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2020 Vision Endowment

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 Our goal is to raise an endowment of at least one million dollars for the following:


An institutional postdoctoral fellowship program would bring extraordinary young scientists to Cornell. One of the best ways to jumpstart a new faculty member’s career is to enable them to hire postdoctoral fellows and research associates.


Doing science that matters means having access to state-of-the-art equipment. Some of that equipment will be provided as part of the start-up packages needed to attract the best faculty and the rest will have to come from grants and contracts, industry investment, and donations. Your gift will help ensure that we can facilitate the research needs of our new faculty through modern, well-equipped laboratories and highly trained staff.


For many of us, a field experience as an undergraduate was the transformative and defining experience of our undergraduate careers. Today’s students, many of whom attend Cornell with financial aid, find field programs to be an increasingly difficult challenge because of the double hit of expense of the field program and lost income from summer employment. If we are to maintain this transformative experience for our undergraduates, EAS will need help to subsidize students without sufficient funding.


For both atmospheric scientists and many solid earth scientists, the computer is their laboratory. New equipment must be purchased every few years as data sets continue to explode in size.

Did you know?

"What we perceive as colors in the sky is actually different wavelengths of visible light. Blue light has a shorter wavelength then red light. As visible light travels through the atmosphere, it is scattered by air molecules and tiny impurities (such as dust particles) that are suspended in the air. The blue wavelengths are scattered in all directions. This is why no matter in which direction you look the sky appears blue on a clear day. If enough of the blue light is scattered, little or no blue light remains in the sunbeam that reaches your eyes. The predominant visible wavelength that is left is red and the sky turns orange or red, particularly in the direction of the sun. The clouds also reflect and absorb the sunlight, reducing the total amount of light that reaches the Earth's surface. This makes the sky appear gray, or even black, if enough light is reflected and absorbed by the clouds."- Art DeGaetano, Ask a Scientist! Read More

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