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Duff accepts award

Bryan Duff receives Racker Community Partner Award

Oct 15, 2019

On Oct. 10, Bryan Duff, senior lecturer in the department of development sociology, received the Racker Community Partner Award for Tompkins County, which is given to someone in the community who works to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

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Two dozen Engaged Faculty Fellows announced

Oct 2, 2019

Twenty-four faculty members, representing six colleges and the Cornell University Library, make up the 2019-20 cohort of the Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program.