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Amy Hastings, research support specialist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, received the Core Value Staff Award for Integrity at a ceremony Nov. 5 celebrating research, extension and staff excellence at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

The award honors actions that make people feel espected and engaged. The award recognizes attributes of honesty and trustworthiness, and those who demonstrate high standards of personal conduct.

"Amy is recognized as an excellent technician and scientist. She exemplifies the collaborative nature of science, engaging lab students by asking them to discuss their big questions or hypotheses," said Kathryn J. Boor '80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS. Boor noted that Hastings efficiently conducts research while training and making an impact on the careers of students and postdoctoral scholars.

One former Cornell postdoctoral student described Hastings as a vital resource as he struggled to understand a new lab methodology. 

Among students, Hastings promotes a strong work ethic and meticulous lab manners. No matter how many times an experiment is repeated, she stresses the importance of scientific integrity and the validity of results. One faculty member described her as a “positive force of constructive improvement and collaboration” in the lab.

► Meet all of our 2018 Research, Extension and Staff Award winners

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