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September update from SIPS Director Chris Smart

Dear SIPS Community

Our Fall semester is off to a great start and I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of the new undergraduates. It’s also been wonderful to interact with the more than 50 new graduate students in our 5 graduate fields.

New SCS Chair: it was pointed out to me that I never announced that Toni DiTommaso started his three-year term as SCS chair on July 1. Welcome to the SIPS executive team Toni!

Welcome Marius! Please join me in welcoming Marius Weigert to Cornell. Marius is part of AAD, and is housed in SIPS (119 Plant Science). He is focusing on business development and partnerships, and is looking forward to interacting with the entire SIPS community. Please stop by and say hello to Marius.

Renovation update: I will be meeting with Beth Ahner on Tuesday to get an update on the time-frame for renovations. It will not be starting right away, but it will happen.

Faculty search updates:

  • Assistant Professor: Grape Disease Ecology & Epidemiology (Geneva Campus). The position announcement is below, and review of applications will begin October 15, 2018. Please do forward this link to everyone that might be interested.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor: Breeding for Sustainable Forage Cropping Systems. The search committee is being formed and will be chaired by  Mark Sorrells.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor: Digital Agriculture: Agronomy. The search committee is being formed and will be chaired by Harold van Es.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor: Specialty Crop Systems. The search committee is being formed and will be chaired by Thomas Bjorkman.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant-Microbe Biology (from the last academic year). An offer has been made to the top candidate and negotiations are ongoing. These negotiations will be completed (one way or the other) within the next several weeks.

Congratulations to the following people who were recognized with a SIPS Kudos in the last month! Thanks for your effort and passion in support of SIPS

  • Deb Grantham
  • Diane Hanwick
  • Alicia Caswell
  • Leslie Larsen

If you would like to recognize anyone in SIPS, complete the brief form here:

All the best,


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