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Entrepreneurship faculty win grants for course help

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Published: 
October 21, 2019
Eight faculty members are recipients of 2019 Louis H. Zalaznick Teaching Assistantships, receiving funds of $1,500 to $3,000 to help develop or expand courses and add teaching assistants.

Dyson faculty member receives Weiss teaching award

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Published: 
October 18, 2019
President Martha E. Pollack announced the eight winners of the Stephen H. Weiss Awards Oct. 18, including Cindy van Es, professor of practice in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. The awards recognize members of the faculty for excellence in teaching undergraduate students and contributing to undergraduate education at the university.

Eastern Broccoli Project on track to meet $100M goal

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Published: 
October 17, 2019
The Eastern Broccoli Project began in 2010 with the goal of growing a $100 million broccoli industry in the Eastern U.S. in 10 years. With two remaining years of funding, Cornell researchers say they are on schedule to meet their goal.

Events

"Approaches to Factoring Out Complexities of Polyploid Genomes: or, what's so hard about n > 2 anyway?" - Andrew Farmer

Oct 22 | 12:20 pm

Andrew Farmer ...

Location: Emerson Hall  | Event type: Seminar

“Getting plant viruses where they need to go: Who knew it could be so complicated” Stewart Gray

Oct 23 | 12:20 pm

Stewart Gray...

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

“Impact of Polyploidy and Domestication on Genome and Network Evolution” -Chris PIres

Oct 25 | 12:20 pm

Chris Pires...

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

"Deconstructing broccoli: complex traits are illuminated by an immortal mapping population"- Zachary Stansell

Oct 28 | 12:20 pm

Zachary Stansell Horticulture Section, Cornell PhD program Advisor: Bjorkman

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Dr. Tom Miller [Rice University]: Title: Eco-evolutionary dynamics of range expansion. Host: Geber Lab

Oct 28 | 12:20 pm

Dr. Tom Miller, Rice University Title: Eco-evolutionary dynamics of range expansion. Monday, 10/28/19 A106 Corson/Mudd, 12:20PM

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall  | Event type: Seminar

CALS Communicator Series: Copyright 101 with Madelyn Wessel, university council

Oct 29 | 8:30 am

Tempted to copy-paste that photo you found online for your social media post? Is that music just exactly what your video needs? Found a graphic that would make your news story sing? Don't hit...

Location: Mann Library  | Event type: Presentation

Seed to Kitchen: Prioritizing flavor in variety development- Julie Dawson

Oct 29 | 12:20 pm

Julie Dawson...

Location: Emerson Hall  | Event type: Seminar

Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) 2nd Annual Workshop

Oct 30 | 8:30 am

The Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture hosts its 2nd annual workshop on October 30th. This all-day event features keynote speakers as well as two panels of experts in growing and industry...

Location: Statler Hotel  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

"A road map to control Huanglongbing: Tissue-specific, molecular analyses of the vector-pathogen interface"- Angela Kruse

Oct 30 | 12:20 pm

Angela Kruse...

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

Nut Trees for the Home Landscape

Oct 30 | 6:00 pm

Nut trees can provide highly nutritious food for centuries. Local nuts can be used for anything from holiday snacks to staples like flour, oil, and butters. This class, taught by experienced nut...

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County  | Event type: Class/ Workshop

Better Process Control School - Acidified Foods Only

Oct 31 | 8:00 am

The Better Process Control Schools (BPCS) certify supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. Each...

Location: Cornell Food Venture Center, Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Class/ Workshop

Better Process Control School - Acidified Foods Only

Nov 1 | 8:00 am

The Better Process Control Schools (BPCS) certify supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. Each...

Location: Cornell Food Venture Center, Cornell AgriTech  | Event type: Class/ Workshop

“When flowers play dead: the evolution of brood-site deceptive floral scent in the common pawpaw Asimina triloba” -Kyle Martin

Nov 1 | 12:20 pm

Kyle Martin Graduate Student Exit Seminar, Raguso Lab, Plant Biology, Cornell University

Location: Plant Science Building  | Event type: Seminar

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Weekly Seminar Series featuring Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton [UCLA]: Title: Evolution in the Anthropocene: Selection and Adaptation to Human-mediated Change in Anolis Lizards. Host: GSA

Nov 4 | 12:20 pm

Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton Title: Evolution in the Anthropocene: Selection and Adaptation to Human-mediated Change in Anolis Lizards. Monday, 11/4/19 A106 Corson/Mudd, 12:20PM

Location: Corson/Mudd Hall  | Event type: Seminar

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series featuring Dr. Felicity Jones; Title: One Fish, Two Fish, Lab Fish, Wild Fish: Functional Genomics of Adaptation and Speciation in Sticklebacks; Host: Jeremy Searle

Nov 7 | 11:00 am

Dr. Felicity Jones, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society...

Location: Weill Hall  | Event type: Seminar