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Talks at Twelve: Cary Reid, Kavita Ahluwalia, & Rachel Sherrow, Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Address Oral Health in NYC Meals-on-Wheels Recipients
Cary Reid, Kavita Ahluwalia, & Rachel Sherrow

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

This is a BCTR Innovative Pilot Study Grant recipient talk.

Community-based senior services, such as case management, transportation, senior centers, etc., are designed to help the growing number of community-dwelling older adults maintain independence and prevent institutionalization. Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) is one such service, designed to provide food and nutrition for a particularly vulnerable subset of older adults -- those who are unable to prepare meals due to cognitive and/or physical impairments and who, without the service would be unable to remain in the community. Although MOW has frequent household contact with recipients, has been in existence for almost 40 years, and serves one million Americans daily, there has been little systematic examination of its potential utility to provide health promotion/disease prevention messages and/or interventions, which may prove to be critical for the prevention of future institutionalization. We have chosen to address oral health because it is central to food consumption, and is important to ensuring the MOW delivers meals recipients can actually eat. The goal of this on-going work is to bring together MOW stakeholders and researchers to collaborate on capacity-building and future funding initiatives to translate and integrate evidence-based oral health promotion and disease prevention into the MOW systems. This work, uses a community-academic partnership, and has resulted in the development of a number of policy changes that will be implemented city-wide. Pilot development, implementation and testing of health promotion/disease prevention interventions that target NYC meal recipients is underway, and the partnership is actively seeking additional funding to sustain and expand this work.

Cary Reid, Weill School of Graduate Medical Sciences, Cornell University
Kavita Ahluwalia, College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University
Rachel Sherrow, Citymeals-on-Wheels

Dr. Cary  Reid is an Associate Professor and Director of the Office of Geriatric Research in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.  Dr. Reid obtained his medical degree from the University of South Carolina. He subsequently completed internship, residency, and chief-residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. He completed fellowship training in both clinical epidemiology and geriatric medicine at Yale University. Dr. Reid taught, conducted research at Yale University before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2003.  Dr. Reid has received many research awards over the years, including a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Scholar Award and a highly coveted Paul Beeson Faculty Scholar on Aging Research Award. He is a section editor of the journal Pain Medicine and  currently directs an NIH-funded multi-institutional center called “The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life” or TRIPLL. The center supports translational research on pain and aging in New York City. Institutional partners include Weill Cornell, Columbia University, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cornell University (Ithaca campus), Council of Senior Centers & Service of NYC, Inc. and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. His research focuses on improving the management of pain among older persons. Current projects include testing non-pharmacologic strategies for pain among older persons in both clinical and non-clinical settings, identifying barriers to the use of self-management strategies for pain, and examining optimal strategies for managing pain across ethnically diverse populations of older persons. Additional areas of interest include the epidemiology and treatment of substance use disorders in older persons.

Kavita P. Ahluwalia is an Associate Professor of Clinical Dental Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine Dr. Ahluwalia is particularly interested in working with communities to address oral health in vulnerable populations. She has successfully used community-based participatory research principles to find creative and unexpected ways of integrating oral health and healthcare into existing care systems to develop sustainable programs that bridge the divide between dentistry and other health professions. Dr. Ahluwalia has received funding from the National Institute on Aging, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Legacy Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the New York State Department of Health. She is currently Principal Investigator on a study funded by the New York State Department of Health to assess oral care delivery for people with dementia, and was recently funded by the National Institute on Aging to address oral pain and ability to eat among older adults receiving Meals-on-Wheels in NYC. She is also working with Columbia University’s Earth Institute to address oral health among poor rural children in two districts in India. Dr. Ahluwalia, who is Director of the College’s DDS/MPH program, is an active member of Isabella Homecare’s Steering Committee and a member of the Harlem Health Promotion Center’s Health Advisory Board. She received a DDS and MPH from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and completed a residency in Dental Public Health at the VA in Perry Point, MD.

Rachel Sherrow is Chief Program Officer of City meals-on-Wheels where she works to provide a continuum of meals on wheels and companionship for home bound elderly throughout the year. Although the beginning of her career was spent working with youth, for the past fifteen years, she has advocated for the elderly of New York City at various not-for profits. Rachel has worked for The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, The Educational Alliance, and the Henry Street Settlement. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University. She is currently working to prevent hunger among the most at risk clients Citymeals–on-Wheels serves.

