(L-R), Steven Mana’oakamai Johnson, Natalie Cápiro ’00, Hale Ann Tufan, Chuan Liao, Shaila Musharoff, Michael Charles ’16.


CALS hires faculty cohort to address grand DEI challenges
This is the fifth in a series of stories detailing actions CALS students, faculty and staff have taken over the past several years to make our community a more diverse, equitable and inclusive place for everyone. In fall 2021, CALS announced its first-ever faculty cohort initiative focused on hiring a group of scientists whose work explicitly addresses systemic challenges facing marginalized communities through transdisciplinary collaboration. The first search was received with great enthusiasm and 381 people applied for the six positions.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Biology
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  • Computational Biology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
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Taylor Ferebee is a doctoral candidate in computational biology from Hampton, Virginia. She attended Roanoke College for her bachelor’s and Clemson University for her master’s and now studies the implementation and redesign of mathematical...
  • Computational Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Crops


Cornell BrAIn, initiated and led by the College of Arts & Sciences, will host a two-day symposium Dec. 9-10, bringing together innovators in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and neuroscience.

  • Computational Biology
  • Neurobiology and Behavior

Graduate Highlights


NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Michael Wang! Michael receives the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral.


Student Led Ventures

Nathan Oakes, co-founder of Combplex and Cornell Comp Bio grad student, selected for the inaugural Blackstone Launchpad Lift Cohort. A 10-week mentorship-driven program for student-led ventures, which comes with a $10K grant. Kudos Nathan!


"Best Poster Award"

Kudos to Runxi Shen, Computational Biology graduate student in the Messer Lab, for winning the "Best Poster Award" at the Great Lakes Evolutionary Genetics Symposium on May 31, 2019.


Rita and Joe Calvo Teaching Assistant Award

Congratulations to Manisha Munasinghe as the recipient of the Rita and Joe Calvo Teaching Assistant Award. An award provided to her from the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics.


Outstanding CALS Graduate Teaching Assistant

Congratulations to Shayne Wierbowski as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding CALS Graduate Teaching Assistant award! (pictured here with Department of Comp Bio chair, Prof. Andy Clark).

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