Category Archives: sustainability/environment

Vegetable garden replaces smoking room

BY SUSAN KEETER Ronald Jackson remember when people congregated in the smoking room at Toomey Abbott Towers, a public-housing high-rise in Syracuse. That ended in 2015, when the Syracuse Housing Authority enacted a smoke-free policy for its nine building complexes. … Continue reading

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News about Upstate you may have missed

Autism symposium “The message of our book,” said the co-author of a Pulitzer Prize finalist work about autism, “is that the larger community needs to change, needs to step up and not freak out over people who are different.” That’s … Continue reading

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Geocaching booklet shows one way people with disabilities can enjoy nature

Real-life scavenger hunts using GPS assistance can involve people with developmental disabilities. A booklet called “Accessible Geocaching” explains how to find accessible nature areas and instructions for novice geocachers. It’s an effort to promote inclusion of young adults with developmental … Continue reading

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Mystery at the lake: Researchers uncover deadly potential of obscure, long-buried chemicals

BY JIM HOWE Among the industrial wastes that have polluted Syracuse’s Onondaga Lake for decades are two “mystery compounds” related to – and apparently more toxic than – the banned pesticide DDT. Scientists from Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University and … Continue reading

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Mosquito control: Upstate scientists learn from success of malaria control effort

  Upstate scientists credit international collaboration with keeping a region along the border of Ecuador and Peru free of malaria since 2012. The coastal area of El Oro Province in Ecuador and the city of Tumbes, Peru, were once endemic … Continue reading

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Better air = better brains: Study shows cognitive function improves when indoor ventilation improves

Reducing carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the air can have a profound impact on decision-making, according to a research team from Upstate, Harvard and Syracuse universities. The team’s study shows that people working in “green” offices, with good ventilation … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, health care, mental health/emotional health, psychology/psychiatry, public health, research, sustainability/environment

Numbers paint varied portrait of people, projects, events, history at Upstate

Words tell stories, but so can numbers. The eight below help illustrate the missions of Upstate Medical University – medical care, education and research – and reveal the institution’s dedication to the Syracuse community through charitable donations and its environmental … Continue reading

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You could win a ‘green’ basket at Think Green Fair

Everyone who attends the Think Green Fair Thursday, May 22 will have the chance to win one of three “green” gift baskets containing about $100 worth of items. The fair takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Setnor … Continue reading

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Upstate’s Zipcars are frequently zipping

If you want to see Upstate’s Zipcars, you’ll have to come to the Think Green Fair Thursday, May 22. The two Zipcars are often missing from their designated parking spaces at Geneva Tower because they’re being driven by Upstate students, medical … Continue reading

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Syracuse Free Dispensary, Then and Now

In the days before Medicare and Medicaid, sick and injured Syracusans who had no money for doctors’ bills could be seen at the Syracuse Free Dispensary, located at 610 East Fayette Street in Syracuse. Howard Weinberger MD was a medical … Continue reading

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