but I’m not sure if students there realize what a fantastic institution and resource Cornell Cinema is. Filmmakers from all over the world know Cornell Cinema and admire the programming there. Years ago, there were organizations like Cornell Cinema at universities all over the country, and over time, they’ve gone away, because of VCRs and DVDs and now the Internet. The idea is like, “You can see anything online,” but it’s not really true, and there’s also that thing about the cinematic experience. It’s very different to see a movie in a theater than it is to watch it online. So Cornell Cinema is still around … and I personally am thrilled to screen something there and to come back.
“From a greenhouse point of view, it would be better to replace coal electrical facilities with nuclear plants, wind farms and solar panels, but replacing them with natural gas stations will be faster, cheaper and achieve 40 percent of the low-carbon-fast benefit," Cathles wrote in the study. "Gas is a natural transition fuel that could represent the biggest stabilization wedge available to us.”—Cornell Chronicle: Natural gas as transition fuel
“But Cornell University scientists Ian Low, Joseph Lykken and Gabe Shaughnessy, in a new paper titled, “Have we observed the Higgs(imposter)?” have called for caution. While the scientists admit that “The new resonance discovered by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could be the long-sought Higgs boson of the Standard Model,” the researchers point out that it is still uncertain that it is the “standard model Higgs.”—Signal in LHC may not be standard model Higgs boson after all
“Both schools have proud college hockey traditions with significant ties to each other in both the immediate and distant past. The all-time series is tied, 3-3-1, with the last clash coming in an NCAA game March 23. Top-seeded Michigan took an early lead, but the Big Red won the game 3:35 into overtime on a rebound goal.”—Cornell Chronicle: Men’s hockey vs. Michigan Nov. 24 in NYC
“Travel whenever you can. Read wherever you go. Think for yourself always. Do not rely on others to discover things for you. Ask questions. Be skeptical. Stand up for your beliefs – especially when they are not popular. Do not fall prey to partisanship. Remember that no political party has a monopoly on truth – or God on its side. Remember that most people who have changed the world have first been ridiculed or dismissed. And remember that this great university – and our great country – were not built by timid worries, but by grand hopes and bold action.”—NYC.gov
“The new building also shouldn’t be distant or aloof. The word isle gives us “isolation,” and the future campus is bounded by water on two sides, a park to the south, and the bridge to the north. The $100 million the Bloomberg administration has pledged to juice the project shouldn’t just turn a piece of New York over to Cornell but also help the university knit that patch of land into a crowded city. There are obstacles. Getting on and off the new campus will likely remain a chore; the small population of scientists and engineers probably won’t be numerous enough to justify a new ferry service, or even a footbridge.”—Cornell’s High-Stakes Commission in Roosevelt Island — New York Magazine
“The more aggressive they were on the schedule and the more aggressive they were on the amount, the more favorably” the city looked at the bid, Pinsky told me. In the negotiations, he said, he tried to get each bidder to boost its offer by alerting it of more favorable competing bids. At one point, Stanford asked about an ambiguous clause in the city’s proposal request: would the university have to indemnify the city if it were sued for, say, polluted water on Roosevelt Island? The city responded that the university would. According to Pinsky, city lawyers said that this was “not likely to produce significant problems,” and that other bidders did not object. To Pinsky and the city, these demands—and the twenty-million-dollar penalty if the City Council’s approval was delayed—were “not uncommon,” since developers often “take liability for public approvals.” To Stanford, the stipulations made it seem as if the goal posts were not fixed. Three days after Stanford withdrew, the city awarded the contract to Cornell University and its junior partner, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the oldest university in Israel. Not a few Hennessy and Stanford partisans were pleased. “I am very relieved,” Gerhard Casper said.”—Is Stanford Too Close to Silicon Valley? : The New Yorker