In 2007-2008, we continued delivery of a new model for teaching science communication and outreach skills to science graduate students. In addition to delivering the course at Cornell, we helped institutions both in the US and internationally in developing similar courses and workshops.
It is well accepted that conservation efforts worldwide must involve a cross-section of stakeholders, including those most affected by changes in land use, to promote the long-term protection of biodiversity, critical habitats, and fragile landscapes. Conservation organizations and land trusts, both big and small, are searching for better ways to build functional alliances for the protection of nature.
Our research uses comparisons of genomic variability within and between species of insects, mammals, and plants to provide novel insights into biological function and mechanisms of genetic change.
Only by looking over a time span almost three times the age of most high school students does the tight connection between wetland science and politics become evident. Most students have a limited view of environmental science. I took the invitation to deliver one of the 25th Anniversary Nosanchuck Memorial Lectures at Ithaca High School to give students a longer perspective -- from the Swamp Lands Acts of the mid-1800's to recent wetland decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Cornell Nutrition Analysis Program (CNAL) is an integrated research, teaching and extension/service analytical facility. The laboratory currently provide analytical support (analyses and training) in support of the research programs of more than 40 faculty members in 10 different departments at Cornell University. In addition, the laboratory staff provides training for undergraduate and graduate students in soil, plant, water and environmental analyses and interpretations of results. The laboratory's research and environmental programs currently analyze about 15,000 samples annually.
By offering an introductory level horticulture class, "Plants and Human Well Being" that exposes students to the multiple ways that we interact with plants and plant products I am increasing their awareness of the importance of plants in our lives as well as the many non-traditional career and avocational opportunities within the field of Horticulture.
The Naturalist Outreach Program sends Cornell undergraduates and graduate students to local classrooms and community groups to give free presentations about natural history, ecology and conservation. By presenting lively, STEM presentations, the program helps open the world of backyard biology to young people, enrich local second-grade to high-school science instruction, and simultaneously train Cornell students to communicate effectively about science.
The primary focus of this project is to support the existing and expanding grape and wine industries in New York and other states east of the Rocky Mountains by increasing the abilities of grape producers and their advisers to manage infectious diseases that limit profitability and preclude sustainable production if not addressed adequately. Additionally, the project has several components that are applicable to the grape industry in the western U.S. and to those in overseas locations.
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 Cornell Mushroom Blog is a student/faculty collaboration that provides outreach on fungi, which have many important impacts on mankind but tend to be misunderstood and overlooked. The Mushroom Blog helps students develop their writing and research skills while educating the public about the many roles of molds, mushrooms and plant diseases.