Syracuse University Research News

  • Renée Crown University Honors Students to Present Capstone Projects May 3

    April 28, 2017 One hundred and ten seniors in the Renée Crown University Honors Program will present their capstone projects on Wednesday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hall of Languages. The presentation panels will run concurrently in 10...
  • Cooperators and Cheaters in the Petri Dish: Biology Professors Awarded $710,000 to Study Mutualistic Yeast Communities

    April 26, 2017 Three Syracuse University biologists have received a $710,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Led by Associate Professor Kari Segraves, the researchers will investigate mutualistic species. Segraves and collaborators will use new, genetically designed yeast strains to explore stability...
  • Collaborative Project Investigates Public-Private Partnerships

    April 26, 2017 The average student would be extremely disappointed to receive a D+ on his or her report card, but that’s exactly the grade that infrastructure in the United States has earned from the American Society of Civil Engineers. That score is...
  • Keep Your Heart Running Study Recruitment Underway

    April 25, 2017 The Department of Exercise Science in the School of Education and Department of Echocardiography at SUNY Upstate Medical University are embarking on a new research study that will examine the sex differences in the effect of endurance exercise on the...
  • Paul Volcker Symposium in Behavioral Economics to Be Held April 28

    April 24, 2017 The Paul Volcker Symposium in Behavioral Economics on Friday, April 28, will feature four young scholars working on the forefront of the field. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in 426 Eggers Hall. The speakers are Tatiana Homonoff...
  • SyracuseCoE Invites Proposals for Seed Projects to Support Faculty Research in Environmental and Energy Systems

    April 20, 2017 SyracuseCoE—New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems—is offering funding to support seed projects that strengthen faculty scholarship in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources. Successful applicants will participate in the SyracuseCoE Faculty...
  • Turning to Aquarium Fish for Human Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

    April 18, 2017 Katharine Lewis, associate professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a five-year grant of $242,500 from the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB) that will support her lab’s research on spinal cord...
  • Repairing Bone with 3D Printing

    April 14, 2017 Metallic implants—widely used clinically to replace diseased or damaged bone tissue—are not biodegradable and stay in the human body until removed surgically. The implants may also have problems with corrosion and could cause a negative reaction with the immune system....
  • Falk College Research Center Hosts Falk Student Research Celebration April 17-20

    April 11, 2017 The Falk College Research Center will host the inaugural Falk Student Research Celebration April 17-20 to highlight Falk students’ research collaboration and their dedication to advancing research knowledge. Posters will be on display beginning April 17 near the second-floor student...
  • Summer Linguistics Boot Camp Immerses Students in African Luyia Languages

    April 05, 2017 Students interested in learning more about the field of linguistics—and delving deep into a set of African languages—are encouraged to enroll in a new summer course, Linguistics Boot Camp. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Christopher Green, students will review...
  • Phonologist Documents Tonology, Syntax of Distinctive Kenyan Languages With NSF Grant

    April 05, 2017 Last year, Christopher Green, assistant professor of linguistics, spent a month in Kenya with colleagues at Kenyatta University and members of the Luyia ethnic group to continue to explore and better understand the richness of their languages. Green spent many...
  • SBIR/STTR Federal Grant Opportunities Workshop on April 21

    April 05, 2017 Learn how to access over $2 billion in annual grant opportunities. The Blackstone LaunchPad is sponsoring a SBIR/STTR Federal Grant Opportunities workshop on April 21 from 1–3:30 p.m., in the Blackstone LaunchPad and Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first...
  • Q&A With Victoria Tumanova

    April 04, 2017 Victoria Tumanova, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently received a $10,000 New Investigators Research Grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award supports new scientists who have earned their doctorate degree...
  • Dropping Drones Provides Valuable Research Information (Video)

    April 04, 2017 Students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science are conducting research on the damage caused by a drone dropping from the sky, using high-tech test dummies and pork ribs as part of their experiment.
  • Undergraduate Research Project Takes IM&T Student to China

