Biotechnology Symposium Shines in NYC!

Congratulations to our on- and off-campus colleagues who provided leadership and support to the recent 2015 Biotechnology Symposium. We deeply appreciate the leadership bnlof our colleagues at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Thanks to their collaboration and hospitality, over 50% of our 7th annual Symposium participants came from the metropolitan NYC area.

 My thanks go to our program co-chairs, Drs. Tom Amidon, Lee Newman, and Art Stipanovic, to our Outreach staff, Katherina Searing and Terry Webb, as well to our entire 2015 advisory council:

  • Noel Blackburn, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Susumu Ikuta, SUNY-ESF (formerly, Bristol-Myers Squibb)
  • Judy Jarnefeld, NYSERDA
  • Kirk Leister, Biotechnology Consultant
  • Scott MacFarlane, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Tom Melninkaitis, Tosoh Bioscience
  • Susi Varvayanis, Cornell University

As we look ahead to the 8th Symposium returning to Syracuse and the ESF Campus in 2016, I invite your interest in advisory council participation.

I extend our collective appreciation to all of our sponsors and especially to our partnership with the SUNY Research Foundation. I look forward to working with our SUNY Research Foundation colleagues, sponsors, staff and advisory council to continue to strengthen the Biotechnology Symposium role in serving and advancing Biotechnology’s economic development, research and education impact for New York State and beyond.

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Many thanks to all who participated and who made this year’s Symposium a success.

Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

CNY students learn more about science, with a little help from ESF students

SUEugeneNY-ESF graduate students help strengthen science learning in Syracuse city schools. Read more.

ESF Online: Take ESF with You Wherever You Go!

ESF Online enables you to Take ESF with You Wherever You Go. Thanks to a 2008 grant fromSS the Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation that supported the ESF in the High School Distance Learning Initiative, along with a NASA Global Climate Change Online grant and, more recently, funding from the US Department of Labor, ESF has developed a strong presence in the world of online education. Coupled with a robust selection of short-term field experience courses, our online offerings have been concentrated in our Summer Semester. Explore ESF’s online and other Summer courses!

Learn more and to register.

So who is “Chris”?

Who’s Chris? Last month’s post generated some enjoyable emails and inquiries about “Chris” who has graciously served as the personification of ESF’s Summer Semester. Chris Rothery, an ESF Outreach undergraduate student assistant hails from Long Beach, California. He is an Environmental Studies major with an environmental policy, planning and law concentration.

Along with his academic pursuits, Chris is active with Quidditch. In fact, he will be academic year 2015-16 president of the Syracuse University/ESF Quidditch club team! Chris is also active with Model United Nations. This summer, Chris, an Eagle ScChris Earth Dayout, will be an advisor to Boy Scouts of America crew no. 134, a venturing program for young adults. In addition, he will resume his role as a Civil War reenactor.

As you can see, we are privileged to have Chris with us. We look forward to having Chris back next academic year and to his creative and technical contributions.

Please note: Syracuse University and other visiting students interested in taking an ESF Summer Semester course, MySlice (the online registration portal used during the academic year) is not available during summer semester. Instead, to register for a 2015 ESF Summer course please contact Maura Stefl at mhstefl@esf.edu / 315.470.6811 or Barbara Newman at banewman@esf.edu / 315.470.6817. Thank you.

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

Graduate Student Appointments Announcement!

I am very pleased to let you know that Eugene Law has been appointed the 2015-16 ESF Outreach Graduate Assistant.  Eugene is an M.S. student in the graduate program in environmental science (Dr. Stewart Diemont, Major Professor). Among his many accomplishments, Eugene earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in recognition of excellence in academic achievement, leadership and community service. Eugene has served as president of the ESF Undergraduate Student Association, as the undergraduate representative to the ESF Board of Trustees, ESF representative to the Syracuse University Student Association and as a brother of Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity.

I am also honored to let you know that the following graduate students were selected to serve as Teaching Fellows for the 2015 Graduate Assistant Colloquium on Teaching and Learning. Thank you for all of your ongoing support and active participation. 

  • Scott Bergey, Ph.D. student, Chemistry (Dr. Arthur Stipanovic, Major Professor) and president of the ESF Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Whitney Lash-Marshall, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Environmental Studies
  • Fernanda Oliveira, Ph.D. student, Paper and Bioprocess Engineering (Dr. Klaus Doelle, Major Professor)
  • Emily Stephan, Ph.D. student, Environmental Resources Engineering (Dr. Theodore Endreny, Major Professor)
  • Sara Velardi, Ph.D. student, Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Dr. Theresa Selfa, Major Professor)
  • Jay W. Wason, III, Ph.D. student, Environmental and Forest Biology, (Dr. Martin Dovciak, Major Professor)

The Graduate AssistGACAttendees2014editedant Colloquium introduces new graduate teaching assistants (and research assistants and fellowship recipients who elect to participate) to

  • the culture and expectations of ESF;
  • instructional skills necessary to work effectively as a GA;
  • people and units who provide leadership and support to the GA’s role; and
  • professional skills and resources that will endure beyond your ESF graduate assistant experience.

The Colloquium will be held Wednesday, August 26 and Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Moon Library.  Complete Colloquium information is available on the web at http://www.esf.edu/iq/colloquium

Sincerely,

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

Biotechnology Sympoisum Speakers Include Dr. Eva Cramer

Spring Cramer_000has arrived and the 7th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium is fast approaching!  Plan now to join us May 12 – 13, 2015 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory for plenary presentations, technical sessions and tours of Brookhaven facilities, including the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and National Synchrotron Light Source II

Featured speakers include Dr. Eva Cramer. Dr. Cramer is Distinguished Service Professor of Cell Biology and Vice President for Biotechnology and Scientific Affairs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is also President of the Downstate Technology Center, Inc. as well as President of BioBAT, Inc.