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Talks at Twelve: David Feathers, Thursday, May 16, 2013


Physical Access to Healthcare Environments: Ergonomic Analysis for Persons with Physical Disabilities Across the Life Span
David Feathers, Design & Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

This is a BCTR Innovative Pilot Study Grant recipient talk.

Design of the built environment and synergistic use of accessible technologies within the built environment play key roles in enabling access to preventative and curative healthcare services, especially for people with disabilities. His talk will define the current state of physical accessibility for a sample of healthcare environments in the United States. This project considers physical access across the lifespan, disability context, perceptions of physical barriers, and related physical access outcomes regarding reception of healthcare services for three types of healthcare locations: out-patient/clinic-based service delivery; in-hospital service delivery; and at-home care (self-management). This pilot study initiates a series of considerations regarding physical access throughout the process of receiving healthcare and identifies key areas for inclusive, human-centered research for distributed healthcare delivery across the lifespan.

David Feathers is an assistant professor of Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University. He is the founding director of the Cornell DAB Lab (Digital Anthropometry and Biomechanics), which focuses on measuring diversity in human structure and function for inclusive design of products and spaces. The DAB Lab uses a combination of traditional and innovative 3D measurement technologies to assess and model human performance with the aim of improving the products and environments we interact with on a daily basis. Dr. Feathers received his B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology, his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering, all from the University of Buffalo.

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Talks at Twelve: Anthony Burrow & Janis Whitlock, Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Intervening on Purpose and Meaning in Adolescence
Anthony Burrow, Human Devleopment, Cornell University; Janis Whitlock, BCTR, Cornell University

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

This is a BCTR Innovative Pilot Study Grant recipient talk.

Two constructs that are often conceptually tethered to one another are purpose and meaning, and studies suggest that cultivating a sense of either contributes to well-being. However, whether there are significant and unique benefits derived from actively engaging with purpose or meaning during adolescence has not been fully explored. In this talk, we will present an overview of and initial findings from a field-experiment investigating the prospective effects of prompting high-school and college students to briefly write about their sense of purpose, meaning, or a control topic on their daily, short-term, and longer-term adjustment. The discussion will focus both on lessons learned while implementing this intervention in various school contexts as well as elucidating the nuanced ways in which considering purpose and meaning in one’s life may shape adolescents’ adjustment.

Dr. Anthony Burrow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University. His research examines broadly the significance of developing positive identities and a meaningful sense of direction during adolescence and young adulthood. Dr. Burrow’s primary line of work examines how racial identity, in particular, influences the psychological adjustment to negative experiences reported by minorities. A second line of inquiry concerns the role of identifying and committing to a sense of purpose in life. Both of these research interests emphasize the importance of understanding how cultivating a sense of identity and purpose promote optimal psychosocial adjustment in the everyday lives of young people. Dr. Burrow received his B.A. in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Florida International University

Dr. Janis Whitlock is a Research Scientist in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and the Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescence and Young Adults. She is the author of publications on non-suicidal self-injury in adolescence and young adulthood as well as in youth connectedness to schools and communities. She earned a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University (2003) and a Masters of Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill (1994). In addition to research, she has worked in adolescent and women’s health in a variety of clinical, administrative, and education-related capacities for over a decade. Her current research focus includes development of early detection and intervention in mental health and wellbeing for youth in college and community settings, recovery from self-injurious behaviors, parental influence in and experience of young people's self-injury and suicidality, the relationship between connectedness and self-injury and suicide behaviors, and development and evaluation of interventions for youth and parents of self-injurious youth.

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Talks at Twelve: William Block & Warren Brown, Thursday, May 9, 2013


Using Data to Make Sports Safer: Toward a National Registry of Catastrophic Youth Sports Injuries
William Block & Warren Brown, Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

This is a BCTR Innovative Pilot Study Grant recipient talk.

Catastrophic and near-catastrophic youth sports injuries are a significant and serious problem in the United States. Despite the widespread prevalence of severely debilitating injuries to kids in sports (such as football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, pole vaulting, gymnastics, and even cheerleading), research into the problem is hampered by a lack of high quality, nationally representative microdata that could be used to inform rule changes, improve equipment design, and implement better policy guidelines governing youth sports.