    March 30, 2017 How immigrants use social media, digital communications technologies and mobile applications to interact with their communities and families is the subject of an undergraduate research project that brought School of Information Studies (iSchool) junior Alexis Ho-Liu to China last week,...
  • Professor Soman’s Team Uses 3D Printing to Engineer Model Blood Vessels

    March 24, 2017 Creating model blood vessels to aid in the study of diseases, such as strokes, can be complicated, costly and time-consuming. And the results may not always be truly representative of a human vessel. Assistant Professor Pranav Soman and his research...
  • Applicants Sought for Summer Research or Creative Work Stipends

    March 24, 2017 The Syracuse University Student Association is partnering with the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost to provide summer support to a select group of undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research or other creative work this...
  • Neuroscience Research Day to Feature Regional Research Leaders

    March 21, 2017 Syracuse University’s Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program is hosting the third annual Neuroscience Research Day on Friday, April 7, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center. Registration for the free event can be accessed here until March 24. “Neuroscience Research...
  • Research Is Her Cup of Tea

    March 01, 2017 Romita Ray’s background is steeped in India’s place in the history of tea production. She grew up in Kolkata (also known as Calcutta), a descendent of one of the pioneering Indian tea planter families in Bengal. Her expertise as an...
  • Undergrads Team Up to Publish Bacteria Research

    March 01, 2017 Bacteria may be small, but the effect they have on us is anything but minor. Bacteria are often associated with illness and disease, but in reality most  do us more good than harm. Although certain bacteria can wreak havoc on...
  • Saulson Publishes Second Edition of Textbook on Gravitational Wave Detection Device

    February 27, 2017 When a team of scientists confirmed Einstein’s theory about the existence of gravitational waves, including the important work of Syracuse University’s own physicists, there was little doubt that it would be the kind of discovery documented in scholarly textbooks. Now...
  • Vincent Tinto Selected for NASPA Award for His Contributions to Higher Education

    February 27, 2017 Vincent Tinto, distinguished professor emertius of higher education in the School of Education, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Literature and/or Research Award by NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA...
  • Libraries Offers Workshops on Qualtrics Online Survey Software

    February 27, 2017 Research Data Services of Syracuse University Libraries will offer a series of workshops on using the Qualtrics online survey software, which is available to Syracuse University faculty, staff and students. Qualtrics enables users to create and distribute complex surveys and...
  • Falk College to Host Community-based Research Collaboration Meeting March 24

    February 27, 2017 Last October, a newly organized group of research-focused faculty, graduate students, administrators and staff from multiple schools, colleges and other units met to explore shared interests and possible collaborative opportunities. As the group’s future efforts take shape, it welcomes new...
  • Saltz Awarded Grant from 2U to Study Online Learning

    February 27, 2017 School of Information Studies (iSchool) Associate Professor Jeffrey Saltz has received a research grant from education technology company 2U to study student learning and outcomes in online education environments. In 2016, 2U and the iSchool entered a partnership to deliver...
  • Sustainable Enterprise Partnership Awards $19,000 to Explore Innovations in Green Building

    February 17, 2017 Syracuse University’s Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), in cooperation with the U.S. Green Building Council awarded $19,000 to fund new research in the area of green building construction methods, specifically cross laminated timber (CLT) wood products in multi-family housing. Rene Germain,...
  • Vice Chancellor and Provost Wheatly Announces Vice President for Research Search Committee Members

    February 10, 2017 Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele G. Wheatly today announced the members of the search committee for the next vice president of research. The vice president of research oversees the Office of Research, supporting and leading Universitywide efforts to sustain and...
  • Geochemist Breathes New Life into ‘Great Oxidation Event’

    February 08, 2017 A researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences is providing fresh insights into the “Great Oxidation Event” (GOE), in which oxygen first appeared in the Earth’s atmosphere more than 2.3 billion years ago. Christopher Junium, assistant professor of Earth...
  • Physicist Joseph Paulsen Receives CAREER Grant from NSF

    February 08, 2017 Joseph Paulsen, assistant professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), has been awarded a five-year Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, titled “Ultrathin sheets on curved liquid surfaces:...
  • Nominations Sought for Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence Awards

