The 2013 convening of the Critical Issues in Higher Education conference series comes to a conclusion today. This year’s topic was Building a Smarter University: Big Data, Innovation and Ingenuity. Conference attendees in New York City were able to discuss and participate in sessions that looked into improving the student learning experience, enhancing the research enterprise, supporting effective community outreach, strengthening the education pipeline and advancing the university infrastructure.
As a small input into the expanding world of generated data, we’ve created a Storify that captures some of the events and interactions from this year’s conference, including Keynote Speaker Harper Reed’s speech, plenary sessions, and more in-depth discussion that helped to illustrate the use of big data to build a smarter university.
So, see how big data is transforming our world and how the conference has elevated a conversation, spurred innovative thinking, and begun to build a data-driven university!
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that six leading global technology companies will invest $1.5 billion to create ‘Nano Utica,’ the state’s second major hub of nanotechnology research and development. The public-private partnership, to be spearheaded by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE) and the SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT), will create more than 1,000 new high-tech jobs on the campus of SUNYIT in Marcy.
The consortium of leading global technology companies that will create Nano Utica are led by Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Incorporated (ANSI), SEMATECH, Atotech, and SEMATECH and CNSE partner companies, including IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron. The consortium will be headquartered at the CNSE-SUNYIT Computer Chip Commercialization Center, and will build on the research and development programs currently being conducted by ANSI, SEMATECH, and their private industry partners at the SUNY CNSE campus in Albany, further cementing New York’s international recognition as the preeminent hub for 21st century nanotechnology innovation, education, and economic development.
State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher this week announced that the SUNY Plaza building in downtown Albany will again be lit with purple lights for the month of October, as part of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign.
OPDV has also designated Oct. 16 as the date to “Turn the NYS Workforce Purple,” and is encouraging all New Yorkers to wear purple to work.
“Public awareness can be a highly effective change agent in domestic violence among New Yorkers,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “SUNY is proud to participate in the ‘Shine the Light’ campaign in downtown Albany and at our 64 campuses throughout New York as we take a united stand against domestic violence.”
New York Company Reaches Licensing Agreement with SUNY, Research Foundation
Michael Geronimo, 90, a WWII Veteran (US Navy) and resident of the Long Island State Veterans Home, tests out Professor Purwar’s new mobility assist device.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a licensing agreement between the Research Foundation for SUNY and Biodex Medical Systems for Mobility Assist, a device that was patented at Stony Brook University (SBU) that will help people who have trouble standing up or sitting down become more independently mobile.
“Having a New York company bring to market a life-changing product designed at our own SUNY system is the perfect example of what our state’s innovation agenda can achieve,” Governor Cuomo said. “Professor Purwar is emblematic of the intellectual capital at SUNY where talented students, faculty and researchers are developing cutting edge ideas in the classroom and laboratory that can become marketable assets and spur economic growth. There is boundless potential on SUNY’s campuses, and we want to continue to harness that asset to build new businesses, attract private investment and create jobs right here in New York State.”
Governor Cuomo announces NY Heals Initiative that brings together top researchers from public and private institution to prevent, treat, and cure a variety of diseases. Among the research institutions is a consortium of SUNY, medical universities, and IBM aimed at sharing technologies and research.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the New York Hub for Emerging Applications in Life Sciences (NY HEALS) initiative, the first-ever statewide public-private collaborative research initiative that brings together top researches and technology leaders to enhance the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of a variety of diseases. NY HEALS continues the Governor’s innovative-driven strategy to leverage the strength of New York’s world-class academic and research institutions.
“This new collaboration is another example of New York’s exemplary public and private academic institutions working hand in hand with the private sector to grow our state’s innovation economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “As NY HEALS demonstrates, our state continues to lead the way in developing cutting edge public-private partnerships, and advancing effective health solutions for a wide variety of diseases. I applaud the founding members of NY HEALS for coming together to make new progress in the fields of science and medicine, while also growing our economy.”