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Cornell researchers win major awards from cider industry

Greg Peck in an apple orchard.
Published: 
April 19, 2019
Chris Gerling, extension associate in the food science department, and Greg Peck, assistant professor in the horitculture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, both recently received major awards from the cider industry. 

Turning maple syrup forests into bird-friendly habitat

 Aaron Wightman, operations manager at the Arnot Research Sugarbush, tours an area of Arnot Forest that has been managed to allow new tree growth.
Published: 
April 18, 2019
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is partnering with the Cornell Maple Program to help New York forests that produce maple syrup meet their full potential as bird habitat, sweetening the deal for both maple producers and birds.

Events

"Understanding and preventing spring freeze damage in grapevines" - Michela Centinari

Apr 22 | 12:20 pm

Michela Centinari...

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Erin Larson [Cornell]: Title: The Structural and Functional Consequences of Disturbance on Biodiversity in Tropical and Temperate Montane Streams , Host: Alex Flecker

Apr 22 | 12:20 pm

Erin Larson, Cornell, Title: The Structural and Functional Consequences of Disturbance on Biodiversity in Tropical and Temperate Montane Streams, 12:20-1:20p; Corson-Mudd Hall, A106

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall  | Event type: Seminar

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Lina M. Arcila Hernandez [Cornell]: Title: Biogeographic variation in oviposition behavior in the milkweed stem weevil: contributions to ecological specialization, Host: Anurag Agrawal

Apr 24 | 9:00 am

Lina M. Arcila Hernandez, Cornell, Title: Biogeographic variation in oviposition behavior in the milkweed stem weevil: contributions to ecological specialization, 9:00-10:00am; Corson-Mudd Hall, A106

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall  | Event type: Seminar

"Four decades of probing plant-pathogen interactions: From pieces to the rules of the game" - Alan Collmer

Apr 24 | 12:20 pm

Alan Collmer...

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

Tracing nitrate transformations in forest soils - Ariel Mollhagen

Apr 25 | 12:20 pm

Ariel Mollhagen...

Location: Emerson Hall  | Event type: Seminar

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) advisory/stakeholder meeting

Apr 26 | 8:30 am

The Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) advisory/stakeholder group was formed to address the increasing demands of consumers for fresh, local, and year-round produce. In the Northeast,...

Location: Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

 “Ecological genomics of transposable elements across space and time and base pairs“ - Jeff Ross-Ibarra

Apr 26 | 12:20 pm

Jeff Ross-Ibarra ...

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

CALS Day 2019

Apr 26 | 2:00 pm

CALS Day is an opportunity for the entire College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to come together as a community to celebrate our interdisciplinary achievements and incredible diversity. ...

Location: Ag Quad  | Event type: Field Day

Better Process Control School

Apr 29 | 8:00 am

New York State Food Venture Center, Department of Food Science - Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, GMA Science and Education Foundation, Associated New York State Food Processors,...

Location: Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

"Shedding light on tree shape: the role of IGT genes in plant growth orientation": Chris Dardick

Apr 29 | 12:20 pm

Chris Dardick...

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

BTI PGS: "Adjusting the valves: fate and flexibility in stomatal development" - Dominique Bergmann

Apr 29 | 12:20 pm

Dominique Bergmann...

Location: Boyce Thompson Institute  | Event type: Seminar

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Dr. Brendan Bohannan [University of Oregon]: The Ecology and Evolution of Host-Associated Microbiomes. Hosts: Douglas (Ent), Brito (BME), Ellner (EEB)

Apr 29 | 4:30 pm

Dr. Brendan Bohannan, Univ. Oregon: The Ecology and Evolution of Host-Associated Microbiomes, 4:30-5:30p; G10 Biotechnology Building

Location: Biotechnology Building  | Event type: Seminar

Distinguished speaker in Genome Biology - Rob Martienssen

May 3 | 12:20 pm

Rob Martienssen...

Location: Biotechnology Building  | Event type: Seminar

Animal Crackers

May 4 | 9:00 am

Animal Crackers provides NY youth with fun, hands-on, science-oriented learning experiences on Animal Science topics. This day-long workshop series is for 4-H youth interested in learning more...

