Monthly Archives: November 2014

New York State Biotechnology Symposium Continues To Advance

May 12th – 13th, 2015, Brookhaven National LaboratoryBiotech logos

In addition to collaboration with the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Research Foundation for the State University of New York will partner with ESF to advance the Biotechnology Symposium.

The Symposium has been held annually in Central New York with speakers and workshop leaders from around the U.S. Now in its seventh year, the Symposium has a new name (New York State Biotechnology Symposium), stronger partnerships, and a new location at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Long Island campus. These advancements reflect a shared commitment to serve our State’s various biotechnology  education, research, development, and business communities, along with related economic development throughout New York State and beyond.

10 Reasons to Take ESF Summer Semester Courses

  1. Enjoy some summer sunshine.  Summer is the best time to be in the field.  Taking Field Ornithology would get you outside to hear the birds sing.
  2. Take a unique course.  Take Wetland Restoration Techniques  and Wetland Restoration Practicum with Tom Beibighauser, a top experienced professional in the wetland restoration field.
  3. Devote more time and energy to a difficult course.  Take Physics of Life or Principles of Genetics as a summer course to focus all of your studying power on these difficult courses.
  4. Get a gen ed or prerequisite course out of the way.  American History: From Discovery to Civil War and American History: Reconstruction to Present meet the SUNY General Education requirement for American History.
  5. Have your cake and eat it too!  Short Maymester courses don’t take your whole break!  Try Water Resources to earn four credit-hours in just two short weeks!
  6. Online classes can make a summer at home more bearable.  Instead of watching Netflix, take Film & Environment: Nature, Culture, & Image in Movies to get credit for watching movies.
  7. Finish school early or on-time.  Many of the ESF Summer Semester courses are required to graduate.  Take College Algebra & Trigonometry or College Algebra & Pre-Calculus to jump start your college career.
  8. Explore a topic you are passionate about. Lots of ESF Summer Semester courses help inspire you to improve your world.  Urban Agriculture & Food Cultures covers important topics like food security, environmental quality, and sustainable communities.
  9. Take a class with friends.  Your schedules aren’t as full during the summer term.  How about Flora of Central New York, where you’ll study plants and flowers in the lab and out in the field?
  10. You like a good adventure.  Join the National Park Service Field School at Acadia National Park to explore one of America’s most beloved landscape while gaining real skills in cultural landscape preservation.

Learn more about ESF Summer Semester and all of these great classes at: Registration begins February 2, 2015.

ESF Science Corps Invites Nominations and Applications

SUNY-ESF’s STEM Mentoring Initiative to Strengthen the Education Pipeline is accepting nominations and applications from ESF graduate students to participate in the Spring 2015 program.  As a STEM Mentor, graduate students in the Science Corps serve as front-line role models for Syracuse City School District middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Participating mentors bring STEM content, research expertise, and passion to in-school learning activities.

Learn more about this NSF-funded program and apply online at Contact Brandon Murphy at or (315)470-6979/6817 for more information.

Please join us in congratulating the Fall 2014 Science Corps and their academic advisors:

  • Funmi Alfelumo, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. Lee Newman, advisor.
  • Adriana Beltrani, Environmental Science, Dr. Margaret Bryant, advisor.
  • Sophie Finlayson-Schueler, Environmental Science, Dr. Margaret Bryant, advisor.
  • Jacqueline Gerson, Syracuse University, Dr. Charles Driscoll, advisor.
  • Chengyan Jing, Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, Dr. Biljana Bujanovic, advisor.
  • Joshua Karchin, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Stewart Loh, advisor.
  • Rebecca Meissner, Environmental Resource Engineering, Dr. Stephen Shaw, advisor.
  • Sarah Mount, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. Karin Limburg, advisor.
  • Amber Papillion, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Gary Winslow, advisor.
  • Noah Pasqua-Godkin, Environmental Science, Dr. Klaus Doelle, advisor.
  • Desmaris Tyler, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. William Powell, advisor.

Think Summer Semester!

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Dear ESF Undergraduate and Graduate Students,

ESF’s Summer Semester is well established in the hearts and minds of the ESF community. I want to extend a warm welcome to our first year undergraduate and graduate students who may be less aware that, at this time of year, planning and preparation for ESF’s Summer Semester are well underway. Please keep ESF’s Summer Session in mind as you schedule appointments and meet with your advisor in November for Spring Registration.

A working Summer 2015 schedule is now available online at Please review the course schedule to get a sense of what to look forward to next summer.  Check back throughout the semester to keep up with new developments.

I welcome and will appreciate any thoughts and questions you may have. Thank you.

Chuck Spuches

Nov 6 Schedule