The holidays remind us this is the season of giving. All members of SUNY make a concerted effort to volunteer and contribute to their respective campuses and local communities. The 30 Days of Giving campaign highlights students and faculty across all of our 64 campuses who participate in volunteerism and give back to those in need. With over 467,000 students and three million alumni, we want to celebrate the impact the SUNY community has made in all of their unique community service projects. As we learned last year, the byproduct of taking volunteerism to scale is not only building character in our students themselves as they join our over three million alumni, but also to set an example of impact as the nation’s largest university system.
STEM education is the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These four general areas of study are extremely important in keeping up with advancement. Across New York State, STEM careers are growing 2.5 times faster than the non-STEM average growth. SUNY has been working to increase STEM education, and furthermore keeping New York and the United States as the technological and economical leader of the global marketplace of the 21st Century.
Last month, SUNY Oswego opened it’s doors to the Shineman Center. The building was named after Richard S. Shineman, who is said to be the catalyst for science research at the college. The center was opened for students in August, marking the culmination of a three year construction project.
Science, Engineering, and Innovation are the three main components to this center and its efforts to promote STEM education for its students. Last week, the Shineman Center opened to the public, and SUNY Oswego’s $118 million Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation drew “oohs and aahs” from hundreds of community visitors. And in concert with SUNY’s efforts to build a better tomorrow, the Shineman Center also went green!
A year ago next month, New York and the Northeastern U.S. was hit by the biggest storm in recent memory — Hurricane Sandy. As the effects of the storm are still seen today — losses that total $68 billion and countless people displaced — SUNY is continuing its work to ensure a safer and more predictable landfall should another Sandy-sized storm hit the region.
When Hurricane Sandy brought the Eastern seaboard to a halt last year, SUNY sprung into action. From SUNY Maritime College housing hundreds of relief workers and ultimately serving more than 37,000 meals to SUNY Downstate Medical Center deploying 100 medical personnel across New York City to hundreds of students ascending on the metropolitan area from across the state, the humanity and kindness of the people of SUNY positively impacted many people in a time of crisis. However, SUNY’s work does not stop when the last board is removed from a window or the final stake is in the ground of a rebuilt home. Research is being conducted by SUNY campuses across the state to study the source of the damage — hurricanes and massive weather formations — so that physical and emotional damage may be diminished in the future.
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.
Read Dr. Fierke’s complete professional profile.
Q: Why is the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer so important in New York State?