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Professors Share Future

Ronald G. Ehrenberg waited five years for a kidney transplant. He never dreamed the donation would come from an ILR School faculty colleague.
Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin and Professor Ron Ehrenberg
Professors Share Future

ILR Perspective Informing Reform in India

Visiting faculty member Dr. Ramaswami "Balu" Balasubramaniam applies his reform work in India to his teaching at ILR.
Dr. Ramaswami "Balu" Balasubramaniam teaching in an ILR classroom
ILR Perspective Informing Reform in India

Katz Leading International Association

A focus on Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe will be part of Professor Harry Katz’s term as president of a global labor and employment relations organization.
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Katz Leading International Association

Brown Offers Best Practice Advice During Pandemic

Many businesses in varied industries, along with organizations such as the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, turned to Nellie Brown for guidance on adjusting practices and policies during the pandemic.
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Brown Offers Best Practice Advice During Pandemic

Diane Burton Q&A

Burton’s research on entrepreneurial firms has widened over the years to include a focus on startup employees.
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Diane Burton Q&A

Four Win SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Three ILR professors and an ILR Catherwood librarian have been honored with an annual awards recognizing faculty service, scholarship and creative activities, teaching and librarianship.
Four Win SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Top Journalists and Dean Colvin Discussing Labor

The pandemic revealed shocking disparities in U.S. workplaces, and workers are demanding change. Learn more Wednesday in ILR’s webinar series, “The Future of Work: Labor in America.”
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Top Journalists and Dean Colvin Discussing Labor

ILR Welcoming Two Professors

Y. Samuel Wang and Dana Yang will join the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences in the upcoming academic year.
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ILR Welcoming Two Professors

Merrill Scholars Thank Educators Who Shaped Cornell Journeys

In a virtual ceremony, Merrill Presidential Scholars – including ILR’s Terrill Malone, Tyler Rodriguez and Leah Rosner – recognized the university faculty or staff member who most influenced their academic development. Among those honored were ILR’s Balu Balasubramaniam, Brigid Beachler, Kate Griffith and Sam Nelson.
Yunyun Wang ’21, bottom left, and Tyler Rodriguez ’21, bottom right, were among 37 Merrill Presidential Scholars honored during a virtual ceremony May 24. Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life, shown at top right, hosted the program, which included remarks from Doug Merrill ’89, M.Eng ’90, MBA ’91, top left, whose late father, Philip Merrill ’55, created the scholars program.
Merrill Scholars Thank Educators Who Shaped Cornell Journeys

Gleeson Named an Access to Justice Scholar

The impact of immigration status on worker precarity will be the focus of Professor Shannon Gleeson’s work in a national program aimed at improving access to justice and combatting poverty.
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Gleeson Named an Access to Justice Scholar

Three ILRies Named Award Winners

In June, the Labor and Employment Relations Association will honor Dean Alex Colvin, Richard Fincher and Hyesook Chung.
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Three ILRies Named Award Winners

Michael Gold Q&A

In his nearly 45 years at ILR, Gold has taught numerous courses on labor law and employment discrimination.
Michael Gold
Michael Gold Q&A

Blau, Kahn Research Wins Award

New research analyzing the gender division of non-market work, comparing immigrant and native-born men and women, honored by IPUMS.
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Blau, Kahn Research Wins Award

Director of Institute for Compensation Studies Named

Professor M. Diane Burton will lead the ILR School’s interdisciplinary center that researches, teaches and communicates about monetary and non-monetary rewards from work.
Director of Institute for Compensation Studies Named

Four With ILR Ties Earn Social Sciences Grants

Vanessa Bohns, Shannon Gleeson, Kati Griffith and Celene Reynolds will have their research proposals funded by Cornell Center for Social Sciences grants.
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Four With ILR Ties Earn Social Sciences Grants

Dean Colvin & Spencer Levy Discuss Covid and Commercial Real Estate on WORK!

Spencer Levy ’92, chairman of Americas Research and senior economic adviser for CBRE, joins Dean Alex Colvin on the latest episode of the ILR School’s podcast to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the world of work.
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Dean Colvin & Spencer Levy Discuss Covid and Commercial Real Estate on WORK!

Panel: Pandemic and Protests Laid Economic Injustices Bare

Faculty members from A&S and the ILR School discussed the ways racism shapes economic policies, and how economic policies shape inequality in America – historically and today. 
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Panel: Pandemic and Protests Laid Economic Injustices Bare

End of an Era

Labor economist Robert Aronson was part of ILR’s first generation of professors
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End of an Era

Martínez-Matsuda Wins Book Award

“Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program” lauded by Organization of American Historians.
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda's book "Migrant Citizenship"
Martínez-Matsuda Wins Book Award

Verónica Martínez-Matsuda Q&A

Martínez-Matsuda’s research explores the history of migrant farmworkers in America.
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda Q&A

State Economies Hit the Most by Coronavirus

As Americans worry about their financial future due to the economic damage from the coronavirus, WalletHub turned to a panel of experts, including ILR Professor Philipp Kircher, to offer guidance.
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State Economies Hit the Most by Coronavirus

ILR Impacting Farmworkers in New York State

ILR faculty members Verónica Martínez-Matsuda and Kate Griffith are among Cornellians engaged with partners to improve the lives of farmworkers, a hidden community of more than 50,000 laborers essential to the state’s agricultural industry.

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ILR Impacting Farmworkers in New York State

International Seat Held by Nishii

An ILR faculty member has accepted a position on the new international forum -- Global Future Council on New Equality and Inclusion -- designed to re-think world challenges.

Associate Professor Lisa Nishii
International Seat Held by Nishii

Dean Colvin Highlighted On Latest Union Strong Podcast

Official podcast of New York State AFL-CIO features ILR School’s newest leader.

Dean Colvin Highlighted On Latest Union Strong Podcast
Dean Colvin Highlighted On Latest Union Strong Podcast

Three ILR students among Merrill Presidential Scholars

Niyyah Barber, Brittany Garcia and Julia Allen honored a teacher or mentor who made a difference in their ILR experience.

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Three ILR students among Merrill Presidential Scholars

Helping People Navigate Their Environments is Research Focus

Brian Lucas is collaborating with Cornell colleagues to study motivation and creativity in the workplace.

Helping People Navigate Their Environments is Research Focus

Workplace Creativity, Morality and Motivation Researched by Lucas

In the classroom, Assistant Professor Brian Lucas uses concepts and theory to inform understanding of workplace problems.

Brian Lucas
Workplace Creativity, Morality and Motivation Researched by Lucas

Teaching About Tech Change and the Future of Work: Litwin Outlines His Approach

In ILR’s TΔ@W course, students learn how technologies can benefit many. It’s knowledge they can deploy as they become managers, policymakers, professionals, parents, teachers and workers, Litwin writes in an Aspen Institute blog post.

Adam Seth Litwin teaching about tech change and the future of w
Teaching About Tech Change and the Future of Work: Litwin Outlines His Approach

Forced arbitration growing, putting more workers at risk, Colvin says.

Sixty million workers are impacted by a conflict resolution system forced on them by employers, according to ILR’s interim dean.

ILR School Interim Dean Alex Colvin, Ph.D.'99 speaks with a panel in New York City.
Forced arbitration growing, putting more workers at risk, Colvin says.

Entitlement: More Complex Than You Think

Entitlement usually gets a bad rap, but it’s not necessarily negative. “A little entitlement can be a good thing,” says ILR Associate Professor Emily Zitek.

Emily Zitek teaching in the classroom
Entitlement: More Complex Than You Think

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