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CALS Webinars

Stay connected with CALS. Explore special webinars, CALS Coffee Breaks and CALS Talks.
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CALS Coffee Breaks

CALS Coffee Breaks is a new series that was launched in April 2020 for all members of the Cornell community, spotlighting some of the unique work and passions of CALS alumni in half-hour to hour-long webinars.

CALS Coffee Breaks

How School of Rock Rolls on During Crisis

School of Rock CEO Rob Price '90 shares how they were able to pivot quickly at the onset of the COVID crisis to continue to bring life-changing musical experiences to their students. 

CALS Coffee Breaks

Journalism in the Time of COVID-19

NBC Sunday Nightly News anchor Kate Snow ’91 discusses how the pandemic has affected her work as a broadcast journalist, shares what it’s like balancing working and caring for family at home, and offers advice to recent graduates.

CALS Coffee Breaks

Talking Cheese

Stephen Gellert ’03 MBA ’07, executive vice president of The World’s Best Cheeses, talks about a new Cornell student cheese, and Matt Ranieri ’06 PhD ’13, of Acme Smoked Fish discusses the creation of Stockinghall Cheddar, winner of Best in Show from the American Cheese Society in 2019.

CALS Coffee Breaks

Dating & Relationships in the Time of COVID-19

Dr. Marisa Cohen ’06 discusses the science of relationships and the human connection. This CALS Coffee Break covers common misconceptions, ways to determine our “pool of eligible partners”, early courtship experiences, as well as how dating changed during COVID-19. 

CALS Coffee Breaks

The History of CALS

Corey Earle '07, Cornell's unofficial historian, takes us through the history of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, from Ezra Cornell's early days in agriculture to the college's present-day history.

CALS Coffee Breaks

The Art of Storytelling

Ryan Silbert '02 discusses the art of storytelling, his journey as a writer, and his collaboration with Stan Lee on the New York Times bestseller Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, an original, first-of-its kind audio storytelling event.

CALS Coffee Breaks

How I Constructed the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

Robyn Weintraub ’91 shares how she became a crossword puzzle constructor and how she created the puzzle that ran in the New York Times on April 17, 2020.

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CALS Talks

CALS Talks, produced by eCornell, was launched in October 2018 and features a sampling of CALS faculty sharing their incredible research, education and outreach with alumni all over the world.

Explore CALS' life-changing work

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Want to understand the winter weather and just don’t get it? Professor Art DeGaetano, Earth & Atmospheric Science, explains the polar vortex, the impact of climate change and other meteorological information to help you understand current weather patterns.

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Professor Emeritus George Hudler, Plant Science, created one of the most popular classes on campus. In this webinar, he provides information on how fungi have evolved and migrated to new environments, while also offering useful information on those mushrooms growing in your garden.

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Co-sponsored by CALSAA and the Human Ecology Alumni Association, join Natalie Bazarova, associate professor in the Department of Communication and Human Ecology’s Janis Whitlock as they discuss the Social Media TestDrive platform for young people created by researchers in Cornell’s Social Media Lab.

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Rising temperatures, ocean acidification and de-oxygenation are causing dramatic changes in our marine ecosystems. In this webinar, Bruce Monger, Senior Lecturer, Earth & Atmospheric Science, will explain how rising carbon dioxide concentrations threaten global ocean ecosystems and the need to take effective action now.

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Experts predict the world’s population will top 9 billion people by 2050. Dean Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, speaks to how both Cornell and CALS are working to improve the world’s food supply, keep the environment healthy and promote sustainability.

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Professor Lee Humphreys ’99, Associate Professor, Communication, looks at mobile and social media through an historical perspective, revealing what is new about these ways to communicate and how they are similar to individual communication across several hundred years.