DNR and K-12 Students Success Stories

Several Department of Natural Resources Faculty and staff have been fostering engagement with K-12 education. See below for several examples of this engagement.

  • For the past two years, Dr. Rebecca Schneider has served as one of the science mentors for students at Briarcliff High School in Briarcliff Manor, NY.  The INTEL science internship program, lead by Ms. Kim Dyer, pairs each student with a researcher, either university or industry based, and over a 2 yr period, the researcher works with a student through the different steps of a research project.
  • Dr. Rebecca Schneider has been working with Steven Kalayam (now a graduating senior) investigating how improving desertifying soils with organic matter amendments will reduce water runoff. This project is a small offshoot of a project that a broader Cornell team is conducting in the Ningxia Autonomous Region of China. Specifically, Steve Kalayem measured and compared runoff curves from a soil microcosm containing soils with and without organic matter at 0 and 5% slopes. The project was aided by the generous loan of the rainfall simulator/ Robert Schindelbeck dripper from Dr. Harold van Es’s lab.
  • China soil team members include Drs. Rebecca Schneider, Harold van Es, Steve Morreale, Ruth Sherman, James Lassoie at  Cornell and Dr. Changxiao Li and Director Jian Li in China
  • Steven Kalayam’s project:

a) was the Grand Prize Winner at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair,

b) won the US Stockholm Junior Water Prize Regional Award,

c) won the NOAA regional “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” award, and

d) also won honorable mention at the International Sustainable World (Engineering, Energy & Environment) Olympiad in Texas.

The “Brown Revolution”

DNR Visiting Fellow Jeffrey Milder was a panelist recently at a seminar hosted by the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development. He is the director of research for EcoAgriculture Partners, a nonprofit that promotes community-based sustainable landscape management and was quoted in the Cornell Chronicle about the Brown Revolution. Read the full article here.

Cornell Alum Speaks out Against Hydrofracking

Northeast Public Radio, WAMC: Students March Against Hydrofracking – 4/30

“We’re here in Albany to let Governor Cuomo know loud and clear that if he wants to be a leader for the youth vote and for for environmental communities then he needs to take a stand and ban fracking” – Laura Smith, Vassar College

“What we need to do here is ban fracking. I’m originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and I saw corporations coming in and taking what was not there’s. And I live in New York now, New York is my home, I’m never gonna leave and I can’t bear to have that happen to my neighbors upstate, just because I’m in the city doesn’t mean this isn’t a community, we’re a state and we need to start working with one another, even if you may not live down the street, we’re all New Yorkers and we need to remember that” – Caroline Cowley, Brooklyn, NY

“Our generation by 2016, the Millennials will be the largest voting bloc in the history of the United States…and coincidentally that’s probably when if Governor Andrew Cuomo will run for the presidency… exactly so we’re also delivering a letter to Governor Cuomo, a letter from young people from New York State, calling on him to take leadership, to ban fracking and build the green economy, and we are also delivering this letter which has been signed by 18 state networks and national youth organizations, including the Sierra Student Coalition, Energy Action Coalition, Ohio Student Environmental Coalition, which represent hundreds of thousands of people from all across the country who stand in solidarity with us today” – KC Alvey, recent graduate of Cornell University

New Paper in Biodiversity and Conservation by Laura Martin and Bernd Blossey

This month’s Biodiversity and Conservation includes an article by DNR grad Laura Martin and Dr. Bernd Blossey in which they use economic choice experiments to model the impact of invasive plants on the desirability of lands for conservation acquisition. Read more at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/pp75w048126n87pm/