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UAlbany students Jordan Scott and Lynne Merrihew were featured on Serbian television after working on restoring a figural mosaic of the Roman god Mercury at Sremska Mitrovica. Department of Art and Art History Professor Michael Werner looks on.UAlbany Students Become First American Students to Restore Ancient Roman Mosaic in Serbia
ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 12, 2014) -- Lynne Merrihew and Jordan Scott, two University at Albany undergrads from the Department of Art and Art History, traveled to Serbia this summer to work on a pilot internship restoring mosaic pavements from the Sirmium Roman Imperial Palace in the historic town of Sremska Mitrovica. Scott, a sophomore anthropology major from Rochester, N.Y., heard about the internship from Art and Art History Professor Michael Werner. It was Scott’s first trip abroad. “The internship gave me confidence as a future archaeologist,” said Scott, who plans to become a museum curator and an archaeologist.

Ryan Torn (left) of the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, is the recent recipient of a NOAA grant to improve prediction of tropical cyclone intensity and structure. He stands with department chair Christopher Thorncroft. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)Six UAlbany Atmospheric Scientists Receive Federal Grants to Aid Extreme Weather Prediction and Alleviate Global Water Crisis
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 30, 2014) — An array of recent federal government awards to University at Albany atmospheric scientists aim at improving the prediction of extreme weather events and addressing the management of critical water resources, both locally and globally.

UAlbany sociologist Samantha Friedman. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)UAlbany Sociologist on Fulbright Researches Residential Segregation in Turkey
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 9, 2014) – University at Albany associate professor and sociologist Samantha Friedman is in Turkey on a Fulbright Scholarship this academic year, examining residential segregation by socioeconomic status (SES) across the country’s provinces and districts and comparing it to such segregation in the United States. According to Friedman, the United States and Turkey have levels of income inequality that are higher than the world average and the study of such stratification as reflected in geographic space is an important yet understudied topic. “This is particularly the case in Turkey, where since 2002, the GDP levels have more than tripled, and Turkey has become the 16th largest economy in the world,” she said.

Life-Changing Spring Break at UAlbany

University at Albany students learn the true meaning of 'Pura Vida' as they participate in the alternative spring break trip to Costa Rica sponsored by the Office of International Education.

 Bruce Svare has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to assist Thailand's universities with curriculum development and the expansion of undergraduate and graduate psychology programs. (Photo by Mark Schmidt) UAlbany’s Svare Headed to Thailand on Fulbright Grant
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 11, 2014) – University at Albany Psychology Professor Bruce Svare has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to assist the Thailand higher education system in developing a contemporary psychology program of study.


From left, Umaru Barrie and Temitope Omoladun graduate from UAlbany after stellar academic performance, extensive community service work, and having led a May 5 rally to raise awareness about the kidnapping of more than 230 Nigerian schoolgirls. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)  UAlbany Graduates Share Learned Knowledge to Improve Medical Care Abroad
ALBANY, N.Y. (May, 2014) –When they cross the stage at the University at Albany Commencement on May 18, seniors Temitope [pronounced Tem-ee-to-pay] Omoladun and Umaru Barrie will be one step closer to fulfilling their dreams. Omoladun, of Staten Island, and Barrie, of Harlem, have pages and pages of community engagement experience in their profiles, driven by a dedication to justice and giving back to the community. Both place a high premium on the value of their education at UAlbany.

Graduating public policy major Kim Segura, on the Downtown Campus. (Photo by Mark Schmidt) Daughter of Immigrants, Rockefeller College Grad Seeks to Strengthen the Bonds between U.S., Latin America
ALBANY, N.Y. (May, 2014) – With her parents and grandparents looking on, Kimberly Segura, had the honor of carrying the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy flag in UAlbany's graduation procession on May 18. She was also proudly carrying the hopes and dreams of a family whose love, courage and sacrifice have been a constant source of inspiration to her.

Adarley Grando, far right, poses during his junior year of studying computer science at UAlbany with, from left, Kenta Nakao, a two-year UAlbany exchange student from Japan, and fellow Brazilian students Rafael Araujo; Rodolfo Viana; Leonardo Gonçalves; Nathalia Cruz; Rafaella Silva; Eduardo de Barros. (Photo courtesy of Adarley Grando)Study Abroad Program Opens Up STEM Opportunities for Brazilian Students
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 11, 2014) — For years, Leonardo Gonçalves de Oliveira of Santo Antônio da Platina, Paraná State, Brazil, aspired to study mathematics in the United States, but was unable to pursue his path due to financial circumstances.

