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    • Annalisa Scimemi

        Annalisa Scimemi, an associate professor in biological sciences and adjunct professor in physics, is leading a five year project to which the National Science Foundation has awarded $1.24 million to answer a fundamental question in neuroscience: How are different types of memories formed and stored at different times of the day, and how are they modified by different types of cells? Read More.

    • Marlene Belfort

        Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Cape Town in recognition of her exceptional contributions to the field of molecular genetics, and for the generous support and mentorship she has offered countless other women scientists, technicians, students and even high school pupils over the years. Watch acceptance speech. Read More.

    • Melinda Larsen

        Supported by a $3.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health, Professor Melinda Larsen of Biological Sciences is leading a team of undergraduate and graduate students to research the causes and potential treatments for fibrosis.

    • 2019

      • Kristen Corbosiero

          Dr. Kristen Corbosiero was featured on the Sanctuary for Independent Media for the Women in STEM radio bucket. Listen here

      • Marlene Belfort

        • Dr. Marlene Belfort was awarded the Citizen Laureate Award for Academics on October 30, 2019.

      • 2018

        • Wendy Turner

          • Assistant professor of Biological Sciences in the University at Albany’s College of Arts and Sciences Wendy Turner shares her work in analyzing anthrax transmission among African wildlife on aUAlbany News podcast. Turner was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for this project. Read More.

          • The snowy white salt flats of Namibia's Etosha National Park are so huge, they can be seen from outer space and the nearby savannas are covered with golden grass, ideal camouflage for tawny lions who live there alongside elephants, ostriches and zebras. Etosha and Kruger National Park in South Africa will soon be the classroom and lab for University at Albany assistant biological sciences professor Wendy Turner thanks to a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant she won this month. Read More

        • Jeanette Altarriba

            Dr. Altarriba received the President's Award for Exemplary Public Engagement for Living-Learning Communities.

            Dr. Altarriba received a Transfer Advocacy Certificate of Recognition for serving as a Transfer Student Advocate.

        • Andrea Lang

            Dr. Lang received the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Early Career Leadership Academy Award.

            Dr. Lang was awarded the Judy L. Genshaft Initiatives for Women Award from the UAlbany Foundation.

        • 2017

          • Marlene Belfort

            • Dr. Belfort's student, David Bunn, was selected to receive the Outstanding Senior Award, a President’s Award for Leadership.
            • Newspaper article with magnifying glass over the word truth

              Science as tranquilizer and trailblazer

              In a world of “post-truth” where objective facts are de-valued, it would be understandable for scientists to despair. In this guest blog for Biomed Central, Marlene Belfort calls for the scientific community to be a resistance striving for truth and presents a message of hope, that despite roadblocks, science will triumph in the long run.

            • Christopher Lemon, Marlene Belfort and Matthew Stranger

              The On/Off Switch

              A recent University at Albany-led study has opened new possibilities for understanding how proteins, the workhorse molecules in cells, are regulated. Publishing in the journal Genes & Development, UAlbany researchers Christopher Lennon, Matthew Stanger and Marlene Belfort have found a new way for how protein function can be switched on or turned off.

          • Kristen Corbosiero

            • Dr. Corbosiero, along with Prof. Brian Tang, was awarded a three-year NASA grant to study the interactions between tropical and midlatitude weather systems using data collected during recent NASA field campaigns into tropical cyclones.
            • Kristen Corbosiero on All In with Chris Hayes

              Hurricane Expertise

              As Hurricane Irma leaves behind a trail of debris, historic flooding and power outages to millions across the state of Florida, the expertise of UAlbany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) has been featured on the national stage and across the globe.

              Live on MSNBC:
              On Friday night, DAES associate professor Kristen Corbosiero was interviewed live on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” from the University’s on-campus studio in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

          • Mindy Larsen

            • Dr. Larsen's MCDN Biology Ph.D. student, Kara DeSantis, was awarded best poster at the 2017 Gordon Research Conference: Salivary Glands and Exocrine Secretion.

              Dr. Larsen also became a member of the Journal of Dental Research Editorial Board.
          • Jennifer Manganello

            • In November 2017, Dr. Manganello received the APHA Everett Rogers Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of public health communication.
          • Rabi Musah

            • Rabi Musah

              Chemist Uses Blow Fly Eggs as Forensics Tool

              Death investigators may soon be able to rely on tiny insect eggs to rapidly estimate a corpse’s time-of-death.

              Blow flies are typically the first carrion insects to arrive and lay their eggs on a dead body. For forensic entomologists, determining the arrival order and growth rate of different species of blow fly eggs found on a corpse can help establish the body’s time-of-death to within a few hours.

          • Annalisa Scimemi

            • A Scimemi and student

              Study Finds a Novel Target Molecule to Help Prevent Brain Damage from Hemorrhagic Strokes

              With more than 130,000 victims nationwide, strokes are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, with a death every four minutes. But for those who survive, strokes can have a devastating impact, from loss of mobility or speech to severe brain damage.

            • Dr. Scimemi received an NSF grant from the IOS core program and organized Brain Bee and Brain Awareness Day for outreach events.

              Her PhD student has been accepted to the Neurobiology course in Woods Hole (MA). This was a very prestigious, 2-month course (06-07/2017), and only 14 students in the US were part of it.

              JP McCauley, a student of Dr. Scimemi's, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Senior Award, a President’s Award for Leadership.
          • Joanna Workman received a FRAP-A award ( to study whether the peptide hormone prolactin can mitigate behavioral, endocrine, and hippocampal structural changes during chronic stress.