Research at UAlbany
RESEARCH DIGEST — A SAMPLER OF UALBANY PROJECTS


  • UAlbany "Fingerprints" New York City Pollution
    UAlbany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center is conducting a comprehensive study of the causes, makeup and health effects of atmospheric pollutants in New York City, under a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    The EPA award is part of an $18.5 million nationwide EPA study of pollution in selected regions. All the research is expected to aid the design of effective anti-pollution strategies by shedding new light on what must be controlled to mitigate air pollution problems.

    For more information, contact: ASRC Director Kenneth Demerjian, (518) 437-8705.

  • The Mouse Model
    To advance understanding of the human genome, UAlbany’s Center for Comparative Functional Genomics and an industrial partner, Taconic Farms, Inc. have established a Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Center (MMRRC) with a $4.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    As scientists’ closest working model to the human being, the mouse is widely used by researchers to explore genetic processes, particularly the processes that cause disease, and the MMRRC is dedicated to the further study of the genetic background and phenotypic behaviors of mice with targeted gene mutations.

    UAlbany’s Center for Comparative Functional Genomics (CCFG), established with $5 million in state funding and co-directed by Paulette McCormick and Albert Millis, boasts top-notch research facilities that were an important factor in the successful bid to create the mutant mouse center. Taconic, a supplier of disease-free laboratory animals, is one of several companies conducting cooperative research with CCFG.

    Contact: http://www.albany.edu/genomics.

  • A Focus on Contemporary China
    The Urban China Research Network, anchored at UAlbany, is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional network of scholars who are exploring the sweeping changes affecting China today with a focus on the impact of migration on urbanization. Directed by Distinguished Professor John Logan, the network was established through a $480,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    The scholarship produced by the network will inform policy makers in China as they contend with the issues related to housing, neighborhood development, social services delivery, urban planning, public health, and criminal justice.

    Contact: http://www.albany.edu/chinanet.

  • Preparing Students for Careers in Science
    More and more high school students are getting the opportunity to conduct research, through an initiative led by UAlbany Professor of Biological Sciences Daniel Wulff with both government and foundation support.

    Since 1996, Wulff has led an effort to train high school teachers to teach science research courses. A $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant supported the training of 90 New York State Teachers between 1996 and 1999, and a new $1.3 million NSF grant, awarded in 1999, is now being used to train 280 high school science teachers in New York, California, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri and West Virginia.

    A $380,000 grant by the Charitable Venture Foundation in 2000 will permit the hiring of a science research program administrator and support symposia for student researchers.

    Contact: Prof. Wulff at dwulff@albany.edu or www.albany.edu/rshs.

  • Testing Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Millions of People in the U.S. suffer from it, but only a fraction seek treatment and those who do are often diagnosed incorrectly. Now, with a total of $2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the University’s Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders is working to shed more light on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and develop effective non-drug treatment approaches.

    The goal of the study, which is led by Center Director Edward Blanchard, is to determine which form of therapy is best for IBS sufferers.

    Contact: Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, (518) 442-4025.


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