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After the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed New York's state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students.

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James Harden scored 30 points and the Houston Rockets evened the NBA's Western Conference finals at two games apiece by outscoring Golden State 25-12 in the fourth quarter of a 95-92 victory against the Warriors. Chris Paul had 27 points for the Rockets, who blew a seven-point halftime lead and trailed by 10 heading into the final period. Stephen Curry poured in 28 points for the Warriors, while Kevin Durant added 27 with 12 rebounds. Game 5 is tomorrow at 9 p.m.

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A longtime University at Albany history professor and expert on colonial Albany was killed after being hit by two cars in Longboat Key, Florida on Tuesday. Police say Warren Roberts was hit while on a walk on his 85th birthday. No charges have been brought in the collision, which also sent a driver to the hospital. Roberts, a distinguished teaching professor emeritus, joined the UAlbany faculty in 1963 and taught there for 45 years. He earned his PhD from UC-Berkeley.

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The University at Albany has drawn the second-seed in NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament.  The bid comes after a 14-4 victory over Vermont that gave the Great Danes their fifth conference title in six years.

UAlbany will host unseeded Richmond in the first round May 12th.

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The New York State Industries for the Disabled held its fifth annual CREATE Symposium at the Legislative Office Building in Albany Wednesday. Engineering college students showed off inventions created for people with disabilities.

Broadway legend Patti LuPone will appear at two events in the Capital Region this week. 

On Thursday, April 26 she will join Joe Donahue in a Creative Life conversation about Ms. LuPone’s career and devotion to the arts and high standards therein. The conversation will take place at Page Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus at 7 p.m. The Creative Life series is a major arts initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center and University Art Museum in conjunction with WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

On Friday, April 27, Ms. LuPone will perform "Don't Monkey With Broadway" at Proctors in Schenectady at 8 p.m. "Don’t Monkey with Broadway" features music by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

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The New York State Writers Institute and the UAlbany Speaker Series presents Salman Rushdie in an afternoon craft talk and evening presentation on Thursday, April 19.

Rushdie's new novel is The New York Times bestseller, "The Golden House," a parable of contemporary America set against the backdrop of current American culture and politics. We spoke with Rushdie on The Book Show when the book was published and this is an encore presentation of that interview.

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development and the Capital District Transportation Committee are hosting a public meeting Wednesday to discuss the future of Washington Avenue near the University of Albany’s uptown campus.

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The Police Benevolent Association of New York State says University at Albany Police have their hands cuffed when it comes to executing their duty to protect and serve. The college disputes the criticism.

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The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team has been ranked No. 1 in the country in the Inside Lacrosse media poll released Monday. This is the first time the program has been ranked No. 1 in its 19-year Division I history.

The Great Danes play their first match as No. 1 when they host Cornell on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Lois Lowry and Joe Donahue at Page Hall
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Lois Lowry is a leading voice of children’s literature and the author of more than 30 books. She is known for work that explores such complex issues as racism, terminal illness, murder, and the Holocaust. She received the Newbery Medal for both "The Giver" and "Number the Stars." In 2007 Lowry received the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her lasting contribution to young adult literature.

This interview was recorded at Page Hall as part of the "The Creative Life Series" created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

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A University at Albany professor was contacted by four ophthalmology and oncology practices in New York City after doctors diagnosed ten cases of vitreoretinal lymphoma, an extremely rare primary central nervous system lymphoma where cancer occurs in the eyes. Dr. Roxana Moslehi, an associate professor in the UAlbany School of Public Health, looked into the cases, and her research determined that there should only be three cases of VRL in all of New York State over four years. So the cluster in New York City was very rare. 

University at Albany students are helping local jail inmates connect with their children.

The New York State Writers Institute’s Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World is a multi-day forum which will explore timely topics critical to an open democratic society including the rise of "fake news" and "alternative facts;" pressures on the First Amendment and a free press; media literacy; information overload; hacking and cybersecurity; and issues of race and class, among others.

Featured appearances will include Kurt Andersen, journalist, editor, radio host, and author of the new book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History; Bob Schieffer, former anchor of CBS Evening News and Face the Nation; Floyd Abrams, the nation's preeminent First Amendment lawyer; Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of HUFFPOST and more than two dozen prominent journalists, editors, historians, and authors. 

Author and journalist Paul Grondahl is the Director of The New York State Writer’s Institute and he joins us along with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and founder and Executive Director of the Writers Institute, William Kennedy.

