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President Kermit L. Hal

President Hall Emphasizes the Importance of the Student Experience
(May 6, 2005)
President Kermit L. Hall called for "a little home cooking, some basic planning, and some recalibration," in his first spring address to the University at Albany faculty April 27 in the Campus Center Ballroom. "I offer this view while keeping in mind Mark Twain's observation that 'I am all for progress, but it is change that I can't stand,' " the president joked. Then he turned to serious issues. More>>
Hall's complete speech is available at:

UAlbany Wins Funding in NYS Budget
(May 6, 2005)
The University at Albany will receive critical funding for important needs, including the completion of the Life Sciences Research Building, the new Entry/Admissions Building, and the Gen*NY*Sis Cancer Research Center, under the recently approved 2005-'06 New York State budget. More>>

From left, moderator Laurie Reilly,Nick Chiucholo, Brianne Myers, Esmerelda Hoscoy, Don Boyce, Mike Reynolds, and Ben Shotten.

Students Voice Their Concerns
(May 6, 2005)
"If we want to meet the needs of our students, we need to do whatever we can to understand those needs," said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Christine Bouchard, the event organizer. "The 'Voice of the Students' is a great way to help us pay closer attention to those needs and concerns." More>>

Elias J. Corey

Elias J. Corey Receives Honorary Doctorate
(May 6, 2005)
Elias J. Corey, the 1990 recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from the University at Albany during an honorary degree convocation April 25 in the Life Sciences Research Building. President Kermit L. Hall hosted the event. More>>

School of Criminal Justice Hosts First Albany Symposium on Crime and Justice
(May 6, 2005)
The first Albany Symposium on Crime and Justice, hosted by the School of Criminal Justice, brought experts from around the world April 28-29 to UAlbany's main campus. More>>

Doctoral student Christopher Wells with his mentor, chemistry professor John Welch.

CNSE, Chemistry, RPI Team Up with Wells
(May 6, 2005)
Christopher Wells, 26, a third-year doctoral chemistry student from Lake George, N.Y., "likes to boldly go where no one has gone before," to paraphrase a line from "Star Trek." More>>

Danes after Dark
(May 6, 2005)
One of the ways the University at Albany has addressed the party school label is by offering late night alcohol-free activities in a pilot program this semester called Danes after Dark. More>>

'Roads' Scholar Tour May 16
(May 6, 2005)
New faculty will join President Kermit L. Hall on a Roads Scholar Tour Monday, May 16, designed to introduce them to the Capital Region. The group, accompanied by Interim Provost Jeryl Mumpower, Professor of Geography and Planning John Pipkin and several UAlbany students, will travel first to Schenectady High School, where the professors will teach their special areas of expertise to high school students. They will then travel to the state Capitol, where Assemblyman Jack McEneny (D-Albany) will give them a tour. More>>

Greater Faculty Participation Encouraged at Commencement
(May 6, 2005)
President Kermit L. Hall is requesting full faculty turnout at Commencement Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. More>>

From left, Alan J. Lizotte, executive director, the Hindelang Center, Ruth D. Peterson, Ph.D., and School of Criminal Justice Dean Julie Horney.

Inequality in Crime across Place: Exploring the Role of Segregation
(May 6, 2005)
Ruth D. Peterson, Ph.D., professor of sociology and director of the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University, focused on the effect of segregation on patterns of crime at this year’s Michael J. Hindelang lecture April 7 in Milne Hall. More>>

Internal Controls
(May 6, 2005)
President Kermit L. Hall’s plan to revamp and reactivate the University at Albany’s Internal Controls Program has begun, with the names of members proposed for a new Internal Controls Steering Committee. More>>

Parking Issues
(May 6, 2005)
Vice President for Finance and Business Kathryn Lowery has proposed creating a standing Parking, Transportation, and Navigation Commission. More>>

Edgardo Sosa

UAlbany's Edgardo Sosa Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
(May 5, 2005)
UAlbany junior Edgardo Sosa says his selection as a Goldwater Scholar is "a dream come true." More>>













Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Eloise Brière was elected at the Modern Language Association's December 2004 convention to represent the Division of Francophone Literature in the MLA Delegate Assembly. She will serve a three-year term.

A grant from Québec's Ministry of Foreign Affairs allowed the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to invite Haitian author Marie-Célie Agnant to UAlbany for a one-day residency April 27. Agnant, who writes prose fiction, poetry, and children's literature and now resides in Montréal, visited an intermediate French class where students were reading her novel, Le Livre d'Emma, and a graduate seminar. Her afternoon public lecture addressed the situation of French Caribbean women.

Edward Schwarzschild, an assistant professor of English, has published his first novel. Responsible Men (Algonquin) tells the story of a 41-year-old salesman, Max Wolinsky, his business, and his family relationships. As a boy, Schwarzschild accompanied his father, a textile salesman, on road trips. The older man encouraged his son not to follow in his footsteps, but "to do something better."

Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Practice Joseph Bowman, Jr., was one of 16 State University of New York Educational Opportunity Center graduates honored at the first-ever EOC Distinguished Alumni Awards event in Albany Feb. 20. Bowman, a UAlbany alumnus, also directs UAlbany's Center for Urban Youth and Technology. Also in February, Bowman received the 2005 Johnson Communications/ Palace Theatre Community Service Award for working to improve the lives of Capital Region children and families.

Robert J. Gluck and his collaborator, visual artist Cynthia Beth Rubin, recently displayed their multimedia work "Layered Histories" at the Jewish Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. The exhibit, the imaginary story of a 13th-century illuminated Hebrew manuscript now known as the Bible of Marseilles, allowed visitors to create "unique combinations of sound and image that reflect the manuscript's possible journeys," noted Gluck, director of UAlbany's electronic music studio. "Layered Histories" has also been shown this year at major arts and music conferences in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Providence, R.I.

Gov. George Pataki recognized Assistant Professor of Nanoengineering Fatemah (Shadi) Shahedipour-Sandvik for her contributions to scientific research at the 10th Annual Women of Excellence Awards, held in conjunction with Women's History Month. Shahedipour-Sandvik, a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, specializes in optoelectronics and compound semiconductors. She recently was awarded a $150,000 grant from General Electric Corp. to fund research in developing next-generation devices for lighting and power applications.

Associate Professor Emeritus of History DeWitt C. Ellinwood, Jr., has published Between Two Worlds: A Rajput Officer in the Indian Army, 1905-21 (Hamilton Books). The book describes both the British governmental and military society and the regional Rajasthan aristocracy of 20th-century colonial India.

Ian Davidson and Sekharipuram Ravi of the Department of Computer Science received "best paper" honors from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for "Clustering With Constraints: Feasibility Issues and the k-Mean Algorithm." The paper, one of 278 submitted for consideration, was singled out for recognition at SIAM's 2005 International Data Mining Conference, held in April in Newport Beach, Calif.

"Molding Atomic Structures into Intermediate-Resolution Cryo-EM Density Maps of Ribosomal Complexes Using Real-Space Refinement," a paper by Professor Joachim Frank and his colleagues from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Health Research, Inc., at the Wadsworth Center and the Department of Biomedical Sciences wrote the paper, was published in the March 2005 issue of the journal Structure.

Margaret Reich is now director of International Student Services in UAlbany's Office of International Education. Other recent appointees include Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges James Pasquill; International Student Adviser Annie Heavener; and Linda Miller, secretary.