CAS Award Winners for the University at Albany President’s Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement


  • Breathing Lights, Department of Art and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences. Associate Professor Adam Frelin, the lead artist, partnered with the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy and numerous civic organizations on the project.
  • Healthy Historic Walking Paths, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences. Assistant Professor Maeve Kane was the lead on the project. Kane’s students developed a series of self-guided walking tours through a number of Albany’s historic neighborhoods and produced a website and mobile app for the project. In its first year, logged over 10,000 visitors. Kane worked with Orville Abrahams, director of Community Development, Capital District YMCA.


  • John Delano – A Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences, Delano has worked throughout his academic career to bring emerging scientific research in astrobiology to community audiences, as well as to assist high school science teachers improve science instruction. Receiving a lifetime achievement award, Delano has inspired generations of STEM researchers.
  • Gary Kleppel – Biology Professor Gary Kleppel has been a long-standing advocate for sustainable agriculture and local food systems, strengthening UAlbany’s ties with the local agricultural community and using his own farm as a learning laboratory for students and community members.
  • Schoharie Archaeological Field School, College of Arts & Sciences, Sean M. Rafferty (Anthropology Associate Professor, Anthropology Department) – UAlbany and N.Y.S. Museum researchers are excavating an archaeological site in Central Bridge, N.Y., and have uncovered more than 350,000 artifacts that they have shared with the local community to educate about the area’s history and the importance of preserving cultural resources.


  • Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Group, Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences; Partners: Center for Problem Gambling; Capital Counseling
  • Derik Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences; Partners: Bard Prison Initiative; African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region


  • University in the High School, College of Arts & Sciences; Partners: ~200 participating high schools and ~500 participating teachers


  • Center for the Humanities, Arts and Technosciences, College of Arts & Sciences; Partners: Albany Institute of History & Art; The Albany Academies; Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau; William K. Sanford Town Library; UAlbany Libraries; UAlbany Foundation
  • Women’s Health Project, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities; Partners: Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood

U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

This federal program recognizes colleges and universities for their role in addressing public issues and promoting civic engagement among students. The exemplars below were selected for an annual application to illustrate UAlbany's commitment to public engagement.


  • Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, University at Albany
  • Psychological Services Center


  • Master’s in Regional Planning Program


  • Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

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