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2013

Past Workshops, Conferences & Meetings
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  • Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Principles of Engineering Part B Electrical Engineering Review Classes
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. ARCADIS, 6723 Towpath Road, Syracuse, NY 13214. Electrical Engineering portion of the Principles of Engineering review class will be held on Thursdays and run for 10 sessions. Let us help you prepare for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and the Principles of Engineering exam offered in the spring. Review courses are offered through ESF Outreach with the leadership of Doug Daley, PE, Environmental Resources Engineering faculty. Prepare for these important exams with expert instructors dedicated to your success.
    Sponsor: SUNY ESF Office of Outreach | Contact: Terry Sakowski, 315-470-6817

  • Monday, January 7, 2013

    Kiln Drying Workshop
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm. SUNY ESF. This workshop provides practical knowledge about how to effectively kiln dry wood and focuses on the science behind related wood properties and drying processes. The instruction and topics are of interest and value to novice and experienced kiln operators as well as yard, sales, purchasing, marketing and manufacturing managers. University professors and various industry experts instruct in the classroom and through hands-on lab exercises using our modern kiln.
    Sponsor: SUNY ESF & New England Kiln Drying Association | Contact: Maura H. Stefl, 315-470-6817

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    National Climate Assessment Northeast Regional Town Hall
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Gatway Center, SUNY-ESF. This day-long town hall meeting will bring together approximately 100 climate change experts and users of climate change information, including participants from academia; local, state, tribal, and federal governments; non-profit organizations; and business and industry. As a participant in this meeting, you will have the opportunity to: •Learn about the National Climate Assessment and the process leading to the 2013 National Climate Assessment Report (a draft of the report will be available for public comment at the time of the meeting) •Talk with report authors, members of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, and National Climate Assessment staff about how the information provided in National Climate Assessment products is and can be used in various decision making contexts •Collaborate with other meeting participants to identify ways that you and your community can participate in the long-term National Climate Assessment process | Contact: Katherina Bendz Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Phytoremediation Seminar
    12:30 pm - 1:50 pm. 12 Illick Hall. Phytoremediation in Cold, Remote Sites: An Overview of Laboratory and Field Research Dr. Reynolds will present work on remediating contaminated soils in cold regions such as Alaska and Korea. His work includes long-term examination of contaminated sites. Remediating contaminated soils in cold remote regions is difficult due to location, weather, and limited alternatives. Dr. Reynolds has conducted remediation tests in Alaska and Korea and monitored total petroleum hydrocarbons and specific fractions. Results indicate a significant plant and plant-nutrient impact. The Alaskan site was left without additional treatment or maintenance for 15 years. A subsequent study is investigating the long-term changes in petroleum concentrations, microbial function, and plant colonization. Preliminary analyses indicate a relationship between native plant succession and the planting and fertilization treatments originally applied. These long-term studies will provide insight into the mechanisms, efficacy, and plant succession for phyto- and rhizoremediation.
    Sponsor: Lee Newman and the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology | Contact: Lee Newman, 315-470-4937

  • Monday, March 11, 2013

    11th Annual New York State Green Building Conference
    7:00 am - 6:00 pm. SUNY-ESF Gateway Center, Syracuse, NY. Join us in Syracuse at the new Gateway Center on the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus and at the Oncenter Conference Complex for the 11th Annual New York State Green Building Conference hosted by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE). This year we are holding our first Student Leadership Summit simultaneously with the pre-conference workshop in the new Gateway Center on Monday, March 11, 2013. It is here where students can come together and discuss current issues in green building while also networking with professionals in an array of green building fields. On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 attend concurrent sessions and earn professional development hour credit: PDH's for engineers, LU's for landscape architects, CEU's for registered architects, and GBCI CEs. | Contact: Katherina Bendz Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    AIChE Webinar- From wet algae to liquid fuels
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 211 Walters Hall. The presentation by Dr. Phillip Savage will provide some general background on biofuels and on the use of algae as a biomass source for making liquid fuels. The presentation will focus on R&D efforts related to processing algae in its wet state, which eliminates an energy intensive drying step. Attendees will get an appreciation for some of the technical issues involved with algal biofuels, and they will get an overview of the R&D landscape as it relates to processing wet algal biomass.
    Sponsor: PBE Department | Contact: Michael Cook

