The Office of the Education Pipeline is happy to announce the expansion of the SUNY and New York Academy of Sciences’ STEM Afterschool Mentoring Program. Three additional SUNY campuses- Stony Brook University, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY ESF- will bring STEM graduate and post graduate students to students in community middle schools, where they will share their passion and expertise to high-need middle school students.
If you are an outdoors person, or you are not, you’ve probably seen signs and awareness advertisements telling you “Don’t Move Firewood”. This campaign is state law — enforced by the Department of Environmental Conservation, among other organizations — and for a reason: to protect unaffected forestry from the ulta-destructive Emerald Ash Borer. Scientists say that it’s destroyed millions of trees and transformed ecosystems across the Northeast. But why?
Name: Melissa Fierke, MS, Ph. D
Capacity: Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology
Campus: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Research: Focuses on invasive species, especially the Emerald Ash Borer. Dr. Fierke’s studies bring attention to the insect inside affected areas, like Western New York and the Southern Tier, and how to avoid further penetration into the delicate Adirondack Mountain region.
Q: Why is the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer so important in New York State?
It’s happened to all of us: we’re at a pool and walk inside to grab some watermelon — when, suddenly, it seems that everything has gone black. You can’t coordinate your next step, let alone get to the watermelon a few feet in front of you! It takes a few seconds for your eyes to adjust before you can take a moment to sink your teeth into the cool, sweet fruit. But why?
Name: Suresh Viswanathan, BOpt, MS, PhD, FAAO
Capacity: Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological and Vision Sciences
Campus: SUNY College of Optometry
Research: Focuses on developing tests for the early detection of neuronal dysfunction in glaucoma and understanding some of the early mechanisms that contribute to neuronal cell death. These investigations use electrophysiological, psychophysical and in vivo imaging techniques.
Q: Why is it hard to see when I walk indoors on a sunny day?
In the spirit of the Power of SUNY, Cayuga Community College‘s commitment to impacting New York is clear. Among the College’s many organizational partners, like AmeriCorps, is Calvary Food Pantry, an Auburn, NY food pantry. Recent Cayuga Community College graduate Ed Onori has capitalized on his computer science skills adopted at the college to help the pantry excel in its mission — and ultimately serve over 10,000 meals every month to the Central New York community.
Lately, the pantry has witnessed an increase in their service level to meet the needs of their community. The evolving demand naturally calls for innovative solutions. In this case, Nancy Sheffield, executive director of Calvary Food Pantry, saw a need for a database to move toward a digital record-keeping system. Calvary applied for and received a $10,000 grant for building their own technological capacity, which included equipment and labor.
SUNY as a system maximizes the Energy Smart New York campaign every single day of the year; after all, 97% of the state’s population is within 20 miles of a SUNY campus. As an economic driver in New York State, SUNY capitalizes on the opportunity to profoundly affect New Yorkers by instating smart, and sometimes bold, environmental goals.
This week looks to be the hottest of this summer. New York City is under an extreme heat watch and Upstate New York is sweating under the hazy and humid heat. It doesn’t help you much now, but if a heat wave this fierce hits you in a couple years at SUNY Cortland or SUNY Canton, you will be able to blast your air conditioner guilt-free, thanks to green energy initiatives at both those schools.
Today, we focus on recent campus initiatives that focus on the environment, as well as how SUNY System Administration is doing their part. So, if the heat is leaving you hot and bothered, bring the temperature down with some cool SUNY stories!