One of five pillars in Oswego’s Sesquicentennial Plan
Now under construction, SUNY Oswego's Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor will be a world-class producer of graduates in science-related disciplines who will be a source of innovation and discovery with untold impact on society's future. Scheduled to open in 2013, the new facility taking shape near the center of campus since 2010 is monumental evidence of the college's commitment to advancing science education and scientific inquiry.
Many of Oswego's solutions-oriented initiatives in 2010-11 arise from science and technology — projects right here on campus and around the world with our international partners, including steps to protect the Great Lakes and wetlands in our own region and biodiversity in South America; to reduce waste and carbon emissions on campus; and to advance knowledge that will improve the quality of life the world over.
Working with schools, the business sector and non-governmental organizations, our faculty, staff and students also initiated efforts to foster education in the sciences, to prepare more students with the science and technology skills that business and industry need, to make business education more accessible to broader segments of the population and to help address human needs following natural disasters.
- Oswego's Environmental Research Center, in partnership with scientists from Clarkson University and SUNY Fredonia, is helping to restore the Great Lakes and evaluate the success of efforts to clean up sources of pollutants. The team of upstate researchers is becoming a world leader in the science of contaminant cycling in aquatic ecosystems.
- More than educational, Oswego's new sustainability course incorporating travel to Ecuador aims to advance sustainability efforts in that country, particularly in one community. Students in the course work with a foundation there that is addressing deforestation pressures and threats to biodiversity.
- The college marked another milestone in its quest for carbon neutrality by 2050, earning a silver rating in the STARS higher education sustainability rating system. The effort, through the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, aims to tackle the problem of global warming and help restore a healthy global atmosphere.
- Oswego's new residential complex, which opened in 2010, continued to collect recognition in 2011 for its innovative features that minimally disturb to the environment and support the college's Climate Commitment.
- The college established an Environmental Sustainability Team in spring 2011 to advance the college's goal of reducing greenhouse gases that disrupt climate equilibrium.
- Biology faculty members continued their study of a threatened species that represents unique wetland habitat across the Lake Ontario coastal plain in an effort to help protect both species and sensitive habitat.
- Blizzards of paper blow seasonally into the college's admissions, registrar's and academic advisers' offices across campus, costing work, time and more than occasional search parties. In 2010-11, Oswego implemented a document imaging system that moves many student records into the digital realm, adding efficiency to college operations and reducing waste.
Educating for the future
- If restoring and preserving the life-sustaining environment of planet Earth is a priority for humanity into the future, Oswego helped focus the attention of youth around the world on the challenge with the first international science and art competition in summer 2011. High school students from Kazakhstan and Kosovo, Mongolia and Myanmar, Tajikistan and Tanzania, and dozens more nations exhibited their juried science and art projects in ecology and biodiversity, resources and energy, environmental quality, human ecology and a special category: removing oil from water.
- Oswego's Possibility Scholarship program to recruit and retain talented students who otherwise could not afford to pursue degrees in science and technology fields won support from the National Science Foundation. The program not only addresses the problem of opening doors to employment for talented but financially needy students, but also prepares them in the science-related disciplines that society looks to for solutions to pressing global issues, from wetlands conservation to combatting crime.
- Faculty and administrators in 2010-11 laid the foundations for the SUNY system's first multidisciplinary cooperative education program, providing students earn-learn work experience and taking Oswego's longtime success with experiential learning and real-world engagement to a new level. The co-op program will at once enrich students' academic life and their career prospects. We anticipate that it will improve college completion rates by helping to cover the cost of education and maximize use of campus facilities by increasing summer enrollment.
- Oswego's new online MBA program, launched in January 2011, expands access to this signal credential for careers in business, enabling students as diverse as soldiers at Fort Drum, busy professionals around New York state and Oswego alumni from Pennsylvania to India to advance professionally.
- Accounting is the "language of business," and Oswego's Center for Accounting Research and Education launched an effort to increase the number of people from minority groups studying accounting and entering the profession, bringing new ethnic diversity to the business arena and expanding opportunity for underrepresented populations.
- If you've ever wondered how pictures of DNA and molecules are captured, an Oswego computer science faculty member can explain. She is working with researchers at Cornell University to fashion better, more efficient tools for creating such images and thereby produce more accurate pictures that improve understanding of the substances and activities under study.
- Oswego is home to SUNY's Professional Science Master's Program, which aims to increase the flow of scientific skills and innovation into the business-industry arena in New York state.
- An Australian educator came to Oswego in his quest for answers to the challenge of an aging workforce.
- Cleanup from Hurricane Katrina continues in Louisiana, and 43 students and a staff member spent winter break 2011 lending a hand, while others worked in rural communities in West Virginia and Jamaica.
- As Haiti recovers from the 2010 earthquake, a class from Oswego focused on helping communities and mental health professionals there deal with ongoing effects of trauma.
Health and safety challenges
- Meteorology students and faculty began conducting first-of-their-kind studies of lake-effect snowstorms to expand understanding of these intense weather events and improve forecasting that can enhance public safety.
- A chemistry faculty member studies plants that Congolese people have traditionally used to treat diabetes with the aim of capturing their effective essence and sharing it with diabetic patients everywhere.