  • Friday, March 22, 2013

    14th Annual Onondaga Lake Research Forum
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Gateway Center, SUNY-ESF. The Upstate Freshwater Institute and its staff have been conducting research on Onondaga Lake for more than twenty-five years. This work has resulted in the publication of a book summarizing studies conducted on Onondaga Lake. Additionally, UFI has prepared over 61 manuscripts on a wide range of topics concerning Onondaga Lake's ecology and water quality for publication in peer-reviewed science and engineering journals (including a journal issue devoted entirely to Onondaga Lake). UFI has an on-going comprehensive monitoring program for the lake, its tributaries and adjoining portions of the Seneca River. In 1999, UFI developed and sponsored the Annual Onondaga Lake Scientific Forum along with co-sponsors: SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. | Contact: Katherina Bendz Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    COOLER SMARTER: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living Presentation
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Syracuse Center of Excellence, 727 E. Washington St., Room 203, Syracuse, NY 13244. Jeff Deyette of the Union of Concerned Scientists will be speaking at the Syracuse Center of Excellence about the new book he co-authored, “COOLER SMARTER: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living,” including how individuals can reduce their own carbon footprint. This talk is open to the public. | Contact: Katherina Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Friday, March 29, 2013

    Talk: Dr. David O'Connor, "After Rio+20: The Future of Sustainable Development"
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. Alumni Lounge, (Nifkin) Marshall Hall. Dr. David O'Connor, Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch, United Nations Division of Sustainable Development, will share his perspectives on the UN's Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development (held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012), and discuss the promise and challenge of developing new Sustainable Development Goals for the 21st Century.
    Sponsor: Dept. of Environmental Studies | Contact: David Sonnenfeld, 315.470.4931

  • Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Certified Professional Constructor Examination
    7:00 am - 5:30 pm. Room 145 Baker Laboratory. This is a professional examination given at ESF on behalf of the Construction Certification Commission and is open to only those persons who have registered through the Commission and have met the requirements of the Commission.
    Sponsor: SCME | Contact: Kenneth J. Tiss, 470.6747

  • Sunday, April 7, 2013

    Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium
    Otesaga Resort & Conference Center, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326. The Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium fosters quality information exchange between recreation and travel resource managers and researchers throughout North America. The forum provides opportunities for managers from different agencies, states, and governmental levels to discuss current issues and problems in the field. NERR will once again be held at the beautiful and historic Otesaga Resort on the shores of Lake Otesaga in Cooperstown, NY. Cooperstown offers many possibilities for NERR participants, such as visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame, or enjoying the local restaurants and microbreweries that are just a short walk from the resort. For more information on Cooperstown, go to: http://www.thisiscooperstown.com/ | Contact: Terry Sakowski, 315-470-6891

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy (SURE) Seminar 1
    4:30 pm - 6:15 pm. Gateway Center Event Space B. Fossil Fuels/Alternatives into the Future This is the first of 3 SURE seminars that will be held at the Gateway Center on the SUNY-ESF Campus. Speakers for this seminar include: Mr. Mike Kelleher, Dr. Tim Volk, and Dr. Charles A.S. Hall | Contact: Katherina Searing, 314-470-6888

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Joachim Student Forum: Professional Development
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Meeting Room A, Gateway Building. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Resume,Interview,Experience Presenter: Dr. Michael J. Kocurek, Professor Paper Science & Engineering, Department of Wood & Paper Science College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University Preceded by Reception with Light Refreshments
    Sponsor: Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering | Contact: Ms. Karin Arens, 315278-1628

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

    Commercial SPARE PV Installation Training
    8:30 am - 6:00 pm. Syracuse, NY. In this class, participants will cover the issues associated with larger commercial PV installations which typically have three-phase electrical systems. Weight and wind loading play a major part in the design of large commercial installations, as most commercial buildings have expansive, flat roofs. The class will also look at issues for large, ground-mounted systems and review interconnection issues such as the necessary size of the local service, when a new transformer would be needed, when an entire substation would be needed and when the local utility might need the plant to provide reactive power (VAR support). The economics of these larger systems will also be reviewed.
    Sponsor: ESF Office of Outreach | Contact: Maura H. Stefl, 315-470-6889

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy (SURE) Seminar 2
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Gateway Center Event Space C. Building Energy Efficiency and Production - What the 2020 building will look like From solar to siding, this presentation will cover aspects of what buildings will look like in 2020. We will examine current technologies and building innovations as well as what is on the horizon in world of green building and energy conservation. A panel consisting of ESF faculty and local business owners will help you understand and will respond to your questions and building for the future. Join us to learn more through an active exchange about the critical topics you have read and heard about. | Contact: Katherina Searing, 314-470-6888

