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UAlbany News Podcast

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Welcome to the UAlbany News Podcast, where we speak with faculty, staff and students on how their research is tackling today’s 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 Y… read more

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The Future of Democracy in Bolivia, with Gabriel Hetland

December 13th, 2019


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 …

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

December 11th, 2019


James Acker, a distinguished teaching professor at the School of Criminal Justice, and Brian Keough, head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special …

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

December 9th, 2019


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 …

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

December 4th, 2019


Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduced a bill on Nov. 22 to repeal the now controversial Opportunity Zone Program. Other politicians, including presidential …

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

November 13th, 2019


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 …

Gangster Movies and Their Muses, with Frankie Bailey

November 8th, 2019


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 …

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

October 22nd, 2019


Tomoko Udo of the School of Public Health has examined the connections between eating disorders and mental health. 

Fewer than 30 percent of people …

Improving the Parental Experience in the NICU, with Beth DuFault

October 7th, 2019


Parents whose infant is admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit often experience a sense of exclusion from their role as caregivers and separation …

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

September 27th, 2019


As more countries in Central Asia transition to market economies, women are being left behind in the workforce despite high levels of education and …

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

September 12th, 2019


A photographer and a writer, both who grew up in military families, are collaborating to examine the growth industry of homeland security in the …

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

August 30th, 2019


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 …

How Educators Can Help Reduce Political Polarization, with Brett Levy

August 29th, 2019


More than eight-in-ten U.S. adults believe that political discourse has become more negative and less respectful, according to a survey conducted …

The Changing Role of Business Improvement Districts, with Wonhyung Lee

August 27th, 2019


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. …

Entrepreneurship Takeover Pt. 2 with Anthony Lombardo and Robert Manasier

August 2nd, 2019


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 …

Entrepreneurship Takeover Pt. 1 with Shawn Allan of Lithoz America

July 15th, 2019


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 …

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

June 27th, 2019


Richard Perez, a senior research associate at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), and his colleagues have developed a blueprint for …

Improving Power Outage Prediction and Response, with Jeff Freedman

May 22nd, 2019


Jeff Freedman, a research associate at UAlbany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), is working in collaboration with researchers and …

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

May 14th, 2019


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 …

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

May 13th, 2019


On the first of a two-part series, two political scientists from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy offer insight on Rep. …

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, with Patricia Strach

April 2nd, 2019


Patricia Strach is a professor of political science and public administration and policy at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & …

Automating Inequality, with Virginia Eubanks

April 2nd, 2019


Virginia Eubanks is an associate professor of political science at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. On this episode of …

Preparing for the Next Zika Outbreak, with Eli Rosenberg

April 2nd, 2019


It's been about three years since the World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus and its possible link to birth defects was an …

Donations and Emergency Response, with Samantha Penta

March 22nd, 2019


Samantha Penta is an assistant professor of emergency preparedness in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at …

LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care, with Sarah Mountz

March 21st, 2019


Sarah Mountz is an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare at UAlbany. Her research focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in child …

The World's First Quantum Computer with Herbert Fotso

February 26th, 2019


Herbert Fotso is an assistant professor of physics in UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on theoretical and computational …

Climate Change Pt. 3: What High School Textbooks Tell Us, with Brett Levy and Casey Meehan

January 4th, 2019


For the last installment of a three-part series on climate change, we feature Brett Levy, an assistant professor of educational theory and practice …

Opportunity Zones with Timothy Weaver

December 10th, 2018


On the last episode for 2018, we take a closer look at what political scientists call "Opportunity Zones," or economically-distressed communities. …

Feeling Stressed? Coping Strategies for Anxiety, with Elisabeth O'Rourke

November 27th, 2018


Elisabeth O'Rourke is a PhD student in clinical psychology in UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences. She studies how self-regulation predicts the …

Climate Change Pt. 2 with Mathias Vuille: A Case Study of Peru's Quelccaya Ice Cap

November 15th, 2018


Mathias Vuille, a professor of atmospheric and environmental sciences at UAlbany, and his research team project that Peru’s Quelccaya Ice Cap could …

The Relationship Between Racial Discrimination and Trauma, with Alex Pieterse

October 29th, 2018


Alex Pieterse is a licensed psychologist and an associate professor of counseling psychology in UAlbany's School of Education. His research looks at …

Climate Change Pt. 1 with Brian Greenhill: Policy That Persuades

October 22nd, 2018


Policymakers take one of two approaches when addressing the risks of climate change: adaptation and mitigation. On this episode, Brian Greenhill …

The Link Between Refugees in Thailand and Australia, with Kate Coddington

October 15th, 2018


Kate Coddington is an assistant professor in UAlbany's Department of Geography and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses …

How Zebras Can Help Us Understand Anthrax Transmission, with Wendy Turner

October 1st, 2018


Wendy Turner is an assistant professor of biological sciences in the University at Albany's College of Arts and Sciences. She is researching how …

When Dance and Physics Collide, with Keith Earle

October 1st, 2018


Keith Earle is an associate professor of physics in UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences. He has collaborated with Albany's Ellen Sinopoli Dance …

Solving Crimes Using Light with Ewelina Mistek

September 21st, 2018


Ewelina Mistek is a forensic scientist and PhD student in the University at Albany's Department of Chemistry. She is researching a radiation …

Detecting Deepfake Videos with Siwei Lyu

September 21st, 2018


Siwei Lyu is an associate professor of computer science in UAlbany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Lyu and his research team …

Detecting Fake News with Shivam Parikh

September 20th, 2018


Shivam Parikh is a PhD student in UAlbany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is a systems developer analyst for Information Technology …

The Nation's Most Advanced Mesonet with Jerry Brotzge

September 19th, 2018


Jerry Brotzge serves as the program manager for the New York State Mesonet. His work encompasses the field of surface instrumentation, radar and …

Argentina's Fight to Legalize Abortion with Barbara Sutton

September 17th, 2018


In August of 2018, Argentina's Senate narrowly defeated a bill to legalize abortion. Barbara Sutton, an associate professor in the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, spent the summer in Buenos, Aires, …

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