With new facilities, Oswego becomes Global Lab destination

When SUNY Oswego began developing its Global Laboratory network of partnerships five years ago, one goal was to give its science students access to leading scientists and facilities around the world. With the opening of its new science buildings this fall, Oswego takes its place in the network as a destination for international scientists and students.

From Oct. 2 to 4, representatives of Oswego’s Global Lab partners in India, Taiwan, Brazil and Costa Rica are scheduled attend a symposium where the college will showcase its new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation as well as the new Rice Creek Field Station.

The symposium will be one of a week of scholarly, ceremonial and festive events celebrating the completion of Oswego’s Shineman Center and field station. Both opened for classes Aug. 26 after three years of construction and many more of planning.

“We are delighted to welcome our distinguished partners in the Global Laboratory to Oswego for this inaugural symposium,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. “They have hosted many of our students in recent years and provided them with invaluable hands-on research experience.”

The symposium is the first international gathering of partners in the network, which aspires to produce scientifically and internationally skilled problem solvers.

“We look forward to bringing together our Global Laboratory partners with a goal of identifying creative ways to expand our cross-border research network and build greater scientific capacity both locally and globally,” said SUNY Oswego Provost Lorrie Clemo.

The visiting faculty and administrators scheduled to attend so far represent seven of more than a dozen Global Lab partners on five continents.

Brazil is the nation with the most sites in the Global Laboratory network and also selected Oswego as a site in its Science Without Borders/Scientific Mobility Program. This semester 20 Brazilian students are on campus with that program, and many are expected to continue their study and internship experience through the college through fall 2014.

At the Global Laboratory Symposium in October, visitors will view a presentation of research coming out of students’ Global Lab experiences in summer 2013, among other activities.

Oswego’s Global Laboratory combines the international connections of SUNY Oswego faculty with the scientific talents and intellectual curiosity of undergraduates to advance scientific knowledge, design solutions to challenging environmental and social issues, and improve the quality of life for people worldwide. SUNY Oswego has received support for the Global Laboratory network from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the international Banco Santander.