Syracuse University Research News

  • 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.
  • New Language Disorder Lab Joins CSD Department

    September 28, 2016 The Communications Sciences and Disorders department is host to a new research lab, led by Assistant Professor Ellyn Riley. Work will focus on the language disorder aphasia, which is most often caused by stroke. Riley and lab members will investigate...
  • ‘Share of Voice’ Project Provides Glimpse Behind the Curtain of Social Media Data in Election Coverage

    September 27, 2016 Newhouse School assistant professor Jennifer Grygiel, working in collaboration with the School of Information Studies, is the lead on a new project that examines the use of social media data in the coverage of the 2016 presidential election, particularly the...
  • Four Things to Watch for on Social Media During Tonight’s Debate

    September 26, 2016 Jenny Stromer-Galley, a professor in the School of Information Studies, director of the Center for Computational and Data Sciences, and author of “Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age,” wrote about what to expect on social media during tonight’s debate for...
  • Mathematician’s Work on Complex Geometry Recognized Internationally

    September 21, 2016 Mathematics Assistant Professor Yuan Yuan has recently been recognized for his work on complex geometry with both a Simons Collaboration Grant and an invitation to speak at a prestigious conference, the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM). The geometry you...
  • Training Sessions to Facilitate Research Collaboration

    September 07, 2016 The Syracuse University Office of Research and the Syracuse University Libraries will host four training sessions for Experts@Syracuse. This tool is designed to create, manage and make public Syracuse University researcher profiles, enabling research networking and expertise discovery, all while...
  • Acuna Awarded NSF Grant to Make Sense of Research and Funding Data

    September 06, 2016 When scientists and researchers want to apply to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a grant opportunity, the agency has a mandate to ensure that any research funded is new and transformative in the field. While an admirable goal in...
  • FAST: Syracuse Will Study Sustainable Transportation Alternatives for CNY

    September 06, 2016 A new study will evaluate the potential of sustainable transportation alternatives to reduce greenhouse gases and improve the vitality of Syracuse and Central New York.
  • Research Team Probes Health Effects of Onondaga Lakebed Sediment

    September 02, 2016 A team of researchers from Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has received a $15,000 grant from the Hill Collaboration on Environmental Medicine to extend for a third year its research into...
  • Sociology Department Presenting at ASA Conference in Seattle

    August 22, 2016 More than a dozen professors, Ph.D. students and researchers in the Department of Sociology are participating in the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Seattle Aug. 20-23. They join approximately 4,000 other sociologists for four days...
  • Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop, Implement Strategies for New Antibiotics

    August 17, 2016 Researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences have been awarded a major grant to develop and implement strategies for the discovery of new antibiotics. Anthony Garza and Yan-Yeung Luk, associate professors of biology and chemistry, respectively, are recipients of...
  • Physicist Awarded NSF Grant to Study Collective Behavior of Active Matter

    August 17, 2016 A physicist in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a major grant to support her ongoing study of active matter—collections of self-driven entities that take energy from the environment to produce coordinated motion. Syracuse’s newest Distinguished Professor,...
  • Ditre, Maisto Receive Grant to Study Links Between Chronic Pain, Alcohol Consumption

    August 12, 2016 The impact of heavy alcohol consumption upon individuals and society is well known. The effects of chronic pain upon those who live with it has also been well studied. Now, with a five-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes...
  • Biologist Awarded NIH Grant to Study Link Between Early-Development Stress, Adult Disease

    August 10, 2016 A biologist in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a grant to study the link between early-development stress and adult disease. Assistant Professor Sarah Hall is using a $446,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to...
  • Physicists Awarded NSF Grant to Study Cancer-Cell Behavior

    August 04, 2016 M. Lisa Manning, M. Cristina Marchetti and Jennifer Schwarz have been awarded a three-year, $686,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to apply principles of soft-matter physics to cancer therapy.
  • Researchers Confirm Marine Animals Live Longer at High Latitudes

    August 03, 2016 Researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences have shown that high-latitude bivalves live longer and grow slower than those in the tropics. Their findings are the subject of an article in the “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” (The Royal...
  • Physicist Awarded Grant to Assess Authenticity of Gravitational-Wave Signals

    July 21, 2016 A physicist in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a major grant to continue the search for gravitational waves using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Peter Saulson, the Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics, is...
  • Physicist Wins NSF Grant to Support Subatomic Particle Research

    July 19, 2016 The National Science Foundation has awarded $160,000 to Matthew Rudolph, assistant professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, to continue his work with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN’s accelerator complex near Geneva, Switzerland. The two-year...
  • Physicist Awarded Grant to Study Interstellar Processes

    July 15, 2016 A physicist in the College of Arts and Sciences has received a major grant award, supporting his work in experimental astrophysics and surface science. The National Science Foundation has awarded Professor Gianfranco Vidali a three-year, $736,600 grant to study how...
  • Acuna Publishes Groundbreaking Chunking Research in Nature Communications

    July 11, 2016 Think about a simple task you learned a long time ago, such as memorizing your phone number or learning how to tie your shoe laces. Chances are, you did this using a method called chunking. You put like things together...
  • Scientist Awarded Grants from ALS, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

    July 08, 2016 A researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded grants from The ALS Association and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to support his study of protein biosynthesis. Carlos A. Castañeda, assistant professor of biology and chemistry, is...
  • Physicists Discover Family of Tetraquarks

    July 08, 2016 Physicists in the College of Arts and Sciences have made science history by confirming the existence of a rare four-quark particle and discovering evidence of three other “exotic” siblings. Their findings are based on data from the Large Hadron Collider...
  • What a Potato Clock Can Teach Us About Fighting Disease

    July 07, 2016 Did you ever make a potato clock as a kid? Did you know that the reaction that makes elementary school potato clocks tick could also fight infection and disease?
  • Professor Honored for Research Excellence

    July 07, 2016 Joseph Ditre, associate professor of psychology, has been honored by the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium with this year’s Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence. Ditre was one of three finalists to be invited to deliver oral presentations of...
  • Biologists Use Federal Grant to Advance Epigenetics

    June 23, 2016 Biologists in the College of Arts and Sciences have been awarded a major grant to study an epigenetic mechanism used by cells to regulate gene expression—a process known as meiotic silencing. Eleanor Maine, professor of biology, is the recipient of...
  • Newhouse Study: Communications Firms Lag in Diversity Due to Lack of Accountability

    June 22, 2016 A study conducted by the Newhouse School finds that while communications professionals are dissatisfied with the level of diversity and inclusion at their organizations, few are being held accountable for developing and implementing strategies for improvement. The study was funded...