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PeriodiCALS

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

Vol. 8 • Issue 1 • 2018


A New Lens on Health

Innovations that improve how we feel, eat, move and live

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Dean's message

Portrait of Dean Boor
Published: 
May 10, 2018
Kathryn J. Boor '80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, introduces the life-changing research we're doing to impact the health of people, communities and natural systems.

Around the quad

Minglin Ma and his research team
Published: 
May 9, 2018
From revolutionizing the management of diabetes to expanding cassava development in Africa, our researchers explain their groundbreaking work. 

Betting on the farm

Farm workers harvest kale at Main Street Farms in Cortland, New York
Published: 
May 7, 2018
Since 2001, the Cornell Small Farms Program has been providing New York farmers with education and training programs that empower farmers through every stage of small farm business development. 

The social network

A tree swallow feeds her young at a nest box in Alaska. 
Published: 
May 7, 2018
Bird studies suggest how social bonds can help people recover from high-stress situations and have a long-term impact on their health. 

Shaking the tree

Harvesting cider apples from a Cornell research orchard. 
Published: 
May 7, 2018
With the enormous growth of the hard cider market in New York, our researchers offer crucial information the state's apple growers and cider producers need to keep innovating.

Relieving real pain in a virtual world

Published: 
May 7, 2018
Andrea Stevenson Won, assistant professor communication, is studying how immersing people in virtual reality can treat real-life pain.

Taking the lab to the field

Published: 
May 7, 2018
"High-throughput phenotyping" refers to almost any approach that gathers and analyzes large amounts of physical data, resulting in a powerful new tool for plant breeders.  

The art of dirt

Kirsten Kurtz, second from left, along with artists (from left) Patty Chan ’18, Shujie Li ’17 and Fatma Rekik, MS ’17, hold their winning “Three Sisters” painting.
Published: 
May 6, 2018
Kirsten Kurtz, manager of Cornell’s Soil Health Testing Laboratory and graduate student in the field of natural resources, is on a mission to save and celebrate soil – by painting with it. 

Cornell's first international course turns 50

Sai Kartoori, Shwetha Halappa, Emma Herrighty and Nelly Guerra transplant rice in paddy mud at the Indian Institute of Rice Research.
Published: 
May 4, 2018
More than 2,500 students have participated in CALS’ International Agriculture and Rural Development 6020 class, travelling to places like Myanmar, Thailand and India.

My Cornell story: Jake Reisch '15

Jake Reisch ’15, Matt Reiners and Devin Jameson ’16.
Published: 
May 3, 2018
Jake Reisch ’15, the co-founder and CEO of Eversound, recounts the role CALS has played in his life and business.

Alumni stories

Michelle Adelman ’89 with employees of the Botswana-based company Go Fresh!
Published: 
May 3, 2018
Inspiring alumni stories from relocating from New York City to Botswana to found an investment firm, to receiving the 2018 Harry and Samuel Mann Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

From CALS to Pyeongchang

From CALS to Pyeongchang
Published: 
May 2, 2018
Meet our alumni who showed off their athletic mastery at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Where's the buzz?

New York State Beekeeper Tech team inspect hives at Dyce Lab.
Published: 
May 1, 2018
Did you know that on a good day, a honeybee visits 5,000 flowers? Interesting facts about our tireless agricultural partners, the bees.