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Congressional Appropriations to SUNY Show 117 Percent Increase Over 2003

Five major ESF projects funded

ALBANY - State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King today announced that SUNY campuses will receive more than $33.2 million in additional federal funding in 2004. Congressional appropriations to SUNY for the fiscal year that began October 1 represent a more than 117 percent increase over the previous year. The congressional funding for 2004 is in support of 23 projects at SUNY institutions.

"The fact that SUNY was able to attract substantially more federal funds in an extraordinarily difficult budget year speaks volumes of the quality of research being done by our faculty and the strong effort put forth by our congressional delegation," said Chancellor Robert L King. "Over the past three years we have greatly increased SUNY's stature in Washington, DC."

Since SUNY began submitting a system-wide request for federal funds three years ago, congressional appropriations provided more than $59 million in additional federal funding. In FY2001, congressional appropriations to SUNY totaled just $3.4 million.

"The success we are having in Washington is a direct result of the coordinated activities of all our partners in this effort," King said, specifically identifying members of the state's congressional delegation, campus leaders, faculty researchers, and staff of the SUNY Research Foundation.

"We are particularly pleased by the support and encouragement we have received from New York's congressional delegation. Our delegation in Washington enjoys seniority in many key committees in both houses and the faith of our congressional leaders in their State University is very gratifying."

King specifically acknowledged the work of the following members of the state's congressional delegation for their work on behalf of SUNY:

* Rep. James Walsh (R-25th Dist., Syracuse - Chairman of VA HUD Subcommittee)
* Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-23rd Dist., New Hartford - Chairman of the Science Committee)
* Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-27th Dist., East Amherst - Rules Committee)
* Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D - 22nd Dist., Binghamton - Appropriations Committee)
* Rep. Michael McNulty (D-21st Dist.,. Albany - Ways & Means Committee)
* Rep. John Sweeney (R-22nd Dist., Clifton Park - Appropriations Committee)
* Rep. Nita Lowey (D -18th Dist., Harrison - Appropriations Committee)
* Rep. Amo Houghton (R - 29th Dist, Corning. - International Relations Committee, Ways & Means Committee)
* Rep. Timothy H. Bishop (D-1st Dist., Southampton)
* Rep. Eliot Engel (D-17th Dist., Bronx)
* Rep. Jack Quinn (R-27th Dist., Hamburg)
* Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY);
* Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

King has made the development of new and expanded sources of revenue a key component of his strategy to move the State University to the front ranks of American public higher education. He has outlined a plan to develop competitive, diverse, and predictable streams of operating revenues and generate an additional $5 billion from federal, state and private resources.

Following is the list of the SUNY projects that will be funded in FY2004, including name of project, campus, amount of support and brief description.

Nanoelectronics Defense and Security Initiative, University at Albany, $4,500,000 A joint program between Albany NanoTech at University at Albany and the Naval Research Laboratories as well as a number of industry partners including Mtech Labs in New York and Supergenics in Florida. This project will demonstrate the effectiveness and integration of cryogenically cooled power semiconductor devices used by the US Navy.

Advanced Sensor Design and Threat Detection Facility, Binghamton University, $2,100,000 This project will equip and renovate laboratories that will link the Advanced Sensor Design and Threat Detection Facility to the Center for Protein Dynamics and speed the development of critical technologies in the fields of biological, chemical, acoustic and digital sensor design to advance disease diagnostics and interventions, and improve the ability to identify, evaluate and remediate threats to national security.

Buffalo Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, University at Buffalo, $9,900,000 Combining expertise in bioinformatics, molecular targeting, gene expression, proteomics and structural biology, disease modeling, and pharmacokinetics, the center will blend experimental research and computational research involving the power of supercomputers to usher in an era of "personalized medicine" based on an individual's genetic makeup. The center will help lay the foundation for a new life-sciences economy for Buffalo Niagara and the creation of thousands of high-technology jobs.

Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE), Buffalo State College, $100,000 The Buffalo State College Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) is a teaching and service center devoted to the improvement of educational services for children in urban and rural schools-of-need. Expanding the range of services of this model program through a state and national consortium extends Buffalo State's educational programming to include a new focus on improving educational leadership in public schools, and disseminating achievement results specific to applications in difficult-to-teach urban classrooms.

Regional Applications Center for the Northeast, Cayuga Community College, $2,000,000 This Center brings the technology, knowledge and applications of the new and rapidly evolving field of Geographic Information Technologies (GIT) to Central New York. The practice of GIT combines Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other data collection methods, including remote sensing and geographic information software. GIT users employ this cluster of techniques to acquire and analyze geographic data.

Online Bachelor's Degree for Emergency Management Professionals, Empire State College, $100,000 This new degree program will enable emergency managers throughout the United States to develop security planning and response strategy skills.

Onondaga Creek Habitat Restoration Demonstration Initiative, College of Environmental Science and Forestry/Syracuse, $350,000 This program will diagnose the current restoration needs of the urban section of Onondaga Creek, identify the most rigorous approach toward restoration, determine the ecological impact of the restoration and quantify the human and structural risks of the project.

