Tree Ring Lab Hosts Workshop for 7th-8th Grade Girls

Mon, 05/06/2019

The Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory hosted a dendrochronology workshop for 7th-8th grade girls for a fourth straight year as part of the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference held at Cornell on April 27th.  EYH is a one-day, student-led conference for middle school girls that stimulates participants’ interest in math and science through hands-on workshops, provides them with female scientist role models, and fosters awareness of opportunities in science-related careers.  Participants in the dendrochronology-themed “Tree-Ring Time Detectives” workshop learned how to date wooden paintings and historical wooden objects with tree-rings; examined wood samples from the Cornell Lab’s collections to reconstruct their environmental histories; and even excavated and sampled wood charcoal from a mini archaeological site (“Tel Tupperware”).

This year’s workshop leaders were Tree-Ring Lab researchers Brita Lorentzen and Carol Griggs; CIAMS graduate students Rebecca Gerdes (Classics PhD), Annapaola Passerini (Anthropology PhD), and Alice Wolff (Medieval Studies PhD); and undergraduate Abby Bezrutczyk (Environmental Sciences and Sustainability ’20). 

Students and instructors standing in front of a tree-ring project