The degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (R.P.) affects one in 3,000 people. The disease is caused by a gene mutation that damages rod photoreceptors, or light-sensing cells, in the eye. The symptoms of the disease may first appear in childhood, but the decreased loss of vision that occurs throughout the lives of those afflicted often leads to diminished night vision or tunnel vision.
A good analysis to explain the effects of RP is that of a television or computer screen. The pixels of light that form the image on the screen that we refer to as resolution, like 1080p resolution, can be compared to the millions of light receptors on the retina of the eye. The fewer pixels on a screen, the less distinct will be the images it will display, the difference between your old tube TV in the basement and that new flat screen. As a person’s RP gets worse and worse, fewer than 10 percent of the light receptors in the eye receive light, leaving sufferers to view the world in a limited way.
Ten SUNY campuses’ graduate programs are named among the nation’s top graduate programs for 2014, according to U.S. World and News Report. The rankings, released in March, highlight over 75 tracks at the ten campuses in each subject’s top 100; many other SUNY schools are recognized in the full report.
According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data come from surveys of administrators at more than 1,250 programs and more than 13,000 academics and professionals conducted during the fall of 2012 and early 2013.
“We are thrilled to see SUNY colleges and universities once again ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” said State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The SUNY campuses to make the 2014 Best Graduate Schools list are consistently recognized for the top quality and top value that they offer students, and rightly so. Congratulations to our many campuses and their respective presidents and educators on this much deserved recognition.”
See the list of schools ranked by graduate program below. View the full rankings report at USNews.com.