Unravelling the Mysteries of Mars
Jun19

Unravelling the Mysteries of Mars

Little is still known about the Red Planet, but faculty, students and alumni are conquering the great space unknown. We Earthlings have long been captivated by what occupies the unfathomable vastness of our universe, now with a diameter we can see of about 93 billion light years. In our own solar system of eight major planets, the mysteries of Mars are particularly fascinating, mainly because it is among our closest planetary...

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Geneseo’s Problem-Solvers
Jun19

Geneseo’s Problem-Solvers

Alumni and faculty members make important contributions toward addressing needs in healthcare, community development and energy.  Some people say that every problem is really an opportunity and wrestling with a problem provides the opportunity to make tangible differences for good. While no individual alone can cure a disease or shrink humanity’s carbon footprint, each person who confronts a need joins a team that spans time and...

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Developing Anti-Cancer Medicines with Fewer Side Effects 
Jun19

Developing Anti-Cancer Medicines with Fewer Side Effects 

A Professor’s research on how pharmaceuticals interact with our biomolecules may lead to less toxic treatments. Pharmaceuticals are often necessary in the fight against cancer. But targeting cancer cells has a harsh impact on other cells in the human body, often leading to side effects such as infertility, hair loss and digestive problems.  Ruel McKnight, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Geneseo, has spent more than 15...

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Sleeping Sickness Research May Advance Our Knowledge of Genetics
Mar15

Sleeping Sickness Research May Advance Our Knowledge of Genetics

Researchers are studying the chemical modifications of a parasite RNA in hopes of finding new treatments for African sleeping sickness. Kevin Militello, a professor of biology at Geneseo, has spent his career studying the genetics of infectious diseases. His current research is supported by a $460,000, three-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Militello and his team study the parasite...

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Video: Augmented reality sand box
Mar13

Video: Augmented reality sand box

Research suggests people learn better when it is more like play. Professor of Geological Sciences Scott Giorgis demonstrates how the augmented reality sand box teaches students how to read a topographical map in an immersive, interesting...

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Video: Fighting African sleeping sickness
Mar13

Video: Fighting African sleeping sickness

Kevin Militello, professor of biology, and Geneseo students are researching the chemical modifications of parasite RNA in hopes of finding new treatments for African sleeping sickness. Their work may also advance our knowledge of genetics. His current research is supported by a $460,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious...

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The Importance of Play
Mar13

The Importance of Play

Play. It’s a simple word that we learn at an early age, and it embodies wide-ranging activities that help shape our essential nature through adulthood. Who hasn’t heard the shout of, “Will you play with me?” or “Let’s play hide-and-go-seek!” We engage in a multitude of sports — “Play ball!” The billion-dollar game industry capitalizes on our penchant for play, and we play in orchestras and playact on stage and screen. The list is...

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Who You Are,  Where You Are
Dec11

Who You Are, Where You Are

Geneseo researchers explore the connections between people and place.  It’s not hard to figure out your location on the map. Nowadays, you can just ask your phone. Understanding what it means to be in that location is a different story. The character of a place (Hilly or flat? Bustling or deserted? Settled in the 1890s or the 1980s?) shapes your experience there, and maybe even shapes the person you are. Whether you’ve lived in a...

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Video: Pet Store Fish May Inform Human Vision
Aug15

Video: Pet Store Fish May Inform Human Vision

At Geneseo, Assistant Professor of Biology Travis Bailey and student researchers are examining how zebra fish regenerate retinal cells. What they learn may help conquer sight loss in...

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The Psychology of Happiness and the Sociology of Well-being
Aug15

The Psychology of Happiness and the Sociology of Well-being

Recent books by Geneseo faculty members take different approaches in examining what may make for a better world and for satisfied lives The Shakespearian assertion that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” doesn’t hold weight these days according to the United Nation’s annual World Happiness Report. Denmark, and the handful of other Scandinavian countries, are consistent leaders on the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions...

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