Supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership in expanding educational opportunities that enhance New York’s innovation-enabled economy, SUNY is a major sponsor of the 2013 New York Business Plan Competition, which features a major statewide expansion of more than 300 teams competing for $500,000 in total prizes. The final round of competition takes place today at CNSE.
The collegiate competition is presented by CNSE in partnership with the University at Albany School of Business and Syracuse University. SUNY, SEFCU, and higher education community partners from around the state have put more than $500,000 in prizes up for grabs—more than triple the amount awarded at the 2012 event—with national venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, and seasoned entrepreneurs to serve as judges.
Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to recognize the role that SUNY plays in maximizing Energy Smart New York 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.
Today we focus on a recent national intercampus achievement and groundbreaking systemwide initiative that both focus on the environment. And to kick off our highlighting of SUNY’s eco-friendly push, our Generation SUNY team spoke to SUNY ESF faculty expert Dr. Elizabeth Folta on how SUNY students can maximize (or minimize!) their impact throughout the year with our brand-new video series, Interview With A. Check it out after the jump!
Last summer, two SUNY Cortland students set out to examine Hoxie Gorge State Forest in order to investigate whether pollution has impacted the forest diversity. Faculty Mentor Dr. Timothy J. Baroni, a Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences, advised the pair throughout the period.
Ethan Childs and Nathan Francisco’s team surveyed lichen species within secondary succession forested areas of Hoxie Gorge, SUNY Cortland’s outdoor education facility south of the SUNY Cortland main campus. The pair’s field-based research involves the identification of lichen, or fungus, species from a variety of trees, downed logs, rocks, and exposed ground from dozens of acres of Hoxie Gorge. Utilizing quantitative methods of diversity analyses, the pair is comparing results to identify affects of pollution on the forest growth.