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Atkinson's Academic Venture Awards $1.8 Million to 15 Projects
New York Ag Connection - 06/15/2017

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future's Academic Venture Fund awarded $1.8 million in 2017, with a record 15 grants to seed novel approaches to some of the world's greatest sustainability challenges.

Several Atkinson teams are exploring new ways to promote planetary health for the well-being of humans, animals and ecosystems. Cornell's new Master of Public Health (MPH) -- an interdisciplinary degree program begun in fall 2017 -- is co-sponsoring three projects, thanks to a gift from David Atkinson.

Atkinson research teams will work for New York state, finding ways to remediate lakes with legacy pollutants, helping dairy and cattle farmers reduce antibiotic use while protecting their livelihoods, and improving rural resilience as solar development comes to farming communities. Two teams will refine Cornell's Earth Source Heat technology, which aims to bring clean geothermal heat to the Ithaca campus by 2035.

In support of Engaged Cornell, Atkinson is promoting undergraduate contributions to AVF research. Project teams involved with community-engaged research can apply for $10,000 of student research funding through the Office of Engagement Initiatives.

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