When he isn’t teaching, Jeremy Speed Schwartz, assistant professor of Digital Media & Animation at Alfred State, spends his time traversing wormholes, discovering the surface of Mars (in Ireland), and diving headfirst into aquifers. He calls himself an imaginary scientist, and his work redraws (or altogether erases) the line between fact and fiction, science and art. And believe it or not, it’s his wild imagination that’s allowed him to pair up with some of the greatest minds in science and technology. “In the past, we’ve worked with biologists at MIT, NASA geophysicists, and, most recently, scientists at the Memphis Ground Water Institute,” Speed Schwartz said. It also landed him the rare opportunity to deliver a TEDx talk in Buffalo on October 15 at Canisius College.
Wireless networks span the globe. But like a frightened toddler, they don’t go underwater.
That may soon change because University at Buffalo researchers are developing a deep-sea Internet. The technological breakthrough could lead to improvements in tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring and other activities.
“A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyze data from our oceans in real time,” said Tommaso Melodia, UB associate professor of electrical engineering and the project’s lead researcher. “Making this information available to anyone with a smartphone or computer, especially when a tsunami or other type of disaster occurs, could help save lives.”
Interview With A is a video series where we talk with real SUNY students and faculty on their experience, achievements, and research at any of SUNY’s 64 campuses in New York State.
We chat here with SUNY Fredonia‘s Dr. Sherri Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry, who has conducted extensive and ongoing research into pollution in the Great Lakes. In collaboration with the 5 Gyres Institute, SUNY Fredonia, with Dr. Mason, conducted the first-ever analysis of plastics pollution in the bodies of water. The team found alarmingly high plastic particles within the Great Lakes and Dr. Mason addresses why that matters in this IWA.
Watch the interview below and join the conversation on Twitter with @SUNY using #IWA!
Last month Stony Brook University’s 80′ research vessel, Seawolf, steered Roxanne back home. Roxanne, a rescued Risso’s dolphin that was found trapped on a sand bar in the Great South Bay, was nurtured back to health by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. After nearly 3 months of rehabilitation, Roxanne was finally brought back into her natural habitat.
In 2009, Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS,) and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation announced a public-private partnership to promote collaboration between the institutions. The partnership allowed the research expertise of SoMAS faculty to be available in support of Riverhead Foundation efforts, and provided Stony Brook University students with opportunities for hands-on learning.
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is a not for profit organization that operates the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The primary mission of the Riverhead Foundation is to preserve and protect our marine environment through education, rehabilitation, and research.
Cancer Detection & Treatment, Medical Imaging, Stroke Prevention, Climate Change Analysis among Funded Initiatives
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that seven research projects involving 10 SUNY campuses will each receive up to $100,000 from the SUNY Research Collaboration Fund, which supports research collaborations among campuses as part of the SUNY system’s strategic plan, The Power of SUNY. Among the funded initiatives are projects that seek to improve cancer detection and treatment, further medical imaging and diagnostics, and analyze the effects of climate change.
“Not only does the SUNY system provide quality, affordable higher education opportunities to New Yorkers – but it is also an engine of research and development to increase innovation and grow our economy in New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “The projects receiving awards today showcase a wide range of areas being explored in campuses across the SUNY system, and they all have potential to leave a positive and lasting impact on our health, environment and society. I applaud these award recipients and look forward to seeing their projects progress.”