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Zach Stansell pulls out a tray of seeds

Field Note

Zachary Stansell, Ph.D. ’20, is a geneticist, horticulturalist and curator of the hemp crop collection of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at Cornell AgriTech . When he was a Ph.D. student at Cornell AgriTech...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
Woman tends to a strawberry field in Nigeria

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In the wake of Nigeria's devastating 2022 floods, Mercy Awazi Abutsa, MPS ’24 , a dedicated advocate for climate action and rural development, found renewed purpose. Inspired by the urgent need to address climate change alongside existing...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
Kate Chesebrough sits with four youth group members near a small waterfall and stream.

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Master of Landscape Architecture student Kate Chesebrough spent six weeks this summer working as an urban forestry research fellow with the Center for International Forestry and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. The fellowship...
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Climate Change
  • Environment
Headshot of Jeff Kang'acha

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Meet Jeff Kang’acha ‘24, a global development student with a deep-rooted commitment to making a positive impact on food systems and digital agriculture. As a fourth-generation smallholder farmer from Central Kenya, Jeff's passion lies in...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Digital Agriculture
  • Global Development
headshot of Quinn Kolar

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Quinn Kolar ’15 joined the Department of Animal Science in Fall 2023 as the Dairy Fellows Alumni Senior Lecturer in Dairy Herd Management. We sat down with her for a chat about her interests and goals. What’s your academic focus? I’ll be...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Dairy
All of the NMSP interns standing next to each other, smiling at the 2023 ANSCI poster session.

Field Note

Each summer, Cornell’s Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP) offers a variety of internships which provide experiences in the field and the lab. Interns are mentored by faculty, staff, graduate students, and professionals. We sat down with...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Animal Science
  • Statistics and Data Science
A blue bag of pancake mix next to a plate of pancakes.

Field Note

Vasquez moved to New York from Ecuador in 2017 with the primary goal of learning English. Toward the end of 2019, after two years of language school, she stopped in at the City University of New York (CUNY) Welcome Center, intrigued after a...
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Food Venture Center
Elizabeth	Arrazola headshot

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After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, Elizabeth Arrazola returned to the United States with a passion to support equitable immigration rights, particularly for unaccompanied minors. This path led her to the Master of Professional...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
Animal science interns standing in the poster session presentation room

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In early August, interns from six programs in the Animal Science department gathered in Frank Morrison Hall for the second annual Animal Science Poster Session. This gave interns an opportunity to discuss their projects with peers, faculty...
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Digital Agriculture
a man holds up a bag of cow feed

Field Note

Fabian Gutierrez-Oviedo is originally from Colombia where he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tolima. He joined the Cornell Animal Science Department as a graduate student in Fall 2021. At the Joseph McFadden lab...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Climate Change
A group of students gather for a photo at FFA

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News

Since 1928 the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, has prepared students for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. A Cornell delegation of more than 15 students and...
  • Agriculture Sciences Major
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
Three people sitting on the tailgate of a truck in a field.

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Erick Amaya and Carlos Irias, students from Zamorano University in Honduras, came to Cornell University for internships with the Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP) . As undergraduate seniors they already had strong backgrounds in...
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Climate Change
Sadiel standing in a farm field wearing a fluorescent vest and carrying research equipment.

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Sustainable Management of Agricultural Systems (SuMAS) is a joint project between Cornell University and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. SuMAS gives student interns the opportunity to learn new skills at Cornell which they can apply...
  • Animal Science
  • Climate Change
  • Global Development

Field Note

What is your role within RIO and what impact do you hope to have in our community? Within RIO, I play a key role in supporting stakeholders in the CALS community with innovation, engagement and various business-related matters. I actively...

Field Note

What is your role within RIO and what impact do you hope to have in our community? As the Research Development Director for RIO, my primary role involves assisting faculty in developing effective research funding strategies and crafting...

Man sits on a truck

Field Note

In the summer of 2023, Logan Bonn '25 ( Global Development ) was a participant in the CALS Global Fellows Program in Maun, Botswana. Logan divided time between 1) grant writing and harvesting at his host organization, a sustainable agriculture...
  • CALS Global Fellows Program
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
a woman and a dog touch faces

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Heather Huson’s path to animal genetics happened by chance. Growing up racing sled dogs, she hoped to tie her interests in the sport into becoming a veterinarian. Her path was altered when she happened to land a job at a genetics lab at the...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Genetics
A man posing next to an A-frame chalkboard sign on the street.

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Edlin Choi was tired of seeing animal bones, fat and other byproducts of the meat industry go to waste. His solution? Korean bone broth.
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Food Venture Center
Erin Galarneau examines a bunch of grapes at AgriTech

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In her role, Galarneau, grapevine curator at the USDA-ARS located at Cornell AgriTech , is responsible for the acquisition, conservation, characterization, documentation and distribution of the cold-hardy Vitis diversity collection, which has...
  • Cornell AgriTech
people stand in corn field

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Helen Solecki recently joined the team at the Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP) as a research technician, working with Quirine Ketterings . Prior to coming to Cornell, Solecki graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Dairy