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Cornell Lab Digs Deep Into World Soil Health

Apr 19, 2019

As manager of the Cornell Soil Health Laboratory, Kirsten Kurtz is responsible for bettering soil quality for places everywhere from corn farms in the midwest U.S. to sandy deserts in Africa. “It is incredibly satisfying to work on research that is so essential to our global community,” Kurtz said. She noted that 95 percent of the world’s food comes from soil, necessitating the management of the world’s soils to ensure global food security. Read more

Peck recognized by U.S. Association of Cider Makers

Apr 19, 2019

Greg Peck, faculty member in the School of Integrative Plant Science, was recently selected as the Grower Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Association of Cider Makers (USACM). Peck’s research explores ways to increase the quantity and quality of New York–grown cider apples, including variety selection and best practices for fertilizer, crop load and harvest management. Read more

Student profile: Elizabeth Cieniewicz

Apr 16, 2019

Elizabeth Cieniewicz, a doctoral student in the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology (PPPMB) Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science, shares some of the unique opportunities she had during her graduate work at Cornell AgriTech. Read more

New course offers insights into food policies

Apr 11, 2019

New CALS course, Food Science 4940, Federal Regulation of Food and Agriculture, will help students navigate the shifting sands of federal regulations. Greg Jaffe, the associate director of legal affairs at the Cornell Alliance for Science and visiting professor of practice will be teaching the class. Read more

Shaping India’s agricultural future

Apr 8, 2019

The Cornell Alliance for Science collaborated with India-based Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development to tailor a training workshop for Indian farmers, scientists, policymakers, educators and journalists about gene editing, science communications and the regulatory framework that governs the technology in India.  Read more

Meet our Faculty: Andrew McDonald

Apr 8, 2019

New faculty member Andrew McDonald is an associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Soil and Crop Sciences Section with a focus on cropping systems ecology and sustainable agricultural development. Read more

New course on ‘Just Food’ will challenge students’ perceptions of food systems

Apr 3, 2019

A new course to be offered in Fall 2019 called “Just Food: Exploring the Modern Food System” will challenge students’ perceptions and deliver insights into domestic and international food systems. Taught by SIPS faculty member Frank Rossi and Rachel Bezner Kerr in Development Sociology, the course will address topics including food security, environmental stewardship, and equity in an era of climate change. Read more

Sun and Khan among Cornell recipients of China Innovation Awards

Mar 27, 2019

The Cornell China Center has announced eight China Innovation Awards to interdisciplinary teams of Cornell faculty, aimed at jump-starting collaborative research and developing research teams. Ying Sun is part of a team focused on Food-Energy-Water Security in the Three Rivers Headwater Region. Awais Khan is involved in a project on Managing Disease in China’s Changing Apple Industry. Read more

Hortus Forum scores big at the Philly Flower Show

Mar 6, 2019

Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, entered 44 plants in various categories at the recent Philadelphia Flower Show. They brought home 38 ribbons, including a blue ribbon for their Haworthia cooperi.
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Soil painting featured at Johnson Museum event

Mar 5, 2019

Last Friday’s “The Museum Rocks . . . Late Night!” explored the relationship between art and geology, featuring soil painting by Kirsten Kurtz from the SIPS Soil Health lab. Kurtz reported that the event was well attended with students painting until past 11:00 pm. Read more

Leonard Topoleski, vegetable crop expert, dies at 83

Feb 22, 2019

Leonard D. Topoleski, professor emeritus of vegetable crops and horticulture, died Feb. 8 in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He was 83. Topoleski conducted research on vegetable crops, served as an extension agent and left a legacy as a popular teacher and student adviser.
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CO2 soil sequestration plan aims to relieve atmospheric warming

Feb 22, 2019

Carbon dioxide is polluting Earth’s atmosphere at an alarming rate, pushing the atmosphere’s average temperature ever higher. But an international group of scientists co-led by Johannes Lehman in the SIPS Soil and Crop Sciences Section, reports that solutions for sequestering that carbon might literally be right under our feet Read more