Jen is currently the Chair of Cortland Music Department in Cortland, NY and teaches middle school choir, general music and high school modern band. In her tenure at Cortland she has been recognized for her passion and excellence in teaching, receiving the regional Apple for the Teacher Award and the Cortland Peer Recognition Award. Her commitment to education has taken her to a national platform working with other teachers and music departments to share best practices in the classroom and department organization. As a strong advocate for school music, she is very involved in New York State School Music Assocation (NYSSMA) serving as the President of Cortland County Music Teachers Association, NYSSMA vocal adjudicator and participates in the NYSSMA vocal solo manual committee. You can find her publications in NYSSMA’s School Music News and the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) publication, In Transition. Additionally, Jen is the choir director of the Dryden Intergenerational Choir which is a chorus of singers ranging from age nine to ninety-one; An incredible example of musical life long learning.
Mariah Beck is a third year veterinary student at Cornell University. She is focused on wildlife medicine, particularly in the area of marine conservation. Mariah is also a strong advocate and educator on the interdisciplinary crisis of plastic pollution. She has presented this topic to a wide range of age groups at places like Cornell University, AQUAVET®, and Oxford University. At the Empire Longevity Symposium, she will share this urgent and important issue through a lens of interconnectedness - how plastic waste impacts all forms of life on our planet. In her talk, she will emphasize how our engagement with this issue can strengthen our health in moral, physical, spiritual, and environmental dimensions.
Barbara Ganzel is a clinical social worker and research neuroscientist. She has 20+ years of experience in studying how the environment impacts the brain, body, behavior across the lifespan. Previously, she was the principal investigator and director of a neuroimaging laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca. Currently, she is the director of the Gerontology Institute at Ithaca College. She has published in the Psychological Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Psychiatry,The Gerontologist, NeuroImage, Psychology and Aging, and the Journal of Traumatic Stress, among others.
Barbara will be speaking on Longevity and the Aging Brain
Andrew Bashi is a lawyer currently studying veterinary medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He frequently lectures on topics concerning wildlife conservation and animal ethics. His most recent research, presented at the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics, challenges the assumption that incarceration is an effective means of curbing animal cruelty.
Andrew will be speaking on the human-animal bond and its potential to help us live longer and more enjoyable lives.
A lifelong question that has driven Dr. Janke is "Why aren't we living longer AND healthier lives"? This question has lead him to using the latest technologies to understand how your nervous system can better adapt. The same question has lead him to founding the Empire Longevity site, and then the Symposium. He has been in practice for 26 years and during that time has been awarded the 'Beacon Award' as the top Chiropractor in New York.
Dr. Janke has been published in international Chiropractic journals on his unique and progressive care to help his patients reach better health, and longevity. His next article is a case study showing how a woman post breast cancer can regain better health with Chiropractic care.
For the Empire Longevity Symposium, Dr. Janke is not only the creative mind behind it, he will also be the Master of Ceremony, and will close out the day with his talk on "Longevity After Trauma".