Monthly Archives: April 2012

Take ESF home with you this summer!

Online courses are an effective, efficient way to advance your knowledge from the comfort of your living room, front porch, or local coffee shop.  ESF Summer Session offers a variety of excellent online courses, several of which fulfill general education requirements (indicated by an * in the list below)!  You will receive high-quality instruction delivered with the convenience and flexibility of online learning, all at SUNY’s favorable tuition rates (in state undergraduate: $220/credit; in state graduate: $370/credit**).

Currently listed Summer Session online courses include:

ESC 200 Climate Change Science and Sustainability (Maymester)
EST 296 American History: Colonization to Civil War (Maymester)
APM 104* College Algebra and Precalculus (Session 1)
ESF 200 Information Literacy (Session 1)
EST 201* American History: Reconstruction to Present (Session 1)
EWP 290* Research Writing and the Humanities (Session 1)
FOR 201 Introduction to Watershed Hydrology (Session 1)
LSA 496 / 696 Art and Environment in American Culture (Session 1)
EFB 120* The Global Environment and the Evolution of Human Society (Combined Session)

Be sure to check the Summer Session website frequently for updates, a full course list (including field-based and on-campus courses), section numbers, and course descriptions:

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


Future of Biotechnology Focus of ESF Symposium

Two-day event includes tour of CNY Biotechnology Research Center

Biotechnology Symposium 2012

The future of biotechnology and a tour of the Central New York Biotechnology Center (CNY BRC) bio-incubator facility will be the focus of Biotechnology Symposium 2012 hosted by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in May.

This year’s conference features two days of presentations, a tour of the new CNY BRC bio-incubator facility, more exhibitors than in previous years and an expanded student poster session.

Scheduled sessions include:

  • Bioenergy
  • Keys to Entrepreneurship and Innovation Success
  • Drug Delivery/Nanotechnology
  • Bioremediation
  • Fermentation: the Original Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials/Orthopedics
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Biopharmeceuticals
  • Stem Cells/Tissue Engineering

The CNY BRC is a joint project between ESF and Upstate Medical University. The 40,000-square-foot building will accommodate companies involved in the commercialization of medical and biological technologies.

Structural steel and foundation work is complete, and when open at the end of 2012, the facility will include 18 independent laboratory-office modules that will house more than 100 scientists, technicians and entrepreneurs and a full complement of business support services.

This year’s symposium will be May 21 and 22 at the Oncenter Complex, Syracuse. For complete event information, visit

Explore the future of biotechnology

Biotechnology Symposium: Open for Business!

Come and explore the future of biotechnology!

May 21-22, 2012
Oncenter Complex – Syracuse, NY

Central New York Biotechnology Research Center

The symposium provides an opportunity to tour the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center, the region’s new bio-incubator facility.

We’re excited to announce our full list of plenary speakers!

  • Dr. Milena Adamian
    Director, Life Sciences Angel Network
  • Ms. Heather Briccetti, Esq.,
    President and CEO, Business Council for New York State
  • Dr. Steven Goodman
    Vice President for Research, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr.
    President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Dr. Karin Pavese
    Vice President, Innovation and Sustainability, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Ms. Nancy Rurkowski
    Vice President of Process Sciences, Biologics Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Dr. David Smith
    President, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Dr. Todd Zion
    Founder and CEO, SmartCells

Register today!
Join scientists, industry representatives, academics, students, and other professionals interested in biotechnology to develop synergies and relationships that further advance your career and the field.

Call for Posters: Showcase your research to colleagues and professionals, network with representatives from leading companies in the biotechnology field, and enhance your academic profile!  For abstract submission information, download the PDF on our website.

View the Agenda

Registration Information 
Sponsorship Information 

This event is hosted by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical University and the CNY Biotechnology Research Center, and in collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences.

Yes, you can take summer courses at ESF!

Many exciting courses will be offered, including:

General Chemistry II and Lab
(FCH 152), (FCH 153) Instructor:  Crandall
Climate Change Science & Sustainability
ESF Online course (ENS 200) Instructor:  Eichorn
Introduction to Probability & Statistics
(APM 391) Instructor:  Kiernan
Biomimicry and Resilience Science
(CME 496/796) Instructors:  Stack & Stack
Computer Aided Design
(LSA 303/696) Instructor:  Toland
Introduction to Geospatial Information Technologies
(ESF 300) Instructor:  Bevilacqua
Introduction to Green Entrepreneurship
(FOR 106) Instructor:  Lim

Summer Session courses are offered at SUNY-ESF’s reasonable tuition rates (in  state undergraduate:  $220/credit; in state graduate:  $370/credit*).  Registration continues through the spring.

Be sure to check the Summer Session website frequently as new courses continue to be added at

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

Something for everyone in Summer Session 2012!

Are you registered for ESF’s Summer Session?  Details are available at

Summer Spotlight: Climate Change Science and Sustainability

Today’s Summer Spotlight video features Dave Eichorn, an expert in climate science who will be teaching Climate Change Science and Sustainability (ENS 200) as an online course in SUNY-ESF’s 2012 Summer Session.  Students will learn about climate science and evidence of modern climate change, and will evaluate some of the proposed solutions.  NASA’s spatial and temporal climate change resources will be the basis for most learning activities.

Over 45 online, on-campus, and field courses are currently listed for ESF’s 2012 Summer Session, and more are added every week!  For an updated course list, course descriptions, and details on how to register, visit the Summer Session website:

Summer Session Housing, Advising Week, and Course Updates

Looking for a place to stay during Summer Session?  Check out ESF’s brand-new residence hall:  Centennial Hall! This environmentally friendly, “green” building offers two-bedroom suites at affordable rates (just $40.00/night).  Both visiting and matriculated students are welcome. 

Centennial Hall ( has been awarded Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.  For more information about housing during Summer Session, please contact Kimberly Max at  More details available in the Summer Session student guide:

Don’t forget:  it’s advising week at ESF!  Ask your adviser whether Summer Session classes are a good addition to your academic plans.  Whether you’re looking to finish off those general education requirements, retake a class, or explore something totally new, Summer Session is a great time to get ahead.  This year we’re offering over 40 courses in the classroom, online, and in the field.  For full course list and more details about Summer Session, go to   Remember, registration is next week, so take a look today!

Be sure to check out some of our most recent course additions:

General Chemistry II (FCH 152) & General Chemistry II Lab (FCH 153)

Taught by Jesse Crandall, 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.