The resurgence of nuisance levels of the benthic alga, Cladophora glomerata, is occurring across the Great Lakes, exclusive of Lake Superior. Several works suggest that ecosystem changes coincident with the colonization of the Great Lakes by dreissenid mussels play a role in the current Cladophora resurgence.
The objectives of this research project include:
Document Cladophora % coverage, mat height, biomass, and P-content at 3 depths (3, 6, and 9 m) on 10 dates over the growing season within the sampling area near Olcott, NY, where high algal abundance is documented
Document Dreissena % cover, density, and shell-free dry mass (SFDM) at 3 depths (3, 6, and 9 m) on 10 dates within the sampling area near Olcott, NY
Document nearbed and nearsurface concentrations of soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) at the same 10 locations for above Cladophora and dreissenid collections
Coordinate collections with researchers at Michigan Technical University to validate satellite representation of coverage and biomass changes with high temporal resolution
SUNY Buffalo State College (BSC) will hire a full time Educational Programs Coordinator to work with Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) staff and faculty, BSC staff and faculty, and other affiliated partners, collaborators, and stakeholders to assist in the multi-year transition of Riverside High School into the Riverside Blue Ecology and Economy School. The individual will assist in the planning and implementation of various educational programming initiatives, events, and activities affiliated with the Riverside transformation and will collaborate with, and assist designated project stakeholders.
The coordinator will be stationed on the BSC campus, but will work alongside BPS administrators, faculty, staff, and the many identified collaborators and stakeholders in this initiative, to assist in creating and delivering engaging place-based, experiential educational opportunities for students enrolled in the program. The three primary areas of the School’s focus are: Aquaculture and Freshwater Ecology, Hospitality and Entrepreneurship, and Health and Wellness Studies. The coordinator will work with educators, content and program experts, and others to assist in the development and execution of programming within these three primary areas of study.
Buffalo State will analyze all eDNA samples that Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has collected and filtered for the presence of Hellbender DNA, quantify the amount of eDNA found in each of the samples, and send a summary report of eDNA results to be included in the final report.
Dr. Pennuto has received funding for another five years to continue to administer the WNY PRISM program, to engage and support the Western New York conservation and natural resource protection community. Housed on the Buffalo State College campus within the Great Lakes Center, the office will continue to serve the WNY conservation community with its expertise in invasive species management, coordination, and outreach education. Additionally, the office will expand operations to include a new boat steward program of sizable proportion and operated in accordance with NY DEC protocols.
This project is intended to help community college students who conduct course-based research (CBR) in technician education programs to identify the knowledge and skills they gain through this activity, to see clearly the areas where they need to improve, and to use this knowledge to their advantage as they enter the workforce. This project builds upon EvaluateUR, an evidence-based method developed at SUNY Buffalo State used to measure a broad range of desirable outcomes that include both content knowledge and outcomes that are critically important in the workplace, such as communication skills, creativity, autonomy, an ability to overcome obstacles, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. EvaluateUR also provides students with “metacognition” skills as well as a way to identify how much academic progress they have made or still need to make. To date, EvaluateUR has focused on one-on-one student-faculty mentor working relationships. The proposed project will modify EvaluateUR to greatly expand the number of students who can benefit from the method in order to meet the needs of entire classrooms of students who conduct course-based research.
SUNY Buffalo State College Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education, in collaboration with the Internationals Network of Public Schools, will continue its partnership with Lafayette International High School #207 to build a unique and innovative high school for students through planning, consultation, professional development, instructional coaching, and leadership support. This project consists of two closely interconnected strands: 1) professional development and capacity-building for the proposed high school faculty and administrators to incorporate Internationals’ proven effective instructional strategies for working with English Language Learners at the secondary level; and 2) planning, leadership development, coaching and feedback to support the creation of a sustainable school model with targeted planning.
Buffalo State Center for Health & Social Research (CHSR) will work collaboratively with Px21 to prevent youth alcohol and substance abuse through targeted environmental prevention. This effort would be directly aligned to the group’s goal: To promote healthy behaviors, to delay use and/or prevent abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD), and to prevent the onset of mental illness and unhealthy problem behaviors (including, but not limited to gambling, violence, and other anti-social behaviors). The coalition has a primary focus on school-based programs that target youth, however the group considers the entire population as the target because prevention can and should also impact adults who have substantial influence on youth. Further, environmental prevention approaches such as social norms messaging and local policy development are well suited to reach this population. Given Px21's focus on youth programming (which is largely dictated by traditional funding mechanisms, i.e. NYS OASAS), these agencies still provide some adult oriented messaging in the form of Parent Awareness Forums to schools where parents can be mandated to attend in order for their children to attend major extra-curricular activities (e.g. the Prom, etc). However, these only reach a limited proportion of parents in Erie County and would be greatly complemented by the supportive messages in the planned media campaign. The connection of individual agencies to schools and districts also allows for them to leverage this relationship beyond just the delivery of classroom-based curricula but also school-wide messaging ("small environmental"). This funding will support Buffalo State CHSR's collaboration with Px21 to address this gap in our available environmental prevention approaches and apply mass media prevention messaging with elevated dosage and reach to adults in Erie County.
