Spencer Saraf, a SUNY Oswego senior majoring in chemistry who graduates this month, has received a travel award from the National Science Foundation to present the surprising results of her summer research on eyesight to an international audience of scientists.
She will make her presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in January in Austin, Texas.
During an 11-week research training program in the biological sciences last summer at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine, Saraf applied state-of-the-art molecular biological and imaging techniques to study the light-sensing proteins expressed in photoreceptors, the cells in the eyes that detect light.
SUNY’s 64 unique campuses throughout the State of New York provide a wide array of opportunity, offering an amazing depth and breadth of undergraduate academic programs — over 5,000 total. Almost every academic program is available somewhere within SUNY, and our past and current students have used that to their advantage.
All of SUNY’s 3 million alumni have made an impact on the world. For some, that impact included rising to great fame! These alumni show the range of impact SUNY Alumni have on culture and society.
So without further adieu, here are 15 people that you may not know are SUNY alumni:
STEM education is the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These four general areas of study are extremely important in keeping up with advancement. Across New York State, STEM careers are growing 2.5 times faster than the non-STEM average growth. SUNY has been working to increase STEM education, and furthermore keeping New York and the United States as the technological and economical leader of the global marketplace of the 21st Century.
Last month, SUNY Oswego opened it’s doors to the Shineman Center. The building was named after Richard S. Shineman, who is said to be the catalyst for science research at the college. The center was opened for students in August, marking the culmination of a three year construction project.
Science, Engineering, and Innovation are the three main components to this center and its efforts to promote STEM education for its students. Last week, the Shineman Center opened to the public, and SUNY Oswego’s $118 million Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation drew “oohs and aahs” from hundreds of community visitors. And in concert with SUNY’s efforts to build a better tomorrow, the Shineman Center also went green!
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 Centerdeploying 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.
At the 2013 Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22, a SUNY professor is set to receive his second prestigious award. SUNY Purchase professor David Grill will take home a second Emmy Award for his lighting design and direction work for the Superbowl XLVII halftime show. David Grill is an assistant professor and co-coordinator of the Theatre Design/Technology Program at Purchase College. His first Emmy, also for lighting design and direction, was for his work on the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Winter Olympics.
SUNY media and communications programs strive for excellence, and such an honor as receiving an Emmy Award creates a pathway for students, alumni, and faculty to follow suit. Purchase College, for example, offers a variety of media programs to choose from, including Cinema Studies, Film, Media Society and the Arts, and New Media. These programs teach students to engage media critically and creatively in order to address media as cultural, political, and aesthetic forces.
Media and communication programs are offered throughout a number of SUNY schools, and with these programs SUNY tries to convey knowledge that will connect with real world media. Here are four other SUNY colleges that have made a name for themselves when it comes to media and communications: