Now that the entire human genome has been decoded, researchers at Syracuse University, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and SUNY Upstate Medical University are poised to use the genome information in ways that promise to transform medicine in the 21st century.
      The three universities combined forces to create the first doctoral program in structural biology, biochemistry, and biophysics (SB3) in Central New York. It is among fewer than 20 programs in the United States that include structural biology. The fast-emerging field is critical to helping scientists use the newly mapped genetic codes to find better ways to cure disease, fight pollution, and improve the quality of life.
      “The SB3 program positions us for cutting-edge research in this new, rapidly growing area, and demonstrates how a multidisciplinary approach can work to advance important scientific fields,” says SU Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund. “Joining together to actively break down institutional barriers will make all three universities stronger. Together we will have a greater impact on the field than we could individually.”
      Scientists involved say the joint program will enable them to pool faculty and other resources to apply for major federal funding for research, graduate training, and new high-tech equipment. They also believe the program will help attract some of the top scientists in the field to Central New York, as well as talented graduate students who will supply the growing demand in the United States for structural biologists in the public and private sectors.


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sheratonA wholly owned subsidiary of SU is the new owner of the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center, located at 801 University Ave., and has begun a yearlong, multimillion-dollar renovation of its guest rooms, public spaces, and parking garage. The limited liability company, Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center, LLC, was established to operate the hotel. The company’s president is Louis G. Marcoccia, SU senior vice president for business, finance, and administrative services.
      "We believe this is a good move for Syracuse University and for the community,” says Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. “The University depends on having a quality hotel in its immediate vicinity, and this acquisition ensures continuity in operation of a property that is very important to the Hill and the city. And from a financial perspective, this is a good investment on our part.”

The Syracuse University Trademark Licensing Advisory Board met this spring to continue its months-long discussion of the University’s involvement with the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), of which SU is a member. The board recommended that the University not join the WRC at this time, but leave open the question of WRC membership and closely monitor the organization’s future progress.
      "As we discuss the Worker Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association, we shouldn’t lose track of the positives,” says Peter Webber, advisory board chair. “There has been considerable progress on all fronts in the sweatshop reform movement—by the University, by our licensees, and by the FLA and WRC.”
      Following the meeting, the advisory board submitted a summary report to Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. The majority of the 12-member board, which includes two student representatives, voted in favor of maintaining the University’s affiliation with the FLA. One member voted in favor of joining the WRC, while two voted in favor of dual membership.
      “I accept the board’s report as a work in progress, knowing that the members will continue to monitor this very important matter and will feel free to make other recommendations as we go along,” says Chancellor Shaw.

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The above chart depicts recurring revenues and expenditures in the University's budget for operations, including interdepartmental transactions. It is not intended to represent change in net assets as reported in the University's annual financial statements. In 1998-99, while the operating budget result was only moderately positive, investment gains and contributions in the endowment fund and the plant fund accounted for more than $80 million of growth in net assets.

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