To learn more and to register!

TEC Tuesday at SUNY-ESF

SUNY ESF hosted a TEC Tuesday meeting and site visit recently in its Gateway Center.  Many thanks to Fil Larosa, ESF’s Plant Utilities Engineer, for his in-depth portrayal of the Gateway Center’s combined heat and power system.  AMTEC Phil2

TEC Tuesday is a part of  the Advanced Manufacturing in Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC)  project, a collaborative initiative designed to strengthen the cluster of Central New York manufacturers of systems that heat and cool buildings, refrigerate produce, control manufacturing processes, and enable a variety of other applications. To drive regional cluster growth, AM-TEC  supports the following:

  • Innovation and commercialization acceleration
  • Export acceleration
  • Advanced manufacturing training opportunities
  • Research and development collaborations with area universities and faculty
  • Workforce development and training
  • Entrepreneurial assistance and support
  • Networking opportunities

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

Are you ready to Summer? Join us for ESF’s Summer Semester!

Apparently our attempt to bring some joy to an otherwise long cold winter has garnered some enthusiastic support. I appreciate our graduate assistant, Kansas native and environmental science masters student, Rachel Hoppins, and Long Beach, California native and environmental studies undergraduate, Chris Rothery, for their creative spirit – thank you.

If you haven’t fo22301_363300567211348_852335096924437441_nllowed Chris through the seasons and holidays of the academic year, please visit him on Facebook. But please don’t let the joyful tone distract you from the serious opportunities ESF’s Summer Semester offers ESF students – as well as students from other campuses to explore on-campus and field-experience courses, including courses in Acadia National Park (Maine), Washington DC, Heiberg Forest, New York City, Martha’s Vineyard, the Hudson River Watershed and elsewhere. Or the opportunity to Take ESF with You Wherever You Go through on online course. All at affordable and competitive SUNY tuition rates. Help us spread the word – thank you.

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

Dr. Tom Amidon / College Technology Educator of the Year

tomDr. Tom Amidon received the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s  2015 College Technology Educator of the Year award at the TACNY awards banquet on Monday, March 23rd.

Dr. Amidon, a professor in SUNY-ESF’s Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, has made his mark on the paper and bioprocess industries. After graduating from ESF with a doctorate in 1974, he worked for International Paper for 23 years, concluding his service as laboratory manager for the company’s corporate research center in Tuxedo, N.Y. He brought his research skills back to ESF in 2000 as chair of what was then called the Paper Science and Engineering Department.

While chair, Dr. Amidon led the development of a bioprocess engineering curriculum, which received accreditation under the chemical engi­neering rubric. He also helped develop a SUNY Advanced Certificate in Bioprocessing that has been completed by more than 100 students over the past decade with the majority of them working at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Since stepping down as chair, Dr. Amidon has become co-academic adviser for a SUNY Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing of coatings, paints, and inks. This technology, which con­serves energy and reduces emissions, is rapidly growing in com­mercial applications.

While at ESF, Dr. Amidon opened up new a research area in paper science, evaluating novel approaches for the disassembly of woody materials with the aim of preserv­ing current profitable uses while making new raw materi­als available. He worked with the American Forest and Paper Association to develop a new research area called new forest-based materials. He is the U.S. expert in the area, and he has presented to House Science Committee staff and numerous international gatherings.

In New York state, Dr. Amidon has been an advocate for companies to adopt the “biorefinery concept”. He is leading a consortium of New York companies to com­mercialize green chemistry technology developed by the faculty and students of ESF’s Paper and Bioprocess Engi­neering program. This technology uses water and mem­brane systems to create a sugar solution from wood that can be fermented into biofuels, such as ethanol or buta­nol, or used to create biodegradable plastics and other products.

The Technology Alliance of Central New York was founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse. TACNY’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

Thirteen and Counting: NYS GBC

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I wonder how many of us, fourteen years ago, imagined that we would be celebrating the 13th annual New York State Green Building Conference? Yet here we are.  Thanks go to our dedicated advisory council, our partners and sponsors, to our staff – and to the strong community of practitioners and educators who represent diverse contexts and roles and who have made this their preferred place to gather, share and advance this critical mission.

While the conference only concluded ten days ago, we’ll now begin planning and preparing for number 14 in 2016.

This year’s conference included an inaugural VIP Pre-conference Reception and Program. We took this opportunity to recognize many of the people who have helped develop and sustain NYS GBC for over a decade. The program included the following remarks:

  • United Nations Champion of the Earth / Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and CEO, Green Building Certification Institute
  • Learning from Our Older Brothers and Sisters: Envisioning Future Buildings / Ed Bogucz, Executive Director, Syracuse Center of Excellence
  • A Building that Teaches / Dr. Neil Murphy , Professor and President Emeritus
  • Learning from Nature’s Models / Quentin Wheeler, President, SUNY-ESF

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In addition to a plenary session led by Rick Fedrizzi and his senior USGBC colleagues, the conference itself featured Chief Oren Lyons (Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper), Sam Rashkin (Chief Architect, U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office), and outstanding workshops and sponsor sessions. Among the several memorable highlights were

  • CenterState CEO recognized Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC as the first certified B-Corporation in Syracuse, and
  • USGBC recognized the ESF Gateway Center’s  LEED Platinum designation.

Please join me in expressing appreciation to all who made the 13th NYS GBC a valuable and productive experience – and please plan to join us next year!

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost, ESF Outreach