What is Spotlight?

Spotlight is's showcase of people, projects, places, and traditions that give Cornell its unique place among American research universities in the Ivy League -- a list that has continued to grow since 1865 when Cornell University was founded.

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Spotlight represents the voice of Cornell students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the University, and you are encouraged to submit your ideas for new content. Include the URL of the Cornell-related feature, and a brief description. Any person may submit.

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Recent Spotlights

Ahmed Elsamadisi Business Insider names 19 'incredibly impressive' students at Cornell
bird bracket Vote for your favorite birds during Lab of Ornithology's March Migration Madness
Dean Dutta The $50 Million Innovation Challenge: Supporting Growth at Johnson
elephant Explore the world of African forest elephants at the Elephant Listening Project
mooc keyboard Sign up for a free Cornell massive open online course (MOOC) on edX
Spirit & Opportunity exhibit at the Smithsonian Spirit & Opportunity on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Dyson School alums get branding boost for their startup Party Headphones
Ray Li performs with the Aura Engineering student Ray Li invents electronic musical instrument, the Aura CornellCast video
Sage hall mosiac Why Scientists Should Embrace the Liberal Arts
Merlin App logo What's that bird? The Lab of Ornithology's Merlin Bird ID app helps solve the mystery
Open office The New Yorker looks at the Open-Office Trap
Gavin Sacks pouring wine into a test tube Wine chemist Gavin Sacks in ScienceFriday's five-part video series "Out of the Bottle"
student work Explore student work at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
glass of milk American Academy of Pediatrics: Avoid raw milk due to infection risks
Travel Registry Students – Travel Safely! Don't forget to register your Cornell-related travel
NASA satellite image of Typhoon Haiyan What's with the weather? Climate change website explains recent phenomena
financial aid office Forbes blog: Financial aid is the gift that keeps on giving
recipe box The Wild Harvest Table - a celebration of the culinary bounty of wild game and fish in the Finger Lakes
Vaccinations Forgo flu season – find a Gannett flu clinic near you
stethoscope on paperwork Forbes blog: How College Health Centers Help Students Succeed
Abe Lincoln Remembering Gettysburg: Highlighting the most fascinating items in the library's Civil War collections
cornell university glee club Vintage recordings of Cornell classics by Cornell Glee Club '48-50 and '71
Chris Mason in the lab Chris Mason scores victory for cancer research in fight against gene patents
student pressured to drink alcohol Hazing is never OK - President Skorton and VP Murphy in USA Today
close-up of a henslow's sparrow Bad for birds, bad for all of us: John Fitzpatrick urges support for farm bill
researcher examines test tube Open Access To Research: An Ideal Complicated By Reality
Humanities mosaic from Sage Humanities promote creative problem-solving, collaboration and communication
fragile legacy Blaschka Collection inspires Fragile Legacy, a marine creature documentary
shelf of books Experience digital shelf browsing with the Virtual Shelf Browser Beta
Ronald Harris Warrick Forbes blog: The hidden work life of university faculty
sage chapel mosaic USA Today Op Ed: Humanities, social sciences critical to our future
annie leonard Annie Leonard, creator of Story of Stuff Project, graduates after 25 years
wearable nanotech Cornell's Juan Hinestroza tells Wired UK about the future of wearable nanotechnology
well for water Rules of Engagement - a Forbes blog by President Skorton and Dean Altschuler
Portraits site Portraits: A collection of extraordinary individuals
Dr. Joyce Brothers Post your stories/memories of Dr. Joyce Brothers '47, a legendary Cornellian who died on May 13, 2013
glass model of a colonial jellyfish Marine biologist Drew Harvell in the NY Times:
In Pursuit of an Underwater Menagerie
Queens University professor Stanka Fitneva Women, Science and Motherhood: Choices Then and Now CornellCast video
bird cam contest Guess the hatch time for the Lab of Ornithology's red-tailed hawk eggs
startup graphic from NY Times article 'Building a Better Tech School' - the New York Times on Cornell NYC Tech
TED logo The ideas Cornellians are spreading: Cornell faculty and alumni TED talks
grad receiving a hug Students, find the 'best value' college for you - a CNN blog by President Skorton
