SUNY Pride 2017

SUNYPride2The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC), Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), the Office of Student Life & Leadership @ Hunt College Union, and the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with fiscal support from the Fund For Oneonta at SUNY Oneonta are excited to announce the dates of the 5th Annual SUNY Pride Conference at Hunt College Union on October 27-28, 2017. This year’s theme is Artivism: Creative Expression for LGBTQIA Resistance and Healing. Our keynote is Kit Yan, playwright/poet/performer/lyricist.

Registration will go live in late August at http://www.oneonta.edu/development/gsrc/SUNYpride.asp

Call for papers/presentations <> proposals are due September 23. For details see: http://www.oneonta.edu/development/gsrc/call-for-presentations.asp

For more information please contact Robb Thibault 607-436-3013

Faculty Members Kiyoko Yokota and Paul Lord Awarded Grant for Otsego Lake Monitoring Efforts

The New York State Water Resources Institute has awarded a grant to the Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of SUNY Oneonta in the amount of $7,105 in support of the project entitled “Otsego Lake Water Quality Constant Monitoring System” under the direction of Principal Investigators Dr. Kiyoko Yokota and Paul Lord (Biology/Biological Field Station). A brief description of the project follows.

It has been well established that the changing climate is affecting water temperatures in lakes, which affect timing and amplitude of thermal stratification and nutrient availability for primary producers. Rising water temperatures are often associated with negative water quality outcomes such as the establishment and proliferation of invasive species from warmer climatic zones and harmful algal blooms (HABs), which are typically caused by cyanobacteria that outcompete other types of algae at higher temperature. To date, water quality studies in Otsego Lake have been limited to ice-free seasons. Through this project, a SUNY Oneonta graduate student and an undergraduate student will conduct limnological research, under the guidance of two SUNY Oneonta faculty members, to supplement current water quality preservation efforts by collecting and analyzing year-round high-resolution temperature and light data for Otsego Lake. The collected data will be contributed to relevant research projects carried out by the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) at local, regional and global scales, which synergistically aim to better predict future changes in lake ecosystems around the world in response to the changing climate and to use such information to sustainably manage global water resources.

National Science Foundation Grant Awarded to Drs. Ebert and Bischoff

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to the Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of SUNY Oneonta in the amount of $354,439 in support of the project entitled “Authentic Research Experiences for Earth Science Education Majors” under the direction of Dr. James Ebert, Principal Investigator (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department), with Dr. Paul Bischoff (Secondary Education) as Co-investigator. The proposal received ratings of ‘excellent’ from all of the assigned peer reviewers, and was one of only 13 percent of all applications submitted to the FY2017 round that were funded. A brief description of the project follows.

This project will engage pre-service Earth Science Education (ESE) majors in authentic research experiences designed to deepen content expertise and immersion in model-based learning (MBL), a pedagogy proven to enhance students’ conceptual understanding. For each year of the three year project, a cohort of pre-service Earth Science teachers will design and build new models of Earth processes and concepts. Models are especially effective in Earth Science because so many geoscience processes and concepts operate on spatial and temporal scales that are difficult for students to grasp. Models developed by participants will be evaluated by New York State Master STEM Teachers and pilot-tested in K-12 and introductory geoscience college classes. Models will also be presented in “Science Saturdays,” in informal science education venues, and at science teacher conferences. Through the design and construction of new models to help K-12 students conceptualize various Earth concepts, ESE majors will gain valuable insights into engineering design. “Nature of science” and engineering design are important threads in the Next Generation Science Standards. These experiences will enable participating ESE majors to stimulate interest in the geosciences in K-12 students, with the ultimate goals of promoting majoring in the geosciences in college and eventually reducing the deficit of geoscientists in the workforce.