    February 07, 2017 Members of the Syracuse University campus community are invited to submit nominations for the 2017 Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 1. The Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence is one of two special awards that will...
  • University to Host 7th International Building Physics Conference in Fall 2018

    February 01, 2017 Experts on the science and engineering of buildings will convene in Syracuse in September 2018 for the seventh International Building Physics Conference (IBPC). This is the first time this conference is being held in the United States; it is coming...
  • Consumers Have Poor Understanding of Tracking Methods Used by Online Advertisers

    January 31, 2017 A recent study published by researchers from the School of Information Studies (iSchool) reveals that the general public has a poor understanding of the workings of online behavioral advertising, and the privacy implications behind the information that advertisers gather. The...
  • A Better Way to Farm Algae

    January 27, 2017 Scientists have long known of the potential of microalgae to aid in the production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. However, the difficulty and significant cost of growing microalgae have in some ways stalled further development of this promising technology. Bendy Estime,...
  • Faculty Awarded Air Force Grant to Supercharge Information Fusion

    January 27, 2017 Faculty in the College of Engineering and Computer Science have been awarded a $295,000 grant by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to introduce dynamic data to the design of information fusion systems to accelerate the processing of large amounts...
  • The Science of Shipwrecks

    January 27, 2017 On New Year’s Eve in 1862, the USS Monitor sank in a violent storm at Cape Hatteras, off North Carolina’s windswept coast. Sixteen of her 62 sailors perished. One survivor, a surgeon named Grenville Weeks, lost three fingers and the...
  • Physicist to be Recognized by National Academy of Sciences

    January 26, 2017 A physicist in the College of Arts and Sciences is being recognized by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his “outstanding leadership” of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration. Peter R. Saulson, the Martin A. Pomerantz...
  • Stromer-Galley Secures $11.5 Million for Decision-Making Research

    January 23, 2017 Can an application help intelligence analysts engage in better reasoning and produce reports that help decision makers make better decisions? A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, Colorado State University and SRC Inc. aims to...
  • Interested in Presenting Your Research or Creative Work? Apply for Meeting of the Minds

    January 19, 2017 At last year’s ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference, José L. Marrero-Rosado ’17 discussed his research on the toxicity of two chemicals found in Onondaga Lake. The experience was a valuable way for him to refine his skills in presenting...
  • The Origins of Healing

    January 12, 2017 The early days of stem cell research were mired in controversy. The fact that the first isolated human stem cells were derived from human embryos in various stages of development introduced serious moral implications that cast a shadow over the...
  • Vanable Named Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of Graduate School

    January 06, 2017 Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly has named Peter Vanable to a new position as associate provost for graduate studies and as dean of the Graduate School, effective January 1, 2017. The Board of Trustees Executive Committee will be asked...
  • Engineering and Computer Science, Office of Research Award $230,000 for UAS Research

    January 05, 2017 Six collaborative research groups from the University’s various schools and colleges have been awarded more than $230,000 in state revitalization funding for their projects in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Projects include energy mapping of buildings, autonomous navigation and the development...
  • Research Indicates People Aren’t the Only Beneficiaries of Power Plant Carbon Standards

    January 04, 2017 “Our work shows the importance of considering the co-benefits of our nation’s energy policies going forward,” said Syracuse University professor Charles T. Driscoll, co-author of the study.
  • A&S Researchers Explore Link between Tropical Glaciers, Water Supply

    January 04, 2017 Researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences are closer to understanding how the loss of glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru is affecting water resources in a region responding to global climate change. Laura Lautz G’05, associate professor...
  • Geologists Publish New Details about Evolution of East African Rift Valley

    December 20, 2016 Researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences have published new details about the evolution of the East African Rift (EAR) Valley, one of the world’s largest continental rift zones. Christopher Scholz, professor of Earth sciences, and a team of...
  • Scientists Create Ice Storm to Study Effect on Forests

    December 19, 2016 To better understand the short- and long-term effects of ice storms on northern forests, a team of scientists, including Professor Charles T. Driscoll, generated an experimental ice storm on research plots on the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. The National Science Foundation released the...
  • Physics Chair Honored for Innovation, Education, Leadership