prisoner in front of barred window 'College Behind Bars: How Educating Prisoners Pays Off - a Forbes blog by President Skorton and Dean Altschuler
nude from Weintraub Collection NYC exhibition explores gay culture and celebrates the Human Sexuality Collection
scan shows activity in medial prefrontal cortex 'You're thinking about me, right?' Nathan Spreng uses brain scans to decode mental images
hand holding American flag Skorton among university presidents urging smart immigration reform
student bloggers Read along as student bloggers share their Cornell stories
forbes blog Guns on Campus - a Forbes blog by President Skorton and Dean Altschuler
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student at a computer MOOCs: A College Education Online? Forbes blog by David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler
Arun Gandhi Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture: A look back at the last four years
Ezra magazine Winter 2013 Winter Ezra magazine: Cornell's culture of public engagement expands the definition of 'land grant'
drinking meter High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses - a Forbes blog by President Skorton and Dean Altschuler
at-risk teens Keeping teens on track: Human Ecology faculty study new approaches
tassel Does Your Major Matter? David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler blog about higher education on
Students listen to DJ Rich Medina '92 lecture Toward New Destinations: Promoting excellence through diversity and inclusion
Vaccinations Forgo flu season – find a Gannett flu clinic near you
Hydraulic fracturing rig  Fracking: A Role for Universities – a Forbes blog by President Skorton and Dean Altschuler
NYC Tech logo Apply by Oct. 1 to join the Spring 2013 Beta class
Dale Corson A tribute to Dale Corson: Share a memory, view a timeline of Cornell's eighth president
Globe painted on a face America's Foreign Language Deficit - a Forbes blog by President Skorton and Dean Altschuler
The Life Before Us book The Life Before Us: Reading project brings students and community together
Law Forum magazine cover Beyond Borders: International programs re-envision their global role
Cornell LGBT The central hub of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender life at Cornell
a sample from a tree that grew approximately 12,000 years ago Finding clues to climate change in ancient wood
baby hawk Hawks eggs hatching: Watch the live stream from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology
autonomous vehicle designed by students John Swanson's $10M gift to Engineering College boosts experiential learning
Suzi Hileman and fellow sorority sisters width= 'Dear Cornell': A thank-you note from Arizona shooting victim Suzi Hileman '73
Cornell NYC Tech logo Frequently asked questions about CornellNYC Tech
David Skorton An Afternoon with David Skorton CornellCast video
S.E. Cupp The Value of Leadership in the 21st Century CornellCast video
sad girl Evidence-Based Living: Chronic stress has a lasting impact on kids' health and development
Paper airplane designed by students Picture Cornell: Photos from the annual paper airplane competition in Bartels Hall
Dorsal view of the zebrafish brain showing axons and neuropil From bugs to beasts, CALS scientists look to the animal kingdom to learn about the human condition
nutritional science student laughing LINK Magazine: Nutritional Sciences students gain fresh insights into human health and well-being
lincoln Dawn's Early Light: Showcasing the momentous first half-century of American photography
water Water Resources Institute explains how climate change could impact our water
Masha Raskolnikov Fall Ezra Magazine: Where Learning and Research Meet
Storm Relief Appliance Rebate NY State launches appliance and equipment rebate program for those affected by recent flooding
SOS on a piece of paper floating on water Flood assistance is available for faculty and staff — apply for emergency CARE funds or donate online
Op-Ed President Skorton in the NY Times: A Pledge to End Fraternity Hazing
Helene Rosenblatt The Legacy Project: Older Americans offer tips and advice on surviving and thriving
Cornell Homecoming Big Red Ambition: 161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do
Homer and Langley Book Cover The New Student Reading Project: E.L. Doctorow's novel Homer and Langley
slope day 2011 slide show Cornell Annual Fund crosses $30 million mark for first time
Subway in NYC Big Red and The Big Apple: Cornell in NYC
slope day 2011 slide show Slope Day 2011 Slideshow, compliments of the Cornell Chronicle. You'll feel like you were there.
