Marie Cusick, WMHT


WMHT/Capital Region reporter for the Innovation Trail.

As a multimedia journalist, Marie contributes television, radio, and digital reports to the Innovation Trail.

Her radio work has appeared nationally on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, and regionally on WNYC and public stations throughout New York.

Marie's television reports can be seen on WMHT's award-winning public affairs show, New York NOW, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She also contributes reports to WNET Thirteen's New York City public television show, MetroFocus.

Marie joins WMHT from her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she reported for a cable TV news station. She  previously worked as a reporter and anchor for an ABC affiliate in Casper, Wyoming. Marie began her broadcasting career as an intern on the assignment desk at WBZ-TV in Boston.



Thu January 10, 2013

GlobalFoundries to move forward with $2 billion R&D expansion

GlobalFoundries Fab 8 campus in Malta will add 90,000 square feet of new cleanroom space for its new Technology Development Center.
Marie Cusick WMHT

The GlobalFoundries computer chip manufacturer announced earlier this week that the company will move forward with construction of a new research and development facility at its Fab 8 campus in Malta.

The facility, which will be called the Technology Development Center (TDC) represents another $2 billion investment in the Capital Region by the company, bringing the overall total to $8 billion. They cite a shift in the computing industry from PCs to mobile devices, which has driven demand for their chips.

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Wed January 2, 2013

Cuomo blasts Congress over failure to send Sandy relief

At a cabinet meeting in Albany today, Governor Cuomo expressed outrage that Congress didn't pass a $60.4 billion federal relief package for Sandy victims.

The bill has already passed the Senate and Cuomo said he was repeatedly assured by Republican leaders in the House that they would vote on it on New Year’s Day.

He said the slow response from the federal government is causing people in the region to suffer, and said the delay was "unprecedented." 

NPR reports that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has now said votes on the relief package would take place by January 15th. 

See some of Governor Cuomo's comments to reporters below:



Mon December 17, 2012

UAlbany expands research into RNA

Most of us know all about DNA, the genetic building blocks that make us unique. But in recent years, there’s a lot of interest in RNA— a molecule that controls how our genes are expressed.

It has implications for treating everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease and millions of dollars in federal and state investment are going into RNA research at the University at Albany.

Watch our latest story about UAlbany's RNA Institute for New York NOW:


Fri December 7, 2012

New report finds future sea level rise will be significant

Long Island, New York was inundated with flood water and damage from Super storm Sandy.
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A report published Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finds that sea level increases over the next century will have significant impacts on coastal communities.

According to the report, the global sea level change is expected to be at least 8 inches but no more than 6.6 feet by 2100. The broad range is due to uncertainty about how much the Greenland and West Antarctica ice sheets will melt.

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Thu November 29, 2012

Engineering better lighting

During the darkest days of the year artificial lighting is more important than ever.

As the government works to phase out the inefficient incandescent bulb, the energy-saving LED (light-emitting diode) has started to take on a more prominent role in lighting systems.

Upstate New York has played a significant part in this emerging technology. The world’s first visible LED was actually demonstrated 50 years ago at a General Electric lab in Syracuse. Now researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center in Troy are using LEDs to develop lighting systems that can further cut energy costs and do a better job of mimicking natural daylight.

For example, scientists know that people tend to work better under blue colored light and relax better with red light. The RPI researchers are also studying fruit flies in an attempt to better understand our own individualized circadian rhythms. They’re working on creating a more nuanced and personalized system of light therapy that could also help people who work odd hours in changing light conditions, like members of the military or jet-lagged air travelers.