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From the woods to your table

Jerusalem Artichoke 
Have you ever wonder how to cook from things you find in the woods? Join a Trail Works presentation on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the Lyons Community Center. Have you ever had White Pine tea or Jerusalem Artichokes? Join us as Deborah Denome will take us from the "Woods to your Table". Deborah Denome is an Educator, Horticultural Therapist, Herbalist and Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Since 1997 Deborah has served as Director of Shimmering Light Farm & Renewal Center and she is co-founder of Finger Lakes Forest Therapy. Over the last two decades she has worked extensively with people on a healing journey through domestic violence, addiction, disabilities and poverty. Her previous corporate career was in international training and publishing and she was the 2008 Canandaigua Athena Award recipient for her work promoting women in leadership.


$1 Million Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative Includes NY

Graphic: MN Sea Grant
October 14, 2019.  New York Sea Grant, with Great Lakes offices at Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County in Newark, the University at Buffalo, and SUNY Oswego,  has recently been announced as part of a three-year, $1 million, multi-state Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative project designed to help Great Lakes states respond to consumer demand for freshwater fish and a $14 billion national seafood trade deficit identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service.

Minnesota Sea Grant will serve as project leader with team members from New York, Illinois-Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. New York Sea Grant Fisheries and Ecosystem Specialist Jesse Lepak, Oswego, N.Y., will serve as the New York representative to the Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative.

Aquaculture involves the controlled-environment breeding, rearing, harvesting, and sales of marine and freshwater fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants.

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative project work includes:
. working with state-level advisory groups and regional liaisons,
. development of websites, listservs, and webinars to share and disseminate the best                          available science information on aquaculture,
. an annual aquaculture event for sharing new research, data, and information relevant to the aquaculture industry,
. evaluation of consumer perceptions, demand, and willingness to pay for aquaculture             products
. interviews and survey of Great Lakes aquaculture industry producers to determine the             research most useful to them
. policy analysis and gathering of stakeholder input to identify which barriers most             constrain aquaculture industry growth in the Great Lakes Basin, and
. identification of specific strategies, presented as recommendations to the Great Lakes             aquaculture industry, on how to overcome challenges and how to potentially leverage opportunities.

New York Sea Grant is one of 33 Sea Grant science, education, and outreach programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, Lake Champlain, and Guam and administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more at www.nyseagrant.org.

For more information on the Sea Grant announcement of $16 million in federal funding to advance sustainable aquaculture in the U.S., see click here.


Extension Educator Receives Great Lakes Network Honor

NYSG Community Development Specialist Mary Austerman
was presented a 2019 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network award
by Jesse Schomberg (center), WI Sea Grant Extension,
and Tory Gabriel (left), OH Sea Grant Extension.
Photo: Todd Marsee, Michigan Sea Grant

Newark, N.Y.; October 8, 2019.  New York Sea Grant Community Development Specialist Mary Austerman was recently honored for excellence in assisting Lake Ontario coastal communities, including the Village of Sodus, to address record high water and flooding since 2017.

Austerman was presented a 2019 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Outstanding Outreach Programming Award at the the network's meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in September.

Austerman serves New York’s Great Lakes region from the New York Sea Grant office at Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County, Newark, N.Y.; 315-331-8415.

Austerman’s work is applying social science-based research and community-driven needs assessment to help shoreline communities to enhance preparation and resiliency for high and low water levels and other extreme events. Her project work includes development of tools that have been requested for utilization in Pennsylvania and Canada. Later this fall, Austerman will publish an in-depth assessment resource to help communities understand if or how well they are prepared for coastal flooding and other weather-related disasters.

This award truly represents the invaluable collaborations with agencies, non-governmental organizations, regional planning councils, researchers, and local governments that have been working to assist our communities to be better prepared and able to respond to weather disasters and coastal flooding,” said Austerman.

NYSG Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske received a Distinguished Service Award for her 26-year Sea Grant career devoted to preparing present and future generations of Great Lakes citizens to make sound decisions about the unique ecosystem. Domske, who recently retired, also served as Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University at Buffalo. NYSG’s new Great Lakes Literacy Educator Monica L. Miles, Ph.D., can be reached at the NYSG office at the University at Buffalo, 202 Jarvis Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260, 716-645-3610.

We are pleased to have the leadership of our Great Lakes educators recognized and, more so, to know that because of their work the environmental, educational, and economic interests of New York’s Great Lakes coastal communities are significantly advanced,” said New York Sea Grant Associate Director and Cornell Cooperative Extension Assistant Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, based at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

New York Sea Grant is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York. To learn more, visit www.nyseagrant.org.  


