Broader Impacts: Beet Armyworm in Bronx, NY

Broader Impacts: Beet Armyworm in Bronx, NY

Joe Macchia, a science teacher at the Urban Science Academy in Bronx, NY, uses BTI teaching kits and educational resources to engage his students in hands-on science. Learn what he and his students think of BTI’s armyworm kit, one of the Institute’s many...
2017 PGRP Symposium marks finale of intern researchers’ summer

2017 PGRP Symposium marks finale of intern researchers’ summer

The Boyce Thompson Institute’s (BTI’s) 2017 class of summer interns wrapped up their summer by presenting research talks and posters at the 16th annual Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) Student Symposium on August 10th. Now in its 16th year, BTI’s annual PGRP...
Science In Real Life: GMOs with the Van Eck Lab

Science In Real Life: GMOs with the Van Eck Lab

Follow along with Molly Edwards, the creator of Science In Real Life (IRL), as she heads to the Van Eck Lab and demystifies GMOs by showing how they’re made in the lab and discussing their safety to consumers. Science IRL is a YouTube series supported by the American...
An Interview With PGRP Intern Natalie Gonzalez

An Interview With PGRP Intern Natalie Gonzalez

Natalie Gonzalez, a Plant Science major at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is also a repeat Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) intern. Now in her third REU internship, Natalie explains how having a mentor and interning at BTI has given her a new...
Maize in Maricopa: An Interview with Intern Michael Miller

Maize in Maricopa: An Interview with Intern Michael Miller

Picture this: one day, you’re at BTI on the first day of your new internship, networking with other students and getting settled. Soon after, you’re up bright and early harvesting maize samples on a hot, sunny day in Arizona. That is exactly what PGRP intern Michael...
Wading into discovery: BTI’s 2017 PGRP Interns

Wading into discovery: BTI’s 2017 PGRP Interns

Motivated, curious, and eager to discover, BTI’s 2017 Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) interns are ready to dive into a 2+ month transformative experience that will prepare them for their future career. For 10 weeks (7 for high school interns), undergraduate and...
‘New Visions’ of food security from Cassandra Proctor

‘New Visions’ of food security from Cassandra Proctor

BTI intern Cassandra Proctor has developed a self-described “obsession” with food security. The first-year plant science major at Cornell University developed a newfound fascination with plants through her internship in the lab of BTI Professor Maria Harrison her...
Frank Schroeder Selected for HHMI Faculty Scholars Program

Frank Schroeder Selected for HHMI Faculty Scholars Program

Frank Schroeder, associate professor at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Cornell University professor in chemistry and chemical biology, has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as one of 84 members of its new Faculty Scholars Program. Schroeder...
Rheonix pledges to support BTI Education and Outreach program

Rheonix pledges to support BTI Education and Outreach program

Rheonix, an Ithaca-based company founded by Greg Galvin, has made a gift of $30,000 to the Boyce Thompson Institute to support its Education and Outreach program. The company has pledged $10,000 per year for the next three years to sponsor BTI’s education programs...
Summer Institute Keeps Teachers ahead of the Curve

Summer Institute Keeps Teachers ahead of the Curve

Scientific knowledge is forever moving forward, and the Curriculum Development Projects in Plant Biology summer institute at the Boyce Thompson Institute is helping teachers to keep pace with new advances. During the on-campus experience, held July 18-22, an...
Students Become Gene Detectives to Fight Citrus Greening

Students Become Gene Detectives to Fight Citrus Greening

Scientists nationwide and around the globe are working together to make sense of the genome of the Asian citrus psyllid—an insect that is spreading a bacterium that is devastating citrus crops—and they aren’t letting geography get in their way. Each week, a group of...
BTI Intern Picks Up Awards on His Way to Berkeley

BTI Intern Picks Up Awards on His Way to Berkeley

Dhruv Patel, a Cornell senior and intern in the Martin laboratory, has worked incredibly hard to become a National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley this fall, but he can thank a little junior high school peer pressure for setting him...
New Teachers Get a Jump on Lesson Planning from BTI Workshop

New Teachers Get a Jump on Lesson Planning from BTI Workshop

New teachers and teachers-to-be received a lesson in using corn seedlings and beet armyworms to demonstrate concepts related to sustainability and agriculture in their classrooms, based in research from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI). Becky Sims, the teaching lab...
Why Teachers Spend Their Vacation Days at BTI

Why Teachers Spend Their Vacation Days at BTI

The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful place to vacation, but instead of taking selfies at waterfalls, a group of New York state teachers came to Ithaca over Columbus Day weekend to learn about the latest advances in plant and insect science. A group of fifteen middle...
Van Eck Gives Insight into Genetic Engineering to Cornell Students

Van Eck Gives Insight into Genetic Engineering to Cornell Students

Students in Cornell University’s course, The GMO Debate: Science and Society, received a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a genetic engineering laboratory at Boyce Thompson Institute, courtesy of Assistant Professor Joyce Van Eck and postdoctoral...
BTI Postdocs Teach Bio 101 at BTI

BTI Postdocs Teach Bio 101 at BTI

An opportunity to teach Postdoctoral associates are expected to perform research, exhibit critical thinking, and write scientific papers. Yet the skill set for the position that many postdocs aspire to,  to be Principal Investigator at a university, often require...
Bioinformatics Progress at BTI

Bioinformatics Progress at BTI

Can computers create better crops?  These days, any plant scientist will say yes, as computing is now a major tool in their arsenal.  Bioinformatics, which simply refers to the use of computers to access and analyze large amounts of biological data, allows scientists...

Plant Biology Outreach at Monroe Community College Rochester, NY

Sixty undergraduates at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY are learning some classic biology concepts in new ways, and they are using plants to do it. Professor Laura Penman, a participant in BTI’s Plant Biology Curriculum Development Project and three-week...
BTI Participates in Cornell’s Bring a Child to Work Day

BTI Participates in Cornell’s Bring a Child to Work Day

On April 28, 2011, thirteen children ages 8 – 12 visited BTI along with their parents as part of Cornell’s Bring a Child to Work Day. This year, 395 children participated in the event, which provides children with the opportunity to learn about career options through...

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