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Christine Smart named interim SIPS director

Christine Smart

Christine Smart

CALS Notes [2016-05-18]:

Christine Smart, professor of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, has been named interim director of the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), effective July 1.

She will take over for Alan Collmer, the Andrew J. and Grace B. Nichols Professor in the SIPS Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology when his two-year appointment as the school’s inaugural director concludes.

Launched in June 2014 to enhance the visibility and impact of the plant sciences at Cornell, the school integrated the departments of Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology and Soil and Crop Sciences into a single administrative unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The college will conduct an open search for a new director.

“Alan Collmer transformed plant sciences at Cornell into a single dynamic school with a bold vision to meet major world challenges through agricultural innovation,” said Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS. “His legacy will be of a transformative thinker who broke down barriers to forge constructive collaboration across our top-ranked plant science disciplines. He established solid roots that will undoubtedly lead to continued innovation and discovery, and I thank him for his extraordinary efforts.”

Smart has broad professional experience encompassing research on fungal and bacterial plant pathogens, extension work in vegetable pathology, and outreach to K-12 students. At her lab at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva,  NY, she explores ways to improve vegetable disease management while promoting sustainable agricultural practices. Most recently, she has served as head of the SIPS Council of Extension Leaders and initiated the “Skills for Public Engagement” class for undergraduate and graduate students.

Read the whole article.

CUAES Director and CALS Associate Dean Jan Nyrop announces Smart's appointment at SIPS open house.

CUAES Director and CALS Associate Dean Jan Nyrop announces Smart’s appointment at SIPS open house.

Chris Smart talks with colleagues at the SIPS open house.

Chris Smart talks with colleagues at the SIPS open house. (Lindsay France, University Photo)

Video: Conservatory ribbon-cutting

If you missed yesterday’s remarks and ribbon-cutting at the Student Open House at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, it’s available online.

Kevin Nixon, Glenn Evans, Alan Collmer and Ed Cobb cut the ribbon.

Kevin Nixon, Glenn Evans, Alan Collmer and Ed Cobb cut the ribbon.

Bonus video: The Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory – History, features, plants.

More information: Visit the Conservatory website.

College Farms of America Speaker Series starts March 2

Dilmun-Hill-Speaker-Series-flyerx400From Betsy Leonard, CUAES Organic Coordinator:

College farms are important centers for learning and community on campuses throughout the country. Dilmun Hill Student Farm invites you to learn about and celebrate some of the Nation’s most well-regarded college farms as we invite their members to speak about their innovative and important work, and the benefits to their students and communities that these farms provide.

Speakers:

  • March 2:
    Bob Harned, Berea College Farm Manager
    Berea College, Kentucky
  • April 6:
    Todd McLane, TC3 Farm Director
    Tompkins Cortland Community College, New York
  • May 4:
    Beth Hooker, Ph.D., Sustainability Initiative Director and Nancy Hanson, CSA Program Manager
    Hampshire College, Massachusetts

All three events will be held from 4-5pm, in 102 Mann Library.

Free of charge, and all are welcome!

Supported by: Cornell Dining, the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, and Mann Library.

 

After six years, Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory reopens

Greenhouse grower Paul Cooper in the newly reopened Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. (Lindsay France/University Photography)

Greenhouse grower Paul Cooper in the newly reopened Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. (Lindsay France/University Photography)

Cornell Chronicle [2016-02-09]

The rebuilt Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse opens Feb. 9 as Cornell continues the botanical legacy of engagement and discovery established by the first dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The 4,000-square-foot facility at 236 Tower Road features modern equipment designed for increased energy savings and improved plant growth. But the spirit of the conservatory remains fixed on the ideals of education and outreach, says Professor Karl Niklas.

“The collection is a living archive describing the wondrous diversity of plant life,” says Niklas, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Botany. “Generations of Cornell students have relied on the conservatory to bolster their knowledge. The conservatory also provides students, staff and faculty with a green oasis in which to seek solace during the winter months. It promises to extend these important intellectual and emotional functions for many more years to come.”

Read the whole article.

Cornell will invest in greenhouse agriculture

maria-greenhouseIthaca.com [2016-02-03]:

New York already ranks second in greenhouse vegetable production, according to 2012 numbers from the United States Department of Agriculture. In that year, the state had 435 operations with 114 covered acres, with wholesale value on those vegetables of $27 million.

 “I am particularly excited about the fact that three contiguous regions won the [Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) funding] competition and that all three regions prioritized agriculture,” said Prof. Kathryn Boor, dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). “A focus on agriculture makes so much sense for central New York. We have land, water, educated and progressive producers, research and development centers at Cornell in Ithaca and at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, and a large, sophisticated consuming public all along our east coast. This public is increasingly interested in purchasing tasty, local food.”

The Finger Lakes region, including Rochester, and central New York, including Syracuse, were the other winners in the $1.5 billion giveaway of funds liberated by New York State from the big banks in a $6 billion-plus settlement making amends for the 2008 recession.

Read the whole article.

