Highlights from Announcements 12/23/19

Irma Fernandez

Student Spotlight: Irma Fernandez

Irma Fernandez is a doctoral student in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Michoacan, Mexico and Los Angeles, California. After studying pharmaceutical chemistry and English/Spanish literature at UC San Diego, she chose to attend Cornell due to its supportive and highly collaborative environment.

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Staying in Ithaca Over Break? Check Out These Resources!

If you plan to stay in Ithaca over winter break, check out the information below to find out what’s happening around town!

  • Visit Ithaca provides a detailed calendar of events, things to do, and places to eat in town. Check their website to find out what’s going on in Ithaca during the winter break!
  • Downtown Ithaca is another great resource that provides a list of places to eat, shop and things to do in Ithaca over the break.
  • Cornell Health and the Cornell Fitness Centers‘ websites provide details regarding winter break hours of operation.
  • Cornell Dining‘s website provide details regarding their hours of operation during winter break.
  • While TCAT still operates over winter break, be sure to reference the changes to the schedule during the month of December.


Doctoral Student and Big Red Barn Director Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

University provost, staff, and winners of the 2019 Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards
Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff, back row, far left, joins staff and winners of the 2019 Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards at the Sustainability Leadership Summit on Dec. 17. Photo by Jason Koski.

Laura Figueroa, doctoral student in entomology, and Jennifer Forbes, director of the Big Red Barn, received the Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Group Award for creatively applying sustainable solutions to waste at the Big Red Barn during the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Summit on December 17. Read more about the summit.

Doctoral Students Publish Manuscripts

Natural resources doctoral student Josephine E.M. Martell and Professor Amanda D. Rodewald published “Frames, facts, and the science of communicating environmental crises” in Conservation Biology.

Nicholas K. Fletcher, a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology, published a manuscript in the journal Ecology and Evolution with advisor Jeremy Searle. Authors on “Glacial cycles drive rapid divergence of cryptic field vole species” include Fletcher, N. K.; Acevedo, P.; Herman, J. S.; Paupério, J.; Alves, P. C.; and Searle, J. B. (2019).

Book cover for Building a Career Outside AcademiaDoctoral Alumnae Co-Author Book

Cornell doctoral alumna Jennifer Brown Urban, Ph.D. ’08 co-authored “Building a Career Outside Academia: A Guide for Doctoral Students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences“, published by the American Psychological Association Press, with other doctoral alumnae J. Zoe Klemfuss, Ph.D. ’11; Sarah Clement, Ph.D. ’12; Lisa A. Gennetian, Ph.D. ’98; Jane L. Powers, Ph.D. ’85; and Lisa A. McCabe, Ph.D. ’99.