7th Annual Plant Sciences Chili Cook-Off!!
On Friday, November 18th, 2011, the departments of Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop and Soil Sciences and Plant Pathology, came together to battle for the "Best Chili" among the departments! The competition was based on three categories: 1) Meat, 2) Vegetarian, and 3) Wild Card. Students, Faculty and Staff were invited to participate, with the final count including 24 entrants. In attendance were approximately 100-150 "chili samplers".
In preparation for the event, committee members worked tirelessly to entice entrants, acquire raffle donations, and prepare for the festivities! Members included:
Amanda Sims and Katie King- Horticulture
John Orlowski- Crop and Soil Science
Monica Carvalho and Sam Leiboff- Plant Science
Liz Brauer- Plant Pathology
Kelly Swarts and Jaci Benson- Plant Breeding
In the end Plant breeding was able to hold on to their First Place status in the "Wild Card" category. Winners are as follows:
Derek, Lori, Niko and Matt, Horticulture, Vegetarian, Veggie Vengeance Chili
Ellen and Jay, Plant Pathology and PMB, Meat, Dreaming Chili Verde
Michelle, Plant Breeding, Wild Card, Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice!
(For a printable version of the winning recipe click here!)
A special thank you to all in attendance as well as those who contributed to the raffle:
Tamarind- $60 value
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant- $20 value
Viva Taqueria and Cantina- $50 value
Eastern Mountain Sports- over $100 value
Aladdin's Natural Eatery- $20 value
Ronnie Coffman receives the 2011 Mentoring Award from the Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soil and Environmental Sciences during their annual meeting in San Antonio.
"In the award, he was cited for the tremendous energy that he has devoted to enhancing the careers of many women scientists in agriculture and plant breeding; for making a remarkable difference at pivotal points in many women's careers around the world due to his advocacy, humility, and encouragement; and for recognizing the importance of gender equity when working toward a food-secure world."
To read more, please see press release.
"Plant Inventor" engineers black-and-white cucumbers, pear-flavored melons." Michael Mazourek is featured in the September 19th issue of Chronicle Online. To read the full story please click here.
"Evolution of Plant Breeding at Cornell University", a recent publication by Dr. Royce Murphy and Lee Kass can be read, along with other articles at eCommons.
Plant breeders to use genomic selection to improve crops in developing countries. (see article)
Susan McCouch Spotlight-Wild Ancestors of Cultivated Rice (view video)
October 2010AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN APPLIED BREEDING
Martha Mutschler is the recipient of the 2010 CALS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Applied Research. The award will be presented on Monday, November 8, 2010 during a 4:00-6:00pm reception in G10 Biotech.
CORNELL'S PLANT BREEDING PROGRAM RANKED TOP IN THE NATION
See article (PDF)
WHEAT RUST BUSTERS
Jessica Rutkowski (Plant Breeding Graduate Student) and Ravi Singh are participating in a course titled "Standardization of stem rust field notes and germplasm identification, with discussions on yellow and brown rust." Njoro, Kenya.Luis Maas (Plant Breeding Graduate) to join Pioneer Hi-Bred's Global Marker Technologies Department in Iowa
Jesse Poland (Plant Breeding Graduate) joins the USDA-ARS as a Research Geneticist in Manhattan, Kansas
Sarah Collier (Plant Breeding Graduate Student) was one of three recipients of the CALS Barbara McClintock Graduate Student Award
Dr. Elizabeth Earle receives the CALS Edgerton Career Teaching Award.
This award was established in 1980 and is made yearly to honor a
meritorious and senior faculty member of the College who has, throughout
a long and continuous career in the College, provided outstanding
teaching and advising for students.
Jessica Rutkoski wins the international Women in Triticum Award (PDF)
Munger/Murphy Award: Recipients, Sarah Collier and Jesse Poland (PDF)