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lately in the public lens

lenses-KTHI’m camera shy, but I’ve been popping up in various media these days, mostly giving laid back, image-rich talks to welcome people into the fungusy world that you and I love. Thought you might be curious.

My popular lecture for Cornell’s Summer Lecture Series is available via a CyberTower webcast (too bad you can’t hear the great audience, who gamely answered my questions and laughed at my jokes).

A Visit to the Mushroom Planet

A fun new radio interview with Jenny Nelson for Science Cabaret on Air. I gave a Sci Cab presentation a few years ago with Kent Loeffler and Tim Merrick. That is not online (you just had to be there, drinking beer):

Fungus Amongus

My friend Dr. Tim Baroni and I recently gave a tag team presentation as a SUNY Cortland Community Roundtable which is now up as a webcast:

Fungus Among Us: Mushrooms and Molds in Our Lives

I joined a live discussion of fungi (and how horrible and creepy they are!) on Connecticut Public Radio’s Colin McEnroe Show (Jan 11 2010):

CMS: Mushrooms are Mysterious

And the Fungi of China collection I told you about a while ago has finally gone home, to some fanfare. Here is the final installment:

Prized Mushroom Collection Returns to China (Associated Press)

More details on China chez nous.

happy mushrooming,
Kathie Hodge

p.s. The image shows my two new hand lenses, which I chose for their sharp optics and wide field of view. A good basic (triplet) 10x lens is every naturalist’s friend. A 20x lens is a good addition for folks like me, who crave a closer look. I carry both in the field. Find them at various outfitters of miners and geologists.

My recommendations:

Belomo 10x Triplet (not pictured): cheap, very good, sturdy. This is the one I bought for my son. Not a fan of the stiff and bulky lanyard though.

Meiji Triplet, 10X: Also very good, but not so cheap, and too small a loop for attaching to your lanyard. I bought this for me, but I don’t think it’s significantly better than the Bellomo.

Iwamoto Wide Lens Triplet, 20X: Nice! Big glass for such a high mag lens. Lets in the light so you can use it while crouching by a log in a hemlock grove.



3 Responses to “ lately in the public lens ”


Most people don't pay much attention to fungi, which include things like mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. Here at Cornell we think they're pretty fascinating. In fact, even the most disgusting foot diseases and moldy strawberries are dear to our hearts. We'd like to talk to you about fungi, so that like us, you too can tell gross stories at the dinner table. Afterwards, maybe you'll notice some things you would have overlooked before, and we think this could be good for the planet.

Kathie T. Hodge, Editor

Beneath Notice, our book of borescopic mycology.


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