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PeriodiCALS • Volume 7 • Issue 1 • 2017

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

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Dean's Message

Dean Kathryn Boor
Published: 
April 20, 2017
Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, announces new programming to support food entrepreneurship in the city.

On the Map: CALS in the City

Matt Frye
Published: 
April 19, 2017
Portraits of researchers and educators on their turf, from the rat burrows of city parks to the furrows of a rooftop farm in Brooklyn.

The Science of Shade

Tree illustration
Published: 
April 18, 2017
From engineering soil for street trees to diversifying the urban forest, insights from Nina Bassuk on making horticulture thrive in cities.

Cities and the Power of Place

Richard Stedman
Published: 
April 17, 2017
Richard Stedman explores our sense of place in the age of migration, global mobility, and urbanization.

Healthy Harvest

Sara Perl Egendorf
Published: 
April 17, 2017
Research and recommendations from the Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities project protects urban gardeners from residual soil contaminants.

Facts in Five: For the Birds

Illustrated origami paper birds in the sky
Published: 
April 15, 2017
Pigeons, crows, sparrows, starlings and killdeer: These city-dwelling species rank low in the pecking order but have hidden talents and creature culture worthy of a second glance.

Staying in Sync

Geri Gay and Elizabeth Murmane
Published: 
April 14, 2017
From preventing chronic sleep disruption to supporting people with bipolar disorder, researchers are leveraging smartphone technology for health and well-being.

Africa's Great Generation

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue
Published: 
April 13, 2017
Rapid urbanization and a young population is the challenge of a century.

CALS Sweethearts Fund Graduate Students in Plant Science

Mark Sellew and Lisa Preger Sellew in a greenhouse
Published: 
April 12, 2017
Mark Sellew ’78 and Lisa Preger Sellew ’79, MBA ’82, have established the Sellew Family Excellence-in-Mentoring Graduate Fellowship to support scholars and mentors in the School of Integrative Plant Science.

Q&A on Environmental Justice with Rosa Méndez ’05

Rosa Méndez
Published: 
April 10, 2017
The new director of the Office of Environmental Justice with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shares her perspective on the job ahead and why environmental justice should matter to everyone.

Exploration for Conservation with Phil Torres '07

Phil Torres
Published: 
April 9, 2017
With a passion for entomology and the grit for muddy, tropical adventures, Phil Torres ’07 puts the focus on wildlife conservation as a TV host, science reporter, educator, and photographer.

Trailblazer Gives Back Through Food Science Scholarship

Liz Westring
Published: 
April 7, 2017
Liz Westring, Ph.D. ’82, vice president for global quality and regulatory operations at General Mills, and her husband, Christopher Pike, have established a scholarship for undergraduate food science majors.

Science Shorts

Person using Merlin Bird Photo ID mobile app on smartphone
Published: 
April 5, 2017
An app to identify birds, microalgae for fuel and food security, and chemical messages that keep insect pests on the move.

Lynn Perry Wooten Named New Dean of Dyson School

Lynn Perry Wooten
Published: 
April 4, 2017
Lynn Perry Wooten, senior associate dean for academic and student excellence at the University of Michigan will begin her appointment at the Dyson School on July 1.