Updated:12/11/2013 1:19:23 PM
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Dr. Jodi O’Donnell and Dr. Lucas Tucker in Chemistry received a $75,000 Research Corporation for Science Advancement Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award to study “Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Porphyrins and their Efficacy as VOC Sensors”.
Japanese Cargoship Carrying the Siena/NASA Firestation Experiment Arrives at the International Space Station (ISS)
An experiment to study lightning flashes on Earth's atmosphere hitched a ride to the International Space Station on Aug. 3, 2013. The Firestation experiment launched aboard a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s transfer vehicle called Kounotori-4. Onboard is a joint Siena/NASA designed instrument that will study lightning.
"Six days after launching from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan, the npiloted Japanese Kounotori4 H-II Transfer Vehicle, or HTV-4, met up with The International Space Station and was captured by the Expedition 36 crew aboard the ISS, using the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm. The HTV-4 was launched with more than 3 1/2 tons of cargo and experiments for delivery to the ISS."
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Summer 2013: Physics Grant ties Siena to Ambitious Physics Experiment
"Siena College will use a $204,000 National Science Foundation grant to collaborate on research with Cornell University for a physics experiment being performed at the world’s most powerful particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland."
Summer 2013: Ecosystem Engineers
The tubes create virtual "forest" habitats in mud and sand flats, protruding a few inches above the flat and as much as a meter beneath it. For this reason, said Dr. Sarah Berke, assistant biology professor at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., the worms are known as "ecosystem engineers."
03/08/2013: Siena Physicist Joins Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment
Matt Bellis, assistant professor of physics, has joined the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) as an associate member, affiliated with the Cornell University research group. The LHC is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator and is regarded as an engineering milestone. The CMS experiment is one of the flagship detectors at the LHC and was one of two that claimed observation of a Higgs-like particle in the summer of 2012. Bellis’s association represents a tremendous opportunity for Siena students to be involved in one of the most exciting particle physics experiments of our time.
02/27/2013: NSF Biology Grant Awarded to Study Morphogenesis
Assistant Professor of Biology Adam Mason was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) research grant to study morphogenesis in male Caenorhabditis elegans, which are small worm-like organisms. Mason’s NSF grant started on January 1 and is valued at $362,201. Mason’s research will link aspects of cell biology, genetics and developmental biology to provide a detailed description of morphogenesis in C. elegans and inform the understanding of similar processes in vertebrates.
02/12/2013: Siena Awarded NASA Space Telescope Grants
Siena College Assistant Professor of Physics John Moustakas, Ph.D. was recently awarded two grants from the Space Telescope Science Institute to analyze observations obtained using NASA’s premier space-based observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope.
High Performance Computing Cluster Purchased
Spearheaded by computational chemist Professor George Barnes, the School of Science and ITS purchased a High Performance Computing Cluster in December 2012.
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