […]