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Greg Morrisett to return to Cornell as CIS Dean

Greg Morrisett to return to Cornell as CIS Dean

John Gregory “Greg” Morrisett, the Allen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University, has been named dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science (CIS), Interim Provost Harry Katz announced March 13.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Morrisett, who served on Cornell’s computer science faculty from 1996 to 2004. He will assume his new post July 1.

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Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision: To be broadly recognized as a national model for computing and information science education and research both within and across disciplines, seeking solutions to contemporary problems made possible only by a world increasingly interconnected through technology, yet grounded in the other disciplines that help us understand and appreciate the world around us.

Our Mission: To create the educational and research foundations of the information age through investments in collaborative education and research that build strong and deep ties between students, researchers and faculty within the CIS disciplines and across the university.

Our Plan

Be a national model for 21st century computing research and education. In order to ensure excellence and leadership, we will strengthen the already outstanding reputation of Computer Science for world-class education and research, continue to build Information Science into a nationally leading Department which competes successfully with the top I-Schools and Informatics programs, and create a world class Statistics Department, bringing today’s fragmented educational and research efforts into a coherent whole.

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Our Priorities

Faculty Renewal and Endowed Professorships - Overall, CIS faculty are younger than many other colleges. Nevertheless, retaining faculty who are top in their fields who otherwise have many other attractive opportunities in academia or industry, and attracting new, younger faculty in computer science, information science and statistics that broaden Cornell's reach in these disciplines is key to achieving our vision to be a national model for information age education. Continued investments in this area will keep CIS on the cutting edge of computing and information science education.

Graduate Fellowships - Our goal is to provide fellowships to all first year students in CIS PhD programs so that they have the opportunity to experience the breadth of their doctoral field before diving deeply into sponsored research and teaching in the remaining years of their degree program. First year fellowships are also important for competing with other schools for the best students.

Undergraduate Research and Teaching Assistantships - Supporting the undergraduate Teaching Assistantship program and increasing support for undergraduate research assistants are key to engaging undergraduates more deeply in their fields of study. The skills they learn through teaching and research are important keys to helping students apply the knowledge they acquire at Cornell after they leave campus.

Dean's Discretionary Fund - Gifts to the Dean's Fund provide CIS with the flexiblity to support the changing and emerging needs of CIS faculty and students. By creating such a pipeline, these funds can be used in a variety of ways. As a dynamic college-level unit with ties across the university, CIS, our faculty and students benefit greatly from our ability to contribute to special projects and initiatives - both university-wide and external - that, for example, expand opportunities for our students to engage in and present their research, develop their entrepreneurial skills or gain access to a variety of employment opportunities.

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CIS in the News

Graduate student Chenhao Tan has received a Facebook fellowship to support his research in human-computer interaction and …
Greg Morrisett, the Allen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University, has been named deaf the Faculty …
Using automated text analysis, Cornell researchers have identified an array of features that can make a message more …
Space-age technology is coming to the aid of rural herders in Kenya, helping them deal with drought, climate change, civil …
Striving to unravel and comprehend DNA's biological significance, computer science PhD student Brad Gulko and Cornell …
The Citi Bike system is serving commuters a little bitter thanks for Cornell research.
The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) has selected Éva Tardos, Cornell’s Jacob Gould …
Cornell Tech has announced an innovative new program that brings MBA candidates and graduate students in computer science …
Few Washington events embody as much tradition as the annual holiday tour at the White House. There are at least a dozen …
When you’re driving to work you wish you knew where the traffic jams will be. The same is true on the Internet, but …
A spin-off from research aimed at improving the performance of the Internet will give Cornell researchers a faster way to …
Thanks largely to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Computing and Information Science (CIS) at Cornell now has a “there.”
When computer science first emerged at Cornell it was an innovation, off the beaten path, but there are still new things …
At the Big Red//Hacks event Sept. 26-28 – billed as the first student-run, large-scale hackathon at Cornell University – …
Two faculty members have received awards from Research at Google, the Internet giant’s R&D division, to support computer …
To serve as helpers in our homes, offices and factories, robots will need to understand how the world works and how the …
Robots are getting smarter, but they still need step-by-step instructions for tasks they haven't performed before. Before …
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to a multidisciplinary group of Cornell …
Cornell University, with campuses in Ithaca, New York City and even Doha, Qatar, has roughly 11,100 alums and students, …
The Computing and Information Science Department at Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, is home of the Game Design …
When a fledgling tech startup becomes one of the world’s most recognized brands, its patina of hipness fades. The …
The winner of the Heritage Open mHealth Challenge was announced today at Health DataPalooza IV. Co-sponsored by Heritage …
hat natural microphone, the human ear, is finely attuned to picking up certain characteristics in a person’s voice. It is …
A study comparing deception in LinkedIn profiles to paper resumes found less lying online when it came to things that …
It's a sci-fi trope that's been used in dozens of movies and books: The robot with the high-precision eyes, blazing-fast …
"This is yet another reminder that social media isn't simply banal messages about breakfast between teenagers, but that it …
A robot in Cornell’s Personal Robotics Lab has learned to foresee human action and adjust accordingly.
With more than a billion active accounts worldwide, it can be easy to forget that some people don’t use Facebook.
IF all the hopes and hype are warranted, a nondescript third-floor loft in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan offers a …
Information Science Associate Professor Tanzeem Choudhury has a secret: she didn't touch a computer until she was 18. Now, …
Big ideas are booming at Cornell University, and they’re driving the latest technological innovations.
If you want to see the future of technology, look at what today’s students are inventing. An array of examples was on …
JON KLEINBERG, a computer scientist at Cornell, and a group of researchers approached collective memory from a very …
Steven Jackson teaches and conducts research in the areas of scientific collaboration, technology policy, democratic …
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards, February 9, 2013.
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Bill & Melinda Gates Hall

From the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s third floor Rhodes Hall conference room, it’s hard not to notice …
As Gates Hall rises on campus, information science and computer science students and professors expressed excitement and …
Construction of Bill & Melinda Gates Hall, the future home of the CIS departments of Computer Science and Information …
Funding for Computing and Information Sciences' Gates Hall came together through an ambitious challenge campaign. It's …
The New York- and Los Angeles-based architecture firm Morphosis will design a new building that will bring together …

CIS Contacts

Communications Development

Leslie Morris

Director of Communications

lm60@cornell.edu

Marrie Neumer

Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs & Development

mn58@cornell.edu