Around the Quad
- A $5 million gift on behalf of philanthropist Yossie Hollander and
his family to the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future will help
address energy needs and assist farmers in developing countries by supporting
research into biomass and biochar. It provides five years of funding
for a multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Johannes Lehmann,
associate professor of crop and soil sciences, who is working on a village-scale
pyrolysis project to produce liquid biofuels.
- The field of dairy science received a big boost when Robert Everett
and his wife, Anne, gave $2 million to endow the new Robert and Anne
Everett Professorship in Dairy Cattle Genetics. Everett, an emeritus
professor of animal science, spent four decades making advances in the
approaches and principles of dairy cattle breeding that improved the
efficiency of milk production, ensuring greater profitability for dairy
farmers and more affordable dairy products for consumers.
- Cornell’s burgeoning interdisciplinary agricultural sciences
major will be able to grow even bigger thanks to Richard C. Call ’52,
and his wife, Marie, who have contributed $1 million to establish the
Richard C. Call Directorship of Agricultural Sciences. The gift will
be used for staffing, student internships, curriculum, and programmatic
support for the popular program, which has grown from five to 80 students
in five years.
- Life sciences majors in CALS and biology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences will be able to supplement their scientific studies with a strong foundation in business and entrepreneurship thanks to a gift from Jonathan ’76 and Stacey Levine, and David ’88 and Davena ’88 Levine. Divided into three segments, the new minor is composed of one introductory microeco-nomics class, four core business courses, and two life science classes that emphasize business applications.