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A new book co-authored by Cornell systems engineer Daniel Selva offers a modern take on the science behind complex systems – from the architecture of a power grid to a mobile payment system or a constellation of satellites. Selva, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, authored “System Architecture: Strategy and Product Development for Complex Systems” with Edward Crawley and Bruce Cameron, both of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Selva got his doctorate. The culmination of more than 20 years of research and teaching at both MIT and Cornell, the book explores system architecture as the study of early decision-making in complex systems.

Cornell Chronicle By Jon Craig

In his new book, “Cracking the Emerging Markets Enigma,” Andrew Karolyi, Cornell professor of finance, takes a first-of-its-kind look at the fundamental risks associated in investing in what are called “emerging” foreign markets. Karolyi has been studying the publicly available data of interest to the asset management industry for decades and teaching a related course for seven years. His book – just published by Oxford University Press – should interest retail investors as well. The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management professor took his work a step further by devising a scoring system that ranks countries on each dimension of risk.

CIES announces new, all-expenses paid summer intership opportunities researching nanosatellites in Barcelona as part of a collaboration between Cornell University and Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) on the design of constellations of very small satellites (the size of a Kleenex box) called CubeSats. Since the development of CubeSat specification by CalPoly and Stanford in the 2000s, CubeSats have seen a tremendous success in both academia and industry.

Jacob In
January 25, 2015

Robcis writes:

The response to Charlie Hebdo shows French republicanism’s blindness to structural racism.

A few days after the horrific attacks that left seventeen dead in the offices of Charlie Hebdo, in a kosher supermarket, and in the streets of Paris, the prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, declared war on “terrorism, jihadism, and radical Islam.”

The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame is very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior is Sidney Tarrow.

The award not only recognizes Sid’s extraordinary achievements in research, but also the role that he has played in mentoring successive generations of scholars.

Transatlantic Academy
January 14, 2015

It has been more than a year since a series of turbulent events started in Ukraine that dramatically changed not only the country’s course but also the broader geopolitical situation in Europe’s eastern neighborhood.

When taking stock of the difficult situation in Ukraine by early 2015, two daunting challenges stand out: its loss of territorial integrity with the annexation of Crimea and an ongoing military conflict in the country’s east, and its dire economic situation.