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Bryan Duff awarded 2018 Kathy Berggren Diversity and Inclusion Award

Apr 19, 2018
This year’s event honored more than 40 students and a dozen faculty and staff, including Bryan Duff, senior lecturer in the Department of Development Sociology, who earned the 2018 CALS Kathy Berggren Diversity and Inclusion Award for his commitment to enhancing a positive climate for multicultural diversity. Development Sociology students were also recognized for achievement, including Katie Donnelly Moran who received the Paul Schreurs Memorial Award, and Keshara Senanayake, receiving a CALS Academic Excellence Award. Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr chosen as Coordinating Lead Author for Food, IPCC 6th Assessment

Apr 12, 2018
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited 721 experts from 90 countries to participate in the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors. This allows work to start on the next comprehensive assessment of the science related to climate change. Rachel Bezner Kerr has been chosen as a Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group II Chapter 5, on Food, Fiber, and other Ecosystem Products. Read more

Mary Jo Dudley, Annalisa Raymer win ICC grant competition

Apr 11, 2018

Nine projects, many multidisciplinary, are receiving 'Internationalizing Cornell Curriculum' grants totaling approximately $155,000 this year, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs announced. “The grants support faculty in the development of rigorous, innovative approaches in teaching, learning and research,” said Wendy W. Wolford, vice provost for international affairs.
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Rachel Bezner Kerr Panelist for UN FAO Symposium on Agroecology

Apr 7, 2018
From April 3-April 5 2018, The Food and Agriculture Organization hosted the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology on "Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)". Professor Rachel Bezner Kerr contributed as a panelist discussant for the session " Co-Creation of Knowledge and Innovation" , supporting the broader aim to share ideas and experiences towards the development of policies and action. Read more

John Zinda joins Atkinson Center team on Energy Transitions

Apr 5, 2018
Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future is welcoming five new postdoctoral fellows to campus in an effort to translate Cornell research into sustainable solutions. Collaborating with Cornell’s John Zinda, assistant professor of development sociology, and Peng Ren of Global Environmental Institute, Tyler Harlan’s team will investigate the technologies, practices and models of green development. Read more

Cornell Daily Sun interviews Mary Jo Dudley on Farmworkers Event

Apr 4, 2018
During the final stop on the “Farmworker Movement: From North to South, East to West,” speakers from the Familias Unidas por la Justicia and The Alianza Agricola educated the community about challenges immigrant farmers face in addition to helping some Cornell students with projects they are currently working on. Read more

Grad students - Last chance to apply for the Integrated Land Management Internship!

Mar 14, 2018
[Deadline Extended] Do you work on a topic related to the land – such as agriculture, colonial plant science, biodiversity conservation, water resource management, agroecology, infrastructure, urban planning, property relations, energy or natural resource extraction? Cornell’s initiative in Integrated Land Management is offering a weeklong workshop and an internship program to help Cornell graduate students build these skills. Read more
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David Brown presents at Newcastle University

Dec 14, 2017
David Brown spoke at Newcastle University, UK on November 9. His presentation was titled "The Ecology of Aging-Services Provision in Rural America." The presentation was co-sponsored by the Sociology Department, The Centre for Rural Economy, and the Centre for Health and Society.  Read more

Spotlight on Kason Tarbell '18

Oct 9, 2017
For Kason Tarbell ’18, lacrosse is more than just a sport. As a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe located in the Akwesasne reservation, lacrosse is a way of life. It is part of his rich heritage that considers lacrosse to be a medicine game, played to help cure the ill, as well as the Creator’s game, played for His entertainment. Read more
Aubryn Sidle

Girls Not Brides USA and the FGM Network

Oct 6, 2017
Aubryn Sidle, Ph.D. candidate in Development Sociology, has been asked to participate on an expert panel in Washington DC at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation.  She will be speaking to Congressmen and women about local solutions to girls’ empowerment and highlighting the work of Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa where she also serves as a Board Member. Read more

