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Paula Horrigan wins George D. Levy Faculty Award for Community Engagement

Paula HorriganApril 12, 2016
Last night, Paula Horrigan was presented with the George D. Levy Faculty Award from Cornell's Engaged Learning + Research Unit. She won for her work with the Cornell Rust to Green (R2G) program, which she founded, continues to lead and which, through its sustained work in Utica NY, "has been producing ever more relational synergy and integration between university and community engaged educational, research and knowledge spaces." Paula is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and CaRDI’s director of Rust to Green at Cornell.

The George D. Levy Faculty Award recognizes a Cornell University faculty member whose collaborative efforts within the community have resulted in exemplary and sustained community-engaged projects. The $5,000 grant award will be presented during the EL+R Community Engagement Showcase to a faculty member whose organization’s programs and activities demonstrate:

  • Shared/collaborative decision-making 
  • Community capacity building 
  • Student learning outcomes
  • Intentional resource distribution
  • Plans for sustaining the community partnership 
  • The incorporation of community voice into the design, implementation and evaluation of the project

Paula is the second CaRDI faculty to win The George D. Levy Faculty Award in the past two years. Mary Jo Dudley won the award for her work with the Cornell Farmworker Program in 2015.

CICCA Director, Allison Chatrchyan, joins DSOC & CaRDI

Dr. ChatrchyanDecember 1, 2015
Last month, Dr. Allison Chatrchyan moved into her new office in CaRDI's suite at 275 Warren Hall. As of October, Allison accepted a joint academic appointment as a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Development Sociology. We are so pleased Allison will be sharing the CaRDI offices for the next three years to increase our collaboration around climate change issues.

Allison is the Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) and a faculty of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. CICCA serves as a focal point to facilitate research, education, and outreach to help farmers in the Northeast become more resilient to extreme weather and climate variability and reduce their impact on climate change, through increased use of renewable energy and adoption of best management practices. Allison’s work with CICCA complements CaRDI’s existing commitments to research and outreach involving food, energy, environmental and governance systems in NYS.

Rust to Green Director becomes ASLA Fellow

Paula HorriganAugust 24, 2015
Paula Horrigan, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and CaRDI’s director of Rust to Green, is among 37 members elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2015 by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. Paula is being recognized for her contributions to knowledge and more than 25 years of moving placemaking and community-engaged design to the forefront of landscape architecture education, research and practice.

At Cornell, Paula has opened the minds of hundreds of students to the theories and practices of placemaking and inspired them to forge professional careers employing and furthering that knowledge. Through her many sustained community placemaking projects and particularly Rust to Green NY (R2G), Paula has empowered New York State communities with critical needs and desires, to “design” and then actualize their own futures. Throughout her career, Paula has shown a steadfast dedication to landscape architecture’s role and potential as an agent of community development and social change. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the upcoming November 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Read the full ASLA article

Paula Horrigan's book wins "Great Places Award"

Paula Horrigan May 28, 2015
Paula Horrigan of Rust to Green and her co-editors of “Community Matters: Service-learning in Engaged Design and Planning” have been awarded the "Great Places Award" in the Book Category from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). Paula was in Los Angeles to accept the award.

 "May 28, 2015 (Los Angeles, California) - Five exemplary projects and a book in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design have been named winners of the 2015 Great Places Awards. Each was on display during the 46th annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), May 27-30, 2015.  The EDRA Great Places Awards recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between physical form and human activity or experience."

“The 2015 Place Book Award recipient, Community Matters: Service-learning in Engaged Design and Planning, edited by Bose, M., Horrigan, P., Doble, C. & Sigmund, S. (Eds.). (2014) and published by New York, NY:Routledge/Earthscan, offers in-depth evidence of the many ways educators are bringing community and community matters to the foreground in design/planning teaching and research. It showcases community-engaged pedagogies such as service-learning; research methods like action research; and theories and practices of participatory design, placemaking and deliberative democracy. Community Matters maps an emerging arena for design and planning education, practice and scholarship occurring at the boundary of community and academy.”

David Brown receives Distinguished Rural Sociology Award

May 15, 2015

Congratulations to David Brown, who received the Rural Sociological Society's Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award for 2015. He was recognized for his contributions to the field of rural sociology, research and service; and advancing the discipline through work on rural demography, economic development, and migration. Professor Brown has served the Rural Sociological Society as President (2000); Vice President (2000), Associate Editor of Rural Sociology, founding Editor of Rural Development Perspectives, and he served on the Executive Committee of the European Society for Rural Sociology (2011-2014).  

CFP's Mary Jo Dudley wins "engaged teaching and research" award

Cornell Farmworker Program's Mary Jo Dudley at work
Mary Jo Dudley of the Cornell Farmworkers Program in a workshop with NYS farmworkers

April 15, 2015
Congratulations to Mary Jo Dudley, Director of the Cornell Farmworkers Program, who received the George D. Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award at the Community Engagement Showcase on April 15th, 2015. The George D. Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award celebrates faculty who facilitate high-quality community-engaged learning or research. The Award recognizes a Cornell University faculty member whose collaborative efforts over time have resulted in exemplary community-engaged learning and research coursework or program(s) with local and/or global communities. Mary Jo and the  Cornell Farmworkers Program are dedicated to improving the living and working conditions of farmworkers and their families through research, education and extension. The program also seeks recognition for farmworker’s contributions to society and their acceptance and full participation in local communities.