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Dr. Ronald Goldfarb. Photo provided by Trudeau Institute
Dr. Ronald Goldfarb. Photo provided by Trudeau Institute

Trudeau Institute hires new CEO

The Trudeau Institute has hired a new president and CEO to lead the bio-research lab in Saranac Lake. Dr. Ronald Goldfarb took the top job at the facility this week. He takes over after more than a year of turmoil and uncertainty at the lab.  Go to full article
Jennifer Knack. Photo: Clarkson University
Jennifer Knack. Photo: Clarkson University

Researcher looks at bullying's long-term health effects

The school year is in full swing now, and for some kids that unfortunately means the start to another year of being bullied.

One strategy for kids who are bullied is often to stay home from school as much as possible. But those kids may not just be faking their stomach aches--being bullied may be making them sick, and not just for the day.

Jennifer Knack, assistant professor of psychology at Clarkson University, researches the health effects of bullying, by looking at how stressful experiences like being bullied affect college students' levels of cortisol--often known as the 'stress hormone'.

She told Nora Flaherty she's seeing serious health problems in students who have experienced long-term bullying:  Go to full article
David Woodland (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
David Woodland (Source: Trudeau Institute)

With roots firm in Saranac Lake, Trudeau Institute looks to reorganize, grow

As we've been hearing, local leaders in Saranac Lake hope to develop the village into a biomedical hub. Back in February, the Trudeau Institute - one of the country's top immunology labs - committed to keeping its main campus in the community.

That decision, which followed weeks of controversy, left a lot of unanswered questions about Trudeau's future. The lab faced a major budget crunch this winter which forced the organization to cut support staff. It's also unclear how the facility can invest in the high-dollar equipment and technology needed for top-tier research.

Brian Mann sat recently down to talk in-depth with David Woodland, who heads the Trudeau Institute and also leads one of its research teams. Woodland says the lab is considering a major reorganization, that could include new for-profit ventures, as well as possible construction of a new campus in Saranac Lake for other biomedical companies.  Go to full article
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source: Trudeau Institute)

New Saranac Lake lab will push frontiers of disease research, cautiously

Yesterday we reported on the growth of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, which is adding three new research teams. Over the next few months, Trudeau Institute will certify its new research wing, named for former state Senator Ronald Stafford. Once it's brought on-line, the facility will be closed to the public forever. Even most of the Institute's staff won't be allowed inside. That's because the researchers working in the lab will handle some of world's deadliest diseases, including airborne strains of tuberculosis and influenza. Brian Mann was allowed a rare glimpse inside the lab and has our story.  Go to full article
Edward Livington Trudeau at work on Church Street (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
Edward Livington Trudeau at work on Church Street (Source: Trudeau Institute)

Modern Trudeau research carries on a tradition that began in 1880s

After touring the new research lab in Saranac Lake, NCPR went across town to the original research building once used by Edward Livingston Trudeau in the 1880s. Brian met with Mary Hotaling, with the Saranac Lake Historical Society. She says the tradition of cutting-edge research in the village goes back more than 120 years.  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute director David Woodland
Trudeau Institute director David Woodland

Trudeau Institute drives Saranac Lake?s booming bio-tech economy

It's been a tough year for the North Country economy. Government agencies have implemented hiring freezes. Many local firms have trimmed staff. Unemployment in many parts of the region tops ten percent, running well above the state and national averages. But in Saranac Lake, one bright spot is the expansion of Trudeau Institute. The research lab founded in the 1880s to battle tuberculosis has reinvented itself as one of the top science institute's in the country studying the human immune system. Now Trudeau is adding new jobs and preparing to open a massive new laboratory. Brian Mann has part one of our series on Trudeau's history and its impact in the North Country.  Go to full article

Clarkson pres meets with upstate biz leaders on EZ

Business leaders from across the state met yesterday in Rochester to talk about New York's troubled Empire Zone program. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Stimulating science with research dollars

We're hearing more and more about federal stimulus money being used to help laid-off workers or repair bridges or roads. Shawn Allee reports the government wants stimulus money to move through a wish list of environmental science projects, too.  Go to full article
Biologist Jonathan Hootman studies a long-eared bat
Biologist Jonathan Hootman studies a long-eared bat

Searching for bats in the forests of Fort Drum

Yesterday, we reported on the discovery of an endangered species that is complicating construction of much-needed housing on Fort Drum. Army officials want a management plan that allows development while preserving the habitat of the Indiana bat. But more information is needed on how the bats live, raise their pups and hibernate. Jonathan Brown tagged along with some biologists as they went out one night to catch some bats.  Go to full article
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)

Researcher Finds New Mite Species in Adks

A researcher from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has discovered a brand new species living in the Adirondacks. Heather Root, who grew up in Essex, Vermont, found at least one new type of tiny tree mite in the maple tree canopy at the Huntington Wildlife Forest near Newcomb. Root presented her discovery last month at the Ninth Annual Northeast Natural History Conference in Albany. Root did her research while dangling in a harness high above the ground. She told Brian Mann that she also found rare forms of lichen, not seen in the Adirondacks for decades.  Go to full article

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