We will talk about our efforts to access and analyze administrative records from emergency department and hospital inpatient databases in Minnesota and New York State. As with most administrative records that are used for research, the primary intent of the system is not research and often data quality issues arise. A principal purpose of the records we are accessing is to satisfy requirements for payment by insurance providers. The injury coding scheme (ICD-9 CM) holds great promise yet prior research regarding data on traumatic brain injury (TBI) conducting comprehensive reviews of medical charts has shown that the true level of incidents is greater than what is shown by the administrative record codes.

This project is a joint effort between the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER), Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Mayo Clinic.

William Block serves as director of the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER), a position he has held since 2008. CISER provides a high capacity shared computing system to Cornell social scientists and medical researchers and their colleagues worldwide; an innovative restricted data service with support for multiple modes of secure access; and a data archive that is more than 30 years old.

At Cornell Block has served as a founding member of the Research Data Management Services Group (RDMSG), a member of the Library Strategic Planning Task Force, Core Director of the Cornell Population Center (CPC), and Executive Director of Cornell’s Census Research Data Center (RDC), located within CISER. Block is a co-PI on Cornell’s NSF-Census Research Network (NCRN) project aimed at the difficult curation problem associated with restricted data and metadata, and a PI on a project to gather data on catastrophic youth sports injuries in collaboration with USA Hockey. He is also engaged in research efforts to improve the ability of medical scientists to understand concussions in youth sports; a project to gather runaway slave ads from the 19th century United States; and a project to build an African demographic data archive in Francophone countries.

Block was recently re-elected President of the International Association of Social Science Information, Service, and Technology (IASSIST), and serves on the Expert Committee and the Steering Committee of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), an international metadata specification for the social and behavioral sciences.

Prior to Cornell, Block worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of capacities on the many data infrastructure projects of the Minnesota Population Center, including IPUMS-USA, NHGIS, and IHIS.

Warren A. Brown is a Senior Research Associate at CISER since July 2011. Prior to that Dr. Brown directed Cornell University’s Program on Applied Demographics, representing New York State to the Census Bureau’s cooperative programs on population estimates and projections before his appointment as director of the Applied Demography Program at University of Georgia from June 2009 to 2011. Dr. Brown is an active member of the demography profession and frequent collaborator with and consultant to staff at the U.S. Census Bureau. Dr. Brown serves as President of the Association of Public Data Users, having previously served on the Steering Committee for the Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program, and as Chair of the Population Association of America’s Committee on Applied Demography. Dr. Brown is the author of a handbook for researchers on the American Community Survey, published by the Census Bureau in May 2009. Dr. Brown has been selected by the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics to serve on an expert panel to evaluate the 2010 Census and plan for the Census in 2020.

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Talks at Twelve: Carol Devine and Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro, Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Food Choices among Dominican Women in New York City: Interaction of Food Culture and Environment
Carol Devine and Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

This is a BCTR Innovative Pilot Study Grant recipient talk.

Dominicans are a large and growing population in New York City with significant health and economic challenges. This qualitative study investigated how Dominican women defined and interacted with their food environments and how socio-cultural factors shaped their choices with implications for nutrition interventions in urban communities.

Project collaborators:
Carol Devine, PhD, RD Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro, MPH, RD, Doctoral Candidate, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Sandra P Gucciardi, MPH, RD, Extension Associate, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of New York City

Carol Devine is Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where she studies continuity and change in nutrition practices over the life course and how these practices are affected by life transitions, social roles such as work and family life, and the lived environment. She has over 35 years of community nutrition research and outreach experience, focusing on the use of environmental strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity in worksites, childcare, and other community settings. Professor Devine is a Co-Investigator on SCALE (Small Changes Lasting Effects), an NHLBI-funded weight loss intervention with low income Black and Latino adults in New York City. She is a member of the Cornell NutritionWorks team, offering on-line professional development for over 10,000 nutrition and health professionals around the world and is a co-author of an online course on ecological approaches to obesity prevention. She earned her doctorate in nutrition from Cornell University, her master’s degree from Tufts University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro is a doctoral candidate in Community Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and Master’s in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. After completing her MPH, she moved to New York City to work in field of health education where her experience as a researcher at the Mount Sinai Hospital and Program Manager at HIP Health Plan fueled her interest in health disparities in urban areas. In an effort to better understand how health disparities can be ameliorated, she has focused her dissertation research on Dominican women living in Washington Heights and the South Bronx, which you will be hearing about today.

