5 SWalloW-WorT ThreaT Researchers look for ways to curtail this invasive species. Cornell goes to the movies: Mars and Steve Squyres’ rovers star in IMAX spectacular By Lauren GoLd WASHINGTON, D.C. — Regal and glamorous on a platform in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s cavernous atrium, a Cornell student-built model of the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity presided over the festivities at the Jan. 26 premiere of Disney’s film “Roving Mars,” which opened in IMAX theaters nationwide the following day. The 40-minute film chronicles a years-long journey: from the two rovers’ early development and testing phases to their launches, landings and treks (still going strong, far beyond their projected lifespan of 90 days) across two very different regions of the red planet. Directed by George Butler and produced by Frank Marshall, the film includes 12 minutes of animation by Cornell alumnus Dan Maas, creator of Emmy-nominated Maas Digital in Ithaca. The premiere – a gala event featuring Steve Squyres, Cornell professor of astronomy and the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission’s principal investigator, as well as Butler, Marshall and a host of NASA and Lockheed Mar- Two universities and Pataki finally agree on land-grant funding in state budget proposal By Krishna ramanujan After years of effort, Cornell, the State University of New York (SUNY) and New York Gov. George E. Pataki have worked out an agreement on land-grant funding. Under a new arrangement, money appropriated to Cornellfrom the state for its federal land-grant responsibilities will be separate from funding allocated by the SUNY system to Cornell for higher education. The governor’s budget proposal, released Jan. 17, sets aside $60 million for Cornell’s research and extension services related to the university’s land-grant Cornell Tango Week The Ithaca Tangueros host Cornell Tango Week Feb. 2-8. See page 16. Cornell ChroniCle www.news.cornell.edu February 2, 2006 9 Web oF ouTreaCh Linda Rayor uses the mystique of spiders to capture scientific imagination. tin officials – was a celebration of two teams: the 4,000 scientists, engineers and support staff who made the mission a success; and the smaller group that coalesced on the side to document the mission for the IMAX film. mission. Cornell and SUNY had asked for $73 million. Last year, Cornell received a total of $135 million from the state, including its funding for land-grant activities. The total funds granted to Cornell this year have yet to be determined. “This is a positive first step,” said Ron Seeber, Cornell’s vice provost for land grant affairs. “The governor’s proposals are a very good starting point for higher education in the state of New York.” From here, the Legislature will finetune the budget before approving it. Cornell will work with SUNY and the Continued on page 2 10-11 CalenDar Folksinger Bill Staines returns to Cornell on Saturday. KEVIN STEARNS/UNIVERSITY PHOTOGRAPHY Cornell alumnus Dan Maas, left, and Steve Squyres, astronomy professor and the Mars rover mission’s principal science investigator, attend the Jan. 26 premiere of “Roving Mars” at the Lockheed Martin IMAX theater at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Equipping the rovers with IMAX-quality cameras was a priority for the mission from the beginning. “We set for ourselves the goal of making two robot field geologists,” Continued on page 8 Cornellians honor two sports legacies at first 21 Dinner By BLaine P. FriedLander jr. Nearly 200 Cornellians and their friends gathered Jan. 27 to celebrate the widely separated legacies of two former Cornell students, the late George Boiardi ’04 and late sports journalist Dick Schaap ’55, at the first 21 Dinner at the Cornell Club in New York City. Both men wore the num- ber 21 – some five decades apart – on the Cornell men’s lacrosse team. The Cornellians and friends not only celebrated two lives, but also raised $50,000 – or triple the funds they expected – for Teach for America of South Dakota, according to Jesse Rothstein ’03, a close friend of Boiardi, who organized the Continued on page 4 JESSE WINTER Left to right: David Coors ’04, a teammate of George Boiardi; his father, Pete Coors ’69; and former Cornell lacrosse coach Richie Moran chat at the 21 Dinner at the Cornell Club Jan. 27.