Highlights from Announcements 3/23/20

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Graduate School COVID-19 Update-3/23/20

Dear Graduate School Community,

I am writing with updates and additional information. This is a difficult time for everyone. Many of us are worried and uncertain about what might come next. We are all trying to adjust our lives and set up remote workstations while we safeguard our health and the wellbeing of those around us. We appreciate the patience, flexibility, and resilience that graduate students, faculty, staff, and graduate fields are exhibiting.

Read the full message with important information about the academic calendar, stipends and assistantships, Policy 1.3, and much more…

COVID-19 Updates, FAQs, and Resources

For information on the following and more, visit the Graduate School COVID-19 Resources page:

  • Changes to exam requirements
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Remote teaching, learning, and working tips
  • Updates to campus parking and TCAT service
  • Free virtual fitness classes and meditation services

Stay Informed

Where can the public get information about COVID-19 in Tompkins County?

  • Call 211 for information, including questions about food, transportation, events and gatherings, cancellations, and other human service needs.
  • Call the NYS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065, the wait time is short and they have up-to-date information and can walk you through next steps.
  • TCHD will continue to send out public updates, check our website.
  • Check Facebook @TompkinsPublicHealth and Twitter @TompkinsHealth.
  • Go to the TCHD website for up-to-date information.
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions on the TCHD website.

If you develop symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or trouble breathing, call your health care provider before you go to the office. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Stay informed. Get updated information about COVID-19 at:

Cornell Tech Students

We know some of this information is only relevant to Ithaca based students. For other information, please refer to the Cornell Tech weekly Student Services Newsletter sent on Wednesdays and check the Cornell Tech COVID-19 Updates page.

Research Leadership Lends Helping Hand

Postdoc working in lab
Photo by Lindsay France/Cornell University

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, making important decisions regarding the health and well-being of the Cornell community is no small task. But that’s exactly what university leaders have faced.

On March 15, Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff and Vice Provost for Research Emmanuel Giannelis announced the difficult decision to suspend noncritical research on campus.

Read the Chronicle story and Dean Knuth’s comments on graduate student work

Library Expands Remote Services for Cornell Community

Man exiting Olin Library next to closed sign
Photo by Jason Koski/Cornell University

Amid the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornell University Library staff are working to support students, researchers, faculty, and the campus community. Library users will continue to have access to library materials and expertise through a range of virtual and other services, such as a guide for faculty members who are ramping up for online learning.

Read the Chronicle story

(Virtual) Things to Do, March 20-27

Cornell Botanic Gardens
Photo by Fernando Sanchez/Provided

During this challenging time of social distancing and a university interrupted by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Chronicle is offering a virtual Things to Do selection of events and ideas that offer a variety of opportunities for engaging with Cornell resources and programming. Please see the University Events Calendar or individual event listings for updates and cancellations.

Read the Chronicle list

My Lab Group Met to Chart Our Response to COVID-19. Here’s What We Learned

By Jay J. Van Bevel, associate professor of psychology and neural sciences at NYU

The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired a wave of panic and distress as universities close, students are dislocated, careers are disrupted, and professors scramble to cover their teaching and research obligations. The pressure is compounded by more personal concerns-feelings of social isolation, coping with family and friends who are seriously ill or at-risk, and struggling to juggle child care during school closures. I’m a professor in New York City–a COVID-19 hotspot–and I’ve spent much of the past week sorting through how I should respond.

Read the full Letter to Young Scientists

Policy Spotlight: Academic Integrity

Being honest is the key to academic integrity. All Cornell students are expected to uphold academic integrity in all aspects of research and scholarship, including formal coursework as well as university relationships and interactions. If a student, staff member, or faculty member report a suspected violation, a hearing board is convened to determine if the incident was a violation and, if so, determine an appropriate penalty.

Examples of academic integrity violations:

  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Unauthorized collaboration
  • Misrepresenting yourself

Learn more about academic integrity


Graduate Students’ New Framework Published in Physical Review Letters

A team of researchers including Eli Gerber, a graduate student in applied physics, developed a new theoretical framework (mismatched interface theory or “MINT”) for studying mismatched atomic interfaces and used it to make an exciting prediction which was then supported by experiment. Their work was recently published in Physical Review Letters as the Editors’ Suggestion.

Doctoral Student Awarded NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant

Erin McCauley, a doctoral student in sociology, was awarded a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant.