Syracuse University Research News

  • Student Discovers Tuberculosis DNA in Dental Plaque of Smithsonian’s Anatomical Collection

    August 16, 2017 In a collection of historic skeletal remains at the Smithsonian, microscopic signs of a serious contagion lurk in an intriguing place in a sample of individuals from 100 years ago. Student researcher Soleil Young ’17, a member of the Renée...
  • NASA Recognizes High School Student’s Research Project at SU

    August 16, 2017 He is the lead author on a published scientific study, his research has been recognized by NASA—and Hari Nanthakumar does not even have his driver’s license yet. Nanthakumar, currently a senior at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, called the College...
  • Syracuse Shines at American Sociological Association Meeting in Montreal

    August 14, 2017 More than two-dozen researchers from the Department of Sociology are on the world stage at the American Sociological Association (ASA)’s 112th Annual Meeting in Montreal. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Culture, Inequalities and Social Inclusion Across the Globe.”...
  • As High School Students, Kim La ’20 and The Ngo Got Hands-on Training in A&S Lab

    August 14, 2017 Two Syracuse City School District rising seniors were welcomed to Syracuse’s campus to get a taste of lab life and to prepare for college. Full-ride scholarships to top universities for both students show the experiment was a huge success. “Including...
  • Student Research Involves Foraging and Urban Wild Edible Plants (Video)

    August 08, 2017 Maizy Ludden ’19, a scholar in the Renée Crown University Honors Program, is conducting research that is literally taking her into the field (and on her bike) to gather information about food that’s growing in unlikely places.
  • Selfies Are Everywhere—But Why?

    August 03, 2017 Selfies: the self-portraits of the digital age. These photos posted on social media serve as a way to document a new haircut, a vacation or a night out on the town. But researchers from the Newhouse School have taken a...
  • Sawyer Awarded NSF Grant to Study Workers in the Gig Economy

    August 02, 2017 Driving a car for ridesharing companies Uber or Lyft. Completing a programming assignment on the freelance marketplace Fiverr. Performing data entry tasks on the Mechanical Turk digital worker platform. These are all examples of jobs that people are working on...
  • Students Awarded Top Prizes for Honors Capstone Projects

    August 01, 2017 For students in the Renée Crown University Honors Program, the honors capstone project can be a challenge to complete. The project typically requires intensive research, writing, professional or creative work over the course of already busy junior and senior years....
  • Geologist Offers New Clues to Cause of World’s Greatest Extinction

    July 31, 2017 James Muirhead, a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences, is the co-author of an article in Nature Communications titled “Initial Pulse of Siberian Traps Sills as the Trigger of the End-Permian Mass Extinction.”
  • A Decade of PRIDE

    July 28, 2017 Celebrating its 10th year, the highly competitive Program PRIDE (Psychology Research Initiative for Diversity Enhancement) program brings together Syracuse University undergraduates from underrepresented groups and invites them to develop an original independent psychology summer research project over the course of...
  • Volunteers Needed for Child Behavior Study

    July 27, 2017 Children between the ages of 6 and 12 and their parents are needed for a child behavioral research study at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Participating families will receive compensation for their time, as well as a complimentary copy of one...
  • Biochemists Link Synthetic Compound to Hunger-Hormone Production

    July 27, 2017 New research suggests that a man-made cousin of a small molecule found in olive oil can disrupt the hunger-signaling pathway. Researchers identified this promising new target by screening a library of roughly 1,600 small molecules for potential disruptors. Because the...
  • Student Venture Chosen for Prestigious Medical Device Innovation Challenge

    July 24, 2017 ModoScript, founded by College of Arts and Sciences student David Zuleta ’18, is the only student startup selected as a winner in the statewide Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC).  Seven ventures, including ModoScript, were selected for the prestigious MDIC acceleration...
  • Syracuse Revels in Mega-Science Experiment to Study Neutrinos

    July 24, 2017 Associate Professor Mitchell Soderberg and Assistant Professor Denver Whittington are part of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.
  • Undergraduate Research Gets Major Boost from New Program

    July 13, 2017 Syracuse’s Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising (CFSA) recently chose nine undergraduate researchers to participate in the newly created Young Research Fellows Program (YRFP). Funding for this Universitywide program, including a two-year stipend, is made possible by a gift from Elliott Portnoy...
  • University Awarded $4 Million to Boost Retention of Minority Students in STEM

    July 13, 2017 The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $4 million grant to Syracuse University to lead an effort to develop and implement strategies for augmenting the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs of...
  • Driscoll to Co-Chair International Mercury Conference

    July 07, 2017 Professor Charles Driscoll will co-chair the 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2017) in Providence, Rhode Island, with fellow mercury scientist Celia Chen from Dartmouth College. The conference, running July 16-21, aims to share science, reduce...
  • Invent@SU Students Design, Prototype, Pitch New Products in Invention Accelerator Competition

    July 05, 2017 For Niall Shannon ’20 and Mina Diamantis ’19, Invent@SU was hands-on engineering at its best. They saw a problem in how many traditional wheelchairs can tip over and believed they could come up with a solution. “This is what I always...
  • New Research on How Families Handle Children Changing or Quitting Religion