  • Monday, May 13, 2013

    Basic SPARE PV Installation Training
    9:00 am - 5:00 am. Moon Library, Room 110. Our 4-day Basic Photovoltaic Installer Course is board-recognized by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). In this course participants will learn the basics of how to site, design, and install photovoltaic (PV) systems. The course includes sizing systems for both grid-connected and off-grid PV systems. Also, the solar resources and the problems associated with shading, orientation and tilt will be reviewed. Basic sizing and system design in relation to electrical load will be discussed. Safety practices for installers and the study of the electrical code for PV systems will be covered in some detail. Participants will learn about various mounting systems for PV arrays and how they affect roofs. As part of the class, participants will build a working PV system. | Contact: Sean Nicholson, 315-470-4882

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013

    2013 Biotechnology Symposium
    7:30 am - 12:30 pm. SUNY-ESF Gateway Center, Syracuse, NY. The 2013 Biotechnology Symposium will be held at the new SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) Gateway Center, a state of the art multi-use building designed to achieve LEED Platinum Certification. The Biotechnology Symposium brings together industry representatives and scientists, academics and students, and other professionals interested in biotechnology in order to develop synergies and relationships that further advance the field. In addition, the symposium seeks to stimulate interest in the CNY Biotech Accelerator, dedicated to helping biotech and biomedical for-profit companies become successful and commercialize their products. SUNY-ESF appreciates the collaboration and partnership of the New York Academy of Sciences. | Contact: Katherina Bendz Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Friday, May 17, 2013

    Leading Sustainability in Public, Private and Nonprofit Organizations Workshop at Farmingdale State College
    12:00 am - 12:00 am. Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735 . There are many drivers and increasing expectations for government, private, non-profit and educational organizations to meet sustainability obligations. These expectations are oftentimes difficult to meet, even when institutions and individuals are genuinely committed to doing so. This program is designed for individuals who are responsible for thinking strategically and technically about their institution’s sustainability agendas. You will learn to understand what aspects of your current institutional plans and operating procedures are critical to future success and how to close the gap between your best intentions and what you are actually able to accomplish. Through this workshop, you will work with a team of experienced practitioners and instructors who will provide you with: •Real-world examples of the benefits and costs associated with the adaption and use of renewable technologies and sustainable practices. •Authoritative and reliable perspective, recommendations, information and resources that will inform your sustainability-related decision-making, practice and policy. | Contact: Katherina Bendz Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    SUNY Conversation in the Disciplines: Resiliency of the Great Lakes to Climate & Storms
    12:00 pm - 12:00 pm. Gatway Center, SUNY-ESF. New York’s great lakes ecosystems are entering a period of change. Stressors range from natural events due to changes in the global climate, changing precipitation patterns, and variations in ice cover, to human-moderated events such as changes in Lake level. Understanding how the ecosystem services provided by Lake Ontario are affected by such changes is a key challenge for climate change scientists, lake ecologists, land use planners and regulatory agencies alike. The purpose of this conference is to understand how New York’s Great lakes ecosystem (terrestrial, littoral and pelagic) will respond to storm and climate events. This is truly an interdisciplinary question, requiring scholarly contributions in meteorology, lake ecology, physical limnology, shoreline engineering processes and coastal design and planning of the human environment. This topic is especially apropos at this time given the proposed IJC changes in lake level management and the continuing academic discussions on the impact of climate change on large lake ecosystems. However we feel this topic will also draw scientists from SUNY campuses not directly connected with Great Lakes but with interests in marine coastal services issues as many of the topics are applicable to terrestrial, marine and freshwater systems. | Contact: Katherina Bendz Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy (SURE) Seminar 3
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Gateway Center Event Space C. Green Infrastructure This is the final of three SURE seminars that are to held in the Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF. Speakers for this seminar include Ms. Elet Callahan and Dr. Richard Smardon | Contact: Katherina Searing, 314-470-6888

