A New Era at SUNY-ESF Starts Now!

The Onondaga Lake Bioblitz is just one of many events celebrating Dr. Wheeler's inauguration as ESF's new President.

The Onondaga Lake Bioblitz is just one of many events celebrating Dr. Wheeler’s inauguration as ESF’s new President.

Make plans to join the ESF community in celebrating the inauguration of our new campus president, Dr. Quentin Wheeler.  Inauguration events include the Kick-Off Picnic, Academic Symposium, Presidential Roast, Inauguration Ceremony, and even the Onondaga Lake Bioblitz.

Discover many exciting species during the Bioblitz, a 24-hour exploration of life living in and around Onondaga Lake highlighting the importance of biodiversity and conservation. Scientists will work alongside citizens all day and night to inventory as many species as possible in the 24-hour window.  Register today and stop by the Honeywell Visitor Center on Friday or Saturday to experience this whirlwind event! 

Visit the Inauguration webpage to register today!

New Beginnings

I enjoy wishing students and colleagues a “happy new year” on the first day of classes. It’s even more fitting on a glorious fall day like this year’s first day of classes (not that there is ever reason to complain about the weather in Syracuse!).

The bikes are back on campus for the new fall semester!

The bikes are back on campus for the new fall semester!

Here at ESF, we are embarking on not only a new academic year but also the installation of our new campus president, Dr. Quentin Wheeler. A web page devoted to President Wheeler’s inauguration outlines the events including a Presidential Roast, an academic symposium, and a bioblitz at Onondaga Lake. The centerpiece event is the formal Inauguration Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 12th in Hendricks Chapel. I hope you will join the ESF College Community – in person or from afar – as a new era unfolds.

Join us, too, for one or more of the College’s new and ongoing outreach programs. Programs serve K-12 students, professionals, students at other colleges/universities, and other lifelong learners from communities of practice and scholarship near and far. Last year, ESF Outreach staff enjoyed working with the College’s faculty, staff, alumni, students, and off-campus collaborators to serve over 4,000 participants in a diverse range of credit and non-credit educational programs.

Along with ongoing programs such as ESF in the High School, Professional and Field Engineer short-courses, Summer Session, and SPARE (solar power installation training), explore these additional opportunities for 2014 – 2015:

  • The 6th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium will be held at the Brookhaven National Laboratory May 12-13, 2015.
  • The SUNY-ESF/RadTech Future of UV/EB Webinar Series kicks off August 27, 2014 with Lance Pickens, CEO and Founder of MadeSolid, who will present “UV 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.”
  • The Dale L. Travis Lecture Series begins Wednesday, September 24, 2014 with Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer, Director of the ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Dr. Kimmerer’s talk is titled “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge and Conservation.”
  • The RadTech International North America/SUNY-ESF Radiation Curing Program credit and non-credit short courses begin September 8th for ESF and visiting graduate and undergraduate students or professionals.
  • The SURE program’s first event of the year is “Sustainable Practices in Central New York,” a one and a half-day program held October 2 & 3, 2014 in collaboration with the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership. Join Dr. Brad Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics at Arizona State University to learn more about the future of sustainability and industrial ecology.
  • The 13th Annual New York State Green Building Conference will be held at a new location: The Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool in Liverpool, NY.

All this and more! Visit us in ESF’s new Gateway Center, learn more on the web at www.esf.edu/outreach, or contact us at (315) 470-6817 or outreach@esf.edu.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Chuck Spuches
Associate Provost for Outreach

Explore the Future of UV/EB Advanced Manufacturing with Lance Pickens

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

Click on the image to check out one of MadeSolid’s innovative uses of UV radiation.

Recent market research indicates that 3-D printing is about to skyrocket, and ultraviolet radiation (UV) cured materials are poised to play a major role in this development.   Resins cured by UV allow creators to quickly fabricate 3-D printed products from high-quality materials.  Lance Pickens, Founder and CEO of MadeSolid, Inc, will share his inside perspective on this exciting technology to kick off the 2014-2015 Future of UV/EB Advanced Manufacturing Webinar series.

