Monthly Archives: March 2016

Moonlighting Spring Update!

I’m thrilled to announce on this first day of Spring that President Wheeler has confirmed the title and focus of our Friday, April 22th Moonlighting:

Ethics and Earth Day:

Finding Environmental Justice in a Complex World

Please join us for this special Earth Day celebration — a unique opportunity to explore Environmental Justice and dialogue with distinguished scholars and activists.

Our ESF students, faculty and staff, along with  our friends and colleagues from our broader community are all welcome.

Please Save the Date and please share this registration link with your friends, students, and neighbors. 

7:00 PM, Friday, April 22, 2016 (Earth Day)

Gateway Center on the SUNY-ESF Campus (directly across from the Carrier Dome)

 Admission is free. Register Here!

Joining Dr. Wheeler for this dialogue are:

Sanjit “Bunker” Roy is the founder of the internationally acclaimed Barefoot College in India. He was featured in the “2010 Time 100” list of influential personalities for his work in educating illiterate and semi-literate rural Indians. He was also listed in 2008 on The Guardian’s list of “50 people who could save the planet.” His development of the only college built by and for the rural poor has transformed the lives of more than 3 million rural people across 75 countries in the developing world. The “solutions” he espouses center on solar energy, water, education, connectivity, health care, handicrafts and the empowerment of women.

Meagan Fallone is CEO of Barefoot College International. She joined Barefoot College in 2011. She has guided expansion of Barefoot College to more than 68 countries. She manages international operations, strategic planning and development for the College and speaks regularly on the power of women as agents of sustainable change and poverty reduction.

Samuel Gorovitz is a professor of philosophy at Syracuse University and a leader in the development of medical ethics. Gorovitz is the former dean of the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to his work in the field of medical ethics, he has published extensively on other topics in philosophy and public policy. His advice on college governance and on health policy has been widely sought, and he has given more than 200 invited lectures in many countries on five continents.

Register Now!


For information on this and past Moonlighting programs, go to or contact the ESF Outreach Office at 315.470.6817 or

Moonlighting is a series of informal discussions, debates and interviews hosted by Dr. Quentin Wheeler, president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. For centuries, the university has been the place where freedom of speech and thought are cherished, but also where ideas and assertions are freely challenged through open, respectful discourse that knows no disciplinary boundaries.

Thank you!

Speakers for 8th Annual NYS Biotechnology Symposium Announced

We are please to announce that Dr. Lois Beaver, Former Director at the US Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Bill Powell, ESF Professor and Director of the Council on Biotechnology in Forestry, will be keynote speakers at the NYS Biotechnology Symposium being held May 19-20 at SUNY-ESF. Dr. Beaver will discuss the scientific, legal, and economic issues surrounding biosimilar production and marketing. Dr. Powell will explore the revival of the American Chestnut and public perception of biotechnology.


This year’s Symposium will include concurrent sessions on:

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioenergy and Biofuels
  • Forest Biotechnology
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Biotechnology & Health
  • Winemaking: The Original Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology Accelerators
  • Food Biotechnology

Register here. 


NYS Green Building Conference Early Registration Ends Today!

We are looking forward to the next Green Building Conference, being held April 14-15 at the OnCenter in Syracuse. The Conference is hosted by SUNY-ESF in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE), with the goal of promoting, educating, and supporting green building design, construction, and processes.

This year’s conference will feature keynote presentations by Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication; Marge Anderson, Executive Vice President at Seventhwave and Immediate Past Chair of the USGBC Board of Directors; and Joseph Allen, Piers MacNaughton, Usha Satish, John Spengler, and Suresh Santanam, authors of the COGfx study of the impacts of indoor air quality on cognitive functioning. Pictured below are The 2016 NYS GBC Keynote Speakers, clockwise from left, the COGfx research team,  Marge Anderson, and Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz. Register Here.