NASA Remote Sensing Project, College of Environmental Science and Forestry/Syracuse, $500,000 Forestry employs almost 70,000 workers in New York State and as an industry generates some $4 billion annually. The project will improve the state's ability to efficiently operate its forest lands and enhance economic development in environmentally sound ways by applying new remote sensing technologies to forest resource management practices.

Facility Renovations and Improvements in Onondaga Park, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, $250,000 The project will revitalize southwest Syracuse by cleaning and restoring upper and lower Onondaga parks and building an educational center that will include a botanical garden, urban stream and space for classes, exhibits and other facilities. A regional attraction, the center will draw visitors to the area.

Rural/Suburban Run-off Treatment Project, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, $350,000 The project will examine the effectiveness of contaminant mitigation strategies for rural/suburban run-off affecting water quality along the Central New York watersheds.

North Country Campus Economic Development and Improvement Program, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, $350,000 This program will support the acquisition, renovation and construction of facilities for the North Country Campus Economic Development and Improvement Program in Clayton, NY.

Woody Biomass Applications, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, $750,000 This project supports scientific research being done by chemists, structural biologists and forest products experts in biofuels and other new energy-producing techniques to develop the production of woody biomass from salix, a fast-growing species of willow for use as a renewable energy source.

Technical Education and Training Components of the SUNY Solar Power As Renewable Energy (SPARE) Program, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, $100,000 This funding will be used to install a 12-15KW photovoltaic system in conjunction with the State University of New York Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. The SPARE demonstration project includes an education and training partnership with the Syracuse City School District and Onondaga Community College designed to educate and train economically disadvantaged inner city and rural youth in the technical and mechanical trades associated with the installation, maintenance and operations of photovoltaic power systems

Spatial Information Technology Center, Fulton Montgomery College, $300,000 The Center brings the technology, knowledge and applications of the Spatial Information Technology field to the Fulton-Montgomery region, positively affecting the rural area's educational, economic development and workforce communities. It offers educational programs in the areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Position Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing (RS).

Cluster Computing Facility, SUNY Geneseo, $150,000 This facility will be a prototype for powerful computer clusters that can be installed for a fraction of the price of mainframes thus making powerful computer resources available at smaller institutions. It will provide high performance computing to researchers and a laboratory for computer science to experiment in an area that is becoming vital to both researchers and businesses.
A Regional Solution for the Rural Disparity in Higher Education, Jamestown Community College, $50,000 This project will give rural students access to specialized degree programs by providing the administrative and academic support systems necessary to develop a regional partnership approach to academic program delivery.

DNA Computing and Genomics Laboratory, SUNY Oneonta, 250,000 The facility will be used to continue and expand ongoing genomics research and to develop new experimental models for molecular computing using DNA surface chemistry. It will enable faculty of several disciplines to carry out competitive research, and provide excellent training opportunities for undergraduate students preparing for graduate school, professional school, or technical positions in the biotechnology field.

Secondary Science Education Technology/Teaching Laboratories, SUNY Oneonta, $160,000 This funding will provide technology equipment, materials, and human resources to support the College's newly renovated secondary science education facility.

Rockland University Center Shuttle Service, Rockland Community College, $280,000 The shuttle will provide a consistent, direct and frequent service between the College's main campus in Suffern and the Spring Valley Extension Site, improving access and making collaborative ventures feasible.

Regional Cancer Pathology Consortium Laboratory, Stony Brook University, $300,000 The funding will establish a state-of-the -art molecular pathology laboratory and a shared bank of frozen samples of cancer tissue for genetic, protein and toxicologic studies at Stony Brook University.

Diabetes Education and Telemedicine Project, Upstate Medical University, $9,000,000 In rural areas barriers such geographic distance, weather, and a shortage of doctors can keep patients with diabetes from getting the care they need. This project, now in its second phase, will use readily available telemedicine technology to educate, monitor and deliver care to Medicare patients with diabetes across the entire Upstate region.

Center for Emergency Preparedness, Upstate Medical University, $1,000,000 The Center for Emergency Preparedness serves the community through educational programs, service activities and research in emergency preparedness for both routine and extraordinary circumstances. This funding will be used to establish a true regional training and surge capacity center, expand training, management simulation and research programs, develop technology in the areas of error reduction, telemedicine and wireless communications.

The New Center, Westchester Community College, $400,000 This funding will support the planning and development, initial program start-up and equipment needs for The New Center. The building will accommodate expanded services for immigrants including English-as-a-Second Language programs, workplace culture training, modern language classes, and a volunteer/mentoring program as well as the relocation of the College's modern language programs.

"These projects have the potential to reap significant benefits for the people and businesses of New York State," King said. "The work being done by our faculty and campuses is crucial to the health and prosperity of our state, and we are delighted at the support our campuses are receiving in Washington." The State University will continue to work with New York's congressional delegation, Governor George Pataki, and the Bush Administration on the implementation of these projects.

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