Cornell Report Fall 2017

  • You Said: Fall 2017

    Nov 17, 2017

    Letters ‘Cultures Collide’ dug deep I want you to know that I really appreciated the article “When Cultures Meet Sometimes They Collide.” When it comes to issues surrounding race, the going can get mighty tough. It is so hard to please everyone, and there are so many perspectives to share. I truly thought that you […]

  • Mentors’ encouragement led to science career

    Nov 17, 2017

    Candice Nulsen ’95 wasn’t  simply the first person in her family to go to college. “I didn’t even know how to apply to college,“ she says. Now she’s earned a doctorate in molecular biology, genetics, and cell and developmental biology.  She works at the intersection of technology and science, serving as a bridge between companies and […]

  • Challenged by ambiguity

    Nov 17, 2017

    Fia Wulur ’13 says her four years at Cornell were outstanding preparation for her current position as a program manager in Amazon’s Last Mile operations, which she describes as “entrepreneurial and ambiguous.” “At Cornell, every block is different. It’s a new subject, new material, a new professor, new classmates. You have to constantly adjust to […]

  • Too successful to retire

    Nov 17, 2017

    Ronald Vane ’67 has always been up for adventures. He was raised in California and wanted to learn more about the country and to experience snow. Cornell made his short list because it was certified by the American Chemical Society, and he enrolled after a solo train trip to visit campus. These days he’s got a […]

  • My Italian adventure

    Nov 17, 2017

    This story begins 50 years ago in the summer of 1967 when Dennis Kato ’69 and I spent two and one-half months crisscrossing our way across Europe from London to Athens.  We visited cities as large as Paris, Rome, and Berlin, to small unheard of villages like Valenzano, Italy. My father emigrated from Valenzano in […]

  • When women integrated the men’s soccer team

    Nov 17, 2017

    Next year Cornell will celebrate its 30th year of women’s soccer. However, women participated in varsity soccer before the women’s team was established. In 1971 the men’s soccer team was coached by Peg Pink, acting chair of the Women’s Physical Education Department, and the integration of the team could be dated from that time. The […]

  • Jean Tapp Beal ’52

    Nov 17, 2017

    Humanitarian, educator, and Cornell Life Trustee Jean Tapp Beal ’52 died Sept. 2, 2017, in Rockford, Illinois. Beal graduated from Cornell with majors in sociology and elementary education. After leaving the Hilltop, she taught elementary school in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In 1953 she married the Rev. E. Maynard Beal ’52. She became active in the United Methodist […]

  • Engineer builds satellites, human connections

    Nov 17, 2017

    Pam Johnson ’94 is all about seizing opportunities. Doing so has taken her out of this world. Johnson, who majored in physics at Cornell, now holds a senior engineering position at DigitalGlobe, which (among other things) operates five satellites that supply Google Earth with its photos from space. During her time on the Hilltop, she […]

  • Liberal arts set Vaver on Path to Google

    Nov 17, 2017

    John Vaver ’89 is, by any measure, near the top of his field. As a senior quantitative analyst at Google, he is part of Google’s Advanced Measurement Technologies team, which is primarily composed of Ph.D. statisticians and software engineers. Vaver leads a group of analysts who develop mathematical models, algorithms, and analyses that help advertisers understand […]

  • From first-gen to OB-GYN

    Nov 17, 2017

    Dr. Nakyda Dean ’08 trod a challenging path from being the first in her family to go to college to her career as an obstetrics and gynecology physician. Now she’s committed to helping others find their own paths to a career in medicine. “I grew up in a Chicago neighborhood where many of the kids […]

  • E-commerce drives couple’s STEM careers

    Nov 17, 2017

    Sarah Gilliland Korth ’11 and Luke Korth ’12 have spent the early years of their careers helping to set the stage for e-commerce’s explosive growth; Sarah at Facebook developing mobile apps and Luke at Braintree, an online payment service. E-commerce has become so ubiquitous, it’s hard to realize it’s a relatively new concept. The idea of using a […]

  • Love of math led to nuclear forensics

    Nov 17, 2017

    As the testing of nuclear weapons escalates, the work of Joyce Guzik ’82 becomes increasingly significant. Guzik is part of the nuclear threat assessment group at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. She uses nuclear forensics to determine the capabilities of other countries’ arsenals. “We are developing capabilities to analyze the fallout […]

  • Notable STEM alumni

    Nov 17, 2017

    Scientist of the Year Tahllee Baynard ’97 received national recognition in 2012 when he was named Scientist of the Year by US Black Engineer Magazine. He is senior manager at Lockheed Martin’s Optical Payload Center of Excellence located in Sunnyvale, California. He recently supported instrument development for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid return mission that launched in 2016. […]

  • STEM success

    Nov 17, 2017

    Not since the space race of the late 1950s has the United States placed so much emphasis on what’s become known as STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. Cornell has produced brilliant minds who are making a big impact in STEM fields and on our lives. Many of them credit their liberal arts background as a key component of their success. Here are some of their stories.

  • 25 things that make Mount Vernon cool

    Nov 17, 2017

    Mount Vernon, population 4,444, is situated in Iowa’s Creative Corridor near two of Iowa’s top cities. Its urban fringe location offers a refreshing blend of city culture in a small town venue with art festivals, popular local restaurants and cafés, and quirky boutiques. You can drive anywhere in town in five minutes and it packs […]