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Political Commentator Jeff Johnson Keynote at University at Albany's Black History Month Luncheon
ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 1, 2012) – Television journalist and political commentator Jeff Johnson will discuss Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement? at the University at Albany's 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Black History Month Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, February 8, in the Campus Center Ballroom.
UAlbany to Host Global Game Jam Jan. 27-29
The University at Albany’s College of Computing and Information will host the 4th Annual Global Game Jam Jan. 27-29. The event begins at 4 p.m. Jan. 27 in UAlbany’s Campus Center Room 375 and ends at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 with a presentation of the completed games.
Winter Break in Antarctica
Jan. 9, 2012 -- Some college students fly South over the winter break. University at Albany graduate student Lynsey Cross kept going -- all the way to Antarctica and the South Pole.Cross, a second-year student in UAlbany's Master of Public Health Program, is in Antarctica for five weeks on an 11,000-mile journey with the 109th Stratton Air National Guard Base of Scotia, N.Y., and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
UAlbany Social Welfare Professor Leads Comparative Study of Disaster Recovery Efforts in U.S. Gulf Coast Communities and Haiti
ALBANY, N.Y. (December 14, 2011) – The dynamics of disaster recovery efforts in rural communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Haiti are the focus of a research project led by University at Albany School of Social Welfare Associate Professor Loretta Pyles. The three-year project is funded by the National Science Foundation.
UAlbany's Third World Impact Helps One Person at a Time ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 6, 2011) --Third World Impact (TWI), a nationally-recognized community service group of some 110 UAlbany students, has pledged to raise $100,000 in the Spring 2012 semester to build a second school in Uganda, as well as a dormitory to house UAlbany students who will one day volunteer as teachers at the school.
School of Social Welfare Students Take the Ultimate Field Trip: Summer Study Tours of Africa
Albany, N.Y. (Nov. 29, 2011) — For 11 summers, UAlbany SSW students, with faculty, scholars and community practitioners, have traveled to African countries to see what social service delivery means in poorer nations. What they find is challenge, but also a tremendous sense of community and hope.
University at Albany Honors AIDS Visionaries, Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei
ALBANY, N.Y. (November 28, 2011) -- On Thursday, December 1, UAlbany's School of Public Health will host a symposium, "Human Rights and HIV" and honor UAlbany doctoral candidate, Dr. Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Alash.
UAlbany Study: Reduced-Impact Logging Can Maintain Tropical Rainforest’s Critical Role in Carbon and Water Cycling
Albany, N.Y. (November 16, 2011) – Reduced-impact logging (RIL) in an Amazon rainforest generated profits while emitting a small fraction of carbon compared with total forest clearing, a University at Albany study concludes.
University at Albany Journalism Professor, Rosemary Armao, Wins International Investigative Reporting Award
ALBANY, N.Y. (November 3, 2011) -- UAlbany professor of journalism Rosemary Armao and journalists at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) were named winners of the 2011 Daniel Pearl Award.
World Health Organization Designates UAlbany Institute for Health and the Environment as a Collaborating Center
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 24, 2011) -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University at Albany’s Institute for Health and the Environment as a Collaborating Center in Environmental Health.
University at Albany and OneWorld Classrooms Launch Multimedia Online Resource for Students of Mandarin Chinese
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 6, 2011) -- The University at Albany has partnered with OneWorld Classrooms to launch "Student-to-Student Language Lab: Chinese," an online learning lab enabling Chinese and American students in middle and high school grades to work together to learn native languages.
International Technology Group's $4.4 Billion Computer Chip Technology Investment to Bring $400M, 800 Jobs, to UAlbany NanoTech Complex
ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2011) -- University at Albany President George M. Philip today joined New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to announce that the State of New York has entered into agreements guaranteeing investments worth $4.4 billion with leading global companies to create the next generation of computer chip technology.
Legacy of Novelist Torrente Ballester to be Honored Oct. 14 by Writers Institute
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 23, 2011) -- The work of famed Spanish novelist and former UAlbany Distinguished Professor Gonzalo Torrente Ballester will be honored by the Writers Institute and International Education on Oct.14, 1:30 to 5 p.m., in the Standish Room of the Uptown Campus's Science Library.
A UAlbany Junior Falls in Love with Senegal
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 29, 2011) -- The first time University at Albany junior Kalima Johnson of Brooklyn, N.Y., saw children begging in the streets of Senegal, she was shocked. When the communication major learned money given to child beggars often ends up in the hands of adults, she started to carry around crayons. “Unfortunately, when I gave a crayon to a child who was begging, he ate it,” she recalled. When she explained crayons are for drawing and not eating, the child was disappointed. She switched to carrying around bread, the traditional Senegalese breakfast, and candy or fast food.
