A year ago next month, New York and the Northeastern U.S. was hit by the biggest storm in recent memory — Hurricane Sandy. As the effects of the storm are still seen today — losses that total $68 billion and countless people displaced — SUNY is continuing its work to ensure a safer and more predictable landfall should another Sandy-sized storm hit the region.
When Hurricane Sandy brought the Eastern seaboard to a halt last year, SUNY sprung into action. From SUNY Maritime College housing hundreds of relief workers and ultimately serving more than 37,000 meals to SUNY Downstate Medical Center deploying 100 medical personnel across New York City to hundreds of students ascending on the metropolitan area from across the state, the humanity and kindness of the people of SUNY positively impacted many people in a time of crisis. However, SUNY’s work does not stop when the last board is removed from a window or the final stake is in the ground of a rebuilt home. Research is being conducted by SUNY campuses across the state to study the source of the damage — hurricanes and massive weather formations — so that physical and emotional damage may be diminished in the future.
A recent workshop hosted by the University at Buffalo’s NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences provided a firsthand — and somewhat harrowing — look at what it takes to start a business, says Tomás Henriques, assistant professor of music at SUNY Buffalo State.
Henriques is the inventor of the Sonik Spring, a handheld metallic spring outfitted with orientation and force measuring sensors that users manipulate to process and generate audio and video in real time. He attended the workshop in June to get expert advice on turning his prototype into a successful product. Henriques and the Research Foundation for SUNY have a patent pending on the Sonik Spring, which he plans to develop into both a musical instrument and a tool for use in physical and cognitive therapy.
It’s football season again and thousands of athletes are suiting up across the nation to play one of the most popular sports in America. From recreational leagues to high school and college teams to professional-level organizations, the sport is played in varying intensities but with one very real danger: concussions. In fact, in the season opener for the New York Giants, starting cornerback Prince Amukamara was sidelined because of a concussion.
According to the Upstate Concussion Center at the Institute for Human Performance of SUNY Upstate Medical University, a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when the normal functioning of the brain is disrupted by a blow or jolt to the head.
So that SUNY can best protect its student-athletes and continue to reach out to younger students, its two concussion research centers, at SUNY Upstate Medical University and the University at Buffalo’s Concussion Clinic, actively investigate concussions and concussion-related illnesses. Acute awareness in order to teach others of the danger is part of the mission.
From Dropbox to iCloud to Drive, people are using cloud storage services and apps to stock away their pictures, documents and media every day. We all want to be sure we have a back-up of the pictures or video from that special day, or our class notes and work assignments just in case our home computer breaks down. But did we ever think of what is done within the cloud and our big data resources to ensure our data is being kept safe and secure with continuous access via all of our devices?
Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand last week announced that a $468,259 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will be awarded to Binghamton University for just such a study.
The increased awareness surrounding global warming and the increased demand of global energy supply over the last few years has got scientist in a frenzy to determine a way to produce a renewable energy source – and possibly halt pollutants. David Blersch, an environmental engineer at the University at Buffalo, is asking the question – could the large algae blooms that have been blamed for fish kills, beach closures and other problems that harm the Great Lakes and its tourism industry be a new source of bioenergy?
We may not be running out of energy resources, but the price of continuing with oil and fossil fuels as our primary energy source is a heavy one. Not only are our wallets taking a hit – our environment is also paying the price.