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New Host-Microbe Institute Connects Campus Researchers

January 19, 2017
The institute will initially include faculty from CALS, Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, and Human Ecology. It will likely expand to Weill Cornell Medicine in New York in the future.


SPECIAL SEMINAR: Dr. Alemu Gonsamo. Remote sensing of global change ecology: Vegetation response to climate variability and change

Jan 23 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar Hosts: Christine Goodale & Bob Howarth

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

Dyson School Agricultural and Food Business Outlook Conference

Jan 24 | 9:15 am

Location: Warren Hall | Event type: Conference/Workshop

Student Panel and Faculty Discuss MBG Concentration

Jan 28 | 12:30 pm

Join students and MBG faculty who will share highlights and interesting courses from the Biochemistry, Computational Biology, Molecular & Cell Biology and Genetics & Development Concentrations.

Location: Biotech | Event type: Panel Discussion

SPECIAL SEMINAR: Dr. Charles Koven. What controls ecosystem carbon storage in a changing world?

Jan 30 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar Hosts: Jed Sparks & Peter Hess

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

SPECIAL SEMINAR: Dr. Benedicte Bachelot. Predation, competition, and mutualism: A recipe for coexistence

Feb 2 | 2:45 pm

E&EB Seminar Hosts: Steve Ellner & Christy Goodale

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

The Future of Rural Studies as an Interdisciplinary Enterprise

Feb 2 | 4:00 pm

Rural societies around the world are changing in fundamental ways, both at their own initiative and in response to external forces. Join us for a panel discussion and Chats in the Stacks talk with...

Location: Mann Library | Event type: Author Appearance

SPECIAL SEMINAR: Dr. Trevor Keenan. Understanding the causes and consequences of long-term changes in the terrestrial carbon cycle.

Feb 6 | 12:20 pm

E&EB Seminar Hosts: Alex Flecker & Christy Goodale

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall | Event type: Seminar

Gaining Currency: The Rise of the Renminbi

Feb 23 | 4:00 pm

China’s growing global prominence is taking the world by storm and reshaping global finance....

Location: Mann Library | Event type: Author Appearance

Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution

Apr 13 | 4:00 pm

Known for their bright colors and epic annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico, monarch butterflies are beautiful and complicated creatures of nature. Facing mounting...

Location: Mann Library | Event type: Author Appearance

The Curious Mister Catesby: A "Truly Ingenious" Naturalist Explores New Worlds

Apr 26 | 4:00 pm

Join us for a lecture by Leslie Overstreet, curator of Natural-History Rare Books at the Smithsonian Libraries. The event opens Mann Library's spring 2017 exhibit program and is in conjunction with...

Location: Mann Library | Event type: Author Appearance