The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) ushered in the historic moment May 8 at the A.D. White House with a ceremony for the three recipients of the first annual Awards for Excellence in the Teaching, Advising and Mentoring of Graduate and Professional Students. Cornell's Graduate School and administration supported the event.
The winners are Edwin "Todd" Cowen, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Muna Ndulo, professor of law and director of Cornell's Institute for African Development; and Christine Smart, associate professor of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology.
Prof. Muna Ndulo, law, who is a consultant for United Nations Development Program, assigned his five graduate research students to work on revising Somalia’s constitution. Ndulo’s graduate students are currently analyzing the country’s existing constitution and offering their commentary on it before the end of the summer, when Somalia’s Constituent Assembly hopes to meet to adopt the constitution.