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3 THAT'S COOL CU Lake Source Cooling project wins top engineering awards.

6 OPENINGS Society of Women Engineers members push for more diversity.


Volume 33 Number 15 November 29, 2001

EPL encourages students to reason morally

Over five weeks, the Cornell Chronicle is examining the place of humanities studies at Cornell. In this week's edition, we look at two cross-disciplinary programs: Ethics and Public Life and the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines. By Linda Myers Moral questions such as how to combat evil without doing evil ­ often not a part of academic conversations on most campuses ­ are suddenly becoming more pertinent, post-Sept. 11. It's those kinds of questions that also keep moral scholars like Michele Moody-Adams and Henry Shue awake at night ­ and keep them striving to teach Cornell students how to reason beyond the latest sound bite. Moody-Adams is director of Cornell's program on Ethics and Public Life (EPL) and teaches an undergraduate course also called Ethics and Public Life. Shue, who teaches the course Global Thinking, was director of the EPL program from its inception in 1987 until July 2000.



· The Knight Writing Program, Page 7 · Student takes philosophy to heart, Page 8 The Hutchinson Professor of Ethics and Public Life as well as professor of philosophy, Moody-Adams wrote about the problem of moral disagreement and the flaws in moral relativism in her book Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture, and Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 1997). Academia is the ideal setting for rational reflection on such subjects, she says, because it offers "time, quiet, a place for reflective deliberation" and, most important, a respect for patient, lengthy reasoning processes. Despite the difficulties of careful reasoning in a fasttrack society, it is more important than ever to teach students Continued on page 8

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Professor Michele Moody-Adams, director of Cornell's program on Ethics and Public Life, leads a discussion in her undergraduate Ethics and Public Life course earlier this month.

Clinton proposes merger of food inspection units into one agency

By Blaine P. Friedlander Jr. With the memory of the terrorist attacks still fresh and with anthrax-tainted mail still a fear, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (DN.Y.) told participants at a forum at Cornell Nov. 19 that American food safety also has become a top priority in Washington, D.C. Making a suggestion that directly addresses the issue, Clinton said she would like to see the food inspection units of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ­ disparate, noncommunicative and overworked departments ­ merge into a separate agency. The USDA inspects meat and poultry and the FDA inspects domestic and imported fruits, vegetables and fish. There are not enough inspectors for either agency to satisfy the growing task of overseeing the safety of the United States' food supply, Clinton said. "Right now, some things have got to change," she said. Clinton spoke at the Bioterrorism Community Forum, sponsored by Cornell and The Ithaca Journal, in Barnes Hall auditorium on campus. More than 200 students and invited guests participated in the forum. Susan Henry, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a member of Clinton's agricultural advisory board, introduced the senator and the panelists: Kathryn J. Boor, Cornell associate professor of food science, and Chuck Wright, regional coordinator of the New York State Emergency Management Office. When Clinton suggested merging the two food inspection units into a new agency, Boor's face lit up with a smile. "That's my number one thing," said Boor after the forum. "If I could have cheered up there on stage when Senator Clinton suggested it, I would have cheered." In October Clinton introduced a $500 million bill that would give immediate food recall and detention authority to the FDA, quickly stopping contaminated food from spreading to consumers. The Clinton proposal also would provide resources to the FDA so that it can increase inspections of food imports. Currently the FDA inspects less than 1 percent of all imports annually and uses only 700 inspectors to oversee food imports and investigate 57,000 sites. Further, the Clinton bill would require importers to provide "prior notice" of the foods they intend to bring inside American borders. The bill's goal is to enhance surveillance of animal and human disease, and it would permit food safety research at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "We have a highly centralized food supply," said Clinton. "Our food supply is too vulnerable." Boor agreed with Clinton that the food supply is vulnerable. The Centers for Disease Control estimated 76 million case of gastrointestinal illness in 1999. Of those, there were 5,000 deaths and more than 325,000 people requiring hospitalization. "There is growing evidence in the medical profession regarding some very serious long-term health Continued on page 10

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New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton discusses food safety during her talk at the Nov. 19 forum in Barnes Hall auditorium.

State land transfer is final step for CU's Ag and Food Tech Park in Geneva

By Linda McCandless A research park in Geneva, N.Y., that will promote hightech and biotechnology jobs in the Finger Lakes is just bricks and macadam short of reality now that New York Gov. George Pataki has put his name on the dotted line. On Nov. 16 Pataki signed legislation that authorizes the state to transfer and convey 70 acres of land owned by the State University of New York to Cornell in exchange for other nearby properties. The land will be used to build the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, and it is adjacent to the university's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. As many as 150 full-time employees could be added within three years of the park's completion. "The creation of this new Agriculture and Food Technology Park is great news for the Finger Lakes and marks another step in our ongoing effort to promote high-tech and biotech job opportunities," said Pataki. "As the national economic downturn continues to present major challenges, bold initiatives like the creation of this new park will help ensure that New York remains highly competitive in the battle for the high-paying jobs of the future." "The Ag-Tech Park's mission is to foster the expansion of agriculture, food science and biotechnology research, while also promoting economic growth," said James E. Hunter, president of the corporation and director of the Geneva Agricultural Experiment Station. "The park will enable start-up and established companies to carry out cutting-edge research, and will complement the existing research and extension program of the Agricultural Experiment Station." The last major hurdle for the facility was cleared in August when the New York State Assembly approved the project after three years of negotiations. The state Senate and Pataki had previously announced their support for the park. The legislaContinued on page 10


November 29, 2001

Cornell Chronicle

2001 year-end reminders from Payroll Office

Cornell units and employees are advised to take notice of a series of important yearend tax and payroll activities, listed below. For further information, call the Cornell Payroll Office, 255-5194, or send an e-mail to <[email protected]>. For all employees: 1. Semimonthly payday, Dec. 31: The last payday for exempt employees will be on Dec. 31, 2001. Checks will be distributed Jan. 2, 2002. Sign up for direct deposit immediately so that your funds are available in your bank on Dec. 31. 2. Tax document address: Check your address on your pay stub. The payroll office mails tax documents (W-2 and 1042s) to the address on the front of the check. Here's how to correct addresses: · If you are a regular or temporary employee, change your address online in Employee Essentials via Bear Access. · If you are a student, change your address online in Just the Facts. · If you are moving, remember to provide a forwarding address to the U.S. Post Office. 3. Social Security number and name validation: Compare the Social Security number and name in the upper left corner of your check to the information on your Social Security card. If there are any errors, give a copy of your Social Security card to your unit's payroll representative so the error can be corrected. Any discrepancies may affect the Social Security Administration's record of your contributions. 4. No Social Security number or a temporary Social Security number: If you don't have a Social Security number, apply for one at the Social Security office in Ithaca and provide a copy of your Social Security card to your unit's payroll representative immediately upon receipt. Caution: A number that begins with 999 is generally not a Social Security number. 5. Exemption from federal or state income taxes expires Feb. 15, 2002: Some employees (generally students) are eligible to claim exemption from federal or state withholding taxes. The exemptions expire Feb. 15, 2002. New W-4 and IT 2014-E forms should be sent to the Payroll Office by Feb. 5 to avoid interruption of exemptions. Note: The Payroll Office will mail the W4 and IT1204-E forms to payroll representatives in early January with additional instructions. 6. Earned Income Credit: If an employee is eligible for the earned income credit in 2002, he or she must submit a W5 (Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate) before Dec. 10, 2001, to avoid any interruption in benefits.


s Experts on agro-terrorism: Lyle Vanclief, Canadian minister of agriculture and agri-food, will present the keynote address, "Agroterrorism and Bio-Security: Implications for U.S.-Canada Cooperation," as part of a daylong meeting at Cornell on agro- and bioterrorism. His address on Friday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the College of Veterinary Medicine's James Law Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Admission to other parts of the meeting ­ which is hosted by the veterinary college for key representatives from state and federal government, the public health sector, food producers and the veterinary profession in the United States and Canada ­ is by invitation only. s Cops, Kids & Toys: Tompkins County

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President Hunter Rawlings, center, joins seniors, from left, Eric Linden, Lauren Nicholas and alumni co-class presidents Khary Barnes and Tracy Zuckerman at the kickoff for the '02 senior class campaign in the Biotechnology Building, Nov. 13.

Senior class campaign begins

Almost 100 seniors and a few juniors came together Nov. 13 in the Biotechnology Building to kick off this year's senior class campaign. Studentelected trustee Khary Barnes '02 and Tracy Zuckerman '02, co-presidents of the 2002 alumni class, introduced the senior class gift: the Class of 2002 Scholarship. Beginning in the fall of 2002, the scholarship will benefit one Cornell undergraduate per year for the life of the university. To raise funds for the scholarship, seniors are asked to give $20.02 (in honor of their graduating year) to the senior class campaign; $10 of that donation will be for dues, which includes a free one-year subscription to Cornell Magazine, and the balance will go to the scholarship fund. The kickoff event also featured President Hunter Rawlings, who shared his fund-raising experiences with the group and encouraged everyone in attendance to give their time and talent to the endeavor. Rawlings, along with the members of the 2002 Alumni Class Council, has urged seniors to give to the campaign. This year's goal is to have 50 percent of the class participate by giving. Seniors will receive an informational mailing about the campaign in the coming weeks.


Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis and director the Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory at Cornell, has been elected a fellow of the Ergonomics Society for his "significant contributions to ergonomics and the activities of the society over a period of at least ten years." The society, which serves as a forum for ergonomists and human factors specialists, has some 1,300 members. Hedge studies issues of design and workplace ergonomics as they affect the health, comfort and productivity of workers, such as workstation design, carpal tunnel syndrome risks, alternative keyboard and input system designs and indoor air quality.

law enforcement agencies have joined together again for their annual Cops, Kids & Toys program. Cops, Kids & Toys was able to provide toys for 1,375 children in 2000 with the help of many organizations ­ including the Alcoholism Council of Tompkins County, Tompkins County Probation Department, Q Country, the Women's Bowling Association, the Restaurant and Tavern Owner's Association, several Cornell departments, area businesses and organizations ­ and many individuals, . The program began in the early '80s to help families who were unable to provide holiday gifts for their children. Donations of unwrapped new toys, or cash, can be dropped off at any county law enforcement agency by Dec. 18. Checks should be made out to Cops, Kids & Toys. Toy donations also may be placed in Cops, Kids & Toys collection boxes at participating area businesses. Raffle tickets for fund-raising also are being sold for $2 each or three for $5, and the raffle drawing is Dec. 19. The prizes are $500 cash, a $100 gift certificate from the East Hill Plaza P&C Foods and a $100 Mobil Go Card, courtesy of Chuck's Mobil. Tickets are available at county law enforcement agencies. Parents or guardians in need of supplemental gifts for children in their custody can contact the Alcoholism Council at 274-6288. The cutoff date for signing up to receive gifts is Dec. 10. For further information on the program, contact Cornell Police crime prevention officers George Sutfin or Rich Brewer at 255-7404 or <[email protected]>.

s Population trends examined: The


George A. Kiersch, professor of geological sciences at Cornell from 1960 to 1978 and chair of Cornell's Department of Geological Sciences from 1965 to 1971, died in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 19 following a long illness. He was 83. At the time of his death, he was professor emeritus in geological sciences. A geologist with an international reputation, Kiersch was a specialist in environmental and engineering geology. He spent much of his career developing regional geologic surveys and researching resources, notably geothermal energy. Last year France's minister of culture awarded him the Palmes Academiques in recognition of his contributions to the application of geoscience to major civil, mining, military and environmental engineering works in France. Kiersch had been involved with major engineering projects in Europe that began while he was a visiting fellow at Technical University of Vienna from 1963 to 1964, during leave from Cornell. Among these were several projects in France that he worked on closely with Marcel Arnould of the Écoles des Mines de Paris. Kiersch joined the Cornell faculty in 1960. His previous academic appointment had been on the geology faculty of the University of Arizona, Tucson, from 1951 to 1955. He retired from Cornell in 1978. During his career, Kiersch was a geologic consultant for more than 50 companies as well as to several government agencies in Washington, California, Puerto Rico and Brazil. After serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the United States and the South Pacific during World War II, he remained with the corps as a project geologist, working first on the Folsom Dam in California and then assisting with underground tests of explosives in Utah. From 1950 to 1951, he was chief geologist with the United States and Mexico International Boundary and Water Commission, and from 1953 to 1956, he was director of the Mineral Resources Survey at the Navajo-Hopi reservations in Arizona and Utah. From 1955 to 1960, he was assistant chief of exploration for Southern Pacific Corp. He was the first recipient, in 1965, of the Holdredge Award from the Association of Engineering Geologists and was a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a member of the trustee advisory council of the Colorado School of Mines. Kiersch was born in Lodi, Calif. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1941 and earned his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Arizona in 1947. He is survived by his four children, Dana Haycock, Mary Kiersch, George Kiersch and Nancy Bohner, and by 10 grandchildren.


