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BTI celebrates 40 years at Cornell

Boyce Thompson Institute celebration
April 26, 2019
April 24 marked the 40th anniversary of the dedication ceremony for the Boyce Thompson Institute's current facilities on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. BTI’s researchers and staff celebrated the milestone.

Grants bolster social sciences research

Natalie Bazarova with students in her Social Media lab.
April 26, 2019
The Institute for the Social Sciences has awarded 12 small grants to social science researchers in six colleges and schools at Cornell, including three in CALS. The awards assist scholars as they develop new research and seek external funding.

To aid Cameroon students with test prep, earn their trust

A person holding a cell phone using the WhatsApp app
April 25, 2019
When it comes to studying for their all-important baccalaureate exam, students in Cameroon are largely left to their own devices. Now a team of Cornell researchers wants to use those devices to help them prepare for the test.

Cornell, Tamil Nadu to collaborate on climate-smart agriculture

Dry land
April 23, 2019
An agreement signed in January between Cornell and the drought-stricken Indian state of Tamil Nadu has brought a delegation of engineers from India to Cornell for three days of learning about the latest in water resource management.

‘World According to Sound’ creators to be artists in residence

Chris Hoff ’02 and Sam Harnett
April 22, 2019
Cornell’s Media Studies Initiative has announced that radio producers Chris Hoff ’02 and Sam Harnett, co-creators of the 90-second public radio show and podcast, “The World According to Sound,” will be artists in residence in Fall 2019.

Cornell researchers win major awards from cider industry

Greg Peck in an apple orchard.
April 19, 2019
Chris Gerling, extension associate in the food science department, and Greg Peck, assistant professor in the horitculture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, both recently received major awards from the cider industry. 

Turning maple syrup forests into bird-friendly habitat

 Aaron Wightman, operations manager at the Arnot Research Sugarbush, tours an area of Arnot Forest that has been managed to allow new tree growth.
April 18, 2019
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is partnering with the Cornell Maple Program to help New York forests that produce maple syrup meet their full potential as bird habitat, sweetening the deal for both maple producers and birds.

Student profile: Elizabeth Cieniewicz

Elizabeth Cieniewicz
April 16, 2019
Elizabeth Cieniewicz, a doctoral student in the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology (PPPMB) Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science, shares some of the unique opportunities she had during her graduate work at Cornell AgriTech.

Ahmed Ahmed ’17 wins Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Ahmed Ahmed ’17 standing in his bedroom
April 11, 2019
Ahmed Ahmed ’17, whose remarkable journey led him from a Kenyan refugee camp to Cornell, has been awarded a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which will support his medical school studies.

Raymond Fox ’47, emeritus professor of floriculture, dies at 96

Raymond T. Fox ’47, M.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’56
April 10, 2019
Raymond T. Fox ’47, M.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’56, professor emeritus of floriculture and ornamental horticulture and renowned for his elaborate campus floral displays and floriculture expertise, died March 31 in Ithaca, New York. He was 96.

Cooperative Extension podcast talks farming in NYC

April 10, 2019
In Episode 4 of this season’s CCE “Extension Out Loud” podcast series, urban agriculture specialists Yolanda Gonzalez and Sam Anderson talk about their work with growers in New York City.

New Virtual Front Door to Cornell Botanic Gardens

Laptop with the new Botanic Gardens website on the screen
April 9, 2019
Cornell Botanic Gardens has launched a new website, designed to help Cornell students, faculty, and the broader community explore the living, breathing heart of the Cornell campus and the nation’s fifth-largest public garden, and to deepen their vital connection to plants and nature.

Social scientists analyze the dynamics shaping China’s cities

April 9, 2019
Five faculty fellows involved in the China’s Cities collaborative project reported on their results from three years of research at a March 22 capstone lecture. The Institute for the Social Sciences sponsored the project.

Shaping India’s agricultural future

April 8, 2019
The Cornell Alliance for Science collaborated with India-based Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development to tailor a training workshop for Indian farmers, scientists, policymakers, educators and journalists about gene editing, science communications and the regulatory framework that governs the technology in India. 

Meet our Faculty: Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald
April 8, 2019
New faculty member Andrew McDonald is an associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Soil and Crop Sciences Section with a focus on cropping systems ecology and sustainable agricultural development.

Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship launches

from left, Kevin F. Hallock, dean of the SC Johnson College of Business; Jodi Korich, D.V.M. ’97, associate dean for education at the College of Veterinary Medicine; and Lorin D. Warnick, D.V.M., Ph.D. ’94, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, outside the College of Veterinary Medicine.
April 4, 2019
The College of Veterinary Medicine has launched the Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship, a new interdisciplinary program intended to spur research, training and outreach. The center will establish a veterinary economics research program through a strategic faculty hire and collaborations with Cornell’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

New course on ‘Just Food’ will challenge students’ perceptions of food systems

Freezer aisle of grocery store
April 3, 2019
A new course that will be offered in Fall 2019 called “Just Food: Exploring the Modern Food System” will challenge students’ perceptions and deliver insights into both domestic and international food systems, tackling topics including food security, environmental stewardship, and equity in an era of climate change.

Podcast explores role of forests in providing water

Looking up at trees
April 2, 2019
“The Need for Trees,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series from the College of Arts and Sciences, explores the critical role trees play in the Earth’s water cycle.

Plant breeding student wins Three Minute Thesis contest

People’s Choice winner Pamela Meyerhofer, left, overall winner Teddy Yesudasan, center, and runner-up Shao-Pei Chou.
March 28, 2019
Graduate student Teddy Yesudasan’s presentation, “What Makes a Red Potato Red?” earned him first place and $1,500 in the fifth annual Three Minute Thesis contest, March 20 in Call Auditorium.

Ascribe Bioscience receives NSF small-business grant

soybean plants grown from seeds that were coated with Ascribe’s lead product
March 28, 2019
Ascribe Bioscience has become the first company based on technology developed at the Boyce Thompson Institute to receive a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant.

Meet our Faculty: Corrie Moreau

Corrie Moreau
March 28, 2019
Corrie Moreau is a professor in the Department of Entomology, the Martha N. and John C. Moser Professor of Arthropod Biosystematics and Biodiversity and curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection (CUIC) in the Department of Entomology.