Paul Cezanne's "Peaches, Pears and Grapes." The SUNY Center of Innovation on Standards and Solutions for Object Identification Technologies in the Global Art and Collectibles Industry will develop industry-accepted identification and authenticity standards. University at Albany to Serve as International Center of Innovation for Art and Collectibles Industry
ALBANY, N.Y. (MARCH 6, 2014) -- ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII), and the University at Albany announced today an initiative that will revolutionize the global arts and collectibles industry by developing industry-accepted identification and authenticity standards.


UAlbany is hosting a special conference highlighting the impact of Middle Eastern women both in the region and abroad. UAlbany Conference Focuses on the Role and Impact of Middle Eastern Women
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 18, 2013) -- The University at Albany is hosting a weeklong conference highlighting the cultural roles of Middle Eastern women from Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Oct. 25. Organized by UAlbany’s Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, The conference on "Women of the Middle East" will include a series of events highlighting the impact of women on democracy, performing arts, literature, higher education and human rights.

Emmerline Francesca Nelson in Kenya with some children.Emmerline Francesca Nelson Tells of her Experiences in Kenya, Africa in her 'Own Words'
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 16, 2013) –  I studied abroad in the beautiful city of Nairobi, Kenya located in East Africa in the spring of 2013. I have always desired to study abroad but I believed that I lacked funding to do so. However, I put all of my doubts and negative thoughts aside and decided to visit the study abroad fair during the Fall semester of 2012. I learned about KEI (Knowledge Exchange Institute) in partnership with SUNY Albany’s study abroad program offered at the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi, Kenya. At that moment I promised myself that I would do anything in my power to participate in the program.

UAlbany students learned about Brazilian business on a new summer study abroad trip.UAlbany Teams Up with South American University to Learn about Brazilian Economy
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 1, 2013) –  The University at Albany has teamed up with Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paolo, Brazil, to offer its students a new summer study abroad program. Fourteen UAlbany students and recent graduates recently returned to the region from the inaugural trip to South America, where they learned about Brazilian business and its economy

Fresh Perspective: A Dialogue with the Tutu Sisters, featuring the daughters of renowned activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 23, 2013) — On September 23, the downtown campus welcomed Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, daughters of South African social rights activist and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu as part of Celebrate and Advance, the University's celebration that led up to the inauguration of UAlbany's 19th President, Robert J. Jones, PhD.

Ice floes, Arctic OceanUAlbany Study Predicts an Ice-free Arctic by the 2050s
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 8, 2013) — Accelerated climate warming propelled by greenhouse gas emissions could bring an ice-free September to the Arctic by 2054, a University at Albany scientist predicts.

UAlbany climatologist Mathias VuilleUAlbany Scientist is Reconstructing Thousand-Year History of the South American Summer Monsoon
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 8, 2013) — Mathias Vuille leads a team of scientists that will use ice core data from the Quelccaya Ice Cap in the Peruvian Andes to produce a comprehensive climatological history aimed at helping the continent forecast and prevent massive destructiveness from droughts and floods.The study is supported by the National Science Foundation.

UAlbany Atmospheric Scientist Leads NASA Mission to Study the Effects of Aerosols on our Atmosphere
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 7, 2013) — UAlbany Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Professor Fangqun Yu is leading a group of researchers to study aerosols in the atmosphere and their effects on chemical processes impacting air quality, radiation, atmospheric chemistry, and the Earth’s climate — a critical step forward in predicting future climate patterns on Earth.

UAlbany scientist and researcher David R. Fitzjarrald in his office.UAlbany Fulbright Researcher, Brazilian University Collaborate to Analyze Deforestation in the Amazon Rain Forest
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 5, 2013) – David Fitzjarrald, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Environmental Sciences at UAlbany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), will collaborate with scientists at the University of Western Pará (UFOPa), Santarém, Brazil, to analyze Amazon rain forest measurements to assess how the climate is being affected by deforestation.

