Moonlighting Discourse Series

We are especially excited about the first of this year’s Moonlighting Discourse Series.

“MooMoonlightingnlighting” is a series of informal discussions, debates and interviews hosted by Dr. Quentin Wheeler. Joining him for a discussion on science and religion will be Father George Coyne (LeMoyne College and former Vatican astronomer) and Dr. Warren Allmon (Director of Cornell University’s Museum of the Earth and Paleontological Research Institute).

Moonlighting: 7 – 9 PM, Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 110 Moon Library (ESF Campus)

For more information and to register click here.

Dr. Chuck Spuches, Assistant to the President for Outreach

Congratulations to first Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing Recipient

On behalf of the Radiation Curing Program (RCP) and ESF, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to John Stancampiano. John recently completed the College’s new fully online post-baccalaureate certificate program and is the first individual to earn the Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing.
To date, the Radiation Curing Program, developed in partnership with RadTech International, North America, has served 1,197 participants from 85 organizations in 22 states and five countries (in addition to the U.S.).  Short-courses and advanced courses are offered for college credit and in a non-credit professional development format.
With thanks to our instructional team and our collaborators, again, congratulations to John and his family!
Dr. Charles M. Spuches
Assistant to the President for Outreach
To learn more about the Radiation Curing Program and to register for Summer short-courses and Fall courses visit the RCP web site at

Pictured here are (left to right) John’s sister Maria, his mother, Mary, John, and his father, Al.

The Radiation Curing Program is funded, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing.

This project adheres to the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).

US DOL Visits Radiation Curing Program

We were proud to host our US Department of Labor program officer, Rochelle Layne, who recently conducted a Radiation Curing Program site visit. Thanks and congratulations to our instructional team and to some of our area business collaborators who demonstrated curing applications across a range of consumer and industrial products. ToUSDOL RCP SiteVisit learn more about the SUNY-ESF/RadTech International Radiation Curing Program (RCP) visit

Pictured here are (left to right), Dan Montoney, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Rapid Cure, Rochelle Layne, US DOL Employment and Training Administration, and Kevin Daley, Thomas Technology Group.

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.


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 / 315.470.6811 or Barbara Newman at / 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


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