Images of graphene nanoparticles
Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a safer, less-intrusive method to administer MRI scans. They have used a breakthrough substance, called graphene, to view higher-contrast images of scans and achieve those images less intrusively.
Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of pure carbon arranged in a manner similar to graphite. It has gained huge publicity in the past few months as researchers all over the world have realized its potential. This past week, for example, Lockheed Martin announced that it promises to develop a system to inexpensively filter saltwater into drinking water by using a sheet of graphene.
In addition to vital uses, like Stony Brook University’s MRI research and Lockheed Martin’s water filtration, graphene has been used by UC Berkeley to develop headphones and Samsung’s plausible future antennae, and many other “incredible” uses, as Gizmodo names in a recent article.
Kathryn Fanning, a biology major who holds the UAlbany women’s record in the mile and 1,000 meter run, is on the fast track to success. Her latest achievement is authorship of an article in a major international research journal.
Fanning prizes the opportunity she has had to work at The RNA Institute, which brings together top scientists, working with state-of-the-art facilities, to spur research and discovery into medical interventions and diagnostics aimed at treating a range of diseases.
The emerald ash borer is an insect that threatens all species of ash tree in Western New York
New York’s native ecosystem is under attack. Invasive species such as zebra mussels, round gobies, and water chestnuts threaten our waterways; garlic mustard and Japanese knotweed threaten our beautiful native flora; and even our beautiful ash trees are in danger from the emerald ash borer.
The Great Lakes Center at SUNY Buffalo State received a five-year $1.1 million grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to establish a Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) office in Western New York. The office will establish a surveillance network, perform training, arrange workshops, and develop a volunteer team for monitoring invasive species. It will also coordinate activities of existing environmental groups that are addressing invasive species and the ensuing damage.
SUNY attracts the best and brightest scholars and our 3 million alumni are helping shape life in the 21st century. Take, for example University at Buffalo alum Norman R. McCombs, who developed an oxygen production system that spawned a billion dollar industry and helped ease the pain of millions suffering from lung diseases. Recently, President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to McCombs at a ceremony held at the White House.
The Research Foundation for SUNY continually works to stimulate and support innovation throughout New York State. To fulfill its mission, the RF provides two core services – sponsored programs administration and innovation support services – to assist SUNY faculty and students and ultimately share the developments and results of their research with the public so that New York’s economy is strengthened.
Projects out of the University at Buffalo and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, show how students participate in research and discovery at SUNY. Learn more about each after the jump.