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From left to right: Chittibabu Guda, Igor Kuznetsov, Scott Tenenbaum, Paulette McCormick, Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, Thomas Begley, and Doug Conklin. (See story for full photo)President Ryan to Faculty: UAlbany Maintains High Standards; Will Meet Challenges in the Coming Year
(November 5, 2004)
Highlighting campus successes and challenges, Interim President John R. Ryan updated the University at Albany community October 28 on student enrollment, sponsored funds performance, and budget issues in his fall speech. More>> | Complete text of speech >>
Chemists, psychologists, computer scientists, bilogists, and physicists will work together in the University at Albany's new Life Sciences Research Building, whcih opened October 13.

Life Sciences Research Building Opens
(November 5, 2004)
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky when Interim President John R. Ryan opened the University at Albany’s new $78 million Life Sciences Research Building (LSRB) October 13. More>>


Paul LeonardLeonard Named School of Business Dean
(November 5, 2004)
Interim Provost Jeryl L. Mumpower has announced the appointment of Paul Leonard as dean of the School of Business, effective November 1. The appointment will run through the balance of this academic year and the following two academic years. More>>

UAlbany and Capital News 9 Town Hall Meeting Covers Voter Apathy, Gay Rights, the DraftUAlbany and Capital News 9 Town Hall Meeting Covers Voter Apathy, Gay Rights, the Draft
(November 5, 2004)
A special edition of Capital News 9's "Capital Tonight" on the eve of the election featured a town-hall style exchange between students, elected officials, and University faculty. View the video recap>> View archived broadcast of the event>>

English Professor Ronald Bosco, winner of The Thoreau Society Medal, was recently named Distinguished Professor.Bosco Honored with Thoreau Society Medal
(November 5, 2004)
At The Thoreau Society annual meeting in July in Concord, Mass., Ronald A. Bosco, a member of the UAlbany faculty since 1975 and Distinguished Service Professor of English and American Literature since 1992, was presented with The Thoreau Society Medal, the society’s highest award. More>>

Interim President John R. Ryan and facultyPresident Ryan Announces Awards
(November 5, 2004)
Interim President John R. Ryan announced that three University at Albany professors have been promoted by the SUNY Board of Trustees to the highest rank within the State University of New York, that of Distinguished Professor. The three are: Edna Acosta-Belen of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Lance F. Bosart of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; and Ronald Bosco of the Department of English. More>>

Longtime Employees and Retiring Faculty and Staff Honored at Luncheon
(November 5, 2004)
Retiring faculty and staff, and employees with many years of service are honored at Employee Recognition Luncheon. More>>

Barnes & Noble College Bookstore Scholarship Event
(November 5, 2004)
Standing from left to right: Julia Fillipone, executive director of the University Auxiliary Services; Dixie Botts and Chris Ranc of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores; and Kim Gregory of University Advancement. Seated: Leah McLawrence; Carol Bullard, assistant vice president for Corporate & Foundation Relations; Megan Carr; Jen Chow, Regional Manager for Barnes & Noble College Bookstores; Kristen Bianchino; and Matthew Haller.

Standing from left to right: Julia Fillipone, executive director of the University Auxiliary Services; Dixie Botts and Chris Ranc of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores; and Kim Gregory of University Advancement. Seated: Leah McLawrence; Carol Bullard, assistant vice president for Corporate & Foundation Relations; Megan Carr; Jen Chow, Regional Manager for Barnes & Noble College Bookstores; Kristen Bianchino; and Matthew Haller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On September 29, the University at Albany held a luncheon at the Patroon Room in honor of this year’s recipients of the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore Book Scholarships. Ranging from $500 to $1,000 per year, these book scholarships are available due to the generosity of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores. Jen Cho, regional manager of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, attended the luncheon, where the students had the opportunity to meet and thank him in person. Several University administrators also attended the luncheon to meet the scholarship recipients and convey their thanks and appreciation to the scholarship sponsors.

   


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The following University at Albany professors have been awarded a 2004-2005 Fulbright Scholar grant: Anthony Deblasi, associate professor of East Asian studies, who will conduct research on “Purifying Communities: Monastic Reform in Premodern China” at the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing, China, from January to July 2005; Richard F. Hamm, associate professor of history, who will be a distinguished lecturer on “American History Through Legal History” at the University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany for the academic year; and Christopher Smith, a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, who will lecture and conduct research on the “Environment and Culture in Urban Contexts” at Chinese University of Hong Kong through August 2005.

Distinguished Professor Judith Langer of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, has been named by the State University of New York to its University-wide Honorary Degree Committee for a three-year term.

Professor Joachim Frank of the Department of Biomedical Science in the School of Public Health, is co-author of an article that was published in the August 20 issue of Cell 118/4. Title of the article is “Cryo-EM Visualization of a Viral Internal Ribosome Entry Site Bound to Human Ribosomes: the IRES Functions as an RNA-Based Translation Factor.” The research has potential impact in two areas: it contributes to the understanding of how the ribosome works in eukaryotes, and to the development of drugs that interfere with the interaction of viral IRES with the human ribosome. One of the important findings is that the IRES from cricket paralysis virus interacts with the ribosome in a very similar way as IRES from hepatitis C virus, which is in the same class as poliovirus. Further characterization of the binding interaction, along with high-resolution information on the structure of the human ribosome, could lead to the development of anti-viral drugs that block IRES-ribosome interaction for a number of viruses, and thus prevent those viruses from replicating.

Eminent plant scholars from around the world converged in the D’Ambra Auditorium of the new Life Sciences Research Building October 15-17 for a conference organized by UAlbany Professor of Biological Sciences Dmitry Belostotsky and Alice Cheung of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Frontiers in Sexual Plant Reproduction II. Belostotsky said, “Among the participants were the members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society, and many premier researchers from academia and plant biotech companies from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Berel Lang has been awarded a Lady Davis Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the spring and summer terms, 2005. The project for which the fellowship was awarded is Minorities in a Majority World: From Genocide to Group Rights. Two books by Lang are scheduled for publication in December, 2004: Post-Holocaust: Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and the Claims of History (Indiana University Press); and A Holocaust Reader (Basil Blackwell), co-edited with Simone Gigliotti. Lang is also serving on the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association and is chair of the APA Committee on Lectures, Research, and Publications.

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