June 24, 2010

SUNY Empire State College Program Explores Ramifications of the BP Oil Spill Disaster

Program Scheduled for Tuesday, July 6

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. 2010) On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on a deep sea exploratory oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico operated by the BP oil company. Eleven people were killed and an estimated 35 million gallons of crude oil have spilled into the region. On July 6, SUNY Empire State College will host a forum about the disaster, “The 2010 BP Oil Spill Disaster: Considerations and Implications.” The program begins at 12:30 p.m., in room 143, 113 West Ave.

This lecture will include a panel of experts drawn from Empire State College faculty. The discussion will include the ethics of decisions being made; the impact of the spill on the economy and biological effects of oil on plants, animals, ecosystems; and how 'natural bio-remediation' may (or may not) work.

The Panel

Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ph.D., (moderator and ethics in business decision making) is an international business educator and a faculty mentor and associate professor in Business, Management and Economics at the college’s Center for Distance Learning (CDL). He also is an intercultural consultant, coach and corporate trainer. He has consulted or provided cross-cultural and other corporate training to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies in the United States. He also has worked with organizations in India, U.K., Canada, China, Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, Mexico, Singapore and South Africa.

Oto Jones, Ph.D., (the spill and the economy) is associate professor and area coordinator for economics and business at the Center for Distance Learning. He previously worked as a budget analyst in the New York state government, combining budgetary, policy making and accounting applications into recommendations to the governor on statewide budgetary issues. At CDL, he has developed a range of courses and independent studies on Economic Development, Economic Policy Analysis, Economics of Regulation, Business, Government and Society, and Environmental Economics.

MaryNell Morgan Ph.D., (social impact) is an associate professor at Empire State College. She has worked for state and national government departments, the Southern Regional Council and the United Negro College Fund. She was a consultant to the PBS Documentary “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices.” She has lived in New Orleans and has assisted with rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Her teaching and singing have taken her to colleges and other performance venues across the country.

Phillip Ortiz, Ph.D., (the biological effects of the spill) is area coordinator and faculty mentor – natural science, with the Center for Distance Learning. He has a particular interest in advancing the interests of minorities in science, serving as chairperson of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and contributing to task forces organized by the National Institutes of Health. Ortiz has been an invited speaker and symposium organizer on health disparities, mentoring, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, and he serves on the editorial board of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, seminars, residencies and online courses. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York state and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.

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