This project aims to create multiple types of habitat improvements for resident and migrating wildlife within the Niagara River corridor and to incorporate these habitat improvement actions into our education and outreach efforts at the Great Lakes Center Field Station. Specifically, the goals of this project are to:
The Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP) will work with P2 Collaborative of WNY and other stakeholders to develop a supportive infrastructure including technical and scientific assistance, aggressive research-based media campaigns to effectively influence change regarding physical health and nutrition, as well as advocacy on behalf of policies that encourage environmental change within the context of food access and physical activity. ICHP will build upon and complement work completed with local health departments and members of existing coalitions to identify, map and evaluate programs and initiatives that are designed to increase physical activity and healthy eating habits; build upon previous efforts identifying best practices, opportunities and challenges; and ensure no duplication of efforts.
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has received funds from the New York State Department of Education to help pay for the costs of meals for EOP students during the 2018 Summer Program.
Working in conjunction with researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Platek will develop, revise, and maintain study database and subject questionnaire; develop standard operating procedures; train staff and revise procedures as needed; develop and submit IRB protocol; collect study data (questionnaires, images, biopsy reports); enter data into study database; consult with PI in Arizona via monthly Webex meetings; analyze data and interpret results; assist in preparation of manuscripts for publication and conference presentations; and assist with clinical validation studies in India.
To better understand La Botica’s unique natural and cultural history, Paleocultural Research Group will carry out an interdisciplinary project at the site. The primary goal is to gather baseline archaeological, botanical, paleoecological, and anthropological data, including data necessary for reconstructions of the ancient biogeography and paleoclimate of the region. Fossil vegetation preserved in rodent middens has long been used in arid and semi-arid regions to reconstruct changes in plant community composition associated with major climatic and glacial events, as well as human activities. Dr. Holmgren’s work will involve collection, analysis, and interpretation of middens.
Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY PRISM) and the Western New York Land Conservancy (Land Conservancy) will implement an invasive species removal and volunteer monitoring program focusing on priority conservation lands within the WNY PRISM region of the Great Lakes Basin (Map I). Invasive species cause significant ecological harm including negative impacts to water quality such as increased erosion and altered nutrient cycling. WNY PRISM will lead invasive species removal efforts on identified preserves, focused on cut-stump treatment of shrub species such as Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), bush honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), and multi-flora rose (Rosa multi-flora). Invasive species removal efforts will result in minimal management needs moving forward, and will be sustained through use of volunteers. Boot brush stations will be placed at trailheads to reduce the spread and reintroduction of invasive species along trails. The Land Conservancy will coordinate a volunteer monitoring program designed for site monitoring and early detection. Volunteers will be trained in invasive species identification, monitoring protocols, and appropriate manual removal practices. The monitoring program, when combined with WNY PRISM and Land Conservancy removal efforts, will provide the necessary framework for achieving long-term invasive species management success.
The Department of Geography and Planning will provide student research assistants to the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning to help with mapping the municipal facilities and stormwater structures in Erie and Niagara counties and with completing municipal gap analysis evaluations as directed.
The Center for Health and Social Research (CHSR) will continue to work collaboratively with Dr. Yeates Conwell on the Aging in Context (AiC) project initiated in 2013 at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The AiC project is a response to the need to develop effective systemic and systematic approaches to enhance the health of the growing aging population by facilitating improved medical care as well as changes in health-related behaviors and increased social supports. Health issues such as chronic disease and health disparities among the aging population currently result in the U.S. spending a disproportionate amount of resources with highly unsatisfactory population-level results in terms of quality of life and life expectancy. The AiC project is based on achieving the triple aim of health care: improve population-level health status, improve the quality of care, and manage/minimize health care costs.
Staff at the Center for Health and Social Research will provide survey creation, data collection, and reporting services to the WNY Women’s Foundation. The overall focus of this collaboration is to assess the current representation of women in business and government positions in the region and use survey feedback to inform programmatic directions for the ALL IN Initiative. The objective of this arrangement is to provide WNY Women’s Foundation with comprehensive data and evaluation services to meet their goals and to help ensure optimal delivery of training, support, and associated services. These activities are the basis of a cycle of continuous quality improvement that includes the development and implementation of valid data collection systems, the statistical analysis of program performance data, and an interpretation of results focused on identifying and implementing programmatic responses that will improve the delivery and impact of the ALL IN program provided by the WNY Women’s Foundation.
This funding will support education and training fellowships for graduate students in Buffalo State’s internationally recognized art conservation program. The fellowships allow them to concentrate on their classwork and conservation treatments and make a graduate education in conservation attainable while also keeping our graduates in the conservation field by allowing them to do the work they feel they were destined for, care for and love.
The Px21 collaborative working group has evolved from the initial concept of a coordinating council that is an integral aspect of the Erie County Department of Mental Health Comprehensive Prevention Plan for 2013-2017 as well as the 2018-2022 update to this document. The Center for Health and Social Research is an active participant of the Px21 workgroup, with the roles of: (1) support for regularly scheduled meetings of the entire group, (2) participation in workgroups to implement collaborative services, (3) conducting specific group assessment/planning meetings to assess prevention system impact, challenges, and priorities for changes.