Lance Pickens is a fast emerging visionary in 3-D printing.  He studied plastic and polymer chemistry at the University of Southern California and the Illinois Institute of Technology before founding his own company, MadeSolid, Inc.  Based in Emeryville, California, MadeSolid develops advanced materials for 3-D printers with a meticulous focus on superior mechanical properties and a commitment to user-friendly products.  Through an intrepid crowdsourcing campaign and the help of early beta users, MadeSolid develops products that give 3-D printer users access to advanced materials.

Lance will share his unique experiences and outlook for the role of UV curing as 3-D printing technology continues to accelerate. Join this exciting webinar for an inside look at developments in advanced materials for 3-D printing. Free registration is available online.  Check out the Future of UV/EB Webinar Series website for more details.

Join us for 2014-15 Future of UV/EB Webinar Series

2:00 p.m. August 27th, Online

Lance Pickens, 3-D printing visionary and CEO of MadeSolid, Inc., kicks off the 2014-2015 Future of UV/EB Webinar series. MadeSolid develops advanced materials for 3-D printers with a focus on superior mechanical properties and ease of use. Lance will recount developments in advanced materials for 3-D printing and share his perspective on the role of UV curing as 3-D printing technology continues to accelerate. Register for the webinar today!

Want to learn even more about radiation curing?

Register now for Fall Radiation Curing Program courses.  Radiation Curing Program courses are offered in a convenient and flexible web-based format at affordable prices, thanks to a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to SUNY-ESF and RadTech.

  • Introduction to Polymer Coatings – Online
    September 8, 2014 – November 14, 2014
    Register here.
  • Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies – Online
    September 22, 2014 – December 5, 2014
    Register here.
  • Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety – Online
    September 22, 2014 – November 14, 2014
    Register here.

With questions contact Kate Wall, Program Coordinator, ESF Outreach (315-470-4871/6817)

ESF Outreach’s Radiation Curing Team to Present to National Association

Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for ESF Outreach, and Dan Montoney, Co-founder of Rapid Cure Technologies, have been invited to discuss the future of radiation curing technologies with the Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI).  ASERTTI is the national organization connecting energy research institutions to promote the economy and the environment. This presentation is a part of the “Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness” collaborative through the U.S. Department of Labor.

This segment will introduce ASERTTI leadership to the Radiation Curing Program, which helps both students and industry professionals prepare for emerging opportunities in sustainable advanced materials manufacturing. The Radiation Curing Program is a suite of three online courses that responds to current and emerging demand for ultraviolet and electron beam curing and related training and education. This national initiative is led by SUNY-ESF in partnership with RadTech International, North America and other regional and national partners.

Join the Radiation Curing Program this fall! Four online courses are available starting in September, including the introductory Principles of Energy Curing Technology course. Help write the future of radiation curing technology by registering online today!

Local High School Recognizes SUNY-ESF

ESM Award 2014

ESF Outreach’s Brandon Murphy and Rick Beal, as well as ESF faculty members Klaus Dolle and Rafaat Hussein, were honored by the East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District with a Partnership for Learning award. For four years, ESF has partnered with East Syracuse-Minoa through the ESF in the High School program. This partnership also includes research at the Village of Minoa’s Cleanwater Educational Research Facility.

In this program, students apply knowledge gained from two college level courses to real world problems. Following the curriculum in the Global Environment and Alternative Energy courses, students engage in research on various topics, including compost energy efficiency and aquaculture systems. One such project analyzes the ability of different compost materials to heat a greenhouse through the winter.

This award was presented by John and Pamela Herrington, two ESF alumni who work with Outreach in the ESF in the High School program. Congratulations to Rick Beal, Brandon Murphy, and the entire ESF in the High School team!

ESF Summer Session 2014

Dear campus colleagues:

Based on feedback from students and others in the community, I know that a number of you continue to “spread the word” about ESF’s Summer Session. On behalf of all of our Summer Session instructors, please continue to let your family and friends know about the credit course opportunities available at ESF’s reasonable tuition rates.

ESF students and visiting students can take a field-based or classroom course, or “Take ESF home with them” – or wherever they are through an online course:  www.esf.edu/outreach/summer

Please share Dave Eichorn’s video ( and invite others to consider his course):

 

Thanks for your ongoing support. Summer Session is an outstanding service to our matriculated ESF students as well as to visiting students from other campuses.

Chuck

Dr. Charles M. Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach, SUNY-ESF