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Eureka moment

From Tom Whitlow:

Had any Eureka moments lately?

Hort 6350 Tools for Thought
1 credit S/U graduate seminar, readings and discussion
Instructor: Tom Whitlow (thw2@cornell,edu)

Ever wanted to read Kuhn or Popper (but put it off until retirement), wonder how to use neural networks to make sense of your exobytes of raw data, or get confused about a career path? If you answered yes (or no) to one of these, here is a chance to explore these and other subjects with your peers. I invite you to join a graduate discussion seminar, Tools for Thought, a weekly for-credit discussion, this fall.

We are having an organizational meeting to decide on a mutually agreeable time and place to meet at 5:00 PM this coming Wednesday, August 27 in Room 22 Plant Science. Can’t make it then? Contact me directly and I’ll make sure your availability gets consideration.

Pizza & Organizational Meeting
5:00-6:00 PM
Wednesday, August 27
Room 22 Plant Science

Claim your place in the community of science!

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From Marvin Pritts, Horticulture Section chair:

I’d like to invite you to a lunchtime presentation July 9 at noon in PS 114 where I will share experiences about my recent trip to Peru.

I am calling it a “Journey to Machu Picchu” because it involved four days of spiritual preparation (ceremony, meditation, reflection) with an old Inca guide at several sacred archeological sites before arriving at Machu Picchu at sunrise on the winter solstice. On the winter solstice the sun rises through a notch in the mountains and strikes the temple, causing it to glow in the morning sun.

Other highlights include terraces made with rocks weighing more than 100 tons that fit together perfectly, intricate Incan irrigation systems, stunning scenery, beautiful fabrics and interesting foods.

The winter solstice is also cause for a week of celebrations, dancing and parades in Cusco – the ancient Incan capital city. I will also share some videos of extreme ziplining between mountains, hundreds of feet above the ground.

I hope to see you there.

machu picchu

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If you missed two recent Department of Horticulture seminars by PhD candidates in the Graduate Field of Horticulture, they are available online:

Gonzalo Villarino: High throughput RNA sequencing elucidates novel responses of Petunia hybrida to salt stress


Alex Paya: Does neighbor identity affect the belowground growth and physiology of trees?


The Department of Horticulture seminar series is on hiatus until fall. But you can view previous seminars on the Cornell Horticulture YouTube channel’s Seminar playlist.

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From Thomas Björkman:

Arora and RakowDon Rakow and Rajeev Arora (left), Department of Horticulture,  Iowa State University, evaluate variation in cold injury among the Rhododendron species on Comstock Knoll in Cornell Plantations.

Arora, an expert on cold hardiness in woody plants and particularly the control of deacclimation in the spring, presented Monday’s Department of Horticulture seminar.

This species showed photobleaching of the midrib from when the leaf was curled at low temperature (thermonasty) and only the midrib exposed on a sunny but frigid day this past winter.

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If you missed Monday’s seminar, Soils in the Urban Environment: A Long Term Evaluation of the Scoop & Dump Remediation Strategy with Miles Sax, MPS/PGL Program Graduate Field of Horticulture, it’s available online.

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HoFo Nicaragua posterMembers of Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, traveled to Nicaragua in January.

Come see their pictures and hear their stories during an informal lunch-time travelogue:

  • Thursday April 10
  • 12 noon to 1 p.m.
  • 22 Plant Science

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If you missed Ted DeJong’s seminar on Monday, Peach tree scion vigor is physiologically linked to the xylem anatomy of the rootstock, it’s available online.

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If you missed Marcia Eames-Sheavley‘s seminar Creativity in Horticulture Teaching and Extension on Monday, it’s available online. See also our Art of Horticulture YouTube playlist.

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If you missed Monday’s seminar with Steve Reiners, 20 years of vegetable research and extension — successes, disappointments and what lies ahead, it’s available online.


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Lauren Chambliss and David Wolfe

Lauren Chambliss and David Wolfe

If you missed last week’s inspiring Soup & Hope talk by Dave Wolfe and Lauren Chambliss, Hope in a Climate of Denial, it’s available online at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future website.

See also Hope in a climate of denial [Pawprint 2014-03-06]

And visit the Cornell Climate Change website for more videos, educational resources, research directory and more.

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