academic research


Fri June 20, 2014
Academic Research

Playing youth sports a sign of career success?

Joseph Gilbert via Flickr

Earning a varsity letter in high school for playing sports will mean better jobs and increased philanthropy later in life. That's the consensus of new research from Cornell University.

Two coinciding studies looked at the success of people who played a sport in school. The first asked potential employers and co-workers to look at extra-curricular activities of potential hires.

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Sat September 21, 2013

New study links excessive copper intake to Alzheimer's

Copper is an important aspect of proper nutrition, and vital for us to maintain a healthy body. But a group of upstate New York researchers have concluded too much copper in our diet could be a contributing factor in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Tap water coming through copper pipes, fruits, vegetables, red meat and nuts; these are all sources of copper that we consume on a daily basis.

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Thu September 5, 2013

Digital tools helping to keep off the "Freshman 15"

Jeremy Wilburn Creative Commons License

It used to be the "Freshman 5." Now it’s the "Freshman 15." But students who started college this fall now have new digital tools available to help them stay healthy.

On-demand digital health information being provided by colleges seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergraduates can put on.

Dietician Colleen Dour evaluated the effectiveness of a computer-based wellness program in a study for Syracuse University. The program focuses on wellness and body image, rather than dieting.

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Wed July 3, 2013

Nationwide research project enlists public to help collect water data

Instructions for "CrowdHydrology"
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

Mobile technology has created some new opportunities for citizen scientists to play an active part in research, especially with tighter budgets. Now a nationwide project is enlisting the public to gather up-to-date information on water levels.

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Wed June 5, 2013
Higher Ed

Central New York colleges win SUNY 2020 grant

A group of central New York public colleges is among the winners of the governor's second round of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.

The state's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Upstate Medical University and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and SUNY Oswego teamed up for the program.

They were awarded $15 million to start an institute of environmental health and medicine.

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Thu May 16, 2013

Research torpedo away: vehicle collecting data on Lake Ontario

Mike Satchwell from SUNY-ESF launches a research vehicle into Lake Ontario as Russ Miller from the University of Michigan looks on.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A small cylinder armed with research equipment is bobbing through Lake Ontario this week. It’s collecting data from a seasonal temperature barrier known as a thermal bar.

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Fri April 12, 2013

Research study could lead to new test for colon cancer

Dr. David Halleran is participating in a nationwide study of a new way to screen for colon cancer.

Researchers at Upstate Medical Center are helping in a nationwide study that could change the way people are screened for colon cancer, and the potential to change the way one of the most dreaded medical screening tests is used.

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Wed April 10, 2013

Report says state’s energy could be almost 100% renewable by 2030

Wind turbines in Wyoming County
WBFO file photo

A recent study outlines a scenario that would see New York state’s energy infrastructure based on close to 100 percent renewable sources by the year 2030.

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Sat April 6, 2013

Wearable sensors could unlock secrets to epilepsy, stress and autism

Picard attaches a wrist band with a sensor in it to a student to measure his emotions and physical reactions
Sue Weisler/RIT

It’s exactly what it sounds like. "Wearable technology" involves sensors that are worn in something like a bracelet that gather information and sends the data to a computer via Bluetooth. This technology is now being developed for use across a range of health-related applications. New research suggests that it could be used to help prevent seizures in people living with epilepsy.

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Fri April 5, 2013

Images of the brain could unlock learning difficulties

Brain and cognitive sciences research assistants talk to 4-year-old Mason Ray
University of Rochester

Researchers in western New York have been using brain scans to add to our understanding of how humans comprehend numbers. The new data could have implications in diagnosing learning disabilities earlier on, and aid in our understanding of why some kids struggle at school.

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Thu April 4, 2013

SU among those chosen to be NASA competition sites

Syracuse University is one of two upstate universities have been chosen as host sites for the international NASA space apps challenge. The challenge, taking place this month, brings together collaborators in 41 different countries to solve some of the toughest challenges facing space exploration and society.

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Tue March 19, 2013

Deaths from Alzheimer's disease increasing in the region

More and more people across the country are dying from Alzheimer's disease -- and central New York is not immune to the trend.

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Fri February 22, 2013

Researchers conduct first major earthquake simulation in New York state

An unreinforced masonry wall on the left, compared with a reinforced wall on the right.
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

Researchers from the University at Buffalo conducted the state's first large-scale earthquake simulation on Tuesday to determine how prone unreinforced masonry walls are to quake damage.

