Art@BTI: Juxtaposition of Light and Texture by Nancy V. Ridenour
Mar 29 – Mar 30 all-day

On display through March 2018 at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)

The photography showcased as part of Art@BTI covers a wide range of approaches to floral and abstract photography, including digital montages, natural settings, and staged macrophotography.

Nancy V. Ridenour’s photo montages exhibit an overall sense of tranquility and compositional foresight. She emphasizes the beauty and diversity in both architectural and botanic subjects.

Through the juxtaposition of light and texture devoid of physical context, Ridenour urges viewers to reorient themselves, to grasp the possibility in the work, and ultimately attain serenity and a deep sense of pleasure in her subjects.

Many of the floral photographs featured in the exhibit were taken in Nancy’s personal gardens and ponds. Additional subjects include cement sculptures found in the Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Arboretum.

The exhibit is available for viewing during normal business hours and is free and open to the public. BTI will also host a special reception in March 2018, where guests will be able to meet with Nancy and learn more about her work.

About Nancy V. Ridenour: Nancy spent her youth in Schenectady, NY, surrounded by a large family involved in the florist business. Flowers and gardens were central to those years, which led to a major in biology while at Cornell University. The natural science thread has been strong throughout her career as a biology teacher at Ithaca High School, in her personal life of gardening and flower arranging, and now her focus in retirement on digital artistic photography.

To learn more about Nancy’s work, visit her studio website (Lotus Studios) or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Enchanted Asia
Mar 29 – Mar 30 all-day

Do you have a lucky charm? Before embarking on a course of action do you say a special mantra, check your astrological chart or perform a small ritual? If so, you are one of millions over thousands of years in a quest to ensure good fortune and protect against evil forces. The Enchanted Asia exhibit explores sorcery and witchcraft, charms, chants, rituals and magic in Asia that have been used for protection and to bring good luck, or alternatively, to cause harm to others.

Tractor & ATV Safety Program 2018
Mar 29 – Mar 30 all-day

The Tractor & ATV Safety Program is for youth ages 14 and 15. The Program takes place at the Washington Co. Fairgrounds on March 30, April 2-3. Cost is $30 4-H members/ $35 non members. Please refer to the full program description for details. Contact our Hudson office with questions.

Tractor Safety Course
Mar 29 – Mar 30 all-day

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program is hosting a youth Tractor Safety Course March 30, April 2 and April 3 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Transportation will be provide for youth from Columbia and Greene Counties for this three-day course. The course is designed for youth 14 (13 year olds must turn 14 by April 3) and 15 years of age but youth up to the age of 19 will also be accepted. A mandatory registration meeting for parents and youth will be held on Monday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Education Center, 479 Rt. 66, Hudson. Youth and parents will be given all pre-program homework, expectations, and requirements for the certificate program.

The National Safe Tractor & Machinery Operation Program and ATV Safety Workshop educates participants about: risks of farm related activities, how to act safely in different farm work settings, identifying and correcting farm hazards to prevent injuries and illnesses, and how to obtain safety information about equipment that they may be operating.

Youth 14 and 15 years old are required to have a Tractor and Machinery Operation Certificate when employed on farms and other agribusinesses that require operating equipment. Youth younger than 14 and working on the family farm or older than 15 are not required to take this course. All youth will receive a National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) certificate after they pass the written and tractor operation tests taking place the last day of the course. The fee is $30.00 for enrolled 4-H members and $35 for non-members.

Registration: To register online and pay with credit card go to . If not paying by credit card, after online registration, pleasemail or drop off a check made payable to CCE or cash to the Extension Education Center, 479 Rt 66 Hudson NY 12534.

For more information please contact Maggie at 518-828-3346 x211 or

Nuclear Revolutions: How States Use Nuclear Weapons in International Politics
Mar 29 @ 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Mark Bell, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall on “Nuclear Revolutions: How States Use Nuclear Weapons in International Politics” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar.

Prof. Janet Hethorn
Mar 29 @ 12:20 PM – 1:10 PM

Lecture by Prof. Janet Hethorn.

Bethe Lecture Series, Department of Astronomy Colloquium
Mar 29 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Astronomy Colloquium, Professor Saul Teukolsky

Refreshments at 3:45 pm

Title: The Coming Revolution in Computational Astrophysics


Abstract: Large-scale computer simulations are increasingly crucial in explaining astrophysical phenomena. One recent example is the stunning agreement of the full 3-d solution of Einstein’s equations for colliding black holes with the observed signal from LIGO. For the past 50 years, the dominant computer method for solving these kinds of equations has remained essentially unchanged. To keep up with continuing advances in observation, simulations will require more fidelity and higher accuracy. One might think that with exascale machines becoming available in the next 5 years, this will be easy. This is not true: I will explain why Moore’s Law is broken, and how the next generation of supercomputers will instead get their power by having millions of processors. Current codes will not be able to use these machines efficiently. I will describe new methods for harnessing the power of such exascale computers to solve some of the largest problems in astrophysics and other areas of science.

Yogesh Surendranath – MIT – Chemistry Colloquium – Title TBD
Mar 29 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Klenèngan: Gamelan from Java: CU Music
Mar 29 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A touring group of master Javanese musicians, joined by Cornell Gamelan Ensemble members and guests, presents gamelan in the typical Javanese fashion: a more relaxed and expansive presentation known as klénengan. Presented in conjunction with the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project’s conference “Sounding out the State of Indonesian Music,” March 29-31.

Leaning Into the Wind @ Willard Straight Theatre
Mar 29 @ 9:15 PM – 10:48 PM

Ithaca Premiere 2017 > UK > Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer
With Andy Goldsworthy
Leaning into the Wind is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of artist Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and Glasgow to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world. More at
1 hr 33 min

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