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150 Years of Cornell University

Cornell University, which was founded in 1865, is celebrating its much anticipated Sesquicentennial with a series of events held around the globe. Festivities for its 150th anniversary kicked off this September in New York City.

In honor of the occasion, the Empire State Building was lit up red and white on September 12. The following day, I had the pleasure of attending a high-voltage show at Jazz at Lincoln Center, called "The Big Idea! (Cornell Celebrates 150)," featuring dozens of Cornellians. Among the many performances at the event, a standout was Cornell University president David Skorton accompanying Wynton Marsalis on the flute. My husband, Greg Petsko, was also thrilled to participate in the program and offer his own perspective on "the Cornell brain" as a neuroscientist. I found a historical reenactment involving university founder Ezra Cornell, its first president Andrew D. White, and actor and former NFL star Ed Marinaro '72 especially amusing.

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It's fitting that Cornell launched its Sesquicentennial festivities in New York City. The university has always maintained strong ties to Manhattan, especially after the opening of our medical school in 1898. With the construction of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, Cornell University's footprint in our nation's financial, entertainment, and media capital is set to expand even more.

There are a growing number of exciting educational and research collaborations between the Medical College and our parent university in Ithaca, ranging from stem cells to epilepsy and cancer. Our partnerships with colleagues across the whole of Cornell University are vital to the work we do at Weill Cornell and offer novel and complementary ways to approach the study and practice of medicine. I'm proud to be part of the Cornell family and congratulate the university on 150 wonderful years of knowledge, education, and imagination.

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