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  • Doctoral student Marzieh Dehghan Chaleshtori shown at last year's Thanksgiving Dinner for international students. She plans to attend again on Thursday evening.

    Pass the Turkey, Please

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 15, 2017) – UAlbany students from all over the world will sit down together on Thursday evening for the International Student Thanksgiving Dinner. When everyone else on campus seems to be going home and you are still on campus, it can be lonely. “Then, you wish you could also go to your home country and spend time with your family,” said Marzieh Dehghan Chaleshtori, a doctoral student from Iran who expects to graduate in 2020.

  • Dance, music, Indian food and a fashion show are all part of Diwali. Photo from Diwali 2016.

    Diwali and Diversity

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 10, 2017) – Sparkling lights, dazzling costumes and savory traditional Indian foods will highlight Diwali Night on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. Diwali is the festival of lights, the largest festival in South Asia, and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains around the world. “This is one of the most highly anticipated events at UAlbany,” said Sanket Misal, president of UAlbany’s Indian Student Organization (ISO) and event co-chair.
  • Mariya Zheleva's work in next-generation wireless networks takes her to remote locations all over the world. Here she is one top of a water tower during a field trip to Macha, Zambia, configuring a base station for a cellular network. (Photo courtesy of Mariya Zheleva)

    5 Questions with Faculty: Mariya Zheleva

    ALBANY, N. Y. (Oct. 25, 2017) — Mariya Zheleva first came to UAlbany in 2014 as a visiting assistant professor at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She became an assistant professor in the College’s Computer Science Department in the early 2016. “I am excited to be a part of such energetic and diverse community and have truly enjoyed my work with the undergraduate and graduate students in the department,” she said.
  • Mohammad G. Jamakzai is an MBA student from Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Drawn from Across the Seas

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 23, 2017) – Moving to a foreign country is daunting, especially if you add starting a full-time job and a master’s degree program in your second language. UAlbany students in the evening MBA program show it is both doable and meaningful. “One of my dreams has always been to get a master’s degree,” said Mohammad Jamakzai, who moved from Kabul, Afghanistan to New York last winter. “I heard that the business school at UAlbany was one of the best in the U.S.”

  • Lisa Baranik, biking during a trip to Tunisia — where she very much enjoys the oven-roasted Chicken Shawarma.

    5 Questions with Faculty: Lisa Baranik

    ALBANY, N.Y. (October 11, 2017) — Lisa Baranik is an assistant professor of Management in the School of Business. This is her second year teaching at UAlbany, drawn to the University’s unique Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) program.
  • Laurie Feldman of Psychology studied how patterns of emoticon use in communication differed among bilingual French scientists and bilingual American scientists. (Photo by Carlo de Jesus)

    Study Reveals How Bilinguals Use Emoticons to Find Consensus

    Albany, N.Y. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Naysayers like to cite the popularity of emoji and emoticons as yet more evidence of the erosion of language and literacy and, perhaps, civilization itself. But studying how people use them can reveal much about our ability to socialize and exchange information.
  • The SUNY team on a recent trip to Haiti includes, Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Kristina Johnson (center, in straw hats) and CID’s Heather Senecal, in green dress. (Photo courtesy of SUNY)

    It Takes a Grant (to Build a Village)

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2017) —The University at Albany is part of a network of SUNY campuses and nonprofits that will be working together to build a 40-acre sustainable village and learning community in Arcahaie, Haiti. Under the leadership of SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson and the SUNY Office of Global Affairs, 10 SUNY campuses and five non-profit organizations will develop educational, economic and social programs and services

  • Scrubbing Up

    ALBANY, N.Y. (October 3, 2017) – A UAlbany junior found herself in the operating room this summer, but instead of being the patient, she was scrubbing up to participate in surgery. Caroline B. Apreku, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Ghana, shadowed surgeons and medical students during a three-week internship at Nanjing Medical University in China.
  • What's in a Bite?

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 30, 2017) – Schenectady native Kaitlin Driesse, a master’s degree student in epidemiology, has spent her summer chasing mosquitoes instead of slapping at them. Driesse has an international internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, where she analyzes the bacterial composition of mosquitoes and other biting insects. “The second I stepped out of the airport, I was drenched in sweat,” she said.

  • Studying Taiwan’s Typhoons

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 21, 2017) – Seven UAlbany undergraduate students have spent the last two months on the tropical island of Taiwan – but they’re not on summer vacation. The students, six majoring in atmospheric science, one in emergency preparedness and criminal justice, are studying typhoons and other extreme weather in Taipei, Taiwan, through a National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant.

  • UAlbany, Downstate Medical Tackle Ukraine HIV Epidemic

    ALBANY, N.Y. (July 3, 2017) –While much of the world has taken steps to curb HIV, the people of Ukraine continue to face significant challenges in their fight to halt the spread of the deadly disease. The epidemic has only grown worse as shortages of medical supplies and inadequate testing capabilities limit the response of the healthcare community.

