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Charles Linn honored for career accomplishments

Dean Boor shaking hands with Charles Linn

Charles Linn, senior research associate in the Department of Entomology, has made worldwide contributions in the field of insect chemical ecology. On Oct. 30, Dean Kathryn J. Boor '80 recognized those achievements by presenting Linn with the Career Accomplishment Award at a ceremony celebrating research, extension and staff excellence.

Linn's foundational research has contributed to several key areas in the understanding of how sex pheromones and other semiochemicals influence insect behavior, and he is considered a renowned expert in this area. He has built his reputation as a research and educator during his 37-year career at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. His research is now considered the gold standard among peers in his field.

In 2008, Linn took over as lead principal investigator with his work, creating a highly visible and competitive research program that has received national funding from the National Science Foundation, the USDA and the National Institutes of Health for numerous projects. Between 2008-12, Linn was awarded a total of $2.6 million in grants, all but $4,500 of which came from external sources, and at least half of which (due to collaborative agreements with principal investigators at other universities) came directly to Cornell. 

In addition to groundbreaking research, Linn has consistently demonstrated a dedication and commitment to teaching and mentorship. Colleagues describe him as a generous and unselfish individual who freely gives his time and technical knowledge to others. Students are frequently sent to NYSAES to observe how Linn designs experiments because of his reputation for accuracy.

The Career Accomplishment Award is considered a capstone for individuals who have achieved extraordinary distinction for their scholarly efforts in research or extension.

"I’m honored to provide such well-deserved recognition of Charles’ exemplary career contributions that embody the mission of CALS," Boor said at the event.

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