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.
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.
The research completed during AY13 built on earlier research that focuses on the economic performance of deregulated markets for electricity; the effects of integrating renewable sources of energy, such as wind capacity, into a transmission network; and how to do this integration without jeopardizing established standards of reliability. This year our analytical capabilities were extended to multi-period optimization with stochastic inputs that capture the uncertainty of wind generation.
The aim of this project is to develop new tools for understanding the social-ecological capacities to provide access to and sustain ecosystem services.
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.
The goal of this research is to develop and test messages to raise public awareness of and concern about social determinants of health and health disparities. We aim to identify best practices for messaging and to disseminate a message design “toolkit” for use in local communities to mobilize action toward community health. These goals will require the development and empirical testing of innovative strategies that highlight non-medical and non-behavioral determinants of health.
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.
Secondary students, including those in agricultural science education, struggle with various forms of literacy. Agricultural science teachers may be best positioned to assist students with applications of textual and scientific literacy applications in agricultural education. Through research, teaching, and professional development outreach activities, faculty at Cornell University are aiding in the development and implementation of research-based instructional methods to help all students succeed in applications of agricultural and scientific literacy.
The Fossil Finders project engages children in classrooms across the country in an authentic investigation of Devonian fossils. Goals include supporting children in the use of evidence in constructing explanations of natural phenomena and motivating culturally and linguistically diverse groups of children to engage in learning science. The project is a collaboration of Cornell University Department of Education and the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, N.Y.
Our studies are identifying practical, cost-effective and readily adoptable solutions that will aid dairy and beef cattle producers (both conventional and organic) in reducing the significant impact of confinement and pasture flies on their cattle.