  • Coming Home

    ALBANY, N.Y. (July 3, 2017) – When students from other countries come to UAlbany to study, there is nothing like living with a local family to make them feel at home. Mashu Minamoto, a student at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, moved to Albany in mid-March to study English in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at UAlbany. He will return to Japan at the end of July.

  • A Global Perspective

    ALBANY, N.Y. (July 3, 2017) – Summer break has started, but student research has not stopped – at least for Emily Lipton and Wayne Lawrence. Graduate students in UAlbany’s School of Public Health, Emily and Wayne were selected to participate as visiting scholars in Guangdong, China this summer. They are spending ten weeks examining different aspects of human health research.

  • Eric Fischl. Barbeque. 1982. Oil on Canvas. 165 x 254 cm.

    Inserting DNA Into Art

    A new art fraud prevention technique comes to the fore. Institutions and galleries alike have suffered the consequences of convincing fakes – from Christie’s Botticelli debacle to Manhattan’s Knoedler Gallery closure. With confidence in subjective expertise not proving enough, especially alongside occasionally patchy provenance, “there is a deep freeze in authentications,” said Colette Loll of Art Fraud Insights to The New York Times.

  • Digging World History

    ALBANY, N.Y. (May 25, 2017) – Exploring ancient ruins and examining prehistoric artifacts sounds like something out of an Indiana Jones movie. For students taking part in the Las Mercedes Archaeological Field School in Costa Rica, perception meets reality.“The project is part of an international collaboration between UAlbany and the National Museum of Costa Rica,” said Associate Professor of Anthropology Robert Rosenswig, who has directed students on archaeological digs at the Las Mercedes site since 2009.
  • Uncommon Presences, Uncommon Achievers

    ALBANY, N.Y. (May 25, 2017) — Amid the homogeneous atmosphere that existed at the beginnings of this institution in the mid 19th Century, a few individuals proved to be both exceptions and exceptional. An 1850 New York legislature law established support ($1,000) to educate 10 American Indian youths per year. In the 1870s, Sensaburo Kodzu from Japan became the first documented international student at any of the campuses that would be part of the future State University of New York. He graduated in 1877.

  • Coming to America

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Senior Ibrahim Abdalla is making the most of the opportunities he has found at the University at Albany. Abdalla, a dual major in public health and emergency preparedness, is on his way this spring to becoming one of the first graduates of the new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC). Ibrahim, a first-generation college student, grew up in North Sudan.
  • Taking a Stand on Trafficking

    ALBANY, N.Y. (May 19, 2017) — Every year, 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor, and some 600,000-800,000 are trafficked across international borders, exploited as sex workers or s form of indentured servitude. A new student group aims to raise awareness of this problem, and to promote fair trade and find ways to assist victims of human trafficking.

  • Summer Office Hours Begin May 22

    The Center for International Education and Global Strategy, the home of IELP, ISSS, Education Abroad, and International Admissions and Recruitment, will switch to Summer Hours on Monday, May 22 through Friday, August 18, 2017.

    The office will be open 8 AM to 4 PM from Monday through Friday during that period of time.

  • Psychology professor Laurie Feldman.

    Springtime in the Netherlands

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 2016) – Professor Laurie Beth Feldman recently returned from a lab visit at Qatar University. She will be packing her bags again in April, this time for the Netherlands. Feldman, a cognitive psychologist with a specialization in language, has won a prestigious Radboud Excellence Initiative Professorship. This allows her to spend one month collaborating at Radboud University in the Netherlands in April 2017, and another month in the winter of 2018.

  • Madeeha Khan addresses new students at the 2016 Convocation

    An International Campus

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 2016) — They come to Albany from around 90 different countries, from Africa, Asia, Latin America. UAlbany’s international students — some 1,770 of them — make up about 10 percent of the overall student body. The numbers have grown by almost 40 percent between 2009 and 2015. And while the students share some of the same challenges and experiences, each brings a unique perspective to the University, and each has something personal to take away.

  • Jason Lane, left, with C-BERT co-director Kevin Kinser. (Photo by Paul Miller)

    A Presence Abroad

    ALBANY, N.Y. (November 15, 2016) – International students who are interested in pursuing a global education but want to stay close to home are seeing increased opportunities. A new report, co-authored by UAlbany’s Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT), has revealed there are 249 international branch campuses (IBCs) that enroll at least 180,000 students worldwide. That’s a 26 percent increase from 2011.

  • Far-Flung Partnership

    ALBANY, N.Y. (November 1, 2016) — The University at Albany has entered into an academic partnership with Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications that will bring Chongqing students to the UAlbany campus for the last of their four-year program in computer science and software engineering. The program will allow Chongqing University students to obtain two degrees in four years, and will provide UAlbany faculty and students with opportunities for internships, research and project engagement.
  •  Cidny Ramirez (one from right) has spent her summer studying abroad in Taipei.

