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UAlbany Connections Lead Brenner to Success
When Sara Brenner first met Barack Obama, little did she know she was speaking with the future President of the United States. Brenner is completing the School of Public Health's preventive medicine residency program, which has taken her all over the country learning about everything from advocacy to using nanotechnology in medicine.

School of Public Health Hosts International Conference on Infectious Disease in Latin America
Graduate student Suniah Ayub is helping to promote a May 1 international conference at UAlbany's School of Public Health on how to fight a reported increase in congenital syphilis in Latin America.

Michael Boots: Bolstering University Support
Michael Boots sees raising funds for University at Albany programs as an obligation to future students, and a challenge he readily embraces. The senior major gifts officer is acutely aware that in this economy, convincing potential donors that a university is worth an investment is extremely complex.

Phi Beta Sigma Sleeps Out for the Homeless
Rashaun Allen and the brothers of the Mu Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., will give up their warm beds and sleep out on Collins Circle on April 23-24 to draw attention to the problem of homelessness in the Albany area.

Inspector Jennifer Fila: Climbing the Law Enforcement Ladder
Unlike some of her colleagues in the University Police Department, Inspector Jennifer Fila never expected a career in law enforcement.

A Literary Light Reclaimed from Scandal
Caroline Norton was a skilled writer and poet who fought to change the legal rights of married women in Victorian England. She is remembered primarily, however, for one thing: scandal.

Envisioning a Successful Career as a Professor
When Tia Deas found out the professor with whom she was working was moving to Singapore, she realized she had one month to finish her doctoral dissertation at the University at Albany.

UAlbany Students a Positive Force in Great Danes Give Back
On April 18, CPSP students and NYPIRG are teaming up to produce the Great Danes Give Back, a campus-wide volunteer-athon.

Earth Day at UAlbany: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
During UAlbany's Earth Day celebration on April 22, students, faculty and staff will be thinking of ways to reduce their own environmental footprint and find ways to lessen their individual impact.

Making Connections in Marketing
Some lessons can't be learned from a book. UAlbany seniors Carly Israel and Jill Simson know that from Don Purdy's Integrated Marketing Communications class, where the assignment is to draw up a marketing plan for a major company.

Brian Connelly: Success on the Court and Beyond
Senior Brian Connelly's basketball skills have taken him far on the court, including two NCAA appearances with UAlbany's Great Danes.

Opportunities for Women in Business
Through UAlbany's MBA program, Courtney Arduini of Bethlehem gained experience in an internship with Ayco, one of the nationís leading providers of comprehensive financial counseling and education services.

Salgado Heads to the Louvre
Raised in a bilingual home, Humberto Salgado learned to love languages at an early age. He now dreams of working in the United Nations. Next month, he leaves for Paris on a scholarship that will help him work toward that dream.

Learning Research Techniques Through the Study of ALS
UAlbany students are gaining research experience in Professor Li Niu's lab, helping him in his goal of finding potential drug candidates to treat neurological disorders and diseases like Lou Gehrig's Disease and stroke.  

Video Available  New York State Writers Institute: Tales of the Creative Life
In the late 70s, struggling writer and future Pulitzer prize-winner William Kennedy was inspired by a piece of bad luck. As an adjunct faculty member at the University at Albany, he'd been eager to invite a well-known author to deliver a guest lecture. When he requested the author's modest fee, he was told there was no money.

Video Available  Yo, Damien! It's Fountain Day 2009
Dressed in red and white boxing shorts and gloves, University at Albany Great Danes mascot Damien is coming out swingin' for this year's Fountain Day -- or at least splashin'.

Kevin Galuski Jr.: The Man Behind the Scenes
One of the busiest and most important behind-the-scenes figures for the University at Albany's Division I athletic program is Kevin Galuski Jr.

Kim Sigond: A Model in Community Policing
After 25 years as an officer with the University Police Department (UPD), Kim Sigond has just about seen it all. That doesn't mean Sigond thinks she has all the answers.

Tom Gebhardt: Off-Campus, On-Duty
As director of the university's Office of Personal Safety & Off-Campus Affairs and the university liaison with the neighborhoods of the city, Tom Gebhardt's everyday concern is for students who live off campus.

Sridar Chittur: Leading a Team of Scientific Discovery
At UAlbany's Cancer Research Center (CRC), scientist Sridar Chittur is surrounded by some "cool toys", as he calls them.

Keeping Memories Alive
Eight years after University at Albany alumnus Scott McGovern passed away in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, he continues to inspire and touch the lives of students at his alma mater -- all of whom McGovern has never even met.

Alexander Shekhtman: Raising the Protein Bar
The steady thrum and chirp of the pumps in the lab sound vaguely like breathing. Alexander Shekhtman moves from the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer to a computer screen. Through the spectrometer, Shekhtman is looking at protein molecules bumping into each other while still inside a living cell.

Campus Project: Buying Locally
For Biology Professor Gary Kleppel, who lives on a farm, buying locally means knowing the people who grow the fresh fruits and vegetables eaten by his family.

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