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Sara Silverstone, Executive Director for RAC

  • Published: February 15, 2011

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Julie Long (585) 389-2456

Sara Silverstone, Executive Director for RAC

Nazareth College is pleased to announce the RAC President’s Council has appointed Dr. Sara E. Silverstone as Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Math and Science. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

Dr. Silverstone has served as the Center’s Associate Director since July, 2007. Her responsibilities included the development and administration of the Center’s major programs including the Harris Rochester STEM Teaching Institutes, the STEM Mentor Program and the Rochester Area Excellence in STEM Teaching Award. In addition, she has directed the Center’s media resources including the website, STEM Blog, and the STEM newsletter.

Dr. Silverstone received her B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY College at Cortland and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California at Davis. She then conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland. She taught on the faculty of California State University, Bakersfield and SUNY Brockport and served as a research mentor to over 50 undergraduate and graduate students during her academic career.

Charles S. Brown, Jr., retired Executive Director for the Rochester Area Colleges’ Center for Excellence in Math and Science, commented on this leadership transition:

“Dr. Silverstone has committed her vast knowledge base and experience to the work of the Center. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to work with Sara and I am confident that she will be successful in pursuit of the Center’s mission through the development of regional and statewide partnerships that actively engage students, educators and the community in STEM education initiatives.”

The RAC Center for Excellence in Math and Science was created in February, 2007 with an initial $500,000 grant from New York State secured through the support of State Senator Jim Alesi.  Subsequently, it received an additional $957,967 from the Federal government with the support of Senator Charles Schumer as well as various program-specific grants from private and public sources.  The Center, which is housed on the Nazareth College campus is charged with the mission of leveraging the resources of the 19 RAC institutions to increase the quality and quantity of K-16 students pursuing curricula in math and science and related technologies and to increase the quality and quantity of K-12 teachers of math and science.  The Rochester Area Colleges, first organized in 1970, consists of 19 area institutions including twelve private colleges; four, 4-year public institutions; and three community colleges.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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