Sinopse

Welcome to the UAlbany News Podcast, where we speak with faculty, staff and students on how their research is tackling todays 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 photography by Brian Busher and Patrick Dodson. Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.The UAlbany News Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, Spotify, iHeart Radio and TuneIn.

Episódios

  • Where Drones are Headed in 2020, with Michael Leczinsky and Don Berchoff

    Where Drones are Headed in 2020, with Michael Leczinsky and Don Berchoff

    20/01/2020 Duração: 15min

    Michael Leczinsky, a professor of practice in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), and Don Berchoff, CEO and founder of TruWeather Solutions, join the series to share their predictions for what ethical and technological challenges the drone industry will face in the new year.TruWeather Solutions focuses on providing weather data and business analytics for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The company is a participant in Empire State Development's (ESD) START-UP NY Program and is affiliated with the UAlbany Innovation Center and Innovate 518. The UAlbany Innovation Center helps grow technology ventures and seeks to harness the intellectual capital of four research clusters at UAlbany, including: climate and environmental science research, biomedical science and biotechnology, forensic sciences and cybersecurity, and advanced data analytics. Innovate 518 is the Capital Region's Innovation Hot Spot. The program, a NYSTAR initiative by ESD, is managed by the University

  • The Future of Democracy in Bolivia, with Gabriel Hetland

    The Future of Democracy in Bolivia, with Gabriel Hetland

    13/12/2019 Duração: 25min

    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, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, shares his insights on the political crisis and why he believes the resignation was a military coup.Hetland’s research focuses on urban and national politics, participatory democracy and social movements. Learn more about his work.Article mentioned: “Many wanted Morales out. But what happened in Bolivia was a military coup” (Written by Gabriel Hetland for The Guardian)Photo credit:”Quito, Acto en solidaridad con el señor Presidente del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia, Evo Morales,” by Cancillería Ecuador.The UAlbany News Podcast is hosted and produced by Sarah O'Carroll, a Communications Specialist at the University at Albany, State Univ

  • How a Traveling Salesman in the 1970s Became a Leading Opponent to the Death Penalty

    How a Traveling Salesman in the 1970s Became a Leading Opponent to the Death Penalty

    11/12/2019 Duração: 30min

    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 capital punishment in the United States.Acker and Keough join the series to share about the digitization efforts of a collection by M. Watt Espy, a researcher who spent three decades of his life gathering and indexing documentation of legal executions for what would become the nation’s largest database on capital punishment.The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives has since added 6,000 executions to the list through the verification process of Espy’s work.Espy began the project in the 1970s as a traveling salesman pedaling encyclopedias and cemetery plots, among other goods. While the scholar was originally an advocate for capital punishmen

  • The UKs General Election: What You Need to Know

    The UK's General Election: What You Need to Know

    09/12/2019 Duração: 20min

    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 about Weaver's work, you might like our last episode, where we spoke with the political scientist on the Opportunity Zone Program.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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman.Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.

  • The Opportunity Zone Program: What 2019 Has Taught Us, with Timothy Weaver

    The Opportunity Zone Program: What 2019 Has Taught Us, with Timothy Weaver

    04/12/2019 Duração: 23min

    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 of the program.We first spoke with political scientist Timothy Weaver last winter on the program and his major concerns with its potential repercussions. We’ve invited Weaver back to the series to share his insights on what 2019 revealed about the provision's effects on American cities and which of his predictions have already come true.Weaver is an assistant professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, where his studies place-based tax incentives and their investment outcomes. He is the author of ‘Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Urban Political Development in the United States and the United Kingdom’ (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).We'

  • The Search for Unknown Aerial Phenomena Off the West Coast, with Kevin Knuth

    The Search for Unknown Aerial Phenomena Off the West Coast, with Kevin Knuth

    13/11/2019 Duração: 16min

    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 the Hubble Space Telescope.Knuth is preparing to lead a team of scientists to track unknown aerial phenomenon (UAPs) off the coast of California.He is pairing up with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists including Deep Prasad, CEO of the quantum computing company ReactiveQ, and Rizwan Virk, executive director of the startup accelerator [email protected], for the project.Read more on Knuth’s work.Knuth is also a member of the Scientific Coalition for Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena Studies (SCU), a research organization comprising scientists, former military officers and law enforcement personnel. The group issued a letter to several members of Congress t