UPRM students Manuel F. Rosario-Alomar and Tatiana Quiñones-RuizUAlbany International Expert Teams Up with Puerto Rican University to Advance Groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Research
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 26, 2013) — UAlbany chemist Igor Lednev is attracting leading laboratories worldwide to collaborate on amyloid fibrils research as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease. Puerto Rican graduate students Manuel F. Rosario-Alomar and Tatiana Quiñones-Ruiz were here this summer working with Lednev.

President Jones with the Kenyan delegation.Center for International Development Hosts Kenyan Government Delegation
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 28, 2013) — UAlbany’s Center for International Development’s (SUNY/CID) Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program is hosting a delegation of senior officials from the government of Kenya, to assist them in implementing a new devolved form of government under the county’s new 2010 Constitution.

Lydia Davis, 2013 Man Booker International Prize for FictionUAlbany Professor, Writers Institute Fellow Lydia Davis wins Man Booker International Prize for Fiction
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 23, 2013) — UAlbany English Professor Lydia Davis has won one of the most prestigious awards in all of literature, the fifth Man Booker International Prize for fiction. The $93,000 award is presented every two years to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or widely available in English translation.

Lissette Acosta-Corniel Earns DoctorateUAlbany Doctoral Student Paves Way for Family in the Dominican Republic
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 19, 2013) — When Lissette Acosta-Corniel and her mother were struggling to make a new life in the United States, she made a promise to her 10-year-old sister who remained behind in the Dominican Republic, vowing to finish college and finish well. She kept that promise, graduating May 18 with a doctorate from the University at Albany.


Justice and Multiculturalism Project Explores Intersection of Diversity and Social, Criminal Justice
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 19, 2012) -- The University at Albany's School of Criminal Justice announces the "Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century" initiative, a year-long project designed to engage the community in an exploration of the wide-ranging intersection of social and criminal justice in an increasingly diverse world through a lecture and film series (presented in conjunction with the New York State Writers Institute) and panel discussions. It culminates April 2013 with a national symposium exploring issues related to gender, sexuality, sexual violence and victimization.

New Researchers Bringing Specialized Expertise to The RNA Institute
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 18, 2012) – The University at Albany welcomes four new RNA science and technology researchers this year to The RNA Institute. The scientists further expand a growing team of investigators advancing the potential of RNA research for the development and delivery of innovative medicines, vaccines and diagnostics.

UAlbany Students Join NASA Mission to Discover Why Some Storms Pack a Wallop
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 7, 2012) -- Mike Ventrice and Alan Brammer are packing their bags for a “cool” mission at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The UAlbany doctoral students will forecast when to deploy two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft into developing tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean basin.

UAlbany Junior Prepares for Year in South Korea
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 30, 2012) — In preparation for a year abroad, UAlbany junior Andrew Chang is disengaging. "The most important lesson I've learned about studying abroad is to get out of your comfort zone," said Chang, who leaves August 17 for South Korea as one of only 161 undergraduate students nationwide to participate in the prestigious Boren Scholarship for international study. During his year abroad, he will take intensive language, culture and economics courses at Korea University.

Global Service CorpUAlbany International Partner, Global Service Corp, Tanzania, Releases Annual Report
TANZANIA, Africa (July 20, 2012) — One of our international partners, Global Service Corps - Tanzania Program Office (GSC-TZ), has released its Annual Report detailing its work toward ending the spread of HIV/AIDS and promoting sustainable agriculture and food security among resource poor families. The report highlights GSC-TZ program successes, challenges, and problems faced during the year as well as lessons learned in reaching their vision, mission, and goals. Also released was a one-page summary of the 14 main community service projects that many of our own students have participated in during their GSC-TX abroad experiences.

Children Bear Greatest Burden of U.S. Deportation Policies
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 16, 2012) -- Children suffer the most serious emotional and physical consequences from U.S. deportation policies, a University at Albany researcher finds. Sociologist Joanna Dreby, in a report published this month in The Journal of Marriage and Family, finds that children in Mexican families, whether or not they have had a family member deported, were prone to emotional distress, fears of separation and associating immigration with illegal activity.

University at Albany Senior Amaury Muñoz Chosen as a Pickering Fellow
ALBANY, N.Y. (June, 2012) –University at Albany senior Amaury Muñoz is one of only 40 college and university students nationally participating in the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, a program for students aspiring to enter the United States diplomatic corps. The only student representing the State University of New York system, Muñoz will be working alongside peers from Georgetown, Columbia, New York University, Harvard, and Yale.

