Cornell Plantations has partnered with the 92nd Street Y in New York City for its “Changing Earth” lecture series. This unique series of seven lectures will take place monthly from November 2011 to May 2012, and is part of the Y’s First Class Science adult education program.
The year-long series kicks off on November 16th and features diverse topics and speakers from Cornell University and other organizations.
Dr. Nina Bassuk, professor in Cornell’s Department of Horticulture, delivers the first Plantations-themed lecture of the series on December 7 at 7:00 p.m., “Why Do We Need Trees?” She is co-author with Peter Trowbridge of Trees in the Urban Landscape, and leads the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell.
Dr. Don Rakow, the E.N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations will give the second Plantations-themed lecture on March 14, “Why do we need green spaces? The importance of public gardens and parks in our communities.” Beyond fulfilling our need for a connection to nature, he'll talk about how the roles of parks and public gardens are changing dramatically in this era of increasing environmental crises.
“Cornell Plantations is excited to partner with the 92nd St. Y to sponsor these lectures,” stated Dr. Rakow. “In the crowded, fast-paced cities of today, we have a greater need than ever for the beauty and ecological services provided by street trees, parks, and public gardens. In these lectures to be provided by Prof. Nina L. Bassuk and myself, participants will learn about ongoing research and outreach efforts to extend the lives of urban trees, as well as the many ways in which public gardens enrich our lives.”
Also speaking as part of the “Changing Earth” series is, Dr. Jonathon Lunine, the David C. Duncan professor of astronomy at Cornell University. Lunine will speak on April 18, 2012 on the possibility of life forms on other planets.
For more information and a complete listing of speakers click here.
Local photographer, Susan Larkin’s fascination with plants is brought to life in her display “A Closer Look,” a collection of black and white photographs, which reveal the often unnoticed shapes and textures of plants up close. Every detail of each plant is in clear focus, resulting from the combination of multiple exposures of the same subject—each taken with a different focal point. The images are then combined by a process called focus stacking and the finished photographs are all monochrome images.
All photographs in this exhibit are of plants that are found around Cornell.
“A Closer Look” is now on display through December at the Nevin Welcome Center including “Worm Plant” (Spathicarpa sagittifolia) shown here.
Cascadilla Gorge is scheduled to open next June. Here is what is happening now to keep that date on track:
New gate at the “lower” gorge entrance: A custom-made iron gate was installed at the gorge entrance at the Treman Triangle off of Linn Street. It will allow us to close the trail each winter when trail conditions are unsafe. Designed by local artisan Durand VanDoren, the 1200 pound gate was inspired by the gorge’s cascading falls, and oak leaves and acorns found on an historic Cascadilla Glen Trail plaque.
New staircase under the Stewart Avenue bridge: The staircase leading to the iconic stone bridge that crosses the creek will soon follow a new, safer path. The staircase was designed to fit into the gorge landscape, provide a more direct view of the adjacent waterfall, and move visitors farther from an overhanging, unsafe gorge wall. A dam (shown above) was built with sandbags and concrete blocks and a water pump was used to keep the water level low to build the new stairs.
Stabilizing the 150-year-old retaining wall near historic Eddy Gate: This 60 foot tall structure was constructed to stabilize and retain the gorge wall after stone was quarried from the gorge to construct Cascadilla Hall.
Completing this gorge restoration project is one part of several recommendations to increase gorge safety approved by Cornell President David Skorton. Read about the additional recommendations in the December 4th Ithaca Journal article, "Cornell committee proposes safety steps for gorge."
WHAT: “Glad to have Evolved”
WHEN: Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Statler Hall Auditorium
ITHACA, N.Y. – The New York Times best selling author of Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice To All Creation, Olivia Judson, is set to speak on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 pm as part of Cornell Plantations 25th Annual Fall Lecture Series. Judson 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.
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.
“We are thrilled to have Olivia Judson as part of this series,” stated Sonja Skelly, director of education at Cornell Plantations. “Dr. Judson’s lecture promises to be provocative and one that will change the way people think about the planet and themselves.” Plantations has partnered with the Boyce Thompson Institute to bring Dr. Judson to Ithaca.
Olivia Judson is an evolutionary biologist and writer based at Imperial College, London. Her award-winning book, Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex, has been translated into more than 15 languages and was made into a TV show of which she was the host. She has contributed to The New York Times, Natural History, The Guardian, The Economist, and PBS’ Nova and is at work on her next book. Read more about her work at www.drtatiana.com and the New York Times.
Cornell Plantations is the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University, and is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations is open to the public year-round, free of charge, during daylight hours. For more information call 607-255-2400. Find us on Facebook.
Due to unexpected maintenance, the Nevin Welcome Center will be closed today, September 15th. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Alice Hunt has been sewing for over 50 years. It is one way she expresses her love of flowers. The combination of her love of sewing and her love of flowers shines through in her display of quilts in the Nevin Welcome Center lobby. It is a menagerie of vibrant colors and fine handwork you don't want to miss.
"A Tribute to Flora," a collection of quilted wall hangings, is on display through the end of October.
CORNELL PLANTATIONS ANNOUNCES 25th ANNUAL FALL LECTURE SERIES
The Fall Lecture Series is kicked off with a lecture and garden party on August 24, 2011
Cornell Plantations announces its line-up for their 25th Annual Fall Lecture Series, which begins on August 24, 2011, and will run every other Wednesday until November 2. The first lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium in Kennedy Hall and will be followed by a garden party in the botanical gardens of Cornell Plantations. All remaining lectures will take place in Statler Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
The lecture series will feature Cornell professor Molly Hite and photographer David McDonald, renowned plantsman and explorer Dan Hinkley, historian David Stradling, The New York Times bestselling author Olivia Judson, master tea blender and Cornell University alumnus Michael Harney, and author and influential garden blogger Michele Owens. The Fall Lecture Series is free and open to the public, and is also offered as a one-credit class to Cornell Students (HORT 4800).
Cornell University professor of English Molly Hite and photographer David McDonald kick off the lecture series on August 24 at 5:30 with the William H. and Jane Torrence Harder Lecture entitled Literature, Life, Gardens: The Influence of Vita Sackville-West.
"Flowering Moments" is a display of beautiful botanical watercolors by Paula DiSanto Bensadoun.
Paula states, "The joys of admiring nature’s work are tempered by the time it takes to look long and carefully at the intricacy and beauty of blossoms whose duration is often very brief. The life of a flower is always changing and the challenge lies in capturing the moments that leave us with good memories. I have tried to portray those moments."
Come experience these flowering moments for yourselves during Welcome Center hours in August!
The gorges of Cornell distinguish the campus’ natural beauty, but the dangers inherent within them means that visitors need to RESPECT the gorges. We ask that all visitors be aware of the danger, hazards, and the power of nature in the gorges. Please respect these natural areas, follow all posted signs, and take all precautions possible to protect yourself – failure to do so could cost you your life.
To learn more about how you can be safe while visiting the gorges, please go here.
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