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DSOC position in Population and Environment

Aug 12, 2013
The Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is seeking applicants for a 9 month tenure track position focusing on population and environment. Read more

DSOC alums study women's roles in traditional agriculture in Colombia

Jul 30, 2013
DSOC alums Kayte Meola PhD'12 and Carylanna Taylor MS'03, as part of the Research Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), recently toured a starch plant in Sucre, where they are developing a plan for an extended harvest in the cultivation of cassava. (Note: link is in Spanish).

Upcoming book by Tom Hirschl reveals the extent of poverty in the US.

Jul 29, 2013
An upcoming book by DSOC faculty member Tom Hirschl and Mark Rank shows that 4 out of 5 adults in the US experience joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on federal assistance at some point during their lives.

CaRDI Municipal Clerks Institute

Jul 26, 2013
"The institutes are run by Cornell's Community and Regional Development Institute, which trains local government officials, and tailors training to the clerk role. Officials say it is a profession evolving as laws change and one where schooling or prior work experience is insufficient preparation." Read more

George Spisak gives talk to History of Capitalism summer program

Jul 24, 2013
Incoming grad student George Spisak gave a talk to the History of Capitalism summer program on his experiences working as a broker on an open-outcry commodities trading floor. He discussed the social aspects of the pit, the intense competition between the opening and closing bells, and the near-universal camaraderie when the market was closed. Also covered were the health effects of working in a high stress job, the function of liquidity in commodity markets, and demographic representation of traders and brokers. Read more
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Fouad Makki and Joe Francis receive Atkinson Center Venture Fund awards

Jun 10, 2013
Highly competitive Atkinson Center Venture Fund awards were given to two DSOC professors: Fouad Makki: "A Toilet with Biological Pathogen Control"; and Joe Francis: "The Cornell NutriPhone: Personalized Micronutrient Analysis."
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Lori Leonard to join DSOC faculty in January 2014

Jun 3, 2013
DSOC is pleased to announce that Lori Leonard will be joining the faculty in January 2014. Dr. Leonard gave a seminar on her research in May titled "An Experiment in Development: The Social Life of a 'Model' Pipeline Project in Chad".
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Eleanor Andrews, Sara Keene, Kasia Paprocki, and Brian Thiede receive Rural Resilience Fellowships

May 29, 2013
Eleanor Andrews, Sara Keene, Kasia Paprocki, and Brian Thiede were among the eight graduate students chosen to receive a Rural Resilience Fellowship from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Oxfam America.

'Cheers' to the Class of 2013

May 26, 2013
Undergraduate and graduate students gathered on the Arts Quad in full regalia to celebrate Cornell's 145th Commencement with friends and family May 26. Read more

DSOC Undergrads Qualify for NCAA Wrestling Championships

Mar 25, 2013
Congratulations to DSOC undergrads Stryker Lane, Nashon Garret, and Jace Bennet for qualifying for the NCAA wrestling championships. Nashon placed third and was named All-American, along with team mate Kyle Dake, who won his fourth straight title. Read more

Cornell Bridges to Community wins Perkins Prize

Mar 7, 2013
Congratulations to Cornell Bridges to Community (CBC) for winning the 2013 James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial Understanding and Harmony! The group was honored at a reception with President Skorton on March 6th. Read more

Lindy Williams Gave Keynote Lecture

Mar 1, 2013
DSOC faculty Lindy Williams gave the keynote lecture "Whither State Interest in Intimacy?" at the Fifteenth Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Conference on Friday March 1st.

DSOC Club Hosted Community Dialogue

Feb 26, 2013
The DSOC Club, lead by undergrad Jeremy March and faculty Tom Hirschl, hosted a community dialogue as part of Black History Month on February 26th. Discussion topics included Michael Schwerner, a DSOC graduate who was one of the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964.

Philip Lowe Receives the Bertebos Prize

Jan 28, 2013
Former visiting scholar Philip Lowe received the Bertebos Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The prize is awarded by the Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry for highly qualified, pioneering development methods referring to food, agriculture, animal health or ecology.

CaRDI Partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension

Jan 25, 2013
CaRDI is partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) to offer a series of webinars to extension educators and leaders in CCE called "Understanding and Using Socio-Economic Demographic Information to Support Community and Economic Development".

2 DSOC Students Passed their Master's Exams.

Jan 1, 2013
Paul Berry and Carrie Freshour successfully passed their Master's exams.

Max Ajl published in Jadaliyya

Dec 24, 2012
PhD candidate Max Ajl had his article "Why Chuck Hagel is Irrelevant," published in Jadaliyya. It was then cited in two Glenn Greenwald columns in the Guardian. Read more

Joe Francis is the Representative to FSCPE

Dec 3, 2012
In his role as director of the Cornell Program on Applied Demographics, Joe Francis is New York State's representative to the Census Bureau's Federal-State Cooperative Program on Population Estimates (FSCPE). Last year he was appointed Co-Chair of the FSCPE Geographic Subcommittee, which he helped form to provide better linkages and communication between the Geography Division and the Population Division of the Census Bureau as well as the member states.

John Sipple Working on Creating Educational Opportunity Index

Dec 3, 2012
John Sipple was in Albany working on a project to create an educational opportunity index for all 700 school districts in New York for the NY State Dept. of Education and the Board of Regents.

Cornell Farmworker Program Hosts the Guatemalan Mobile Consulate

Dec 2, 2012
The Cornell Farmworker Program hosted three Guatemalan Mobile Consulate visits in Cayuga, Onondaga, Jefferson and Lewis counties during which over 500 official documents, including Guatemalan passports, ID cards, and birth registry for children born in the US were issued. Throughout the three day visit, CFP staff and students conducted workshops on emergency planning topics and helped nearly 200 farmworkers to begin to complete emergency planning forms related to guardianship and power of attorney.

DSOC Class 1204 Featured in Blog

Nov 20, 2012
Students in the DSOC 1204 class "China in Transition" are featured in a guest blog section, writing about contemporary social and environmental issues in China related to the popular press. Read more

Basu and Eloundou-Enyegue Attend Meeting at United Nations

Nov 19, 2012
DSOC faculty Alaka Basu and Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue attended a high level expert meeting on population dynamics November 19th & 20th at the United Nations to discuss possible directions in the Millennium Development Agenda after 2015. DSOC faculty Mary Kritz attended an expert meeting on new trends in migration on December 3rd.

Brown and Glasgow Invited to Experts Seminar

Nov 19, 2012
DSOC faculty members David Brown and Nina Glasgow were invited to join 18 other internationally recognized academics, practitioners and policy makers for an experts seminar sponsored by the Arkelton Trust during November 19-21. The meeting focused on rural resilience during times of austerity.

Devparna Roy Joined in the CIIFAD Seminar Series

Nov 14, 2012
Devparna Roy '06, Visiting Fellow for the Polson Institute for Global Development, gave the presentation, To Bt or Not to Bt? Roles of the State, Civil Society and Firms in Transgenic Crop Controversies in India as part of the CIIFAD seminar series on November 14th.