Helen Reichert Heard on NPR: Alumna Helen Reichert's fountain of youth includes chocolate and Budweiser
david skorton President Skorton in the Huffington Post: Education Will Bring Societies Together
Aly Nadworny Paint the Town Red: Rising grad student Aly Nadworny, member of the NYC/Ithaca Linkage Program CornellCast video
damage in Japan Support relief efforts for those affected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
On The Air sign ILR's Richard Hurd on NPR: Collective bargaining rights vary by state
President Skorton thanks you Changing our world in ways large and small
David Skorton David Skorton in the Washington Post: Don't cut humanities
Teacher writing on chalkboard Four on faculty named Weiss fellows for distinguished teaching
Honduran boy drinks clean water from a faucet Carnegie recognizes Cornell as an 'institution of community engagement'
Seamus Davis Ezra Magazine: Physicist Séamus Davis builds a fantastic machine
David Skorton President Skorton in the Huffington Post: We Can Do Better with College Costs
Person putting money into red kettle 'Tis the season for giving - research takes a look at who and why
Brian Kuritzky Amazing Alumni: Brian Kuritzky '08 bet on himself and the SG Komen Foundation won video
dog at the vet Pet health app from Vet College helps manage meds, vaccines and diet
it gets better Cornell's Gay Straight Alliance wants you to know that it gets better video
The Atkinsons Ensuring the world's future: Atkinsons commit $80 million for sustainability research
CU athletics on facebook CU Athletics is now on Facebook. Become a fan and show your love for the Big Red!
lethal injection Law School's latest Forum Magazine examines the death penalty in America
Larry Stevens Ezra Magazine: Tough job market pushes students to follow their passions and take risks
Paint the Town Red Paint the Town Red: Katie Kasabalis '10 studies sustainability and architecture in NYC CornellCast video
'Live United' graphic You can make a difference! Support the Cornell United Way campaign
The Philospher Kings Now on CornellCast: "The Philosopher Kings" trailer CornellCast video
President Skorton and Your Impact You & Cornell: Changing the world in ways large and small
student in the library Christine Xu recommends the study spots in Kroch Asia. What's your favorite thing about the library?
two Mexican men cross the Arizona border What's next for Arizona? Cornell law prof Stephen Yale-Loehr joins the debate on
retirement graphic New early retirement incentives for employees in New York state or SUNY retirement programs
coyote peers through tall grass Take the 'wild' in wildlife seriously, says Cornell's Paul Curtis in the NY Times
conservationist holds an oiled bird Oil spill Q&A: Cornell's Ken Rosenberg explains the impact on Gulf Coast birds
Celebrating Faculty and Staff Cornell celebrates the contributions by faculty and staff in 2009 and 2010
Sam Keller in the dance studio Paint the Town Red series features chem major and dancer Sam Keller '10
All About Birds Webby Award Congratulations to the Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website for their Webby Award
Mark Twain Now on CyberTower: Researching Mark Twain's connections to Cornell CornellCast video
PCCW logo Former PCCW leaders and members reflect on their time at Cornell CornellCast video
Vote for All About Birds All About Birds, a Cornell website, is up for a Webby Award—and your vote can help us win!
Patricia Follow our student bloggers to find out what it's really like at Cornell
Dragon Day 2010 Dragon Day 2010: CU photographers chronicle the tradition with a slide show
Notice and Respond logo Webcasts, events and resources are available to our caring community
mushrooms in a hollowed out log The 4,000-acre Arnot Teaching and Research Forest is Cornell's living classroom
Relief for Haiti Will gas well drilling impact our water? Cornell's Water Resources Institute explains the issues
Relief for Haiti Cornell events, campus resources and ways to support the people of Haiti
live united graphic Give a gift to your community: Support the United Way campaign
yellow labrador retriever Vet College seeks healthy Labrador retrievers to contribute to DNA bank
CALS researcher Brian Wansink CALS scientists are taking on American obesity and world hunger, and rethinking the food system
portrait of Sarah E. Thomas Early black women at Cornell: Part and apart, 1890s-1930s
2009 Solar house Follow Big Red as it goes green at the 2009 Solar Decathlon in D.C.
'SciFri' logo NPR's Science Friday broadcasts live from Cornell, Oct. 9. Get your tickets!
