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College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

KAPOW! CALS Races to Save the World

The latest issue of periodiCALS packs a powerful punch!

Meet some of our superstar students, amazing alumni, and fantastic faculty who are joining forces to transform their fields in BOLD new ways, every day.

Test your knowledge of CALS in our online quiz, and see which professors made the grade in molding young minds.

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Our Sustainable Vision

Solutions to today’s global challenges require insight into the dynamics of coupled human and natural systems. Many opportunities will be found at the intersection of the four interdependent and interacting areas of focus that inform and support CALS’ mission and shape the college’s commitment to advancing the land grant mission.

Informed by discoveries from the college’s broad spectrum of expertise, CALS’ research, educational, and extension programs:

  • Advance knowledge of the unity and diversity of life;
  • Impart to our students a world-class education and passion for life-long learning and discovery;
  • Promote wise stewardship of the environment and natural resources, and create economical, sustainable energy strategies;

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Food & Energy Systems

Cornell University, a federal land grant university, literally "grew up on the farm." Agriculture was the catalyst for the university's founding in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White and it plays an equally important role today, as CALS scientists search for ways to feed an ever-expanding population and fuel an on-the-go planet. CALS has a tradition of meeting society's needs. Through world-recognized teaching research, and extension programs CALS has made a local and global impact on the way the Earth's inhabitants live, learn and thrive. 

Environmental Sciences

From classroom to laboratory, field, forest, and watershed—even to the halls of Congress itself—CALS’ scientists enhance our understanding of issues regarding air, water, soil, and climate change as they discover “greener” approaches to remediation, and enhance the stewardship and sustainability of the world’s scarce natural resources.

Through academic research, course work, field work, and internships, CALS students graduate with a breadth and depth of environmental knowledge and with experiences that emphasize problem-solving and outreach.

Through programs offered in agricultural and atmospheric sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology, environmental engineering, natural resources, and environmental systems, CALS encompasses a diversity of programs that encourage students to pursue and connect their spectrum of interests.

Economic & Community Vitality

Applied social sciences became a CALS priority more than a century ago when Liberty Hyde Bailey, the first dean of the college, committed college resources to strengthening agricultural economies and rural communities in New York. Today, CALS scientists pursue scholarship that addresses how people inform, interact, learn and do business, fostering economic vitality and facilitating individual and community health and well-being. This includes informing decision-makers and public officials, increasing awareness of the roles of technology and science in society, influencing public policy and economic development, and evaluating technologies for business creation and economic development.

A distinguishing characteristic of CALS is that we provide our students with an education that combines theory and practical application. Through courses of study in business leadership, efficient use of resources, new product and service creation, agricultural and mathematics education, communication technologies, media campaigns, environmental management, community development, working with a developing nation, community or civic design, CALS is committed to enhancing economic and community vitality.

Life Sciences

CALS is distinguished in embracing both the discovery of life process and the application of those discoveries to benefit the life of the planet and its people. From genomics to proteomics, our scientists are developing novel approaches to critical problems of the 21st century related to human and animal disease, food and water supply, and the environment by incorporating new tools, new data, and new thinking.

Beyond basic biological research, the college is engaged in applying discoveries in the life sciences and exploring the economic, ethical, legal, and social issues involved in new life sciences technologies.

Campaign Priorities

CALS combines excellence in individual disciplines with some of the most innovative interdisciplinary work in the world. The campaign will enable CALS to fulfill the vision of the college's founders and the land grant mission of creating "Knowledge with a Public Purpose."

To do this, the college will support five priorities:

  • The CALS Annual Fund
  • Faculty Renewal
  • Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Program Support

Annual Fund

Gifts to the CALS Annual Fund are directed by Dean Boor to where the need or priority is greatest. Currently, the Annual Fund directly supports our most valuable resource: our people. For our students and faculty, these contributions help to ensure that they can take full advantage of the incredible intellectual resources at Cornell, as well as to create opportunities in service to our local, national and global communities.

Our undergraduate students benefit from Annual Fund gifts through scholarship assistance or internship support; our newly-hired faculty gain the ability to purchase cutting-edge research equipment or to generate essential research data to secure external funding. Each and every Annual Fund gift contributes to the excellence that you know as “Cornell.”

Faculty Renewal

From emerging 'stars' to distinguished senior faculty at other universities, CALS is attracting faculty dedicated to serving the public good. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faces an unprecedented number of faculty retirements over the next five years and is proactively hiring in anticipation to ensure continued excellence in teaching, research, and extension. Faculty Renewal gifts are used to recruit, compensate and recognize excellent faculty and have a significant impact on the college’s ability to recruit, and retain, the best faculty in any given discipline.

