This year’s class of graduate researchers were recognized in a symposium taken place on February 26 in Albany at the Legislative Office Building.
On Tuesday, February 26, SUNY and CUNY joined together for Boosting the Power of SUNY and CUNY: A Celebration of Graduate Research. The SUNY Faculty Senate sponsored the event.
At the symposium, participants got to hear from several distinguished speakers including Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy – himself a Monroe Community alumnus, Board of Trustees Chairman Carl McCall, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Vice Chancellor for Research & President of the Research Foundation Timothy Killeen, and Faculty Senate President Ken O’Brien about the strength and skill of SUNY graduate student research.
Chancellor Zimpher said, “This annual event in which our graduate students showcase their newest discoveries and innovation in New York’s capital city is a fantastic opportunity not just for our students and the faculty who mentor their research but for all who attend.”
On February 11, dozens of SUNY campuses convened at the Legislative Office Building in Albany’s Empire State Plaza to showcase their individual contributions to their communities as well as SUNY’s collective contributions. SUNY Day is an event where the public, senators, and assemblymen are all welcome to see the latest of what each SUNY campus has to offer. This year’s theme was experiential education.
Generation SUNY is helping bring you a few of those stories in our SUNY DAY 2013 series.
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 ceremony held at the White House.
Last summer, two SUNY Cortland students set out to examine Hoxie Gorge State Forest in order to investigate whether pollution has impacted the forest diversity. Faculty Mentor Dr. Timothy J. Baroni, a Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences, advised the pair throughout the period.
Ethan Childs and Nathan Francisco’s team surveyed lichen species within secondary succession forested areas of Hoxie Gorge, SUNY Cortland’s outdoor education facility south of the SUNY Cortland main campus. The pair’s field-based research involves the identification of lichen, or fungus, species from a variety of trees, downed logs, rocks, and exposed ground from dozens of acres of Hoxie Gorge. Utilizing quantitative methods of diversity analyses, the pair is comparing results to identify affects of pollution on the forest growth.
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 at Buffalo and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, show how students participate in research and discovery at SUNY. Learn more about each after the jump.