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Henrik Sjöman

Henrik Sjöman (Photo: Gustaf Klarin/SR)

Dr. Henrik Sjöman, Post Doctorate Fellow (Bassuk Lab) will kick off the Horticulture Section seminar series September 8 speaking on the topic of Modern plant hunting for urban plants: new perspectives. Sjöman is also a lecturer and researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Malmo, Sweden.

Horticulture Section seminars meet 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. most Mondays when classes are in session in Plant Science Room 404 and via Polycom to Geneva in either A134 or A137 Barton Hall. (See individual listings for which room.)

Seminars are open to all. Refreshments served. Those wishing to take for 1 credit, enroll in HORT 4950 (undergrads) or HORT 6000 (grads).

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Don't miss author Amy Stewart's September 17 lecture, "The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks."

Don’t miss author Amy Stewart’s September 17 lecture, “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks.”

Via Cornell Chronicle [2014-08-19]:

The Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series kicks off September 3. Lectures are open to the public, and are also available as a one-credit class: HORT 4800. Students attend lectures, write a reaction paper and meet on non-lecture Wednesdays to discuss the previous week’s lecture.

The 2014 Fall Lecture Series dates:

• Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m., Call AuditoriumWilliam and Jane Torrence Harder Lecture, “You’re the Bee’s Kinesis: Poetry and Coevolution,”Joanie Mackowski, poet and Cornell Professor of English. Garden Party at the Botanical Garden follows the lecture.

• Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. Statler Auditorium – Audrey O’Connor Lecture, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks,” Amy Stewart, author.

• Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. Statler Auditorium -Class of 1945 Lecture, “Founding Gardeners,” Andrea Wulf, author.

• Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. Statler Auditorium – Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture,Personal Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (and Yourself),” Julie Zickefoose, author/illustrator (in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cayuga Bird Club).

• Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. Statler Auditorium – Cornell Plantations 70th Anniversary Lecture, “A Living Sympathy with Everything That Is,” Scott Peters, Syracuse University.

• Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. Statler Auditorium – William Hamilton Lecture, An Introduction to Classical Bonsai Art,” Bill Valavanis, Bonsai Master.

More lecture series info at the Cornell Plantations website.

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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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