In Brief

Blanchard to Participate in NIH Conference

Edward Blanchard, professor in the Department of Psychology, will be participating in the Technology Assessment Conference on Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches Into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia, Oct. 16 - 18, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Mary.

The meeting is part of the consensus development program at NIH which brings together biomedical investigators, practicing physicians, consumers, and others to evaluate and review the scientific soundness of a health or health-related technology.

ASCAP Honors Chadabe One More Time

Through a committment to encourage writers of serious music, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, has awarded Joel Chadabe, Department of Music, a 1995-96 ASCAP Award for his original compositions. Chadabe has received the award several times over the past two decades.

Travels to Africa, Honors at Home

Berger, Professor in the Department of History, traveled to Grahamstown, South Africa this past July for the Biennial Conference of the South African Historical Society, on a $500 travel grant awarded her by the American Council of Learned Societies.

Berger also has recently been invited to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council. She will fill one of the seven seats on the 17-member board that reflects the seven founding associations of SSRC.

New Grad Program On Winning Streak

Graduate students in the Department of Geography and Planning's new masters program in urban and regional planning (MRP) have won three statewide awards in the past year.

This year, a group of students advised by Professor Cliff Ellis won the 1995 Outstanding Student Project Award for their studio and monograph Town of Stuyvesant: Alternatives Analysis.

In 1994 a group of seven students, advised by adjunct faculty member John J. Behan, won the American Planning Association's Upstate NY Chapter's 1994 Outstanding Student Project Award for their studio and monograph Continuing the Vision: The Middle Hudson Greenway.

This spring, Joseph Burt, M.A. '95, student group leader for the Stuyvesant Project, received the New York Planning Federation's Outstanding Student Planner of the Year Award. He now works for PlanGraphics Inc., a GIS consulting firm based in Colorado.

Albany Makes U.S. News

The University has once again been recognized by a prestigious national survey as one of the nation's best higher education values.

For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the 1996 "Top 50 Best Values" for students planning to enter college lists Albany 33rd among "national universities."

"We are delighted and honored to once again be included among the top national universities by the highly-regarded U.S. News & World Report survey", says President Hitchcock.

Recently, Money magazine ranked the University #10 in the nation and second in the Northeast in its sixth annual listing of the nation's best buys in higher education.

Panel Abets Exhibit

To complement the Albany Institute of History and Art's exhibition of "Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop," the Department of Africana Studies will coordinate a panel discussion on "Race, Ethnicity and Culture in the Arts" on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Institute's auditorium, 2 - 4 p.m. The public is invited.

The panelists are Leonard A. Slade, Jr., Department of Africana Studies; Tom O'Connor, Department of Art; and Gerald Porter, Department of Educational Psychology & Statistics. Joseph A. Sarfoh, chair of the Department of Africana Studies, is the moderator.

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