UAlbany Students from Third World Impact Travel to Uganda to Make a Difference
ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 16, 2011) -- Four University at Albany students from the nationally recognized community service group Third World Impact are in Uganda for two weeks, teaching classes on hygiene, health, and HIV-AIDS prevention, and starting the process of building a primary school in Wairaka, a small village in Jinja.
Professor's Public Health Course Will Reach Students Both at UAlbany and in Vietnam
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 10, 2011) – A University at Albany expert in the fields of public health and health policy has been chosen one of six American scholars to teach at Vietnamese universities during the coming academic year.
UAlbany’s Intensive English Language Program Admitted to Distinguished Consortium; Boosts Success for International Students ALBANY, N.Y. (July 27, 2011) -- Gloria Irazema Santamaria Pang arrived in the U.S. from Mexico with the goal of obtaining a master's degree in computer science from the University at Albany. But first, she determined, she needed to improve her English. UAlbany's Intensive English Language Program (IELP) provided her answer.
Professor Emeritus of Dutch and Portuguese Knighted by the Queen of Netherlands
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 28, 2011) -- University at Albany Professor Emeritus of French, Dutch and Portuguese Herman Prins Salomon has been knighted by the Queen of the Netherlands.
South Korean University Students Take Study Tour via UAlbany Partnership
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 13, 2011) -- The best practices of the American social welfare system are on display for a visiting professor and six students from South Korea, the product of UAlbany's ongoing 13-year partnership with Hallym University.
Center for International Development, EALA to Develop East African Parliamentary Institute
ARUSHA, Tanzania (July 7, 2011) -- The University at Albany's Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) and the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), the legislative arm of the East African Community (EAC), have signed an agreement to create and develop the East African Parliamentary Institute (EAPI).
UAlbany Students and Staff Spread Hope in Haiti
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 14, 2011) -- University at Albany students, alumni, and staff are bringing conditions in Haiti to the forefront as the devastated nation continues to struggle back from the January 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 230,000 people. Sixteen UAlbany students and their chaperones traveled to Haiti for a week in May, where they saw lingering devastation from the quake, which registered 7.0 on the Richter Scale. The students helped out by teaching in schools and planting hundreds of trees.
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UAlbany Provides Top International Scholar Diverse Educational Experience
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 25, 2011) -- Paulina Berrios has been lauded for her work in her native Chile for advancing women’s equal participation in the community, civil society and government. The doctoral student at UAlbany's School of Education was recognized by the Chilean government in 2008 as being among its future leaders in guiding the country's higher educational system, where she advised officials on several projects related to women's rights.
Student's Vision Spurs Others to Make a Global Impact
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 13, 2011) -- The first three students in the School of Public Health's Peace Corps Master's International (MI) Program are set to tackle their volunteer assignments in Ethiopia, Togo, and Ecuador to work with local governments in health and community care and related fields.
Student's Vision Spurs Others to Make a Global Impact
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 13, 2011) -- As a Ghanaian American who was born in the United Kingdom and raised in the United States, Emmanuel Adomfeh has grown up with a broad worldview that sets him apart from many students. As a child, Adomfeh visited Ghana, his parents' homeland, on numerous occasions, where he witnessed the disparities between those living in the developing world and those living in the U.S.
UAlbany Hosting Fulbright Gateway for Third Straight Year
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 29, 2011) -- For the third year in a row, UAlbany has been selected by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE) as one of only eight universities to host the Fulbright Gateway Orientation. The program is intended to prepare students, who are here to pursue master's and doctoral degrees at different universities across the country, for their studies in the U.S. The program runs August 7-11.
The Fulbright Gateway Orientation provides an overview of Fulbright goals and traditions and aims to instill a Fulbright identity among grantees. The program also cultivates survival skills for graduate study and an understanding of current U.S. social issues to assist grantees in developing successful intercultural communication in their host communities
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Since 1946, it has provided nearly 300,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research. Today, Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world, continuing the tradition of exchanging ideas and finding solutions to shared international concerns. It has been supported for more than half a century by the American people through an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress and by the people of partner nations.
International Education Presented the new film by Invisible Children: "Tony: Lose All. Gain Everything."
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2011) -- UAlbany International Education hosted two showings of the new Invisible Children documentary, "Tony: Lose All. Gain Everything." The Invisible Children "roadies" (their name for student volunteers who travel across the country promoting their films and fundraising) who hosted this event were Bailey, Justin and Katrina. They were joined by North Ugandan survivor, Robert, who provided a firsthand account of his experience growing up in fear of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the rebel group responsible for the kidnapping, torture, rape, mutilation and murder of thousands of civilians in his country.
