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Fall 2014

Rooted In Our Past, Growing Our Future

2015 is a milestone in Cornell’s history, marking 150 years of education, discovery and service. In this issue, we join in the celebration of Cornell’s Sesquicentennial with a nod to our past and an appreciation of the evolving definition of the land grant mission today. In this issue you can get acquainted with our roots, from building namesakes to notable discoveries by the CALS community since the college was founded. You will also meet researchers like Minglin Ma and Ruth Ley, whose innovative approaches are shedding light on potential causes of and cures for diabetes, and hear the voices of CALS scientists engaged in the global dialogue on genetically modified organisms. Read on to learn how change is afoot on campus, from the new School of Integrative Plant Science to the upcoming renovation of the Ag Quad.

CALS is joining the celebration of our phenomenal university's first 150 years. You can make your mark by sharing the stories, images and events that have shaped your Cornell experience, recent or long ago, on the Sesquicentennial website.


Tune in to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s July conversation with the media at Cornell to discover why a new public-private foundation to bolster the USDA's research funding was a Congressional priority.

Tom Vilsack

Don’t know an islet from an epithelial cell? This short claymation video explains ongoing research in the lab of associate professor of biological and environmental engineering John March that could revolutionize the treatment of type 1 diabetes, by trading insulin injections for ingestion of microbes.


Roger Payne Ph.D. ’61, co-discoverer of whale songs, takes on the claim that “the solution to pollution is dilution” in the world’s oceans and shares Ocean Alliance’s approach to supporting research in green chemistry.