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Seminars and Roundtables

CaRDI provides opportunities for faculty and visitors to highlight innovative applied research. We provide venues for community and campus leaders to interact and to develop relationships.

Research Roundtable Series


School-based Health ClinicsEnhancing Community Impacts of School-Based Health Clinics in Rural New York

Monday, May 9th 2016
B73 Warren Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

While school-based health clinics (SBHCs) are effective for individual children, their impact on the families and communities in which these children reside is frustratingly poor. In partnership with the Bassett Healthcare System in Otsego and Chenango counties, our project explores community-based interventions designed to expand the impact of these clinics in communities increasingly challenged by poverty, addiction, and lack of access to health care. Our goal is to enhance the culture of health and improve quality of life in rural New York State communities. 


Featured speakers:

  • Kim Kopko
    Director, Parenting in Context; Associate Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Associate Director of Extension & Outreach in the College of Human Ecology
  • Sharon Tennyson
    Professor, Policy Analysis & Management; Director, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
  • John W. Sipple
    Associate Professor, Development Sociology; Faculty co-Director, CaRDI; Director, NYS Center for Rural Schools
  • Maria Jose Sanchez Arrieta
    Project Associate, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Dialog with Dan Kahan: How do we support informed community decisions when controversial issues are involved?  What are the roles of the University and CCE?

October 23, 2015
Mann Library room 102

Communities are increasingly faced with making decisions about contentious issues, such as local responses to climate change, GMOs, vaccinations, and more. What can we—as university researchers and CCE educators—do to effectively infuse empirical research into potentially divisive community conversations to inform and support public decision making? The Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) held a structured dialog with national science communication expert, Dan Kahan, from Yale University. Click on the "play" button below to listen to the discussion.

Dan Kahan is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project and the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His primary research interests are risk perception, science communication, and the application of decision science to law and policymaking. At the Cultural Cognition Project, Dan is part of an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, his research has investigated public disagreement over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and conflicting public impressions of scientific consensus.


Youth Retention and Attraction in New York: A Research-based Approach through Student-Community-University Engagement

December 2, 2014, Warren 401
Co-sponsored by the Polson Institute of Global Development
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, Community & Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), Cornell University
John Sipple, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University
Eve Hens, Genesee County Business/Education Alliance

Many communities across the United States struggle to attract and retain young professionals. Upstate New York is no different.  This research roundtable will discuss past and present research on the issue of youth attraction and retention (YA&R), with a particular focus on the strategies communities adopt to curb the loss of young, educated people. One such strategy supported by Cornell University is the CALS NYS Internship Program, a key goal of which is to address YA&R in local communities across the state. We will also highlight efforts to strengthen the education-to-workforce pipeline in Western New York.  Please join us to hear about the latest research on this issue and how engaged learning and action can contribute to restoring vibrancy to upstate NY communities.

The Tragedy of the Science Communications Commons

April 30th, 2014
Dan Kahan, E.K. Dollard Professor of Law and Psychology, Yale Law School
Discussant: Lauren Chambliss, Communications Director, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF)

Compelling and accessible scientific evidence often fails to build a "consensus of the educated" in high profile policy conflicts. Is it fair to conclude that policymakers and the public are scientifically illiterate, even irrational? Or does an alternative explanation, "too much" rationality, better conform to the evidence? Yale University's Dan Kahan will discuss, and also recommend ways for researchers and educators to avoid "pollution of the environment" for science communication. Kahan, a leading scholar in criminal law and evidence, has extensively published on Cultural Cognition Theory (see Co-sponsored by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Rust2Green Utica: Joining Forces to Restory the Restbelt

March 14, 2014
Paula Horrigan, CaRDI, & Department of Landscape Architecture; Caroline Williams, Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lynn Mishalanie Representing R2G Utica Core Leadership, UticART and Utica Monday Nite
See the presentation slides here

Since 2010 Rust to Green (R2G) has been unfolding in Utica NY as a university-community partnership advancing actionable place-based design and planning fostering sustainable community development and urban resilience. Rust to Green is at work resisting one narrative – of a doomed and dying post-industrial Rust Belt region – and promoting another: growing greener 21st Century communities in Upstate New York. This presentation provides an overview of how R2G is interconnecting academic and community knowledge networks inclusive of university students and faculty, community members, professionals, extension educators, and others. It will illuminate R2G's key guiding principles, process and outcomes along with key learning including successes, challenges and failures.


Indicators of Fiscal Stress for Local Government

November 6, 2013, Janet Mayo, Office of the NYS Comptroller

This presentation provided an overview of OSC's Fiscal Stress Monitoring System including a review of the underlying conceptual model, a description of the indicators used and methods of selecting indicators, recent findings, and a demonstration of the tools and resources available on OSC's new fiscal monitoring webpage.

Young Adult Migration & Age Segregation across the Rural United States

September 26, 2013
Richelle Winkler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University

Aging in rural America is closely linked to migration patterns (out-migration of young and/or in-migration of old). Professor Winkler introduced a new interactive website ( where the public can generate maps and charts describing age-specific net migration or US counties, and show key examples from upstate New York.

"Planning Across Generations"

Monday, February 11th, 2013
Panelists: Mildred Warner (Cornell University), Dana Friedman (The Early Years Institute), and Ruth Finkelstein (The New York Academy of Medicine)

This seminar will focus on the possibilities and limitations of planning across generations, with a focus on helping communities meet the needs of the very young and the very old. In addition to the roundtable lunch discussion, we will be presenting the Community and Economic Vitality Award to Mildred Warner for her years of innovative research on issues impacting families, communities and regions. Click here for more information.


"Upstate New York's Crumbling Infrastructure: Is Smart Growth the Solution?"

Monday November 19th.
Moderator: David Kay, Community & Regional Development Institute
Panelists: Peter Fleischer - Empire State Future, Susan Riha - Director, NYS Water Resources Institute, Rick Geddes – Policy Analysis & Management

New York's infrastructure is aging. Our tendency to defer maintenance until "later" has long term costs: an estimated quarter trillion dollars over the next 20 years is needed just to repair New York's roads, bridges, and water and sewer lines. One of the most alluring promises of Smart Growth is that better planning can make infrastructure investment much more cost effective. Our panelists discussed this promise, and what is necessary to turn it from a pipe dream into reality.


"Rural Regional Innovation: A Framework for Rural Development in a Metropolitan-Focused World."

February 17, 2011. Brian Dabson, presented five dimensions of rural regional innovation that respond to the policy challenges for rural development, and link those to the emerging work of the Rural Policy Research Institute's Rural Futures Lab. A roundtable discussion followed.


Terror Management Theory and Other Psychological and Cognitive Barriers to acting on Climate Change

October 28, 2010
Poppy McLeod, Associate Professor in Communications, and an Adjunct Professor in the Johnson School of Management
Janis Dickinson, Associate Professor in Natural Resources and Director of Citizen Science at the Lab of Ornithology

Richard Deitz, Economist, Federal Reserve Bank Buffalo

March 10, 2010
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