Monthly Archives: March 2012

General Chemistry II now offered in Summer Session 2012!

In today’s Summer Spotlight, Jesse Crandall highlights his Summer Session courses General Chemistry II (FCH 152) & General Chemistry II Lab (FCH 153).  These courses fulfill SUNY general education requirements, and are required for nearly all students in the sciences.  Students will develop their understanding of chemical reactivity by focusing on concepts such as chemical kinetics and chemical equilibrium.

This engaging course and many others are offered at SUNY’s favorable tuition rates (in state undergraduate: $220/credit; in state graduate: $370/credit*).  Registration is now open and continues throughout the spring!  Be sure to check the Summer Session website frequently, as new courses continue to be added and some course descriptions have been updated:

* Tuition costs referenced here are based on currently published rates and are subject to change:

Summer Spotlight: Dr. Elizabeth Folta

This week’s Summer Spotlight video features Dr. Elizabeth Folta (Department of Environmental and Forest Biology) describing her 2012 Summer Session course Interpreting Field Biology (EFB 496/796).  This two-week residential course is offered at the Adirondack Ecological Center, and introduces students to Adirondack flora and fauna in a regional context as subjects for various interpretive programs and products.

Over 40 classes, including online, on-campus, and field courses, are currently listed for ESF’s 2012 Summer Session!  For an updated course list (including field, online, and on-campus courses), course descriptions, and details on how to register as an ESF or visiting student, visit the Summer Session website:

ESF Welcomes Highly Regarded Professionals as Summer Session Instructors

ESF is gearing up for an exciting Summer Session of online, on-campus, field, and international courses, and we are proud to include several of our region’s most accomplished professionals as 2012  Summer Session instructors!  Their knowledge and years of professional experience promise to greatly benefit the students enrolled in their courses.    Some of these instructors are featured below:

Gary Lim, who will teach Introduction to Green Entrepreneurship (FOR 106), brings a wealth of experience in both functional and general management—the first 20 years of which were spent in the high technology sector of Silicon Valley, California. He is the founder and president of the Aurarius LLC consulting firm, and has been personally involved with four start-up or turnaround companies over the course of his career.  Mr. Lim’s first book, The Road to Gumption: Using Your Inner Courage to Balance Your Work and Personal Life (Dorato Press, 2007), was an Amazon #1 Bestseller in its category.

Kevin Stack (principal) and Josh Stack (counselor of law) at Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC (NGBC), will co-teach Biomimicry and Resilience Science for Buildings, Communities and Complex Sustainability Initiatives (CME 496).  Kevin is an ecological builder, building scientist, and ecoliteracy educator who designs, teaches, and builds in nature’s image.  He lectures internationally as a Biomimicry Speakers Guild member and as USGBC LEED Faculty (CCS, Homes, Green Rater). Kevin holds certifications as an HERS Rater, LEED for Homes Green Rater, BPI Building Analyst, and Envelope Specialist.  Kevin was educated in forestry and biology at SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University.  He began developing his Building in Nature’s Image framework and ecological performance standards more than three decades ago as founder of affiliated companies focused on ecological building, building science, verification and innovative constructability, and ecoliteracy. More recently, Kevin has educated thousands of architects, engineers, construction professionals, and students in biomimicry and sustainable construction across North America.  Josh is an attorney and counselor at law admitted to practice in New York State, an advisor in resilience, a Biomimicry Institute trained designer, and an alumnus of the Peruvian Rainforest.  He concentrates in resilience design, biomimicry, and advising clients on how to strategically apply sustainability science through his self-developed framework of coevolutionary design.  Josh was educated first in biology and living systems at Cornell University, and then in law at the SUNY Buffalo School of Law, the Cornell University School of Law, and the New York University College of Law.  He adapts this experience to create resilience and an ecology of life for buildings, cities, and complex/strategic sustainability initiatives.

