CCE Responsiveness to Hurricane Sandy in EZRA Magazine

In EZRA Magazine’s Winter 2013 edition, Volume V, No. 2, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) was highlighted for its rapid response to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Its New York Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN),, made resources available to farmers, businesses, and communities. DNR’s Keith Tidball is the State Coordinator and Senior Extension Associate for NY EDEN.

Click here to read the article in EZRA Magazine.

Cliff Kraft Teaches Graduate Student Course on Data Management

Cliff Kraft, DNR associate professor, is working with Sarah Wright, a data librarian, and Camille Andrews, a learning technologies and assessment librarian, teaching a course for graduate students to help them manage their data. Using a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a data librarian, a subject specialist, and a faculty collaborator work together in a six-session workshop helping graduate students organize and share their research data. Cornell’s class is on ecology and has about 29 graduate participants.

Click here to read the full Cornell Chronicle article about this exciting new course.

The Wildlife Society Cornell Student Chapter Facebook and Blog

The Wildlife Society Cornell Student Chapter (TWS) now has a Facebook group! Check it often for the most recent wildlife event updates on workshops, field trips, conferences, etc. The Facebook Page will be the main venue this semester for alerting the club about upcoming wildlife experiences in an effort to reduce listserv-overloading. If you read about an event and want to attend, leave a comment! TWS hope to encourage member collaboration and carpooling.  


TWS also has a blog! Please check it for the club calendar at the bottom of the page, links to organizations, current events, articles, discussions, job opportunities, Cornell-based projects, videos, Member Spotlights, etc. We hope this blog can act as a discussion place for club members. Feel free to initiate discussions on any of the posts or email Laura (lmm268) or Iswari (in38) with posts you’d like to add to the blog. Let them know about any job or internship opportunities or events you want to advertise via the blog.

Richard Stedman to Participate in Young Social Scientists’ Sustainability Research Forum

Richard Stedman is participating in the Young Social Scientists’ Sustainability Research Forum (YSSSRF). This event showcases the research programs of talented younger social science faculty working on energy, environment and/or economic development issues – or at the intersection of these issues. The event, hosted by the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS), is intended to stimulate dialogue across campus, both within the social sciences around sustainability research and between the non-social science sustainability research community and social scientists.

When: February 21, 2013, 12:00-5:00pm

Where: ILR Conference Center, Room 423

Amy Lee Hetherington Selected for GLEON Fellowship Program

Amy Lee Hetherington was selected for the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network’s (GLEON’s) first graduate student fellowship program, an NSF-funded training program for doctoral students in the environmental sciences, ecology, geography, and engineering fields. The GLEON Fellowship Program trains cohorts of graduate students to exploit the rich information content of large and diverse data sets, operate effectively in diverse international teams, and communicate outcomes to a broad range of audiences. Amy will begin the program with an international, collaborative student cohort and finish the program as an integrated member of a grassroots scientific network.

Walnut and Birch Trees Have Potential for Syrup Production

Michael Farrell, director of Cornell’s Uihlein Sugar Maple Research and Extension Field Station in Lake Placid, explains that birch and walnut trees in the eastern United States can be tapped for syrup production, providing a significant opportunity for a new valuable forestry crop. Birch syrup is especially well suited for maple syrup producers because birch sap begins to flow right when maple sap flow ends in April. Syrup producers can use the same equipment to produce more syrup when maple syrup production is low, like it was last year.

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Former Forestry Professor Bob Morrow Passes Away

Former DNR Forestry Professor Bob Morrow passed away on February 4, 2013. Morrow was the extension forester preceding Jim Lassoie, where he helped develop the rural maple syrup industry at the Arnot Forest. The Arnot Sugar House was named in his honor when he retired in 1983 after teaching forestry practices to more than 1,000 students. Morrow was inducted into the American Maple Museum Hall of Fame for his contributions to the maple syrup production industry.

Click here to read his full obituary.

Darrick Evensen Awarded James F. Slevin Assignment Sequence Prize

DNR Graduate Assistant Darrick Evensen has been awarded the $500 James F. Slevin Assignment Sequence prize for his sequence of assignments, “Communicating Environmental Risks,” designed for Natural Resources 1200: Environmental Risks in Our Backyards: Communications and Ethics. The James F. Slevin Assignment Sequence prize is given to a teacher who develops the best writing assignment sequence in a First-Year Writing Seminar.

Click here to learn more about this award.