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Canadians at Cornell Club, with the support of the Johnson Graduate School of Management's Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, has announced a lecture by David K. Foot, professor of economics and demographics at the University of Toronto, titled "The World of Demographics and the Demographics of the World." The lecture will be Friday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall D. The lecture and a question period will deal with the profound importance of population trends, especially following the events of 9/ 11. Foot, who has a doctorate from Harvard, is the author of the international best seller Boom, Bust & Echo, the landmark book on the importance of population trends to everyday life. The lecture is open to Cornell students and faculty.

s CU and Rutgers Glee Clubs: Cornell

Glee Club, under the direction of Scott Tucker, is hosting the Rutgers University Glee Club in a joint concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in Sage Chapel. The concert is free, but donations are welcome. The groups will be performing a range of choral works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries as well as music from the Cornell Glee Club's most recent international tour in Venezuela. In addition to the tour, which was done in conjunction with the Cornell Chorus, the Glee Club recently performed Bach's Mass in B-minor with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and gave a concert at Cornell during Homecoming Weekend in October. For information about the Glee Club's concert schedule, visit the web site <http://>.

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November 29, 2001


CU's Lake Source Cooling project wins two prestigious engineering awards

By David Brand Cornell's Lake Source Cooling (LSC) project has been honored with a first-place American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technology Award. The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design in areas that include energy conservation. Award-winning designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management, and performance is proven through one year of verifiable operating data. LSC was launched in 1994 and began operating in July 2000. William S. "Lanny" Joyce, chief engineer for LSC, will accept the first-place award in the alternative and/or renewable energy-use category on behalf of the Cornell design and construction team at the society's 2002 winter meeting in January. The Cornell energy project also was named energy project of the year by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The AEE is a nonprofit professional association with 8,000 members. Joyce accepted the AEE award at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta Oct. 23. Also honored Oct. 23 was John Nettleton, senior program leader with Cornell Cooperative Extension, who was named environmental professional of the year by the AEE. Nettleton directs community-based economic development programs that help urban neighborhoods retain their resources and build local economies. The programs include New York City's Small Business Energy Program and the low-income energy education program funded by Consolidated Edison. LSC uses cold water from Cayuga Lake to cool a separate closed-loop water supply that is pumped to the Cornell campus and circulated to cool campus buildings. The project replaced an aging system of huge water refrigerating machines known as chillers. The new system uses 86 percent less electrical energy than the chillers it replaced, thus reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned and the amount of pollution released into the atmosphere by regional electric generating plants. The LSC system also eliminates the need for ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants or their replacements. Joyce estimates the cooling project will eliminate the need for some 20 million kilowatt hours per year to be generated by regional electric power plants, or enough power to serve 2,500 homes, while preserving and protecting Cayuga Lake. Earlier this year the New York State Society of Professional Engineers named LSC as the society's outstanding engineering achievement of the year. Cornell's chilled-water cooling and steam heating systems also were named district energy system of the year by the International District Energy Association.

CU-Ithaca Partnership and United Way offer nonprofits computer aid

By Susan Lang To address the technology and computer training needs of local nonprofit agencies, the Cornell-Ithaca Partnership (C-IP) has partnered with United Way of Tompkins County and its 40 member organizations to form Computer Aid. "Bringing Cornell resources to assist the Ithaca community is a core part of our mission," said Patricia Pollak, associate professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell and the director of C-IP. "Computer Aid is a great example of bringing university resources to address a real As of Nov. 26, the Cornell community need." United Way Campaign has The Cornell-Ithaca Part- received $412,224.40 of nership, a U.S. Department its $525,000 goal. of Housing and Urban Development- and Cornell University-funded Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), is funding a Cornell student part time, to assist Ithaca nonprofits with their computer needs and technology challenges. Benedict Heinz, a Cornell senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in communications, is the first student to work on the project. Using his communication technology background, Heinz will conduct computer diagnostics and training, install local area networks and troubleshoot computers and related technologies at local nonprofits. In addition, he will assist Ithaca area nonprofits with web-page design, assessing basic system needs and ways to maximize the capabilities of networking among agencies. "This is a wonderful program for our member organiza-

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Cornell senior Benedict Heinz, a communication major working for Computer Aid, installs network wiring at the Offender Aid and Restoration office on North Plain Street, Nov. 6.

tions. It will help build the capacity of nonprofits and be a huge cost savings for agencies that work on a tight budget," said James A. Brown, executive director of United Way of Tompkins County. The United Way of Tompkins and the Cornell United Way campaigns currently are in full swing. In addition to supporting immediate needs, United Way resources help prevent problems, as do agencies such as American Red Cross, Task Force for Battered Women and Child Sexual Abuse Project and the Center for Crime Victim and Sexual Assault Services. Explained LeNorman Strong, Cornell assistant vice president for student and academic services and this year's Cornell United Way Campaign chair: "Since there's more to life than emergencies, United Way donations also go to

agencies such as the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), which provides a range of multicultural and recreational youth programs that focus on social and individual development, and the Day Care and Child Development Council, which provides resources and support services to day-care programs, teen-age parent and high risk families. This year ­ now more than ever ­ United Way needs your support to keep our local human services agencies proactive in giving neighbors a helping hand." For more information on Computer Aid, contact the CIP at 216-0510 or e-mail <[email protected]>. For more information on the United Way or to obtain a pledge card, contact Karen Brown at <[email protected]> or on the web at <>.


To help introduce to the Cornell community the new members of the university's faculty, the Cornell Chronicle is publishing a series of brief, new-faculty profiles each week during the semester. Mary K. McCullough Associate professor, English/women's studies College: Arts and Sciences Academic focus: 19th and 20th century American studies, lesbian studies, ethnic studies, feminist theory, British and Irish women's narratives, British and American popular culture, Anglo-Irish literature and composition. Previous position: Visiting professor, English and women's studies, Cornell, 19992001; associate professor, English/women's studies, Miami University, 1998-1999. Academic background: B.A., modern literature and society, Brown University, 1983; M.A., Anglo-Irish literature and drama, University College, Dublin, Ireland, 1984; Ph.D. English, University of California-Berkeley, 1992. Pedro D. Perez Assistant professor, puter Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2000-2001. Academic background: Laurea degree (magna cum laude), University of Rome, 1995; Ph.D., Redundant-Filterbank Encoding for Digital Communication Systems, University of Rome, 1999. Kim A. Weeden Assistant professor, sociology College: Arts and Sciences Academic focus: Research focuses on social inequality, work and occupations, gender inequality in the labor market and class analysis. She has examined historical shifts in the distribution of men and women into occupations; collective action by occupations and its impact on earnings; and the purported decline in the strength of the association between social class and lifestyles, consumption patterns, political behavior and social attitudes. Previous position: Assistant professor, University of Chicago, 1999-2001. Academic background: B.A., sociology and psychology, Williamette University, 1989; and M.A., 1993, and Ph.D., 1999, both in sociology from Stanford University.





applied economics and management College: Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic focus: Conducts research within the university's Food Industry Management program. His current research interests are international business management and management of technology and innovation. This spring he will teach the undergraduate Introduction to Business Management course (AEM220). Previous position: Visiting professor, Johnson Graduate School of Management. Academic background: B.S., chemical engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar, (Caracas), 1982; M.S., industrial engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

1984; MBA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984; Ph.D., management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1999. Anna Scaglione Assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering College: Engineering Academic focus: Research area lies at the intersection between statistical signal processing and communication theory. Her work is focused on the design of modems for broadband wireless communications, with application to cellular communications and wireless local area networks. Previous position: Assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Com-


November 29, 2001

Cornell Chronicle

University's human-subjects research committee implements new rules

By Roger Segelken Hoping to engender a campuswide "culture of compliance" with federal rules governing human-subjects research, a Cornell oversight committee has instituted a few rules of its own. Beginning Dec. 1, when the University Committee on Human Subjects (UCHS) requires much more detailed proposals from investigators hoping to conduct studies that involve humans, investigators also must complete a self-education program ­ and that's just the start of their learning process. "All Cornell students, faculty and staff members who conduct any sort of research involving humans also will need to understand federal requirements for informed consent," said UCHS chair Elaine Wethington. "Everyone must be aware of guidelines for determining which studies are exempt from regulation ­ rather than assuming they are exempt ­ as well as the requirements for faculty oversight of student-run research. "Furthermore," said Wethington, the associate professor of human development who heads the 15-member committee, "new rules and regulations are still being debated on the federal level. More rules will be phased in over the next several years, so stay tuned." The all-volunteer UCHS meets monthly to review (and approve or return for further refinement) all proposals for research that involve human subjects, regardless of the source of funding. Proposal forms, which have been expanded from two to nine pages, are found at the Office of Sponsored Programs web site <http://www.osp.>. Completion of an education program, such as the Training Program for Researchers in the Use of Human Subjects (a selftutorial with quizzes at the compliance web site), has been recommended for the last year but now is absolutely required, Wethington said, consistent with policies at other major research universities. And the online tutorial, which takes about 45 minutes to complete, should be regarded as a minimum, she added. "Researchers also should be fully familiar with any requirements of their disciplines, such as codes of ethics of professional societies, as well as with all local, state and federal regulations that pertain to their particular research." Other, more detailed and specific training programs are offered by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, Wethington said, noting: "Our committee and the Office of Sponsored Programs can point researchers to training opportunities, but the researchers are responsible for training themselves." Consent documents, which advise prospective subjects of their rights and risks while participating in research, are another focus of UCHS concern. A template for consent documents is available at the compliance web site. Research proposals must include either the text of written consent documents that subjects will sign or scripts for verbal consents to which subjects are asked to listen and agree. Some kinds of research ­ such as interviews of public officials ­ are exempt from human-subjects rules, but researchers may no longer "self-exempt" themselves, Wethington emphasized. "Only the UCHS can issue a certificate of exemption, after reviewing a proposal," she said. "The certificate of exemption must be renewed once a year, and the committee must be informed of any changes in research that might affect the exemption. Calling for more conscientious supervision by faculty members of student-run research, Wethington said: "Even after taking the training programs, many students cannot produce an acceptable application. Students need discipline-based training as well, and their departments have to get involved and stay involved." If all the tougher requirements for conducting human-subjects research at Cornell make UCHS seem like a cranky bunch of busybodies, there's a good reason, Wethington said. The university must file a multiple project assurance with the federal government, certifying that a locally based institutional review board (the UCHS at Cornell) oversees researchers' compliance with all rules and regulations. "If something goes wrong, the university's reputation is on the line," the UCHS chair said, "so there's plenty of incentive to make sure our researchers know the rules." And why do UCHS volunteers do all their work for no compensation (except a free lunch once a month)? "I can't answer for the other members, but here's my reason," Wethington said. "This committee is one of the things that helps preserve Cornell's reputation as a first-rate research institution. There are so many worthwhile, innovative studies under way here at Cornell. I'd like to help the investigators make sure their studies are conducted `by the book.'"

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Elaine Wethington, associate professor of human development and chair of the University Human Subjects Committee, reviews research proposals at the committee's Nov. 1 meeting in Day Hall. Behind her is Betty Kassman, left, an Ithaca community representative on the committee, and Dennis Regan, associate professor of psychology and former chair of the committee.

They cover not only biomedical research with human subjects, but also all social and behavioral research conducted from Cornell's Ithaca campus and affiliated units. (A separate committee and set of rules govern human-subjects research at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and its affiliates.) Discipline-specific subcommittees of the UCHS review proposals before they are submitted to the full committee, and proposals or proposal renewals are required for each year of research projects.

