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Applications now available for Summer Food Service Program

Applications for the 2012 Summer Food Service Program are now being accepted.

According to the New York State Education Department this applies to any public or non-public, non-profit school food authorities; all local, county, municipal, or state governmental entities; Indian tribal territories, migrant programs; non-profit agencies and camps interested and eligible in sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program.

The program was established to help low-income children, 18 and younger, to get meals when schools are not in session.

According to a statement, nearly 380,000 free meals are served daily to New York State children through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. This summer, the program will go from June 18 to Sept. 3, 2012.

CNSE receives more than $5M in federal funding

CNSE receives more than $5M in federal funding

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany has received more than $5 million in federal funding.

The funding was announced Thursday and the funding will go to nanotechnology-enabled education and research programs. These programs will support innovative applications for clean energy, environmental, nanomedicine and defense industries.

Students tour SuperPower Inc.

Students tour SuperPower Inc.

Tech Valley High School students took a trip to SuperPower Inc. in Schenectady.

The six students toured the facility and spoke to researchers and developers. They discussed how the company develops “second-generation high-temperature superconducting (2G HTS) wire.” They also discussed the advantages of using 2G HTS technology over conventional conductors.

"We always enjoy these visits as it gives us a chance to share our excitement about our work and, we hope, spark some interest in the technology in the workforce of the future," said Traute "Trudy" Lehner, senior director of marketing and government affairs for SuperPower Inc.

The students also learned about the production of “green” power and SuperPower’s role in the “green” movement.

Albany students will get hands on experience at CNSE

Albany students will get hands on experience at CNSE

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany will host Albany High School students.

The students will work in the nanobioscience labs as part of the “NanoHigh” program developed by the City School District of Albany (CSDA) and CNSE.

The students will go to CNSE Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. According to a statement from CNSE, they will participate in hands-on classes led by CNSE Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience Nathaniel Cady.

The NanoHigh program is believed to be the first of its kind at a public school anywhere in the United States. It was developed to help students learn and take advantage of the new nanotechnology-related careers in the Capital Region.

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CNSE to host colloquium series on Hans Pfeiffer

CNSE to host colloquium series on Hans Pfeiffer

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will hold a colloquium series on Hans Pfeiffer.

The colloquium will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. and will go until 12:30 p.m. Hans Pfeiffer of Pfeiffer Consulting will discuss Electron Beam Lithography: A Superior Enabler for Nanoscale Fabrication.

Click here for more information or e-mail Melissa Preston at Mpreston@albany.edu.

Momentive Performance Materials gets a visit from TVHS students

Momentive Performance Materials gets a visit from TVHS students

Students from Tech Valley High School visited Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford.

They visited the company’s offices and Waterford plant for their J-Term research. The students worked with Kelsey Kohler, a strategic market development manager- Americas and Bill Collins an environmental manager. A tour of the plant operations was provided by Plant Operations Manager Mike Pishkula and Sealants Operations Manager Dave Dunkleberger.

Students who went on the trip were, Grace White from Schalmont, Meghan Powers from Berlin and Matt Sprague of Hoosick Falls.

The TVHS J-Term lets students research and visit industries that interest them. The project can be as little as one day of research or as long as a month for seniors.

N.Y. threatens to penalize people who file returns on paper

ALBANY - At the Arbor Hill branch of the Albany Public Library Wednesday morning they were promoting the possibility of free online tax preparation and electronic filing.

"If I had these instructions in front of me at home, I would be able to do it by myself," said Michael McBride.

The Internal Revenue Service offers 15 different companies willing to help you prepare your federal taxes by computer for free provided you meet certain qualifications.

You have to have an adjusted gross income of less than $57,000.

Most of the private companies have additional conditions you must meet to use their programs for free. They'll be happy to sell you the service otherwise.

A major way these companies can afford to offer some free services is they charge for state returns.