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Talks at Twelve: Diane Wach, Thursday, March 28, 2013


Competing Perspectives of Research and Practice: A Case Study in Trauma Debriefing Implementation
Diane Wach, Human Development, Cornell

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

Psychological debriefing following trauma has been a controversial and debated intervention for decades. Typically, the intended outcomes are to normalize the trauma response and reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology. Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a crisis intervention system with a debriefing component. In her talk, Diane will explore the history of CISM implementation with regard to the commonalities between and divergence of research and practice perspectives, and the complementary and competing goals and interests of stakeholders.

Diane Wach is a Research Support Specialist in the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect program in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and a doctoral student in Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. She holds an MSEd from Bucknell University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Diane has worked as a psychotherapist diagnosing and treating diverse populations in a wide-range of clinical settings. She worked with clients coping with stressors along a continuum from daily hassles, to clinical disorders, to trauma - including the September 11th attacks and the Washington, DC sniper incident. Her clinical focus has been in the areas of crisis intervention, trauma disorders, personality disorders, stress, suicide intervention, and child maltreatment. Diane's research is inspired by her clinical experience. Her current research projects are investigating childhood Borderline Personality Disorder precursors as predictors of BPD traits in adulthood, the relationship between anxiety and media selection, and the relationship among media use, emotion regulation, and trauma history.

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Talks at Twelve: Emily Chen, Thursday, April 11, 2013


Measuring the Value of Program Adaptation: A Comparative Effectiveness Study of a Standard vs Culturally Adapted Arthritis Self-Help Program
Emily Chen, Ph.D. candidate, Human Development

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Lunch will be served. This event is open to all. Parking is available in the metered lot of The Plantations across Forest Home Drive.

Adapting evidence-based programs to match the needs of local settings sounds like a great idea: what could be wrong with tailoring a program to fit users better? But program adaptation can be costly and time-consuming, especially when using community-based participatory methods. What does research tell us about the value of program adaptation? Do adapted programs (compared to the originals) produce better outcomes? Are we sure that adapted programs are as good as the original? In short, is program adaptation “worth it”?

In her talk, Emily Chen will share and discuss the results of a Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) study that examined the effects of an adapted (vs. the original) version of the Arthritis Self-Help Program (ASHP) among 201 older adults in eight New York City senior centers. Participants in the adapted (vs. original) ASHP had significantly better attendance records and were less likely to drop out of the program.

Continued use of self-management exercises after the program ended was similar in both groups. Significant positive physical and psychosocial outcomes were documented in both programs.

The adapted ASHP improved program attendance and retention, while maintaining improvements in physical and psychosocial function. The results highlight the need for comparative studies of adapted vs. original evidence-based programs, both to quantify the benefits of adaptation and to ensure that the adapted programs are as effective as the originals.

Emily Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Development. She works with Karl Pillemer and Cary Reid (Weill) on projects related to chronic disease and aging, including a recent focus on palliative and end-of-life care.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr (’03) Emily sought to work in an area that would address the issue of getting good research into the hands of people who make decisions or implement policies. She is specifically interested in issues related to health and chronic disease of older adults in the United States because she believes that understanding how to improve quality of life for this population, even in small or incremental ways, has the potential to help many people. She received her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell in January 2012. Emily is planning a dissertation that will explore issues related to palliative care and end-of-life care planning by older adults.

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Talks at Twelve: Barry Burkhart, Thursday, April 18, 2013


An Outline of an Empirically Oriented Assessment and Treatment Program for Adolescent Sex Offenders
Barry Burkhart, Psychology Department, Auburn University

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Lunch will be served. This event is open to all. Parking is available in the metered lot of The Plantations across Forest Home Drive.