The purpose of this proposal is to further student awareness and understanding of cotton fiber, fabrics, and innovation among Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) students at Buffalo State College. These students are preparing for careers in the textile design, fashion design, apparel product development, and merchandising areas. The yearlong project Cotton: Perspectives in Industry, Technology, and Innovation involves a strategic meshing of a variety of classes in order to reach the most students in different concentrations within the Fashion and Textile Technology major. Many students will spend the spring semester immersed in learning about cotton from a variety of perspectives including general cotton fiber knowledge, cotton fabrics and their properties, new technology and innovation in cotton, retailing strategies, and marketing perspectives. Early the following fall, students will have the opportunity to enroll in a special topics course which will facilitate travel to North Carolina to visit the headquarters of Cotton Incorporated in order to delve into the agricultural, manufacturing and finishing aspects of cotton fabrics. The outcomes of the projects from the spring and the trip in the fall will culminate in a Cotton Symposium to be held in the fall of 2018. This Symposium will invite professionals to campus who work with cotton as part of their job within the apparel industry. Besides attending the symposium, students will present their research and/or projects at both a campus-wide Student Research and Creativity Conference in the spring as well as the Cotton Symposium in the fall.
The Center for Health and Social Research (CHSR) has been working with Preventionfocus, Inc. (PF) since 2006 to evaluate their programs with the intent to improve the methods and instruments utilized in the implementation and assessment of its prevention services. The overall focus of this collaboration is (1) to optimize delivery system components needed to assure that data are collected and analyzed appropriately, and (2) to provide continued feedback to assess program effectiveness and determine items in need of change. The objective of this arrangement is to provide PF with comprehensive data and evaluation services to meet contractual requirements for reporting performance targets and goals and to help ensure optimal delivery of services.
The Advisory Team will assist P2 and partners with the design, measurement and evaluation aspects of the WNY PHIP workplan to support PHIP goals and objectives. The Advisory Team will provide insight and strategy on methodology for achieving PHIP goals and objectives set forth in the PHIP workplan that support the NYSDOH Prevention Agenda.
The West Side Youth Development Coalition (WSYDC) is the outcome of the evolution of the West Side Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, which was started in 2009 as a collaborative effort between faculty and staff at SUNY Buffalo State and members of the West Side community in response to major homicide outbreak. In 2012, the coalition evolved into a broader pro-youth and family-oriented coalition focused on preventing alcohol and drug abuse and took the name of West Side Youth Development Coalition (WSYDC). The coalition, because of its unique relationship with SUNY Buffalo State, has been able to make an outsized contribution to the community given the institution’s support of the match requirement. WSYDC has effectively impacted substance use in the community through its efforts. The West Side of Buffalo continues to face major issues related to alcohol and drug problems. Adolescents are burdened with substantial risks due to the availability and use of alcohol and prescription drugs along with the exceedingly high level of community disorganization and consequences directly associated with substance abuse (youth treatment, violent crime, drug crime, opioid overdose, teen pregnancy). This confluence of problems presents a highly challenging environment for youth on the West Side, despite some very positive progress over the past five years of coalition effort. WSYDC has carefully utilized the strategic prevention framework to develop approaches to utilize the seven strategies for community level change.
Funding has been awarded to three graduate programs in cultural heritage conservation – the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, and the Art Conservation Department at the State University of New College at Buffalo – to support an inter-institutional and sustainable library and archives conservation education (LACE) program of study, beginning fall 2017. This program addresses the preservation needs of library and archives collections nationally and builds on their shared educational experiences in library and archives education. The shared cooperative program developed by the LACE consortium will consolidate and refine the existing library and archives conservation education programs hosted by each of the consortium members. Each member institution will continue on-site instruction in core theoretical and scientific coursework, as well as conservation treatment, and students will gather to share critical foundational courses in historical book structures, the history of bookbinding, and descriptive bibliography. In addition, shared online seminars featuring directed readings and discussions will introduce students to issues in digitization, the preservation of audiovisual materials, archival practice, and preservation management in libraries.
The researcher will generate succinct genetic sequence information for Great Lakes mollusks and annelids. This project will support the monitoring and early detection of invasive species in the Great Lakes.
This project supports the collection of zooplankton, mysis, benthos and chlorophyll data across the Great Lakes from 2017 to 2022, analysis of long-term data for trends and dissemination to water quality and fisheries managers. Additional research will include new sampling strategies including video surveys, barcoding and remote sensing, invasive species impacts, and the impact of decreased lower trophic level production on fisheries.
Slender False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) is an invasive species of grass that threatens a wide range of habitats including forests, wetlands, and grasslands, and is capable of dominating areas to the near complete exclusion of native species. A large infestation was discovered in New York in 2009, far from all other known occurrences in the Pacific Northwest. The Eastern Slender False Brome Working Group will provide information and coordination for this species within the Great Lakes Basin, with a focus on New York. Work will include species surveys, development of best management practices, implementation of removal projects and regional outreach.
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