Biology Seminar this Friday: The Influence of Science on Environmental Policy: Observations from former NYS DEC Commissioner

The Seminar Series in Biology presents:
“The Influence of Science on Environmental Policy: Observations from former NYS DEC Commissioner” presented by Denise Sheehan, Executive Vice President, Capitol Hill Management Services.

Denise Sheehan has nearly 30 years of management experience in the government and non-profit sectors. She previously served for 10 years at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, including two years as Commissioner, where she led efforts to establish the State’s first climate change programs, as well as new initiatives to protect air and water quality, preserve open space, and revitalize brownfields. Ms. Sheehan also served as the Executive Director of The Climate Registry, an international non-profit providing assistance to companies seeking to reduce their carbon emissions and become more sustainable. She also previously served for ten years at the NYS Division of the Budget, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing the State’s environmental and energy budgets.

Ms. Sheehan currently serves as Executive Vice President at Capitol Hill Management Services, a management consulting firm in Albany, New York. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday November 3 in Science I room 121.

About this seminar series: This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.

Greater Oneonta Historical Society Recognizes Two Programs

On Sunday, Oct. 15, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society presented its annual Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history to Kitchen Table Conversations. For 10 years, SUNY Oneonta President Emeritus Alan Donovan and his team have been recording oral histories of Oneontans and residents of the nearby towns. More than 100 persons have been recorded, providing rich documentation of life in the area for future generations. The interviews can be listened to at GOHS’ website,

Also that same Sunday, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society hosted “ Let’s Talk about Economic Development in Oneonta, Yesterday and Today.” This program shared stories about business and economic development from the Kitchen Table Conversations collection assembled by Alan Donovan and the Cooperstown Graduate Program’s archive of oral history interviews. Oral history selections were used to initiate a discussion about how economic development has changed Oneonta and the broader region over the past seventy-five years. The oral history clips illuminate how people have thought about economic development in both the past and present. The event promoted dialogue on these themes and encourages new perspectives on business, politics, technology, and society.

The program was co-presented by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, the Cooperstown Graduate Program and Hanford Mills Museum.

Listen to Everyone ( is a project of CGP Community Stories and the Cooperstown Graduate Program. CGP Community Stories ( has been collecting and sharing the stories of Otsego County residents and other Central New Yorkers for over fifty years. The oral histories cover a wide range of topics, such as the environment and farming, family and community, tourism, rural healthcare, and activism. The goal is to document the history of Central New York’s rural communities and use their stories to promote discussions which connect participants with the past and with each other.

Cooperstown Graduate Program Spent Weekend Volunteering

Seven students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program spent the weekend of October 20-22 volunteering with Professor Cindy Falk at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake. Their job involved cleaning out the “Chalet,” built in 1915 at the Vanderbilt’s Adirondack estate as the men’s camp, which will be rehabilitated this winter with a matching grant from New York State. They moved years of debris from the basement and attic, as well as clearing trails, housing archival materials, and watching the meteor shower. Student participants included Professor Andris Balins (Music), Rita Carr, Rob Katz, Mary Kate Kenney, Karina Kowalski, Lindsey Marshall, and Hannah Sherman. Their combined work amounted to an in-kind donation of $1,500.