Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC is co-leading a 2.5 year national project that involves approximately 60 schools in 4 States in a randomized controlled trial examining effects of school gardens on fruit and vegetable consumption and other outcomes.
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.
As animal breeders and genetic specialists, we work to apply genetic principles to the selection of beef cattle with economically relevant traits.
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.
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.
Dietary fiber concentration and digestibility are the main determinants of feed digestibility in ruminants. Understanding the mechanisms of digestion and passage kinetics is necessary to accurately predict digestibility and nutrient supply. This project aims to improve experimental techniques in estimating digestion and passage kinetic parameters and constructing a dynamic mechanistic model predicting fiber digestibility.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York City (CUCE-NYC) is strengthening the capacity of other youth-serving organizations to carry out youth development/ engagement work so that young people can contribute to improving the quality of life in their communities and enhance their leadership and other life skills.
NestWatch involves citizen scientists in independent nest monitoring, scientist-guided nest-monitoring, and monitoring of nest cameras via the Internet.
The project is focused on the safe and effective development and commercialization of bio-engineered crops in developing countries.
New, cold-hardy wine grape varieties released by the University of Minnesota and private breeders have created a new industry in cold-climate areas where it was previously impossible to grow grapes because of winter low temperatures. New vineyards and wineries (300) are being started by new producers. Research is needed to maximize the benefit of these new varieties to produce products that consumers will like and convert these 'startup businesses' into 'sustainably profitable businesses,' supporting rural economic development in 12 Northeastern and Midwestern states.