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The New York Academy of Sciences Recognizes SUNY as Innovation Leader

The State University of New York was collectively honored for its contribution to research and innovation across New York State

Published June 13, 2011

SUNY campuses statewide were recognized by the New York Academy of Sciences at a reception celebrating Research and Innovation in New York State at the Academy headquarters at 7 World Trade Center in New York City on May 26, 2011. The reception recognized SUNY’s contribution to research and innovation across regions and communities of all sizes and demographics, covering projects and disciplines in engineering and the sciences--ranging from nanotechnology to biotech, microelectronics, business start-ups, clean energy, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, productivity, community vitality, fashion, agriculture and training.

The reception, which included SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and The Research Foundation of State University of New York as primary supporters, was attended by elected officials, members of the SUNY Board of Trustees, members of the Research Foundation Board of Directors, representatives of SUNY campuses and other distinguished guests. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-126th Assembly District), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology and member of the Assembly’s Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Industry and Commerce addressed the audience providing praise and support for the work accomplished and the work ahead. "SUNY is an important component of New York's emerging innovation based economy,” said Assemblywoman Lupardo. “Working collaboratively with diverse partners from across the state, SUNY is helping New York regain its competitive advantage.”

“A great story is unfolding across SUNY’s 64 campuses,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “It’s a story of creativity and bold thinking. It’s the story of the kind of innovation that is saving lives, creating jobs for tomorrow’s workplaces, and laying the foundation for New York as an economic leader for a challenging new century. Faculty and students at SUNY campuses statewide are charting our future.”

Ellis Rubenstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences, was also on hand to offer his congratulations to SUNY: “We’re proud to have the opportunity to highlight SUNY’s incredible resource base and proven ability to make a difference in New York State,” he said. “Each of the success stories recognized today is testimony to the tremendous assets that SUNY brings to communities across the state.”

A photo album of the May 26th event is posted on the Research Foundation’s Facebook page.


About the New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide since 1817. With 25,000 members in 140 countries, NYAS is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. NYAS' core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. For more information, please visit

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 2.5 million alumni around the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

About the Research Foundation of State University of New York
Celebrating 60 years of supporting SUNY research, the Research Foundation of State University of New York (RF) is the largest most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. The RF supports over $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually and facilitates university-industry-government partnerships to accelerate the growth of sponsored program and applied research opportunities. Areas of research encompass a vast range of disciplines including life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences. Founded in 1951as a private not for profit educational corporation, the RF works with academic and business leadership to support essential research and discovery that translate into invention, innovation, entrepreneurship, economic opportunity and public benefit. For more information visit, read the RF Fact of the Day and connect with the RF on Facebook.