Robert spoke of the devastating losses he has experienced. His parents and other family members were murdered by the LRA when he was a child. Yet he’s found redemption through education and solace in helping to rehabilitate former child soldiers, while bringing international attention to the plight of his people. Robert and other North Ugandans now tour with the Invisible Children organization to bring to their stories of survival in a war that is now over 25 years old to American audiences. Katrina said of Robert, "he is the most cheerful person I know, always upbeat." Robert's positive outlook has him dreaming of a day when his own wife and family can live without the fear and ruin he has experienced.
In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers traveled to Africa and returned with the footage that would become the documentary "Invisible Children: Rough Cut." Their film exposed the horrific reality of northern Uganda’s night commuters, children who were forced to evacuate their homes every night for fear of being kidnapped and forced to serve as rebel soldiers or be killed. The success of that film and subsequent documentaries has allowed the Invisible Children organization to become a social, political, and global movement using the transformative power of storytelling to inspire others to not simply give money but to participate in finding solutions.
UAlbany Launches 2 Relief Initiatives for Japan
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 18, 2011) -- As the University at Albany announced today new relief efforts to aid Japan, it notified the 21 SUNY students on its partner campuses in Japan that they should leave the nation as soon as possible. UAlbany will provide assistance to the students in getting tickets back to the U.S. and will purchase tickets for some students who do not have alterable round trip tickets.
UAlbany Students Peel Back the Layers of Early Human Development
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 16, 2011) -- On the Pacific coast of Mexico, UAlbany students are at work examining an early agricultural settlement. Through the project, headed by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Robert M. Rosenswig, students conduct their own research and receive the necessary experience to apply for archaeology jobs with state and federal government. More importantly, these students are helping advance understanding of how the humans transitioned from hunter/gatherer societies to farming cultures and the earliest states in Mesoamerica.
UAlbany Students Win First Place in Newman's Own Foundation National Campus Community Service Challenge
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 07, 2011) -- The University at Albany student group Third World Impact was recognized nationally on Sunday by Newman's Own Foundation for its efforts to build a primary school for more than 500 students in Uganda. As part of the second-annual Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge, Third World Impact partnered with The Giving Circle, a Saratoga (N.Y.)-based non-profit organization, for a Newman's Own Foundation grant. The group received the top award of $25,000 during a presentation at the America East Conference basketball championship in Hartford, Conn.
UAlbany's Muslim Students Association is on a Mission to Help Pakistan's Flood Victims
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 03, 2011) -- Members of UAlbany's Muslim Students Association (MSA) represent a dozen countries around the globe, but they have all rallied around one critical mission -- to relieve the suffering of Pakistan's flood victims. An estimated 20 million people were affected at the height of the disaster last year, with some six million left homeless. Despite the fact that recovery and rebuilding efforts are under way, many Pakistani families are still suffering from food shortages and inadequate sanitation facilities.
UAlbany Doctoral Students Make a Difference in the Dominican Republic
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 08, 2011) -- Lissette Acosta-Corniel grew up poor, and at age 12, she and her family left their hometown of Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic, for the U.S. Now, the University at Albany graduate student devotes time and energy to helping the children and families still living in her hometown. Her community service and academic achievements were recognized last year by the Dominican government's Ministry of Youth, which nominated her to receive the Young Outstanding Dominican Abroad Award.
UAlbany Alum's Goal to Put Learning Within Reach for Impoverished Community in Ecuador
ALBANY, N.Y. (December 21, 2010) -- University at Albany alum Elizabeth Gray has launched the Wishi Project, a fundraising effort to establish a primary school for children in an impoverished community in the rain forest of Ecuador. Gray's goal is to provide students with the opportunity to receive a formal education while helping to preserve the indigenous Shuar language and culture of the Wishi community.
UAlbany Students Join Forces to Help Children in the Congo
ALBANY, N.Y. (December 06, 2010) -- Two University at Albany student groups – the African Student Association (ASA) and Third World Impact (TWI) – have joined forces this holiday season to provide children and their families in the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo with shoes, shirts and slacks.
Champion of Public Health in Africa to Address UAlbany School
ALBANY, N.Y. (December 03, 2010) -- Dr. David Carpenter, dean of the School of Public Health in 1990, knew something special had occurred when Dr. Jotham Musinguzi entered the School's new Master of Public Health (MPH) program that year. Dr. Musinguzi arrived with a medical degree from Makerere University Medical School in Uganda and had already dedicated himself as a public health physician to fighting the scourge of AIDS in his native land.
