Daniel Robison, WBFO


WBFO/Western New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Daniel Robison came to Buffalo from WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, where he was assistant news director.  Robison has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition SundayOn Point with Tom Ashbrook, PRI's The WorldVoice of America, Chicago Public MediaWNYC, the Ohio River Radio Consortium, Allegheny Front and assisted APM's The Story and Marketplace.

Robison has an M.A. from Indiana University and graduated in 2007 with a degree in history from the University of Evansville.  

Robison hails from Kentuckiana (the Indiana side!), better known as the Louisville Metro Area. You can follow him at @robisonrobison



Thu July 19, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

When cows are hot, there's less milk for Greek yogurt

Milk from upstate New York is widely used in the growing Greek yogurt industry. But the heat has cows producing less.
Old Shoe Woman via Flickr

Someone once said Thursday is the new Friday. Whatever that means, here's the Morning Trail Mix from the trusty team of the Innovation Trail.

Tax breaks for craft brewers are now law.

Ralph Wilson Stadium gets a Lego doppelganger. 

And: A transparent political strategy on display in western New York.

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Tue July 17, 2012

SUNY Buffalo launches $120 million push to replace rare earths

Before the end of the year, SUNY Buffalo will know if a $120 million grant from the Department of Energy can be used to build the new Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics. The lobbying effort is led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Daniel Robison WBFO

With China largely cornering the market for rare earth metals, domestic researchers are trying to create synthetic replacements.

SUNY Buffalo (UB) wants to corner that effort – and is asking the federal government for $120 million to help.

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Thu July 12, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Cuomo mum on likely-to-happen Thruway toll hike

Upon seeing this sign, truckers may have to plunge 50% deeper into their pockets to proceed on the open road ahead.
chapstickaddict via Flickr

Strap on the boots and tie them tight; you're going for a hike on the Innovation Trail.

Today we find out what a "nurdle" is. Wait, you don't know?

Prepare to pay more tolls on the Thruway - if you're a trucker.

And: Buffalo's downtown gets some help from a large corporation.

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Wed July 11, 2012

Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail

A ship of scientists and students will study plastic waste in Lakes Huron, Superior and Erie this summer. The voyage will be led by Sherri Mason [above], a SUNY Fredonia professor.
Daniel Robison WBFO

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.

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Tue July 10, 2012

Sensor startup senses golden opportunity

The Sensordone's "face" tracks facets of its environment, including light and gas levels, color, humidity and more.
Courtesy photo Sensorcon

Are we on the verge of a “sensor revolution?”

Sensorcon hopes so. The Buffalo-based tech startup envisions a world where the average person is empowered with a small device that reads temperature, carbon monoxide levels, dew point and more.

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