President Obama speaks at Pathways in Technology Early College High School
SUNY’s Smart Scholar Early College High School program, in partnership with EDWorks, delivers early college technical assistance to 23 state-wide schools. The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is a part of the Smart Scholars initiative.
President Barack Obama visited P-TECH on October 25 to spotlight the innovative school structure and discuss education reform. The Brooklyn public school was a feature of his 2013 State of the Union address and the cutting-edge model is now being replicated nationwide, including 16 New York partnerships launching in 2014. The six-year program graduates students with a high-school degree, an associate’s degree and partners them with a mentor at I.B.M to help them attain a job in the technology industry.
Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities Names New York a Leader in Economic Engagement
SUNY Chancellor Zimpher poses with the APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity Award in Washington, D.C.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State University of New York was recognized by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) with a prestigious national award for its economic engagement efforts, including START-UP NY. SUNY was one of four institutions of higher education presented with APLU’s inaugural Innovation and Economic Prosperity Award in Washington, D.C.
“From START-UP NY to SUNY Nano Tech, New York State is using our university system to innovate, develop new industries to grow the upstate economy, and most of all, create jobs,” Governor Cuomo said. “This prestigious award from APLU is a testament to our economic engagement efforts, and I congratulate Chancellor Zimpher and all of SUNY for this recognition. We will continue to use our world-class SUNY system as an innovative asset to attract private partnerships and investments, grow local economies across the state, and create jobs in New York State.”
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher accepted the award at the APLU annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where she delivered a keynote address on the importance of higher education in front of more than 2,000 people.
Ever wonder what happens after you dispose of your empty body wash or facial scrub containers? Those same products are landing in the Great Lakes and polluting our environment. Dr. Sherri Mason, a professor at SUNY Fredonia and our previous IWA expert, has now lead the charge on the study of higher levels of microplastics in Lake Erie.
Microplastics are small particles that are added to personal care items to give them an abrasive property. They can be found in your toothpaste, deodorants, body washes, hand cleansers and facial scrubs. In summer 2012, in collaboration with the 5 Gyres Institute, Mason recorded the plastic content of Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Superior and discovered that Lake Erie had higher concentrations of microplastics than any other body of water on Earth, with concentrations exceeding data collected in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Alarming levels were also present in Lakes Huron and Superior.
The Alfred Community Garden first launched in 2010. Today it is the recipient of an AmeriCorps VISTA grant designed to combat local food insecurity.
Only three new projects in the State of New York earned a coveted AmeriCorps VISTA grant for Nov. 2013 to Nov. 2014. And Alfred State, with its focus on nutritional literacy and community-based gardening in collaboration with Literacy West NY, Inc. and Alfred Community Garden, was one of the fortunate recipients.
“Over a quarter of Allegany County adults do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day” says Jonathan Hilsher, director of civic engagement at Alfred State. “This is just one example of local nutritional challenges, which are compounded by the food security issues that come with living in a county with one of the highest levels of poverty in New York.”
The State University of New York is the most comprehensive higher education system in the nation. Technical, community, and state-operated colleges, and with help from the system’s four university centers, help power New York’s economy forward and empower millions of New Yorkers to have global impact every single day.
What would happen if we utilized resources from many of our 64 campuses across New York State to produce a smartphone? As it turns out, the result is pretty cool!