Getting More From New York’s Biomass
Apr29

Getting More From New York’s Biomass

Growing cereal grains as an energy source has been criticized for impinging on food production resources. In a plot twist, Shijie Liu, a professor of paper and bioprocess engineering at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is looking at using wood, an energy crop, as the source of a food additive. Biorefinery processes convert biomass into energy and chemicals. Ethanol is made by a late step in processing, when six...

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Looking for Life on Mars
Mar25

Looking for Life on Mars

Up to half of all life on Earth consists of simple microorganisms hidden in rocks beneath the surface. Scientists have suggested that the same may be true for Mars. When meteorites strike the surface of Mars, they act like natural probes, bringing up rocks from far beneath the surface. Recent research has shown that many of the rocks brought up from the Martian subsurface contain clays and minerals whose chemical make-up has been...

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Research: A New Medical Imaging Innovation from Stony Brook
Mar18

Research: A New Medical Imaging Innovation from Stony Brook

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...

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Biology Major Takes the Lead on the Track and in the Lab
Mar15

Biology Major Takes the Lead on the Track and in the Lab

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...

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Research: Protecting New York From Invasive Species
Mar11

Research: Protecting New York From Invasive Species

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...

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President Obama Presents Medal of Technology to UB Alumnus
Feb11

President Obama Presents Medal of Technology to UB Alumnus

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...

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Success: SUNY Research Pushes the Limits of Opportunity
Jan28

Success: SUNY Research Pushes the Limits of Opportunity

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...

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SUNY Research Council Off and Running
Dec20

SUNY Research Council Off and Running

The Research Council of The State University of New York held its inaugural meeting on December 19, 2012 at the SUNY Global Center in New York City. SUNY’s Research Council is a “who’s who” of research expertise that brings new vision and perspective to SUNY’s research future. Visit the Research Foundation’s website to learn about all of the council members. Chaired by SUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Research Foundation...

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