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Welcome to the UAlbany News Podcast, where we speak with faculty, staff and students on how their research is tackling today’s most challenging problems and issues. This show is hosted and produced by Sarah O'Carroll, a Communications Specialist at the University at Albany, State University of New York, with production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman. Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at mediarelations@albany.edu, and you can find us on Tw ...
 
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It’s been about a month since Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia following weeks of civil protests over disputed results of the country’s general election in October. After initially seeking asylum in Mexico, Morales flew to Argentina on Thursday to be granted refugee status. Gabriel Hetland, an assistant professor of Latin American, Cari…
 
James Acker, a distinguished teaching professor at the School of Criminal Justice, and Brian Keough, head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, are among the founders of the University’s National Death Penalty Archive (NDPA). The NDPA contains a repository of publicly-accessible materials that track the history of capi…
 
Ahead of the UK's General Election this Thursday (on Dec. 12), we brought Timothy Weaver of Rockefeller College to the show to share what's at stake and what to look out for in the last three days of the campaign trail. Photo credit: "Brexit protestor flags near the Palace of Westminster, London," by Chiral Jon. If you're interested in hearing more…
 
Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduced a bill on Nov. 22 to repeal the now controversial Opportunity Zone Program. Other politicians, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, have begun criticizing the tax incentive following reports from The New York Times and other media outlets on the high-profile beneficiaries o…
 
Kevin Knuth is an associate professor of physics whose research focuses on exoplanets, and quantum mechanics and relativity. He is a former computer scientist in the Intelligent Systems Division of NASA’s Ames Research Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he designed algorithms to analyze astrophysical data as well as earth science data from…
 
Frankie Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice and a crime novelist. Her research focuses on crime history, mass media and pop culture. She is the author of the Lizzie Stuart and Hannah McCabe mystery series. Bailey is working on a reference book that maps the cultural and historical significance of nine of the most renown gangster…
 
Tomoko Udo of the School of Public Health has examined the connections between eating disorders and mental health. Fewer than 30 percent of people with eating disorders (i.e. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating) seek help from a counselor or psychologist. As a result, researchers have found that those suffering from eating disorders …
 
Parents whose infant is admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit often experience a sense of exclusion from their role as caregivers and separation from their child. Due to the distressing environment that NICUs can facilitate, many parents suffer from higher rates of postpartum depression and even PTSD as a result. Beth DuFault, an assistant pro…
 
As more countries in Central Asia transition to market economies, women are being left behind in the workforce despite high levels of education and employment. Jildyz Urbaeva, an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare, has conducted a study on how opportunity structures and social mobility influence women's views on gender roles in Kaz…
 
A photographer and a writer, both who grew up in military families, are collaborating to examine the growth industry of homeland security in the United States for an upcoming book. Danny Goodwin, a photographer and an associate professor of art, and Edward Schwarzschild, an associate professor of English, have conducted dozens of interviews with cu…
 
We've all probably read recently of wildfires blistering through what are often called the "lungs of the earth." Reports stating that the Amazon Rainforest has experienced more than 27,000 fires this month alone have provoked an international outcry from world leaders, environmental activists and celebrities. On this episode, two climatologists hel…
 
More than eight-in-ten U.S. adults believe that political discourse has become more negative and less respectful, according to a survey conducted earlier this year by the Pew Research Center. On this episode, Brett Levy of the School of Education shares how educators might play a larger role in reducing political polarization among their students. …
 
Wonhyung Lee is an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare. Her research looks at the role of business improvement districts among U.S. cities (including Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Detroit) in addressing social issues. On this episode, Lee shares how BIDs might take a more compassionate, collaborative approach to solving urban pro…
 
For the second part of our series speaking with entrepreneurs, we brought Anthony Lombardo, the president and founder of expex, to the show. The Latham-based startup helps small and mid-sized businesses with their bookkeeping through an automated cash management application. Also joining Lombardo is Robert Manasier, UAlbany's entrepreneur-in-reside…
 