A screening of the new documentary, Backpack Full Of Cash, about the effects of privatization of America’s public schools, will be followed by Q&A with award-winning director/producer Sarah Mondale and producer/editor Vera Aronow on Friday, September 8 at 7:00 PM in Page Hall on the University at Albany downtown campus.

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor, Matt Damon, the documentary film Backpack Full Of Cash explores the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan addressed those gathered prior to the actual forum.
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The Center For Law and Justice recently issued a letter of support for community policing on the University at Albany campus, whose police chief J. Frank Wiley has come under fire for adhering to the policy. The city of Albany has gained national recognition for its community policing philosophy. As Albany police begin outfitting officers with body cameras, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Center's executive director Alice Green about how the devices might alter the police-community dynamic.

Havidán Rodríguez is the 20th president of the University at Albany, the first Latino President of any SUNY institution.
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A new president has been chosen to the lead the University at Albany.

Asha Burwell (Ariel Agudio standing behind her) outside the Albany County Courtoom after sentencing.
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On January 31, 2016, three women who were then students at the University at Albany set off a firestorm when they reported being assaulted in a racially-motivated attack during an early morning argument on a CDTA bus. A jury found two of them guilty of falsely reporting the incident. But today’s sentencing in Albany County Court may not be the last stop.

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A University at Albany grad who has directed three successful short films is dabbling in the literary world.

With higher education becoming more expensive, students looking to maximize their college experiences are getting help from their schools.

Exclusion of susceptible students from schools/colleges affected by a mumps outbreaks (and other, unaffected schools judged by local public health authorities to be at risk for transmitting the disease) should be considered as one way to control mumps.
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The University at Albany is dealing with eight confirmed cases of mumps among the student body.

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The University at Albany is responding to eight confirmed cases of mumps on campus.

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This week, two former University at Albany students were found guilty of falsifying reports surrounding a racially-charged assault on a bus in January 2016. They were cleared of more serious related charges. Here's a look back on a case that made international headlines.

The UAlbany community partnered with Albany Medical Center to assemble "survival kits" to support victims of sexual violence at our annual We Care event in SEFCU Arena.
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Hundreds of volunteers gathered Monday evening in Albany to pack and deliver "survival kits" to victims who have undergone forensic testing in the aftermath of sexual assault.

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The trial against two former UAlbany students for their alleged roles in a racially charged incident aboard a CDTA bus on the Campus will begin with jury selection on Monday.

David Salle is an internationally renowned painter whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Museum and National Galarie of Berlin, among many others.   He also has a long-standing involvement with performance working extensively over the last 25 years with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas.  Salle is also a prolific writer on art. His new book is How To See.

On Wednesday, March 23, he will be featured in the New York Writers Institute The Creative Life Series in conversation with Joe Donahue, live in the Recital Hall at UAlbany at 7pm. 

"Coach Mac" celebrates winning the America East title.
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The University at Albany women’s basketball team just won a record sixth-straight America East conference championship. But now, the biggest challenge of all awaits the Great Danes in the NCAA Tournament. UAlbany is heading to Storrs, Connecticut to face UConn in the first round on Saturday at 11 a.m. UConn has won 107 games and four national championships in a row. The woman in charge of figuring out a way to knock the Huskies off is first-year UAlbany coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “Coach Mac” tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus that she was stunned to be matched up with UConn.

Author Diane Ackerman will read from and discuss her 2007 bestseller The Zookeeper’s Wife, in anticipation of the soon-to-be-released major motion picture based on her book at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday night at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Earlier that same day, at 4:15 p.m. Ackerman will hold a seminar in on the UAlbany Uptown Campus.  

The events are presented by The New York State Writers Institute.

Diane Ackerman is a naturalist and writer of both prose and poetry. The Zookeeper’s Wife has been adapted for film by Focus Features and is scheduled for release on March 31st. The book and film tell the little known true story of a Warsaw zookeeper’s family that saved 300 Jews during the Holocaust.

The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany is an initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, and University Art Museum, all of which are housed and function on the main campus of the University at Albany. Guests in this inaugural year of the series have included author Joyce Carol Oates and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover who appeared in September and October 2016, respectively.

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The University at Albany is undergoing a major academic expansion, and it's happening with an interim president in charge. Dr. James Stellar has been leading the university since the end of last September after the departure of Dr. Robert Jones, who left for a new position with the University of Illinois. Dr. Stellar spoke with WAMC News about UAlbany's most immediate plans.

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