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Do ladybugs help your garden grow? Depends on surroundings

A spined soldier bug nymph eats a cabbage looper larvae on a cabbage plant
July 15, 2019
A new study of cabbage crops in New York – a state industry worth close to $60 million in 2017, according to the USDA – reports for the first time that the effectiveness of releasing natural enemies to combat pests depends on the landscape surrounding the field.

CALS signs new admissions agreement with Binghamton University

A female student doing plant science research under a hood
July 10, 2019
The Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has entered into an articulation agreement with the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that will allow students in the plant sciences major to transfer into Binghamton’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program after three years of undergraduate study.

Farmworker initiatives earn community engagement honor

Cornell Law students and faculty after obtaining a family court order for a youth farmworker in Wyoming County, New York.
July 5, 2019
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has named Cornell University the winner of the 2019 Northeast Region Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Given by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the award recognizes extraordinary community outreach initiatives by its member universities. Cornell was recognized for its interdisciplinary farmworker research and collaboration initiatives, which collectively benefit thousands of farmworkers in 40 counties across New York state and beyond.

Dyson alumnus brings lively new energy to Finger Lakes goat dairy

Pete Messmer, Katie Shaw and Dave Messmer posing in front of a barn
July 1, 2019
Dave Messmer ’17 has been learning a thing or two about dairy farming since he was six years old. Now, almost 25 years later, he is putting that knowledge to work at a new level as co-owner of Lively Run Goat Dairy in Interlaken, New York.

Cornell program celebrates 50 years of nutrition education

a bowl of nutritious food including strawberries and clementines
June 26, 2019
Nutrition educators from across New York state joined Cooperative Extension staff and university faculty June 17-18 for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Four on faculty receive Carpenter Advising Awards

A professor and student sitting at a table working and laughing together.
June 20, 2019
Four faculty members have received Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards, which recognize contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising.

Program expands to help Latin American growers

A worker prepares clean boxes for packing and shipping fresh fruits and vegetables
June 19, 2019
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Produce Safety Alliance has recently expanded its efforts in order to help Latin American growers adhere to U.S. federal safety regulations.

Do more for birds, not less, Rodewald tells Congress

Amanda Rodewald
June 17, 2019
Amanda Rodewald, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s senior director of conservation science, testified to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources on the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Cross-class collaboration combines cloud computing with ag

A dairy cow
June 17, 2019
In a new collaboration, students from Dairy Herd Management teamed up with students in Topics in Cloud Computing to learn how to work together to develop the kinds of digital tools that could reshape farming.

Wolfe offers ag fixes to ‘complex, severe’ climate change

David Wolfe
June 14, 2019
David Wolfe, professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, told a congressional committee in a hearing on agricultural resiliency that climate change impacts have been more complex and severe than scientists had forecast three decades ago.

Awards fund innovations in digital agriculture

A drone
June 14, 2019
Projects ranging from a soil-swimming robot that can sense conditions in the root zone in real time to computational models that can predict produce spoilage received seed funds from the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture’s new Research Innovation Fund.

Lab of Ornithology debuts its first feature film

A great Philippine eagle chick.
June 14, 2019
“Bird of Prey,” the first feature documentary produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was released to the public June 13. It tells the story of the great Philippine eagle, the largest and rarest bird of prey in the world.

3M and Cornell Partner to Develop Environmental Monitoring Handbook

3M logo
June 13, 2019
3M Food Safety and CALS announce today they have collaborated – together and with a team of other industry experts – on a comprehensive handbook to help food and beverage manufacturers build and implement environmental monitoring programs.

Empire apple breeder Roger Way dies at 100

Roger Way
June 12, 2019
Roger Way, Ph.D. ’53, professor emeritus of pomology and world-renowned apple breeder, died June 2 in State College, Pennsylvania. He was 100 years old.

Grant writing course for female faculty tackles funding gap

Women junior faculty standing and smiling for the camera against a Cornell backdrop
June 11, 2019
To address a funding imbalance, the Cornell Women’s Grant Fellows Workshop aims to familiarize female assistant professors with the landscape of federal funders, program officers and grant applications, and to teach tips for writing a winning proposal.

Scientists discover key plant virus-insect virus interaction

A green peach aphid feeds on a husk tomato plant
June 11, 2019
Researchers in Michelle Heck’s lab at the Boyce Thompson Institute are working to better understand how plant viruses interact with aphids on a molecular level, which could lead to better pest-control methods.

Cornell improves global access to potato breeding material

June 5, 2019
Cornell plant breeders and geneticists, who’ve played a significant role in the improvement of the potato, are expanding their efforts as they make more wild potato seeds available to breeders around the world.

Eighteen receive Engaged Graduate Student Grants

Students sitting at a table recording their podcast
June 5, 2019
Eighteen Cornell doctoral students from 13 fields of study have received 2019-20 Engaged Graduate Student Grants to support community-engaged research relevant to their dissertations.

Alum who sounded climate change alarm featured at Reunion

Rafe Pomerance ’68
June 3, 2019
Rafe Pomerance ’68, who played an early, pivotal role in raising awareness about the threat of climate change, will participate in a June 8 Reunion panel, “Challenges and Opportunities for Reducing Climate Risks.”

Cornell to administer Grow-NY contest for food, ag startups

Justine Vanden Heuvel, associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, holds a drone in a local vineyard.
May 31, 2019
Grow-NY, announced May 31 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will be one of the largest food and agriculture business competitions in the nation, supporting innovative startups in food production and agriculture.

Student Profile: Matt Boucher

Matt examines an apple affected by flies in a Cornell AgriTech lab with summer scholar, Rixsi Herrera.
May 29, 2019
Matt Boucher is a doctoral student in the field of entomology researching the role that flies have in the overall health of apple orchard ecosystems.

Smiles, sunshine, sweets and song punctuate Commencement

Nancy Ren, right, enjoys Saturday afternoon smiles with her parents Sharon Gu and Frank Ren, and sister, Lisa Ren on the Arts Quad.
May 26, 2019
As students began to line up for Cornell’s 2019 Commencement May 26, the morning skies that threatened rain gave way to rays of sunshine wriggling between the clouds. Smiles, pomp and circumstance followed.