11 February 2011

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10 February 2011

Attention Females:

Dear Mr. DeVoe,

I am one of the Initial Contacts co-chair for Expanding Your Horizons, an annual conference that provides an opportunity for girls grades 7-9 and their parents to engage in educational activities and explore careers in math, science, and engineering. The conference will be held at Cornell University on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Girls will participate in three hands-on workshops, attend a key-note lecture by an outstanding female professor, and meet role models in the sciences. Registration for EYH begins February 22. For more information, please feel free to email me or to visit our website, www.ccmr.cornell.edu/eyh

We have mailed out brochures (see attached) to your school, but we are following up with other means of communication to maximize the number of girls who can take advantage of this amazing opportunity. I hope that you can help spread the word to your colleagues and encourage your students to attend!


Nancy Chen
PhD candidate
Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
A408 Corson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2701
Email: nc276@cornell.edu

07 February 2011

This week we're covering the Plant Kingdom and it's amazing diversity...everything from the very simple mosses that rely on diffusion for water and must live near these water sources to the very advanced angiosperms that we're mostly familiar with. Today we dissected a lilly to see the male and female parts of a flower. The dissecting microscopes gave us a great look at the pollen-covered anthers.

Check this site for more information on flower parts.

04 February 2011

Today we wrapped up the Tetrahymena labs. Thanks you Fern for all of your help prepping the labs. Here we are testing the effects of different spices and herbs on their behavior. We found that cinnamon and poppy seed were huge repellants and they were attracted to chopped onion and garbanzo beans.

01 February 2011

Today we finished the Tetrahymena mating lab where we identified one unknown mating strain among the seven found in these protists. Here, Franky and Michael introduce the potential mates.