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The Office of Marketing and Communications services CALS faculty, staff and students by providing news and feature coverage of research, teaching and extension and outreach news. We write and edit a wide variety of content for the Cornell Chronicle as well as our college-wide publications, websites and social media platforms.

We coordinate with the Cornell Office of Media Relations to distribute news releases and tip sheets for reporters and other entities. We also assist journalists who request information or interviews of CALS' personnel.

If you are a member of the media seeking to contact a CALS researcher, staff member or student, please contact Samara Sit, associate dean, Office of Marketing and Communications.

Latest from the CALS Newsroom


Bitter Grounds: Smallholder Vulnerability and the Coffee Rust Epidemic in the Jamaican Blue Mountains
Since September 2012, the Jamaican coffee industry has been grappling with the coffee leaf rust (CLR) epidemic caused by the fungal pathogen Hemileia vastatrix. The first widespread outbreak affected more than one-third of coffee plants across...
  • Global Development
  • Agriculture
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Unintended Consequences of Development
Polson Institute for Global Development Seminar Series Well-meaning development interventions often have problematic and unintended long-term consequences. In this lecture, Dr. Copeland explores a characteristic instance of this by looking at...
  • Global Development
  • Department of Global Development
  • Polson Institute
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Dairy farm manure cover and flare off systems reduce odors and methane
New York Farmers are implementing innovative manure management techniques for environmental stewardship, farm viability, and the community. Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell PRO DAIRY partner with New York State and County Soil & Water...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
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Using microbes, scientists aim to extract rare-earth elements
Most of the world’s rare-earth elements – there are 17 on the periodic table – have been mined in China for the past quarter-century, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. But the mining and finishing processes there create toxic waste and...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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Virtual "Meet the Dean" with new Ronald P. Lynch Dean Ben Houlton
Join Ronald P. Lynch Dean Ben Houlton for a special “Meet the Dean” virtual town hall event for CALS faculty and staff. Topics will include an update on the new semester, an overview of Dean Houlton’s background and more about his immediate...