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Wednesday, October 13, 2010


18th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, May 18th and 19th, 2011, Lake Placid, NY

The Adirondack Research Consortium in collaboration with Paul Smith’s College is pleased to announce a new program highlighting the top research being conducted by students in the Adirondack Park for presentation and award at the 18th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.
Submissions for the student awards are due by March 1, 2011 and should be in the form of an extended abstract. We encourage faculty with undergraduate or graduate students conducting research relevant to the Adirondack Park to solicit applications for this program that will draw attention to the high-quality contributions students are making towards our understanding of the region. Guidelines for submission can be found on the Consortium’s webpage or by contacting Dan Fitts in our Paul Smith's College campus office at 518-327-6276 or by e-mail at info@adkresearch.org.


18th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks
May 18th and 19th, 2011, Lake Placid, NY

The Adirondack Research Consortium is pleased to invite abstracts for panel or poster presentation at the 18th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks. Research presentations can involve any topic of relevance to the Adirondack region including the natural sciences, economic and community issues, social sciences, arts and the humanities.

For more information and a 2011 Abstract Submission Form go to the Consortium’s webpage or give Dan Fitts a call at our office on the Paul Smith’s College campus office, 518-327-6276 or by e-mail at info@adkresearch.org. The Consortium will review all submissions to determine acceptance for presentation at the conference and scheduling of the presentations. The Consortium expects that presenters will register for the conference.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

17th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

“Leveraging Resources to Sustain Communities”
May 19-20, 2010, High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY

What minerals are actively mined in the Adirondacks today? What is "exurbia," and is it catching?! Are biofuels the answer? Find out the answers to these questions and much, much more at the 17th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.

Program Highlights:

Richard Kessel, President of New York Power Authority
Bob Catell, Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center
Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University
Carol Brown, President of North Country Community College
Panel: Reconnecting Children and Nature, Perspectives on Health and Education for Adirondack Children
Variety of Concurrent Sessions, including Adirondack Mining, Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot Project, "Forever Wired," Smart Grid Initiative, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Economic Climate Change, Forestry, Research Papers, and more!

Visit adkresearch.org for a complete program listing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Research Notes: Studying Ski Slopes

An article in the New York Times reports on research by Dr. Jennifer Burt of UC Davis on the difference between creating downhill ski slopes by tree-cutting versus bulldozing and grading. Dr. Burt's research suggests tree-cutting is a more sustainable option.

In a related topic, author and blogger Phil Brown opens a discussion in the Adirondack Almanac on the environmental impacts of ski glade creation. Forester Michael Snyder suggests there are good and bad ways to cut backcountry glades in a 2004 article in Northern Woodlands Magazine.