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Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was onstage today in a live webcast, presenting SUNY's new report card - for itself.

The document is called the "Power of SUNY Report Card."

It "grades" the State University of New York on 90 measures that include graduation rates, diversity of enrolled students and jobs created by on-campus sponsored research.

SUNY plans to measure itself against these numbers in years to come to see if its impact on New York state is making the grade. The main metrics: creating more jobs, establishing more partnerships and reaching more students.

SUNY is trying to reach those goals in spite of state budget cuts that have reduced state aid by 30 percent since the start of the recession.

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It's the science of the small, but when it comes to nanotechnology, researchers say the field's biggest asset is also their biggest challenge – nano's enormous scope.

With broad implications for energy, healthcare, and electronics, to name just a few, nanotechnology is helping shape science in the 21st century. But researchers say working with their peers in other fields can be a challenge.

"How do you communicate to someone who is not in your discipline? Whether you're a chemist, biologist, that's the biggest barrier," says Ji Ung Lee, a professor at UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).

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With less than two months’ notice, UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engingeering (CNSE) has been gearing up to host a major international nanotechnology conference.

The event was originally scheduled to be held in Tsukuba, Japan, but it was relocated to Albany in the wake of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Albany may not sit atop the Marcellus Shale, but the city is home to another critical resource for natural gas drillers — New York’s legislators.

Yesterday, about 50 representatives from the natural gas drilling industry spent the day at the capitol talking to legislators. Their hope: to convince lawmakers that their methods are safe and that New York needs natural gas.  

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says New York is recovering from the great recession - only it's recovering rather slowly.

That's the takeaway from a report DiNapoli released on Thursday, which looks at how New York's economy fared during 2010.

DiNapoli says the findings are definitely a "mixed bag." But overall, he says, "there's good reason to have cautious optimism."