    June 30, 2017 Woosang Hwang, a doctoral candidate in human development and family science, was quoted in a Live Science article Quitting Religion? Mom and Dad Would Prefer a Slow Fade.
  • Johan Wiklund Interviewed by Fast Company about the Success of Entrepreneurs with ADHD

    June 30, 2017 Johan Wiklund, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School, was featured in a story for Fast Company This Scientist is Studying How ADHD Can Help Entrepreneurs Succeed    
  • Zhanjiang ‘John’ Liu Named Syracuse University’s Vice President for Research

    June 27, 2017 Michele G. Wheatly, vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University, today announced the appointment of Zhanjiang “John” Liu to serve as the University’s vice president for research. Liu’s appointment, which was unanimously approved by the Executive Committee of the Board...
  • Bryce Hruska, a Postdoctoral Graduate Researcher, is Interviewed about New Research on Lead Exposure in Children

    June 23, 2017 Bryce Hruska, a postdoctoral graduate researcher at Falk College, appeared on WSYR TV to discuss research he is conducting with Professor Brooks Gump relating to lead exposure to children in Syracuse.
  • 7th International Building Physics Conference Invites Abstracts for Presentations

    June 12, 2017 The 7th International Building Physics Conference has released a Call for Abstracts, inviting papers to be presented at IBPC2018, which will be held in September 2018 in Syracuse. The online abstract submission center will be open until Oct. 1. IBPC2018 is the...
  • Maggie at the Bat

    June 12, 2017 Renée Crown University Honors Student Maggie Siciliano ’17 presents her research on the daughter-father bond created by America’s pastime, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Her research is titled “A Passion That Lasts a Lifetime: The Father/Daughter Relationship in Baseball.”
  • Gravitational Waves Researchers Explain their Latest Discovery

    June 08, 2017 Peter Saulson, the Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics, and Alex Nitz G’15, who earned a Ph.D. in physics, were both interviewed by the Detroit Free Press for the article Former U.P. resident helps detect colliding black holes in...
  • The Research of Susan Parks Featured in PNAS Editorial

    June 08, 2017 Susan Parks, associate professor of biology, was quoted in a PNAS editorial Listening In On the Deep Sea.    
  • Professor Duncan Brown Explains the Newest Gravitational Waves Discovery

    June 05, 2017 Duncan Brown, the Charles Brightman professor of physics, was also interviewed for Quanta magazine for the article The Latest Black Hole Collision Comes with a Twist.  
  • Physics Student Named Kavli Graduate Fellow

    June 05, 2017 A student in the College of Arts and Sciences is the winner of a graduate fellowship to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Suraj Shankar, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics,...
  • Syracuse Alumnus Instrumental in LIGO’s Third Detection of Gravitational Waves

    June 01, 2017 Alex Nitz G’15, who earned a Ph.D. in physics, helped detect the signal on Jan. 4, 2017, using a software package he began developing at Syracuse.
  • Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability Program Awards Nearly $75,000 to Projects

    June 01, 2017 Syracuse University’s Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program has completed its second round of applications and awarded nearly $75,000 in funding to faculty and students. The call for proposals sought projects that address climate disruption and offer...
  • Students Selected for Summer Research and Mentorship Opportunity

    May 23, 2017 Twenty Syracuse University students from across the disciplines have each won a $2,000 stipend to conduct research and other creative projects this summer under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The competitive research opportunity was made possible through a partnership...
  • Students Present on Variety of Topics at ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference

    May 19, 2017 Six students with a variety of research projects—such as community attachment resilience in a deindustrialized city, the effects of using different basketballs in NCAA play and 3D flow visualization in virtual reality—represented Syracuse University at this year’s ACC Meeting of...
  • Students build a car for special needs children

    May 12, 2017 Bioengineering students Katie Cooper, Brendan Butcher and Zach Reers  were featured in the CNY Central story SU student-built ‘Otto-mobile’ helps students with disabilities
  • “Healthy Building” research featured

    May 10, 2017 The research of Suresh Santanam, Associate Professor and Director of Industrial Assessment Center Biomedical & Chemical Engineering, was profiled in Monitor on Psychology for the article Healthy buildings, productive people
  • Wang Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

    May 10, 2017 School of Information Studies (iSchool) Assistant Professor Yang Wang has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research and education efforts on privacy management for people with disabilities, particularly...
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science Student Innovation Recognized at 2017 Research Day

    May 04, 2017 The College of Engineering and Computer Science celebrated student innovation at the annual Research Day luncheon. The focus of the recent event is on the importance of bringing research to a broad audience and presenting it in a way that...
  • Chemistry Lands Funding for Long-Running Undergraduate Research Program

    May 04, 2017 For more than 15 years, Syracuse University’s Department of Chemistry has welcomed summer undergraduate researchers. Thanks to a new three-year, $297,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to chemistry professors Michael Sponsler and Bruce Hudson, the immersive program will...
  • 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...
  • Professor Burak Kazaz’s new research about wine futures is profiled

    April 25, 2017 The research of Burak Kazaz, the Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management, was featured in a Forbes article A New Study Encourages Wine Distributors To Look Into The Future/s
  • 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...
  • Forensics faculty members on CSI becoming a reality in crime investigations

    April 20, 2017 Michael Marciano, and Jonathan Adelman, both assistant research professors, were featured in an article in IEEE Pulse about the  Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute titled “New Forensics Approaches Looking More “CSI”-Like.”
  • 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...