Wanted: Dilmun Hill farm managers

Join the team at Dilmun Hill Cornell’s student-run farm!

  • Take a leadership role in vegetable production, sales, and outreach.
  • Full time paid position from mid-May to late August. (Part time spring and fall.)
  • Fast-paced, exciting, and inclusive environment.

Application deadline: Friday, February 28, 2016. Learn more and apply now!

Questions? Contact Betsy Leonard: bai1@cornell.edu or 607-423-8366
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Dilmun Hill Student Farm season wrap-up Dec. 5

From the Dilmun Hill student managers:

Dilmun Hill Student Farm season wrap-up
Saturday, December 5, 2015
12:15pm- 1:15pm
102 Mann Library

As our growing season comes to a close, we would like to gather community members for a celebration and reflection of this past season. A brief presentation will be accompanied by a light lunch and an open floor for conversation.

All are welcome!

Dilmun Hill is Cornell’s student-run farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University’s campus for more than a decade. Our mission is to provide students, faculty, staff and community with opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research. More info.

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Dean Boor announces Research and Extension, Core Value Staff Awards

Dean Kathryn J. Boor today announced the recipients of the CALS Research and Extension and Core Value Staff Awards, which will be presented November 3 during a 4:00-6:30 p.m. reception in G10 Biotech.

Many of the recipients are no strangers to Horticulture or the School of Integrative Plant Science:

  • Adam Bogdanove, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, is one of two faculty who will be recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research for his important contributions to the understanding of the rice pathogen Xanthomonas oryzae and how it modulates gene expression in rice.
  • Two faculty will be recognized for Outstanding Service to the CALS Community: William Crepet, Plant Biology Section, for his efforts that have helped to make our CALS Community a better place including his 25 years of leadership in the Bailey Hortorium, and in Plant Biology, and Thomas Burr, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, for his accomplishments as the Station Director and his generous service to the campus and the community through participation on several organizations’ boards of directors.
  • Tim Martinson, Horticulture Section, will be recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach for his leadership in developing and promoting sustainable viticulture practices, that has been recognized throughout NY and has also served as the foundation for extension programs in other states.
  • Mary McKellar, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Section, will receive the Innovation staff award for her enthusiasm and dedication that she brings to doing her job.
  • Mark Casasanta, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, will receive the Job Skills award for his amazing skill set, dedication, attention to detail and consummate professionalism.
  • Elizabeth Estabrook, CALS Grants Office,  will receive the Service-Minded staff award for her outstanding work ethic, welcoming presence, service, and support to the college community.
  • And the staff Teamwork award will go to Wesley Baum, Paul Stachowski,  and Jeffrey Stayton at the Musgrave Research Farm, for regularly going above and beyond job expectations with service and support to users of Musgrave Farm and for demonstrating the values that Cornell encourages in its staff members.

Cathy Ervay (wife of Plant Science custodian Larry Ervay), Molecular Biology and Genetics, will receive the Stewardship staff award.

Martinson talks with growers at field day.

Tim Martinson, winner of the Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach award, talks with growers at field day.

The plants are coming home …

… to the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse.

CUAES staff stage large specimens in the Student House section of the  new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse in preparation for moving them into the Palm House.

CUAES staff stage large specimens in the Student House section of the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse in preparation for moving them into the Palm House.

Thursday, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station staff moved three trailer loads of larger specimens from the Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse complex where the collection has been housed since the old conservatory closed in 2010.

The new conservatory is located in the same spot on Tower Road outside of the Plant Science Building as the original greenhouse, which was designed by architects Lord & Burnham Co. in 1931 for Liberty Hyde Bailey, the first dean of the College of Agriculture and a prominent palm taxonomist.

The conservatory houses one of several plant collections that make up the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium  in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. The collection numbers more than 650 species (including Cornell’s popular Titan Arums) that play a vital role in teaching, research and outreach.

Staff moved the mostly tropical plants before the weather turns too cold to damage them in transit. (Smaller plants will follow, but can be moved later in heated vans.) The large plants are being staged in the Student House section of the conservatory closest to the Plant Science Building. But they will soon be moved into the planting bed in the Palm House section closest to Tower Road.

Once all the plants have been moved and settled in to their new home, hours when the public is welcome to visit will be announced.

Join the Dilmun Hill student farm steering committee (Deadline: October 14)

Dilmun Hill — recently named one of the Top 10 College Farms in the U.S. — is looking for students to join our steering committee.

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We are a student-run farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell’s campus since 1996. Our community is the backbone of the farm – it makes it all work, and it makes it fun. Running a student farm is as much about organizing, budgeting, and growing vegetables as it is about working jointly as a team.

The Steering Committee is in charge of planning and implementing policy and aiding the managers in the operation of the farm. The committee meets about every other week during the school year, and consists of the current farm managers, the student researchers, the organic farm coordinator, and a group of student volunteers who apply for the position. Committee members also help with field work and are eligible for independent study credits. Interested? Apply now. Questions? Contact the managers at dilmunmanagers@gmail.com

 

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