Dave Eichorn will teach the online course, Climate Change Science and Sustainability (ENS 200), this summer.  Mr. Eichorn is a meteorologist with over 30 years of experience, including 19 years as Chief Meteorologist at WSYR TV Syracuse.  He has a specialized background in lake effect snowstorms and the atmospheric patterns that produce them, and has expertise in mesoscale atmospheric modeling.  Currently Mr. Eichorn is engaged in research on spatial analysis of atmospheric model output using GIS.  He has won awards for severe weather coverage of the superstorm of March 1993, for coverage of Hurricane Gloria, and for educating the public in the science of Meteorology.

Sean Vormwald will co-teach Sustainability Program Management (EST 496/696).  As the current Director of Sustainability at Onondaga Community College (OCC), Mr. Vormwald is uniquely qualified to teach this course, which focuses on the practice and theory of managing sustainability programs within organizational settings.  His role at OCC includes integrating sustainability into campus operations, encouraging sustainability-related curriculum development, and coordinating educational outreach programs.  In addition to his experience at OCC, Mr. Vormwald has also provided sustainability consulting services for municipal, non-profit, and business clients through his company Sustainable Transitions Inc., and has managed environmentally-focused public outreach campaigns for several non-profit organizations.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from leading experts and practitioners this summer!  For more information on courses and how to register as an ESF or visiting student, visit

Summer Spotlight: Dr. Rick Beal

In this week’s Summer Spotlight video, Dr. Richard Beal describes his Summer Session course The Global Environment and the Evolution of Human Society (EFB 120).  This class addresses large-scale environmental issues and their relation to the development of human societies and resource-use strategies over time. The course fulfills general education requirements, and may also be of interest to rising high school seniors and k-12 educators.

SUNY-ESF is excited to offer an expanded selection of courses for Summer Session 2012!  In addition to Dr. Beal’s course, several others will be of interest to rising high school seniors and k-12 educators as well, including:

APM 104*      College Algebra & Precalculus
EFB 120*        Global Environment & the Evolution of Human Society
ENS 200         Climate Change Science & Sustainability
ESF 200          Information Literacy
EWP 290*      Research Writing & the Humanities
FCH 496         Advanced Training in Alternative Energy
FOR 106         Introduction to Green Entrepreneurship
FOR 201         Introduction to Watershed Hydrology
FOR 296         Introduction to Excel
* indicates courses that fulfill general education requirements.  

These courses – and many more – are offered at SUNY’s favorable tuition rates (in state undergraduate: $220/credit; in state graduate: $370/credit**)!  Over 45 courses are currently listed.

We invite you to share this opportunity with students and educators you know who may be interested in enrolling.  Please visit the Summer Session website for a full course list and details on registering:

** Tuition costs referenced here are based on currently published rates and are subject to change:

Summer Spotlight: Professor George Curry

Today’s Summer Spotlight features Professor George Curry (Department of Landscape Architecture) describing an exciting Summer Session course titled National Park Service Field School at Acadia National Park (LSA 496/696) to be held at Acadia National Park in Maine!  Please enjoy this video, which includes several images of the striking landscape where the course will be conducted.

In addition to this unique out-of-state course, we invite you to also consider international courses such as Social-Ecological Conflict & Sustainability: Case Studies in Costa Rica & Nicaragua (EST 496/696).  This four-week international field course, offered with a non-governmental organization in Costa Rica, will give you the opportunity to analyze field case studies and apply critical analysis skills to a representative array of regions, stakeholders, and protected areas in Central America!

Over 40 classes, including online, on-campus, and field courses, are currently listed for ESF’s 2012 Summer Session!  For an updated course list, course descriptions, and details on how to register, visit the Summer Session website:

If you’re looking for an internship experience, consider the Summer Biomass Internship Program, offered collaboratively by SUNY-ESF, the Syracuse Center of Excellence, and the Centerstate CEO.  You’ll gain hands-on experience in bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts by working with Upstate New York companies in the biomass field.  More information is available at: