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04-16-2014

Clarkson University Professor Awarded Cunningham Research Residency

The New York State Library has awarded an Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Research Residency to Clarkson University Professor of Communication & Media Stephen D. Farina.

Stephen D. FarinaThe grant supports Farina’s ongoing research into the life and writings of Franklin Benjamin Hough (1822-1885) of Lowville, N.Y.

Medical doctor, writer, scientist, historian, soldier, and statesman, Hough, according to Farina, is a forgotten giant. Hough’s work was the essential foundation for towering achievements such as the creation of the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, as well as the preservation of the water resources that enabled the growth of New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gifford Pinchot called Franklin Hough, “the chief pioneer of forestry in the United States.”

“Hough’s work changed the way we relate to our natural environments,” says Farina. “This grant is a great opportunity to explore the Hough archive and bring to light more about that important life."

The Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Research Residencies in New York State History and Culture  was established in 1997 to benefit scholars using the unique collections of the New York State Library to study the history of New York. Funds for the research residencies are provided by the Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Trust Fund. The largest collection of Hough’s original papers is housed in the New York State Library’s Manuscripts and Special Collections in Albany.

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: The New York State Library has awarded a Cunningham Research Residency to Clarkson University Professor of Communication & Media Stephen Farina. The grant supports Farina’s research into the life and writings of Franklin Benjamin Hough. Above, Farina stands in front of an image of a page from one of Franklin Hough’s diaries.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/sfarina-cunningham.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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