Empire State Association of Biologists Convene at Genesee for Annual Meeting Honoring Earth Day

Members of the Empire State Association of Two Year College Biologists (ESATYCB) are holding their annual conference at Genesee Community College April 23 - 25, 2004. Approximately 30 members of the nearly 20-year old association and approximately 10 students will be on campus this weekend to listen and learn about variety of different topics. In fact, the line-up of speakers scheduled on Saturday, April 24 may interest the community-at-large, who is invited to attend. Cost is $30 for the entire day, including lunch; $10 for either the morning or afternoon session without the lunch; or $20 for either session with lunch.

The annual conference covers a wide range of subjects featuring noted authors, scientists and researchers from across the state. Under this year's conference title, "Biology Today and Tomorrow: Earth Day 2004," will be three speakers from the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as representatives from Cornell University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, and SUNY University at Buffalo (UB).

Mr. Walter Simpson, UB's Energy Officer will kickoff Saturday's presentation with his talk on the "Recipe for a Green Campus." Simpson's lengthy experience overseeing UB's energy program has resulted in numerous environmentally conscious plans and decisions and many success stories, not the least of which is UB being the largest purchaser of wind power in New York State.

Saturday's exact schedule of speakers and their topics follow:

9:15-10:00 AMWalter Simpson - SUNY University at BuffaloRecipe for a Green Campus: Lessons in Campus Environmental Stewardship

10:00-10:45 AMDr. Mark Noble - University of Rochester Medical CenterStem cell/Precursor Cell Biology

11:15 AM-NOONDr. Carl Pinkert, University of Rochester Medical CenterTransmitochondrial Mice and Modeling of Mitochondrial DNA - based Human Disease

NOON-12:45 PMDr. Robert Rose, University of Rochester Medical CenterProspects for Edible Vaccines for Prevention of Cervical Cancer

12:45 - 2:00 PMLunch

2:00 -2:45 PMDr. Scott Turner, SUNY ESFThe Extended Organism: The Functional Biology of Animal Built Structures

2:45 - 3:30 PMDr. David Wolfe, CornellTales from the Underground

3:30 - 3:45 Break

3:45 - 4:30 PMDr. Janet Thies, CornellUse of Molecular Methods to Assess Microbial Life in Soil

Saturday's event concludes with a banquet dinner at the Glen Iris Inn in Letchworth State Parkfeaturing Dr. Erick Fernandes from Cornell University and The World Bank. Dr. Fernandes will talk about Tropical Agroforestry: Harnessing Biology for Sustaining Healthy Populations in Robust and Productive Landscapes.

Conference attendees will also enjoy breakfast on Sunday morning at the interpretive center at the Genesee County Park with a presentation by June Summers of the Audubon Society about the successful peregrine falcon restoration project sponsored by Kodak in Rochester. The urban falcon nesting site at the top of the Kodak building can be viewed by going to www.kodak.com and clicking on birdcam 2004. The ESATYCB annual business meeting follows this breakfast presentation.

Interested attendees, particularly if they would like to reserve a lunch, are encouraged to contact Joan E. Zummo, Biology Professor at Genesee Community College, President-Elect of ESATYCB and this year's conference chairman. She can be reached at 585-343-0055 extension 6395, or through email: jzummo@genesee.edu. Registrants will also be accepted at the door.