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CALS Magazine

FutureCast

AgriTech Center of Excellence helps food, ag startups thrive
Since September 2018, the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture has supported more than 75 small, New York state-based companies. In this feature story, read about how the center has helped three of those businesses thrive.
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Craft Beverage Institute
five different green and red apples on a wood slab

CALS Magazine

FutureCast

Genetic ingenuity: What does it take to put produce on your plate?
Our plant breeders are known for their innovative work in creating new varieties of fruits and vegetables. Developing these varieties is a complex yet creative process, and getting the varieties onto supermarket shelves also requires a tremendous amount of effort. Susan Brown, professor of horticulture, and Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of horticulture, explain how they bring the varieties they develop from seed to supermarket.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
CALS Alumna Deborah Arrindell '79 walks outside the Amgen Inc. campus in Thousand Oaks, California.

CALS Magazine

Field Note

My Cornell story: Deborah Arrindell '79
Deborah Arrindell ’79 has 19 years of experience in the pharmacology and biotechnology industries. She currently works as an executive medical director in global patient safety and labeling at Amgen Inc. located in Thousand Oaks, California. My...
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Health + Nutrition
  • Biology
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CALS Magazine

News

New specializations accelerate growth of MPS programs
Gagne graduated with a degree in horticulture and a specialization in controlled environment agriculture and recently landed an apprentice grower position at BrightFarms, a company based in the Hudson Valley. Controlled environment agriculture...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plants
Yi Athena Ren sits at her desk.

CALS Magazine

Spotlight

Q&A with reproductive biologist Yi Athena Ren
How did you become interested in reproductive biology? It all started when I attended a lecture by a well-respected reproductive biology professor at my undergraduate university in China. I was dabbling in research at that time, and his lecture...
  • Animal Science
  • Health + Nutrition
  • Biology

CALS Magazine

News

Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture helps startups take off

“While formula had everything she needed to thrive and grow, it didn’t have everything we wanted for her,” said Ippolito, a lecturer in the Engineering Management Program at Cornell. In summer 2019, she launched SimpliFed, a startup company...

  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Agriculture
Miguel Gomez draws on a whiteboard.

CALS Magazine

News

Researchers develop market for East Coast broccoli
This project is no small undertaking. One of the challenges stems from the fact that broccoli was originally cultivated for Mediterranean climates, so growing it in the U.S. confuses the plant’s developmental cues. Broccoli flower buds and heads...
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Agriculture
  • Food
Chelsea Specht works at a desk with two students.

CALS Magazine

News

New leadership drives diversity and inclusion initiatives at CALS
Now, as students complete the spring semester from off-campus locations, CALS’ efforts to make sure that they feel safe and supported are more crucial than ever. “It’s very important that a sense of belonging envelops our Cornellians who are now...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
A local restaurant chef gives current students a tour behind the scenes of his kitchen.

CALS Magazine

News

'Just Food' course broadens students' perspectives of food systems
The course, Just Food: Exploring the Modern Food System, benefits from an interdisciplinary pair of instructors: Rachel Bezner Kerr, professor in the Department of Global Development, and Frank Rossi, associate professor of horticulture in the...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Food Science
  • Food
Dean Boor stands with a group of students at the 2019 Cornell Homecoming

CALS Magazine

Field Note

Dean's Message
Kathryn J. Boor is the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Serving as the college’s chief academic and administrative officer, she is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the...