RESEARCH

Publicly-Engaged Scholarship "The scholarship of engagement is the collaborative generation, refinement, conservation, and exchange of mutually beneficial and societally relevant knowledge that is communicated to and validated by peers in academe and the community."

Such scholarship may entail varying degrees of engagement, such as community-focused research, participatory research, and community-based participatory research.

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ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS

98 Acres in Albany

“98 Acres in Albany” will chronicle the biggest story in the history of Albany since its founding by the Dutch—the State’s 1962 appropriation of 98 acres in the city center for construction of a futuristic statecapitol complex.

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Archaeological Research

Dr. Marilyn Masson's 2015 summer research project includes the education of village families regarding long term cultural heritage, while the familites educate archaeologists about traditional lifeways, resources, and technologies. This NSF-funded archeological research project also will employ 30 heads of households in the Maya village of Telchaquillo, Yucatan, Mexico. These households are supported by subsistence farming and occasional wage labor. This archaeological research is highly collaborative, and for the past 14 years, has been founded on a two-way flow of information between archaeologists and local stakeholders. The project also employs a team of four degreed Mexican professional archaeologists at every level from fieldwork to publication and this circumstance engages the research community in Yucatan, Mexico.

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Contact: Department of Anthropology
Phone: (518) 442-4700
Email: anthro@albany.edu
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Department or Subunit: Department of Anthropology

Fieldwork in Kianjavato in southeastern Madagascar

Dr. Adam Gordon does fieldwork in Kianjavato in southeastern Madagascar in conjunction with colleagues from the University of Calgary, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. They employ local members of the community in Kianjavato as conservation guides to monitor lemur populations and participate in ecological research. The members of our research group also run a local reforestation project and associated education program for local school children.

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Contact: Department of Anthropology
Phone: (518) 442-4700
Email: anthro@albany.edu
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Department or Subunit: Department of Anthropology

Overcoming Barriers to African American Women's Reproductive Healthcare Seeking

Dr. Elise Andaya is involved in a community-based project with Annis Golden (Dept. of Communications) seeking to improve reproductive health and preventative care in a largely African-American community in Hudson, NY. The project employs 5 community members as peer health counselors, supports weekly tabling sessions to provide information about reproductive health and health resources, and organizes periodic health fairs that allow community members and members of local organizations to connect in person.

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Contact: Department of Anthropology
Phone: (518) 442-4700
Email: anthro@albany.edu
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Department or Subunit: Department of Anthropology

The Society for Neuroscience - Hudson Berkshire Chapter

The Chapters of the Society for Neuroscience provide an opportunity to bring awareness on neuroscience research performed at the local and regional levels. The Hudson-Berkshire Chapter brings together neuroscientists from numerous institutions in this region - from SUNY Albany, Professors Ewan McNay from the Department of Psychology and Analisa Scimemi, Department of Biological Sciences, currenlty particpate with these efforts.

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RESEARCH CENTERS AND INSTITUTES

Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success (CARSS)

The Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success (CARSS) aims to strengthen the U.S. workforce and research sectors and to provide a model program for the nation's higher education institutions to address dramatic nationwide workforce shortfalls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by reversing the problem of low enrollment in STEM majors. The Center was launched with a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The Center's primary goals are retention of STEM majors and maintenance of a sustained increase in the graduation rates of STEM majors. The successful program provides free tutoring services in first and second year biology, chemistry and physics courses to STEM majors, utilizing highly trained supplemental instructors who serve tutees within semester-long learning communities. It has resulted in dramatic increases in STEM major graduate rates across all demographics.

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Contact: Rabi Musah
Phone: (518) 442-3740
Email: Musah@Cnsunix.Albany.Edu
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Press Release

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)

CARD at the University at Albany is a university-affiliated resource center that brings research and practice together in community settings. It provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals, and through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders. A hallmark of CARD programs is the integration of research, training, and practice. CARD is also headquarters to a statewide network of Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders which have an overarching goal of identifying, disseminating, and assisting in the implementation of evidence-based practices to build capacity and improve services and outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders.