Currently, there are 18 searches in progress, including positions in dairy biology and management, population genomics, biodiversity/conservation science, insect immunology, and sociology of food systems.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has opened its doors of higher education to the best and brightest young people for more than 100 years. Scholarship endowment is critical to ensuring that the cost of a CALS education stays within the financial reach of deserving students, without regard to their financial circumstances.  This is why gifts to Undergraduate Scholarships are a top priority for CALS.

Graduate Fellowships

Support for CALS graduate students not only enhances the quality of top programs and research by attracting the most promising students; it also strengthens the college's ability to recruit and retain top faculty, who want to be assured of having the best research assistants and being able to create a legacy of mentoring top young scientists. Gifts to Graduate Fellowships are particularly critical now as traditional sources of funding, such as grants, are on the decline.

Program Support

Whether you designate the Dyson School, Food Science, or your favorite department, a gift of Program Support ensures the continued excellence of CALS' academic programs. Directed by the department chair, funds can be used to develop new curricula, support internship opportunities, bring speakers to campus, provide for new research, and more.

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News from CALS

Two Cornell hydrologists have examined drinking water in a potential hydraulic fracturing area in New York’s Southern …
Mike Hoffmann, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, discussed climate change issues July 29 for …
Dean Kathryn Boor has been appointed as a director of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, an independent …
The average adult eats 92 percent of what he or she puts on his/her plate, according to a study led by Brian Wansink, …
Brewery owners, farmers and home brewers gathered at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., …
Ten participants of the Nuffield Scholar Global Focus Program, seeking inspiration for their businesses back home in …
Kathy Berggren, a senior lecturer in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, died unexpectedly …
A pleasant scientific surprise: The North Atlantic right whale population – once projected for extinction – exhibited an …
Based on a new composite methodology, the Poets & Quants website ranks Cornell's Charles H. Dyson School of …
Ph.D. development sociology graduates of the 1960s and 70s discussed their work at a department reunion on campus July 11-13.
While developed countries have long been blamed for Earth’s rising greenhouse gas emissions, Cornell researchers now …
New York is on the front lines of detecting foodborne pathogen outbreaks, thanks to a partnership between the state …
To determine effective tobacco warning labels, five Cornell faculty members will receive a five-year, $3 million federal …
Experts are at Cornell July 7-18 for training in World Health Organization procedures to inform WHO’s recommendations for …
Hundreds of New York state high school students came to campus to explore college and specific fields at Cornell …
Farmers learned Cornell’s value-added grain trials at the Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville July 1.
Peer pressure shapes our attitudes toward certain foods and food ingredients, a Cornell study finds.
In the last five years, the number of observed osprey in the Cayuga Lake basin have increased sevenfold, including a new …
Popples, an apple-flavored treat created by Cornell food science students, earned first place in the national Institute of …
In a new paper, assistant professor of animal science Vimal Selvaraj provides further proof that the textbooks are wrong …
Researchers are studying how to harness potato plants’ natural response to environmental stress to develop a sustainable …
The 2014 Geospatial In-Service workshop taught 4-H leaders about global positioning systems and other related tools, which …
To spur local job creation, New York state Sen. Michael Nozzolio has secured $3.4 million in state funding to help food …
A Cornell entomologist studies housefly resistance to pesticides in dairy farms and offers strategies for more effective …
The wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind …
The Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program, which offers career resources about non-academic jobs, …
Better understanding of mosquito seminal fluid proteins – transferred from males to females during mating – may hold keys …
Youthful participation in competitive sports predicts winners in the competition for better jobs.
A Cornell study offers clues to a little known area of research: how Western diets, which have driven an epidemic of …
Any way you slice it, brine it or age it, Cornell’s Food Science Dairy Extension Program faculty and professionals are …
A panel of experts discussed genetically engineered crops and the future of food during Reunion 2014 for alumni.
Fourteen Cornell faculty members are contributing columns to The Hill, a widely read policy website in Washington, D.C. …
When it hasn't been your day, it might be time to turn to Facebook friends for a little positive reinforcement. …
Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future gives $1.4 million from their Academic Venture Fund to 12 new …
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has given Cornell four Circle of Excellence Awards this year – one …
Five departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Plant Biology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding and …
Settling a long-established debate over the origin of Phytophthora infestans – the pathogen that led to the Irish potato …
Candidate debates prompt more retweeting, not much than original thought.
The “Sound Ring”sculpture is the latest work from renowned artist Maya Lin, designed as a gift to the Cornell Lab of …
The study of what earth scientists call the “critical zone” – the area where rock, water soil, organisms and the …

Contact

Margaret Ann Bollmeier
Associate Dean, Alumni Affairs and Development
Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
278 Roberts Hall
607-255-0359