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Students Attend Climate Science Academy

Fifteen SUNY students explore opportunities in climate research.

Students from Purchase College, Farmingdale State College, and SUNY Sullivan came to the Purchase campus from April 5-7 for the 2019 Partners for International Research and Education (PIRE) Academy. PIRE supports international partnerships that address critical science and engineering problems in a global context, thereby facilitating the development of a diverse, globally-engaged science and engineering workforce. Faculty and staff mentors from Purchase College, the University at Albany, and Columbia University collaborated to lead hands-on tree-ring field and lab work activities, educational workshops, and discussions that combined the issues of climate research and policy.

The 2019 PIRE Academy was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, University at Albany, SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Purchase College. Keynote speaker David Buchwald, Assemblyman fore New York’s 93rd Assembly District, provided a perspective on New York State climate change readiness and policy opportunities for New York State. Liz Moran, Environmental Policy Director at NYPIRG, facilitated a mock legislative session, providing students with an opportunity to put their new knowledge of climate science to practice. As a result of the PIRE Academy experience, the students are exploring research and career opportunities in climate science and public policy.

Watch a video recap of the weekend