Deanne Rogers, Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University
Up to half of all life on Earth consists of simple microorganisms hidden in rocks beneath the surface. Scientists have suggested that the same may be true for Mars. When meteorites strike the surface of Mars, they act like natural probes, bringing up rocks from far beneath the surface.
Recent research has shown that many of the rocks brought up from the Martian subsurface contain clays and minerals whose chemical make-up has been altered by water, an essential element to support life. Some deep craters on Mars also acted as basins where groundwater likely emerged to produce lakes. McLaughlin Crater contains clay and carbonate minerals formed in an ancient lake on Mars. The fluids that formed these minerals could carry clues to as to whether the subsurface contained life.
Herkimer County Community College Radio-Television Broadcasting students recently experienced a most challenging news day for even the most seasoned reporters. On Wednesday, March 13, students approached a local story that made national headlines, tying it into the campus reaction to the recent shooting that left four dead in Herkimer and Mohawk. Reporter Marc Barraco helped spearhead the three minute feature that summarized the tragic events as they related to the college community.
“This production crew really came together around a difficult story and a difficult news day,” said Douglas Flanagan, Instructor of Radio-Television Broadcasting. In addition to their “normal” jobs, students Adam Svereika and Dave Glantz shot solid footage in difficult situations. In addition to reporting, Barraco assisted with editing the feature story and was live on the air on the College’s radio station, WVHC 91.5 FM, throughout the ordeal.
Student Aye Aye Tun and Library Senior Clerk Polly Karis, who has worked to help acclimate refugees to the college campus.
More than 4,000 political refugees from around the world have settled in the Capital Region in the past decade, and Hudson Valley is making a strong effort to reach out to this new group who seek their own version of “the American Dream.”
Because of its stable economy and relatively low cost of living, the Capital Region is one of the main resettlement locations used by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). Working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, USCRI helps refugees emigrate and legally enter the United States. Once here, they help refugees acclimate to their new home, find a job, learn English and begin the daunting task of re-starting their lives in a new country.
One of SUNY’s four university centers, The University at Albany, is shining its shoes and practicing its pointe (guards) for a historical weekend: Both UAlbany mens and womens basketball teams became champions of the America East conference and are headed to the NCAA Tournament.
The Mens Basketball Team punched their ticket with a 53-49 victory at The University of Vermont in the America East championship game on Saturday, March 16. Later that day, the Womens Team made it a pair of championships when they defeated The University at Hartford, 61-52 at home.
The Mens Team will head to Philadelphia on Friday, March 22, where they will face legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s four-time NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils at 12:15 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.
The women’s team will face North Carolina on Sunday, March 24 in Newark, Delaware. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Follow along below as we gather news and media reporting on both teams, their experiences and updates from the community.
It was announced today that Dr. Casey Crabill (KRAY-bill) will become the 8th President of Onondaga Community College. Dr. Crabill was unanimously selected by the Onondaga Community College Board of Trustees, and approved by the State University of New York Board of Trustees as required by State Education Law. Her term will begin July 1, 2013. She is presently serving as the President at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg, New Jersey, where she is completing her seventh academic year.
“Dr. Crabill is a talented administrator with nearly two decades of leadership experience in higher education and a proven ability to connect with students, faculty, and surrounding communities to uplift the colleges she has served,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I am pleased to join the SUNY Board of Trustees and Onondaga campus in welcoming Dr. Crabill home to New York State and to the SUNY family.”