Nishtha Modi: Dedicated to Helping Children in Need
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 23, 2012) – Growing up in an upper middle class suburb of Mumbai, Nishtha Modi lived only a few miles from some of India's most impoverished areas. It wasn't until she left the country that she began to truly understand the imbalance that existed between the wealthy and poor.

Sam Frumkin: A Leader in Academics and Community Work
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 18, 2012) – Sam Frumkin’s time at UAlbany was about breaking down racial and socio-economic boundaries and forming relationships within various communities. Whether he was in the Dominican Republic, New Orleans, or Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood, he learned to value the ways in which society is connected.

Minhal and Mohammed Makshood: Overcoming Poverty, Civil War to Find Success
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 15, 2012) – There is no sibling rivalry between University at Albany graduates Minhal and Mohammed Makshood. Growing up in war-torn Sri Lanka, they faced overwhelming financial struggles and were separated from their father. Through it all, they remained pillars of strength for each other.

UAlbany Students Among 30 Selected Nationwide for UC Berkeley's Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Fellowship
Albany, N.Y. (May 3, 2012) - Two University at Albany juniors, Amaury Muñoz and Kalima Johnson, have been selected for the University of California Berkeley’s prestigious 2012 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute Fellowship. They are among only 30 students across the nation admitted to the fellowship program each year. UC Berkeley’s Goldman School offers the Summer Institute in policy skills to empower students to better address the needs of historically underserved communities. Students participate in a rigorous seven-week program designed to improve analytical and quantitative skills vital to success at graduate programs in public policy, international affairs and law school studies.

UAlbany Center for Women in Government Partners with State Department to Advocate for Ugandan Women in Politics
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 1, 2012) – The University at Albany's Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) is partnering with the State Department to examine ways to improve Ugandan policy decisions and retain women in public service in the African nation. The project will culminate in a retreat for women legislators in Uganda to share study findings and the formation of a Legislative Women's Caucus to provide an organizing structure for women legislators.

Albany to be Host City for Global Conference on Technology and Government Innovation
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 23, 2012) -- Leaders at the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany have announced they will be hosting the 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Albany, from October 22nd - 25th, 2012. The conference draws over 350 attendees from over 60 countries representing academia, government, industry and not-for-profit sectors. This is the first time the international conference is to be held in the United States, with previous editions being held in Estonia, China, Colombia, Egypt and Macao.

UAlbany Team's Language Analysis Program Key to Intelligence Efforts
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 16, 2012) -- A University at Albany multidisciplinary research team will develop a computer-based automated program to identify and interpret language metaphors as a means of understanding culture. The program will comb through diverse text sources in four languages to understand how metaphors are deployed and apply resulting capabilities to specific, real-life scenarios. College of Computing and Information Professor Tomek Strzalkowski is leading the interdisciplinary team of researchers, which includes College of Arts and Sciences anthropologist Aaron Broadwell and psychologist Laurie Feldman.

UAlbany Students Help to Unravel Mummy Mystery
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 28, 2012) -- The University at Albany student-run Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service will transfer two Egyptian mummies that are each almost 2,000 years old, from their home at the Albany Institute of History & Art to Albany Medical Center (AMC) on March 31 at 10 a.m. to undergo X-rays and CAT scans.

'Lost Boy' of Sudan Sheds Light on Life During African Civil War
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 26, 2012) -- During the Second Sudanese War, 12-year-old, Gabriel Wal fled across the Sahara Desert alone to escape the perils of Sudan and save his life. Subsequently, Wal spent an additional 14 years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, where people died daily from disease. At last, he escaped through the UNICEF's "Lost Boys of Sudan" program, which allowed nearly 4,000 refugees to resettle in the U.S.

UAlbany Climate Scientist Leads International Effort to Address Impact of Shrinking Andes Glaciers on Water Supplies
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 23, 2012) – University at Albany climate scientist, Mathias Vuille, will lead the development of a network of local scientists and stakeholders in four South American countries to address the impact on water supplies of shrinking glaciers in the Andes. A number of studies in recent years have documented the general retreat of glaciers in the Andes. As a result, water managers and decision makers are increasingly asking the scientific community for quantitative projections regarding future water supply.

