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1. Journalist takes audience inside Putin's war on West

Russian-American journalist and LGBT activist Masha Gessen spoke on campus Oct. 22 about Vladimir Putin's use of homophobia to retain control of Russia.

2. Foodies dig into 'Furrows to Boroughs' in NYC

Big Red alumni gathered at “Furrows to Boroughs: A Taste of New York State in New York City” Oct. 22 to sample upstate foods in the Big Apple.

3. Grant deadline is Oct. 31 for student community projects

The deadline to apply for Community Partnership Board grants of up to $2,000 for student initiatives has been extended to Oct. 31.

4. ILR School establishes Ronald G. Ehrenberg Professorship

The ILR School has established a new professorship honoring the scholarly contributions and distinguished career of professor Ronald G. Ehrenberg.

5. A fast track for data between Ithaca and New York City

A new system will enable Cornell researchers to transfer large data files smoothly between the Ithaca and New York City campuses.

6. Tom Gilovich on the keys to improving everyday wisdom

Professor Thomas Gilovich delivered this year’s distinguished faculty invitational lecture on principles of social psychology and wisdom Oct. 22 in Goldwin Smith Hall.

7. Things to Do, Oct. 24-31

Events on campus this week include a book talk on the American Dream, 150 bugs at Insectapalooza, The Big Draw at the Johnson Museum, a classic horror film in Sage Chapel and Halloween treats.

8. Cornell, local health agencies prepared for Ebola threat

Campus and local health officials said Oct. 21 that there is little risk locally for an Ebola outbreak, but training, protocols for handling cases and Cornell travel restrictions are part of their readiness efforts.

9. Benefits open enrollment period begins Nov. 1

The benefits open enrollment period is Nov. 1-21, giving endowed faculty and staff the opportunity to make changes to their health, dental and legal insurance plans. New health and dental plan rates have also been released.

10. Mission Big Red Flag: Simulated flight, real sweat

Flight simulators, programmed by a talented ROTC cadet, take Air Force One on a perilous mission.