Students learn the art of telling stories in sound. Focused in Endicott, N.Y., this project collapses the walls between the university and the community in the collective endeavor to gather, edit, and broadcast meaningful stories of the town's changing landscape and character. These audio stories explore the meaning of place. They bring landscapes alive by focusing on challenges to ecological health, on the changing nature of places and cultural identities, and on the power of memory and retrospect to shape understanding.
In 2007, we started a nutrient management internship program for students enrolled in the plant science bachelor program with a concentration in agronomy at SUNY Cobleskill. Cobleskill students in this program are required to do an internship. Together with professors Ted Bruetsch, Doug Goodale, and John Kowal, we designed a program that exposes Cobleskill students to applied research and extension and aids our nutrient management program.
Prepared a global resource for intellectual property management in health and agricultural innovation (two-volume book, summary book for policy makers, Online resource, CD-ROM)
PROJECT 1: "We`re bringing together a select group of faculty from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, demography, economics, human development, policy analysis, psychology, sociology, and women`s studies. The aim of the working group will be to put Cornell at the forefront of research on the family." (Quote from Elizabeth Peters, project leader, professor, Policy Analysis and Management, College of Human Ecology.)\n\nPROJECT 2: This project seeks to understand patterns of cooperation and conflict within family groups.
The Business Opportunities in Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) program was launched in September 2007 for undergraduate students majoring in Applied Economics and Management. BOLD's mission is to provide educational and experiential opportunities for AEM students to increase their awareness of diversity issues while developing and fine-tuning their leadership skills.
We conduct a study at approximately three-year intervals to estimate the cost of establishing and producing vinifera grapes in Western NY, specifically the Finger Lakes region. A panel of vinifera producers is assembled to assist in providing estimates of the operations involved in establishing a vinifera vineyard in the Finger Lakes, the cost of establishment of the vineyard, and expected returns over the projected 25-year life of the investment.
A significant proportion of New York's most biologically diverse wetlands occur on private lands. These include many of the astonishingly species-rich wetlands called rich fens that my students and I have studied for many years. Recently we have worked with landowners, New York's Natural Heritage Program, and the Central and Western New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy to develop and produce a short, colorful and informative brochure for landowners about the value of protecting these unique wetlands.
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.
Gourmet mushroom cultivation is a non-timber, potentially lucrative, forest crop suitable for agroforestry/forest farming in the Northeast. We are investigating limiting factors in forest mushroom production including substrate tree species, mushroom species, and moisture management.
An educational board game developed at Cornell University in the Northeast Sun Grant Institute of Excellence is designed to teach students and the public the concepts and steps involved in converting various biological starting materials into biobased transportation fuels--from the farm to the fuel pump. The game also emphasizes the important benefits of research by allowing players who land on a "Cornell R&D" spot to advance more rapidly toward the goal.