Provost Martin briefs faculty senate on salary program, gender equity study

By Jacquie Powers Provost Biddy Martin briefed members of the Cornell Faculty Senate on two key issues at their regular monthly meeting Nov. 14: gender equity and the faculty Martin salary program. Martin said the results of the recently completed Gender Equity Study "were extremely positive, I am happy to say. There was no statistically significant difference in pay by gender in any college at Cornell." Martin said the faculty panel conducting the study used a multiple regression analysis for each college, with more than a dozen variables. They first looked at men and women whose actual salary was 5 percent below the projected salary and found that gender had no significant difference. They then looked at men and women whose actual salary was 10 percent below the projected salary and found that, while there was still no significant difference, more women were both 10 percent above and 10 percent below the projected salary than men. The faculty panel also visited with all college deans to discuss how they make salary improvement decisions and to review the salaries of women faculty that were 5 percent or more below the projected salary, Martin said. The panel then made two recommendations: · to determine whether some greater similarity in faculty salary policies across colleges could lessen confusion and frustration among faculty about salaries; and · to give continued attention to attracting and retaining outstanding women faculty. Martin also said there was good news on the faculty salary improvement program. She said that in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2001, the first year of the six-year salary improvement program, the overall increase in monies allocated for all continuing faculty was 8.1 percent. The overall increase for endowed faculty was 8.4 percent, while the overall increase for contract college faculty was 7.7 percent. She explained that salary increases for individuals covered a wide range, with some increases far exceeding those percentages and some being far lower. "And," she added, "we plan to continue to aggressively address the issue of faculty salaries, despite the weak economic conditions we find ourselves in currently." In other business, the senate unanimously approved a resolution asking the provost to require all academic units seeking to change their name degree designations to give advance notice to all the academic units. Terrence Fine, professor of electrical and computer engineering and chair of the Committee on Academic Programs and Policies, explained before the vote that the resolution was designed to avoid potential conflicts and confusion.

CIT program pairs students with faculty to enhance courses with technology

By Beth Goelzer Lyons Twenty-four undergraduates are about to help change the teaching environment at Cornell. They're from Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United States. They play water polo, football, soccer and ultimate Frisbee. They're gymnasts, emergency medical technicians, fencers, gourmet cooks, step dancers and knitters. And now they're pros in instructional technologies, ranging from PowerPoint presentations and basic web sites to computer animation and digital movies. Come January 2002, these students, as part of Cornell's fledging Student Technology Assistant Program, will be helping faculty use instructional technologies in their courses. They will work right in faculty offices or at new multimedia centers donated to each college by Apple Computer Inc. Part of Cornell's larger Distributed Learning Initiative, this program is intended to help faculty with small-scale, simple projects. Funded by the Office of the Provost, it was drafted by Polley McClure, vice president for information technologies, and Glenn Altschuler, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, and implemented under the direction of Joan Falkenberg Getman at Cornell Information Technologies' Academic Technology Center. "Each of you can help faculty do the serious work of inventing new pedagogy," said McClure at a Nov. 12 reception honoring the students. "As you go through the year ahead, we need you not only to help faculty but also to try to understand whether these efforts are making learning better for students. Our hope is that the results of your work will go well beyond the Ithaca campus as we share what we've learned with other campuses." "The program provides a unique opportunity for students "The most challenging aspect has been leaving the center," said Anthony Garcia '04, an applied economics major. "I learn so much that time flies by fast, and I really would rather stay and delve deeper." The training curriculum was developed by the center's Clare van den Blink. Two aspects set it apart from similar efforts ­ a two-part rigorous evaluation after each unit and both simulated and actual fieldwork. Students must demonstrate not only their proficiency with a technology but also their skill in teaching it to others. As a capstone, students work on short projects, first with the center's student staff acting as faculty members and then with faculty volunteers. "Having students assist the faculty serves many purposes," said McClure. "As students and as people who have grown up with these technologies, they can help assess whether a certain approach would facilitate learning and how well other students would receive it. In turn, they're gaining insight into educational principles that could help them in their studies, as well as invaluable professional experience that will serve them well after Cornell." In selecting students for the Student Technology Assistant positions, program coordinator Marge Wolff ranked emotional intelligence above technical skill and sought to represent a wide cross-section of the university. "Technical skills can be taught," explained Wolff. "It's much harder to teach someone, for example, the selfconfidence you need to work with someone in a position of authority, or the patience and listening skills that a good consultant needs." Faculty members who want to work with student assistants can contact Wolff at 254-3544 or <[email protected]>. Students interested in the program should also contact Wolff.

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At the Student Technology Assistant Program recognition and reception event Nov. 12 in the A.D. White House, Polley McClure, left, vice president for information technologies, congratulates program participant Matthew Herndon '04, while Marco Recuay '03, who also was honored, looks on.

to get involved with professors and technology and to improve our own learning experiences and those of our classmates," said Daniel Zarzar '04, student coordinator and engineering major. Throughout the fall semester, the students have been working eight hours a week at the Academic Technology Center, mastering instructional technologies, honing their consulting and teaching skills and doing fieldwork.

Cornell Chronicle

November 29, 2001


CU students take first place in regional computer programming contest

By Bill Steele Three Cornell computer science students took first place in the Greater New York Regional Collegiate Programming Contest held Oct. 28 at Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y. Next March, the students ­ Jeff Hoy '01, M.Eng. '02, Lars Backstrom '04 and Michael Conner '04 ­ will compete in the 26th annual Collegiate Programming Contest finals in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 20-24. Two Cornell teams placed first and second in the 1999 regional competition, and a single Cornell team took first place in the 1998 event. In the 2000 event, a Cornell team placed second. The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is organized by the Association of Computing Machinery and sponsored by IBM. Thousands of teams from over 1,000 universities worldwide compete in regional contests, and 60 teams represent their regions at the world finals. Cornell sent two teams: Team JLM consisted of Hoy Backstrom and Connor and team BFJ of Bill Barksdale '05, Frances Spalding '03 and Jacob HoffmanAndrews '03. The teams were selected from participants in the Association of Computer Science Undergraduates programming contest on campus and trained by doctoral students Hubie Chen, David Kempe and Martin Pal. Green Hills Software financially supported the team for the training and trip to Long Island. The campus contest is open to students in any department; tryouts for next year's team will be held in the spring. At the regional contest, 43 teams competed for five hours trying to solve as many problems as possible from a problem set of nine problems of varying difficulty. One of the more interesting problems asked teams to write a program that tests whether holes can be punched into a cube so that it will project three different patterns on a surface when light shines on its different faces. In an exciting finish, Cornell's team JLM won the contest, solving seven problems and edging out Columbia University, which also solved seven problems but needed more total time to do so. Team BFJ from Cornell solved four problems, and ended in a very respectable 10th place.

Fusion research spinoff produces high-resolution images of minute objects

By Lissa Harris The energy that powers the sun would seem to have little in common with the hair on the tip of a housefly's wing. But in a Cornell lab, the two have found a curious unison. Using powerful machinery originally developed in the hope of discovering a way to generate energy from hydrogen fusion, scientists in Cornell's Laboratory of Plasma Studies are creating high-resolution images of minute objects, like fly hairs or the fine filaments that keep dandelion seeds afloat in the air. The machine that produces the images runs a powerful electrical current through a vacuum chamber containing a pair of crossed wires, each many times finer than a human hair. The current is so strong that it causes the wires to explode, forming a plasma ­ a dense gas that has become so hot that the atoms in it break down. This plasma is known as the X-pinch, and at the cross point of the wires it is particularly hot and dense. What makes the X-ray images it produces so special is their extremely fine resolution. And, in turn, the very fineness of this detail is being used to determine the size of the X-pinch plasma ­ estimated at much less than a thousandth of an inch. David Hammer, the J.C. Ward Professor of Nuclear Energy Engineering at Cornell and principal investigator in a U.S. Department of Energy project to study the properties of the X-pinch, described the new imaging technique at a meeting of the American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics, earlier this month at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. Hammer and his colleagues from the Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, Tania Shelkovenko and Sergei Pikuz, discussed the work during a poster session and in a lecture at the meeting. The Cornell lab has been working for the past few years with Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M., to develop an inertial confinement fusion system that uses Xrays. The so-called Z machine that has been built at Sandia is designed to generate an extremely high-power X-ray pulse to create temperatures in the millions of degrees that would result in fusion of the hydrogen fuel. This is the energy source of the sun and other stars, in which hydrogen nuclei combine, or fuse, to produce huge amounts of energy. However, this same research also has yielded the unex-

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David Hammer, left, the J.C. Ward Professor of Nuclear Energy Engineering at Cornell, poses at the Cornell Laboratory of Plasma Studies in Upson Hall with his colleagues from the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow, Sergei Pikuz and Tania Shelkovenko.

pected discovery of X-pinch imaging. The plasma created by the exploding crossed wires lasts for less than one microsecond, but in that time it implodes and forms one or two plasma points with temperatures as high as 10 million degrees Celsius that last for less than a billionth of a second. The high-density plasma ­ almost the density of a solid ­ generates bursts of X-rays that can produce extremely high-resolution radiographs (X-ray photographs) of very small objects. Because the detail shown in the radiograph is determined by the size of the X-ray source, microscopic details can be shown at very high resolution. Indeed, the plasma points that emit the X-rays are so small that their size is still unknown. "What we're doing now is making little nanofabricated structures, and then we will image those structures and see what the resolution is," Hammer said. The first images the researchers obtained were fuzzy

blobs. But as the technique has been refined, the images have become much sharper. Recently developed radiographs of a dead housefly, collected from the floor of the laboratory, clearly show fine structures, such as hairs, only a few microns across. As with traditional X-rays, it is also possible to take Xpinch radiographs of living organisms. Hammer and his colleagues have succeeded in making radiographs of a live ant ­ however, they had difficulties getting the ant to pose for the picture. "The ant walks around in this little chamber, and so you don't know what angle you're going to X-ray it at. It's much easier to do a dead fly," said Hammer. The Cornell plasma lab soon will begin collaboration with scientists in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine to determine whether this new imaging technology could have important applications for medicine or biology.

CU women engineering undergraduates focus on improving diversity

By Lissa Harris The still-modest numbers of young women entering the engineering profession reveal that two key actions need to be taken to boost women's participation, many female engineers agree: getting more highschoolers involved in engineering and increasing the representation of women among engineering faculty. This is no small task, but women undergraduate engineers at Cornell are working on the problem. The College of Engineering's chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) runs a wide variety of outreach programs at the elementary and highschool levels, designed to get young students interested in engineering and to bring Cornell women engineers into area classrooms as role models. The SWE chapter members even run activities with local Girl Scout troops. "Outreach is one of our biggest functions," said Angel Hill '02, a chemical engineering major who last year was co-director of outreach programs for Cornell SWE. Women engineering students discussed these issues and many others when Cornell hosted the regional SWE conference Nov. 1618 in Call Alumni Auditorium of Kennedy Hall. About 350 women, mainly undergraduates, from nearly 30 colleges and universities in the region ­ which includes Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and part of New York ­ shared their experiences through lectures, workshops and a career and graduate school fair. There was some doubt initially that companies affected by the economic recession would be able to sponsor the planned fair. But, said Hill, who coordinated the conference with Cindy Winoto '02, their efforts to persuade companies to participate paid off. "It went better than we ever could have hoped for," said Hill. "I think it went well for both sides. The professionals were able to speak with a lot of students, and the students were happy with the turnout of companies." Continued on page 6

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Cornell's chapter of the Society of Women Engineers hosted the group's regional conference in Call Alumni Auditorium of Kennedy Hall last week. Keynote speaker Krishna Athreya, left, director of Minority and Women's Programs in Engineering, discusses the program with engineering undergraduates Angel Hill '02, center, and Cindy Winoto '02, the two coordinators of the conference.


