Researchers in Western New York are working on a project that could assess how humans develop disease. A major grant was recently awarded by the National Science Foundation to assistant professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, Scott Ferguson.
Until now, scientists could only guess at the amount of plastic waste in the Great Lakes.
This week, a team of researchers sets sail to conduct the first-ever survey of plastic pollution in the world’s largest fresh water system.
“You really have to start with, ‘Is this even an issue in the Great Lakes? [With] 35 million people living around the Great Lakes, all the plastic you see blowing around, common sense is that it’s out there,” says Sherri “Sam” Mason, professor within SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
For the first time in its 186-year history, a woman has been appointed president of SUNY Fredonia.
Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath, who has served as vice president for academic affairs at the college since 2005, will become the college's 13th president when she takes over July 1. The SUNY Board of Trustees unanimously approved Horvath's appointment today after she was recommended by Chancellor Nancy Zimpher last week.
The 54-year-old Horvath is an Amherst native who was chosen from a field of more than 50 candidates. She will earn an annual salary of $205,000.