Norm Scott (left, holding chicken) and Peter Hillman doing research on chicken thermoregulation.

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New professorship to focus on digital ag, transdisciplinary research

Norman Scott, Ph.D. ’62, has spent his career at Cornell supporting agriculture and sustainability, becoming a leader in the development of biological engineering solutions for poultry and dairy systems, renewable energy, managed ecosystems, and farm and food waste recycling.

A professor emeritus of biological and environmental engineering (BEE), Scott and his wife, Sharon, made a gift of $3 million to endow a new professorship that will continue that work into the future. The new Norman R. and Sharon R. Scott Professorship will be appointed within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“Throughout his career as a researcher, educator and administrator, Norm stood out for his pioneering approach, paving the way for current work on digital agriculture and other areas where the agricultural, environmental, life and social sciences intersect,” said Benjamin Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS. “With this endowed professorship, generously given by Norm and Sharon, CALS can attract a scholar in this same mold, who can lead future-focused efforts that span disciplines across the college and university.”

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