Alumni Newsletter Winter 2018

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Q&A with President Martha E. Pollack

Recently, Cornell’s new president, Martha Pollack, spoke to the Graduate School about her experiences in graduate school, her personal philosophy, and the role she thinks Cornell should play on the national stage. 

The Gratitude Project

On a chilly Friday in November, 63 graduate students wrote postcards expressing gratitude as part of the Graduate School’s Gratitude initiative. Since its inception, over 1,200 cards have been sent to addresses in all 50 states and around the world, including: Argentina, Norway, Israel, India, China, and Puerto Rico. 

The Student Partner Career Fair

Organized by the Cornell Students with Families Advisory Committee, the Graduate School, and the Cornell Office of Human Resources, the inaugural Student Partner Career Fair held in spring 2017 was such a success that another session was hosted in the fall, with 40+ in attendance at both events.

Facts from the Doctoral Career Outcomes Survey 

Graduate Student Research

Tips and Takeaways from Graduate School Programs

How Could you Possibly Derail Your Career?

At the GPWomeN-PCCW Speakers Series on October 20, 2017, Cornell alumna Cynthia Cuffie offered insight into career-derailing behaviors, including how to recognize them and how to prevent them.

Local News

Maplewood to be Rebuilt

With a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 5, 2017, construction of the new Maplewood housing complex for graduate and professional students and their families is underway.

Ithaca Marriott Downtown Opens in the Commons

After eight years of extensive planning and construction, the Ithaca Marriott Downtown officially opened on December 13, 2016, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Svante Myrick ’09. 

Alumni in the News

CAMPOS Scholars Boosting Diversity
University News, University of California at Davis, 11/28/17
Miriam A. Nuño, PhD

McGovern Center incubator graduates a trio of startups
Cornell Chronicle, 11/16/2017 
Yingchao Alex Yu, Ph.D. ’14 and Czeslaw Golkowski, Ph.D. ’91

Strogatz’s study of ‘swarmalators’ could direct future science
Cornell Chronicle, 11/15/17
Kevin O’Keeffe, Ph.D. ’17

Skidmore names new faculty, academic affairs dean
Saratogan News, 11/7/17
Michael T. Orr , PhD ’86 

Where did those electrons go? Decades-old mystery solved
Cornell Chronicle, 11/2/17
Shouvik Chatterjee, Ph.D. ’16, and graduate students: Jacob Ruf and Haofei Wei

Climate change, sparse policies endanger right whale population
Cornell Chronicle, 11/3/17
Erin Meyer-Gutbrod, Ph.D. ’16

First-ever visualization of enhanced catalytic activity reported
Cornell Chronicle, 11/1/17
Guanqun Chen, Ph.D. ’17, Ningmu Zou, Ph.D. ’17, Eric Choudhary, Ph.D. ’14

Alum Marvin Carlson honored for lifetime achievements
Cornell Chronicle, 10/31/2017
Marvin Carlson PhD ’61

Postdoc receives NIH Pathway to Independence award
A&S Communications , 10/31/2017
Vikram Gadagkar MS ’10, PhD ’13

High schoolers spawn fish, grow lettuce on NYC school rooftop
Cornell Chronicle, 10/27/17
Jennifer Tiffany, Ph.D. ’04

Student discovers love for entomology after suffering from parasite
Cornell Daily Sun, 10/27/17
Chris Marshall, alumni

Events seek to untangle roots of Rohingya crisis
Cornell Chronicle, 10/17/17
Gayatri Spivak, Ph.D. ’67

Could Caffeine Be Affecting Your Sugar Cravings? Cornell Research Says Yes
Cornell Daily Sun, 10/6/17
Ezen Choo, PhD ’17

Branching out to chat cider
Cornell Chronicle, 10/5/17
Ali Al Farqani, graduate student and Ian Merwin, PhD ’88

World Bank official returns to Cornell to examine implications of report
Cornell Daily Sun, 9/26/2017
Luís-Felipe López-Calva MA, PhD ’99

Study: Binge drinking cuts chance of landing a job by 10 percent
Cornell Chronicle, 9/15/17
Peter Bamberger ’82, M.S. ’84, Ph.D. ’90

Cornell played large scientific role on Cassini mission
Cornell Chronicle, 9/7/17
Joe Burns, Ph.D. ’66; Alex Hayes ’03, M.Eng. ’04; and Jason Hofgartner M.S. ’14, Ph.D. ’16

New study offers insight into gender imbalance in higher education
Cornell Daily Sun, 9/4/17
Graduate student Dafna Gelbgiser, Kyle Albert, M.A. ’11, Ph.D. ’16

Ojaide battle Ifowodo, Oke for NLNG literature prize
Breaking (NG), 9/2/2017
Ogaga Ifowodo MFA ’03, MA ’06

Right whale deaths may be a casualty of climate crisis
Cornell Chronicle, 8/28/17
Erin Meyer-Gutbrod, Ph.D. ’16

ILR School research identifies ways to soften rejection
Cornell Chronicle, 8/31/17
Sebastian Deri, M.S. ’16

New engaged learning curriculum offers gateway to the world
Cornell Chronicle, 8/30/17
Hayden Kantor, Ph.D. ’16

Student work in Italy and upstate N.Y. informs intergenerational communities
Cornell Chronicle, 11/9/17
Mildred E. Warner, M.S. ’85, Ph.D. ’97