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UI to cosponsor Public Scholarship panel with Colgate Libraries

By Upstate Institute on March 13, 2015

The Colgate University Libraries will continue its University Library Colloquium series with an event on April 1st that will feature a panel discussion on public scholarship. The event will be cosponsored by the Upstate Institute and chaired by Upstate Institute Director Ellen Percy Kraly. Panelists will include April Baptiste (Professor of Environmental Studies), Dan Schult (Hetherington Professor of Mathematics), and Nicole Simpson (Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives).

The event will be from 12:15 – 1:15 pm in Case-Geyer 560, and lunch will be available.  Please RSVP Karen Johnson, kjohnston@colgate.edu , if you will be attending.

NYS Department of Health researcher to present on tick-borne pathogens

By Upstate Institute on February 20, 2015

The Upstate Institute at Colgate University and will sponsor an Environmental Studies Brown Bag presentation by Melissa Prusinski on Friday, March 6 at 12:20 pm in the ALANA Cultural Center.

Melissa Prusinski is a Research Scientist and Laboratory Supervisor with the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Vector Ecology Laboratory, in Albany, NY. Over the past 15 years, her research interests have focused on the epidemiology, vector biology and landscape ecology of diseases transmitted by ticks and other arthropods. She serves as Chief Coordinator of the NYSDOH Statewide Tick-borne Pathogen Surveillance Initiative, and was head of the former NYSDOH Tick Identification Service from 2001-2011. Her published research can be found in peer-reviewed journals including: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Environmental Entomology, Ecosphere and the Journal of Medical Entomology.

Her presentation on March 6 at Colgate will provide an overview of tick ecology and current epidemiological trends in tick-borne disease in New York. She will also discuss recent research focusing on the environmental factors and mechanisms promoting growth and spread of vector tick populations in Upstate New York.

Partnership with Good Nature Farm Brewery will provide research, field work opportunities

By Upstate Institute on January 28, 2015

As Good Nature Farm Brewery prepares to expand their facility to a five acre site south of campus, the Upstate Institute looks forward to partnering with them to create local research and learning opportunities for students and faculty. The Upstate Institute will host owners Carrie Blackmore ’08 and Matt Whalen at a brown bag event on Friday, February 20 in 207 Lathrop Hall to discuss their expansion plans. Staff from the Upstate Institute will talk about some of the partnerships the expansion will provide for Colgate.

The brown bag event will begin at 12:20 pm. Wraps will be provided; please bring your own drink.

More information about the partnership is available on the Colgate University website.

Field School Applications for summer 2015 now available

By Upstate Institute on January 21, 2015
Field school participants

We match students with regional organizations to develop and implement projects bolstering organizational capacity.

The Upstate Institute is currently accepting applications from current Colgate students who are interested in conducting research with a local organization through the Upstate Institute Summer Field School. The Field School partners students with not-for-profit, community, or municipal organizations to conduct research projects that have a positive social, economic, cultural or environmental impact on the Upstate region. Through a Field School Fellowship, students strengthen their skills while building the capacity of the community organization with which they are working. The Field School allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing Upstate New York and a stronger appreciation for what the region has to offer.  Read more

Colgate Faculty May Apply for Course Development Grants

By Upstate Institute on January 5, 2015

Colgate Faculty may apply for an Upstate Institute course development grant through March 20, 2015. Course Development Grants provide faculty with the resources necessary to offer students immediate opportunities to apply research skills in the support of local agencies that exist to provide service to the community. A Course Development Grant will support a course that provides a community-based research component in one or more disciplines while addressing a significant, community-identified need. 

Applications are available on our Faculty Resources page.

Burke Chair to host event on climate change November 12

By Upstate Institute on November 3, 2014

Narrating Change Poster_optThe Upstate Institute will host an interactive event on the art and science of environmental storytelling in the wake of climate change. “Narrating Change” will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm in the O’Connor Campus Center (The Coop) TV Room. The interactive, participatory event will explore the implications of climate change for all of us with the help of different types of storytellers—from the arts, theater, biology and ecology, anthropology. Panelists will help participants explore the stories and experiences of our community in a changing climate, and think through the power of these stories to motivate empathy and action in that community.

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Philanthropists at Colgate designate Madison County Gives as 5K beneficiary

By Upstate Institute on October 15, 2014

The Philanthropists at Colgate house will organize a 5K race on Saturday, October 25 as part of Colgate’s Family Weekend, and they have designated Madison County Gives as the recipient of any funds raised during the event. Race participants may register for the race here.

Madison County Gives, a new partnership between the Upstate Institute and the Konosioni Senior Honor Society, is an online crowd-funding platform that will connect not-for-profit organizations that provide services to residents of Madison County, New York with students and community members through web-based fundraising campaigns. This site will provide an avenue for direct funding for local organizations from students and campus groups, and from individuals in Madison County and beyond. The site will also provide easily accessible information about the important work that is being done in the community by organizations. The site will launch on December 1, 2014.

Funds raised through the PAC 5K will be distributed equally among the eight organizations that will be funded by Madison County Gives. These organizations are:

  • Caz Cares
  • Chenango Nursery School
  • Community Bikes
  • Community Action Partnership’s Mary Rose Center
  • Emmaus House
  • Kelberman Center
  • Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association



Ethan Liu ’16 learns the importance of clear communication in computer applications

By Upstate Institute on September 2, 2014

Ethan Liu ’16 is a computer science major from Chongqing, China who wanted to complete a Field School Fellowship this summer by using some of the skills that he is developing through his computer science courses at Colgate. The Upstate Institute matched him with Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, where he worked with their staff to create tools that will help them work more efficiently.

Ethan Liu '16 and Kendall Drexler at the offices of Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County

Ethan Liu ’16 and Kendall Drexler at the offices of Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County

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Galusky named Burke Chair for Regional Studies

By Upstate Institute on August 28, 2014

The Upstate Institute at Colgate University welcomes Dr. Wyatt Galusky, Associate Professor of Humanities at Morrisville State College, to campus this fall as the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair for Regional Studies at Colgate University.

Dr. Galusky has a Ph. D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and degrees in philosophy from the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University. His teaching specialties include science technology and society, and environmental studies; and his research interests center on animals in agriculture and public engagement with science and technology. His publication list includes several articles and reviews, some of which have appeared in places such as Engineers, Scientists, and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement; Science as Culture; Science, Technology and Human Values; and Environmental Ethics.

Established in 2006 by Stephen Burke ’80 and Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81, the Endowed Chair for Regional Studies was created to support and recognize outstanding scholars whose research interests focus on upstate New York.

Sarah Katz ’16 collects data for Friends of Rogers Environmental Center

By Upstate Institute on August 25, 2014

Sarah Katz ’16 spent her summer at Colgate working with Friends of Rogers through the Upstate Institute Summer Field School. Friends of Rogers is an organization that operates and provides community programming at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in nearby Sherburne. The organization is working to develop a way to evaluate programming offered by the Center and gather information on ways to increase successful programming at Rogers. They are looking at how their school field trip programs operate and determining ways to increase enrollment in programs for students during the year.

Geology major Sarah Katz '16 collected data on programming at Rogers Environmental Center this summer.

Geology major Sarah Katz ’16 collected data on programming at Rogers Environmental Center this summer.

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