For our first of a two-part series speaking with entrepreneurs, we brought Shawn Allan of Lithoz America to the show. The startup, an Innovate 518-certified company based in Troy, NY, provides technology for the 3D printing of high-performance and bioresorbable ceramics. Lithoz America worked with the UAlbany Innovation Center to establish operatio…
 
Richard Perez, a senior research associate at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), and his colleagues have developed a blueprint for achieving 100 percent clean energy in the United States. His cost-effective solution bridges the gap between the production of renewables, such as solar and wind, and customer demand. On this episode, Pere…
 
Jeff Freedman, a research associate at UAlbany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), is working in collaboration with researchers and meteorologists at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Ed) and MESO, Inc. to create the Wind Extremes Forecast System (WEFS). By combining numerical weather prediction (NWP) modeling with machine…
 
For our second episode looking at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, we're speaking with Jim Malatras, the president of SUNY's Rockefeller Institute of Government. The institute is a public policy think tank based in downtown Albany, N.Y. and collaborates with UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Photo credit: Ro…
 
On the first of a two-part series, two political scientists from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy offer insight on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and discuss the degree to which the resolution could transcend political ideology and bridge coalitions. Returning to the show is Brian Greenhill, an associate professo…
 
Patricia Strach is a professor of political science and public administration and policy at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and the director for policy and research at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, a public policy think tank for the 64-campus wide SUNY system. Strach is the principle investigator of the institute…
 
Virginia Eubanks is an associate professor of political science at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. On this episode of the UAlbany News Podcast, Eubanks shares about her book, 'Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor.' In the book, she details three examples of technology failing to st…
 
It's been about three years since the World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus and its possible link to birth defects was an international public health emergency. Eli Rosenberg of UAlbany's School of Public Health describes his ongoing efforts to study the disease with The Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pr…
 
Samantha Penta is an assistant professor of emergency preparedness in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at UAlbany. Her research focuses on health and medical care in crises, decision-making in preparedness and response and humanitarian logistics. The UAlbany News Podcast is hosted and produced by Sarah O'Ca…
 
Sarah Mountz is an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare at UAlbany. Her research focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and among homeless youth populations. This episode includes sound bites from the 2017 mini-documentary, "From Our Perspectives: Untold Stories of LGBTQ Youth in the …
 
Herbert Fotso is an assistant professor of physics in UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on theoretical and computational condensed matter physics. In this episode, Herbert gives insight on the global arms race in quantum computing, and where the U.S. stands in the competition to create the world's next quantum computer. L…
 
For the last installment of a three-part series on climate change, we feature Brett Levy, an assistant professor of educational theory and practice in UAlbany's School of Education, and Casey Meehan, the sustainability coordinator for Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Levy and Meehan have researched how textbooks frame the issue of…
 
On the last episode for 2018, we take a closer look at what political scientists call "Opportunity Zones," or economically-distressed communities. Our guest for this episode is Timothy Weaver, an assistant professor of political science at UAlbany's Rockefeller College. His research focuses on urban policy and the role of race, class and culture in…
 
Elisabeth O'Rourke is a PhD student in clinical psychology in UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences. She studies how self-regulation predicts the development of psychopathology in children, adolescents and emerging adults. The UAlbany News Podcast is hosted and produced by Sarah O'Carroll, a Communications Specialist at the University at Albany, S…
 
Mathias Vuille, a professor of atmospheric and environmental sciences at UAlbany, and his research team project that Peru’s Quelccaya Ice Cap could meet its demise by the mid-2050s. The UAlbany News Podcast is hosted and produced by Sarah O'Carroll, a Communications Specialist at the University at Albany, State University of New York, with producti…
 
Alex Pieterse is a licensed psychologist and an associate professor of counseling psychology in UAlbany's School of Education. His research looks at the relationship between racial discrimination and trauma, and the impact of self-awareness on the psychotherapy process. The UAlbany News Podcast is hosted and produced by Sarah O'Carroll, a Communica…
 
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