November 29, 2001

Cornell Chronicle

Theory Center Computational Biology Service Unit is now open for business

Researchers in molecular biology may now have access to supercomputing power, along with expert advice on how to use it, through the Cornell Theory Center's new Computational Biology Service Unit (CBSU), located in Frank H.T. Rhodes Hall. The service unit offers consultation services and project-specific assistance on a wide range of topics in computational molecular biology. It also provides a web portal to bioinformatics tools. A dedicated CBSU computer cluster was recently installed at the center and will be the engine for much of the unit's work. The cluster consists of 128 microprocessors operating in parallel, effectively working as a supercomputer. CBSU's goals are to make high-performance computing and state-of-the-art computational tools widely accessible to biologists, said Ron Elber, CTC associate director and professor of computer science who directs the new unit. "The computer has become an essential laboratory tool for genomics and related research," Elber explained. "CBSU has undertaken the task of making computation accessible to non-computational scientists by designing new software packages and interfaces in the Windows environment, with which most researchers are familiar." The CBSU is staffed by two research associates, Jarek Pillardy and Qi Sun, who have extensive expertise in databases, genomics and structural biology. Sun and Pillardy are backed by the significant highperformance computing resources and computational expertise at the Theory Center. The new unit is a resource for the Triinstitutional Collaboration in basic biological research, which has funded the new computer cluster. The collaboration includes Cornell University, Cornell/Weill Medical College, Rockefeller University and Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center. CBSU also is a part of the Cornell Genomics Initiative. Additional information about CBSU can be found at: <>.

Coloring their world

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To celebrate International Education Week, Cornell's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies sponsored a flag-painting event in the Big Red Barn, Nov. 15. Participants painted in the colors of flags from around the world.

James Maas' book offers sleep advice for children

By Roger Segelken Before James B. Maas, Cornell professor of psychology, achieved national recognition as a sleep researcher and educator, he was a parent, and he knows all about that ploy children use for postponing bedtime: following every parental answer with another "but why?" So Maas' latest book, Remmy and the Brain Train: Traveling Through the Land of Good Sleep, illustrated by Guy Danella and including a read-along, sing-along CD by composer/songwriter Suzanne Scheniman, provides plenty of reasons why the 4- to 8-year-old set should get a good night's sleep. "`Because I'm your parent and I say you need more sleep' is never going to cut it with the kids," said Maas. "I knew from experience that you need reasons that will resonate with young people about why adequate sleep can improve their alertness, mood and performance." Those scientifically insightful answers come from Doctor Zeez, the conductor of a special train that transports young Remmy in his dreams. The youngster has fallen asleep, wondering why he is uncharacteristically groggy at school ­ and why an otherwise bright lad is having trouble with mathematics, spelling and even remembering names. The persuasive Doctor Zeez (voiced by author Maas in the CD version of the story) convinces Remmy that plenty of deep sleep (both the deep and the REM, or rapid-eye movement, kind) is not only energizing but is essential for

`"Because I'm your parent and I say you need more sleep" is never going to cut it with the kids.' ­ James Maas, professor of psychology, on convincing children about sleep's benefits

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Professor James Maas poses in his Uris Hall office with his new children's book, Remmy and the Brain Train: Traveling Through the Land of Good Sleep.

processing newly acquired information and storing it in a retrievable part of the memory. Far from vegetating, the mind goes on a fantastic journey during the various periods of sleep, Remmy discovers. Developing good sleep habits makes the child stronger, smarter, happier and healthier. That's the same advice Maas offered in Power Sleep, his best-selling book for adults, and that he delivers to the sleepdeprived everywhere, including national television audiences, corporate executives and the 65,000 Cornell students he has taught in introductory psychology classes for 38 years. And ever the educator, Maas can't resist giving a quiz on the official Remmy web site <>. Fill in the missing letters: Most d_e_ _s happen in _ E _ sleep. That's also when m _ _ or _ traces are made. For those who slept through Remmy or through introductory psychology class, the answers for the words with missing letters are: dreams, REM and memory.

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In addition to the fair, conference participants had the chance to attend workshops on topics ranging from the finer points of electronics technology research to tips on public speaking. An important role of the conference also was to provide networking between the students and women in the engineering profession. The national SWE recently recognized Cornell's chapter of SWE, one of the society's oldest, along with Stanford University's chapter, as Best National Student Section. Electrical engineering student Jacqueline Spear founded Cornell's chapter in 1972 at the urging of her mother, a Cornell engineering graduate. Times have changed since the early days of SWE, but women in engineering still have a long way to go, noted Krishna Athreya, director of Minority and Women's Programs in Engineering at Cornell and a keynote speaker at the SWE conference. But, she said, Cornell is up to the formidable task of tackling diversity in engineering. According to the National Science Foundation, in 1975 ­ the year founder Spear graduated from Cornell ­1.7 percent of doctoral degrees in engineering were awarded to women. By 1997, women were earning more engineering doctorates, but only 12.3 percent of the total, still lagging far behind the figures for men. Paulette Clancy, professor of chemical engineering and an advocate for diversity and campus climate initiatives in the engineering college, is concerned about the gender discrepancies that still continue to restrict engineering as a field for women. "If you look at an average high school senior class, roughly 50 percent are women, so they accurately represent the nation," said Clancy. "But if you look at how many women go into engineering [at Cornell], it's about 25 percent, so we've lost half of them immediately." And that's not the end of it. While women seem to make the transition from undergraduate to graduate work in engineering as smoothly as men do (the percentages of women in both are fairly similar), the story changes when it comes to moving into academia. "If you look at how many women in the engineering graduate population decide to be faculty members, it's about 11 percent," said Clancy. "Again, we're losing half." She said she believes Cornell can do more to increase diversity among engineering faculty. "I would like to see the greater diversification of the faculty become a strategic initiative at the university level, in the same way we are saying we want to focus on research areas like genomics and information science and advanced materials," she said. "I think it would set us apart." Said Athreya:"Cornell engineers, very justifiably, claim that they are among the greatest problem-solvers in the world. They love to be confronted with challenges. As long as this [greater faculty diversity] is seen as a challenge for the entire community, then what is to prevent us from having an outstanding team of workers focusing energies on this?"

Science fun that's on target

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Michelle Reynolds 13, left, and Kara Dickerson, 14, right, both from Groton Middle School, are aided by Anna Waldron, center, in fashioning a slingshot out of various materials. They were among girls from three regional schools taking part in the Cornell Nanobiotechnology Center's science club for girls Nov. 9 in the Biotechnology Building. Waldron is the education coordinator for the center.

Molly Howard '02, this year's co-president of Cornell SWE (Katy Pan '02 is the other co-president) had praise for the organization's efforts to reach beyond the

boundaries of Cornell. "The community sees that we work hard at what we do," she said. "It's a great way for us to interact and get to know the community."

Cornell Chronicle

November 29, 2001


CU's Knight Institute supports 300 courses in writing, to promote learning



By Susan Lang What do more than 300 courses a year at Cornell ­ ranging from Democracy and Corporate Power (Anthropology 133); Pests, Pesticides, People and Politics (Plant Pathology 101) and Imagining the Holocaust (English 221) to Biotechnology and the Law (Biology and Society 406), Meditation in Indian Culture (Asian Studies 277) and Euclidean and Spherical Geometry (Math 451) ­ have in common? They all are writing-intensive courses with special guidelines and support from Cornell's John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, a diverse, universitywide, undergraduate program that incorporates the teaching and use of writing as a way to promote learning in a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. The program's first-year and sophomore writing seminars are guaranteed to be small. The advanced courses in students' majors (Writing in the Majors or WIM), such as astronomy, Asian studies, natural resources, design and environmental analysis and even physics, attend to languages of the specific disciplines and have specially trained graduate-student teaching assistants who are supported by the Knight Institute to help with the extra workload a writing-intensive course generates. "We understand that there is no one way to teach writing and that the learning that goes on in each field is inseparable from the content," says Jonathan Monroe, professor of comparative literature, associate dean of College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Knight Institute. "The kinds of writing in each discipline are completely integral to the quality and quantity of learning that takes place. We know of no writing program that exceeds Cornell's in the richness and diversity of its course offerings." In fact, last fall, the Time/Princeton Review named Cornell the private research university "College of the Year" because of its writing-in-the-disciplines approach and strength. The roots of the institute were sowed in 1966, when Cornell revitalized its teaching of first-year writing by establishing the freshman humanities courses across nine departments to emphasize writing in the disciplines. Becoming one of the first colleges in the nation to place writing initiatives in the disciplines, it has served as a model for other universities such as Harvard, Duke, Princeton, Florida A&M and Temple. By 1975, some 50 courses across 17 departments were being offered, and in 1986 the John S. Knight Program was created with a $5 million grant from the Knight Foundation, in the memory of its founder and Cornell alumnus John S. Knight. In 1988, a Cornell President's Initiative grant founded the WIM program, which was endowed by the Knight Foundation in 1992. In 1997, the Knight and Park foundations provided further funding for WIM, and in 1999 the

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Graduate instructor Karthika Sasikumar, second from left, leads the first-year writing seminar class Militaries and Societies in the Modern Age in Stimson Hall. Joining in the class are, from left: Katherine Purdy '05, government; Sasikumar; Kane MacAniff '05, arts; Michael Orenak '05, engineering; Ashima Chitre '05, architecture; Damen Gillard '04, government; and Mike Shanahan '05, engineering.

`Writing always occurs within, and for the purposes of, specific contexts. Students learn to write in the context of learning about a particular discipline.' ­ Katherine Gottschalk, director of first-year writing seminars

Knight Foundation gave Cornell $5 million (of which $3 million is endowing the new sophomore writing seminars), and that amount was augmented by an additional $1 million from Cornell. In 2000, the institute took on its current title. Today, the institute coordinates, annually, more than 300 first-year writing seminars across 30 departments, up to 30 advanced courses across 15 departments and, for the first time this year, collaborative sophomore seminars intended to excite students in various "gateway" courses into the majors (see accompanying story, below). The vast majority of first-year undergraduates take two first-year writing seminars, says Katherine Gottschalk, the Walter C. Teagle Director of First-Year Writing Seminars. Although the seminars are on a myriad of subjects ­ for

example Love and Other Heroes from Asia (History 100), The Problem of Evil (Philosophy 100), Moral Panics: What Americans Are Afraid of and Why (Psychology 114) and Technology: Utopia or Brave New World? (Science & Technology Studies 107) ­ they all have specific writing guidelines. These include six to 12 formal writing assignments that total about 30 pages, some with drafts and revisions, and at least two private conferences with the instructor. "Writing always occurs within, and for the purposes of, specific contexts. Students learn to write in the context of learning about a particular discipline ­ for example, music or anthropology," says Gottschalk. Lauren Mary Boehm, a sophomore in the College of Industrial and Labor Relations, took Reading About Fiction (English 270) last fall as one of her first-year writing seminars. "This was undoubtedly the best educational experience of my life," she said. "The class was small enough to have intimate, intensive discussions and guided enough to keep those discussions focused. The idea of synthesizing a piece of writing as a exploration in thought was revealed to me in the best possible way; I was allowed to find it on my own. I learned so much in that class ­ a lot about writing, of course, as every paper had specific, detailed commentary from the instructor [senior lecturer Lydia Fakundiny], but also about thinking, most importantly perhaps, about the Continued on page 9

Writing program's sophomores get rare chance to interact with a giant of physics

By Lissa Harris Last month, Cornell students in a new sophomore writing seminar program had the rare fortune to be lectured about his life and work by Hans Bethe, Nobel laureate and one of the giants of 20th century physics, whose career has spanned Bethe seven decades. About 30 Cornell sophomores listened with rapt attention as Bethe, who at 95 is still actively publishing papers in astrophysics, talked about the development of theories on how heavy elements are produced in supernovae. The talk was a rare bonus for students enrolled in the new John S. Knight Sophomore Writing Seminar series. "I think you could have heard a pin drop in the room. The students were mesmerized," said Martha Haynes, professor of astronomy and director of undergraduate studies in Cornell's Department of Astronomy. "It was just a stunning occasion, a wonderful learning opportunity," said Dan Schwarz, English professor and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell. Bethe, Cornell's John Wendell Anderson Professor of Physics Emeritus, gave his talk to a collaborative gathering of two disciplines that, at face value, could not be more different. For the event, students from

`It was just a stunning occasion, a wonderful learning opportunity.' ­ English Professor Dan Schwarz describing the sophomore writing seminar class that featured a lecture by Nobel laureate Hans Bethe

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From left, arts and sciences sophomore David Choi and professors Martha Haynes and Dan Schwarz listen to a discussion in a sophomore writing seminar class in the Space Sciences Building, Nov. 6.

