Highlights from Announcements 9/30/19

Continuing Dean's Scholar pinning new Dean's Scholar

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Over 50 Students Recognized at Pinning Ceremony

The Graduate School welcomed more than 50 new Dean’s Scholars at the Sept. 25 Dean’s Scholars Pinning Ceremony, which honors recipients of competitive diversity-focused fellowships.

At the ceremony, each scholar receives a pin with a round, gold center containing the Cornell seal, representing the scholars’ achievement, surrounded by an outer ring of silver, representing their persistence.

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Ithaca Considered a Top City to Live Car-Free

Street filled with bicyclists and pedestriansIthaca is considered one of the best U.S. cities to live car-free, according to a just-released index by City Lab. Ithaca ranks first among 382 U.S. metropolitan areas for having the largest population of people choosing alternative options for their daily transportation needs. 

The index looks at “the share of households that don’t have access to their own vehicle, the share of commuters who take transit to work, the share of commuters who bike to work, and the share of commuters who walk to work.” Categorized as a “very small metro” (cities with populations less than 250,000) by journalist and creator of the index Richard Florida, Ithaca not only beat out cities of similar sizes but also ranked higher than Boston, New York and San Francisco.

Read the Ithaca Voice story and view the CityLab report

Student Spotlight: Lina Bagepalli

Lina BagepalliLina Bagepalli is a doctoral student in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Niskayuna, New York. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she chose to attend Cornell due to the variety of research opportunities available to graduate students.

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