Cornell launches new School of Integrative Plant Science
The School of Integrative Plant Science was conceived by a group of faculty members who spent a year examining the current configuration of the plant sciences. They envisioned a school that would provide coordinated administrative functions while maintaining the unique identities of its units and allowing the college to be more nimble in responding to wider scientific trends and societal needs in plant science.
It will offer a plant science major with concentrations that include plant genetics and breeding; sustainable plant production and landscape management; evolution, systematics and ecology; plant physiology and molecular biology; and plants and human health. School faculty members also contribute to several other undergraduate majors, such as agricultural sciences; viticulture and enology; biology (with a plant biology concentration); and international agriculture and rural development, as well as many minors, such as horticulture, crop management and soil science.
Collmer said he hopes the school will foster greater integration and collaboration. It will also enable the units to work in a strategic and cohesive way on matters such as faculty renewal, curricular development and resource allocation, he said.
“Each of the disciplines will be able to maximize their creativity in the context of a coordinating structure that will promote a whole new class of innovative interactions,” Collmer said.
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