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BEE Water Resource Institute; Students become scientists for a Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor

Nov 7, 2019

The 17th annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor” was a big success. On Tuesday, October 22, over 5,000 students and educators studies their local estuary at 83 sites from New York City to Troy and the lower Mohawk. Students caught fish with seine nets, examined water quality, and described their sites with science and art. Student data is being collected and posted online. This year, nearly 500 students from 22 classes have participated in pre- and post-programs with our educators delivered through distance learning right into the classroom. A huge thanks goes out to the participating schools, non profit organizations, and state agencies that help make this event happen.
Coordination Partners:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program
Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve
New York State Water Resource Institute, Cornell University
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Ag-to-energy farmland use is focus of new $2.4M grant

Oct 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation have awarded a three-year, $2.4 million grant to a team of Cornell researchers who will study how agriculture-to-energy land-use conversions – putting solar panels or wind turbines on arable farmland – could impact food production, energy prices, water quality and resilience to changes in climate. The principal investigators are M. Todd Walter, professor of biological and environmental engineering; C. Lindsay Anderson, associate professor in biological and environmental engineering; Scott Steinschneider, assistant professor of biological and environmental engineering; C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, associate professor and the Robert Dyson Sesquicentennial Chair in Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics; Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, assistant professor at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; and Peter Woodbury, senior research associate in soil and crop sciences.

Prof. Datta receives IAEF Lifetime Achievement Award

Oct 9, 2019

Ashim Datta was one of the recipients of the International Association of Engineering and Food (IAEF) Lifetime Achievement Awards at Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 23-26, 2019. IAEF is the international umbrella organization of food engineering. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the food engineering profession.

Cornell Local Roads Program received the VISION award

Sep 27, 2019

Cornell Local Roads Program received the VISION award at the NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways annual conference, which recognizes exceptional service to New York's local highway industry. Director David Orr accepted the award on behalf of the program.

Prof. Steinschneider receives Cornell Engineering Teaching Award

Sep 20, 2019

BEE Assistant Professor Scott Steinschneider receives the Cornell Engineering Michael Tien '72 Teaching Award for his outstanding teaching record in the beginning of his career. The College of Engineering recognized awardees at the Engineering Fall Faculty reception held on Sept. 17th.

Emeritus Prof. Norm Scott receives Shangai Magnolia Silver Award

Sep 20, 2019

BEE Emeritus Prof. Norm Scott receives Shangai Magnolia Silver Award in recognition of his eminent contributions to Shanghai’s development and international cooperation. Prof. Scott was flown to China to accept the award and was given the medal and citation.  Since 1989, the Magnolia Silver Award have recognized foreigners’ contributions to the city and are now the highest honors for workers from overseas.