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Contact: Kristin Christodulu
Phone: (518) 442-2574
Email: card@albany.edu
Website: www.albany.edu/autism/
Department or subunit: Department of Psychology

Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (CELAC)

The Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (CELAC) at the University at Albany, SUNY, was established in 1984 as a structured mechanism for focusing collective expertise and collaborative research and development efforts, and for providing dissemination and resource services to the public pertinent to these regions. It provides an international focus for the work of numerous departments and scholars, and brings together specialists on Latin America and the Caribbean and their corresponding U.S. Latino populations from a wide variety of disciplines.

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Contact:Edna Acosta-Belén
Phone: (518) 442-3475
Email: celac@albany.edu
Website: www.albany.edu/celac/
Department or subunit: Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies

Center for Neuroscience Research

Established in 1968, the Center for Neuroscience Research has become widely known for its work on neuroplasticity including the development and plasticity of the nervous system (especially experience-dependent changes in synaptic connections) and factors that underlie and influence neurodegeneration and/or behavior. The Center has sponsored many seminars, symposia and conferences on these topics.

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Contact:John Schmidt
Phone: (518) 442-4309
Email: js213@albany.edu
Website: www.albany.edu/celac/
Department or subunit: School of Public Health, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD) is a partnership among the State of New York, community groups, hospitals, county health departments, and the University at Albany to address serious disparity in the health of racial and ethnic minorities. The Center focuses on such disparities in the smaller cities and towns of New York.

CEMHD serves to bring the strengths of the university community and minority communities together to develop solutions. The Center works toward eliminating minority health disparities by developing capacity in the university's faculty research and in partnering with community groups to identify community health concerns and sources of disparities, plan strategies to alleviate them, and test their effectiveness.

Funding is provided by a grant from the National Center on Minority and Minority Health Disparities through its Centers of Excellence program.

Director: Lawrence M. Schell

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Phone: (518) 442-4904
Email: cemhd@albany.edu
Website: www.albany.edu/cemhd/


Econometric Research Institute

Using funding from the New York State Division of Budget, the Econometric Research Institute - a research arm of the UAlbany Economics department - has been conducting surveys of business firms and economic professionals since 2000. The main purpose of these surveys is to monitor the economic health the New York economy in real time, and the results are used in New York State revenue forecasting process. The Econometric Research Institute's two major projects equip business and other leaders with important information. One is the development of a transportation index to be used as a leading economic indicator. The second involves conducting two economic surveys to monitor the state's economy: a quarterly Blue Chip type survey of economic experts, and a bi-annual establishment survey. Many undergraduate and graduate students assist with the research of these projects on a regular basis.

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Contact: Kajal Lahiri
Phone: (518) 442-4758
Email: klahiri@albany.edu
Website: http://www.albany.edu/eri/
Department or Subunit: Department of Economics

Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (IMS)

The Institute is a non-profit educational research institute dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge concerning the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America). IMS serves to organize and coordinate the work of the Mesoamericanist faculty at UAlbany. We have the largest number of full-time Mesoamericanists of any institution north of Mexico, and our members are among the most active and prominent scholars in the field of Mesoamerican anthropology. The primary activities of IMS are research and publication.

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Contact: John Justeson
Phone: (518) 442-4710
Email: justeson@albany.edu
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Department or Subunit: Department of Anthropology

Institute of Cypriot Studies

For more than 30 years, the University at Albany has nurtured its relationship with the island nation of Cyprus. This mutually beneficial friendship has been marked by the exchange of scholars, by archaeological excavations by UAlbany students at sites such as the village of Pyrgos, and by the enrollment of Cypriot students in graduate and undergraduate education. Now this relationship now involves a collaboration betweenthe government of Cyprus, the University of Cyprus, and Cyprus College, which will focus on a variety of issues, particularly those that promote academic initiatives and economic development. The mutually beneficial links between the University at Albany and Cyprus span the range from ancient civilizations to emerging high technologies. Building on this strong base, both the number and diversity of these links will continue to grow and evolve.