    December 16, 2016 A. Alan Middleton, professor and chair of the physics department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently elected a 2016 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor recognizes an individual’s distinguished efforts...
  • Hosein Earns Prestigious DNI Grant

    December 14, 2016 Assistant Professor Ian D. Hosein in the College of Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded a Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. The DNI grant program promotes the careers of young faculty...
  • Discovery Improves Heat Transfer in Boiling

    December 13, 2016 While the average person associates boiling with cooking dinner, the process is also widely used to transfer heat across surfaces. It is used in refrigerators, in industrial boilers and even on the international space station to reject heat from its...
  • Researchers Discover Way to Make Surfaces Less Vulnerable to Disease-Causing Bacteria

    November 30, 2016 Professor Dacheng Ren and his team of researchers are seeking ways to stop the spread of microbes, and they may have found a solution.
  • Four Questions with Professor of Linguistics Jaklin Kornfilt

    November 21, 2016 Linguistics Professor Jaklin Kornfilt, a member of the Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (LLL) faculty since 1983, specializes in syntactic theory, theoretically informed linguistic typology, and the syntax—morphology interface, with special emphasis on the syntax and morphology of Turkish and of...
  • National Awards for Students in Auditory Research Lab

    November 21, 2016 In the Auditory Electrophysiology Research Lab of Associate Professor Kathy Vander Werff, students play an important role in the research being done. Their commitment to the field of communication sciences and disorders is clear to their mentor—and now their academic...
  • Syracuse University Faculty Experts on Holiday Shopping Season

    November 18, 2016 Syracuse University experts are available to speak to media on the numerous issues and topics related to the holiday shopping season. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday to Super Saturday, these Whitman School of Management faculty members have insight based...
  • Professor Ian Hosein, Students Develop Technology to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

    November 11, 2016 Solar technology—capturing the power of the sun to produce electricity—has been around in some form since the 19th century. There is currently 31.6 gigawatts (GW) of total installed solar capacity in the United States, enough to power 6.2 million American...
  • Election Night Panel Discussion Will Examine Social Media Use by Candidates

    November 04, 2016 Two faculty members at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), along with their doctoral researchers, will host a panel discussion on election night, Nov. 8. The team is part of the Illuminating 2016 project, a computational journalism project that empowers...
  • Combating Stimulant Misuse in College Environment

    October 31, 2016 Recent research suggests one-third of undergraduate students nationwide misuse, or are at risk for misusing stimulants, such as the commonly prescribed ADHD medication Adderall. With funding from biotechnology company Shire, psychology associate professor Kevin Antshel is creating programming to reduce...
  • Hemsley Provides Tips for Academic Research Posters (Video)

    October 26, 2016 Designing and presenting an academic research poster for a poster session or conference can be a daunting task for a student who has never been through the experience before. Research posters are used widely across the academic community, and many conferences...
  • Duncan Brown to Be Inducted as Inaugural Brightman Endowed Professor Oct. 20

    October 12, 2016 The College of Arts and Sciences is celebrating the appointment of Duncan Brown as the inaugural Charles Brightman Professor of Physics. A world-renowned expert in gravitational-wave astronomy and astrophysics, Brown will be honored by Syracuse on Thursday, Oct. 20, in...
  • Software Tool to Enhance Wireless Spectrum Management Released

    October 10, 2016 With the rapid increase of wireless technology, devices and services, more companies and their hardware are competing for a limited amount of available resources across the radio frequency spectrum. This is an issue that School of Information Studies (iSchool) associate...
  • New Stuttering Lab Resurrects Strong SU Research Tradition

    October 05, 2016 Victoria Tumanova’s stuttering research lab in the communications sciences and disorders department resumes a long SU tradition of research on the subject. Tumanova, along with two undergraduate and two graduate students, explores the causes and persistence of stuttering in children...
  • Religion Professor Explores Ancient Christian Practice During Fellowship

    September 30, 2016 Virginia Burrus connected with the sites and objects of early Christianity during 10 months as a fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem as a member of the Poetics of Christian Performance research group.