Cooperative Extension programs have a long history of teaching readiness and survival skills—and with more funding, they could help us get ready for future outbreaks
By Athena Aktipis, Keith G. Tidball on May 11, 2021
“I’m from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and our collaborators are from information science and education, so this is the first time we have had this kind of interdisciplinary collaboration – which is really valuable.” -Yue Li
Cornell University entomologist Mark Whitmore, a native of Buckley, Washington has made La Conner his base since January while scouring the north Puget Sound region for the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) an aphid-like, invasive insect.
“As several students and mentors pointed out, the chance to jump on the computer and get together with a diverse group of smart, engaged people from around the world that share an interest in digital agriculture was an amazing opportunity,” said Steven Wolf, associate professor of natural resources (CALS) and faculty chair of the hackathon. Pethybridge and Hakim Weatherspoon, professor of computer science, served as hackathon co-chairs.