Faculty and Community Involvement

Faculty-In-Residence (FIR): North Campus Faculty-in-Residence play a fundamental role in the North Campus living-learning community, helping to create a shared experience and supportive environment that fosters academic and intellectual learning, personal development, holistic well-being, and a sense of belonging and connection. While Faculty-in-Residence are pivotal to each of these dimensions, they play a leadership role in the dimension of learning.

Faculty and Community Fellows: Faculty and Community fellows are professors and Cornell and Ithaca Community members who volunteer their times to engage with residents in informal and relaxed settings. Balch Fellows take residents to various shows on and off campus, lead rock climbing, having engaging conversations and host community dinners for folks to get to know each other better

FIR Susan Daniel

Balch's FIR Susan Daniel, lives right across from Balch Hall in a gorgeous home with her husband, Michael, and three adorable Jack Russell doggos: Macy, Oliver, and Tipet! She often opens up her home for programs, and Learning Where You Live Courses.

Susan is a professor in chemical and biomolecular Engineering and her office is on the the Engineering Quad in Olin Hall (not Olin Lab – that’s Chemistry!). Her research group studies cell membranes and re-creating cellular processes inside something we call, “biomembrane chips.” These artificial systems are used to study things like how viruses infect cells, how antibiotic compounds destroy bacteria, or how we can harness the power of cells to be mini-factories that make therapeutic medicines and materials. At some point this year, she will be happy to give any of you interested in our work a tour of our lab. For fun, Susan loves to hike, camp, snowboard, and travel.

Faculty and Community Fellows Programming
Year in Review 2019-2020