Wed December 4, 2013
Higher Ed

New SUNY-ESF president wants to keep school on leading edge

Dr. Quentin Wheeler will be SUNY-ESF's next president starting in January.
Courtesy SUNY-ESF

Dr. Quentin Wheeler will return to central New York in January to be SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's first new president in more than a decade.

He comes back to New York from teaching at Arizona State University. Before that he cut his teeth as a professor at Cornell University where he stayed for a quarter century.

For a scientist, Wheeler said in an interview with WRVO, the forests of upstate New York are a good place to be.

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Fri September 27, 2013

SUNY ESF to house sophisticated new research equipment

The 600 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer currently housed at SUNY ESF.
Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Biomedical researchers across central and western New York are getting a new piece of sophisticated machinery that will allow them to get a closer look at the way cells and proteins interact.

Officials announced a $2 million federal grant this week that will allow a consortium of six upstate colleges and universities to buy what's called an 800-megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.  

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Mon September 9, 2013

SUNY ESF combines values, architecture in new welcoming center

A view inside SUNY ESF's new weloming center.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The new Gateway Building at Syracuse's SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry campus is meant to be more than a welcoming center, incorporating many of the environmental values the school is known for.

SUNY ESF President Neil Murphy says the new $28 million center fulfills a decade old dream at the school.

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Tue September 3, 2013

Graduation rates vary widely at SUNY schools

Many students are back to college for the fall semester. For some of those students, where they start their education will also be where they receive their degrees.

New York's SUNY system graduates nearly 65 percent of its students within six years, one of the highest in the nation for public universities. But each SUNY school's results vary widely.

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Mon August 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

SUNY ESF launching bike share program

SUNY ESF is moving forward with a new bike sharing program.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Students at the SUNY campus of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse will be able to borrow not only books, but a bike from the library starting this semester.

The new program is starting small, with five bikes available for students to borrow from the campus' Moon Library. All they have to do is fill out a waiver and rental agreement and pay a $20 bike membership fee, then they'll be entitled to unlimited rentals through the year.   

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Thu July 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Report: Syracuse Police detective improperly used SUNY-ESF lab

The state Inspector General's office has issued a report that largely clears the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry of any wrongdoing surrounding the use of a forensics lab at the college.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's office rose concerns in April about Syracuse Police forensic evidence used in several shooting cases. That prompted the state forensics commission to ask the Inspector General to conduct the investigation.

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Wed June 5, 2013
Higher Ed

Central New York colleges win SUNY 2020 grant

A group of central New York public colleges is among the winners of the governor's second round of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.

The state's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Upstate Medical University and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and SUNY Oswego teamed up for the program.

They were awarded $15 million to start an institute of environmental health and medicine.

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Mon May 20, 2013

SUNY ESF working to bring back the American chesnut tree

SUNY ESF professor Bill Powell at the planting of an American chestnut tree on the campus
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

SUNY ESF is working to bring back a tree that once made up one quarter of the standing timber in forests in the Eastern United States. Now, researchers have come up with a variety of the tree that resists the blight that killed billions of American chestnut trees.

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Thu May 9, 2013
The Upstate Economy

SUNY program aims to boost entrepreneurship in region

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The SUNY Research Foundation will give funds to several of its institutions to help foster entrepreneurship, including the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Upstate Medical University.

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Mon March 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Anti-hydrofracking activists try to get students involved in movement

Nicole St. James in her NYPIRG office
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

As the controversy over hydrofracking drags on in New York state, opponents of the drilling method are trying to get more college students involved in the debate.  NYPIRG project coordinator Nicole Saint James is recruiting students at Syracuse University to help put more pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Mon December 24, 2012

Syracuse college students push for climate change divestment

Students at SUNY ESF and Syracuse University are pushing their schools to participate in
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When environmentalist Bill McKibben visited Syracuse in October as part of the University Lectures series, he urged students to get their schools to make more sustainable investments. His words encouraged Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students to start the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign.

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Tue May 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

ESF brings the shore of Lake Ontario to a new level

N.Y. State Environmental Facilities Corporation with EFC President Matt Driscoll on top of Illick Hall looking at test gardens.
Ellen Abbott

SUNY ESF is showing off plants that will create a green roof on the new Gateway Center, which will open later this year.

This new green roof will almost be like visiting the shore of Lake Ontario.

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Thu January 19, 2012

Collaboration could help SUNY schools land new grants

SUNY-ESF says it will compete for the next round of SUNY 2020 Challenge Grants aimed at sparking economic growth. The school will look to partner with area public colleges to better its chances of winning a grant.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is leaning on New York’s network of public colleges to play a bigger role in economic growth -- and he’s proposing to provide the resources to do so. But there could stiff competition for those funds.

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Mon January 16, 2012
The Upstate Economy

New York hopes to quadruple solar power usage

Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing that New York State quadruple the amount of solar energy it uses for power in the next year.  

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Tue October 18, 2011

Local tree expert says central New York has the best fall color in the nation

Central New Yorkers may enjoy some of the best fall colors in the country. That's the opinion of one tree expert out of the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Click "listen" above to hear Ellen's story.