Fulfilling UAlbany’s critical mission as a public research university requires research and scholarship that address the significant challenges we face locally, across the nation and around the world. Following are some of the ways UAlbany is advancing and disseminating knowledge, discovery and scholarship to benefit individuals, institutions and communities at home and abroad.
Building a Better Model
While atmospheric scientists seek to improve weather prediction models, measuring the costs of extreme weather events is a much more challenging endeavor. Flooding impacts 96 million people globally. In the U.S. alone, it causes around 89 fatalities and costs about $13.7 billion annually. Thus, accurate prediction of intense rainfall continues to be a critical scientific challenge and there remains a substantial need to better understand the decision-making risk and response during extreme events.
UAlbany Faculty Showcase Broad Spectrum of Minority Health Disparities Research
The University at Albany has been awarded a $10 million endowment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address building the capacity of graduate students, faculty and researchers in health disparities from minority populations and underrepresented groups. While the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD), a collaborative effort focusing on minority health disparities in the smaller cities and towns of New York, will lead the initiative, the transdisciplinary nature of this endeavor will encompass nearly 50 UAlbany faculty in six of the UAlbany’s nine schools and colleges.
Putting a Charge into Freight
It is hard to find any other component of the transportation system that is more varied and that involves more interacting parties than America’s freight system. Yet this complex organism, pervasive in modern life, is rarely studied, even though intelligent transportation planning and regulations involving freight traffic cannot be accomplished otherwise. Urban transportation expert Catherine Lawson is a key part of a new research effort to fill this knowledge gap.