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2006 Research News Archives

January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, reverse chronological order
Governor Pataki Announces Major Grant for Ethanol Plant At a press conference on the ESF campus, New York Gov. George Pataki announced a $10.2 million grant to ESF and three commercial partners to develop the first biorefinery in the United States. ESF will work with Catalyst Renewables Corporation, O’Brien and Gere, and New Energy Capital to develop and construct a pilot commercial cellulosic ethanol facility in Lyonsdale, NY.
ESF Announces New Name for Paper Engineering Program SUNY-ESF has changed the name of its Faculty of Paper Science and Engineering to the Faculty of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering to reflect the addition of a new bioprocess engineering major. The first and only program of its kind in the northeastern United States, the bioprocess engineering program seeks to train engineers who will work in the emerging bioprocessing and biofuels industry to produce energy and related chemical products from renewable resources.
Gibbs, Teece Receive Foundation Awards Dr. James P. Gibbs of the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology Faculty and Dr. Mark Teece of the Faculty of Chemistry have been chosen as recipients of the 2006 Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in Teaching.
Researchers Document Reason for Invasive Moth's Decline An innocuous-looking fly introduced into the Northeastern United States 100 years ago to control pests did part of its job well, nearly wiping out the invasive browntail moth. But the fly also contributed to the decline of several spectacular species of native moths, including the luna and cecropia.
SUNY–ESF Center Focuses On Native Peoples and the Environment SUNY-ESF has established a Center for Native Peoples and the Environment that will focus on developing connections between traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and western scientific approaches. The center is the only one of its kind in the Northeast.
SUNY-ESF: Cellulose Makes Plastic 3,000 Times Stronger Researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) are developing ways to use cellulose from wood to strengthen plastics, providing a lightweight component that has the added advantage of being biodegradable.
2006 Joachim Forum at SUNY-ESF Examines Issues in Forest Products Industry Dealing with emerging energy and carbon-reducing technologies and sustainable products in the forest products industry, the 13th annual Joachim Center for Forest Industry, Economy and Environment Forum will be held Oct. 25 and 26, 2006, at SUNY-ESF.
ESF Students Help Protect NYC Water ESF graduate students Jessica Martin (Little Falls, N.Y.) and Alvin Chan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) are part of a year-long septic system monitoring project being conducted by the Catskill Watershed Corporation at 24 sites* within the New York City watershed in the Catskills and Delaware Region of New York State.
Congressman Walsh and Industry Leaders Updated on Shrub Willow as a Renewable Energy Resource Congressman James T. Walsh visited ESF's Woody Biomass Field Station in Tully, New York on September 18, 2006 for a tour the of facility, a detailed briefing on shrub willow energy crop commercialization and associated international efforts, and demonstrations of commercial planting and harvesting.
New York farms can make biofuels more viable "Larry Smart and Timothy Volk see the power in willow. Willow shrubs, to be exact. The SUNY scientists in Syracuse say ethanol made from willow and other plants that grow well upstate has lots of potential as an energy resource. It could be even more effective than corn-based ethanol at supplanting foreign oil." (from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Partnership between SUNY-ESF and N.Y. Power Authority Yields Cool, Energy-efficient Project The successful installation and operation of two state-of-the-art chillers and other cooling improvements at SUNY-ESF were heralded Wednesday, September 6, 2006 as the result of a continuing partnership with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to further advance clean and efficient energy technologies on the campus.
SUNY-ESF Ranks Among Nation’s Best Universities The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has, for the sixth year in a row, earned a place among the top universities in America, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
Syracuse Common Council Hears Green Power Plans The Syracuse Common Council learned details of a new power plant project at a work session Wednesday, August 9, 2006. The fuel for the power plant will come from shrub willow developed by SUNY-ESF partnering with Siemens and O'Brien and Gere Engineering. A story about the project was aired on 9 WSYR TV during their evening news
Consortium to Build Green Power Plant in Syracuse ESF is teaming up with Siemens Corporation, the City of Syracuse and O’Brien and Gere Engineers to build a ten-megawatt power generating plant that will be fueled by turning wood and wood by-products into synthetic gas.
Biorefinery Briefing “The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is pleased to work with Permolex/Northeast Biofuels in developing local biomass feedstocks for the Fulton ethanol facility,” said Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., president of SUNY-ESF, during today’s (July 28, 2006) informational briefing at the Riverview Business Park in Fulton, N.Y.
Researchers use oranges to track algae "Lake Champlain researcher Greg Boyer deployed some decidedly low-tech tools Monday to study the potentially dangerous blue-green algae blooms that plague Missisquoi Bay: He dumped a crate of 75-cent Sunkist Valencia oranges overboard." (Burlington Free Press)
Willow Harvesting Demonstration The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) will conduct a willow shrub harvesting demonstration at 10:15AM, Friday, June 30, 2006 on a property located one mile south of the SUNY-ESF La Fayette Road Experiment Station.
ESF’s Research Featured at Link CNY Innovation Expo ESF will be a featured exhibitor at the Link CNY Innovation Expo April 26 at the Convention Center at OnCenter from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is an exhibition of diverse technologies and services with a common aim of creating sustainable communities.
ESF Hosts Congressmen James T. Walsh and Charles Bass ESF demonstrated the extraction and production of ethanol from hardwood. Attendees included Craig Venter, President and Founder of the Human Genome Project, and Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter.
ESF Professor named to CELA Academy of Fellows Associate Professor James F. Palmer was elected to the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Academy of Fellows.
A call for an alternative energy future SUNY-ESF and MACNY collaborate to offer "SURE" workshops for architects, builders, designers, and consulting engineers, covering the latest technology and business applications for renewable energy systems.
Crow Invasion News Channel 9 WSYR-TV news video with expert commentary by ESF Professor Guy Baldassarre.
Ethanol from Wood Chips CBS 5 News WTVH-TV video: Excerpts from State of the Union address. Comments by Dr. Edwin White, Director, SUNY Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy, and ESF professor Dr. Gary Scott.
ESF Professor Named Fulbright Scholar
SUNY-ESF Professor's essays on water aired on WRVO