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Technology Review has a link to maps that show the "top" scientific cities in the nation, based on number of papers published per capita.  You can see the maps for physics (Buffalo, Corning, and Ithaca make the grade among others), chemistry (Ithaca and Buffalo are big winners here) and psychology (Ithaca and Saratoga Springs).

University at Buffalo

As predicted yesterday, Satish K. Tripathi is the finalist for the presidency of the University at Buffalo, reports Jay Rey at the Buffalo News:

Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher of the State University of New York named Tripathi the finalist for the job as UB president. The chancellor's recommendation is all but certain to be backed by the SUNY board of trustees in a special meeting next month in Buffalo. It would make Tripathi UB's 15th president — the first born outside the United States — and leader of the largest public university in the state during what's considered a critical time in its history. "It would be my distinct privilege to lead our remarkable university, which is recognized for its tradition of excellence and has an extraordinary future ahead," Tripathi said in a prepared statement.

University of Rochester

Researchers at the University of Rochester are working in four teams (brain, lungs, bone marrow, and skin) to study how to mitigate radiation exposure, reports James Goodman at the Democrat and Chronicle:

For almost six years, UR researchers have been involved with this project and are working with a handful of drug companies to better understand the effects of radiation on tissue and to develop drugs to treat exposure. Concern about radiation that would be released should terrorists resort to "dirty bombs" was the impetus for this research, but the drugs being developed could also be used to treat radiation exposure from mishaps at nuclear power plants. [Dr. Jacqueline Williams] acknowledges a connection between UR's work and the unfolding crisis at Japan's nuclear complex. "If the situation deteriorates further and there really is a full meltdown and breach of all the containers, there will indeed be some long-term risks to people subjected to the fallout. That's where our research would be applicable," she said.

And the school will be boosting tuition four percent in the next school year, according to the university's press room.

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