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Seminar video: Climate, Culture and Cuisine: Thomas Jefferson’s Experimental Garden

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Climate, Culture and Cuisine: Thomas Jefferson’s Experimental Garden with Patricia Brodowski, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, it is available online.

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Dreer Award offers opportunities to pursue horticultural interests abroad

From Nina Bassuk:

The Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science offers a wonderful opportunity once a year, the Frederick Dreer Award, that allows one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture.

See the application and instructions that spell out the procedure for applying. Basically it is quite simple. Submit a written proposal to the Dreer Committee by the deadline (March 5, 2018 in this cycle), which is followed by an informal interview, generally in a week or two. The faculty receives the recommendation of the Dreer Committee and votes on the nominee.

The only obligation of the Dreer award winner is to write to the Dreer Committee monthly while overseas, and upon return to the United States, give a presentation about their time abroad to students and faculty.

Please look into this opportunity seriously. It can be taken as a summer and a semester’s leave or a year’s leave of absence during school or upon graduation. If you would like to talk over a potential idea for the Dreer with a member of the Committee (and we encourage you to do so), please contact Nina Bassuk (Horticulture) Josh Cerra (Landscape Architecture) or Marvin Pritts (Horticulture).

View a recent Dreer Award Seminar video:

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Viability of indoor urban agriculture is focus of research grant

 

Neil Mattson, associate professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. (Chris Kitchen/University Photography)

Neil Mattson, associate professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. (Chris Kitchen/University Photography)

CALS News [2017-10-12]:

Growing crops in controlled environments – in greenhouses, plant factories and in vertical farms – provides alternatives to conventional farming by producing food year-round near metropolitan areas, reducing transportation costs and water use, and improving land-use efficiency. Such local systems also offer valuable educational and psychological benefits by connecting urban people to the food they consume.

At the same time, there is little concrete evidence to show how so-called controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) compares to conventional field agriculture in terms of energy, carbon and water footprints, profitability, workforce development and scalability.

Cornell will lead a project to answer these questions, thanks to a three-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation, through its new funding initiative called Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems.

“By putting all these pieces together – including energy, water, workforce development and economic viability – we hope to discover if CEAs make sense for producing food for the masses,” said Neil Mattson, the grant’s principal investigator and associate professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science.

Read the whole article.

New CALS minor focuses on leadership

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Students in Collaboration, Leadership, and Career Skills in the Plant Sciences (PLSCI 1110) engaged in a service-learning project making improvements to the Habitat Trail outside of Trumansburg.

Cornell Chronicle [2017-09-29]:

Every day across campus, students are developing the knowledge and technical expertise they need to succeed in their chosen fields. But a new minor available this fall will focus on the skills they need to attract employers across all disciplines.

The leadership minor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences addresses key skills aimed at helping students excel professionally and in their personal life by enhancing their abilities to understand their own strengths, collaborate with others and build a team, and act as positive role models.

Marvin Pritts, professor of horticulture and director of the new minor program, said the idea for the minor grew out of a desire to formally provide integration and academic credit for the many leadership opportunities that exist at Cornell, inside and outside of the classroom.

The minor provides opportunities for direct, hands-on experience, said Pritts. Through a capstone course, students can practice leadership skills in real time, working in their field alongside a faculty member who provides feedback. Students can earn credit for leadership roles in extracurricular activities, such as serving as captain of a sports team.

Read the whole article.

Seminar video: Student Trips to South Asia

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Student Trips to South Asia: A Lab for Studying Agriculture Development with Terry Tucker, Marvin Pritts, and Marcus Ruberg ’18, it is available online.

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New Plant Sciences majors tour local natural areas

More than 20 new Plant Sciences majors hiked gorge trails and explored local natural areas including — Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman State Parks Saturday led by Director of Undergraduate Studies, Marvin Pritts Undergraduate Program Coordinator Leah Cynara Cook, finishing up the day with a cookout at Pritts’s.

New Plant Sciences majors at Treman State Park.

New Plant Sciences majors at Treman State Park.

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