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Reunion 2009

CALS at Reunion Weekend:
June 4–7, 2009

Join CALS for Reunion Weekend

Thursday, June 4

Tours of the New Mann Library
3:00, 3:30, and 4:00pm, Mann Library lobby
The renovated Mann Library has been drawing rave reviews. Come check out the buzz with a tour of our fabulous new library spaces, designed to facilitate creative modern scholarly research and interaction while retaining the beauty of the original Art Deco building.

Friday, June 5

Chats in the Stacks: Book Talk
10 am, Room 102, Mann Library
"For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design" by Warren Allmon, professor of paleontology and director, Paleontological Research Institution The talk is part of the library's celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Open House in Air-Conditioned Snee Hall Atrium
10:00 am–2:00 pm
Visit the Timothy N. Heasley Mineral Museum, see the new mastodon exhibit, and view the earthquake seismograph. Enjoy the stroll and self-guided tour through the Engineering Quad Rock Parks.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Display Booth
11:00 am–2:00 pm, Barton Hall
Hands-on exhibits will feature a tornado in a bottle, minerals and fossils, and a seismograph to demonstrate how seismic waves generated by earthquakes are detected. Faculty members and students will be on hand to answer questions.

All-Alumni Affair, CALS Display Booth
11:00 am–2:00 pm, Barton Hall
Discover what's happening at the college in classrooms, admissions, career development, and alumni programs. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Barton Hall—music, alumni of all ages and great food (lunch tickets available on site).

Admissions Information Session
2:30 pm, 102 Mann Library

Saturday, June 6

CALS Reunion Breakfast
7:30–8:45 am, Trillium in Kennedy Hall
Enjoy fellowship with Dean Susan Henry, alumni, faculty, and friends of CALS. Sandra J. Gardner '84, CALS Alumni Association president, will host the association's annual meeting at this event. Reservations requested (see form in this section). Make online reservations here.

Larry P. Walker, PhD, Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture
9:00–10:00 am, Call Alumni Auditorium
"Managing Diversity and Complexity in the Evolving Biofuels Industry"
With a new President and Congress taking the lead on energy and climate change issues, there will likely be more attention and resources directed toward developing renewable energy resources to meet a portion of future domestic energy needs. Bioenergy will be one of the strategic renewable energy options on the table.

Walker, professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, and his colleagues are exploring ways to integrate biological diversity and methods for managing complex, highly coupled activities to address barriers to bioenergy development He is also the principal investigator for Cornell's Biofuels Research Laboratory, a new state-of-the-art industrial biotechnology laboratory that mimics all the essential steps in a cellulosic biorefinery. Walker has been involved in a number of biomass-to-energy projects while at Cornell, including an assessment of NYS biomass resources for ethanol production, farm-scale methane production and co-generation, the application of nanotechnology to discover and study important biocatalysts for biofuels and industrial biotechnology.

Guided Tours of the Cornell Plantations
Experience the Cornell Plantations—the arboretum, botanical garden, and natural areas.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Open House in Air-Conditioned Snee Hall Atrium
10:00 am–2:00 pm
Visit the Timothy N. Heasley Mineral Museum, see the new mastodon exhibit, and view the earthquake seismograph. Enjoy the stroll and self-guided tour through the Engineering Quad Rock Parks.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Display Booth
11:00 am–2:00 pm, Barton Hall
Hands-on exhibits will feature a tornado in a bottle, minerals and fossils, and a seismograph to demonstrate how seismic waves generated by earthquakes are detected. Faculty members and students will be on hand to answer questions.

All-Alumni Affair, CALS Display Booth
11:00 am–2:00 pm, Barton Hall
Discover what's happening at the college in classrooms, admissions, career development, and alumni programs. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Barton Hall—music, alumni of all ages and great food (lunch tickets available on site).

Plant Biology Alumni Gathering
11:30 am–12:30 pm, Mac Daniels Room G37, Plant Science Building
Join us for light refreshments while visiting with fellow Plant Biology alumni and current and former faculty and staff. Photos from the department's history will be on display.

Department of Horticulture Alumni Gathering
11:30 am–12:30 pm, Room 22, Plant Science Building
This gathering will involve the departments of Vegetable Crops, Pomology, Floriculture, and Ornamental Horticulture. Join us to share your reminiscences about Cornell and your school days and to share pictures and stories about family and friends. (Room 22 will be open on Friday and Saturday to display our "history.) Light refreshments will be served.

Views of Sustainability: Natural Changes, Anthropogenic Changes, and Natural Resources
1:00–2:00 pm, Room 1120, Snee Hall
A seminar presented by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Wine Tasting
1:30–3:30 pm, Trillium in Kennedy Hall
Savor the flavor of New York State wines. Sample wines from more than a dozen of New York State's finest wineries. All alumni and guests, 21 years of age and older, are welcome.

Tour the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), Museum of the Earth
2:00–4:00 pm; bus leaves Snee Hall at 1:45 pm
Join us on the bus for free admission into PRI 's Museum of the Earth, affiliated with Cornell's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. A right-whale skeleton suspended in the atrium welcomes you to the beautiful new museum, in which the major transformations of life through the ages are displayed through fossils and videos. Observe the newly acquired seismograph and research by EAS faculty and students. Collect fossils from the Devonian seas of Ithaca. Fun for all ages.

Allan Hosie Treman '21 Memorial Concert
2:30 pm, F.R. Newman Arboretum (Flat Rock entrance), Cornell Plantations
Featuring the Hangovers.

Admissions Information Session
2:30 pm, 102 Mann Library

Department of Communication Alumni Gathering
3:00–4:30 pm, underpass between Kennedy Hall and Roberts Hall
Join us for light refreshments while you enjoy visiting with fellow Communication alumni and former and current professors. Come and see the exciting research and learning opportunities that the communication faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates are working on, such as mobile health games, environmental issues in the media, mobile social networks, effects of cancer news, online identity building, and media literacy.

Natural Resources Alumni Gathering
3:00–4:30 pm, breezeway between Fernow and Emerson halls
Join us for wine tasting and light refreshments while you enjoy visiting with fellow Natural Resources alumni and former and current professors. There will be opportunities to share recollections of your days in Fernow and at field sites. The department chair, Marianne Krasny, will provide a brief update on the department and its programs. There will also be displays of our collection of historical photos, posters of recent projects by faculty and graduate students, and information on programs at the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest.

Ongoing Events

Guided Tours of the Cornell Plantations
Experience the Cornell Plantations—arboretum, botanical garden, and natural areas.

Celebrating Charles Darwin
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of publication of his book, On the Origin of Species, Mann Library is offering these ongoing events:

  • Exhibit—"Written on Our Faces: Darwin's the Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals," May 15–September 15, lobby
  • Gallery exhibit— "Sculpting Our Hominid Past: Photographic Views of Works by PRI Artist-in-Residence John Gurche," May 15–July 31, 2nd floor

For more Reunion Information, please visit www.alumni.cornell.edu/reunion.