Haynes' seminar on dark matter in the universe, which she teaches with her husband, astronomy Professor Riccardo Giovanelli, joined students from Schwarz's seminar on Imagining the Holocaust, illustrated by works ranging from Elie Wiesel's Night to Art Spiegelman's MAUS. The two courses are the first to be taught in the sophomore seminar program, which is in its first semester. The value of bringing arts and sciences

together in one seminar? "Even the students who didn't understand all the technical details nonetheless saw an amazing 95-yearold scientist tell the story of his life, which is science," said Haynes. Added Schwarz, "The students really had an experience they couldn't have had anywhere else." Fostering such collaborations between disciplines is one of the goals of the sophomore seminar series, according to Knight

Institute Director Jonathan Monroe. "I think faculty would welcome the opportunity to teach collaboratively more often than they're generally able to," he said. "The way faculty time is allocated, there's not really an opportunity to have that time to work closely with faculty outside their departments. ... This program provides the financial incentive for both the individual faculty and departments and frees up faculty time to be able to do this." Last year the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded $5 million to Cornell's Knight Writing Program to strengthen, broaden and extend the outreach of the program. Of this, $3 million was used to endow the sophomore writing seminar program, beginning with five seminars, each with a limit of 15 students, in 2001-02. Three seminars will be taught in the spring: on poetry, on pets in literature and on war in the ancient world. In 2002-03, the seminars will be increased to 10, and in 2003-04, to 13. In addition, Continued on page 9


November 29, 2001

Cornell Chronicle

Kant offers groundwork in the making of a young philosopher

By Franklin Crawford During the summer of 1996, in Allentown, Pa., Jacque Darrell was introduced to 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant. Darrell was a counselor at Camp Olympic in nearby Emmaus, and, when relieved of his charges in the afternoons, he immersed himself in Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Not exactly light summer reading. But senior Darrell, now a philosophy major, wasn't seeking escape or distraction from reality. In Kant he had discovered a moral voice that resonated with his own nascent sensibilities. "Kant presented the idea of duty and obligations to me in a way that was compatible with what I felt," Darrell said. It wasn't until his sophomore year at Cornell that Darrell returned to Kant in a course with Terence Irwin, the S.L. Sage Professor of Philosophy and Humane Letters. Re-reading the Groundwork from a more mature perspective, under the guidance of a philosophical scholar and in the context of Critique of Pure Reason inspired Darrell to pursue an independent study. "It wasn't until I read that book again in class with Professor Irwin that I began to understand the origins of Kant's ideas and his reasons for holding them," said Darrell. "What I found most important at that time was the ability Kant gave to human beings to set their own moral laws ­ to be autonomous. The idea of autonomy



is probably the most ennobling idea that I found in Kant." Irwin's class inspired Darrell, who sought ways to keep his Kantian focus alive. In the spring of his sophomore year, he arranged for an independent study with two philosophy department faculty members: Assistant Professor William Bracken and Associate Professor Jennifer Whiting. His work with Bracken and Whiting, a study of the Groundwork and the Critique of Practical Reason, resulted in an oral presentation for the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) in spring 2000. In fall 2000, Darrell continued his research on Kant with Irwin, engaging in a close reading of Religion Within the Limits of Mere Reason. This was followed by a semesterlong study of Kant's Critique of Judgment with Harlod Hodes, associate professor of philosophy. The results of Darrell's 2000-01 research were presented at CURB's annual forum. "He has worked with remarkable pertinacity on the work of an extremely difficult and important philosopher," said Irwin. Darrell is now focused on debates in contemporary ethical theory and will return to Kant in graduate school. In addition to professorial ambitions, Darrell is keen on producing original philo-

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Senior philosophy major Jacque Darrell, left, has a discussion with Professor Terence Irwin in his Goldwin Smith Hall office.

sophical works. Whichever branch of philosophy he pursues, he said, his early interests were sustained largely because of "the generosity and availability of the Cornell faculty." "When a faculty member sacrifices his or her research or family time to engage in discussions, supervise readings and read papers, one can bet that that person is a dedicated teacher," Darrell said. "When I first began these independent studies, my head was filled with falsities, but each semester I began to understand more and more the materials that I read. This is in large part a reflection upon the faculty members with whom I worked. I am confident that if I should succeed in a career in this profession, my debt to the Cornell

faculty for their patience and guidance will be irrepayable." Darrell knows that the path to recognition in the world of philosophic letters is a long one. He takes Kant's life as a lesson. "Philosophy is a discipline that takes time. Kant didn't achieve renown until he was in his mid-to-late 50s," Darrell said. Having sized up the territory ahead, he is contemplating specializing in ethics and the philosophy of education. "The philosophy of education is an area of philosophy that has not been exploited to its full potential since the beginning of the 20th century," Darrell said. "It's a neglected branch." If he holds to his present course, it won't be neglected in this century.

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how to reason morally, says Moody-Adams. "The social, economic and scientific environments that students go into in their careers raise question of extraordinary moral complexity. Students need to be equipped with the tools to be responsible citizens, tools that will enable them to seek constructive solutions to complex moral problems." Professor Isaac Kramnick, vice provost for undergraduate education, who was instrumental in establishing the EPL program 14 years ago, agrees. He says: "When EPL was founded, we wanted our students' undergraduate experience to include courses and seminars that explored ethical inquiry so that they could bring an ethical perspective to their role as citizens and professionals. That perspective seems even more important for today's students, who will enter a world where public service and concern for the common good seem less valued than in the past." And while the EPL program remains small, with one director and only one affiliated faculty member currently on campus, its role ­ to engage students and faculty in moral reasoning ­ seems at the bull's-eye center of humanities study at Cornell. In the course Ethics and Public Life, Moody-Adams had her students this fall look at the moral aspects of such writings as Henry David's Thoreau's classic treatise on civil disobedience, President Harry Truman's diary and personal papers on the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King's brilliant argument on the need to challenge unjust laws. The class also discussed such contemporary moral dilemmas as flag burning (why should it be protected as free speech?), surrogate motherhood (should it be permissible?) and, on one Tuesday this November, parental rights (when should they be regulated?). Clearly at home in such ethical complexity, an animated Moody-Adams alternately praised the students for their questions and challenged them to probe deeper and along different pathways. After reading an article by Hugh LaFolette that proposed the licensing of biological parents, one student argued that such an action would interfere with the basic human right to reproduce. "It's easy to assume that there's something so natural about procreation and parenting that the state should not be allowed to come in and regulate it," Moody-Adams assented, nodding her head, then added: "Yet even the most ardent defender of people's fundamental rights will concur that if others are likely to suffer harm as a result of one's exercise of those rights, it is appropriate to consider restricting them." She helped the class see the solid and soft points in LaFolette's case and pushed them to define what the state's view should be toward the parent-child relationship. The free-ranging discussion that followed touched on debates about the need for court-ordered contraception in the lems involved in humanitarian intervention and helped me direct my undergraduate career." The class looked at the NATO bombing of Kosovo, a subject Brewster is revisiting for her senior thesis. Following graduation, she hopes to study democratization in Croatia and do doctoral studies in public policy and international relations, with an emphasis on conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. The EPL program supports other units at Cornell that are developing courses on genomics, new biological developments and their ethical, legal and social implications. EPL also invites young scholars in moral philosophy to come to campus and discuss their research with seasoned faculty from around the world. In addition, EPL has run workshops for a broad range of Cornell faculty, offering instruction on how to include an ethics component in their courses. Faculty members who took part in the early years of this program, supported by a now-defunct Exxon grant, are still using what they learned. Plans to develop new faculty workshops in relevant areas of ethics are currently under way. Jennifer Gerner, professor and associate dean in the College of Human Ecology, says: "Initially I incorporated ethics in my income distribution course. Later I used it in my family policy course. Now I teach Introduction to Public Policy, and there are some ethics pieces in that." She believes Cornell students would welcome more exposure to ethics in the classroom. "In my experience, they often become extremely engaged in discussion about applied ethical issues and frequently raise ethical dimensions in major policy papers." She called the EPL training she received "valuable" for its systematic approach as well as for the chance to discuss the teaching of ethics with faculty from different fields and perspectives. Another alumnus of the EPL summer course, Michael Gold, associate professor of collective bargaining, labor law and labor history in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, offers two courses, Ethics at Work and Liberty and Justice for All, that provide a basic understanding of ethical thinking. His students begin with the classic moral philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, Kant and Mill, before moving on to discuss ethical issues that arise in the workplace and society. EPL's summer course was useful, he says, in that it exposed him to literature in the field, spurred him to discuss ethical issues and, he says, "fortified my resolution to teach undergraduates about ethics." In the future he would like to teach his course on labor law in tandem with a Cornell faculty member whose primary field is moral philosophy and have students look at law through the lens of ethics. Moody-Adams would like to see the program develop a full-fledged undergraduate concentration, with the Ethics and Public Life course as the gateway, required course and the option to choose four additional ones from a menu of Continued on page 9

`When EPL was founded, we wanted our students' undergraduate experience to include courses and seminars that explored ethical inquiry so that they could bring an ethical perspective to their role as citizens and professionals.' ­ Professor Isaac Kramnick, vice provost for undergraduate education

United States, China's one-child policy, the rights of biological versus adoptive parents, child labor exploitation and the 19th century view in the United States that children were a gift from God. One student quoted a Native American saying, "We borrow our children from the future," that sparked Moody-Adams to declare: "That's good. I'll have to remember that." Shue, the author of Basic Rights (Princeton University Press, second paperback edition 1996), has his students in Global Thinking slog through such moral quagmires as developed nations' failure to intervene in the Rwandan genocide and the military strikes by NATO in Kosovo to further a humanitarian mission. He also teaches a course, Global Climate and Global Justice, in which students look at the moral failings of worldwide pollution. "My emphasis is on what responsibilities we should have toward people outside our country," he says. Katie Hurley, a senior double major in philosophy and government who took Global Thinking in spring 2000, said of the course: "I loved its focus on human rights and government responsibilities and duties. It taught us to think in new ways and analyze ... what is right and wrong and what people deserve." The class and others like it are essential, she says, because they demand "sustained thought and intense analysis of deeply personal and highly difficult issues." Hurley is now writing a senior thesis on whether developed countries' transactions with Third World workers can be construed as exploitative and morally questionable. Her choice of subject was influenced in part by Shue's course and writings. After she graduates, she plans to go on to law school, then work in human rights or public interest law. Ame Jo Brewster, a government major who took Global Thinking as a sophomore, says: "I see a value to including ethical reasoning in undergraduate courses. In fact, I think ethics should be a greater focus than it presently is at the undergraduate level. The course was my first real introduction to ethical reasoning and its application to empirical cases. It greatly increased my understanding of the prob-

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merger and unity of the two." Says Avi Giladi, a premed sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in cell and molecular biology, who took Gender, Race, Society and Space (History 100) last year: "The analytical and historical writing required very different styles than I was used to. As someone interested in research and medical sciences, I will need to write very detailed and analytical papers later in life, and many of the skills that I used in this class will definitely give me a great advantage." To integrate more writing into advanced courses for juniors and seniors, the WIM program, launched in 1988, works on further developing communication skills. "Our initial perception was that learning in many upper level courses was too passive and solitary," says Keith Hjortshoj, senior lecturer and the John S. Knight Director of Writing in the Majors. "Thus, our initiatives not only include extensive writing as one form of active learning but also oral presentations, lively discussions, field studies, peer review of works in progress and collaborative projects. Ideally, it should be impossible to distinguish our writing initiatives from the learning experiences of students and the content of the course." Like the first-year seminars, the WIM courses are offered throughout the university in all kinds of disciplines, including math. "I use writing, usually weekly, in all my math courses because it is most important for students to think about the meanings of mathematics," says David Henderson, who teaches Euclidean and Spherical Geometry (Math 451), a WIM course. "This course cultivates imagination and a willingness to struggle with ideas, starting with the question, `What is straight?' and ending with `How can we determine the shape of our universe?' The students write their attempts to answer such questions and then I respond with comments and they respond to my comments ­ this dialogue continues and produces increasingly refined and complex understandings of geometry." Explains Henderson's teaching assistant (TA), Cynthia Francisco, a graduate student in math education who will teach the first-year writing seminar Experiencing Mathematics Through Writing (Math 189) next semester: "A lot of people think using writing in a math class is strange, in part because they think of mathematics as a set of rules used to do computations mechanically. In reality, mathematics is a creative endeavor and mathematicians use writing to sort out their ideas and communicate them to others. In Math 451, we encourage students to explore their own mathematical thoughts through writing." Ji-Yoon Kim is a junior computer science major taking the course. "I think the process of writing helps greatly in formalizing initial ideas that you had in your head, and the errors (if there were any) come out clearly when you start writing. Sometimes new ideas come out while you are writing, and you realize that the initial ideas were wrong. Overall, I think writing is really a great way to learn math, especially geometry, where the words you use to describe the problem are very crucial in clarification." Chris Conway, a doctoral student in psychology and a TA for the WIM course Introduction to Cognitive Science (Cognitive Studies 101), agrees: "The types of writing exercises I assign are meant to encourage the students, not to merely regurgitate information, but to think critically

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Professor David Henderson, second from left, instructs, from left, James Odierna '03, math; Bridget Kelly '02, math; and M. Scott Berkowitz '03, earth and atmospheric science, in the Writing in the Majors class, Euclidean and Spherical Geometry (Math 461), Nov. 6 in Malott Hall.

