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.
Through a Community Improvement Through Youth (CITY) project initiative, CUCE-NYC is strengthening the adolescent sexual health knowledge and skills of youth, as well as their capacity to inform other youth about this important issue, while working with agency staff to enhance organizational capacity in this area.
This project seeks to engage a wide variety of community residents and organizations in an effort to reverse the rising the trends in childhood obesity. The project uses a community organizing model to increase awareness, stimulate participation, and support these organizations.
The project studied the impacts of a 'model' oil field development and pipeline project on rural communities in southern Chad over a period of 12 years. The project was described by the World Bank as a template for oil-as-development and as a way to transform extractive industry projects into poverty reduction projects in Africa. The research project was therefore necessarily long-term, tracking the social, environmental, and economic transformations of the project in the oil field region.
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.
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.
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.
The Central Database Project for Cornell Cooperative Extension is building online and automated tools to centrally collect, store and analyze programmatic and financial data for the Cornell Cooperative Extension system. The data are used in daily operations, reporting, demonstration of compliance with state and federal regulations, and in program planning and evaluation. The tools help reduce staff time spent on routine tasks, increase capacity for compliance, improve daily operations and record keeping, and cut down on use of paper.