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Bruno and HitchcockUAlbany Cancer Research Center to be Built on East Campus
State Sen. Joseph L. Bruno and President Karen R. Hitchcock announced September 19 that UAlbany will receive $22.5 million to build a cancer research center on the East Campus.

The center, known as the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, will be housed in a $45 million, 125,000-square-foot building. Half the center’s cost will come from the state’s $225 million Gen*NY*Sis science fund. The rest will be provided by the University and private business. Full Story

2002 Pulitzer Prize-winner Russo a Hit at UAlbany
If you’ve never known a Miles Roby, a Mrs. C.B. Whiting, or a Jimmy Minty, you’ve never lived in a small town. Roby, Whiting, and Minty are all characters from Empire Falls (2001, Knopf), which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Its author, Richard Russo, visited the University at Albany on September 25 to hold a seminar and read from his new collection of short stories, The Whore’s Child, as part of the New York State Writers Institute fall visiting writers series. Russo, a native of Gloversville, N.Y., now lives in Maine, the state in which the fictitious Empire Falls takes place. Full Story

George McGovern on Campus
George McGovern spoke on October 10, at 8 p.m. in Page Hall on the downtown campus. Now the first United Nations Global Ambassador on Hunger, McGovern spoke on “The Third Freedom: Ending World Hunger in our Time.” Full Story

Fighting Alcohol Abuse through ‘Social Norms’ October 16 Topic
H. Wesley Perkins, Ph.D., an expert on the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse on college campuses, will be the guest speaker at the University at Albany on Wednesday, Oct. 16, on the uptown campus. Full Story

UAlbany Inducts Five Athletes into Hall of Fame
The University at Albany inducted five former athletes into its Athletic Hall of Fame on October 5 at the 19th annual HOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC). The event was preceded by UAlbany’s Northeast Conference home football game with Wagner at 1 p.m. Full Story