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.

Researchers at UAlbany's Nano CollegeInternational 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.

Spanish Novelist Gonzalo Torrente Ballester 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.

Drs. Katharine Briar-Lawson and Gyun Choi, fellow deans of social welfare at the University at Albany and Hallym University, respectively, sit before the Hallym group of students visiting the Capital Region this week for a study tour of American social service agencies.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.

EALA's Rt. Hon. Abdirahim H. Abdi signs the 3-year partnership agreement at the EALA offices in Arusha, Tanzania.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 student Renee Kumaga with children at FILSECCAM Elementary School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.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 doctoral student Paulina BerriosUAlbany 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.

Aline Heffernan, left, bound for Peace Corps service in Ecuador, with Carol Whittaker, director of the SPH's Center for Global Health, in Costa Rica on a study tour. (Photo courtesy Aline Heffernan)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.

Emmanuel Adomfeh, co-founder of Third World Impact, celebrates Commencement 2011 on May 15. (Photo Mark Schmidt)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.

Fulbright logo 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.

Invisible Children image 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's Japanese Student Association is fundraising for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. 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 doctoral student Rebecca Mendelsohn will base her dissertation on research collected at the Soconusco site. 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 women's basketball coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (l) and UAlbany junior Nishtha Modi (r) accept the $25,000 check on behalf of Third World Impact. The group partnered with The Giving Circle Inc., a Saratoga-based organization, for the grant.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.

From left, Muslim Students Association officers Junaid Maqsood, vice president; Bibi Yasin, president; and Ashraf Khater, secretary. Not shown: Kamilla Hussein, treasurer. (Photo Mark Schmidt)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.

From left, UAlbany grad students Lissette Acosta-Corniel and Gabriel Guadalupe with volunteer and event sponsor Danilsa Beltre and Emiliana Burdiez, director of the social center where gifts were delivered. 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.

2010 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.

From left, Third World Impact President Nicole Slater, African Student Association officers Mazuba Kapambwe and Godfred Asa-Ntow are collecting clothing until Dec. 17 for Save Congolese Children, Corp., headed by John Muamba, far right. (Photo Mark Schmidt) 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.

Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, MPH '91, a leader in African efforts at population growth and reproductive health, will speak at the School of Public Health on Thursday, Dec. 9. 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.

UAlbany School of Criminal Justice alumni John Laub (left); and Robert Sampson, winners of the 2011 Stockholm Prize for Criminology. (Sampson photo courtesy of Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office)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 sophomore Qi FanUAlbany International Student Qi Fan is Profiled in the New York Times
Published: November 5, 2010


School of Business Associate Professor Sanjay GoelDOE 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.

The I-CHOOSE project aims to encourage consumers to support fair trade products within the NAFTA region.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.

UAlbany professor of Anthropology Lawrence SchellFulbright 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's Winston ScottUAlbany 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.


UAlbany MBA student Danny Bocanegra in AfricaDaniel 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.

Study Abroad Program Highlights Jewish History in BelarusUAlbany 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 BelarusStudy 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 BoardSPH 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 HaitiAlie 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 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 AfricaResearch by UAlbany Biologist Suggests that Genetics May Provide Clues to Reduce Illegal Chimpanzee Smuggling in AfricaResearch by UAlbany Biologist Suggests that Genetics May Provide Clues to Reduce Illegal Chimpanzee Smuggling in Africa
Professor’s research to be published in national journal BMC Ecology
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.

Pazapa helps mainstream children with disabilities.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 FundUAlbany 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.



international students 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.

mosquito 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.

UAlbany students from ChinaAnne 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.

Delivery of medication is one of the keys to helping curb complications from infectious disease in Latin America.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?

UAlbany students from ChinaShowing 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 student Reena Patel assists dentist.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.

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Earthquake Survivors Find Hope at UAlbany

Chinese Students 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 StateUniversity 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.

Fulbright Scholar, David Jones 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.


David Yun DaiUAlbany Education Professor Travels to China as Fulbright Scholar ALBANY, N.Y.
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.

University at Albany Solidifies Partnership with Tula StateUAlbany 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.

Nam Soon Huh (Photo by Mark Schmidt)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

Dr. Ziyatdinova and UAlbany students.

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>>



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