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.
In 2008, this study was initiated as a condition of the New York State Special Local Need Registration (SLN NY-070005) for the 4-Poster Tickicide Device (EPA Registration Number 39039-12) to investigate human and wildlife-associated risks due to changes in deer movement and behavior from placement of 4-Poster Devices and permethrin residues in and on deer, and efficacy of the technology for control of blacklegged and lone star ticks. NYSDEC issued a Special Local Need registration for application of 4-Poster Devices to reduce tick abundance on Long Island.
For the past ten years, consumers have created a demand for organic dairy products. Our project works with all links of the value chain to satisfy this demand in an environmentally, financially, and socially responsible manner.
Our team offers existing and transitioning farmers workshops to improve their farm business management capabilities. By sponsoring field days, video conferences, and discussion groups, we have allowed farmers to increase their practical knowledge of organic production techniques.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators are Cornell University’s front line in helping New York field crop producer clientele with crop production and pest management issues. Keeping CCE personnel informed on the latest information and developments helps us meet Cornell’s high standards for extension outreach and provides clientele with quality, pertinent, timely and user-friendly programs and resources that maximize our educational impacts.
We are designing, synthesizing, and applying new materials and properties for nanotechnological, biological, and biomedical applications. Our research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed papers in high-impact journals such as Nature biotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, etc. More than a dozen patents have also been granted or filed. Some of these patents have been licensed to a local start-up company.
Through the integrated research/extension Military Families Civic Ecology Project we implement and evaluate community gardening, community forestry and other civic ecology practices designed to assist military families and communities in navigating the deployment cycle. Together with Cornell Cooperative Extension-Jefferson County, we implemented community gardening projects at Fort Drum and other military communities in New York. We also developed measures to evaluate the outcomes of these projects on youth sense of place and social capital, and on ecosystem services.
Through the URBIS Partnership Initiative, we have positioned Cornell CALS, CCSF, DNR, and CEL to experience a large degree of visibility as experts and key planners for global efforts to promote urban sustainability and resilience.
1) We are working with a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team to quantify the environmental impacts of biofuel production in New York state.
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 objectives of this project are: (1) to determine what species of Phytophthora are causing decline and death of European beech in Northeast U.S. landscapes, (2) the geographic and host ranges of the respective pathogens, (3) determine why these diseases have become so prevalent in recent years, and (4) to develop reliable management strategies.