Reimagining Cornell Strategic Planning Open Forum: Watch the session with President Skorton and Provost Fuchs CornellCast video
Construction at Milstein Hall Transforming AAP: The Paul Milstein Hall website has plans, galleries and an interactive webcam
Grapes of Wrath Watch the webcast of the New Student Reading Project panel discussion CornellCast video
Philosopher Kings Documentary follows Cornell custodians Jim Evener and Gary Napieracz. See it at Bailey Hall on Aug. 26
Your Impact site Your impact: Learn how gifts to Cornell have made a difference
New Students site CU New Students: Ensuring a smooth transition for first-year, transfer, graduate and professional students
2009 Solar Decathlon house What are you interested in? Explore your choices for a major in the College of Arts and Sciences
Eat3 logo Eat3: Choose, prepare and enjoy healthy family meals using locally grown produce
2009 Solar Decathlon house The Silo House blog: Follow the progress of Cornell's 2009 Solar Decathlon team
Cornell profile picture Social networking, Big Red style: Join the 9,800+ fan base of Cornell University on Facebook
crows Why do crows heckle Cornell researcher Kevin McGowan? The crow paradox explained on NPR's Morning Edition
David Skorton The bus stops here: Skorton rides the bus to cut costs, leads the way among university presidents
Harry Potter wearing the Sorting Hat If the Sorting Hat fits... How Cornell campus life embodies the Hogwarts Experience
'electric' fish Watch as Carl Hopkins introduces freshman biology students to his research on 'electric fish' CornellCast video
Brad Wendel Cornell's Brad Wendel on NPR: Did Justice Department lawyers violate ethics?
'Oscar' the bobcat on the operating table Injured bobcat treated by surgeons at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals
photo of price signage at Wal-Mart Your brain at Wal-Mart: Manoj Thomas studies how people respond to prices and decide to buy
Looking up at the columns outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Cornell's Legal Information Institute is your source for recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions
cover photo from Ezra Ezra Magazine: Cornell's global citizens roll up their sleeves and tackle real-world problems
bird illustration All About Birds: New design, new features and new resources from the Lab of Ornithology
David Skorton Watch President Skorton's State of the University Address on CornellCast
Cornell's Caring Community Cornell's Caring Community: Committed to the well being of faculty and staff, both at work and at home
Graduates of the Class of 2009 Complete coverage of 2009 Commencement weekend from the Chronicle
Woman washing hands Flu precautions - Emergency website for H1N1 influenza updates and resources
alternative energy Power down, Cornell! Pledge to save electricity through power-efficient computing
Cornell in the Capital Once upon a runway: Cornell Design League celebrates 25 years of fashion CornellCast video
Cornell in the Capital President Skorton and prominent Cornell professors on today's most significant policy issues
Fresh produce for sale Find support and advice at the NY Beginning Farmer Project, "Voices of Experience"
dandelion seed CUbiquitous: Cornell in pictures, video and blogs from all over the Web
handwritten envelope addressed to Barack Obama Advice for Obama: Cornell economists discuss the financial crisis and other challenges facing the U.S.
