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Dear Bowers CIS community,

As we approach the halfway point of the semester, there is warmer weather and sunshine ahead, and some exciting news and events at Bowers CIS to share.

I want to offer a A Big Red welcome to our newest Bowers CIS majors. The college recently celebrated 445 newly affiliated students at the New Majors Welcome. Each semester, the event brings together undergraduates, faculty, and staff for a night of community and connection. You can view photos from this event in the highlights below. 

Mark your calendars for the second installment of the Bowers CIS Distinguished Speaker Series. As part of the university’s Freedom of Expression theme year, our series aims to foster important discussions surrounding the role and impact of tech on free speech. Join us on March 13 as Jeff Kosseff, associate professor of cybersecurity law at the United States Naval Academy, leads a discussion on free speech and misinformation. Copies of Kosseff’s latest book, Liar In A Crowded Theater: Freedom of speech in a world of misinformation, will be free for attendees; first come, first served. 

Best of luck as you complete your prelims. Remember to prioritize your health and reach out to faculty, staff, and peers for support when you need it.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

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Kavita Bala


Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science

Student and Alumni News

Freshmen win top prize at digital ag hackathon

Six first-year students from our college and the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering came away with top honors for their agricultural innovation idea to address India’s pollution problem during the Digital Agriculture Hackathon.

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Outstanding Cornell students recognized by Computing Research Association

This year, 15 Cornell Bowers CIS students received honorable mentions by the Computer Research Association. Eric Chen '24 was selected as a finalist for the “Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.”


Faculty tenure appointments and promotions:

Kyle Harms was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

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Kizilcec receives Sloan Research Award

René Kizilcec was among 126 early-career researchers who have won 2024 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Pierson named Schmidt AI2050 fellow

Emma Pierson, assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded an AI2050 Early Career Fellowship from Schmidt Sciences for her work seeking to use artificial intelligence to promote equity.

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Faculty members receive named professorships


Thorsten Joachims and Andrew Myers have each received prestigious named professorships in honor of past university luminaries.

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Blockchains kill in Cornell Tech professor’s thriller novel

A confluence of events, combined with a healthy obsession for details and a love of writing, gave computer scientist Ari Juels just what he needed to produce his second fiction thriller.

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Around the college
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Bowers CIS Distinguished Speaker on Free Expression

March 13, 2024

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

G01 Gates

Jeff Kosseff, associate professor of cybersecurity law, U.S. Naval Academy

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A night of celebrating and inspiring black excellence

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion collaborated with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Cornell Black Graduate Professional Student Association (BGPSA) to host A Night of Illumination and Celebration of Black Excellence.

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Cornell’s Inclusive Excellence Podcast talks with Carl Cornell, assistant director of undergraduate advising 

In this new episode, Cornell discusses his background and how it has empowered him to ignite change across the university.

New building update

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Research highlights
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Yin, big data, and the ‘science of science’

“The science of science” is a quizzical, albeit accurate, description of Yian Yin’s research. Yin uses mathematical and computational methods to mine data and examine the factors that help (or hinder) scientific research and innovation.

Vashistha receives CCSS faculty fellowship for social science research

Aditya Vashistha was one of 11 Cornell faculty awarded Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS) faculty fellowships.

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Bunea to co-organize international workshop on statistics, AI

Florentina Bunea, professor of statistics and data science, has been awarded a grant from the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO) to co-organize the institute’s week-long international meeting, Statistics and Learning Theory in the Era of Artificial Intelligence, in June.

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New majors welcome

The college celebrated the newest cohort of students to declare a major within the college, providing dinner, swag, and introductions to the various clubs, services, and resources now available to them.

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Media Mentions

There's AI, and then there's AGI: what you need to know to tell the difference

Thorsten Joachims

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New thriller from Cornell's Ari Juels imagines weaponizing blockchain

Ari Juels

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Meta says it will label AI-generated images on Facebook and Instagram

Gili Vidan

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