  • Gangster Movies and Their Muses, with Frankie Bailey

    Gangster Movies and Their Muses, with Frankie Bailey

    08/11/2019 Duração: 19min

    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 movies (including The Grandfather (1998), White Heat (1949), Scarface (1990), American Gangster (2007) and Good Fellas (1990), among others) as well as the television series The Sopranos.The book explores the impact of the Motion Picture Production Code or the "Hays Code" of the 1930s, the emergence of the "G-Man" as a protagonist, and the role of fashion in the genre.Her other current writing projects include a non-fiction book about four hundred years of dress and appearance in American crime and justice and a historical thriller set in 1939.Article mentioned: Inside the Debate Between Netflix and Big Theater Chains Over ‘The Irishman’ (The New York Times).The UAl

  • The Connections Between Eating Disorders and Mental Health, with Tomoko Udo

    The Connections Between Eating Disorders and Mental Health, with Tomoko Udo

    22/10/2019 Duração: 18min

    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 are often at higher risk of suicide attempts. According to Udo, health-care providers should carry out routine screenings for eating disorders along with suicide attempt history in order to inform a more comprehensive treatment plan.Udo is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior. She conducted the study with Sarah Bitley of UAlbany's School of Public Health and Carlos Grilo of the Yale University School of Medicine.Read more on Udo's latest work. 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 production assistanc

  • Improving the Parental Experience in the NICU, with Beth DuFault

    Improving the Parental Experience in the NICU, with Beth DuFault

    07/10/2019 Duração: 22min

    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 professor of marketing in the School of Business, is collaborating with colleagues from the University of Turku in Finland to improve the parent experience in the NICU. DuFault shares on the episode about one Finnish hospital that has a different approach to an infant's hospital care, one that is more inclusive of parental participation.  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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman.Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find

  • How Womens Views on Gender Roles are Changing in Central Asia, with Jildyz Urbaeva

    How Women's Views on Gender Roles are Changing in Central Asia, with Jildyz Urbaeva

    27/09/2019 Duração: 20min

    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 Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.The study, involving 4,000 participants, used a national representative survey in each of the four countries that was administered and funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman.Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.

  • The Growing Industry of Homeland Security, with Danny Goodwin and Edward Schwarzschild

    The Growing Industry of Homeland Security, with Danny Goodwin and Edward Schwarzschild

    12/09/2019 Duração: 29min

    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 current and former DHS and intelligence personnel over the course of two years.The book, tentatively titled Job Security, will feature interviews edited by Schwarzschild as well as portraits and other photographic works by Goodwin.On this episode, Schwarzschild shares about his time working for the TSA. He also wrote about his experience as an airport security guard for The Guardian in 2017. Learn more about Schwarzschild's work.Photo credit: “Claymore (Inert)”, 2017. 44 x 54” Pigment Print by Danny Goodwin. View more of Goodwin's recent work.The UAlbany News Podcast is hosted and produced by Sarah O'Carroll, a Communications Specialist at the University at Albany, Sta

  • The Politicization of the Amazon Rainforest Wildfires, with Climatologists Mathias Vuille and Andrei Lapenas

    The Politicization of the Amazon Rainforest Wildfires, with Climatologists Mathias Vuille and Andrei Lapenas

    30/08/2019 Duração: 17min

    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 help us make sense of the problem, and what can be done about it.Guests: Mathias Vuille, a professor of atmospheric and environmental sciences, and Andrei Lapenas, a professor of geography and planning.This interview was recorded in front of the show's first live audience in studio.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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman.Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.