St. Mark's Newark Rummage Sale is Fast Approaching

Madis Senner on Karma

Mindfulness Makes You Less Caring?, Karma’s Role A recent research report, “Study indicates a brief mindfulness meditation exercise results in blunted moral reactions” https://www.psypost.org/2019/08/study-indicates-a-brief-mindfulness-meditation-exercise-results-in-blunted-moral-reactions-54245 came up with a mind-blowing conclusion: that practicing mindfulness makes you less caring. Surprising given that some of the biggest names in spirituality recommend mindfulness, such as the Dali Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. Similarly, Eckhart Tolle teaches being present, focusing on the moment, which is very similar to mindfulness. How can this be? Author Madis Senner who will be speaking…… YOUR VENUE, WHEN says it because of karma. He believes that everything has karma, and because of this everything picks up karma. Over time the accumulation of karma will begin to change and alter the original intent and purpose of things, whether it be mindfulness, a religion, an organization, or… In his book Everything Has Karma: Learning to Embrace Our Interconnectedness, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0990874427?pf_rd_p=183f5289-9dc0-416f-942e-e8f213ef368b&pf_rd_r=S60ENWP0B4CFVD60JAVA Senner looked at how wonderful practices such as the energy healing technique of Reiki has devolved over time. To make his point he turned to a book on mindfulness, What's Wrong with Mindfulness (And What Isn't): Zen Perspectives. Editors Barry Magid and Robert Rosenbaum argued that Mindfulness has been misappropriated by the Western marketplace and been commercialized; and is now being practiced on business retreats, at medical centers, by sports teams, by the military and more. All of these various practitioners (business people, athletes, soldiers…) of mindfulness have had an influence in shaping what it has become today. Sadly, they have run over its reverence and spiritual dimension. Because of this mindfulness has suffered. As Simon Schindler, the author of the study noted, “Mindfulness — without being embedded in an ethical context — may thus have downsides regarding interpersonal and moral behavior that have been so far ignored by researchers and also practitioners…” So, yes, it may well be the Mindfulness today can make you less caring. No doubt more research needs to be undertaken to study this. If you are interested in learning about karma, why everything has karma and how it affects you Senner will be discussing his new book Everything Has Karma


NYSG, UB Welcome New Great Lakes Literacy Educator

Dr. Monica L. Miles
is NYSG's new Great Lakes Literacy Educator.
Photo: Paul C. Focazio/NYSG
New York Sea Grant Extension, UB Welcome New Great Lakes Literacy Educator
September 26, 2019.  New York Sea Grant (NYSG), Cornell University Cooperative Extension, and the University at Buffalo (UB) have announced the addition of Monica Lynn Miles, Ph.D., as NYSG Great Lakes Literacy Educator, Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at UB, and as NYSG's lead representative to the Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange.

Dr. Miles earned her doctorate from the University at Buffalo in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning with a concentration in Science Education. Her research focuses on the role of identity, racialized experiences, and marginalization in K-12 and higher education STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics spaces. She seeks to promote solutions for creating inclusive STEM environments for underrepresented students.

As the Great Lakes education specialist for NYSG, Dr. Miles will foster research-based extension and Great Lakes-focused educational outreach, with a particular emphasis on teach-the-teacher and best practices programming for K-12 formal and informal program educators, who, in turn, reach thousands of students. Her role will include developing science-based Great Lakes and aquatic ecosystem curricula and professional development tools and workshops for teachers.

Dr. Miles will oversee the New York Great Lakes Ecosystems Education Exchange, a NYSG program in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, programming experiential environmental education built around Great Lakes Literacy Principles and stewardship for K-12 and environmental program educators. 

As Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University of Buffalo, Dr. Miles will work alongside Dr. Joseph Atkinson, Ph.D., professor and chair of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, providing the public education and outreach components of the program.

Dr. Miles will also be providing specialized educational outreach to the public, industry and community leaders, government officials, and the media interested in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie resources and issues. Resources can be found under Coastal Youth Education on the NYSG website.

"I look forward to providing New York's educational leaders with initiatives and resources to increase environmental stewardship and workforce development of the next generations of Great Lakes citizens, and to advance the public understanding of the Great Lakes as an irreplaceable ecological, environmental, and economic resource," Miles said.

Dr. Miles will maintain a New York Sea Grant office at the University at Buffalo, 202 Jarvis Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. 14260, 716-645-3610, mlm473@cornell.edu.  New York Sea Grant also maintains Great Lakes extension offices at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark, and at SUNY Oswego. To learn more, visit www.nyseagrant.org.


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