Martin Wiedmann has been elected as as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Nine Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

The association elected 417 new fellows for 2018, honoring their efforts to advance research and its applications in scientifically or socially distinguished ways. New fellows will receive a certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin at the 2019 AAAS annual meeting, Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C.

Cornell’s 2018 AAAS fellows are:

  • Ronald J. Brachman, professor of computer science and director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. According to AAAS, Brachman has displayed distinguished leadership in the field of artificial intelligence through extensive research productivity and multifaceted experience developing research initiatives in industry and government. He is a co-author of “Knowledge Representation and Reasoning,” a leading AI textbook.
  • Peng Chen, the Peter J.W. Debye Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. Chen is honored for distinguished contributions to the field of single-molecule microscopy, especially in studying single-nanoparticle catalysis and bioinorganic metal homeostasis.
  • Corrie Moreau, visiting professor of entomology, and ecology and evolutionary biology, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (joining the Cornell faculty full time in January 2019). Moreau has made distinguished contributions to the field of evolutionary biology, particularly biodiversity genomics, host-associated microbes and social insect evolution. She has spent the last 10 years at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the last four as associate curator.
  • Karl Joseph Niklas, professor of plant biology in CALS. Niklas is recognized for quantifying the relationship between plant form and function using physics, engineering and mathematics – essentially establishing the field of allometry in plants. Niklas’ lab focuses on plant evolution, particularly how the shape, size, internal structure and reproductive biology of plants have changed over the course of millions of years of evolution.
  • Holger Sondermann, professor of molecular medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Sondermann is honored for distinguished contributions to the field of biochemistry and structural biology, particularly using molecular approaches to study bacterial signaling and membrane biology.
  • Charles Walcott, Ph.D. ’59, professor emeritus of neurobiology and behavior, CALS and the College of Arts and Sciences. Walcott, also the university ombudsman, is recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of biology, particularly the navigational mechanisms of birds, acoustic communication in loons and hearing in spiders.
  • Elaine Wethington, professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology, of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and of gerontology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Wethington is recognized for distinguished contributions to medical sociology, focusing on the social aspects of physical and mental illnesses, their epidemiology and rigorous measurement, and for making her findings translatable to diverse audiences, including patients and the public.
  • Martin Wiedmann, the Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety in CALS. Wiedmann has made important contributions in the fields of food safety and food microbiology, particularly for the development, implementation and industry translation of molecular approaches to reducing foodborne illness transmission. His research aims to develop the scientific knowledge needed to prevent and control foodborne and zoonotic diseases caused by bacteria.
  • Joseph B. Yavitt, professor of natural resources in CALS. Yavitt is honored for distinguished contributions to soil biogeochemistry, particularly as it relates to production and consumption of atmospheric greenhouse gases. Yavitt’s research seeks to describe and explain relationships between biodiversity and biogeochemical processes in forests and wetlands.

AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

This article also appeared in the Cornell Chronicle.

Watch Dr. Temple Grandin’s Talks Live! November 13th, 2018

Dr. Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a consultant on animal behavior and autism spokesperson. She was one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experiences. In 2010, Time Magazine listed her as one of their 100 most influential people in the world, and she was the subject of an award-winning biographical film starring Claire Danes. She has also authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare and facility design, and her books Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human were both on the New York Times best seller list.



Please see times and links below for access to the live stream for Dr. Grandin’s talk:

Bovine Stockmanship
Tuesday, November 13

Understanding Animal Behavior
Tuesday, November 13

Cornell Dairy Plant Co-Op

Welcome to the Cornell Dairy Plant Co-Op. Membership in this Co-op allows you to have special pricing on Cornell Dairy products while supporting the Cornell Community. A LIFETIME membership is only $15!! This gets you a discounted rate on products, a special Cornell Dairy insulated bag. Read more







2017 Dairy Foods Extension Catalogue

The Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team, with the Department of Food Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is a diverse group of faculty and staff with extensive knowledge that spans nearly all aspects of dairy science and technology. While our mission is to provide information and training programs to the dairy production and processing sectors, consumer questions and concerns are addressed as well.  The Dairy Foods Extension team is available to assist Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) in their training and outreach needs at the county level. We also provide classroom-style on-campus trainings as well as customizable in-plant trainings.


Digital 2017 Dairy Foods Extensions Catalogue




DCOE Expands Leadership Team

Jessica McArt, assistant professor of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (PMDS), speaks at the inaugural (2016) Dairy Center for Excellence (CDCE) Symposium.

The Dairy Center of Excellence is pleased to announce the addition of 5 new faculty members to our leadership team. Please join us in welcoming Sam Alcaine (Food Science), Heather Huson (Animal Science), Jessica McArt (Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences), Andrew Novakovic (Dyson) and Jeff Tester (Engineering).


PEER REVIEW | Samantha VanWees: Bacteria, Light and Milk Processing

samanthavanwees_with_posterImagine winning an internationally renowned competition just six weeks after graduation — the excitement and the happiness. For 22-year-old Chicago native Samantha VanWees’16, this was what happened.

VanWees’s research, entitled, “Inactivation of Bacillus Licheniformis Vegetative Cells and Spores in Milk Using Pulsed Light Treatment,” considered how pulsed light — a technique used for food decontamination using short, intense pulses of a broad spectrum of light — is able to reduce bacteria during milk processing. Her achievement won her top honors for her poster and presentation at the Institute of Food Technologists’ undergraduate research competition in Chicago.

During her time as an undergraduate student at Cornell University, VanWees majored in food science, saying it was her love of cooking and her mother’s influence that sparked her interest in food not only nutritionally but also chemically. Read more