Monthly Archives: June 2011

2011 Environmental Summit – A Wonderful Ending to Productive Year

On June 2, 2011, the ESF in the High School program came to a close with an annual Environmental Summit hosted by ESF Outreach.  Students enrolled in the ESF in the High School program have the opportunity to experience college-level coursework while still in high school through participation in Global Environment and other courses managed by Dr. Rick Beal, Assistant Dean for Educational Outreach.

This year’s Environmental Summit brought together 160 students from 12 schools throughout Central New York to present their year-long research projects.  Participation in the summit is voluntary for students, but most schools involved in the ESF in the High School program choose to partake.  According to Jacob O’Connell of the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central, “Bringing all these people together makes me feel like I’m part of a bigger scientific community.”  Jacob will pursue a B.S. in Environmental Science at ESF in the Fall.

The ESF Outreach Office congratulates all of the students and their teachers who presented at this year’s Environmental Summit, demonstrating their hard work and dedication to scientific inquiry and  to a successful school-to-college transition.  We also thank all of the participating high schools: Fowler, Henninger, and Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (Syracuse City School District), Chittenango, Paul V. Moore (Central Square), Solvay, Liverpool, Westhill, LaFayette Jr./Sr., Weedsport, East Syracuse-Minoa, and Onondaga, Cortland, and Madison County BOCES.

YNN video coverage of the event can be viewed at:

Michelle Meyer & Lauren Gibbs, Student Assistants

2011 Biotechnology Symposium: An Immense Success

Congratulations to Dr. John Fieschko 
for a very successful 2011 Biotechnology Symposium.  Dr. Fieschko is Faculty Chair of the Biotechnology Symposium Advisory Council, Executive Director of the CNY Biotechnology Research Center, and Professor in the SUNY-ESF Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering.

John was supported by an outstanding advisory council compromised of representatives from Le Moyne College; Roswell Park Cancer Institute; MacKenzie & Hughes, LLP; SUNY Upstate Medical University; The Tech Garden; Bristol-Myers Squibb; AMRI; SUNY-ESF; and Syracuse University.

The Crowne Plaza Syracuse Hotel provided an ideal setting for keynote presentations by

Keynote speakers and symposium attendees were joined by representatives from over 30 companies and universities for presentations, discussions, and networking focused on the application of biotechnology to healthcare and the environment.

With further thanks to program sponsors and collaborating sponsors,

Biospherix, O’Brien & Gere, Syracuse University Technology Transfer & Industrial Development Office, LeMoyne College, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AMRI, Upstate Medical University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, John W. Danforth Co., EMD Millipore, PerkinElmer, e2e Materials, D&M Refrigeration, SUNY Upstate Cancer Research Center, MacKenzie & Hughes LLP, Sartorius Stedim Biotech,

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Details for this year’s Symposium are available at and information regarding the 2012 Biotechnology Symposium will be available soon.

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost