Ask An Expert: How does the Super Bowl impact retail sales?
Feb03

Ask An Expert: How does the Super Bowl impact retail sales?

A city has many incentives to host big sporting events: visibility, entertainment, and, of course, commerce. With New York and New Jersey co-hosting the Super Bowl on Sunday, there will be thousands of visitors in the region to celebrate, cheer, and explore everything that the New York City metropolitan and surrounding areas have to offer. But what is the real impact on retail sales—a staple revenue stream of tourism? Expert Response...

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Ask An Expert: How will cold weather affect athletes’ performance during the Super Bowl?
Feb01

Ask An Expert: How will cold weather affect athletes’ performance during the Super Bowl?

With the Super Bowl taking place in New Jersey this year, we know one thing is for sure: it’s going to be cold. Since temperatures are expected to reach a low of 29 degrees this Super Bowl Sunday, we wonder if the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are going to be at a disadvantage due to the cold temperatures during the game. So, if they are, why? Expert Response Names: James Penna, MD; James Paci, MD; Brian Cruickshank,...

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Ask an Expert: Why do leaves change colors?
Nov01

Ask an Expert: Why do leaves change colors?

Every fall, we get to see normal, everyday green leaves change into extraordinary colors. From the vast array of New York City parks, to the beautiful landscape of the North Country, these beautifully colored leaves sure do “leave” an impression on the everyday traveler. Every year we see these beautiful leaves change colors, and every year we ask ourselves the same question, why? Expert Response Name: Dylan Horvath...

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Ask an Expert: Why is there graffiti?
Oct23

Ask an Expert: Why is there graffiti?

Graffiti, whose roots lay Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire, is prevalent throughout New York State. From the concrete walls of New York City’s boroughs to a train bridge in the North Country to a former grain processing plant in Buffalo, the mixture of mystery, color and illegitimacy is almost always sure to turn heads of passers by. Though the process of doing graffiti is sometimes illegal, it is increasingly...

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Modernizing #Communication: An Analysis
Aug14

Modernizing #Communication: An Analysis

This post was written by Nicholas A. Lynchard, Ph.D., Professor of Cognitive Psychology at SUNY Ulster. When originally pressed with the question, “Why is Facebook free?” for the Generation SUNY Blog’s Ask An Expert series, I thought the answer from a financial standpoint was easy enough – put simply, the mass public subscription to Facebook allows it to be profitable as a social data analysis goldmine. More importantly...

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Ask an Expert: Why are wildfires good?
Aug07

Ask an Expert: Why are wildfires good?

We here in the great state of New York live in a fairly natural disaster free region. The threat of massive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or all-consuming wildfires is relatively minimal. However, in places like California, the Rocky Mountains, and the Southern United States, wildfires are a stark reality to the people and ecosystems of the region. Over time, the regions adapt ecologically to make wildfires a beneficial, natural...

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