Every fall, we get to see normal, everyday green leaves change into extraordinary colors. From the vast array of New York City parks, to the beautiful landscape of the North Country, these beautifully colored leaves sure do “leave” an impression on the everyday traveler. Every year we see these beautiful leaves change colors, and every year we ask ourselves the same question, why?
Name: Dylan Horvath
Capacity:Steward of Natural Areas
Campus: Binghamton University
Expertise: Research in wildlife biology/ecology of wolverines, bats, salamanders and birds.
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Q: Why do leaves change colors?
Graffiti, whose roots lay Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire, is prevalent throughout New York State. From the concrete walls of New York City’s boroughs to a train bridge in the North Country to a former grain processing plant in Buffalo, the mixture of mystery, color and illegitimacy is almost always sure to turn heads of passers by. Though the process of doing graffiti is sometimes illegal, it is increasingly more common to be commissioned as private or public art. But why?
Name: Reva Wolf
Capacity: Professor of Art History
Campus: SUNY New Paltz
Expertise: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University, and Princeton University Institute for Advanced Study Fellow. Author of Goya and the Satirical Print and Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960s. SUNY Chancellor’s Award – Excellence in Teaching (’10-’11).
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Q: Why is there graffiti?
This post was written by Nicholas A. Lynchard, Ph.D., Professor of Cognitive Psychology at SUNY Ulster.
When originally pressed with the question, “Why is Facebook free?” for the Generation SUNY Blog’s Ask An Expert series, I thought the answer from a financial standpoint was easy enough – put simply, the mass public subscription to Facebook allows it to be profitable as a social data analysis goldmine. More importantly Facebook, I’m certain, thrives upon the profit from companies using the service to market products with sidebar advertisements. The answer seems intuitive enough – to the public, Facebook is (and may remain forever) a financially free service, but to me the question demands further inquiry: “What are the hidden costs of mass public subscription to text-based communication services like Facebook?” I’d like to explore the relative freedom of Facebook and other text-based communication services with this question in mind.
Since this is the first stab I’ll take at intellectualizing the potential, societal ramifications of text-based communication services, I’ll start with a bit of personal history, a disclaimer and some ground rules.
We here in the great state of New York live in a fairly natural disaster free region. The threat of massive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or all-consuming wildfires is relatively minimal. However, in places like California, the Rocky Mountains, and the Southern United States, wildfires are a stark reality to the people and ecosystems of the region. Over time, the regions adapt ecologically to make wildfires a beneficial, natural process. But why?
Name: Dr. Timothy B. Mihuc
Capacity: Professor of Environmental Science
Campus: SUNY Plattsburgh
Research: Focuses on aquatic ecology, which is of stream, lakes, and river systems, as well as invertebrate community dynamics, invasive species, and food web dynamics. Dr. Mihuc is also the Director of the Lake Champlain Research Institute.
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Q: Why are forest fires “good” for the environment?
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.
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Q: Why is the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer so important in New York State?