Biomaterials Research and Education in Upstate New York

Abstract: Upstate New York is home to diverse research and education programs in the area of biomaterials—substances engineered to interact with biological systems for therapeutic or diagnostic medical purposes. This presentation will provide an overview of cross-institutional biomaterials research and education programs in Upstate, including the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute and the National Science Foundation-funded Interactive Biomaterials Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site. The focus will be on sharing insights into collaborative research and education programs in Upstate and the invaluable role information infrastructure provides in enabling and advancing those programs.

SBI REU Mentee Mentor Portaits Group Photo June 2018

Speaker Bio: James (Jay) Henderson, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and the Bioengineering Graduate Program Director at Syracuse University. His training in Mechanical Engineering was performed at Rice University (BS) and at Stanford University (MS, PhD), where he was a dual Hertz Foundation/Burt and Deedee McMurtry Stanford Graduate Fellow. He performed postdoctoral training in the departments of Biology and Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University as an Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Having joined the faculty of Syracuse University in 2008, Dr. Henderson’s lab focuses on the study and application of mechanobiology. Dr. Henderson is a faculty member of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute and of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Cancer Research Institute and holds an adjunct position in the Syracuse University department of Biology. He received the Aspiring Investigator Award at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Tissue Engineering Consortium in 2005, the New Investigator Recognition Award at the Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies in 2007, the College of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Excellence Award in 2010, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in the class of 2012, the James K. Duah-Agyeman Faculty Award in 2016, and the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Excellence Award in 2017.



2017 Meeting

Carlson Science & Engineering Library
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
October 20, 2017


8:15-9:00 – Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 – Welcome by Mary Ann Mavrinac

9:15-10:00 – Keynote Proximior: The Technologies of Close and Distant Reading

Keynote Speaker: Greg Heyworth, Director of the Lazarus Project and Associate Professor of English & Textual Science, University of Rochester

10:00-10:30 – Solomon Abiola The Academic Big Bang : Translational Networks Inside and Outside of CTSAs

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Presentations

12:00-1:00 – Lunch, and Art of Science Showcase: Sponsored by River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester and Springer-Nature

1:00-1:30 Posters

1:30-2:50 Presentations

2:50-3:00 Business Meeting

3:00 Tours

  • Rush Rhees Library Lam Square (3:00 – 4:00)
  • Laboratory for Laser Energetics (3:00 – 5:00)

2017 Keynote

Gregory Heyworth is Associate Professor of English, History and Computer Science at the University of Rochester. With degrees from Columbia (BA, Comparative Literature), Cambridge (English BA, MA), and Princeton (Ph.D., Comparative Literature) Heyworth is a medievalist with expertise in Latin and vernacular philology, codicology, paleography, and textual editing. In 2010, he founded the Lazarus Project. Under Heyworth’s direction, the Lazarus Project has successfully completed recoveries of damaged manuscripts and cultural heritage objects using spectral imaging and cognate technologies in nine countries and at libraries from the Vatican to the Folger. Beyond manuscripts, the Lazarus Project has imaged a wide variety of objects including maps, globes, cave paintings, coins, and artwork, and has worked with curators to visualize and display them for the public in innovative ways.

The topic of Greg Heyworth’s Keynote will be, “Proximior: The Technologies of Close and Distant Reading.” To see him in action, check out his TedTalk on “How I’m discovering the secrets of ancient texts.”

Svea Closser Bio

Svea Closser is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Middlebury College. She is a medical anthropologist who studies health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her most extensive research has been on Community Health Worker programs and on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Because of the international audience for her work, she has a long-standing interest in Open Access, and has published in a variety of Open Access publications. In 2015-16, she worked with other faculty and library staff at Middlebury College to craft and pass legislation creating an Open Access repository for all faculty work at Middlebury.

2016 Meeting

Colgate University, Hamilton NY
October 28, 2016


8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast (Donovan’s Pub, next to Case)

9:00 – 9:15 Introductions

9:15 – 10:00 Keynote Speaker

Svea Closser, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Middlebury College
Middlebury’s faculty recently approved an open access policy that grants the college a license to republish their faculty’s scholarly publications in their online institutional repository. Dr. Closser co-chair of the committee that developed and proposed the policy, will describe the process and experience.

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 12:00 Morning Sessions
Morning Sessions

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:33 Afternoon Sessions

2:35 – 2:50 Wrap up & Business Meeting

3:00 – 4:00 Tours
Case Library & Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate’s VISLab

Planning Committee

Peter Tagtmeyer

2016 Lodging

Unfortunately, lodging in the village of Hamilton is unavailable, as the meeting date coincides with family weekend here at Colgate.  Local rooms have been booked for months.

Recommended lodgings in the area:

Hampton Inn & Suites Cazenovia
25 Lakers Ln, Cazenovia, NY 13035    ~ 20 miles from Hamilton
(315) 655-7666

Super 8 Oneida
215 Genesee St, Oneida, NY 13421        ~ 20 miles from Hamilton
(315) 363-5168

Graziano’s Inn
409 N Peterboro St, Canastota, NY 13032     ~ 20 miles from Hamilton, just off NY Thruway exit 34
(315) 697-8384

Turning Stone Resort Casino
5218 Patrick Rd, Verona, NY 13478     ~ 24 miles from Hamilton
(800) 771-7711