For their work addressing the causes and consequences of demographic change in rural America, a team of Cornell sociologists and other rural scholars have earned the Excellence in Multistate Research Award, given by the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. The award recognizes exemplary multistate scientific activities.
The project, known as W4001, conducts research on the most pressing challenges faced by rural communities, where population trends are reshaping arenas such as food production and natural resource management, land use, ecological sustainability and community well-being. The findings have contributed to numerous local, state and national policies that support rural sustainability.
Four Cornell sociologists are major contributors to the project: Dan Lichter, the Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies in the College of Human Ecology; David Brown and Joe Francis, professors emeriti in the Department of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Nina Glasgow, retired senior research associate in the Department of Global Development.