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Contact: Stuart Swiny
Phone: (518) 442-3982
Email: swiny@albany.edu
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Department or Subunit: Department of Anthropology

Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research

The Center was established in 1988 to carry out urban research both comparative and historical in scope. By promoting broad-based collaboration among urban scholars from a variety of fields and geographic settings, the Center's mission is to further Mumford's ideal of local involvement with global vision. To this end, Center projects and activities range from international urban conferences to local planning initiatives to national endeavors examining urban change over time. Projects assess the impact of global changes on the U.S. metropolis and civil society, probe the 19th and early 20th century roots of present-day cities and suburbs, and address urban change in other parts of the world, mostly notably China. The Center works in close collaboration on several of these projects with the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA).

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Contact: Nancy Denton
Phone: (518) 442-4497
Email: mumford@albany.edu
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Department or Subunit: Department of Sociology

Life Sciences Research Initiative

University at Albany scientists are advancing knowledge across a broad spectrum of research in the life sciences with special emphasis on cutting edge investigation into the structure and function of biologically active molecules. Scientific research is coalesced around core interests in RNA science and technology, neuroscience, molecular evolution of disease and molecular biology.

Founded on the philosophy that scientific discovery is a multidisciplinary, collaborative and highly interactive enterprise, the Life Science Research Initiative is based on a dynamic approach to scientific discovery and education. Discovery occurs at the frontiers and intersections of science and Life Sciences faculty provide a critical focus for collaborative discovery across traditional departments as well as with other University at Albany and regional scientists.

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Contact: Marlene Belfort
Phone: (518) 437-4466
Email: mbelfort@albany.edu
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Science Research in the High School Program

This program increases high school student's interest in science research and prepares them for careers in science. The program trains high school teachers to teach science research techniques in their courses. The 3-year science course is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills, to engage in the real life application of science, and to recruit their own science mentors. Student research covers a broad range of interests. UAlbany's University in the High School Program trains the teachers, who in turn facilitate the program, while mentors in a wide range of scientific fields work with students on their research. Approximately 80 schools have been approved to offer their courses for credit through the University at Albany: they include schools in cities, suburbs and rural areas, with especially strong representation in Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. The Program has recently begun to offer courses for credit in New Jersey, as well.

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Contact: University in the High School Program
Phone: (518) 442-4148
Email: uhs@albany.edu Website

Talking History Radio Program

"Talking History," broadcast locally on WRPI and archived at this Website is recognized by USA Today and other news organizations as a teaching and learning resource. The radio show enjoys a broad listening audience across the state and nation.

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Contact: Gerald Zahavi
Phone: (518) 442-4148
Email: talkhist@talkinghistory.org Website

The RNA Institute

The RNA Institute, comprised of more than 40 corporate, government, and university research entities, serves as a sustainable resource for the research and discovery of medical interventions and diagnostics aimed at treating a range of diseases -- from breast cancer to drug-resistant bacterial (MRSA) and viral infections, drug-resistant TB and HIV, depression, and neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders such as ALS and neurofibromatosis.

The RNA Institute provides faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and postdocs, and corporate scientists with unique RNA research resources that include lab and office space and high end instrumentation dedicated to RNA technology development and RNA research. These physical research resources will enable growth, sustainability and retention of intellectual capital throughout New York. Institute programs such as the Interdisciplinary Pilot Research Program, Student Venture Fund Program, and Public-Private Partnership Program create a supportive environment for RNA research and technological entrepreneurship for developing and commercializing inventions.

Our programs include:
Student Venture Fund Program,
Interdisciplinary Pilot Research program,
Public-Private Partnerships

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Contact: Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (518) 581-8814
Email: lscott2@albany.edu Website

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