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Information for Speakers

Women in Scientific and Environmental Professions

Information for Speakers

We look forward to your participation in the Women in Scientific and Environmental Professions speaker series! The following information may help you plan your visit.

The Lecture and your audience: Our lectures are normally scheduled for 4pm on Wednesdays throughout the spring semester. You should plan to speak for about 40-45 minutes and round out the hour with a few questions at the end. If you would prefer the audience ask questions during the presentation, just let them know!

Our audience is generally well educated, albeit not necessarily in your specific area of expertise --lectures normally draw audience members from many departments. In order to put your research into a more accessible context for non-specialists, we encourage you to include some background information about your specific field of interest and how your work fits into the broader picture.

More about the series: The lecture series is considered to be a "campus wide" program at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. It is coordinated with support of the ESF Women's Caucus and the Provost's Office. Individual lectures are co-sponsored by individual departments and student organizations on our campus, and increasingly at neighboring institutions (e.g., Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University). Your presentation may be cross-listed with another series to allow each to have a fuller schedule and avoid scheduling conflicts amongst themselves. This also allows you to present your work to a larger group. We do advertise in the greater Syracuse area, and lectures often attract community members.

Your itinerary: If your travel plans permit, we schedule individual and small group meetings with other faculty and students, particularly those in the departments most closely aligned with each speaker's expertise. This is intended to let you meet some prospective collaborators in the Syracuse area, and for them to solicit input from you on their works in progress. If there is anyone in particular with whom you are interested in speaking, we will do our best to arrange it. The lecture itself is usually at 4pm, with a modest reception immediately following. This is almost always followed by a homestyle dinner with the students enrolled in ESF's Women in Environmental Careers Seminar and/or participants in Syracuse University's Women in Science and Engineering Future Professoriate Program.

AV equipment: Projection facilities include a PC with PowerPoint and digital projector. You can bring your talk on flash drive, or you can bring your own laptop and plug it in to our projector (recommended for talks produced on a Mac) and speakers. Lecture rooms also have a slide projector, white board, and an overhead or solid object projector. Our lecture kit contains a laser pointer, dry erase and overhead markers, and a wireless mouse. We can arrange for additional equipment with advance notice, but other software may not be supported.

Travel: Update: We now have the option of using the college's travel agent to book fares. If you prefer to make your own arrangements, we (or one of our collaborators) will reimburse the cost of the tickets. If you will be flying to Syracuse, plan to fly in to Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. We hope to arrange flights well in advance so as to get a reasonable price, as all of our budgets are limited. Amtrak, Greyhound, Megabus all have service to the Regional Transportation Center (SYR).

If you plan to drive, please keep track of your mileage, as it can be reimbursed. If you are coming in on the New York State Thruway, take Exit 36 and proceed south on I-81 into Syracuse. Both northbound and southbound travelers on Interstate 81 should exit at Adams/Harrison Streets (Exit 18), and take Adams Street up the hill to the east. At the traffic light at the top of the hill, turn right onto Irving Street. Go through several intersections and continue to the ESF Traffic Control Station (ironically, at the foot of Carrier Dome). Tell the attendant you will be speaking as part of this series - you should already be in "the book." They will direct you to guest parking.

Syracuse University's parking map is very helpful, as it shows ESF, SU, portions of Upstate Medical University, as well as all the one way streets in the vicinity.

Lodging: We can arrange for lodging for you during your stay at a hotel near campus--we have direct bill arrangements with the closest ones. Please let us know if you would prefer to visit with a friend or relative. Generally this will be just the night of your talk, but travel plans may call for something different. We will confirm this with you prior to your visit.

Please send the seminar coordinator: the title of your talk, a brief bio, a digital image relevant to your talk, e.g., a field photo or figure from a publication, and either a head and shoulders photo of you or permission to use that which we can download from your website.

For more information, please contact the speaker coordinator: Heather Engelman,, 315-470-4752

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