University at Albany

University at Albany

A three-day conference is underway at the University at Albany on how higher education can help in the preparation, response and recovery from events caused by climate change and extreme weather. RISE 2019, organized by the State and City Universities of New York, includes 90 institutions of higher education along with community leaders and government officials. 

Legendary rapper Rakim visits the Albany Public Library Howe Branch and the University at Albany as part of the Creative Life series, on Monday, October 28, 2019.
Patrick Dodson

William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is “near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs – perhaps the greatest – of all time within the hip-hop community” He began his career as the emcee of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim.

Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down and writing intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors.

His new book: "Sweat The Technique: Revelations On Creativity From The Lyrical Genius" follows his career from his beginnings as a teenage rapper on Long Island and offers insight into how he thinks about words, music, writing and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft.

Joe Donahue spoke with Rakim on stage on October 28th as part of UAlbany’s Creative Life series. The Creative Life is created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC.

The University at Albany is launching the nation’s first Center for Advanced Red Teaming. It will be housed in the school’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. WAMC’s Jim Levulis sat down with the Center’s Director, Gary Ackerman, and Deputy Director Brandon Behlendorf to discuss the effort.

Toni Morrison, right, and William Kennedy at the University at Albany.
UAlbany

Nobel Prize-winning novelist, essayist and social critic Toni Morrison has died. And she is being remembered warmly in Albany thanks to the years she spent at the University at Albany.

  Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on UAlbany's Purple Pantry - a new on-campus food pantry. We are joined by Director of Student CARE Services Sally D’Alessandro and Associate Director of Off-Campus Student Services Luke Rumsey.

I think we can agree that working for social change takes passion, and Bettina Love has that and more. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to Dr. Love about abolitionist teaching, both in and out of the classroom.

We’ll also open up a time capsule and spend an Academic Minute with women in politics.

Plastic straws
Public Domain Pictures.net

As included in this year’s state budget, New York State will ban single-use plastic bags in 2020. But some communities are taking steps to address another kind of plastic pollution.

AFSP Logo
afsp.org

Students on campuses across the country are walking “Out of the Darkness” to fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Photos taken by students displayed inside the Photo Service office
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Students at one of the University at Albany’s longest-running organizations are speaking out against a potential move from the space they’ve occupied for over 50 years. Members of the University Photo Service club are hoping to keep their space that includes a darkroom, which the university says hasn't been used in years.

Esmeralda Santiago is a renowned writer of the Puerto Rican experience and a founding mother of Nuyorican literature.

Santiago’s bestselling 1993 memoir, "When I was Puerto Rican" was named one of the “Best Memoirs of a Generation” by Oprah’s Book Club. In 2018, it was one of five finalists for the “One Book, One New York” community-wide reading project. Her second memoir, "Almost a Woman" received the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and was adapted for Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. Her epic 2011 novel, "Conquistadora" received many praises in The Washington Post.

She will be in Albany, New York at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 at the University at Albany Campus Center Ballroom as part of The Creative Life Conversation Series.

The Creative Life series, a major arts initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center and University Art Museum in conjunction with regional public radio station WAMC, brings leading figures from writing, music, dance, choreography, visual arts, architecture, theatre, and filmmaking to the University for conversation with Donahue about their creative inspiration, craft, and careers.

Jean Shin, sculptor and public installation artist, will visit the University at Albany for a conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue as part of The Creative Life: Conversation Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 at the University at Albany Performing Arts Center.

The Creative Life series is a major arts initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center and University Art Museum in conjunction with WAMC, produced with major support from the University at Albany Foundation.

Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community.

This is the General Electric logo
wikipedia.org

Last week, the FBI raided the home of a Niskayuna man they say stole trade secrets from General Electric’s power division in Schenectady, and took him away in handcuffs. The GE employee with ties to China is accused of hiding company files in an image of a sunset, which he then sent to a personal email address. Charges filed do not allege that the man sold the information.  

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

Hoping to keep almost a decade of success going, the University at Albany has introduced its 12th women’s basketball coach.

Salman Rushdie
Wall Street Journal

The New York State Writers Institute and the UAlbany Speaker Series presents Salman Rushdie in an afternoon craft talk and evening presentation on Thursday, April 19.

Rushdie's new novel is The New York Times bestseller, "The Golden House," a parable of contemporary America set against the backdrop of current American culture and politics. We spoke with Rushdie on The Book Show when the book was published and this is an encore presentation of that interview.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

Five regional college presidents gathered Wednesday to discuss the impact of higher education on the Capital Region economy. 

