This anthology of 15 essays by Cornell faculty members profiles Cornell`s public scholarship and service-learning activities and the challenges presented by such a transformative pedagogical approach to learning. Given the variety of definitions and frameworks found in the service-learning discourse, there are countless ways of arranging an anthology on the subject. For this volume, the essays were presented using the framework of the primary functions, or outcomes, of service-learning.
Water-related issues continue to grow more critical in many parts of the world. Resolving these issues will depend in part on education to ensure responsible future behavior for tomorrow`s leaders. Teaching activities from Project WET`s Curriculum Guide for K-12 will help ensure responsible and sustainable behavior toward water.
A formal summer research program in food science has been offered for eight years. It allows students to actively explore research interests in food science and related dsiciplines and to develop leadership skills for careers in food science.
We are studying the patterns of attack by a community of insect herbivores on plants; the work involves field biology, chemical ecology, genetics, and entomology. Our basic research involves milkweed plants, nearly 120 species from North America (and 20 from South America), which grow in various habitats and are attacked by a specialized community of insects. Some of the work is evolutionary in terms of quantifying phylogenetic patterns associated with the evolution of specialization (in insects parasites) and other work is more ecological, based on community interactions.
The Naturalist Outreach Speakers Bureau is a response to national needs to attract students into science, for scientists who can communicate the value of their work to the public, and to enhance public appreciation for the environment. The program, developed and directed by Senior Research Associate Dr. Linda S. Rayor, sends Cornell University students into local classrooms and community groups to give free talks about natural history, ecology, and behavior.
Assisting the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in protecting, restoring, conserving, and sustaining the natural resources in the Hudson River Estuary through its Action Agenda.
The Cooking Together for Family Meals program is a hands-on cooking program that focuses upon increasing use of vegetables by increasing familiarity and appreciation of vegetables.
We pursue four avenues to address the question of the well-being of all U.S. households with a focus on special categories of the needy such as the elderly. (1) We use econometric analyses to investigate the usefulness of the Health and Retirement Study to investigate food stamp program (FSP), food sufficiency, and health of elderly; (2) we utilize and extensively review the economic and policy literature as a means for informing nutrition professionals regarding how well the U.S.
Starting in January 2008, the joint Cornell and University of Ghana West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) program began training 40 Ph.D. students from West African countries in plant breeding and genetics, with eight students admitted each year for the next five years.
Our research has revealed a universal mechanism by which crops and other plants regulate the senescence processes. Briefly, we have identified a master regulator of senescence, and based on this discovery, we have developed a technology for manipulating senescence in plants for significantly enhanced crop yield and improved postharvest performance of horticultural crops.