SUNY Oswego has established an office to provide support and pique student interest in hands-on, faculty-mentored work.
Dr. Diana Boyer, an earth sciences faculty member and director of the Office of Research and Individualized Student Experiences, said the office aims to encourage and enable student scholarly work, internships and conference travel.
Personal experience tells Boyer this will pay dividends in student engagement, research and other academic skills, graduate school readiness and appeal to employers, she said.
“When I was in high school, I was given an amazing opportunity to work with a faculty member at Penn State, where I’m from,” said Boyer, who had a budding interest in paleontology. “I did a research project. I went out into the field, collected fossils, did the lab work, presented at a regional conference — and from that moment on I was hooked.”
RISE, headquartered in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center, can help students start a mentored research or artistic project, assist with funding and research travel through the college’s Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee and search for outside funding.
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A release of an undermined amount of ammonia from the closed Fulton Birds Eye plant was contained and isolated by emergency personnel Aug. 30.
A precautionary evacuation of several nearby residents took place, Fulton Fire Department Acting Chief Paul Foster said.
The leak was reported about 8:22 p.m. Chief Foster said the leak occurred in a 1 1/4 inch return pipe of the refrigeration system and was located, isolated and contained by on-site maintenance.
The Oswego County Hazardous Materials Team, the Oswego County Health Department and the State Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response also responded to the scene with the Fulton Fire Department.
As a precaution, residents in the area of Jerome and Gansvoort streets in Fulton were evacuated. The Oswego County E-911 Communications Center and Fulton Police Department notified nearby residents.
Foster said any ammonia remaining in the surrounding atmosphere may be an irritant to residents and those experiencing any irritation may wish not to stay at home tonight.
Displaced residents may go to the War Memorial or the Community Room at the Fulton Municipal Building.