Help Sought for Employee in Louisiana Flooding

The Research Foundation for SUNY at SUNY Oneonta employs individuals from many states who work for our Migrant Education and Outreach Programs. One of our employees, Tomi Soto, suffered a devastating loss in the flooding that occurred in Louisiana over the last week. She and her family have lost their home and belongings, vehicles, etc. A GoFundMe page has been set up on her behalf. I am sharing a link to that page . There you will find information and photos and the ability to make a donation if you care to.

Philip Sirianni Co-Authors Journal Article

Dr. Philip Sirianni (Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting) has published a research paper titled “Carbon Efficiency of U.S. Colleges and Universities: A Nonparametric Assessment,” with Dr. Michael O’Hara (Department of Economics, Hamilton College). The work appears in the journal Applied Economics. The authors use greenhouse gas emissions data reported under the Presidents’ Climate Commitment ( and a nonparametric data envelopment analysis to evaluate the relative environmental performance of the commitment’s signatories. The authors find that while many institutions are producing their current levels of desirable outputs (teaching and research) efficiently in terms of their carbon emissions, there still exists considerable variation in efficiency and potential for improvement. Additionally, they find evidence for both efficiency and technical change over time, although this evidence comes primarily from teaching-focused institutions.