Barron Bremner is retiring in June as athletics director at Coe College. He worked at Cornell (1959-71 and 1978-93) in several positions: head wrestling coach, assistant football coach, assistant professor of education, vice president of institutional advancement, special assistant to the president, and director of athletics.
History professor William Carroll was introduced to Pope John Paul II when Carroll addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican. His address focused on the doctrine of creation in light of developments in contemporary science.
Assistant professor of geology Rhawn Denniston was awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research of mineralogic changes in speleothems from the Pokhara Valley in central Nepal.
Former chemistry professor Bill Deskin (1956-1994) received the 2000 Outstanding Alumni Award in Chemistry from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. He and his wife, Ruth, remain active in Mount Vernon, where he heads the Mount Vernon School Foundation. They keep busy attending the music and athletic events of their nine grandchildren.
Associate professor of geology Ben Greenstein attended the Ninth International Coral Reef Symposium in Bali, Indonesia. He co-chaired a session on reef palaeoecology and its applications, and presented a paper, Taphonomy of reef building corals at intra- and inter-provincial scales: Implications for palaeoecological studies.
Art professor Doug Hanson and psychology professor Carolyn Enns, along with five students, helped Cornells sister institution, Aoyama Gaukuin University, celebrate its 50th anniversary in November in Tokyo, Japan.
The first full-length book of poetry, The Long Surprise, by Barbara Lau, visiting instructor in English, won the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Award sponsored by Texas Review and Sam Houston State University. The book is due out in late summer 2001.
Charles Liberko, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society for a two-year research project to investigate the relationship between the structure and optical properties of cyanine dye aggregates.
A retrospective exhibition of the works of emeritus art professor Hugh Lifson runs Oct. 7 through Dec. 9 at Cornell. The Iowa Arts Council has awarded a grant to the art department to support the exhibition, which will celebrate Lifsons 35 years of service to Cornell.
Former President Philip Secor (1974-84) will return to campus in April to lecture on Richard Hooker, founder of the Anglican/Episcopal churches and the subject of Secors book, Richard Hooker: Prophet of Anglicanism.
Former womens basketball coach Lisa Anderson Stone (1985-89) was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in her first year at Division I Drake University.
Cornell organist and distinguished artist-in-residence Robert Triplett will retire in June. He came to Cornell in 1964.
John Weber, director of Computing Services, wrote a book, The Wilderness Chef: The Art and Craft of Lightweight Cooking, on cooking for backpackers, canoeists, and other outdoor travelers.