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PeriodiCALS • Volume 6 • Issue 2 • 2016

The Magazine of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Dean’s Message

Kathryn J. Boor
Published: 
Oct 31, 2016
Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS, previews the fall issue of periodiCALS, with a nod to Cornell's long history in dairy research. Read more

Facts in Five: Ruminations on Dairy

Published: 
Oct 28, 2016
Professor Isaac P. Roberts, who arrived to Cornell in 1873 and later became the first director of the College of Agriculture, was among the first Cornellians to bring rigorous science to dairy practices. More than a century later, CALS research has had impressive impacts across the state and the globe. Read more

Time lapse videos of 2016 corpse plant flowering

Woman smelling titan arum
Published: 
Oct 27, 2016
Thousands of people admired Wee Stinky in all the corpse flower's big, smelly glory. Check out a time lapse from the opening night as the titan arum unfurled in an impressive display of size, color and stench. Read more

Larger than Life

close up of butterfly wing scales
Published: 
Oct 26, 2016
From the story in a shark’s tooth to the seedy secrets of an invasive weed, macro and micro photography reveal small-scale spectacles. Read more

Flavor Savers

Strawberries
Published: 
Oct 25, 2016
A trio of stories to savor: Cornell’s latest strawberry variety, a squash that signals its ripeness, and a discovery in the dairy case. Read more

Pollinator Protectors

Bee on a flower
Published: 
Oct 23, 2016
Research scientist Scott McArt and extension associate Emma Mullen on solving the mystery of declining honeybee populations. Read more

CALS in Conversation

Published: 
Oct 22, 2016
Insights on topics from chronic fatigue syndrome to workplace harmony in a roundup of notable quotes from CALS faculty in the media. Read more

Tech brings value to vineyards

Terry Bates
Published: 
Oct 21, 2016
A fleet of sensors is helping Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory Director Terry Bates take the guesswork out of managing vineyards. Read more

Student life: After class

Published: 
Oct 21, 2016
Life and learning outside the classroom with a shoe entrepreneur, the co-president of Mixed at Cornell, and a rain forest researcher. Read more

How the butterfly got its spots

Butterfly on a leaf
Published: 
Oct 17, 2016
Associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Robert Reed and postdoctoral researcher Linlin Zhang discovered that tweaking just one or two genes can modify the round markings on butterfly wings. Read more

Coastlines and climate change

Coastline map illustration
Published: 
Oct 15, 2016
Landscape architecture students design for resiliency in the coastal Philippines with a focus on economics and the environment. Read more

Shaping up therapeutics

Doughnut-shaped micro-capsules
Published: 
Oct 15, 2016
Researchers in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering have created doughnut-shaped micro-capsules for the delivery of novel therapeutics. Read more

Graingers honored for service to Cornell

Mary Maxon Grainger and Bradley Grainger
Published: 
Oct 10, 2016
Mary Maxon Grainger ’79, MPS ’87, and Bradley Grainger ’79 are among the 2016 recipients of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, the university’s highest award for service. Read more

Stephen Ashley recognized for alumni service

Stephen B. Ashley
Published: 
Oct 10, 2016
Stephen B. Ashley ’62, MBA ’64, was recognized for his decades of service to Cornell with a Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, the university’s highest award for alumni service. Read more

2016 Outstanding Alumni & Faculty

Published: 
Oct 9, 2016
The Outstanding Alumni Awards honor CALS alumni who have achieved success in their professional fields, demonstrated commitment to the college, and contributed to the betterment of society. Read more

Jan Low wins World Food Prize

Jan Low
Published: 
Oct 6, 2016
Agricultural economist Jan Low, M.S. ’85, Ph.D. ’94, was named a 2016 World Food Prize co-laureate for her work to enhance consumer acceptance of vitamin A-rich, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in African households. Read more

Big Red on the greens at the Rio Olympics

Gil Hanse on golf course
Published: 
Oct 5, 2016
When some of the world’s best golfers teed off in the 72-hole Olympic competition, they were navigating a course designed by Gil Hanse, MLA ’89, and associate professor of horticulture Frank Rossi, Ph.D. ’91. Read more