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Students walking on Ho Plaza

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This is the first in a series of stories detailing the actions CALS students, faculty and staff have taken over the past year to make our community a more diverse, equitable and inclusive place for everyone. Here, we highlight some of our student-led efforts – these emerging leaders, often through sheer labors of love, emphasize inclusive excellence and are motivated by a desire to make the path more equitable for those who will follow.
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Microbiology
A headshot of Vivek Srikrishnan

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Academic focus: Climate impacts and risk management Research summary: Climate change creates new risks and enhances existing ones. My group focuses on decision-making to improve resilience in the presence of dynamic environmental and...
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Climate
A headshot of Chris Roh

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Academic focus: Biofluid mechanics, entomology, bio-inspired engineering, in vivo engineering Research summary: Insects’ well-adapted interactions with abiotic and biotic surroundings offer inspiration for innovative engineering designs and...
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Entomology
  • Environment
A headshot of Ian Owens

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Academic focus: Large-scale patterns in biodiversity and conservation Research summary: I study the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that drive differences between species and ecosystems, and the implications for conservation planning. I’m...
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Animals
A headshot of Mario Herrero

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Academic focus: Sustainable food systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, food systems futures, systems analysis, livestock, sustainability, food security, environmental impacts Research summary: My research focuses on increasing the...
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
A headshot of Laura Gunn

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Academic focus: Synthetic biology, structural biology and biochemistry Research summary: I study nature’s vital, but notoriously inefficient, carbon fixing enzyme called Rubisco. The aim is to target Rubisco function to enhance the efficiency of...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Biology
A headshot of Jingyue (Ellie) Duan

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Academic focus: My academic focus is in understanding how epigenetics drives embryonic reprogramming, X chromosome dosage compensation, genetic imprinting and heat-induced responses. Research summary: Our research group uses genomics and...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Genomics
Jeremiah Lazo and fellow interns working in an agriculture field

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A new summer internship enables undergraduates across disciplines to learn about organic, restorative and agroecological practices while working at diversified, small-scale farms around New York state.
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Organic
A river from above.

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For 65 years, Cornell CALS has been a leader in biogeochemistry, an interdisciplinary field that studies elemental cycles through Earth’s air, land and water, and is critical to understanding climate change. The first journal in the field was founded by Professor Bob Howarth in 1984.
  • Environment
  • Climate
A man and a woman stand in a field of wheat, examining the growing plants

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When Norman Borlaug said, “Rust never sleeps,” he was warning of the emergence of a highly virulent stem rust pathogen that threated wheat crops around the world. First identified in the wheat fields of Uganda, the fungal pathogen known as Ug99...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Global Development
A group meeting outside

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  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Agriculture
Basil leaves with orange between veins, symptomatic of basil downy mildew

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Nothing spells disappointment more during pesto-making season than visiting your basil patch only to find your carefully tended crop ravaged. But that is exactly what happened to Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist based at Cornell’s Long Island...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
Body of Water Near Green Trees Under Cloudy Sky

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Jamie L. Vanucchi, assistant professor of landscape architecture, is interested in the merger of science and design—taking into account natural processes when planning a landscape. Her research is situated within the region, with an emphasis on New York State, NY's Great Lakes, and the Susquehanna watershed and focuses on the role of uncertainty in design related primarily to floodplains and climate change.
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Water
  • Landscape
Yellow daffodils outside on campus with McGraw Tower in the background

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With the end of the semester in sight, we'd like to take a moment to recognize the CALS graduating class of 2021. During their time at Cornell, members of this exceptional class have explored the corners of purpose-driven science, traveled the...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Food Science
CCE Clinton County Senior Exercise with Mary Breyette

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They Zoom in from New York City, across upstate and downstate New York, the North Country, and states all across the U.S. Four mornings a week at 9 a.m., thousands of seniors join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County Executive Director Mary Breyette’s online fitness classes looking for exercise and connection.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
A woman standing and looking out a window of a colorful food truck

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  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development
A lighthouse on ocean cliffs

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These experiences had a lasting impact on him — imparting both the beauty and value of marine ecosystems and the ways in which these resources are exploited. “Even from a young age, I saw how we currently live in a world undergoing massive...
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biology
  • Environment
Group of Malawian farmers pose for picture in a field

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  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development

Spotlight

Academic focus: My academic focus is in understanding how cells protect the integrity of their genome. This includes how chromosomes are repaired during DNA damage events and how they are even maintained during normal cell growth. Research...

  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Health + Nutrition
  • Biology
A headshot of Lori Huberman

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Academic focus: Fungal genetics and genomics Research summary: I study how fungi sense and respond to their environment. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how fungi sense available nutrients and efficiently utilize them. Accurate...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
  • Plants