An overview of the Knight Institute writing programs

First-Year Writing Seminars Most first-year students (with some exceptions) take two courses from a choice of more than 300 courses offered in 30 departments. Syllabi follow specific writing guidelines. Maximum size per class is 17 students. Sophomore Writing Seminars New electives, being phased in as of 2001-2002, offer sophomores small, writing-intensive classes taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty across the university. They serve as gateway courses to the majors and have strong interdisciplinary orientations and crossdepartment collaborations. Maximum size: 15 students Writing in the Majors The program includes 30 sophomore-, junior- and senior-level courses across the disciplines; each course has at least one specially trained TA and a wide variety of writing assignments. Writing Workshops These are non-discipline seminars for students who might otherwise struggle in the other seminars; services include tutorial writing classes and tutoring services. Walk-In Service Trained tutors, including an instructor with particular expertise in English as a second language, are available for students, staff or faculty seeking help with writing. Writing Instruction Training Faculty and graduate students may take several seminars and courses to learn how to teach writing. Outreach The Knight Institute also supports the Cornell Consortium for Writing in the Disciplines, an annual national and international meeting that typically includes nine institutions of higher education, as well as a distinguished scholar-in-residence for one semester each year and two visiting postdoctoral fellows in the disciplines each year. In June 1999, the Knight Institute hosted the Fourth National Writing Across the Curriculum Conference at Cornell.

about and integrate the material they are exposed to in the readings and lectures." The Knight Institute also provides training to instructors in how to teach writing and how to redesign their syllabi to

incorporate writing; a peer collaboration project to mentor TAs; and walk-in tutorial assistance across campus to help students and specialists instruct students for whom English is a second language.

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Cornell will support an additional 17 seminars a year beginning in 2004-05, for a continuing total of 30 sophomore seminars a year beginning in 2006. The series was created, said Monroe, to give sophomores ­ who typically have fewer opportunities to work closely with faculty than do students at other points in their education ­ a way to do intensive writing and to interact with senior faculty in their disciplines. He noted that the seminars also allow students to explore their interests in a possible major through close faculty mentoring. "[The seminars] are designed to make possible earlier mentoring experiences for undergraduates in the majors than would otherwise be available to them," he said. Because classes are limited to 15 students, faculty can devote individual attention to students and give them extensive feedback on their writing. The Knight Institute also runs a series of writing seminars for freshmen and a 30-course Writing in the Majors series for more advanced students. In August, Stephen Donatelli, a senior lecturer in comparative literature, was appointed by the Knight Institute to coordinate the new sophomore series.

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courses in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. She also wants the EPL program to sponsor a yearly competition for the best undergraduate thesis that explores the moral dimensions of a public issue. A monetary stipend might be given to both the student winners and the academic departments that aid their research. A long-range goal ­ one Moody-Adams describes as "still a pipe dream" ­ is to offer a series of small-group seminars in a range of areas, such as the ethics of public service, ethics and science policy, ethics and law, ethics and national policy and international ethics, as part of the living-and-learning environment now being planned for Cornell's West Campus. And way out there in the realm of dreams, she says, is a residential scholars program, modeled on Cornell's Society for the Humanities, with a few visiting scholars whose work in ethics spans the disciplines, including the natural sciences. Beyond course work, just being able to call on faculty whose research examines the moral aspects of human actions can enrich the campus climate. For example, MoodyAdams, as a guest lecturer this fall in English Professor Dan Schwarz's Imagining the Holocaust seminar, discussed whether freed prisoners' seemingly vengeful acts against their former jailers could be justified under moral law. And in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she and Shue joined a handful of Cornell scholars in a teach-in Sept. 17 organized by Kramnick. Their presence was important to students like Umair Khan, an undergraduate major in government and Near Eastern studies, who says: "Following the attacks, many people's emotions were running high. As a Muslim, I felt that people were scapegoating Islam and failing to realize the diversity within the 1.2 billion Muslims around the world." He praised participants for bringing rational thinking to a tension-filled environment and championing the need for greater understanding. The very act of looking at the world's events through a moral framework can seem discouraging to some, because it reveals civilization's failure to halt bloodshed. Nevertheless, Moody-Adams believes that moral progress is possible: "Often, it's two steps forward, one step back or sideways. But sometimes a hopeful moral promise ­ the late

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Professor Henry Shue takes part in the faculty teach-in Sept. 17 in Kennedy Hall in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

20th century consensus on the importance of human rights, for example ­ emerges out of a period of great horror. Where we've made moral progress, we need to hold onto that."


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Cornell Chronicle

Annual outlook for agribusiness slated for Dec. 11

Cornell will host its annual Agribusiness Economic Outlook Conference Tuesday, Dec. 11, in David L. Call Alumni Auditorium of Kennedy Hall on campus. The conference is hosted by Cornell's Department of Applied Economics and Management. On-site registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the foyer of Call Auditorium for the conference, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The morning plenary session will begin with a welcome by Andrew Novakovic, chair of the Department of Applied Economics and Management. He will discuss "Agriculture and Business ­ A Synergistic Opportunity for the 21st Century." Steven Kyle, Cornell associate professor of applied economics and management, will provide a national perspective on the economy and agriculture. Nelson Bills, Cornell professor of applied economics and management, will discuss "Agricultural Economic Development ­ Opportunities for New York State and the Northeast." The two afternoon sessions are: · Grains and Feeds, Livestock and Dairy ­ James Hilker, Michigan State University professor of agricultural economics, will describe the outlook for grains, feed and other farm outputs; Mark Stephenson, Cornell senior extension associate in applied economics and management, will provide the dairy outlook. · Fruit, Vegetables, Ornamentals and Produce Markets ­ Gerald White, Cornell professor of applied economics and management, and Wen-fei Uva, Cornell senior extension associate in applied economics and management, will focus on new opportunities for producers to manage risk. For further information call 254-7412.

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tion takes effect immediately. State Sen. Michael Nozzolio (R-53rd Dist.), who has been instrumental in acquiring support for the park, said: "This is a tremendous victory, a victory we have been fighting to achieve for the past few years. Now the Ag-Tech Park is not just a vision, but a reality." In mid-November, U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-27th) announced that the park had received $250,000 in federal funding to be used for infrastructure development, design and construction. The federal money is in addition to $645,000 that Reynolds secured for the park last year. Reynolds called the proposed Ag-Tech Park an "important, job-creating project." The park has been in the planning stages since 1995 and has generated broad community involvement among a number of players, including Cornell, Nozzolio, New York State Gas and Electric Co. and the industrial development agencies of both the city of Geneva and of Ontario County. The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce and Geneva Growth Inc. also were among the early supporters. The park board is in the process of hiring Saratoga Associates of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to provide general oversight of the project, including engineering, design and management. The first phase of the project is estimated to cost about $4.7 million and will include related water, sewer, roads and an incubator research building. Later, a multi-tenant research building and greenhouse will be constructed at a cost of about $3.9 million. Funding will come largely from the state and federal governments. The Geneva Agricultural Experiment Station is a premier research institution engaged in advancing sustainable plant agriculture and food systems. Established in 1882, its annual budget is $20 million. Employees number 300.

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consequences associated with food-borne illnesses," Boor said during the forum. "They could be a loss of pregnancy, kidney failure and reactive arthritis. They could reduce a patient's quality of life." Boor suggested dissecting the entire food chain from farm to fork, including effective food safety training programs for farmers, food processors and food distributors, and high-technology tools for monitoring the food supply and identifying contamination. The federal government also needs to invest in basic research that will improve ways to recognize the presence of biological agents, she said. "To protect our food supply, we must identify vulnerability gaps in our current system, whether on the farm, at the processing plant or at any point along the distribution pathway up to the consumer that would allow either accidental or intentional contamination of the food supply," Boor said. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences freshman Adam Sansiveri, who will major in biological sciences, sang the national anthem at the beginning of the forum.

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Donald Smith, foreground, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, addresses panel members at the Bioterrorism Community Forum, Nov. 19, in Barnes Hall. Panel members, from left, are Kathryn Boor, associate professor of food science; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Susan Henry, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Bound for Glory


Weekend Mass schedule: 10 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., Anabel Taylor Hall Auditorium. Daily Masses: Monday-Friday, 12:20 p.m., ATH Chapel. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sundays, 4 p.m., G-22 ATH.


Daily congregational prayer at 218 Anabel Taylor Hall. Weekly Friday prayer, 1:15-1:45 p.m., One World Room, ATH. Weekly Halaqa, Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 218 ATH.

Biomedical Sciences

"Requirement for the Hox-Cofactor PBX1 in Skeletal Patterning and Organogenesis," Licia Selleri, Weill Cornell Medical College, Dec. 4, 4 p.m., Lecture Hall III, Veterinary Research Tower.

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"Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy Applied to Membrane Imaging," Jerome Mertz, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles of Paris, Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m., 700 Clark Hall.

the Boston Globe, will give a concert Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in Anabel Taylor Auditorium. Tickets, at $12, are available at the Ithaca Guitar Works, Then and Now (I-Town) Records, Bound for Glory and at the door. For information or to order tickets online, visit <>.

Christian Science

Testimony meetings: Tuesday, 7 p.m., G-20 Anabel Taylor Hall. Church services: Sundays, 10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., First Church of Christ, Scientist, 101 University Ave., Ithaca.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Father Stephen Lilley will lead Vespers followed by discussion, every Monday at 5 p.m. in Anabel Taylor Chapel.

Pagan Cornell Christian Fellowship

Meets every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. Dec. 2: The Diamondback Rattlers will perform. Bound for Glory is broadcast Sunday nights from 8 to 11 from the Café at Anabel Taylor Hall, with live sets at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30. Admission is free; kids are welcome. Listen to Bound for Glory on WVBR-FM, 93.5 and 105.5. For information about United Pagan Ministries, call Cornell United Religious Work at 255-4214.

Chemical Engineering

"Liquid Crystals on Organized Organic Surfaces," Nicholas Abbott, University of Wisconsin, Nov. 30, 4 p.m., 165 Olin Hall.

Protestant Cooperative Ministry Episcopal (Anglican)

Wednesdays, worship and Eucharist, 5 p.m., Anabel Taylor Chapel. Sundays, worship and Eucharist, 9:30 a.m., Anabel Taylor Chapel. For more information, call 255-4219 or send email to <[email protected]>. Sunday service at 11 a.m. in Anabel Taylor Chapel.

Chemistry & Chemical Biology

"New Chemistry of Single Site Olefin Polymerization Catalysts," Richard Jordan, University of Chicago, Nov. 29, 4:40 p.m., 119 Baker Lab. TBA, David Lynn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dec. 6, 4:40 p.m., 119 Baker Lab.

Zen Meditation

Meditation practice is Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Founders Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. For more information, call Anne Marie at 273-4906.


Sage Chapel

Rev. Dr. Thomas Poole, Penn State University, will lead the service Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

"Unnatural Disasters," Cornelia Dean, science editor of The New York Times, Nov. 29, 4:30 p.m., 166 Hollister Hall.

Friends (Quakers)

Meeting for Worship, Sunday, 11 a.m., in the Edwards Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. Child care provided. For information call 273-5421.


· Conservative and Reform: Fridays, 6 p.m., Welcoming in Shabbat with song, in the lobby of Anabel Taylor Hall, followed by a community Shabbat dinner at 7:45 p.m. in the Kosher Dining Hall. Saturdays, 9:45 a.m., Conservative services in the Founder's Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. Call the Hillel office at 255-4227 for more information. · Orthodox: Friday, Young Israel House, call 272-5810 for weekly times; Saturday, 9:15 a.m., Edwards Room, Anabel Taylor Hall. For daily service times, call 272-5810; all daily services are at the Young Israel House.


