Our research uses the soil worm C. elegans as a model to study genes that affect aging. Many genes that affect aging in C. elegans also work in humans. Our research will have impact on human aging and age-related diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and neurodegeneration.
The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support reciprocal educational experiences between Cornell students and Cornell employees.
The Rust to Green NY Action Research Project is motivated by the desire to champion a shift, from rust to green, in New York’s at-risk older industrial cities. R2G NY’s home base is in Cornell University's Department of Landscape Architecture under the leadership of Director Professor Paula Horrigan and is the direct result of a USDA Hatch Project titled From Rust to Green Places and Networks: Mapping a Sustainable Future for Upstate NY (NYC-146455).
I am part of a four-member regional agricultural extension team called the Lake Ontario Fruit Program. We work with commercial tree fruit and berry growers and other industry personnel principally in Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, and Wayne counties. My area of programming is fruit quality management. I deal mainly with post-harvest and storage issues and have projects to extend shelf life, fruit quality, profitability, and sustainability.
We are studying the patterns of attack by a community of insect herbivores on plants; the work involves field biology, chemical ecology, genetics, and entomology. Our basic research involves milkweed plants, nearly 120 species from North America (and 20 from South America), which grow in various habitats and are attacked by a specialized community of insects. Some of the work is evolutionary in terms of quantifying phylogenetic patterns associated with the evolution of specialization (in insects parasites) and other work is more ecological, based on community interactions.
Pathogenic organisms such as Escherichia coli and Cryptosporidium parvum continue to cause a threat to our food and water safety. Similarly, organisms such as Dengue virus and rotavirus are important clinical analytes related to human health, especially in the countries of the developing world. Organisms such as Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis are serious threat agents for our safety and security, since they can be used as bioweapon material.
A two-day, on the farm course for cattle operators focused on understanding reproductive anatomy, physiology and insemination techniques. Both classroom and hands-on training was utilized. Partnering with the AI industry and receiving a state grant to support the project ensured both expertise and affordability. Participants went home with the experience and tools to work towards inseminating their own cows.
Ongoing research project, initiated in 2005, on the implementation of New York state’s Universal PreKindergarten Policy, reached a high point this past January with the publication of the Yearbook of the Politics of Education Association as a special issue of the journal Education Policy. John Sipple, and two colleagues (Lisa McCabe, Cornell University's Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, and Carolyn Brown, Fordham University) were awarded (through a competitive process) the contract for editing the Yearbook.
Cornell Cooperative Extension educators increasingly find it challenging to make meaningful connections in a “too busy” world. In addition, they rarely have opportunities to engage with Cornell undergraduate. This is unfortunate for the educators, who benefit from the innovative engagement with the students, and for the students, who benefit from the real world connections and mentoring opportunities offered by interacting with educators.
There is a need for in-depth studies of the family food decision-making processes in order to understand routine eating practices and food choices and mechanisms of change. Basic to our community-engaged research methodology is working in partnership with community partners and ecosystems stakeholders. One outcome of this research is a family food decision-making framework that guides research, education, and family and community change initiatives.