Did you miss Olivia Judson's stirring lecture, Glad to Have Evolved, this past October? If so, or even if you just want to re-watch it you can do so now for ONE WEEK ONLY – beginning tomorrow (April 5-April 12)!
Olivia Judson is The New York Times best selling author of Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice To All Creation. She is a renowned evolutionary biologist, award winning science journalist, past columnist for The New York Times, Nature, and The Economist, a contributor to PBS’ Nova and is based at Imperial College in London.
Photo by Chris Kitchen
Living beings profoundly shape our planet—bacteria precipitate clouds and alter the magnetic fields of rocks. Organisms also shape each other to drive evolutionary change: the bee shapes the flower, the cheetah shapes the gazelle. In this wide-ranging lecture, Olivia Judson considers the implications of evolution for understanding Earth and ourselves, celebrating humans as part of nature’s pageant.
Read more about her work at www.drtatiana.com
Olivia Judson's lecture was the Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture, part of Cornell Plantations' Fall Lecture Series; the lecture was co-sponsored by the Boyce Thompson Institute.
Come celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Cornell Plantations, and discover Ithaca’s very own public garden.
We invite you to come any time from dawn to dusk to explore our gardens, arboretum and natural areas, or participate in any of the activities that day including,
- a Morning Bird Walk: 8:00 a.m. Learn more here.
- a Botanical Garden Highlights Tour: 12:00 noon. Learn more here.
- an Art exhibition in the Nevin Welcome Center: "Macro Images and Photo Montages", by Nancy Ridenour from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Free Gimme! Coffee in the Welcome Center from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cornell continues to show its commitment to keeping Cornell's gorges maintained and safe. So far, $1.2 million has been spent on repairing trails and other infrastructure in Cascadilla Gorge and Cornell has committed additional funds to do the same in Fall Creek Gorge.
Read more in the March 30 Cornell Chronicle article, "Cornell is spending $1.56 million to make gorges safer."
Students in a writing class draw inspiration from a trail in Fall Creek Gorge.
Plantations gardener Glenn Bucien is giving lecture, “Heirloom Vegetables: Past, Present and the Future” on March 29
Glenn Bucien is giving the first presentation in Geneva Historical Society’s 2012 Spring Lecture series, “Heirloom Vegetables: Past, Present and the Future” at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the museum, 543 S. Main St. in Geneva.
Today, most seed production has shifted to large companies which invest heavily in producing seeds with specific genetic traits like disease and insect resistance. Bucien will talk about this shift to industrial agriculture and concerns about its sustainability, and share ideas for all gardeners to participate in the saving of seed.
Glenn Bucien is the caretaker of the Pounder Heritage Vegetable Garden in Plantations' Botanical Garden.
Read more in the online Finger Lakes Times article, "Heritage gardener to talk about heirloom vegetables" on March 23.
Plantations director Don Rakow speaks on the importance of public gardens at New York City's 92nd Street Y
According to research, by 2050, one-third of all known plant species could be lost. Public gardens address this threat to biodiversity. This is one of many reasons why public gardens are important, Don Rakow illustrated in his lecture, "Why Do We Need Green Spaces?" on March 14th.
Read more about Don Rakow's lecture in the March 20 Cornell Chronicle Online article, "Public Gardens help feed hungry, preserve biodiversity."
Don Rakow standing outside the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Photo by David Gipson.
Stop by the Welcome Center to see Nari Mistry's "Lanscape Paintings: Scenes of Ithaca in Bold Colors." They are landscapes in watercolors and acrylics in a continuing series and depict the beautiful scenes around the Ithaca area and the many local waterfalls. There are a few scenes from Cornell Plantations as well, including Beebe Lake and a view from the F. R. Newman Arboretum.
Nari's art will be on display through April.
Nari tries to use expressive bold colors to represent the subjects that inspire him. "Even a scene of winter ice and snow can contain a touch of warm color in a few spots," says the artist.
Nari retired in 2003 after 39 years as a physicist at Cornell, to catch up on painting and music missed in those busy years. His work can be seen at ArtbyNari.com.
Cornell Plantations' F. R. Newman Arboretum will be reopened to vehicles this Friday, March 16th. Last year, the arboretum was open on April 1st, so spring appears to have arrived ahead of schedule this year!
The Cascadilla Gorge Trail from Linn Street in Downtown Ithaca, to the Stewart Avenue bridge is now open. Repairs continue on the section from the Stewart Avenue bridge to Collegetown and that section remains closed.
From our flowering tree collection to early-blooming flowers along the Treman Woodland Walk, the arboretum is an ideal place to watch spring unfold.
Take time to check out the gate (now open) that was installed last fall at the start of the gorge trail downtown.
Marcia Stofman Morton '61 recently decided to leave a $1 million bequest to Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Part of this gift will endow summer internships at Cornell Plantations.
Read more in the Cornell Chronicle online article Feb. 20th.