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Events

“Cell-To-Cell Movement of Organellar DNA in Plants”- Pal Maliga

Sep 30 | 11:15 am

Pal Maliga...

Location: Plant Science Building

Landscape for Life

Oct 3 | 6:00 pm

Every home landscape has the potential to clean air and water, reduce flooding, cool your community, combat climate change and alleviate the pressures being placed on Earth’s ecosystems. Yet...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Class/ Workshop

Beautiful Botanicals

Oct 4 | 6:00 pm

This hands-on class offers an introduction to painting the flora of Plantations’ botanical collections while guiding artists of all levels to greater breadth of skills. From plant observation and...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Class/ Workshop

“Mechanisms of selective gene silencing in plants”- Craig Pikaard

Oct 7 | 11:15 am

Craig Pikaard...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Beautiful Botanicals

Oct 11 | 6:00 pm

This hands-on class offers an introduction to painting the flora of Plantations’ botanical collections while guiding artists of all levels to greater breadth of skills. From plant observation and...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Class/ Workshop

“Thimet oligopeptidase 1 and 2 are redox sensitive peptidases involved in plant immunity and oxidative stress responses “ - Tim Westlake

Oct 12 | 12:20 pm

Timothy Westlake Graduate Student, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University Graduate Advisor: S. Popescu

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

“Genome Duplication and Angiosperm Diversification” - Pam Soltis

Oct 14 | 11:15 am

Pam Soltis...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series: The Class of 1945 Lecture featuring Wade Davis, Ph.D.

Oct 14 | 7:30 pm

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World...

Location: Alice Statler Auditorium | Event type: Lecture

Basic Camera, Beuatiful Photos

Oct 15 | 1:00 pm

Join experienced nature photographer Paul Schmitt in the Herb Garden and then in the classroom to learn how to capture what you see using a digital camera. This introductory workshop is aimed...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Class/ Workshop

Landscape for Life

Oct 17 | 6:00 pm

Every home landscape has the potential to clean air and water, reduce flooding, cool your community, combat climate change and alleviate the pressures being placed on Earth’s ecosystems. Yet...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Class/ Workshop

“Coding and Decoding Calcium Signals in Plants” - Jeffrey Harper

Oct 21 | 11:15 am

Jeffrey F. Harper, Ph.D....

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Dr. Michelle Smith. Supporting faculty in making changes: Opportunities to promote instructional transformations in STEM eduction

Oct 24 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar. Hosts: Kelly Zamudio and Amy McCune

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

“Maize oxylipins are potent mediators in symbiosis and defense” - Michael Kolomiets

Oct 26 | 12:20 pm

Dr. Michael V. Kolomiets...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series: The Audrey O'Connor Lecture featuring author Simran Sethi

Oct 26 | 7:30 pm

Bread, Wine, Chocolate: Saving and Savoring Our Favorite Endangered Foods ...

Location: Alice Statler Auditorium | Event type: Lecture

A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas' Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk

Oct 27 | 4:00 pm

Bohemian glassblower Leopold Blaschka began sculpting models of underwater creatures in the 1860s, a time when important technological innovations were being discovered. These intricate sculptures...

Location: Mann Library | Event type: Author Appearance

Dr. Stacey Smith. Macroevolution of flower color: From pigments to pollinators

Oct 31 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar. Host: Anurag Agrawal and Monica Geber

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

 “Phylogenomics and genome-enabled molecular diagnostics“ - Mark Farman

Nov 2 | 12:20 pm

Mark L. Farman, Ph.D....

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series: The Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture featuring Doug Tallamy, Ph.D.

Nov 2 | 7:30 pm

It’s For the Birds...

Location: Alice Statler Auditorium | Event type: Lecture

“Unraveling the complexity of plant RNA editing machinery” - Stephane Bentolila

Nov 4 | 11:15 am

Stephane Bentolila...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Rain Gardens

Nov 5 | 2:00 pm

How can you help our streams and beautify your home landscape in rain or shine? You can create a rain garden: a shallow, vegetated depression that collects, absorbs, cools, and filters storm water...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Class/ Workshop

Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve: Natural History Walk

Nov 6 | 1:00 pm

Visit this unique natural area on a guided afternoon walk with Plantations’ botanist Robert Wesley. This 84-acre preserve protects one of the rarest environments in the local region – the lake...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Tour

Dr. Chris Funk. My population is screwed. Will genetic rescue help?

Nov 7 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar. Host: Kelly Zamudio

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

“Messages from a maverick model microbe” - Bill Fry

Nov 9 | 12:20 pm

Bill Fry...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Nitrogenase and Photosystem II: The Ying and the Yang in cyanobacterial nitrogen fixation- Himadri Pakrasi

Nov 11 | 11:15 am

Himadri Pakrasi...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Dr. Brad Cardinale. Does phylogeny predict ecology?

Nov 14 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar: Host: Alex Flecker

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

“The many facets of Xylella fastidiosa” - Elizabeth Rogers

Nov 16 | 12:20 pm

Elizabeth Evans Rogers Foreign Disease-Weed Science, Research Molecular Biologist, ARS USDA, Fort Detrick, MD

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

“A Systems Biology Approach To Elucidating The Metabolism Of Terpenoid Quinones Throughout The Tree of Life” - Gilles Basset

Nov 18 | 11:15 am

Gilles Basset...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Dr. Daven Presgraves. Sex chromosomes and speciation in Drosophila

Nov 21 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar. Host: Andy Clark

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

Ms. Katherine Marchetto, Dissertation Seminar

Nov 28 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar. Host: Allison Power

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

 “Phytophthora infestans: The new desert pathogen” - Hilary Mayton

Nov 30 | 12:20 pm

Hilary Mayton...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Mr. Sahas Barve. Dissertation Seminar: Hypoxia, habitats and competition: Drivers of elevational distribution in montane birds

Dec 1 | 2:00 pm

E&EB Seminar. Host: Andre Dhondt

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

“KNOTTED1 cofactors, BLH12 and BLH14, regulate internode patterning and vein anastomosis in maize” - Sarah Hake

Dec 2 | 11:15 am

Sarah C. Hake...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

“Fungal communication, collaboration and warfare” - Louise Glass

Dec 7 | 12:20 pm

Louise Glass...

Location: Plant Science Building | Event type: Seminar

Plants of the Winter Solstice

Dec 21 | 7:00 pm

Since ancient times, the winter solstice has been celebrated by cultures around the world as a sacred, festive time. Plants such as oak, holly, ivy, mistletoe, and evergreens have long been a...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Cultural