Applied Mathematics

"Identification of the Targets of Natural Selection at the Molecular Level," Rasmus Nielsen, biometrics, Nov. 30, 3:45 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall.

Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture & Development

"Biomass and Nutrient Accumulation in Forest Fallows Regenerating From Degraded Pastures in Amazonia," Ted Feldpausch, crop and soil sciences, Dec. 5, 12:20 p.m., 135 Emerson Hall.


Sundays, 5:30 p.m., Anabel Taylor Chapel.

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

"Earthquakes and Mountain Building Along the Silk Route, Central Asia," Ramon Arrowsmith, Arizona State University, Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall.

Baha'i Faith

Fridays, 7:30 p.m., meet in the lobby of Willard Straight Hall, speakers, open discussion, games and service-oriented activities. Classes, speakers, prayers, celebrations at alternating locations. For more information, call 272-3037 or send e-mail to <[email protected]>.

Astronomy & Space Sciences

"SIRTF Sings: The SIRTF Nearby Galaxies Survey," Robert Kennicutt, University of Arizona, Nov. 29, 4:30 p.m., 105 Space Sciences Building. "The Cosmological Origin of Galaxy Morphologies and Scaling Laws," Julio Navarro, University of Victoria, Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m., 105 Space Science Building.

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

"Bird Declines in Fragmented Landscapes: Lessons From Australia," Caren Cooper, Cornell, Dec. 3, 12:30 p.m., A106 Corson Hall.

Korean Church Buddhist

Tibetan Buddhist Class: "Seven Point Thought Transformation," instructed by Tenzin Gephel, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., cafeteria, Anabel Taylor Hall. For more information contact <[email protected]> or call 255-4214. Meditations: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12:15-1 p.m., Founders Room, ATH. Sundays, 11 a.m., One World Room (in English), and 1 p.m., chapel (in Korean), Anabel Taylor Hall. Call 255-2250 for more information.


"Changing Mindsets: Transformative Learning in Adulthood," Jack Mezirow, Columbia University, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., 404 Plant Science Building.

Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)

Cornell student branch: Sundays, 9 a.m. Call 272-4520 or 257-6835 for directions and transportation. Basketball on Wednesdays, 8 p.m.


"Sustainability of Terrestrial Carbon Sinks," Chris Field, Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 4 p.m., A106 Corson Hall.

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American Indian Program

"American Indian Millennium: Renewing Our Ways of Life for Future Generations," a forum examining the trends and challenges facing Native communities in the 21st century, will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at the Statler Hotel. As part of the forum, Cornell's American Indian Program will honor elders Wilma Mankiller, former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Tom Porter, spokesman and chief spiritual leader of the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke in Fonda, N.Y., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in David L. Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Middle East conflict, foreign Oscar nominees on screen at CU Cinema

Cornell Cinema presents the Ithaca premiere of "Promises," a new documentary about conflict in the Middle East, as seen through the eyes of children. The film is part of the series "Towards Peace, Justice & Understanding: Films for Reflection," and it will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Willard Straight Theatre. Ross Brann, the M.R. Konvitz Professor Judeo-Islamic Studies and chair of Cornell's Department of Near Eastern Studies, will introduce the screening and lead a discussion afterward. Admission to the event is $4.50 general/$4 students and seniors. The film is in Arabic, Hebrew and English with English subtitles. Rather than focusing on hard news and political events, this award-winning film looks at the Israel-Palestinian conflict and prospects for peace by drawing viewers into the hearts and minds of Jerusalem's children. Between 1997 and the summer of 2000, the filmmakers followed the daily lives of seven children ages 9 to 13, some living in West Jerusalem, others living in the Deheishe Palestinian refugee camp. While the locations are just a 15-minute drive apart, the divide between the two and their residents is much greater. The film is co-sponsored with the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Peace Studies Program. Cornell Cinema also offers big-screen showings of two nominees for this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar. All screenings are in Willard Straight Theatre. Admission is $4.50 general/$4 students and seniors. "Amores Perros," the debut feature from Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, borrows some of its style from "Pulp Fiction" and earlier noirs. The title, roughly translated, means "Love's a Bitch," and dogs connect all the tales. A Rottweiler wounded after a dogfight, a Lhasa apso who's trapped beneath the floorboards of his invalid owner's apartment, a pack of dogs owned by a homeless revolutionary: The fates of the animals and their owners become entwined in this complex, visually supercharged meditation on passion and redemption. "Amores Perros" will be shown Friday, Nov. 30, at 9:25 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:15 p.m. Cornell Cinema also will screen Czech director Jan Hrebejk's "Divided We Fall," a Holocaust film that combines pathos and comedy in the tradition of "Life Is Beautiful." Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times had this to say about the film: "Poignant, humanistic and irresistibly comic, `Divided' has that characteristic national ability to distill laughter from painful situations, to maintain a delicate, razor's edge balance of humor, pathos and potential tragedy. ... And in a year without `Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' it might well have won." "Divided We Fall" will be shown Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 p.m.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

"Internet Control and Inference Tools and the Edge," Robert Nowak, Rice University, Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall.

"Trees for Treehoppers (and Other Hoppers): Total Evidence Phylogeny of Membracidae," Jason Cryan, New York State Museum, Dec. 3, 4 p.m., A106 Corson Hall.

"The Past, Present and Future Challenges and Opportunities for Long Island (and New York) Vegetable Producers," Joe Sieczka, horticulture, Nov. 29, 4 p.m., 404 Plant Science Building. "Responses of Catharanthus roseus to Ash Yellow Phytoplasma Infection," Puay Yok Tan, horticulture, Dec. 6, 4 p.m., 404 Plant Science Building.

Materials Research, Center for

"Structure of Glass" will be held Nov. 30 starting at 2:20 p.m. in 140 Bard Hall. Topics and speakers include: "Structure of Silicate Glasses From Molecular Dynamics Simulations," A.N. Cormack, Alfred University; "Local Structural Environments of Rare Earth Ions in Silicate Glasses," J.E. Dickinson, Corning, Inc.; and "The Connection Between Local Atomic Structure and Local Electronic Structure in Glasses," J. Silcox, Cornell.


Theatre, Film & Dance

Evening performances of The Winter's Tale are Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at 8 at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. A matinee is offered Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets in advance are $7 for students and seniors and $9 for the public. Tickets at the door are $8 and $10. Call or visit the box office in the Schwartz Center, 430 College Ave., 12:30-5:30 p.m. weekdays; 254-ARTS.

Materials Science & Engineering

"Strategies for Tailoring Chromophore-Chromophore Interactions in the Solid State," Guillermo Bazan, University of California, Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall.

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

"Micro Flight Research at NASA Langley Research Center," Martin Waszak, NASA Langley Research Center, Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m., 111 Upson Hall.


Cornell Plantations

"Weave a Caned Seat": workshops will be held Tuesday nights Dec. 4-11. For information or to register, call the Cornell Plantations at 255-2407.


"Regulation of Listeria Monocytogenes Phospholipase C Activity," Helene Marquis, veterinary microbiology and immunology, Nov. 29, 4 p.m., 105 Riley-Robb Hall.

Outdoor Education

Cornell's Outdoor Education will be hosting its annual gear sale Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Ramin Room, Bartels Hall. There will be great deals on outdoor clothing and equipment. The public is invited to sell personal gear as well as to buy. Only cash and credit cards will be accepted. For more information call 255-1807 or visit their web site at <>.

Jazz Weekend and singing groups highlight musical offerings this week

Quartet, led by Keigo This week the DepartHirakawa. ment of Music presents On Sunday Herring five concerts, three of presents a second lecture/ which are presentations workshop from 2 to 3 of the Cornell Jazz Enp.m., and a second Jazz sembles. All but one of Ensemble concert featurthese events are free and ing Herring will take place open to the public. at 8, this time featuring Under the direction of the CU Jazz Ensemble II Kelly Hudson with orand the Gussman Chamganist William Cowdery, ber Jazz Ensemble, both the Cornell Chorale will directed by Merrill. give a concert of 19th Saxophonist Herring and 20th century sacred has developed a virtuoso music Friday, Nov. 30, at voice that is uniquely in8 p.m. in Sage Chapel. tense and vigorous, with The program opens with Edward Bairstow's Guest artist Vincent Herring energy and direction. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep will lead workshops and per- Born in Hopkinsville, form with the Cornell Jazz EnSilence, followed by Ben- sembles this weekend in Ky., in 1964, he entered California State Univerjamin Britten's Festival Barnes Hall. sity at Chico on a music Te Deum. Also on the program are three choruses that first ap- scholarship at age 16. A year later, he audipeared as incidental music for Tolstoy's play tioned for a spot in the U.S. Military AcadCzar Feodor Ioannovic and four fanfares of emy band and made the move to West Point, Daniel Pinkham. The second half of the which turned out to be a steppingstone to the concert is dedicated to Gabriel Fauré's Re- New York jazz scene. Since first touring quiem; Sara Lozyniak will sing the "Pie Europe and the United States with Lionel Jesu," and Ian Woolford will perform the Hampton's big band, Herring has worked with Nat Adderley, Art Blakey and the Jazz baritone solos. Hudson completed a bachelor of arts de- Messengers, the Mingus Big Band and Nancy gree in music education at Luther College Wilson, among many others. Also involved (Iowa) and a master of music degree in in jazz education, he has given clinics choral conducting and vocal performance at throughout Europe and the United States. A trumpeter, composer and educator, Colorado State University. She is in the process of completing her doctor of musical Merrill has been performing since the age of arts degree in choral conducting at the Uni- 10. He holds a bachelor of music in jazz performance from William Paterson University of Iowa. On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, versity and a master of music in performance the Cornell University Jazz Ensembles from Ithaca College. Merrill is lecturer of present two full days of events in Barnes music and director of jazz bands at Cornell Hall, including three concerts and two work- and the Ithaca College School of Music. The Cornell Glee Club has invited the shops with guest artist Vincent Herring. On Saturday afternoon, the Trommer Jazz Rutgers University Glee Club, under the Chamber Ensemble and the Appel Latin direction of Patrick Gardner, to campus for a Jazz Chamber Ensemble, both directed by joint concert in Sage Chapel on Sunday, Dec. Paul Merrill, present a jazz chamber recital 2, at 3 p.m. The first half of the program will at 2 p.m. This is followed by a lecture/ feature both choirs, each presenting its own workshop with saxophonist Herring from set of pieces. Traditional Cornell and Rutgers 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A concert scheduled for 8 songs as well as folk music round out the that evening features Herring with the CU second half of the concert. The Glee Club is Jazz Ensemble I and the Bissett Hardbop suggesting a donation of $5 as admission.

Microbiology & Immunology

"Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis," Eric Ottesen, Atlanta, Nov. 30, 12:15 p.m., Boyce Thompson Auditorium.

Molecular Biology & Genetics

"Single Molecule Studies of Nucleosome Stability," Michelle Wang, physics, Nov. 30, 4 p.m., G10 Biotechnology Building.

Student Activities Office

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Dec. 5-6, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall.

Molecular Medicine

"Using Genomic Approaches to Answer Biological Questions," Shelley Des Etages, Pfizer Inc., Dec. 3, 4 p.m., Lecture Hall III, Veterinary Research Tower.

Peace Studies Program

"Reconstructing Afghanistan After the War," Reconstruction and Reconciliation Working Group (R&R), Nov. 29, 12:15 p.m., G08 Uris Hall. TBA, Jeffrey Bialos, Harvard University, Dec. 6, 12:15 p.m., G08 Uris Hall.


Men's Basketball (0-3)

Dec. 1, Colgate, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Ithaca College Dec. 5, Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Plant Biology

"A Genetic Dissection of the Role of Signal Transduction Pathways in Regulation of Membrane Lipid Metabolism in Yeast," Susan Henry, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Nov. 30, 11:15 a.m., 404 Plant Science Building.

Women's Basketball (1-3)

Dec. 1, at Colgate, 2 p.m. Dec. 3, at St. Francis of NY, 7 p.m.

