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Guatemalan Consulate Lansing NY June 2015

The Cornell Farmworker Program Hosts Guatemalan Mobile Consulate in Lansing, NY

Jun 8, 2015
When conducting our research with farmworkers, we encountered a significant number of workers that requested our assistance in linking them with the Guatemalan Consulate.  The Guatemalan Consulate will visit Lansing, NY on June 26-27, 2015 from 9AM-4PM.  Guatemalans in our communities will be able to obtain official Guatemalan identity documents including passports, birth and marriage registration, and consular identification cards. Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr recent presentations

Jun 2, 2015
On May 14, Rachel Bezner Kerr spoke at the Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in Coventry University in the U.K. She also attended the Global Alliance for the Future of Food meetings in Milan May 18-19.

Congratulations to Paula Horrigan!

Jun 1, 2015
Paula Horrigan and her co-editors of “Community Matters: Service-learning in Engaged Design and Planning” have been awarded the "Great Places Award" in the Book Category from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). Paula was in Los Angeles last week to accept the award.
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Ignacio "Iggy" Saldana turns setbacks into success

May 22, 2015
Ignacio "Iggy" Saldana '15 will graduate with a bachelor's degree in Development Sociology from Cornell this week following a long journey of challenges and growth as a scholar, student and person. He will attend Columbia Law School.   Read more
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David Brown Receives Distinguished Rural Sociology Award

May 15, 2015
Congratulations to David Brown, who received the Rural Sociological Society's Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award for 2015, for his contributions to the field of rural sociology, research and service, advancing the discipline through work on rural demography, economic development, and migration.  Prof. Brown has served the Rural Sociological Society as President (2000); Vice President (2000), Associate Editor of Rural Sociology, founding Editor of Rural Development Perspectives, and he served on the Executive Committee of the European Society for Rural Sociology (2011-2014).

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue presentation-Webinar

Apr 30, 2015
"Mapping Research Approaches to the Demographic Dividend" webinar presented by faculty Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, hosted by the Population Reference Bureau and funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. April 23, 2015. Read more

Land project to build on three years of collaboration

Apr 30, 2015
DSOC field members Wendy Wolford, Chuck Geisler and Steven Wolf were part of a group studying contested global landscapes as part of the Institute for the Social Sciences. Members of the group will put out a book series and teach courses and summer institutes to graduate students. Read more

CaRDI Research Roundtable on Art and Development

Apr 30, 2015
Development and Culture: Why art? Why now?  At this dynamic public event, a panel of scholars and artists presented their experiences with integrating culture work into community and economic development strategies. April 21st 11:30-3:00 pm.

Wendy Wolford article in Ezra magazine

Apr 21, 2015
Faculty member Wendy Wolford's article Too Close to Call states "Over the next 50 years, it will become clear whether the best we can do is enough to address the worst of what we have done." Read more

Mary Jo Dudley wins the George D.Levy Award

Apr 21, 2015
Cornell Farmworker Program's Mary Jo Dudley received the George D. Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award. The Award recognizes a Cornell University faculty member whose collaborative efforts over time have resulted in exemplary community-engaged learning and research coursework or program(s) with local and/or global communities. The $5,000 award is presented to a faculty member whose community-engaged coursework or program(s) demonstrate high quality and innovative approaches to community engaged teaching, learning research, and community capacity building. Congratulations!
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Ellie Andrews awarded TSF grant

Feb 12, 2015
PhD student Ellie Andrews was awarded a Toward Sustainability Foundation grant. This support will allow her to lay the foundations for further research and outreach to strengthen beekeeping associations across NY state.  This work addresses challenges to honey bee health, and is part of a process of building and maintaining social learning networks for local environmental knowledge and practices.     Read more

Cornelia Flora selected as part of notable alumni series

Feb 12, 2015
Cornelia Flora PhD '70 was selected as part of the Graduate School's 150 Notable Alumni series, which marks Cornell's sesquicentennial year. Cornelia works in sustainable agriculture and social justice and is currently Director of the North Central Regional Rural Development Center at Iowa State University. Read more

