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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Life on a Silken Thread

Week 3:

This program is no longer available.
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Spiders get remarkably bad press—yet they are highly beneficial members of every terrestrial ecosystem. The dominant terrestrial predators on Earth, spiders are nature's primary insect exterminators, helping to control many destructive and sometimes disease-bearing species in our houses and gardens. Linda Rayor, lecturer and senior research associate in the Department of Entomology, is the curator of one of the largest, most diverse spider collections in the country and the star of Science Channel's Monster Bug Wars. She will lead our exploration of many threads of spider biology and behavior. In lecture, in the field (including one nocturnal foray), and in the lab, we'll observe live spiders, scorpions, vinegaroons, and their cousins. We will discuss spider biology, predatory behavior, mate selection and courtship, poisonous spiders, social spiders, and spiders as agents of biological control. Be prepared to admire, and even grow fond of, these remarkable creatures!

Linda Rayor

Linda Rayor, Department of Entomology at Cornell University, specializes in spider behavior and science outreach. Linda has won numerous teaching awards for her courses on Spider Biology, Insect Behavior, and a course on how to do effective scientific outreach.... > more


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Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.