ESF Grad Student Awarded Rare Book School Scholarship
Program delves into history of hand papermaking
Posted March 2015
It would be difficult to find someone more enthusiastic about the art called "hand papermaking," or the paper industry itself, than graduate student Genevieve Nordmark.
Whether she's talking about her studies in hand-papermaking, her recently awarded scholarship to the Rare Book School or the paper industry in general, the words burst forth like confetti shot from a cannon.
Nordmark, a graduate student in ESF's Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, won a scholarship to the Rare Book School based at the University of Virginia. She is among a dozen students nationwide to win the 2014 Fath Scholarship for Artist and Artisans of the Book.
She has applied to take the History of European and American Paper Making. "It's taught by Timothy Barrett and John Bidwell. In the world of handmade paper making, Barrett's a big name." Barrett and his team fabricated the handmade archival paper that was used to re-house the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as part of the "Charters of Freedom Re-encasement Project. Bidwell is a paper historian and I'm looking forward to learning from both of these men."
The Rare Book School "provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed and digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field," according to the school's website.
Nordmark will attend the school at the end of June. "The scholarship is specifically for people who engage in hands-on work with printed artifacts," she said. "The course will help round out my degree, making me better versed in the history of paper making."
Nordmark discovered hand papermaking in her second-to-last undergraduate semester at ESF as an environmental studies major. "The paper department agreed to take me on," she said. She studies the traditional paper science curriculum, but is also taking printmaking courses and exploring the history of papermaking on her own through the ESF archives.
"We have an amazing collection of papermaking materials in the Moon Library archives," she said.
Her enthusiasm for the archives is just a portion of what she feels for the PBE program. "In the year and half I've been in PBE, I've been really proud to be part of the department," she said. "It's so diverse with people from all over the world. I wish people would know more about us."
It was the paper industry's sustainability and that drew Nordmark to the program. "Paper itself is a material," she said. "You can take a material in one state and make it into something in another state that's incredibly useful: packaging, sanitary grade, writing materials. It's ubiquitous."
"I think my background set me up in career for paper," she noted. Nordmark started in the college's Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, where she learned about plants and ecology. She worked on the Newcomb Campus, went to the Cranberry Lake Biological Station and an ESF trip to Russia. She decided to switch to environmental studies because she was interested in studying environmental greenwashing claims, environmental communication, decision making, and attitudes and values around environmental claims. "It set me up to question sustainability claims and what it means to be 'green,'" she said.
"I feel that background allowed me to look at sustainability avenues that are in the paper industry and be able to communicate them better."
As part of her program, Nordmark needed a co-op experience in the paper industry. For this, she worked with a master papermaker in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for two months. The summer before that, she worked for a hand-papermaking mill in Minneapolis.
Nordmark's plans post-ESF are fairly fluid as there are a number of options to chose from, including making paper for book conservators, book artists, or even supplying paper to such paper-dependent businesses as the wedding industry.
"I've designed different business plans through coursework at Whitman at Syracuse University. One deals with high-end packaging, another is a work-readiness program where people with disabilities can come and make paper products." Prior to coming to ESF, Nordmark spent 10 years doing vocational counseling. "I'm also interviewing for jobs in the paper industry," she said.
Nordmark is also a writer with her own blog, The Fiber Wire, where she talks about paper art and the paper industry. "I've been developing my skills in that arena," she said; she has been doing freelance writing about paper for magazines and other blogs.
"Science communication is really vital," she said. "There are people who do the science and people who communicate the science and I think the best communicators of science are the people who do the science. I think that my training in environmental studies has helped me be able to communicate in a way that is accessible."
