Dear SIPS Community,
I hope your summer is going well, despite the many challenges. We do have some positive news to highlight.
- Congratulations to Jeff Doyle who is the 2020 recipient the prestigious Asa Gray award presented by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists!
- Congratulations to Don Rakow for his 2020 SHIFT Award from the nonprofit Center for Jackson Hole. This award recognizes individuals, initiatives, or organizations that make innovative, impactful and replicable contributions to the advancement of the health benefits of time outside.
Fall Semester Updates
- Leah Cook and I are working on the Fall 2020 Course Roster. Thanks to all of you that are teaching this fall, your creative approaches and flexibility are very much appreciated.
- The Cornell Covid-19 update website has recent information on testing from Provost Kotlikoff, a link to the student behavioral compact, and a recent message from President Pollack about the reactivation decision.
- Teaching resources are also available for those of us teaching this fall. You can get help through the CALS Canvas and Online Course Accessibility Support Request
- There are also many online resources through CTI
Plans for Bradfield and Plant Science renovation continue to move forward. The SIPS building committee as well as section chairs have been involved with the Plant Science renovation plans. Additionally, input from faculty and others in every section has been welcome. Your input is key to ensuring that our renovated Plant Science Building will serve our needs. Please reach out to your section chairs and committee members for more info. There is also information available on the renovation page of the SIPS website.
2019 – 2020 Faculty Search updates:
- Plant synthetic biology: Great news! Laura Gunn has accepted the position and will be joining the faculty May 1, 2021.
- Genomics-empowered biology of plant pathogenic fungi: Negotiations are nearly complete, and we hope to have good news in the September update.
- Breeding for Sustainable Forage Cropping Systems: Negotiations are in process, and we hope to have good news in the September update.
- Physiology of fruit crop adaptation to climate change: Candidate interviews in process, state quarantines due to Covid-19 have slowed the search.
Congratulations to the following people who were recognized with a SIPS Kudos in the last month! Thanks for your effort and passion in support of SIPS.
Building Mastery and Skill: Tara Reed, Savanna Shelnutt, Allison DeSario
Creativity and ideas: Kellie Damann, Michele Blackmore
Going Above & Beyond: Dan Holcomb, Ian Bishop, Jack Satterlee, James Cagle, Karin Jantz, Leah Cook, Mandy Kafka, Roli Wilhelm, Steve Hatfield
Inspirational Leadership: Adrienne Roeder
Strong Team Spirit: Audrey Klein, Derek Parsons, Paul Stachowski
PLEASE remember to recognize people in our SIPS community that have gone out of their way to enhance our School. All you have to do is complete the brief form here