Images of graphene nanoparticles
Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a safer, less-intrusive method to administer MRI scans. They have used a breakthrough substance, called graphene, to view higher-contrast images of scans and achieve those images less intrusively.
Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of pure carbon arranged in a manner similar to graphite. It has gained huge publicity in the past few months as researchers all over the world have realized its potential. This past week, for example, Lockheed Martin announced that it promises to develop a system to inexpensively filter saltwater into drinking water by using a sheet of graphene.
In addition to vital uses, like Stony Brook University’s MRI research and Lockheed Martin’s water filtration, graphene has been used by UC Berkeley to develop headphones and Samsung’s plausible future antennae, and many other “incredible” uses, as Gizmodo names in a recent article.
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.
Over the past decade, New York’s Upstate, Central, and Western regions have been transformed from retired industry into technical paradises. From the entrepreneurial and medical hubs in the greater Buffalo region to the biomedical advancements and investments taking place in the Rochester/Syracuse area to the nanotechnology revolution in the Mohawk Valley continuing east to the Capital Region, New York State’s economical and educational outlook is bright and prosperous.
Alumni Profiles is an ongoing series highlighting successful graduates who, with a SUNY education, achieved interesting and influential careers.
Craig Coon is a successful student-turned-engineer and avid runner. Coon is best known for his stunning finishes in the Boston Marathon (28th overall), the Lake Placid Iron Man (2nd in age group), and winning the Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon, to name a few. Coon was a runner from an early age, but refined his athleticism while a student at Binghamton University.
Coon was a captain on the 2009 Binghamton Men’s Cross Country Team that won the America East championship as well as the 2010 runner-up squad. He was also a track & field captain of the 2009 Binghamton Track & Field Squad that was the runner up at both the conference indoor and outdoor meet. He now works for a private engineering firm in Upstate New York while he trains for his next race.
Research released last week suggests that people who suffer from nickel and cobalt allergies may need to be careful when selecting a cell phone. A bank of mobile devices researched in a study led by a Stony Brook University Associate Professor revealed that some expose cobalt, nickel, or even both.
Cobalt and nickel are two sources of allergies in people that can cause swelling, itching, and blistering where exposed. Numerous case reports have since linked cell phones to nickel allergy, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men. Dermal issues associated with the allergy are more commonly triggered by wearing jewelry.