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08-25-2014

Sen. Joseph Griffo Tours Historic Old Main Renovations & Green Data Center at Clarkson University

New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo recently visited Clarkson University to tour the most recent step in Clarkson's evolution of its Downtown Campus -- major renovations to the historic Old Main building.

NYS Sen. Joseph A. Griffo (left) inspects installation of a state-of-the-art Green Data Center with Clarkson President Tony Collins, Chief Information Officer Joshua Fiske and Vice President for External Relations Kelly Chezum. The project, initiated last summer, will house the North Country’s first green data center using IBM technologies and research facilities for the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University.

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries of Clarkson University is nearing the completion and deployment of one of the largest real-time environmental sensing network in the world -- the Rivers and Estuaries Observatory Network (REON) -- in the Hudson River. The project has had the support of New York State for a number of years.  

This monitoring network and its attendant data management systems will change the landscape for both river science and the stewardship of New York’s waterways. Concomitant with these developments, Clarkson’s scientists and engineers have developed more powerful sensors that can be deployed at a reduced cost, making widespread and long-term river deployment viable. In addition to hydrological info, a number of these sensor arrays can simultaneously monitor for dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, dissolved organic matter, petroleum hydrocarbon, turbidity, particle size, and salinity.  

The newest $300,000 investment in REON by the State of New York, achieved under the leadership of Senator Griffo, will support the data acquisition and analytical capacity of this new, leading-edge technology within the Hudson River sensing network.

"After touring the Old Main building, I'm really seeing Clarkson's downtown campus coming together," said Griffo. "I am pleased that the University has found a new use for this historic building with the addition of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. The grant I helped secure will help this group collect data from the Hudson River that will give scientists better feedback about the water, its ecosystems and the pollutants contained within. It's my hope that this information can be used to improve our understanding and our protection of this important natural resource."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo recently visited Clarkson University to tour the most recent step in Clarkson's evolution of its Downtown Campus -- major renovations to the historic Old Main building. Above, Griffo (left) inspects installation of a state-of-the-art Green Data Center with Clarkson President Tony Collins, Chief Information Officer Joshua Fiske and Vice President for External Relations Kelly Chezum. The facility uses innovative features for energy management and recovery that make it more sustainable than a traditional data center, providing world-class datacenter capacity for ‘big data’ initiatives.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/griffo-old-main.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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