    Turning Typhoons into Applied Learning

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 8, 2016) – As Super Typhoon Nepartak approached Taiwan, Cidny Ramirez knew she was living her dream. Ramirez, a native of Colombia and junior at UAlbany, is studying abroad in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, as the University’s first National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant recipient.

  • Photo: John Nation/Louisville Magazine

     Biology/German Major Steers Medical Success

     As fate would have it, Dr. Susan Galandiuk’s choice of double major at UAlbany would make a significant impact on her life’s direction.

    Galandiuk knew she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Because she “always loved science,” her decision to major in biology made perfect sense. Opting to take on a second major in German – while less conventional, perhaps – was just as formative.

  • The new program will build capacity at the Kazakh National Medical University to conduct research addressing HIV treatment gaps.

    School of Public Health Partners with Downstate Medical Center to Conduct HIV Research and Training in Kazakhstan

    The University at Albany and Downstate Medical Center will partner on a five-year project to conduct HIV research and training for the country of Kazakhstan. UAlbany's School of Public Health will provide the majority of the training while SUNY Downstate will conduct the research through its New York State International Training and Research Program (NYS-ITRP), directed by SUNY Downstate Medical Center Distinguished Service Professor Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH.

  • The photography exhibition 'This Place,' seen here at the Brooklyn Museum.

    Photo Exhibit of Israel and West Bank to Foster Teaching and Learning

    This Place, currently at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, will involve faculty at UAlbany and three other upstate campuses — Skidmore, Colgate and Hamilton — to develop new best practices of museum-based education and ways to integrate them into the curricula. The initiative is funded by a $222,000 grant from the New York City-based Teagle Foundation.
  • Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Mega-Bank's Scholarship Fund Creates Exciting New Study Abroad Opportunities in Latin America

    Two of the most highly ranked private universities in Latin America have become even more affordable options for UAlbany Study Abroad students, thanks to a new scholarship from Spanish mega-bank Santander to the Center for International Education and Global Strategy. This funding from one of Europe's largest financial institutions will support semester-length and summer programs in Argentina’s Universidad del Salvador and a summer program in Brazil’s Mackenzie University.

  • School of Public Health students learned about the Costa Rica health care system in a variety of settings, including hospitals and clinics serving indigenous populations.

    Costa Rica Trip Provides Insight into Global Health Care for UAlbany Students

    While most of the University at Albany community enjoyed its winter recess, a team of 11 students and faculty members from UAlbany’s School of Public Health and School of Business visited a remote village in the Costa Rican rain forest to learn about the public health/health care system that makes this Central American nation a global model.
  • Participants at the

    GIHHR Co-Sponsors HIV-AIDS Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

    U Albany’s Global Institute of Health and Human Rights, in collaboration with the International AIDS Society, co-sponsored the Second High Level Consultation Meeting on HIV in Conservative Social Settings at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey during January 30-31, 2016.
  • Rockefeller College Professor Lends International Students a Warm Welcome

    As the University continues its efforts to attract greater numbers of international students, one professor at Rockefeller College – Ik Jae Chung – can provide perspective on his approach to international recruitment. Chung has been enlisting executives and civil servants from Korea to the College’s MPA program for more than 15 years.
  • UAlbany Signs MOU with Islamic Azad University

    UAlbany Signs MOU with Islamic Azad University

    On Jan. 5th, U Albany hosted Dr. Morteza Mousakhani, President of the Qazvin campus of Islamic Azad University, Iran. Islamic Azad University (IAU) is the largest system of higher education in Iran, with approximately 1.7 million students dispersed among more than 450 campuses. President Mousakhani and President Jones signed two Memoranda of Understanding that will allow both institutions to explore collaboration on a range of projects.
  • Gabriel Hetland, of the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS) travels to Venezuela to monitor parliamentary election

    During his 10-day visit, Professor Hetland visited three areas of the country (Caracas, Lara and Nueva Esparta) meeting with electoral officials, political parties of the government and opposition, ordinary citizens and social movement leaders to learn about their views on the election and Venezuela's current political and economic situation.
  • Louise Burkhart in Spain

    Anthropologist Rewarded as She Finds a New Century for a New Spain Catechism

    Award-winning essay by Louise Burkhart uproots a vestige of received wisdom and offers theories why pictorial manuscripts were placed in the evangelical toolkit of 16th Century friars — long before their actual creation.
  • Glyne Griffith

    English Department Chair Gives Lecture at University of the West Indies in Jamaica on BBC Radio's Influence on West Indian Literature

    Glyne Griffith, well-respected scholar in the field of Caribbean literary and cultural studies, spoke at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, on how a BBC radio program helped launch the literary careers of many West Indian writers from 1943 to 1958.
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