Two UAlbany Criminal Justice Alumni Share 2011 Stockholm Prize for Criminology
Stockholm, Sweden (November 19, 2010) -- The leading international prize in the field of criminology has been awarded to two University at Albany alumni of the School of Criminal Justice, it was announced today.
UAlbany International Student Qi Fan is Profiled in the New York Times
By DAN LEVIN
Published: November 5, 2010
DOE Funds UAlbany-Moscow Information Security Collaboration
ALBANY, N.Y. (November 02, 2010) -- UAlbany School of Business Associate Professor Sanjay Goel has won a $389,777 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop joint online courses in information security that will lead to new student exchanges between UAlbany and Bauman Moscow State Technical University.
UAlbany Researchers Receive Federal Grant to Inform Consumers on How North American Imports Get to Market
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 27, 2010) -- Researchers at the University at Albany have received a $710,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a framework for providing consumers with knowledge about how, where, and by whom products are being manufactured and brought to market in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region.
Fulbright Scholars Highlight Wide Range of UAlbany Academic Excellence
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 15, 2010) -- Six distinguished researchers at UAlbany will bring their academic expertise to Europe, Mexico and Africa after being named Fulbright Scholars for 2010-2011. They join a select group of faculty from around the nation who travel abroad in an effort to help build mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries.
UAlbany Freshman Presents Alzheimer's Research in Hong Kong
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 18, 2010) -- It's not every freshman who has been recognized as a U.S. delegate at an international science symposium before setting foot on the University at Albany campus.
UAlbany Students Win Prestigious Scholarships to Study Abroad
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 8, 2010) -- Winston Scott is fulfilling his career aspirations. The UAlbany doctoral student in anthropology leaves for Guatemala in August on a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship.
Daniel Bocanegra: Seeking Social Change Through "Selfless Tee"
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 26, 2010) -- When Daniel Bocanegra first came to UAlbany in 2005, he was interested in studying business and playing football. Recruited as a quarterback for the Great Danes football team, Bocanegra added receiving and punt return duties to his repertoire.
UAlbany Contributes More Than $60,000 to Haiti Relief Efforts
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 11, 2010) -- The UAlbany Haiti Relief Fund, which includes matching funds donated by University Auxiliary Services, has raised more than $60,000 to support the relief efforts following the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake that left an estimated 220,000 dead and 1 million homeless.
Study Abroad Program Highlights Jewish History in Belarus
(March 4, 2010) -- The University at Albany is offering a unique study abroad opportunity in Belarus this summer. The service-learning trip will focus on the impact of the Holocaust on the area -- at the time part of the former Soviet Union -- and on preserving a neglected Jewish cemetery.
SPH Professor Akiko Hosler Appointed to Health Advisory Board
February 19, 2010 -- UAlbany School of Public Health assistant professor Akiko Hosler has been appointed by the Japanese Research Institute (JRI) to advise on a Japanese Government-sponsored initiative to study chronic disease across an international database of health profiles.
Alie Beauvais, '10: Bringing Relief for Haiti
Albany, N.Y. (February 1, 2010) -- In the wake of the catastrophic earthquake that rocked Haiti, University at Albany senior hurdler Alie Beauvais, whose parents are Haitian natives, leapt into action to help. The star track athlete orchestrated a campus clothing drive that quickly collected thousands of needed items for earthquake survivors.
UAlbany Teach-in on Haiti
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 1, 2010) -- The University at Albany is presenting a teach-in on Wednesday, Feb. 3, that is designed to offer a more complete portrait of Haiti today than the pictures that have emerged in the wake of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. The event is from 4-6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the uptown campus.
Research by UAlbany Biologist Suggests that Genetics May Provide Clues to Reduce Illegal Chimpanzee Smuggling in Africa
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 22, 2010) -- The population of chimps across Western Africa has decreased by 75 percent in the last 30 years due in part to widespread chimp hunting.
Scholes Seeks Long-Term Assistance for the People of Jacmel, Haiti
January 15, 2010 -- For information on how to support relief efforts, visit: UAlbany Haiti Relief Fund. UAlbany professor Charles Scholes and his wife Nancy were moments from heading out the door on their way to the airport Jan. 12 for their flight to Haiti when they learned that an earthquake had struck the struggling nation. Their flight was cancelled.
