Cornell Renames Institute After Carl Sagan

Cornell University’s Institute for Pale Blue Dots is being renamed the Carl Sagan Institute: The Pale Blue Dot and Beyond in honor of the late astrophysicist and former Cornell faculty member. After Sagan’s wife and collaborator Ann Druyan visited the science center to give a speech, she was inspired by the innovative work being done and proposed the name change saying, “If Carl was alive, this is what he would love to do. Would you mind naming it after Carl Sagan?” Needless to say, the institute’s founding director Lisa Kaltenegger happily obliged.