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Fri January 25, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Cuomo lays out innovation agenda

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to form an innovation network and a $50 million state-run venture capital fund.
Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a number of efforts in his 2013 agenda to encourage the commercialization of academic research and boost entrepreneurship, including a venture capital fund and network of incubators, which are seen as mechanisms to boost economic growth.

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Sat January 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

Researcher looks to make firefighters' work a bit easier

Tyler Hale, a firefighter in Cayuga Heights, tested leather and rubber boots to measure their effects on joint and muscle movement.
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

Tyler Hale is a 25-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department. Wires connecting small plastic sensors snake up his arms and legs and down his back and Huiju Park, an assistant professor at Cornell University, directs Hale through a series of movements.

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Thu January 17, 2013

Clarkson team hopes autism research could lead to earlier diagnosis

Doctoral student Izabela Sokolowska demonstrates the mass spectrometer, one of the pieces of equipment the Clarkson University team uses to study proteins in autistic children.
Credit Joanna Richards

About one in 88 children in America are thought to have some form of autism. Usually, the illness that affects communication and social abilities is diagnosed when autistic children show slower language development than other kids. But a team at Clarkson University in Potsdam is hoping their research into the disease might make earlier diagnosis and intervention possible.

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Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Governor proposes creating "innovation hot spots"

In his third State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a new initiative to create ten "Innovation Hot Spots" - areas where startup businesses can receive support, access venture capital and possibly tax breaks.

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Fri December 28, 2012

Reasearchers working on dyalisis machine small enough to hold in your hand

Imagine a dialysis machine small enough that a patient could wear it. A super-thin filtering material may allow researchers at the University of Rochester to revolutionize dialysis for patients with kidney disease.

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Fri December 28, 2012

Smart phones of the future may be able to identify human emotions

Remember the mood ring? Well the smart phone of the future may be able to identify your mood based on the sound of your voice.

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Tue December 18, 2012

UAlbany expands research into RNA

Most of us know all about DNA, the genetic building blocks that make us unique. But in recent years, there’s a lot of interest in RNA— a molecule that controls how our genes are expressed.

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Thu December 13, 2012

New stem cell facility to be available to scientists statewide

The new facility is built as a 'clean room' with no outside contaminants allowed in
Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

A new facility in upstate New York is being touted as the ‘bridge’ from research to stem cell therapies that could potentially cure conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and spinal damage.

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Tue December 11, 2012

Study finds mercury levels dropping in Atlantic Ocean

Mercury levels among fish caught in the Atlantic Ocean are dropping, but it's not the same case for fish from the Pacific Ocean.

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Sat November 24, 2012

Does watching TV reruns create better mental health?

The growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is one of main reasons folks in western New York have hope for the region's economic future. Entrepreneurs are trying to translate research into new businesses that sell the next big thing in medicine. But not all research at the campus will cure cancer or create a corporation. Some experiments focus on aspects of life that are less life-or-death.

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Thu November 22, 2012

Law school program helps bring research to the market, for free

Syracuse University law professor Ted Hagelin lectures during his course on technology commercialization.
Credit NYS Science & Technology Law Center

Law students have often been used to help solve so-called "cold-cases," but criminal law isn’t the only place their skills are being put to use. Syracuse University law school professor Ted Hagelin's class focuses on the cutting edge of technology.

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Thu October 25, 2012

Senate's "innovation banks" would help commercialize research

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seen here this summer, is promoting a bill to create "innovation banks".
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, is hoping to build a better bridge between academic research and the commercial market. On Wednesday, Gillibrand stopped in Buffalo and Syracuse to continue stumping for the America Innovates Act. The bill would put $200 million into "innovation banks" that could be then given to researchers to help further develop their inventions.

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Thu August 16, 2012

Study finds high risk to drinking water from fracking wastewater

Each shale natural gas well requires millions of gallons of water to be fracked.
Matt Richmond WSKG

A new study on managing wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing finds the biggest risk of contamination to drinking water supplies occurs during the disposal process.

The report is by Stony Brook University and was published this month in the journal "Risk Analysis."

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Thu July 26, 2012

Scientists uncover hidden history of polar bears

Scientists now believe polar bears have existed for over four million years, having endured many periods of climate change before.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public domain

It all started with a fossil.

“We have this polar bear jawbone from the Svalbard archipelago in the North Atlantic,” says Charlotte Lindqvist, a professor at SUNY Buffalo and lead author of a landmark new study into the history of polar bears.

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