DSOC grads and students win Gertrude Spencer Prize

Feb 6, 2015
PhD candidate Kathy Sexsmith and her DSOC 1212 undergrad student Elizabeth Gorman won the First Year Writing Seminar Gertrude Spencer Prize for Elizabeth's paper "Missing from the Milk Carton-The Hidden Reality of Migrant Workers in the VT Dairy Industry". PhD candidate Sara Keene and her DSOC 1211 student Kathryn Quizon won honorable mention for Kathryn's paper "Reworking Welfare: Shifting From Familial to Societal Responsibility". Well done! Read more quotes Tom Hirschl's book

Feb 6, 2015
An article run by is based on the book Chasing the American Dream by DSOC professor Tom Hirschl, Mark Rank of Washington University in St. Louis and Kirk A. Foster. The book studies income inequality in America. Read more

Matthew Hoffman presentation: CRP

Feb 1, 2015
Alumnus and Polson Visiting Fellow Matthew Hoffman PhD '11 gave a lecture on "Private Property in Shared Landscapes" on 1/30 for the City and Regional Planning Spring Colloquium Series at Cornell. Read more

Field opportunities available in gender research in agriculture

Jan 12, 2015
Field opportunities are now available with the CGIAR research program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) to conduct gender research in agricultural project contexts, including GMOs, herbicide-resistent crop varieties, effects of modernization on collective action in pest management, value chains, nutrition, and more. This initiative is being led by DSOC alums Kayte Meola (PhD '12) and Cynthia Caron (PhD '03). Read more

Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellowship Program

Dec 22, 2014
Faculty member Rachel Bezner Kerr has been selected to be part of the Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellowship Program in 2015, a program that increases the public impact of the nation's top underrepresented thinkers.
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LEAD New York receives major gift

Dec 15, 2014
The American Agriculturist Foundation made a $333,000 gift to CaRDI's LEAD New York program, the leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agriculture and natural resource industries. Read more

CaRDI Research Roundtable on Youth Retention in NY

Dec 12, 2014
John Sipple and Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman were part of CaRDI's recent presentation on stemming the outflow of talented youth from upstate New York, which was profiled by both the Cornell Chronicle and the Ithaca Journal. Read more

David Brown nominated to steering committee

Dec 11, 2014
Faculty member David Brown was nominated as an expert to join a National Academy of Sciences Steering Committee planning a workshop on rural classification systems. The workshop will be sponsored by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more

Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman award

Dec 8, 2014
CaRDI's Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman received a Cornell Cooperative Extension Friend of Extension – Campus Collaborator Award from CCE Tioga County.  The award was given in recognition of “many years of program support, trainings, and partnership,” including Heidi’s “leadership in offering the national ‘Stronger Economies Together’ curriculum to the Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership (Tioga REAP)". Read more

Patel, Bezner Kerr publication

Dec 7, 2014
Patel, R., R. Bezner Kerr, L. Shumba and L. Dakishoni. Cook, eat, man woman: Understanding the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Malawi, and its alternatives. 2014. Journal of Peasant Studies November Read more

Kritz/Gurak presentation: the University of Oxford

Dec 4, 2014
At the Workshop on “The Drivers and Dynamics of High-Skilled Migration” organized by the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford, Mary Kritz and Douglas Gurak presented a paper on “International Student Mobility: Sending Country Correlates and Policies.” The Workshop papers will be published by Oxford University Press in a forthcoming book entitled High-Skilled Migration: Drivers, Dynamics, and Policies.

Max Ajl publications

Dec 3, 2014
Ajl, Max. "The Hypertrophic City vs the Planet of Fields," in Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization, edited by Neil Brenner (Berlin, Jovis) 2014 and a book review of  Eckart Woertz's Oil for Food in the Journal of Peasant Studies, Volume 41, Issue 4, 2014 Read more

Alaka Basu publication

Dec 1, 2014
Basu, Alaka M. (2014), "Demography for the Public: Literary Representations of Population Research and Policy", Development and Change, vol. 45, no. 5, (pages 813–837) Read more