Dr. Burkhart has broad recent interests in assessment and treatment of problems resulting from violence and victimization.In this talk he will draw on his unique expertise and experience in the programmatic development and assessment of adolescent sex offenders while serving as consultant to the juvenile sex offender treatment program at Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida, at the Bullock County Correctional Facility, and at the Alabama Department of Corrections where he was appointed to the board of its first adult sex offender treatment program. Since 1999, Dr. Burkhart has been the director of the Accountability Based Sex Offender Program – a treatment program for juvenile sex offenders incarcerated in a state training school.

Barry Burkhart received his B.S. in Psychology in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1974, both from Florida State University. He completed his internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California Los Angeles County Medical Center. Dr. Burkhart has been on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Auburn University since 1974 and served as department chair from 2002-2008. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Divisions 12 and 29, and a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

He is a founding partner of a large psychology practice and has been a practicing clinician since 1975.

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Talks at Twelve: Andrew Smiler, Friday, February 22, 2013


Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male
Andrew Smiler, Psychology Dept., Wake-Forest University

Friday, February 22, 2013
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.
Co-sponsored by the Cornell Population Center.

Dr. Andrew Smiler’s sexuality research focuses on normative aspects of sexual development, such as age and perception of first kiss, first “serious” relationship, and first intercourse among 15-25 year olds. He also studies variations in the definitions of masculinity, including “jocks,” “rebels,” and “nerds.”

In his new book, Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male, Smiler debunks the myth that teenage boys and young men are barely able to control their sex drives, which may lead to destructive hyper-sexuality, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Smiler wants us to recognize that the majority of boys and men do not fit this stereotype and that boys’ sexual development is multi-faceted. He will also show how a shift in our own attitudes could help create young men who are more mature and have better relationships with partners and friends. In his talk, Dr. Smiler will explain how the Casanova Complex has developed over time, provide the latest research on male sexuality, and offer guidance for parents and counselors of boys who want to help develop lasting and meaningful relationships, and for parents of girls dating these young men.

Andrew Smiler is a research psychologist who studies masculinity and young men’s sex lives. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University where he teaches Developmental Psychology (Lifespan) and Research in Developmental Psychology. Prior to Wake Forest he taught at SUNY Oswego -- Research Designs and Applications in Human Development, Analysis of Psychological Data, Research Methods in Psychology, Adolescent Psychology and Children, Adolescents, and the Media.

He received his Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire and did a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. During the 5 years working as a family therapist in the Philadelphia suburbs, Dr. Smiler began teaching undergraduates and leading continuing education seminars for professionals. His research on young men’s sex lives looks at how males age 15-25 learn about all aspects of sexuality: dating, romantic relationships, and sexual behaviors from kissing through intercourse. His focus is on identifying what’s typical and when people do those typical things. Challenging Casanova is a book that summarizes what we know, including his own research.

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Talks at Twelve: CCE Group, Tuesday, January 29, 2013


La CCE Brigada Exploratoria en Nicaragua. Contexto, Encuentros, y Reflexiones (The CCE Exploratory Brigade in Nicaragua. Context, Encounters, and Reflections)
CCE Group

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

In September of 2012 a diverse group of extension educators from New York and Montana visited communities in Nicaragua during a nine-day exploratory trip. Enfolded in a larger cross-cultural learning initiative originating at Cornell Cooperative Extension, this initial brigade to Nicaragua was intended to build a foundation for future growth and collaboration.

During this presentation brigade members will share their experiences in Nicaragua and explore the implications of international engagement for the cooperative extension system.


Helene Dillard, Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology

Rod Howe, Assistant Director for Community and Economic Vitality; Executive Director of the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), Cornell Cooperative Extension

Rocky Kambo, Director of Planning, Schuyler County

Charles (Chip) Malone, Senior Resource Educator, NY State 4-H Program Specialist, Genesee County Cooperative Extension

Nancy Schaff, Extension Associate, NY State STEM Program Specialist, 4-H Youth Development Program, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

Shawn Smith, Extension Issue Leader, Cortland County Cooperative Extension

Paul Treadwell, Distance Learning Specialist and Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension Cross-cultural learning and engagement initiative

Mary Wrege, Resource Educator, Statewide Energy and Climate Change Team, Agriculture Renewable Energy Educator, Oneida County Cooperative Extension

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