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A federally-funded study is examining the human health effects of PFAS exposure. The University at Albany and New York State Department of Health are working to study those affected in Hoosick Falls and surrounding area, and the City of Newburgh. Meantime, some in the Rensselaer County Town of Petersburgh feel regulators need to do more to address PFAS contamination.

Trudi Jacobson
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A new study from the University of Utah finds up to three-quarters of us overestimate our ability to spot fake news stories — and the worse we are, the more likely we are to share misinformation.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
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New York state is moving the COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany to Crossgates Mall. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the move takes effect Friday.

The eruption column of Mount Pinatubo on June 12, 1991, three days before the climactic eruption
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A new study finds major volcanic eruptions significantly impacted the global hydroclimate. Those effects at times persisted for more than a decade and included abnormally dry conditions in tropical Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East as well as wet conditions in South America.

The University at Albany is changing the name of its Indian Quad to “Indigenous Quad” and Indian Drive to “Indigenous Drive.”

Havidan Rodriguez
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The University at Albany is partnering with Excelencia in Education for the release of its new report on “25 Years of Hispanic Serving Institutions.” The analysis, which was briefed at UAlbany Thursday, aims to inform lawmakers and school administrators how best to serve Latino/Latina students in higher education. UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez spoke with WAMC’s Jesse King about the report.

UAlbany Vaccination Site
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The University at Albany is officially open for mass COVID-19 vaccinations.

Sandra Lindsay, left, a registered nurse and Director of Critical Care at Northwell Health, is the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, December 14, 2020
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Part of the challenge of vaccinating millions of Americans for COVID-19 is logistical: racing to create a vaccine, distributing it, and determining the order in which certain people will get the shots. But part of it is convincing people that getting the vaccine is safe — especially when those people have well-earned mistrust of the medical industry. 

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.
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Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany is moving to fully virtual classes for the rest of the fall semester starting Tuesday. 

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Jesse King

Colleges across New York state are increasing testing as they grapple with spikes in COVID-19. 

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A spike in COVID-19 cases is being observed among students at the University at Albany. 

Professor Annalisa Scimemi
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The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.24 million to a University at Albany biology professor to study how different types of memories are formed and stored at different times of the day. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Professor Annalisa Scimemi to find out more about her work.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country, cities in the Capital Region are bracing for the return of college students this month.

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez
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Higher education is in a time of flux in the country as college campuses try to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. In New York, classes moved online in March when it was deemed unsafe to keep thousands of college students and their professors in close quarters. Now, the fall semester is fast approaching.

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, the president of the University at Albany, was tapped by Governor Andrew Cuomo to work with the state Department of Health to research COVID-19’s disproportionate impacts on minority communities.

The entrance to the UAlbany drive-thru testing site. (At this point photos were not prohibited.)
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Last week, I started to feel dizzy. My temperature was 101. And it was also hard to take a deep breath. My chest hurt, it was worse when I lay down, and I had a dry cough. All those things together convinced me to go get tested for the coronavirus and forget about work for the time being.

Toni Morrison Chair
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A new exhibit celebrates the life of Toni Morrison with a focus on the late novelist’s work as a University at Albany professor in the 1980s. 

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Students at the University at Albany have an on-campus medical center for the first time in over a decade. As WAMC’s Jesse King reports, the new Health & Counseling Services Center is now open.

S.T.E.A.M. Garden unveiling
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The first part of a S.T.E.A.M. entrepreneurship hub has been unveiled in Albany, New York.

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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.
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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.

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
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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.


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
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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.

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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.