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.
Executive education programs provide strategic and financial benefits to both the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and CALS. Executive education programs have contributed in excess of $2.5 million to the operations of the Food Industry Management Program (FIMP) for the period 2001-2009. Moreover, the impact of these programs extends well beyond FIMP to help create the virtuous cycle of outreach, teaching, and research that exists in the undergraduate program in the Dyson School.
The Agricultural Marketing and Management Program Work Team's (PWT) mission is to give New York food and agriculturally related businesses a competitive advantage over the rest of the world by significantly improving marketing knowledge and general management capacities and skills. The PWT is committed to exploring new ways to improve communication and resource sharing between on-campus, off-campus, and external stakeholders to accomplish the mission of the team. As part of these efforts, the PWT sponsors the annual Cornell Strategic Marketing Conference each fall.
Documenting immigrant Latino families' diverse cultural practices, values and beliefs as strengths and resources rather than as barriers to education is critical for creating educational settings which foster success rather than failure. Research in Pennsylvania and rural New York documents how Latino immigrant families in recent areas of migration and settlement make sense of what it means to raise children in a new environment.