UAlbany Named "Gateway" to U.S. Culture, Academic Life for International Students
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 14, 2009) -- The University at Albany will introduce about 40 international graduate students to U.S. culture and academic life as a host for the 2009 "Fulbright Gateway" Orientation Program.
Tracking the Spread of Pandemics with Geographic Information Systems
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 5, 2009) -- As public health officials continue to track the path of swine flu around the world, it becomes evident that the technology used for such monitoring -- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) -- is an indispensable tool.
Anne Case: Raising Awareness about the Devastating Impact of AIDS in Africa
April 29, 2009 -- Among the densely populated township of shacks outside of Cape Town, South Africa, the pandemic of AIDS has reached its zenith. Twenty-two million people are estimated to be living with HIV and AIDS in Africa, with almost two million new infections every year. UNAIDS estimates approximately 1.5 million people die of AIDS every year in Africa.
School of Public Health Hosts International Conference on Infectious Disease in Latin America
April 27, 2009 -- It costs 40 cents to provide the penicillin that can successfully treat a mother with syphilis during pregnancy and avoid the complications of congenital syphilis in her baby. Why then, has there been an increase in the number of children suffering from this disease in Latin America?
Showing Gratitude Through Charity
March 23, 2009 -- After a massive earthquake ravaged her home province of Sichuan, China last May, Xiaoli Zhang experienced an outpouring of generosity from around the world, including the opportunity to study at UAlbany. In return, Zhang wants to show her gratitude to the community that welcomed her after such devastation.
UAlbany Students Extract a Real-World Experience
March 16, 2009 -- UAlbany students Reena Patel, Mariam Sharifipour, and Christopher Theall saw firsthand on a trip to Mexico how having access to good dental care is not taken for granted in other parts of the world.
Earthquake Survivors Find Hope at UAlbany
Six students from China whose lives were disrupted by the May 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province have found hope studying at UAlbany this year. Their presence is part of a SUNY-wide effort to help 150 students who survived the earthquake.
University at Albany Solidifies Partnership with Tula State
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 21, 2009) -- University at Albany Interim President George M. Philip recently signed an agreement with Rector Nadezhda A. Shaidenko, of Tula State Pedagogical University of Russia, to deepen and expand collaborative efforts between the two universities.
UAlbany Doctoral Student Travels to Namibia as Fulbright Scholar
Grad student will research African country's liberation struggle
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 20, 2009) -- University at Albany doctoral student David Jones, Department of History, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research the liberation struggles in Namibia during the 1970s and 1980s.
UAlbany Education Professor Travels to China as Fulbright Scholar
December 23, 2008 -- University at Albany Education Professor David Yun Dai was named a Fulbright Scholar, joining an accomplished group of higher-education faculty and professionals traveling abroad for the 2008-09 academic year. Dai is conducting teacher surveys on inquiry-based learning in China as part of the country's educational reform efforts.
UAlbany Student Wins Prestigious Gilman Scholarship to Study in Cairo
Every year, several UAlbany students benefit from the many available grants and scholarship programs, providing them the opportunity to study abroad. One of the most prestigious and highly competitive, the congressionally funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, was won by Kristina Kharouba, allowing her to study in Cairo, Egypt, during the Fall 2006 semester.
UAlbany Grad Acts Globally to Better the World
By Greta Petry (July 16, 2007) -- Huh: "We Had to Do Something"
University at Albany graduates think and act globally, and use their talents to better the world.
Several years ago, Hallym University Graduate School of Social Welfare Dean Nam Soon Huh was shocked by articles in the South Korean newspapers about the hardships faced by the growing number of children being raised in poverty.
UAlbany Visited by East China Normal University Delegation
ALBANY, N.Y. (July, 2007) –July UAlbany was very pleased to welcome 30 faculty members from The School of Foreign Languages at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. For 5 1/2 weeks, beginning July 13th, 2007, they were engaged in a collaborative study program organized jointly by the Office of International Education and the School of Education. A wide range of activities and instruction was prepared to enhance their ability to teach English as a foreign Language to college students in China.
Spring '07 Language and Culture Scholarship Recipients
The end of the 2006 calendar year brought great joy to four lucky study abroad students in the form of a generous Language and Culture Scholarship, made possible by a generous donation to the Office of Study Abroad & Exchanges by a family who wishes to remain anonymous.
UAlbany and Moscow State Mark 30 Years of International Cooperation
Moscow State University
The University at Albany and Moscow State University (MSU) celebrate 30 years of a collaborative partnership on May 15.
"This is like a 30th wedding anniversary for us," said Vice Provost for International Education Ray Bromley. "It has been a long and fruitful partnership between two major universities that has involved many faculty and students." More>>