The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future's Academic Venture Fund awarded $1.8 million in 2017, with 15 grants to seed novel approaches to some of the world's greatest sustainability challenges. Read more
The Program Work Team on Poverty and Economic Hardship met to brainstorm ways to eradicate poverty in upstate New York. In the United States, 40 percent of people will be poor at some point during their adult life, they said. Read more
The Challenge of Change Commission released a report focusing on developing the unique role public research universities must take to meet vast array of food and nutrition security challenges. Read more
The Population Association of America has a memorial service for members who have recently passed away. This year, esteemed Development Sociology friend and colleague Joe Stycos, was honored at this service. Emeritus Professors Mary Kritz and Doug Gurak took the lead in remembering Joe. Read more
Rachel Bezner Kerr
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00-8:00 pm
Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court Street, Cortland NY
The challenges and successes of participatory research with farmers in Malawi experimenting with sustainable agriculture methods and educational activities to improve food availability, nutrition and ensure healthy soils. Read more
CaRDI's David Kay was one of five panelists in this episode which aired on April 17, 2017. It is the 4th installment of 6 one-hour programs on poverty airing on PBS stations around the state. Website access is available at http://video.wcny.org/show/connect-ny. "The Connect: NY team traveled to rural Oswego County where we met some long-time residents - some of whom blame their economic problems not on what lies within, but what lies outside their control, namely state taxes, state laws and state mandates. . . . " Read more
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, professor and chair of the Department of Development Sociology, joins a group of 15 experts Feb. 21 to start drafting the U.N.'s 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report. Read more
Among approximately 30 protestors arrested in August for blocking the entrances to buildings storing construction vehicles for the Bakken Pipeline was Development Sociology alum, Jan Flora. Dr. Flora is professor emeritus at Iowa State University. He received his M.S. in Rural Sociology from Cornell in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell in 1971. (picture and following article from August 31, 2016. Iowa Informer, by Gavin Aronsen.) Read more
Cornell Chronicle, December 9, 2016. ". . . Bobby J. Smith II, a doctoral student in development sociology, is the teaching assistant for the class. He’s researching food justice for his dissertation and said he and Rooks wanted to focus the class on the senior population because they’re typically left out of conversations about food insecurity. . . ." (Photo: Lindsay France/Cornell Marketing Group). Read more
East Hill Notes, by Gary Stewart: Engaged Cornell continues to enhance and empower area organizations and residents, as reflected in this year’s curriculum grant recipients that included 22 funded projects involving 93 faculty and staff members, 29 academic departments, and nearly 60 community partners.
The 34 planned and active courses are expected to reach more than 1,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and will cover 30 majors and seven minors. . . Read more
Ajay Kailas is currently a third year medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine pursuing a future dermatology match. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University as a Dwight D. Anderson Scholar in 2013. During his time in the department, he studied Native American attitudes and beliefs towards the HPV vaccination for three years, working with the Hopi Tribe in Arizona.
On Monday, Nov. 7, Dean Kathryn J. Boor presented Rachel Bezner Kerr with the Early Achievement Award. Bezner Kerr is an associate professor in the department of development sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell in 2006, and, after working at the University of Western Ontario, she returned Cornell to teach in 2012. Read more
Congratulations to Katie Rainwater, Development Sociology Ph.D. student. Katie is one of three Cornell University graduate students who have received Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education to support their international research. Read more
Development Sociology PhD student Bobby Smith and Ithaca herbalist Amanda David presented information on Tompkins County's food justice movement Monday, October 17, as part of the Social Justice Lunch Series. Read more
You may or may not be aware that Monday (10/17) marked the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016. This event is sponsored by Cornell Minds Matter, The SA Mental Health Committee, Noyes Community Center, West Campus House System, the Carol Tatkon Center, the Dean of Students Office, Gannett Health Services, OADI and many additional student organizations. Read more
Claire McClinton, a clean water activist and advocate for labor rights, discussed recent economic trends in Flint, Michigan with students of Professor Tom Hirschl's DSOC 1101 class (Introduction to Sociology) on September 29. On September 30, Ms. Clinton presented a seminar sponsored by City & Regional Planning and co-sponsored by the Department of Development Sociology. Read more
Rachel Bezner Kerr Receives CALS Research and Extenion Award
Sep 23, 2016
Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr, Department of Development Sociology, who received the CALS Research and Extension Award for Early Achievement, for her impressive record of 28 research articles, which cover a remarkable variety of social science and technical disciplines.
Nina Glasgow and David Brown presented two talks in the Adirondacks on their research on rural aging. The talks were sponsored by the Hamilton County Historian and the Hamilton/Warren Counties Office for the Aging. Their comments included discussion of their soon to be published article on population aging and access to services (available online now: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.12117/full), and ongoing case studies focusing on the lived experience of older persons in rural communities throughout the US. Read more
This conference will include an excellent mix of more than 200 international scholars at all stages and a wide range of topics, 40 paper sessions and a series of keynote plenaries with speakers from the international steering committee, all of whom are interested in building connections between their universities or organizations and the section.
A dinner and dance will be held on Friday with a post-dinner talk by Jonathan Glennie, a well-known writer and practitioner in International Development (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/jonathan-glennie).
Several workshops are also taking place alongside the conference, including a PhD symposium to workshop papers, a half-day workshop on “Rethinking the Land Grant” led by Kasia Paprocki and Jenny Goldstein (Cornell), and a post-conference meeting to discuss the formation of an International Consortium in Development.
Support from UC Press, which is launching the Handbook of Development Sociology and also publishes the Sociology of Development Journal. Read more
Twelve faculty members from seven Cornell departments have been named Engaged Cornell faculty fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. This selective program supports faculty who do community-engaged teaching or research and use their scholarship to address challenges in the world beyond campus. Read more
Amit Anshumali appointed student representative for RSS Population RIG
Aug 17, 2016
Development Sociology Ph.D. student Amit Anshumali was appointed as the student representative of the Rural Sociological Society's Population Research Interest Group at its August 8, 2016 meeting. Former DSOC graduate student Brian Thiede concluded his term as Chair and Shaun Golding of Kenyon University was appointed as co-chair with Jessica Ulrich-Schad.
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior Bobby Plummer capped off a fantastic Cornell track and field season by placing 21st in the triple jump at the NCAA championships at Oregon's Hayward Field on Friday evening. His finish earned him honorable mention All-America honors, the first of his career. Read more