Bryan Duff

Oct 5, 2017
September 27 - Bryan Duff spoke at the first Engaged Cornell Partnership Forum. The goal of the forum is “to illustrate for interested off-campus residents how a successful Engaged Cornell grant is created and developed.” Bryan was invited to speak about his collaboration with Dryden and Spencer-Van Etten to provide summer learning experiences for middle school students.
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Public Policies for Food Sovereignty: Social Movements and the State - Chapters contributed by Development Sociology Doctoral Students

Oct 5, 2017
Doctoral students Ryan Nehring and Karla Peña each have book chapters in the recently published book Public Policies for Food Sovereignty: Social Movements and the State edited by Annette Aurelie Desmarais, Priscilla Claeys, and Amy Trauger ad published by Routeldge.  
Karla Peña's book chapter is titled "State-Led Grassroots Participation and Ecuador’s Land Law" and Ryan's Nehring's chapter co-written with Mariana Hoffman is titled "Exporting Zero Hunger: PAA Africa and the Possibilities of Food Sovereignty with South-South Cooperation."

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ART with HEART: An Interactive Workshop for All Ages - Fun, engaged scholarship in practice

Sep 13, 2017
Ithaca, New York, Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room, Saturday September 16, 2017, 12pm,  NOON to 1:30 pm

Join artists and children in a workshop on drawing heroes of color!  Inspired in part by Black Lives Matter, and an aspiration to increase equality and kindness, two community artists have worked with the Greater Ithaca Activity Center's after school program to develop a simple and fun curriculum. Come celebrate the ART with HEART exhibit currently hanging in the Tompkins County Public Library and spend an hour creating your own art to take home with you. All ages, races and genders are welcome and encouraged to participate!

The curriculum was created by Emme Edmunds (Ph.D. Development Sociology, 2016) who has gathered the resulting art into a traveling art show, currently on display at the Tompkins County Public Library through September 28th. Read more
Story telling in Baton Rouge

Special Topics in Education: Story Telling in Baton Rouge

Sep 11, 2017
Undergraduate Course Overview - This service-learning course is an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary team of students to spend a week in January (Jan. 8-12, 2018) at a special elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school has responded to low student test scores in a brave, unusual way: by integrating project-based learning and the arts into its curriculum. Last year, to help the school build its capacity for project-based learning, the team worked with children in grades 3-5 on filming and basic video production. See sample music videos from the experience.  In 2018 the team will guide students in writing and illustrating short stories and binding them into beautiful books. Team leaders will be Bryan DuffLanre Akinsiku, and Gregory Page.

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Recent articles from John Zinda

Sep 8, 2017
Zhang, Zhiming, John Aloysius Zinda, and Wenqing Li. 2017. “Forest Transitions in Chinese Villages: Explaining Community-Level Variation under the Returning Farmland to Forest Program.” Land Use Policy 64:245–57.
Zinda, John and Zhiming Zhang. Forthcoming. “Land Tenure Legacies, Household Life Cycles, and Livelihood Strategies in Upland China.” Rural Sociology.
Bobby Smith

Bobby Smith, DSOC Ph.D. Candidate, named Evers Scholar

Aug 31, 2017
Mississippi History Newsletter, Vol 59/No. 2, (page 5): A doctoral student from Cornell University has been named the 2017 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar. Bobby J. Smith II will explore the relationship between the politics of food, race, and activism using the holdings of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Read more
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Program Work Team on Poverty and Economic Hardship

Aug 29, 2017
To develop new knowledge for fighting economic insecurity in upstate New York, a set of leaders has formed a network to collaborate and share best practices. The Program Work Team on Poverty and Economic Hardship, a group of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff, Cornell faculty, community leaders and service providers from across the state, met in person for the first time May 31 in Warren Hall. The goal? To talk about how to improve their work and extend the reach of their programs. Read more

Undergraduates lead summer film camp for middle school kids

Aug 29, 2017
The program, now in its second summer, is a spinoff of the afterschool film club that senior lecturer Bryan Duff and students in the course Engaging Youth in Learning run each semester in Ithaca. For the summer program, “we focus on youth from rural areas because their access to summer enrichment tends to be limited,” said Duff, who directs the education minor. Read more