Grant funds student astrophysics research in Taiwan

Grant funds student astrophysics research in Taiwan

The National Science Foundation has awarded SUNY Oswego faculty member Shashi Kanbur a $138,545 grant to provide students interested in astrophysics opportunities to do research at a Global Laboratory partner in Taiwan.

The grant, titled “Astrophysics International Research Experience for Students in Taiwan: Connections Between East and West,” started this summer. It enables Kanbur and Ching Hung “Jean” Hsiao, adjunct instructor of Chinese, to mentor six students each of the next three years on research trips to the Graduate Institute of Astronomy at National Central University in Jhongli, Taiwan.

Alumna named Purpose Prize Fellow

Ginny Donohue

Civic Ventures honored Virginia “Ginny” Donohue ’88, executive director and founder of On Point for College, as a 2010 Purpose Prize Fellow at a November ceremony in Philadelphia. Purpose Prizes honor Americans over age 60 for making an extraordinary impact in their encore careers.

Researcher to design X-ray detector

Marianne Hromalik, assistant professor of computer science, displays a computer circuit board that includes a detector (bottom right gray rectangle) of the type used to capture and store X-ray data used in scientific research.

Marianne Hromalik, a new computer science faculty member, completed her post-doctoral work at Cornell University last spring, but the “homework” has kept right on coming.

Grant supports Professional Science Master’s

Professor Fehmi Damkaci, left, of the chemistry department works with Ned Karcich, graduate chemistry student in the Professional Science Master’s Program

SUNY’s Professional Science Master’s Program — which aims to increase the flow of scientific skills and innovation into the business-industry arena in New York state — got a boost with a $350,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation.

NSF fuels snow hunt

Meteorology Professor Scott Steiger ’99 shows images of the Doppler-on-Wheels truck and the data it will collect.

An $86,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will provide SUNY Oswego meteorology faculty member Scott Steiger ’99 and his students the tools to chase the most intense snowstorms and collect first-of-its-kind data.

Fish commission funds sculpin study

Assistant Professor of Biology Amy Welsh studies a fish once thought extinct.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission has awarded a SUNY Oswego conservation geneticist a $62,822 grant to study small, bottom-dwelling Lake Ontario fish called deepwater sculpin — once thought extinct there.

$200K funds study on women in sciences

Rhonda Mandel, left, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Webe Kadima, associate professor of chemistry, look over SUNY Oswego’s successful application for a $200,000 grant to study the status of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines at the college. Kadima is principal investigator for the two-year National Science Foundation catalyst grant. Researchers aim to learn whether anything — from policies to practices — holds back women in STEM in terms of recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion. The award will help determine whether SUNY Oswego may be a candidate for a much larger “institutional transformation” grant.

SUNY Oswego’s will receive a $200,000 grant to study the status of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines at the college.“institutional transformation” grant.

— Jeff Rea ’71