  • How Educators Can Help Reduce Political Polarization, with Brett Levy

    How Educators Can Help Reduce Political Polarization, with Brett Levy

    29/08/2019 Duração: 18min

    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. Levy is an assistant professor of educational theory and practice at UAlbany. Read episode transcription. The study, “Can Education Reduce Political Polarization? Fostering Open-Minded Political Engagement During the Legislative Semester,” was published in the Teachers College Record in May 2019. 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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman. Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.

  • The Changing Role of Business Improvement Districts, with Wonhyung Lee

    The Changing Role of Business Improvement Districts, with Wonhyung Lee

    27/08/2019 Duração: 25min

    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 problems.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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman.Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.

  • Entrepreneurship Takeover Pt. 2 with Anthony Lombardo and Robert Manasier

    Entrepreneurship Takeover Pt. 2 with Anthony Lombardo and Robert Manasier

    02/08/2019 Duração: 26min

    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-residence as well as a serial entrepreneur and brand builder. The two share their personal pathways to success (and what challenges they have had to overcome along the way), entrepreneurial resources available in Upstate New York and programs coming to the UAlbany Innovation Center and Innovate 518 this fall.Read episode transcription.Innovate 518 is the Capital Region's Innovation Hot Spot and is a NYSTAR initiative by Empire State Development and managed by the University at Albany.References: Learn more about the I-Corps Short Course at the University at Albany this fall. The two-week course, hosted by the UAlbany Innovation Center, allows faculty researchers working on

  • Entrepreneurship Takeover Pt. 1 with Shawn Allan of Lithoz America

    Entrepreneurship Takeover Pt. 1 with Shawn Allan of Lithoz America

    15/07/2019 Duração: 13min

    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 operations in Upstate NY.Innovate 518 is the Capital Region's Innovation Hot Spot and is a NYSTAR initiative by Empire State Development and managed by the University at Albany.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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman.Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.

  • The Blueprint for Achieving 100 Percent Clean Energy, with Richard Perez

    The Blueprint for Achieving 100 Percent Clean Energy, with Richard Perez

    27/06/2019 Duração: 18min

    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, Perez describes how oversizing renewable assets and energy curtailment, paired with changes in utility regulation, can helps states reach their ambitious clean energy goals. Perez's paper was published in PV-Tech Power in May 2019. [Read more on Perez's research. ](http://) 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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman. Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.

  • Improving Power Outage Prediction and Response, with Jeff Freedman

    Improving Power Outage Prediction and Response, with Jeff Freedman

    22/05/2019 Duração: 10min

    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 learning techniques, the system produces real-time wind speed and gusts forecasts in an effort to minimize power outage impacts for millions of New Yorkers. The project is sponsored by the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s Smart Grid program and will use data from UAlbany’s NYS Mesonet, a statewide network of 126 weather stations. Freedman shares on this episode of the UAlbany News Podcast how WEFS will help utility companies and emergency managers mobilize resources more efficiently, reduce restoration time and improve the long-term resiliency of the state’s power distribution system. Read more on the project: www.albany.edu/news/91213.

  • Unpacking AOCs Green New Deal Pt II, with Jim Malatras

    Unpacking AOC's Green New Deal Pt II, with Jim Malatras

    14/05/2019 Duração: 14min

    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: Rockefeller Institute of Government 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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and Scott Freedman. Have a comment or question about one of our episodes? You can email us at [email protected], and you can find us on Twitter @UAlbanyNews.

  • Unpacking AOCs Green New Deal, with Brian Greenhill and Jennifer Dodge

    Unpacking AOC's Green New Deal, with Brian Greenhill and Jennifer Dodge

    13/05/2019 Duração: 18min

    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 professor who researches international relations, human rights and international organization. He spoke on the UAlbany News Podcast last season on the approaches policymakers take when addressing the risks of climate change. Joining Greenhill is Jennifer Dodge, an associate professor of public administration and policy at UAlbany. Her research focuses on environmental policy conflicts, with special attention to the role of policy advocacy efforts by nonprofit organizations. 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 production assistance by Patrick Dodson and

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