For Immediate Release
February 28, 2013
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BROCKPORT, N.Y. — The power of SUNY was in full force Tuesday, Feb. 26, as graduate students from various State University of New York and City University of New York colleges presented their research at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Evan Rea and Steven Kassirer , graduate students at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, were among 70 students showcasing their work.
Accompanied by Dr. James Spiller, Assistant Provost of Research and Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, Rea and Kassirer displayed their research in poster form for peers, faculty and SUNY administration including Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Kenneth O’Brien, SUNY Faculty Senate President and Associate Professor of History at Brockport. New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy also visited with Rea and Kassirer.
A student in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Biology, Rea’s research focused on watershed pollution, specifically water quality of tributaries of the Genesee River.
Kassirer, a student in the Department of Counselor Education is focused on receiving his master’s degree in mental health counseling. His poster, titled “Occurrence of chronic/severe physical illness, mental illness and chemical dependence in a hospital mental health clinic,” focused on the complex relationship between physical and mental health and chemical dependency.
“This event showed both the diversity of learning and scholarship of Brockport, and also the common rigor and mix of artistic and technical messages that go into research of any discipline at Brockport,” said Spiller.
The Boosting the Power of SUNY event has been in place for three years. Both Rea and Kassirer are expected to graduate this May.
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