Frederick W. Stoss

Frederick Stoss

Title: Biological Sciences, Environment & Sustainability, and Geology Educator
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Rochester, New York, United States

Frederick Stoss, Librarian and Educator at the State University of New York University at Buffalo, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership for his commitment to inform, educate and empower others.

Mr. Stoss earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Hartwick College in 1972 and a Master of Science in zoology from the College at Brockport State University of New York. Mr. Stoss started his career as a research toxicologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Syracuse Research Corporation.  During this time, he was generating information and writing for EPA and NIOSH grants and had conducted laboratory toxicology research. His curiosity was piqued by the data and information side of toxicology especially as it related to environmental health. He started taking classes in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, where he received his MLS in 1982. While Mr. Stoss had never set out to become a librarian he found his way to this career and had been one for 38 years. In 2020, Mr. Stoss was recognized with the SLICE (Sustainability Leadership, Innovation and Collaborative Engagement) Award UB Sustainability. He was a 2020 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship for his contributions to the University at Buffalo University Libraries and beyond and for his contributions to the profession.

Since 1996, Mr. Stoss has leveraged his skills and expertise as a librarian and educator at the State University of New York University at Buffalo. Mr. Stoss’s first position as a librarian was at the Center for Environmental Information (Rochester, NY) where he implemented and managed his Syracuse capstone project creating the Acid Rain Information Clearinghouse. He then worked as a research associate for the University of Tennessee for six years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. From 1982 until 1990, Mr. Stoss was the library director for the Center for Environmental Information. The highlight of Mr. Stoss’ career has been the time he spent working at the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center at ORNL, and serving as the co-editor of the CDIAC/ORNL global change trends reports for which he served from 1990 to 1996. That document had lots of legs to it because it was one of the very first consolidation of data related to climate change and serving as one of the co-editors for that helped mold his interest in climate change professionally and personally. In recognition of his contributions to the field, he has received the first Outstanding Division Member Award from the Environmental Resource Management Division of the Special Libraries Association, the first Friends of the National Library of Aruba Award, Environment and Resource Management Division in 1994 and the Outstanding Graduate Research Award from Sigma Xi in 1974.

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