  • Monday, September 23, 2013

    Basic SPARE PV Installation Training
    9:00 am - 5:00 am. Gateway Center, Room 240. Our 4-day Basic Photovoltaic Installer Course is board-recognized by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). In this course participants will learn the basics of how to site, design, and install photovoltaic (PV) systems. The course includes sizing systems for both grid-connected and off-grid PV systems. Also, the solar resources and the problems associated with shading, orientation and tilt will be reviewed. Basic sizing and system design in relation to electrical load will be discussed. Safety practices for installers and the study of the electrical code for PV systems will be covered in some detail. Participants will learn about various mounting systems for PV arrays and how they affect roofs. As part of the class, participants will build a working PV system. | Contact: Sean Nicholson, 315-470-4882

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    TEC Tuesday at Syracuse University
    Syracuse University, Link Hall, 900 South Crouse Ave Syracuse, NY 13244. Tour of Syracuse University energy-related labs. | Contact: Howie Hollander, 315-470-6818

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - Friday, October 4, 2013

    10th International Phytotechnologies Conference
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Holiday Inn Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088. The conference will be held in beautiful Upstate New York, with opportunities for conference goes to explore and enjoy this fantastic region. SUNY-ESF's commitment to environmental sustainability provides an outstanding showcase for a variety of green technologies. The 10th International Phytotechnologies Conference is a function of the International Phytotechnology Society in partnership with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. | Contact: Katherina Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Thursday, October 3, 2013

    SUNY Operation Inform 2013
    7:30 am - 2:00 pm. Gateway Center. A SUNY professional development opportunity for school counselors, directors of guidance and college advisors. It features workshops and conversations addressing current topics in higher education.
    Sponsor: Undergraduate Admissions Office | Contact: Undergraduate Admissions Office, 315470-6600

    Operation Wallacea coming to SUNY-ESF
    1:00 pm. 110 Moon Library. A representative from Operation Wallacea [opwall.com] will be on campus on Thursday, October 3rd at 1pm in the Moon Library Room 110. There will also be a follow-up meeting Monday, October 7th at 1pm also in the Moon Library Room 110. Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programs. These scientific expeditions are hosted in 9 different countries: Indonesia, Transylvania, South Africa, Madagascar, Peru, Guyana, Cuba, Honduras and Mexico. Students who join the programs gain experience working in the field, strengthen their CV or resume, have the opportunity to gain course credit, or may collect data for a thesis or project. More importantly, all research conducted is a contribution towards protecting valuable ecosystems by levering funding and monitoring the success of conservation management strategies.
    Sponsor: Operation Wallacea USA | Contact: Thomas Horton, 470-6794

  • Thursday, October 10, 2013

    CANCELLED - Adirondack Leadership Trek
    SUNY ESF's Newcomb Campus. Unfortunately, the Leadership Trek has been rescheduled for next Fall. If you are interested and would like information provided to you as the workshop is planned, please contact AIC staff - aic@esf.edu or 518-582-2000. Success in our work stems from being efficient and effective, and fostering these qualities in our colleagues. This is the core of leadership, and the focus of this workshop. Come spend Columbus Day weekend in the beautiful Adirondacks and explore your personal leadership style while further developing your leadership skills. Led by professionals with a broad background in leadership and professional training, this workshop will include innovative activities and discussions that explore your leadership skills and the essential role of your emotions in effectively applying these skills. This workshop is open to all SUNY faculty and staff. Registration is now open and will close September 15th. Space is limited. To register, email aic@esf.edu. | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

  • Friday, October 11, 2013

    23rd Annual Meeting of the New York State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation
    Gateway Center. The 23rd Annual Meeting of the New York State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. | Contact: Katherina Searing, 315-470-6888

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Foundational Competency Training
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm. MACNY; 5788 Widewaters Parkway, Syracuse, NY 13214. SUNY-ESF and MACNY are now offering training to AM-TEC cluster companies and the general public, supported by funding from the Department of Labor as part of the Advanced Manufacturing of Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC) Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge grant. Foundational Competencies, i.e. “soft skills,” training is available at no cost (including all course materials and DiSC profile). Competencies covered are interpersonal skills, communications, teamwork on the first day; critical thinking, problem solving, and planning & organizing on the other. SUNY-ESF will award 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) to participants at course completion. | Contact: Sean Nicholson, 315-470-4882

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013

    TYESA
    5:30 pm - 3:00 pm. Gateway A, B, and C. TYESA (Two-Year Engineering School Association) is an organization of community colleges within the SUNY system that have engineering science programs or that regularly feed engineering students to the various four-year institutions in New York State. The organization has an annual fall meeting, typically hosted by one of the four-year engineering schools in New York. This is an opportunity to showcase the programs at ESF.
    Sponsor: ESF Outreach | Contact: Katherina Searing, 6888

