10 Reasons to Take ESF Summer Semester Courses

  1. Enjoy some summer sunshine.  Summer is the best time to be in the field.  Taking Field Ornithology would get you outside to hear the birds sing.
  2. Take a unique course.  Take Wetland Restoration Techniques  and Wetland Restoration Practicum with Tom Beibighauser, a top experienced professional in the wetland restoration field.
  3. Devote more time and energy to a difficult course.  Take Physics of Life or Principles of Genetics as a summer course to focus all of your studying power on these difficult courses.
  4. Get a gen ed or prerequisite course out of the way.  American History: From Discovery to Civil War and American History: Reconstruction to Present meet the SUNY General Education requirement for American History.
  5. Have your cake and eat it too!  Short Maymester courses don’t take your whole break!  Try Water Resources to earn four credit-hours in just two short weeks!
  6. Online classes can make a summer at home more bearable.  Instead of watching Netflix, take Film & Environment: Nature, Culture, & Image in Movies to get credit for watching movies.
  7. Finish school early or on-time.  Many of the ESF Summer Semester courses are required to graduate.  Take College Algebra & Trigonometry or College Algebra & Pre-Calculus to jump start your college career.
  8. Explore a topic you are passionate about. Lots of ESF Summer Semester courses help inspire you to improve your world.  Urban Agriculture & Food Cultures covers important topics like food security, environmental quality, and sustainable communities.
  9. Take a class with friends.  Your schedules aren’t as full during the summer term.  How about Flora of Central New York, where you’ll study plants and flowers in the lab and out in the field?
  10. You like a good adventure.  Join the National Park Service Field School at Acadia National Park to explore one of America’s most beloved landscape while gaining real skills in cultural landscape preservation.

Learn more about ESF Summer Semester and all of these great classes at: www.esf.edu/outreach/summer/. Registration begins February 2, 2015.

ESF Science Corps Invites Nominations and Applications

SUNY-ESF’s STEM Mentoring Initiative to Strengthen the Education Pipeline is accepting nominations and applications from ESF graduate students to participate in the Spring 2015 program.  As a STEM Mentor, graduate students in the Science Corps serve as front-line role models for Syracuse City School District middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Participating mentors bring STEM content, research expertise, and passion to in-school learning activities.

Learn more about this NSF-funded program and apply online at www.esf.edu/outreach/STEMmentor. Contact Brandon Murphy at bmurphy@esf.edu or (315)470-6979/6817 for more information.

Please join us in congratulating the Fall 2014 Science Corps and their academic advisors:

  • Funmi Alfelumo, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. Lee Newman, advisor.
  • Adriana Beltrani, Environmental Science, Dr. Margaret Bryant, advisor.
  • Sophie Finlayson-Schueler, Environmental Science, Dr. Margaret Bryant, advisor.
  • Jacqueline Gerson, Syracuse University, Dr. Charles Driscoll, advisor.
  • Chengyan Jing, Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, Dr. Biljana Bujanovic, advisor.
  • Joshua Karchin, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Stewart Loh, advisor.
  • Rebecca Meissner, Environmental Resource Engineering, Dr. Stephen Shaw, advisor.
  • Sarah Mount, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. Karin Limburg, advisor.
  • Amber Papillion, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Gary Winslow, advisor.
  • Noah Pasqua-Godkin, Environmental Science, Dr. Klaus Doelle, advisor.
  • Desmaris Tyler, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. William Powell, advisor.

Think Summer Semester!

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Dear ESF Undergraduate and Graduate Students,

ESF’s Summer Semester is well established in the hearts and minds of the ESF community. I want to extend a warm welcome to our first year undergraduate and graduate students who may be less aware that, at this time of year, planning and preparation for ESF’s Summer Semester are well underway. Please keep ESF’s Summer Session in mind as you schedule appointments and meet with your advisor in November for Spring Registration.

A working Summer 2015 schedule is now available online at www.esf.edu/outreach/summer. Please review the course schedule to get a sense of what to look forward to next summer.  Check back throughout the semester to keep up with new developments.

I welcome and will appreciate any thoughts and questions you may have. Thank you.

Chuck Spuches

Nov 6 Schedule

RCP Spotlight: 5 Reasons You Should Take Introduction to Polymer Coatings

1)  Keep up with changing trends in advanced manufacturing.  More firms are adopting radiation curing techniques every day because they can be cheaper, higher quality, and more sustainable.  Introduction to Polymer Coatings will help you stay on top of rapidly developing trends.

2) Work towards an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing.  If you’re looking for new job or just a promotion, a certificate proving you know what you’re talking about certainly helps!

3) Learn the fundamental chemistry that makes modern polymers work.  Introduction to Polymer Coatings covers reaction kinetics, cross-linking agents, mechanical and optical properties, and many other fascinating dimensions of polymer coatings.  Isn’t science fun?

4) Further your understanding of current technologies and techniques used in the coatings industry.  Understanding these complex processes will help you develop, refine, implement, sell, and even use polymer coated materials.

5) Take the course from where ever you are, whenever you have time. Introduction to Polymer Coatings is entirely, completely online.

Take Introduction to Polymer Coatings starting February 2, 2015.

Learn more about the Radiation Curing Program’s graduate-level courses and register today!

Willow Biomass Energy and Alternative Applications Short Course

Shrub willow biomass crop.

POSTPONED–further details TBA

Learn about the exciting frontiers of willow crop production, harvest, utilization for heat and power, alternative applications, and environmental benefits during the Willow Biomass Energy and  Alternative Applications Short Course. Land-owners, natural resource managers, renewable energy professionals, academics, and anyone interested in willow biomass can register online today!

The short-course begins on Tuesday, November 18th with presentations on production, harvest, and profit of shrub willow crops.  Following lunch, participants will learn about energy and environmental applications for shrub willow in the afternoon.  On Wednesday, November 19th, participants will venture into the field to experience a commercial willow harvest demonstration at Celtic Energy Farms.

Make sure to check out the schedule online and register today!

Radiation Curing Program Recognized

The RadTech/SUNY-ESF Radiation Curing Program has been chosen by the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) as the winner for this year’s James C. Hall Exemplary Credit Program Award.  The Radiation Curing Program was chosen among strong competition from across the State of New York.  CEANY cited our program’s close ties to real world businesses and it’s ease of accessibility to for both local and international students as distinguishing features of our program.  The Radiation Curing Program is designed to help both students and industry professionals capitalize on the exciting growth of radiation curing in the sustainable materials manufacturing field.  Thank you to all of the dedicated partners and staff that make the Radiation Curing Program exemplary!

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SPARE: Solar Power As Renewable Energy

October 27 – 30, 2014, Syracuse

Solar PanelAs the demand for sustainable energy grows, photovoltaic panels are becoming a popular way to go green and save money.  Consumers making the jump to solar energy look to expert installers to site, design, and maintain these complex systems.

Through the 4-day SPARE Basic Photovoltaic Installer Course, participants can learn the essentials of photovoltaic technology for household use.  The course includes sizing and design for grid- and off-grid systems, various electrical load levels, different mounting configurations, and for the problems associated with shade and orientation. Safety practices for installers and the study of the electrical code for photovoltaic systems will be covered in some detail. Participants will learn about various mounting systems for photovoltaic arrays and how they affect roofs. As part of the class, participants get hands-on experience by building a working photovoltaic system.

This course is recognized by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and along with passing score on the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, counts as 18 hours applicable towards certification.

Register online at: www.esf.edu/outreach/spare/registration.htm