Education news

The President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Mark Gearan is leaving that post after 18 years.

In a letter to faculty and staff, he said that he has told the Board of Trustees he will leave that post at the end of the current academic year, which completes his contractual obligations.

Monroe Community College says there is a growing need for more people to become trained to work in government security and emergency management jobs.

MCC is enrolling students in a new associate degree program in homeland security starting this fall. The program is in response to the fact that the security field in general is growing.

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A severe drought in the Finger Lakes region has prompted Cornell University to restrict water use to ensure there's enough when students arrive in a few weeks.

University officials say employees and students must decrease water use on campus by at least 30 percent. The city of Ithaca is also restricting water use, saying it could run out of water in 30 days.

The Northeast Regional Climate Center says rainfall is at half its normal level in Ithaca, Lowville, Elmira and Batavia.

The State Education Department has released results of the English and math tests for students in grades 3 through 8 from this past spring.

The Rochester City School District scored significantly below a number of other districts around the state.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia does note that because of changes made to the tests this year, it is somewhat hard to compare the numbers to last year.

New Teaching Garden at East High School

Jul 28, 2016
Alex Crichton

A new teaching garden allows East High School students to learn all about the concept of farm to fork.

The teaching garden is over 2,000 square feet of fruits vegetables, perennials, sunflower batches and more, designed to provide a hands-on learning experience for culinary students at the school.

Culinary Arts teacher at East, Jeff Christiano, says this new initiative, made possible through a number of different partners, enables students to understand the whole concept of farm to table.

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — Some young Indiana Joneses in the making have dug up an ancient artifact dating back thousands of years while attending a summer camp at a New York college.

Officials at the State University of New York at Geneseo say fifth through 11th graders from Rochester public schools were excavating an area on campus when they found the base of a projectile point that's believed to be 3,000 to 6,000 years old.

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Former Greece Central School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams was appointed as the new Rochester City School District Superintendent Monday afternoon.

Williams said it was an unanticipated choice, when she received a call about the position in late June. She had committed to another year working as Deputy Superintendent with Boston Public Schools, but the opportunity to come back and work with Rochester was one she could not pass up.

The Rochester City School Board on Monday voted unanimously to hire former Greece School District Supt. Barbara Deane-Williams.

Deane-Williams retired in Greece last year, and then became a senior deputy superintendent for Boston Public Schools.

She started as Greece supt. in 2011.  Deane-Williams will fill a spot vacant since Bolgen Vargas stepped down last December. Vargas stayed on the payroll in an advisory capacity after that time.

Two RIT professors have won more than $1 million in federal funding in the area of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Carlos Lousto and Manuela Campanelli, won separate multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation.

The $600,000 grant will support Lousto's research modeling black holes orbiting and colliding with each other under extreme conditions.

The University of Rochester has just completed its Meliora Challenge, that’s a massive, multi-year fundraising campaign which raised nearly $1.4  billion, about 14 percent above its goal.

U of R President Joel Seligman says the university never had a campaign of this scope before, but he says it's vital for the institution to be able to continue its mission. 

“It was absolutely critical to galvanize resources to support faculty, students, new programs and facilities in ways that are absolutely vital. We are competing in a very tough league.”