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Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D.
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Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Ortiz completed bachelors degrees in biology and philosophy at SUNY Binghamton before enrolling in the physiology and biophysics doctoral program at SUNY Stony Brook's School of Medicine, where he studied the regulation of glucose transport. Following graduation he was an American Diabetes Association Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and then a Trustee's Distinguished Scholar and assistant professor at Skidmore College, where he engaged undergraduates in research projects related to diabetes. Dr. Ortiz is now an associate professor at Empire State College, where he is also serves as Area Coordinator for the Natural Sciences, and chairperson of SUNY's committee for diversity and cultural competence and also his college's Senate. He is deeply concerned about science literacy, education and policy, developing the American talent pool, investing in our future, and the economic competitiveness of the United States. Twitter: "@STEMPipeline"

Blog Entries by Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D.

Facing Up to a Finite Planet

(8) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 2:49 PM

Last week I caught up with a dear friend, Eric Zencey, who is a writer and a colleague of mine at Empire State College. He also teaches at the University of Vermont and Washington University in St. Louis. He's a busy guy; he's got two new books out....

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Faith, Hope and Reason

(107) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 2:34 PM

Lightning. Cancer. Heart attack. A drunk driver crossing into your lane. The apparent randomness of this type of event can be horrifying. It's human nature to crave order, answers, explanations, meaning, and purpose for otherwise unanswerable questions. Some people are driven to seek answers; others find their comfort in blissful...

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Complex Problems Have Complex Solutions

(15) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 5:38 PM

It may have been used as the clever title for a few books and self-help seminars, but none of us learned everything we needed to know in kindergarten. It'd be nice if the toughest question we ever needed to answer was 'nap now' or 'nap later,' but that's just not...

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