section of CIT home page Find IT services, news and security info easier with redesigned Computing at Cornell website
Library launches new site New library site offers easier searching, a worldwide catalog in beta, course and research help
lit 'On Air' sign Tommy Bruce and guests discuss higher education and the recession on WVBR's Sunday Forum
illustration of how the power plant works Cornell's Combined Heat and Power Project puts coal on the back burner
ladybug on orange fabric Seeing spots: John Losey aims to conserve dwindling ladybug populations -- with your help
Human Ecology student Scott Brenner Alan Hedge and students discuss classroom research and careers in ergonomics
job section of the newspaper classified ads Your future starts here: Cornell Career Services provides assistance for students and alums
tickets to the 1940 game vs. Dartmouth Relive the infamous 1940 'fifth down' game vs. Dartmouth, when Cornell traded the title for integrity
section of a kinematic model KMODDL, Cornell's digital library of kinematic models, helps teach the geometry of pure motion
rendering of Milstein Hall interior Open, flexible Koolhaas design for Paul Milstein Hall will inspire innovation
Weill Hall Fulfilling the promise of life sciences: Bright, open and built green, Weill Hall is on the cutting edge
Cornell researcher with kids CU social scientists break down barriers to answer the world's toughest questions
Wall Street sign How do we save Wall Street and Main Street? Cornell's Robert Hockett has a plan
overpopulated city The Institute for the Social Sciences helps scholars tackle global issues together
cornellboration logo Connect, share, collaborate: Cornellboration is a social network for science-minded Cornellians
hand holding a skull bone CU alum David Campbell '77 teaches evolution to kids raised on intelligent design
brain scan Even so-called "mild" head injuries can be anything but, says Cornell neurosurgeon Jam Ghajar
CUAUV's Triton goes for a test run in the water Cornell student engineers make a splash in international competition with their vehicle "Triton"
man eating a burger and chips Want to save the economy? Go on a diet. More veggies, fewer calories cuts energy use, says David Pimentel
keel-billed toucan In a Guatemalan rainforest, Lab of Ornithology biologist Greg Budney hears the call of the wild
Abe Lincoln New Cornell students share a summer read: 'Lincoln at Gettysburg' by Garry Wills
cash and credit card Cornell's Robert Frank tells NPR why we spend more with credit than with cash
A new synthesis guides platinum nanoparticles to form ordered materials with 1020-nm-sized pores Metals with nano-sized pores may have a future in fuel cells thanks to team led by Ulrich Wiesner
student typing on a laptop New initiative encourages faculty to teach research methods 'beyond Google'
farmer holds rice plant Cornell's Norman Uphoff is leading a food revolution that starts with rice
close-up of a basketball NBA players make winning coaches, say researchers at Cornell's ILR School
airmail envelope with colorful stamps Like a postcard, only better. CU students blog from Berlin, Buenos Aires, Budapest and Jerusalem.
students prepare in the kitchen Hotelies roll out the red carpet for industry experts at Hotel Ezra Cornell
Cornell student bloggers Life on the Hill: Spring break adventures, tasty group projects and... oh yeah, studying
plants under blue light Boyce Thompson Institute: Plant research with real benefits for people
Cornell Athletics logo Big Red men and women cap off their Ivy championship seasons with NCAA bids
Sam Bacharach, Cornell's McKelvey-Grant Professor of Labor Management ILR Oral History Project documents struggle against alcoholism in the workplace
view through columns on a sunny day in Doha The latest from Quad Blogger in Doha: Eastern cultures, Western expectations
close-up of a cow See how Agriculture and Life Sciences research and outreach impacts New York State
Graeme Bailey in class CornellCast in the classroom: Watch Graeme Bailey's CS 211 class
portrait of Sarah E. Thomas Early black women at Cornell: Part and apart, 1890s-1930s
Marquise McGraw Research in progress: Bats, birds, dragonflies and other curiosities
Marquise McGraw Marquise McGraw believes education is the key to erasing poverty
Susan Murphy Susan Murphy: West Campus is transforming the residential experience
Susan McCouch examines a plant Cornell's Susan McCouch enlists students in the quest to alleviate malnutrition
CU 100+ MPG: Striving to win the Automotive X-Prize with a new breed of automobile
Think Shakespeare is vanishing? He's alive and well at Cornell
Rebuilding the 9th Ward: Portraits and interviews of Hurricane Katrina survivors
photo of screens in video art exhibit Stop. Look. Listen. Inside an exhibition of video art at the Johnson Museum
girl looks at exhibits in the insect zoo Roach races, cricket cookies and a handful of maggots: Insectapalooza!
drop of blue liquid on cloth Show us what you're made of: Cutting-edge Materials Science research at Cornell
gloved hands transplant a bunch of purple flowers Cornell students go 'Into the Streets' for a day of community service in Ithaca
Alaskan muskoxen The Macaulay Library's 'Big Year': Rare sound and video recordings from distant lands
Robert Frank Close-up on Robert Frank: Keypads and wedding gowns—it's all economics
Ithaca girl shows off one of her creations 4-H sewing program developed by Denise Green '07 fosters creativity, independent thinking
aerial view of the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva Accomplishments with impact since 1882: NYS Ag Experiment Station turns 125
close-up of a horsefly Don't bug out! CU's Rayor and Losey explain the value of insects on CBS Sunday Morning