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Nov. 6, 2002
OSWEGO -- SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King has honored Robert W. Ballentine, associate professor of meteorology at SUNY Oswego, as one of the most important and innovative scientists in the State University of New York system.
An Oswego faculty member since 1985, Ballentine was one of 38 recognized at the second Chancellor's Recognition Dinner Honoring Research in Science, Engineering and Medicine, held at the State University Plaza in Albany.
"These award-winning faculty members of the State University of New York are working to make scientific breakthroughs," King noted. "These scientists represent SUNY's world-class faculty that has garnered more than $700 million for 9,000 research projects that are supporting 21,000 jobs in New York state."
Under two National Science Foundation grants, Ballentine and colleagues Alfred Stamm and Len Kishishian conducted research on winter storms in the Great Lakes region. Ballentine also received two grants from the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training to improve the prediction of lake-effect snowstorms in the eastern Great Lakes region.
A current focus, working with Stamm, is Research Experiences in Meteorology: Exploration in Science, Mathematics and Technology. This three-year, $310,000 National Science Foundation project helps high school teachers and students develop hands-on research projects during a four-week summer program at SUNY Oswego. Ballentine expects more than 30 schools from around Central New York to participate next year.
"The benefits go both ways," Ballentine said of REM-SMT. "It's helpful to us that they are setting up weather equipment at the schools that provide data on lake-effect snow. In turn, we can provide the schools with classrooms, materials, guidance and research exercises."
The 38 men and women honored represented 23 SUNY campuses. They generate nearly $70 million in research funding.
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