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Welcome to Alice Cook House

Alice Cook House opened in August 2004 and was the first of five Houses in the West Campus House System, Cornell University's residential college initiative. The House was named in honor of Cornell faculty member Alice Hanson Cook (1903-1998).

West Campus House System Mission: A community of students and faculty gathered in a spirit of inquiry and active citizenship.

West Campus House System Program Goals:

  • Develop a sense of belonging to one's House.
  • Create safe, healthy, and welcoming communities.
  • Build meaningful relationships between residents and faculty.
  • Create opportunities for intellectual exploration that lead to a deeper understanding of one's discipline, exposure to a broad range of knowledge, and a desire to be a lifelong learner.
  • Encourage student engagement in the House System and provide opportunities for the development of student leadership skills.
  • Provide opportunities for students to engage as citizens in the broader community.
  • Help students navigate the opportunities available to them at Cornell.

Grit Matthias

House Fellow

Grit Matthias was born and raised in Jena, Germany.

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Janis Dickinson

House Fellow

Janis Dickinson is a behavioral ecologist and Cornell grad (Ph.D. 1987) who worked and raised her family on UC Berkeley's Hastings Reserve, a remote biological field station in Carmel Valley, California.

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Michael Gold

House Fellow

Michael Evan Gold is an associate professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR School). He has a wife, two grown children (who only get more expensive as they age), and two grandsons.

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Alexander Vladimirsky

House Fellow

Alex Vladimirsky was born in Odessa (USSR) and his educational journey led him from Moscow State University (1990) through UC San Diego (1991-93) to UC Berkeley (B.A. in 1995; Ph.D. in 2001).

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Ton Schat

House Fellow

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Ton Schat received his veterinary degree from the University of Utrecht in 1970. Before graduation he spent 5 months at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.

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Ton Schat

House Fellow

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Ton Schat received his veterinary degree from the University of Utrecht in 1970. Before graduation he spent 5 months at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.

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Mariana Wolfner

House Fellow

Mariana Wolfner is a biologist who studies proteins whose actions are essential for reproduction: seminal proteins that regulate insect behavior, and (in another area) proteins needed for fertilized eggs to begin embryo development.

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Wolfgang Sasche

House Fellow

Wolfgang Sachse was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the US with his family as a young boy.

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Ross Brann

House Fellow

Ross Brann studied at the University of California, Berkeley, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, New York University, and the American University in Cairo.

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Mariana Wolfner

House Fellow

Mariana Wolfner is a biologist who studies proteins whose actions are essential for reproduction: seminal proteins that regulate insect behavior, and (in another area) proteins needed for fertilized eggs to begin embryo development.

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Janis Dickinson

House Fellow

Janis Dickinson is a behavioral ecologist and Cornell grad (Ph.D. 1987) who worked and raised her family on UC Berkeley's Hastings Reserve, a remote biological field station in Carmel Valley, California.

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Poppy McLeod

House Fellow

Professor McLeod earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University.

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Grit Matthias

House Fellow

Grit Matthias was born and raised in Jena, Germany.

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Janis Dickinson

House Fellow

Janis Dickinson is a behavioral ecologist and Cornell grad (Ph.D. 1987) who worked and raised her family on UC Berkeley's Hastings Reserve, a remote biological field station in Carmel Valley, California.

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Janis Dickinson

House Fellow

Janis Dickinson is a behavioral ecologist and Cornell grad (Ph.D. 1987) who worked and raised her family on UC Berkeley's Hastings Reserve, a remote biological field station in Carmel Valley, California.

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Howard Evans

House Fellow

Professor Evans worked in the American Museum of Natural History (Herpetology) before coming to Cornell in 1940 to study Entomology.

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Kathy Earnest-Koons

House Fellow

Dr. Kathy Earnest-Koons is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Linda Rayor

House Fellow

For those who enjoy nature shows as well as Godzilla movies, a new TV series starring Cornell entomologist Linda Rayor is right up their alley.

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Michael Gold

House Fellow

Michael Evan Gold is an associate professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR School). He has a wife, two grown children (who only get more expensive as they age), and two grandsons.

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Alexander Vladimirsky

House Fellow

Alex Vladimirsky was born in Odessa (USSR) and his educational journey led him from Moscow State University (1990) through UC San Diego (1991-93) to UC Berkeley (B.A. in 1995; Ph.D. in 2001).

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Michael Gold

House Fellow

Michael Evan Gold is an associate professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR School). He has a wife, two grown children (who only get more expensive as they age), and two grandsons.

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Alexander Vladimirsky

House Fellow

Alex Vladimirsky was born in Odessa (USSR) and his educational journey led him from Moscow State University (1990) through UC San Diego (1991-93) to UC Berkeley (B.A. in 1995; Ph.D. in 2001).

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Sahoko Ichikawa

House Fellow

Sahoko Ichikawa has been teaching Japanese at Cornell since 2003 after receiving her MA in linguistics from Indiana University.

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Mariana Wolfner

House Fellow

Mariana Wolfner is a biologist who studies proteins whose actions are essential for reproduction: seminal proteins that regulate insect behavior, and (in another area) proteins needed for fertilized eggs to begin embryo development.

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Tom Ruttledge

House Fellow

I was born Detroit, MI and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. I have a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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Jennifer Seavey

House Fellow

Jennifer Seavey is an ecologist is a focus on ornithology, wildlife ecology, climate change, and conservation biology. She pursued her B.S. and M.S. in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

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Poppy McLeod

House Fellow

Professor McLeod earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University.

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