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You want to change the world. So do we.

We are a community with an uncommon sense of a common goal: to leave the world better than we found it. Ambitious? Sure. But Cornell CALS has been changing the world for over a century and will be doing so for a century more.

Founded in agriculture and focused on life, we are pioneers who have shaped contemporary science and eagerly embraced international opportunity, while always serving the people in the state of New York.

The Wall Street Journal/Times of Higher Education 2020 College Rankings ranked CALS #1 in agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences. 

Our Purpose (the charge that motivates us): CALS tackles the challenges of our times through purpose-driven science that advances understanding and improves life.

Our Mission (our objectives and how we accomplish them): As a premier institution of scientific learning, we connect the life, agricultural, environmental and social sciences to provide world-class education, spark unexpected discoveries and inspire pioneering solutions.

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Teaching passion-driven minds

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Purpose-driven science in action

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Sharing knowledge with the community

Latest news, discoveries, and breakthroughs

Explore the work we’re doing today and discover how it’s reshaping tomorrow.

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News

Biopesticide startup gets $750K more in NSF funding
Cornell-based startup Ascribe Bioscience, which applies the emerging field of metabolomics to the soil microbiome to develop new products for agriculture, has won a $750,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research...
  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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Facebook anniversaries inspire reflection, nostalgia
And although these anniversaries seem like a signature product of the social media age, they stem from newspapers’ tradition of printing historical events that happened “on this date,” said Lee Humphreys, associate professor of communication in...
  • Department of Communication
  • Behavior
  • Communication
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Taste buds may play role in fostering obesity in offspring
The researchers’ findings were published July 31 in Nature Scientific Reports. Maternal exposure to a high-fat diet during the perinatal period – before the animal gets pregnant – appears to induce physical, detectable changes in the taste buds...
  • Food Science
  • Food
  • Health + Nutrition