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New York’s Capital Region has become a hub for high-tech manufacturing and nanoscience. While those terms may bring computer chips to mind, a weeklong symposium wrapping up today in Albany is exploring how nanoscience can be used in medicine. 

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As upstate New York continues its ascent as a technological hub, Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering campus is now home to Tech Valley High. The cutting edge school is expected to become a blueprint as America's education system modernizes and tightens standards.

Tech Valley High had been ensconced in two different Rensselaer County locations. Wednesday marked the official ribbon-cutting for its new $8.5 million home at the NanoCollege, which is transitioning into SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany is hosting the final round of the $500,000 New York Business Plan Competition today. The fifth annual event features 92 student-led teams representing 36 colleges and universities from across New York.

Student entrepreneurs from across the state, hoping to transform ideas into actual, viable technology, are competing now in Albany. Contests were held this month to select winners in each region of the state: those winners have advanced to the Grand Prize competition.

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The Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is positioned to merge with the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. A new college would be created.  A draft summary of the merger plan, obtained by the Utica Observer-Dispatch, says the new school would be called SUNY Institute for Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology, or SUNY INSET.  Expectations are the merged institution's Marcy facility would provide the Mohawk Valley with the strong, technologically trained workforce it needs to attract more high-end technology companies.

The Cuomo Administration has announced a construction milestone at the so-called Nano Utica initiative.

On Thursday, New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy visited the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica to announce that construction is ahead of schedule on the Computer Chip Commercialization Center. Also known as Quad-C, the $125 million project is part of the Cuomo Administration’s Nano Utica initiative, led by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and SUNY IT.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today toured Fulton Montgomery Community College to visit a program focused on nanotechnology. The New York Democrat is advocating for STEM education among women and minorities.

Senator Gillibrand visited FMCC’s Center for Engineering and Technology, Electrical Technology – Nanotechnology program. She spoke with students about the importance of STEM education at a school that is geographically positioned between two nanotechnology hubs – SUNY IT’s Nano Utica and Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Chipfab Plant For Marcy

Sep 12, 2013

The Albany NanoCollege is branching out westward, stimulating even more growth.

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The SUNY Board of Trustees has given the green light to separate the University at Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering. While there are some concerns, officials seem to agree they are taking steps in the right direction.

Last week, the trustees voted 13 to 3 in favor of splitting the colleges into two separate entities.

Central NY Nano-watch

Jun 14, 2013

The success of the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has inspired a push for a similar nanotechnolgy center in Central New York ...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced a new university-wide initiative to tackle the challenges and opportunities of Big Data.

At a morning ceremony at the Troy campus, RPI officials christened it "IDEA" - the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications – the college’s $60 million initiative involves students and faculty from more than 12 departments across the five schools of the university.