Lois Lowry and Joe Donahue at Page Hall
Sarah LaDuke

Lois Lowry is a leading voice of children’s literature and the author of more than 30 books. She is known for work that explores such complex issues as racism, terminal illness, murder, and the Holocaust. She received the Newbery Medal for both "The Giver" and "Number the Stars." In 2007 Lowry received the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her lasting contribution to young adult literature.

This interview was recorded at Page Hall as part of the "The Creative Life Series" created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Chernobyl power plant, seen here in 2006
wikipedia.org

A University at Albany professor was contacted by four ophthalmology and oncology practices in New York City after doctors diagnosed ten cases of vitreoretinal lymphoma, an extremely rare primary central nervous system lymphoma where cancer occurs in the eyes. Dr. Roxana Moslehi, an associate professor in the UAlbany School of Public Health, looked into the cases, and her research determined that there should only be three cases of VRL in all of New York State over four years. So the cluster in New York City was very rare. 

UAlbany logo
wikipedia commons

The University at Albany is taking steps to address reports of sexual discrimination within its athletics department following a federal investigation into complaints and practices over the last three years.

Dr. James Stellar
UAlbany

The University at Albany is undergoing a major academic expansion, and it's happening with an interim president in charge. Dr. James Stellar has been leading the university since the end of last September after the departure of Dr. Robert Jones, who left for a new position with the University of Illinois. Dr. Stellar spoke with WAMC News about UAlbany's most immediate plans.

Alexis Briggs, Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio look on as attorney Attorney Frederick Brewington speaks to reporters.
twitter/davelucas

Three former University at Albany students accused of lying about a racially-charged brawl on a CDTA bus were back on court on Wednesday.

A co-founder of the Black Lives Matter network visited with students in Saratoga Springs Saturday. Alicia Garza was the keynote speaker for the NY6 Spectrum Conference at Skidmore College.

CDTA Bus
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

University at Albany President Robert Jones has responded to an alleged racially-based attack on a group of students on a bus.

The University at Albany Department of Music and Theatre will honor the late Paul Elisha on Monday. The poet, musician, veteran, activist, journalist, radio host, and familiar voice on WAMC passed away in August.

Ginger Strand will talk about her new book The Brothers Vonnegut, a biography of major American author Kurt Vonnegut and his brother Bernard Vonnegut, a research scientist at General Electric in Schenectady and long-time professor of Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany.

Strand will present a talk about the book as the keynote lecture of the Researching New York Conference, at 7:30 tonight in the Clark Auditorium of the NYS Museum in downtown Albany.

  Tomorrow evening in the Recital Hall at the University at Albany, Morning Edition host David Greene and NPR reporter Yuki Noguchi will co-host an NPR Family Matters event, presented by WAMC and WMHT.

Together with Michelle Singletary, a nationally-syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post, and financial planner Louis Barajas [lew-iss buh rah hass], they’ll tackle a number of topics, like paying for college, buying a home and saving for retirement. The event is free and open to the public.

Within Arm's Reach: Students 3D Printing Prosthetic Hands

May 9, 2015
Michelle Checchi

3D printing has grown in a few short years from the pages of science fiction to a reality, with machines now found on college campuses and even private homes. 3D printed products are making a big difference in the Capital Region.

“I’m Frank Williams, I live in Ghent, New York, I was a union carpenter, and all around construction and motorcycle enthusiast, and I had an accident and lost the use of my right hand. “ 

The Academic Minute for 2015.3.16 - 3.20

Mar 20, 2015

Catch up with The Academic Minute from 3.16 - 3.20

This Week on The Academic Minute (2015.03.16)

Mar 16, 2015

This Week on The Academic Minute (2015.03.16 - 3.20)

Monday, March 16
Laura Rokosz of Monmouth University explains the vertical irrigation systems of aeroponic gardens.

Tuesday, March 17
Wayne Potts of The University of Utah details his toxicity testing on fructose and table sugar.

Wednesday, March 18
Chapman University's Ky Kugler explores frequency and severity of concussions.

UAlbany logo
wikipedia commons

The University at Albany men’s basketball team will again head to the NCAA basketball tournament after capturing its third consecutive America East Title.

wamc.org

College is one of the biggest expenses facing families across New York and the nation. Politicians and educators are actively working to mitigate the financial impact of the high cost of tuition and resulting student debt.

The cost of a college education has been spiraling upward for years, to the point where some call it “a national crisis” — specifically, a debt crisis, expected to have, in the long-run, a negative effect on the U.S. economy. 

Pages