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Benjamin Houlton named dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Benjamin Houlton, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment and professor of global environmental studies at the University of California, Davis, has been named the Ronald P. Lynch Dean, effective Oct. 1.

Harry Greene and the rewilding of Rancho Cascabel

Herpetologist Harry Greene and evolutionary biologist Kelly Zamudio have an unexpected opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic to “rewild” their newly purchased land in Texas, restoring its diverse, biological richness.

Grant launches Dog Aging Project biobank at Cornell

The Cornell Veterinary Biobank has received a $2.5 million federal grant to process, store and distribute biological samples for the Dog Aging Project, a massive national effort to study aging in dogs – and humans.

Veterinary euthanasia course wins international award

A College of Veterinary Medicine course that teaches communication skills, using euthanasia as the context, has won an international contest on educational resources created during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Study identifies spread of bee disease via flowers

One in 11 flowers carries disease-causing parasites known to contribute to bee declines, according to a Cornell study that identifies how flowers act as hubs for transmitting diseases to bees and other pollinators.

Scientists track plant diseases riding across globe with dust

A multidisciplinary, Cornell-led team of scientists will study how plant pathogens that travel the globe with dust particles might put crops at risk, especially in places where people struggle to eat.

USDA funds study of dairy cattle’s environmental footprint

A new open-source computer model being developed by a Cornell-led interdisciplinary team will simulate production and quantify the environmental effects of management decisions made on dairy farms.

Chow hounds: Dog food trials soothe gastrointestinal illness

Buddy, a 13-year old briard rescue dog, is one of three dozen dogs in an ongoing study on treating persistent gastrointestinal problems with changes in their diets. The results so far have been remarkable.

Gene yields insights into the causes of neurodegeneration

Fenghua Hu is researching factors that cause Alzheimer’s and similar diseases. Her new study shows the role that one particular gene plays in protecting the central nervous system via the formation and maintenance of the myelin sheath.