  • Saturday, November 2, 2013

    Certified Professional Constructor Examination
    7:00 am - 5:30 pm. Room 154 Baker Laboratory. This is a professional examination given at ESF on behalf of the Constructor Certification Commission and is only open to those persons who have registered through the Commission and have met the requirements of the Commission.
    Sponsor: SCME | Contact: Kenneth J. Tiss, 470.6747

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    TEC Tuesday at Fulton Companies
    Fulton Thermal Corporation 972 Centerville Road Pulaski, New York 13142 . Tour of Fulton Companies in Pulaski. | Contact: Howie Hollander, 315-470-6818

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    E200 Emerging Leaders Initiative
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Gateway A, B, and C. On November 6th, several Syracuse small business leaders will graduate from the E200 Emerging Leaders initiative, a U.S. Small Business Administration-supported training initiative to accelerate growth of high-potential small businesses. The eight-month program consisted of approximately 100 hours of training per participant and provided opportunities to work with mentors, attend workshops, and network with their peers, local leaders, and financial communities. SUNY-ESF is proud to co-sponsor this initiative and host the graduation on campus.
    Sponsor: ESF Outreach | Contact: Katherina Searing, 6888

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Peace Corps - Tabling/Information Session
    8am-4pm in the Gateway Center, then 4pm-5pm in 110 Moon Library. Come visit representatives from the Peace Corps on Thursday, November 14th for an Information Session. They will be on campus from 8am-4pm tabling in the Gateway Center, then again from 4pm-5pm in 110 Moon Library.
    Sponsor: Career Office | Contact: Patricia Henson, 315.470.6660

    Commercial SPARE PV Installation Training
    8:30 am - 5:30 am. Gateway Center, Room 240. In this class, participants will cover the issues associated with larger commercial PV installations which typically have three-phase electrical systems. Weight and wind loading play a major part in the design of large commercial installations, as most commercial buildings have expansive, flat roofs. The class will also look at issues for large, ground-mounted systems and review interconnection issues such as the necessary size of the local service, when a new transformer would be needed, when an entire substation would be needed and when the local utility might need the plant to provide reactive power (VAR support). The economics of these larger systems will also be reviewed. NABCEP requires that a "minimum of 40 of the 58 prescribed hours for certification must cover advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis". This class meets section 3.5.C.III as it is taught by an ISPQ certified instructor. | Contact: Sean Nicholson, 315-470-4882

  • Monday, November 18, 2013

    CPT Green Production Module Orientation: Webinar (for registered AM-TEC members only)
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm. | Contact: Howie Hollander, 315-470-6818

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Dr. Charles Hall Presents: Hydrofracking and the Recent Petroleum Boom in the United States: How long will it last?
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Nifkin Lounge .
    Sponsor: SUNY-ESF Division of Environmental Science | Contact: Rigo Melgar

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2013

    TEC Tuesday at O'Brien & Gere
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm. O'Brien & Gere, 7600 Morgan Road, Liverpool, NY 13090. Tour of the O'Brien & Gere manufacturing facility. | Contact: Howie Hollander, 315-470-6818

  • Friday, December 6, 2013

    Invited Lecture: Implications of Climate Change on Water Resources and Stream Temperature
    11:40 am - 12:35 pm. Baker Labs 408 Conference Room. Dr. Christine Hatch will present a seminar entitled "Implications of Climate Change on Water Resources and Stream Temperature". Dr. Hatch is an Extension Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst with expertise in surface water systems. This is open to the public, and pizza will be served.
    Sponsor: ERE | Contact: Ted Endreny, 6565

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013

    2013 December Soiree "An Adirondack Winter"
    6:00 pm - 12:00 am. Drumlins Country Club. Join the Undergraduate Student Association as we honor the 2013 December graduates with the Annual December Soiree! December Soiree 2013 "An Adirondack Winter" Drumlins Country Club Cocktail Hour begins at 6pm It will be an evening of dinner, dancing, as well as the presentation of prestigious ESF Awards given to your fellow classmates and professors. This evening is for the graduating seniors to congratulate them on their future endeavors.
    Sponsor: USA | Contact: Joseph Piazza, 347-996-9581