Three 3-year fellowships will help train plant breeders to use modern techniques to improve the abundance and safety of the U.S. food supply in a sustainable way.
The CFP brings together faculty, staff and students. The Cornell Farmworker Program (CFP) stimulates and conducts research, and disseminates research findings that improve living and working conditions of migrant, seasonal, and year-round farmworkers and their families. Students from throughout Cornell University to conduct research and to engage in extension efforts to build capacity among the farmworker population. Drawing from our research findings, the CFP also collaborates with relevant stakeholders to address farmworkers' needs.
The Cornell Small Farms Program finds and delivers relevant knowledge and information to small farms of New York State and beyond. We bring together farmers and other stakeholders to prioritize small farm focused research and extension needs and form teams to address them.
My current projects include development of educational software for the teaching of mathematical modeling in animal behavior and acoustics and hearing. For mathematical modeling, I wrote software and lab exercises for testing in a large lecture course. Results of educational assessment show that this project met its learning goals, and I have now received a full-development grant from National Science Foundation. This project is ongoing.
The project is focused on the safe and effective development and commercialization of bio-engineered crops in developing countries.
I develop cost-effective methods of producing food fish and shrimp in an environmentally sustainable manner and work with developing countries to assist in implementing new businesses.
The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center, jointly administered by Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University, works with New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the New England states. We foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management, managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits.
I teach biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory and lecture classes to Cornell undergraduate and graduate students. Many of the students who take these classes are biology majors, and many of them continue on in their studies later to become doctors, veterinarians, or scientists.
Development of an ultrasound method to examine sheep and goat lungs would improve animal health and would permit some animals to be screened out of the pool of animals for kosher slaughter.
Ladybugs are important because they provide natural control of insect pests of plants, particularly aphids. Unfortunately, native ladybugs seem to be declining, some seem to have declined to near extinction in the last decade and these changes may interfere with our ability to produce the crops we rely on. We have developed the Lost Ladybug Project to teach non-specialists about ladybugs and the importance of biodiversity and to recruit them to participate in our search for ladybugs.