Location: Morrison Hall  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation

May 6 | 8:00 am

Do you want to gain a broad understanding of cider & perry and acquire the main skills & knowledge necessary to make quality products? Then this is the class to attend!...

Location: Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

"Non-destructive prediction of apple fruit quality by means of near-infrared spectroscopy" - Yiyi Zhang

May 6 | 12:20 pm

Yiyi Zhang Horticulture, Cornell University Yiyi Zhang is a PhD candidate in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science.

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Dr. Dolph Schluter [University of British Columbia]: Divergence via biotic interactions in an adaptive radiation. Host: Anurag Agrawal

May 6 | 12:20 pm

Dr. Dolph Schluter, University of British Columbia: Divergence via biotic interactions in an adaptive radiation, 12:20-1:20p; G10 Biotechnology Building

Location: Biotechnology Building

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation

May 7 | 8:00 am

Do you want to gain a broad understanding of cider & perry and acquire the main skills & knowledge necessary to make quality products? Then this is the class to attend!...

Location: Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation

May 8 | 8:00 am

Do you want to gain a broad understanding of cider & perry and acquire the main skills & knowledge necessary to make quality products? Then this is the class to attend!...

Location: Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Dr. Simon Levin [Princeton University]: Public goods, from biofilms to societies. Host: Jeremy Searle

May 8 | 12:20 pm

Dr. Simon Levin, Princeton: Public goods, from biofilms to societies, *Wednesday* 12:20-1:20p; Corson-Mudd Hall, A106

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall  | Event type: Seminar

Controlled Environment Agriculture’s Role in Urban Agriculture: What is the Economic and Environmental Evidence? - Chuck Nicholson

May 8 | 4:00 pm

Special seminar with Dr. Chuck Nicholson, Adjunct Associate Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Applied Economics and Management,...

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation

May 9 | 8:00 am

Do you want to gain a broad understanding of cider & perry and acquire the main skills & knowledge necessary to make quality products? Then this is the class to attend!...

Location: Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Keeley MacNeill [Cornell]: Title: Dissertation Seminar, Drivers of Nutrient and Toxic Element Cycles in Tropical and Temperate Montane Streams, Host: Alex Flecker

May 9 | 12:00 pm

Keeley MacNeill, Cornell, Title: Drivers of Nutrient and Toxic Element Cycles in Tropical and Temperate Montane Streams, 12:00-1:00p; Corson-Mudd Hall, A106

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall  | Event type: Seminar

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation

May 10 | 8:00 am

Do you want to gain a broad understanding of cider & perry and acquire the main skills & knowledge necessary to make quality products? Then this is the class to attend!...

Location: Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

“Genetic and genomic analyses of cuticle development and bulliform cell patterning in maize “ - Pengfei Qiao

May 10 | 12:20 pm

Pengfei Qiao Graduate student in Scanlon Lab Exit Seminar “Genetic and genomic analyses of cuticle development and bulliform cell patterning in maize “

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Michelle Wong [Cornell]: Title TBA. Host: Robert Howarth

May 13 | 12:20 pm

Michelle Wong, Cornell, Title: TBA, 12:20-1:20p; Corson-Mudd Hall, A106

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall  | Event type: Seminar

Distilling Workshop — Spring Session 2019

May 16 | 9:30 am

CARL Distilleries and B&D Technologies, in cooperation with the Cornell University’s Department of Food Science will once again hold the Distilling Workshop — Spring Session 2019, at the Cornell...

Location: Cornell Agritech Food Science Laboratory  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

Distilling Workshop — Spring Session 2019

May 17 | 9:30 am

CARL Distilleries and B&D Technologies, in cooperation with the Cornell University’s Department of Food Science will once again hold the Distilling Workshop — Spring Session 2019, at the Cornell...

Location: Cornell Agritech Food Science Laboratory  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Jacob Berv [Cornell]: Title TBA. Host: Irby Lovette

May 20 | 12:20 pm

Jacob Berv, Cornell, Title: TBA, 12:20-1:20p; Corson-Mudd Hall, A106

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall  | Event type: Seminar