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Digital Agriculture Hackathon tackles world’s most pressing agricultural problems

Students working on their computers.
March 6, 2019
Over the course of two days, students from a wide range of disciplines – from computer science to engineering to animal health to public health – came together during Cornell University’s first Digital Agriculture Hackathon to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing agricultural problems.

New solar farm ‘extends art of the possible’

Solar farm
March 6, 2019
University officials, government representatives and solar power executives ceremonially broke ground March 1 for the new Cascadilla Community Solar Farm at Cornell.

Biochar soaks up ammonia pollution, study shows

March 4, 2019
A Cornell-led study supported by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future shows that biochar has great potential as a fertilizer because of its ability to soak up nitrogen, and its method for doing so.

Roadmap points way to better soil health in New York

February 28, 2019
The Cornell-led New York Soil Health Initiative has just released its Soil Health Roadmap, which identifies ways farmers and land managers can adopt better soil health practices.

Tom Cade, who saved peregrine falcons, dies at 91

Tom Cade
February 28, 2019
Tom Cade, Cornell emeritus professor of zoology, who as an environmental champion worked tirelessly and successfully to save peregrine falcons from extinction, died Feb. 6 in Boise, Idaho. He was 91.

Extreme variations found in flower scent evolution

A Greya moth lays its eggs inside a woodland star plant.
February 27, 2019
Research co-led by Robert Raguso, professor of neurobiology and behavior, explains why plants of the same variety in different locations can have dramatically different scents. 

Hackathon highlights digital ag solutions

February 27, 2019
The hackathon is an opportunity to explore what technology can do to address challenges in food and agriculture, and take ideas from concept to reality.

Michał Matejczuk named a 2019-20 Luce Scholar

Michał Matejczuk
February 26, 2019
Graduate student Michał Matejczuk has been named a Luce Scholar by the Henry Luce Foundation and will spend a year working in Asia starting this summer.

Cassava experts gather to champion ‘orphan crop’

February 25, 2019
Cassava hasn't received the scientific attention of cash crops such as wheat, but the seventh annual meeting of NextGen Cassava hopes to draw attention to the sub-Saharan Africa dietary staple.

LEAD NY develops leaders in state’s ag community

Jenny Crist Kohn and her brother, Joel Crist '10, transport apples grown at their family orchard in Walden, New York.
February 18, 2019
LEAD NY, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, helps professionals in the food, agricultural and natural resource industries develop critical leadership skills. 

Mahowald to Congress: Act now to arrest climate change

February 14, 2019
Cornell professor Natalie Mahowald offered straightforward and hopeful testimony on Earth’s warming atmosphere Feb. 13 in a three-hour hearing on climate change before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

A fresh look at China’s energy policy shows mixed results

Shanghai skyline
February 14, 2019
Cornell researchers and their colleagues have created a new, comprehensive data set of China’s 2,656 energy-related policies operating in 30 provinces – and found they cancel each other out when it comes to energy consumption.

NY’s ag economy faces low profits, big risks

Jennifer Ifft, assistant professor of applied economics and management.
February 12, 2019
The outlook for New York state’s farm economy is steady, with farm incomes likely to remain relatively low for a second straight year, according to Jennifer Ifft, assistant professor of applied economics and management.

Cornell creates multicollege Center for Immunology

Gary Koretzky ’78, a rheumatologist, immunologist and Cornell’s vice provost for academic integration,
February 11, 2019
Building on Cornell’s decades of fundamental and comparative research in the immunological sciences, Provost Michael Kotlikoff has announced the creation of a new Cornell Center for Immunology.

Extension podcast breaks down impact of 2018 Farm Bill

hemp farm
February 7, 2019
Season 3 of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast series kicks off by unpacking what the 2018 Farm Bill means for New York state farmers and agricultural stakeholders.

Active Learning Initiative funds nine projects

Students work together in Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity, an Active Learning Initiative course.
February 6, 2019
Innovative projects to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning in nine departments have received funding administered by Cornell’s Active Learning Initiative.

Study probes effect of virtual reality on learning

Andrea Stevenson Won, assistant professor of communication and director of the Virtual Embodiment Lab, uses a virtual reality simulator.
February 5, 2019
An exercise in learning phases of the moon conducted by the Virtual Embodiment Lab showed no real difference in learning between VR, hands-on and computer simulation methods.