Plant Breeding

"A Graph-Theoretic Approach to Integrating Genetic Linkage Maps," Immanuel Yap, plant breeding, Dec. 4, 12:20 p.m., 135 Emerson Hall.

Women's Equestrian

Dec. 2, Cornell Show

Women's Fencing

Dec. 1, at Yale Dec. 2, NIWFA at FDU

Plant Pathology

"Characterization of Pseudomonas syringae pv. Tomato Effector Proteins AvrPto and AvrPto2," Anjali Iyer, plant pathology, Dec. 5, 12:20 p.m., 404 Plant Science Building.

Men's Hockey (6-2, 3-1 ECAC)

Nov. 30, at Yale, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, at Princeton, 7 p.m.

Southeast Asia Program

"State Formation, State Reformation: Deciphering Decentralization In the Philippines and Thailand," Paul Hutchcroff, University of Wisconsin, Nov. 29, 12:20 p.m., 640 Stewart Ave. "History Is More Than the Study of the Nation," David Wyatt, history, Dec. 6, 12:20 p.m., 640 Stewart Ave.

Women's Hockey (1-7, 0-2 ECAC)

Nov. 30, Yale, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Princeton, 4 p.m.

Men's Indoor Track & Field

Dec. 1, Cornell Relays, 11 a.m.

Women's Indoor Track & Field

Dec. 1, Cornell Relays

Textiles & Apparel

"Nano-Structured Poly-Iactide-co-Glycodile Membranes via Electrospinning and Their Medical Applications," Dufei Fang, SUNY Stony Brook, Nov. 29, 12:20 p.m., 317 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall.

Women's Swimming

Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at Akron Invitational

Men's Squash (2-1, 1-1 Ivy)

Dec. 1, at Harvard, 2:30 p.m.

Theoretical & Applied Mechanics

"Spacial Decomposition, Semigroup and Bifurcations of Multiple Regenerative Chatter," Mustapha Fofana, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall.

Women's Squash (1-1, 1-1 Ivy)

Dec. 1, at Harvard, noon

Men's Wrestling

Dec. 1, at Las Vegas Open


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Theatre, Film & Dance

This fall's Dance Theatre Concert will be held Dec. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Class of '56 Dance Theatre of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. For tickets, call the Schwartz Center box office at 254-2787 or visit 430 College Ave.


November 29 through December 6

Items for the calendar should be submitted by campus mail, U.S. mail or in person to Chronicle Calendar, Cornell News Service, Surge 3, Ithaca, N.Y. 14853. Notices should be sent to arrive 10 days prior to publication and should include the name and telephone numbers of a person who can be called if there are questions.

Kirov Orchestra comes to Concert Series stage Dec. 6

The Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia, conducted by its charismatic music director, Valery Gergiev, will perform an allRussian program Thursday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall on campus. One of the world's most traveled orchestras, the Kirov Orchestra last performed at Cornell in 1994, garnering a standing ovation and rave reviews. Pianist Vladimir Feltsman, who played a solo recital in Bailey Hall in 1995, will be the soloist in Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." The concert will open with Rachmaninov's "Isle of the Dead" and conclude with Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird." Tickets, which range from $18 to $35 for adults and $11 to $21 for students of any age attending any institution, are on sale now at the Willard Straight Hall ticket office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; 255-3430) and at the ticket center at Clinton House (116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca; Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed 23 p.m. Saturday; 273-4497 or 1-800-2848422). Tickets also are available from the Cornell Concert Series web site at <>. The Kirov Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, one of the oldest and most distinguished musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great, the theater and its orchestra have given the preOn tour, Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra are known for their brilliant and stylish playing and sure sense of drama: "All aspects of the production exude theatrical dynamism and exquisite artistry, and much credit goes to the Kirov's artistic director and chief conductor, Valery Gergiev. He and his orchestra infuse every phrase with vivid motivation ...," said a review in USA Today. Pianist Feltsman was born in Moscow in 1952 and made his debut with the Moscow Philharmonic at age 11. After winning the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris in 1971, Feltsman toured throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Japan. In 1979, because of his growing discontent with the official Soviet ideology and rigid governmental control of the arts, Feltsman made his intention to emigrate from the Soviet Union clear by applying for an exit visa. In reply, he was immediately banned from performing in public. After eight years of struggle and virtual artistic exile, he was granted permission to leave the Soviet Union. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1987, Feltsman was greeted warmly at the White House, where he performed his first concert in North America. That same year, his debut at Carnegie Hall immediately established him as a major pianist on the American scene.

Chris Lee


Johnson Museum of Art The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, on the corner of University and Central avenues, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Telephone: 255-6464.

· "Old Master Drawings and Prints," through Dec. 30 · "No Ordinary Land: Encounters in a Changing Environment," through Jan. 6. · "Carlos Ulloa Sculpture," through Jan. 13. · "Is It Real?" through Jan. 13. · Art for Lunch: On Nov. 29 at noon, tour the exhibit "Carlos Ulloa: Sculpture," with museum registrar Warren Bunn. · Art for Lunch: On Dec. 6 at noon, tour the exhibit "Is It Real?" with Nancy Green, senior curator.

Valery Gergiev

miere performances of such works as Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Borodin's Prince Igor and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The Kirov Orchestra visits the United States every two years and tours regularly in Europe. Gergiev is artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, home to the Kirov Orchestra, Opera and Ballet. He also is principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Described by the San Francisco Examiner as "extraordinary ­ simply one of the most exciting podium talents in years," Gergiev has become the most prominent Russian conductor working on a regular basis in the United States.

Kroch Library Gallery

(Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 1-5 p.m.) "Treasures of the Asia Collection," through Dec. 21.

Dance concert explores concepts of beauty Dec. 6-8

What is beautiful? Judging from the talented work of choreographers from Cornell's Dance Program, beauty can be defined in many ways and is never universal. The choreographers have created an evening of dance abstracting the question "What is beautiful?" by both presenting alternate forms of beauty and by questioning beauty as a general concept. The fall dance theater concert will be held Dec. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Class of '56 Dance Theatre at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door and are available at the Schwartz Center box office, 430 College Ave.; 254-ARTS. "The choreographers have worked at developing dance episodes dealing with different perspectives of `What is beautiful?' and hope to reveal beauty to audiences where it is not normally expected," said Byron Suber, dance concert coordinator. This dance concert is a cohesive body of work with overarching themes featuring the work of nine student choreographers and one guest dancer and choreographer from New York City. Antonio Ramos has danced professionally with Neil Greenberg, Mark Dendy and Marien Soto. The student choreographers are: Cindy Postma, Meredith Maglio, Sarah Kandora, Loretta Wiatr, Cynthia Koppe, Nathalie Fassie, Jonathan Ivers, Rebecca Budinoff and Rachel Appelbaum. Some of the exciting elements in the dance concert include an aerial dance in the mode of circus performance and dances that focus and explore gender and cultural identity. Music varies from classical to pop and ranges from solo work to larger group sections.


Films listed are sponsored by Cornell Cinema and held in Willard Straight Theatre, except where noted, and are open to the public. All films are $4.50 ($4 for students, kids 12 and under and seniors). Saturday and Sunday matinees are $3.50.

Thursday, 11/29

"Full Moon in Paris" (1984), directed by Eric Rohmer, with Pascale Ogier, Tchéky Karyo and Fabrice Luchini, 7 p.m. "Brother" (2000), directed by Takeshi Kitano, with Takeshi Kitano and Omar Epps, 9:20 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/4

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch," 7:15 p.m. "Chloe in the Afternoon," 9:25 p.m.

thalocyanines," Dec. 4; and "Hierarchical Macromolecular Programming," Dec. 5.

Friday, 11/30

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001), directed by John Cameron Mitchell, with John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin and Michael Pitt, 7:15 p.m. "Full Moon in Paris," 7:15 p.m., Uris. "Amores Perros" (2001), directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, with Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal and Vanessa Bauche, 9:25 p.m. "Memento" (2001), directed by Christopher Nolan, with Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss, 9:30 p.m., Uris. "The American Astronaut" (2001), directed by Cory McAbee, with Cory McAbee, Rocco Sisto and Gregory Russell Cook, midnight, Uris.

Linguistics Wednesday, 12/5

"Promises" (2001), directed by Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg, 7 p.m. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," 10 p.m. Andrew Garrett of the University of CaliforniaBerkeley will give two lectures: "The Historical Syntax Problem," Nov. 29, 4:30 p.m., 106 Morrill Hall; and "How Infixes Evolve: A Case Study From California," Nov. 30, 12:20 p.m., B11 Morrill Hall.

Thursday, 12/6

"Boyfriends & Girlfriends" (1987), directed by Eric Rohmer, with Emmanuelle Chaulet, 7:15 p.m. "Moulin Rouge" (2001), directed by Baz Luhrmann, with Nicole Kidman, 9:30 p.m.

Materials Science & Engineering

Joachim Maier, director at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, will give the following Herbert H. Johnson Memorial Lectures, all at 4:30 p.m. in B11 Kimball Hall: "Ionic and Electronic Carriers in Solids," Dec. 3; "Kinetics of Stoichiometric Changes in Ionic Materials," Dec. 4; and "Nanoionics: Just a Slogan?" Dec. 5.

Saturday, 12/1

"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971), directed by Mel Stuart, with Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum, IthaKid Film Fest, 2 p.m. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," 5 p.m. "Amores Perros," 7:15 p.m. "Memento," 7:30 p.m., Uris. "The American Astronaut," 10 p.m., Uris. "Brother," 10:20 p.m.


Center for the Study of Inequality

"Gender Status and the Rough Road to Gender Equity," Cecilia Ridgeway, Stanford University, Nov. 30, 3 p.m., 105 Ives Hall.

Veterinary Medicine

Retired U.S. infantryman and author John Burnham will tell stories from his book, Dog Tags of Courage, about the war dogs that worked with him and other soldiers in Vietnam, Dec. 3, 5:45 p.m., Lecture Hall II, Veterinary Education Center.

Pinkham, Sviridov, Baristow and Britten. · Dec. 1, 2 p.m., Barnes Hall: Jazz chamber recital featuring the Trommer Jazz Chamber Ensemble and the Appel Latin Jazz Chamber Ensemble, both under the direction of Paul Merrill. · Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m., Barnes Hall: Jazz lecture/ workshop with guest saxophonist Vincent Herring. · Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Barnes Hall: Under the direction of Paul Merrill, the Cornell Lab Ensembles will perform a concert with guest saxophonist Vincent Herring. See story, Page 11. · Dec. 2, 2 p.m., Barnes Hall: Jazz lecture/ workshop with guest Vincent Herring. · Dec. 2, 3 p.m., Sage Chapel: The Cornell and Rutgers Glee Clubs, under the direction of Patrick Gardner and Scott Tucker, will perform a joint concert. · Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Barnes Hall: Under the direction of Paul Merrill, the Cornell Lab Ensembles will perform a concert with guest saxophonist Vincent Herring. · Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Barnes Hall: Student chamber music recital.

Cornell Concert Series

The Kirov Orchestra, under the direction of Valery Gergiev, with pianist Vladimir Feltsman, will peform Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall. Tickets range from $18 to $35 for the public and $11 to $21 for students and are on sale at the Willard Straight Hall ticket office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, noon-5 p.m., and at the Clinton House ticket office, 116 N. Cayuga St., Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 12/2

"Amores Perros," 4:30 p.m. "Summer" (1986), directed by Eric Rohmer, with Marie Rivière and Lisa Heredia, 7:30 p.m., Uris, free. "Brother," 7:30 p.m.

Chemistry & Chemical Biology

"Polymeric Imaging Materials: The State of the Art," Jean Fréchet, University of California, Nov. 29, 11:15 a.m., 119 Baker Lab. Bayer Lectures: Roeland Nolte, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, will give three lectures on mastering molecular matter, all at 4:40 p.m. in 119 Baker Lab: "Supramolecular Catalysts," Dec. 3; "Molecular Materials From Porphyrins and Ph-


Department of Music

· Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Sage Chapel: Under the direction of Kelly Hudson, the Cornell Chorale will perform The Fauré Requiem as well as works by

Monday, 12/3

"Chloe in the Afternoon" (1972), directed by Eric Rohmer, with Bernard Verley, Zouzou and Françoise Verley, 7 p.m. "The American Astronaut," 9:15 p.m.

Cornell Folk Song Club

Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen, dubbed a "genuine folk super-group" by

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