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Extension Specialists Shine in Disaster Response Role

Sep 20, 2016

Keith Tidball, Director of New York Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), and a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources, took part in a disaster response and relief simulation exercise, using an Ag Sentinel dashboard, which is an online disaster response tool administered By EDEN.

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Adirondack Fishery Program Establishes Faculty Fellowship

Sep 13, 2016

The College of Agriculture and Sciences (CALS) has established a new faculty fellowship in fisheries and aquatic sciences, named for Dwight A. Webster, the renowned professor of fishery biology who laid the groundwork for what has become the Adirondack Fishery Research Program.
The program is directed by Cliff Kraft ’75, associate professor of natural resources. A faculty member will be hired to fill the faculty fellowship, which is funded by private donors and through CALS funds.

water chestnut

Herbicides can't stop invasive plants. Can bugs?

Aug 30, 2016

Over the past 35 years, state and federal agencies have spent millions of dollars and dumped untold quantities of herbicides into waterways trying to control the invasive water chestnut plant, but the intruder just keeps spreading. Bernd Blossey, associate professor of natural resources, has a better idea: Let bugs do the work.

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Birds Without Borders: New Text Unlocks Lessons Hidden in Bird Data

Jul 19, 2016

“Birds Without Borders” is part of the Crossing Boundaries project, and is written by Nancy M. Trautmann, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, James G. MaKinster, from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, as well as the Crossing Boundaries team of education specialists, scientists, teachers and students. They were awarded this year's REVERE (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) Award from the Association of American Publishers in the category of Supplemental Resources for Science, Health, and the Environment. One of the judges commented, "This is a perfectly executed collection of materials. It is very user-friendly, interactive and immersive, with a complementary combination of learning resources. From worksheets to maps, videos, slide presentations and mapping, the content is readily absorbed. Moreover, showcasing young researchers makes the content very relatable. Other impressive features were the coverage of birds in international areas, and the discussion of ecosystem services. Ecosystem services is a relatively new area that needs to be integrated in all curriculum. Overall, excellent job!”