ESF Students Make their Mark
- Mortarboards Fly and Students Become AlumniClass of 2018 celebrates achievements
- Chemistry Student Wins AwardJordan Pitt recognized by the American Chemical Society
- 14 ESF Students Set for Volunteer Work in Puerto RicoCollege joins SUNY, NY effort to support recovery efforts
- ESF Announces Commencement Weekend ActivitiesNumerous events celebrate students’ achievements
- Chemistry Graduate Student Wins AwardYuting Zhu honored by American Chemical Society
- Hello, Mr. President — About the Environment…ESF students pen Earth Day ‘elevator speeches’ for Donald Trump
- Two ESF Students Honored with Chancellor's AwardJet Lewis and Ben Taylor receive prestigious awards
- 3 ESF Students among Winners at SU RvD iPrize CompetitionFarm to Flame, Food for Community move on to state competition
- Smile! You’re On Canid CameraESF researcher seeks citizen scientists to help ID photos from trail cameras
- Acorns to Action Strives to Help Victims of Natural DisastersESF students focus on providing resources, knowledge to rebuild sustainably
- ESF Student Part of First-Place Team in Hult Prize CompetitionSayje Lasenberry is member of Farm to Flame Energy team
- Zachary Smith's Commencement SpeechEnvironmental studies major was chosen as student speaker
- Senior Accomplishes Goal: ‘Publish in a Journal’Environmental health major co-authors paper about discovery linked to fighting cancer
- ESF Students Participate in SEA Semester ProgramEFB majors set sail in the Atlantic Ocean
- Class of '17 Joins ESF Alumni RanksDegrees and ESF flags in hand, graduates celebrate accomplishments
- Chemistry Student Wins AwardGraduating senior Curtis Wilhelmsen recognized by environmental division of the American Chemical Society
- ESF Announces Commencement Weekend ActivitiesNumerous events celebrate students’ achievements
- ERE Major Builds Lengthy Resume at ESFTight-knit community, real-world experience made college stand out
- ESF Students Win StoryFest CompetitionTop prize is trip to Brazilian Rainforest for storytelling expedition
- Student from Nepal Finds Her Niche at ESFJyotika ‘Nicci’ Shah plans career in water quality
- ESF Education a Family Affair for Schiavone BrothersThree siblings share a major and a graduation date
- ESF Nordic Skier Competes in World University GamesConducts study on perfluorocarbons between races
- Academics, Athletics, Affordability Lure Soccer Captain to ESFHeather Carl makes her mark on campus
- Daily Adventures Mark Trip to South AmericaRosen Fellowship funds experience of a lifetime
- Student from Italy Finds Motivation at ESF"Here I am constantly pushed to do more"
- Walk on the Wild SideFellowship Funds Trip to South Africa
- USA President Focuses on Building RelationshipsBen Taylor leads 'growth year' for student government
- ESF Junior Honored as 'Unsung Hero'Shewa Shwani to receive award at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
- ‘Jet’ Lewis Builds Busy Life as ESF SophomoreCalifornia resident says diverse ideologies made ESF stand out
- Dedication to Environment Brings Student to ESF from Mexico'There is no other place like ESF,' freshman says
- Beer Eases Final Moments for Euthanized InvertebratesGraduate student seeks humane method for ending lives of research subjects
- ERE Major Tackles Wastewater Plan in IcelandFink Fellowship Supports Summer Abroad
- 44 ESF Students Spend Summer as DEC Interns‘Phenomenal’ range of work can help launch careers
- Paper Engineering Boosts Student through Semester AbroadGraduate-level classes and travel highlight trip to Germany
- ESF Alumnus Begins Peace Corps Service Caleb Rudge to spend two years in Paraguay
- Dream Becomes Reality for ESF SeniorRosen Fellowship supports summer internship in Stockholm
- Summer on the FarmFink Fellowship sends ESF junior to work on Thousand Islands farm
- SRC Fellowship Supports Student in Battle against Mosquitoes Chemical compound could help stop spread of disease
- ESF Landscape Architecture Students Receive ASLA HonorsHonor and merit certificates presented
- ESF Student Finalist for Olmsted Scholar AwardKathryn Chesebrough recognized for academic excellence
- ESF Graduate Joins Teach for America Peter LeDuc finds passion for teaching at ESF
- Advice for Graduates: Stay United, 'Enjoy Your Wisdom'Class of 2016 celebrates at Commencement
- Two ESF Students Earn SUNY Chancellor’s AwardFoley, Zubair honored for excellence
- Closed-Loop Art: Woodburner Uses Material at HandSenior donates artwork to Student Showcase Symposium
- Honors Student Works with 'Best Thing Ever': ElephantsTravel takes Yvonne Lim to Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
- ESF Ph.D. Student Selected as Junior Fellow in Korea
- The Cheer Fun of ItESF student leads SU cheer team
- Ph.D. Student Appointed to Federal Advisory PanelYang joins National Coal Council
- ‘Great Experience’ Takes Grad Student to BulgariaMLA student spends summer monitoring primitive horse population
- ESF Senior Wins Fulbright Research AwardGabriel Smith heads to Sweden to study fungi
- ESF Grad Student Awarded Rare Book School ScholarshipProgram delves into history of hand papermaking
- ESF Senior Honored at National STEM ConferenceCSTEP student Danielle Berry wins second place for poster
- Meghan JohnstoneTraveler in Australia, Nature Conservancy Intern
- Michael AmadoriAquaponics Research
- Ryan HenrySU's biggest sports fan.
- Lauren AlteioHarvard Forest Program
- Brookhaven National Laboratory InternsCourtney Buckley, Daniel Larkin, Michael Norman and Beverly Agtuca
- Brendan-Michael Galloway Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship
- Lynne BeattyMarine resources workshop participant
- Kristen AnthonyLandscape Architecture student, and SU competitive skier
- Craig LazzarEssay Contest nets ESF Senior $10,000
- Zachary KingBiotechnology Researcher
- Daniele BakerSUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence Recipient
- Greg BoydESF Senior, biodiesel expert
- Khristopher DodsonPublisher of Envi magazine
- Cara StaffordInvasive Plant Technician, Catalina Island
- Irony SadeBiotechnology Major
- April Karen BaptistePh.D. Candidate, Fulbright scholar, ESF
- Leah Dudziak & Lisa RuggeroTwo ESF Students on SU Dance Team