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$1.5 Million Grant to Support Northeast Regional Forensic Institute at UAlbany
(September 14, 2004)
The Northeast Regional Forensic Institute, a collaborative effort of UAlbany and the New York State Police, has received nearly $1.5 million from the National Institute of Justice to help meet the need for highly trained forensic scientists. More>>

Interim President Ryan helps students move into Indian Quad.UAlbany Welcomes Students; Offers New Programs
By Greta Petry (September 1, 2004)
This fall, the University at Albany is welcoming new first-year students, inaugurating new academic programs, welcoming 32 new faculty, and celebrating the completion of several important renovation projects. More>>

Doctoral student Anna Hartwell and biology Pr0fessor Gary Kleppel are tracking the effect of purple loosestrife on wetlands in New York State through high-tech remote sensing equipment.UAlbany Biologists Testing New Ways to Map Purple Loosestrife
By Greta Petry (September 10, 2004)
Biologists at the University at Albany are developing high-tech ways to map the distribution of plants like the ubiquitous purple loosestrife in New York State wetlands. More>>

UAlbany’s Africana Studies Program Ranked Third in the Nation
By Lisa James Goldsberry (August 24, 2004)
The master’s degree program in Africana Studies at the University at Albany has been recognized as one of the top five in the nation by Black Issues in Higher Education magazine. More>>

UAlbany Begins Recreation & Convocation Center Renovations
(September 10, 2004)
Renovations to the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC) have begun, and the $1.5 million improvement is expected to be completed by November 30, announced UAlbany Director of Athletics and Recreation Lee McElroy. More>>

Maureen Dowd Fills Page Hall at New York State Writers Institute Reading
By Greta Petry (September 17, 2004)
In a rare public appearance for the New York State Writers Institute, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd packed Page Hall Tuesday evening, Sept. 14. More>>

Partnership of U.S. Latino Scholars Unveiled at UAlbany Sept. 29
By Vinny Reda (September 10, 2004)
A new partnership among U.S. Latino scholars and other professionals from three higher education research centers within New York State aims to instill greater public understanding of the multifarious concerns and experiences of Latinos in New York State. More>>

Collins Fellows, Distinguished Teaching Professor Honored More>>

Interim Vice President for University Advancement, Vesna GjajaGjaja Named Interim Vice President for Advancement
By Greta Petry (September 10, 2004)
Interim President John R. Ryan has announced the appointment of Vesna Gjaja to the position of interim vice president for University Advancement. More>>

Thirty-two New Faculty Members Join UAlbany Community More>>

Millicent Lenz GilsonMillicent Lenz Gilson Mourned
(September 10, 2004)
UAlbany Professor Emerita of children’s literature Millicent Lenz Gilson, 68, of Menands, N.Y., died June 10 at Albany Memorial Hospice. She was a professor in the School of Information Science and Policy from 1984 to 2003. In 1982, she married Robert Gilson. More>>

UAlbany Women’s Association Seeking New Members
(September 10, 2004)
Established in 1951 by Virginia Collins as the Faculty Wives’ Club, the University at Albany Women’s Association continues to offer an opportunity for social activities with other women of the University community. All women who work at the University at Albany and the wives of UAlbany male faculty and staff are eligible to belong. The UAWA extends an invitation for new members via this article. More>>



The University Chamber Singers recently performed in Costa Rica under the direction of David Griggs-Janower of the Department of Music. The group performed at the Cartago Cathedral, the Catholic Church of Quepos, and the National Cathedral in San Jose. They also visited Manuel Antonio National Park and Arenal Volcano.

Joseph F. Zimmerman, professor of political science, is the author of Interstate Economic Relations, published by the State University of New York (SUNY) Press in July. Professor Nelson Wikstrom of Virginia Commonwealth University described the book as a “groundbreaking volume.” SUNY Press will also publish Zimmerman’s book, Congressional Preemption: Regulatory Federalism, next year.

Christine Haile, UAlbany’s chief information officer, received the “Best of New York” award in July for demonstrated leadership in management of information technology. The Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute, bestowed the award. Haile joined UAlbany in 2001 as its first chief information officer. She has campus responsibility for information technology policies, programs, and services.

The Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program was awarded a $10,000 gift from the Dominion Foundation at a July 8 reception at Alumni House. The gift will be used to advance the program’s work in alcohol and other drug prevention in college students.

Leonard A. Slade, Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies and director of the Humanistic Studies Program, has published an essay, “The Days Before Brown: Keys to Successful Education Reform,” in Education Next: Journal of Opinion and Research at Harvard University (August 2004).

Professor Robert Osuna of the Department of Biological Sciences has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Microbial Physiology and Genetics (2) Study Section, Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health through June 30, 2007. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

Min Xie, a Ph.D. student in criminal justice, was a speaker in Washington, D.C., on July 12. She was invited by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and Office on Violence Against Women to a one-day meeting of researchers and practitioners to discuss the development of a special supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on stalking.