Are you a UB Brainiac?

Even if you’re not, test your knowledge, have some fun and learn about UB

Illustrations by Michael Gelen, JD ’88

See answers and score sheet to rate your proficiency or not. Comments, compliments, disputes and challenges are all welcome. But please take the test first!

Media Hits & Stars

1. What UB research was featured in 2006 monologues of Jay Leno and David Letterman?

  • A. Late night TV show viewing leads to low attendance at morning classes.
  • B. 15 percent of American workers drink on the job.
  • C. Beauty pageant contestants score high on geography tests.
  • D. Humor reduces blood pressure, relieves stress.

2. What UB research project was covered in 2006 and 2007 by CNN, the History Channel and the New York Times?

  • A. Global warming may make lake effect snowstorms a rarity.
  • B. Buffalo house subjected to simulated earthquake.
  • C. Chemistry professor performs analysis of chicken wing sauce.
  • D. Public university students outperform Ivy League counterparts.

3.Who praised the election-forecasting research of UB political scientist James E. Campbell on NBC’s Meet the Press in 2007?

  • A. Tim Russert
  • B. Karl Rove
  • C. Al Gore
  • D. Stephen Colbert

4. Which of the following media stars are UB alumni?

  • A. Harvey Weinstein, cofounder of Miramax Films
  • B. Wolf Blitzer, CNN anchor
  • C. John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted
  • D. All of the above

Profs, Products & Personalities

5.The late UB biology professor Albert Shadle conducted research on which animal?

  • A. Porcupine
  • B. Orangutan
  • C. Ferret
  • D. Echidna

6. Match the following UB alumni with the product they helped develop:

  • A. Barry Glick, PhD ’81 & BA ’74
  • B. Abbe Raven, BA ’74
  • C. Alan Zweibel, BA ’72
  • D. Wilson Greatbatch, MS ’57
  • a. Roseanne Rosannadanna
  • b. A&E Network
  • c. Battery-operated implantable cardiac pacemaker
  • d. Mapquest

7. Match the UB professor with his or her research topic area:

  • A. John Canty Jr.
  • B. David Felder
  • C. William Pelham Jr.
  • D. Tracy Gregg
  • a. Multimedia technology in music composition
  • b. ADHD in children
  • c. Volcano studies
  • d. Sudden cardiac death

8. Which college president is not a UB alumnus?

  • A. Mark Huddleston (University of New Hampshire)
  • B. Karen I. Halbersleben (Northland College)
  • C. Steven B. Sample (USC)
  • D. Donald Bain (St. John Fisher College)

Mascots, Symbols & Songs

9. What is Victoria S. Bull’s relationship to Victor E. Bull?

  • A. Favorite niece who shares the same birthday
  • B. Former student in his persuasive writing course
  • C. Adored kid sister
  • D. Fierce bowling competitor

10. The bronze buffalo on Coventry Circle opposite the Center for the Arts is a replica of:

  • A. A favorite animal of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody
  • B. One of four massive buffalo on each corner of the Dumbarton Bridge in Washington, DC
  • C. A statue by G. H. Messmore that once graced the concourse of Buffalo’s Central Terminal
  • D. A memorable sculpture of the American bison in Jamestown, ND

11. The first line in the refrain of UB’s new alma mater (revised 2007) is:

  • A. “To Buffalo, we hail to thee”
  • B. “Hail, our studies are ever grander”
  • C. “Oh, for hallowed halls and smart professors”
  • D. “Are we thinking too much?”

12. The university mace was carried at which UB ceremony?

  • A. General commencement, May 13, 2007
  • B. Investiture of John B. Simpson as UB president, October 15, 2004
  • C. Celebration of Academic Excellence, April 19, 2007
  • D. All of the above

Campus Lore & Potpourri

13.Which of the following countries does not yet have a UB alumni chapter?

  • A. Turkey
  • B. Japan
  • C. Sweden
  • D. Mexico

14. The “B” in John B. Simpson stands for:

  • A. Benson
  • B. Bentley
  • C. Barclay
  • D. Bartholomew

15. A device from what major motion picture is sitting in a conference room of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering?

  • A. The car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • B. The rocket belt from the James Bond movie Thunderball
  • C. The inflatable pilot from Airplane!
  • D. A rappelling device used in Spiderman

16. Which of the following UB professional schools was the first to be established?

  • A. Dentistry
  • B. Law
  • C. Medicine
  • D. Pharmacy

17. Identify the central figure in a legendary UB campus hoax in 1964:

  • A. Captain Supreme
  • B. Thallus of Marchantia
  • C. Lake Erie Phantom
  • D. Buster the Bull

18. Which of the following languages is among those spoken by UB’s approximately 4,000 international students?

  • A. Mandarin
  • B. Hindi
  • C. Norwegian
  • D. All of the above

19. Which UB school is SUNY’s only in that particular discipline?

  • A. Architecture and Planning
  • B. Law
  • C. Pharmacy
  • D. All of the above

20. In 2003, UB was named “Environmentalist of the Year” by the Environmental Advocates, the New York State affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, for what major accomplishment?*

  • A. Collaborating with other state agencies to produce UB’s High Performance Building Guidelines
  • B. Switching university vehicles to biodiesel or compressed gas
  • C. Becoming the state’s largest purchaser of wind energy
  • D. Initiating a campus-wide bicycling program

21. In 2006, UB served 31 tons of which of the following foods?

  • A. Chicken fingers
  • B. Applesauce
  • C. Beef on ’weck
  • D. Brussels sprouts

Buildings & Benefactors

22. What area of the North Campus was restored in 2007?

  • A. Crofts Hall plaza
  • B. Founders Plaza
  • C. UB Commons fountain
  • D. All of the above

23. Who was chancellor of the University of Buffalo at the time of the merger with SUNY?

  • A. T. R. McConnell
  • B. Clifford C. Furnas
  • C. Claude E. Puffer
  • D. None of the above

24. Which of the following was the first new structure to be built by the university on the South Campus?

  • A. Foster
  • B. Hayes
  • C. Wende
  • D. Squire

25. What was the original name of Abbott Hall on the South Campus?

  • A. Diefendorf Hall
  • B. Lockwood Memorial Library
  • C. Pritchard Hall
  • D. None of the above

26. Alice and Frederick Slee endowed the playing of an annual cycle for which Beethoven literature?

  • A. Piano sonatas
  • B. Complete string quartets
  • C. The opera Fidelio
  • D. All of the above

27. What bus company formerly operated shuttle buses between the North and South campuses?

  • A. Blue Bird
  • B. UB Stampede
  • C. Trailways
  • D. Greyhound

Eclectic Collections

28. Which of the following is not a UB holding?

  • A. Great Lakes Shipping Archives
  • B. Museum of Neuroanatomy
  • C. Pharmacy Museum and Apothecary
  • D. Pulp Fiction Collection

29. Which of the following is true about the UB Libraries?

  • A. The collection currently holds 3.6 million volumes in 10 individual libraries.
  • B. The oldest book in the collection is a treatise on happiness: Boethius. De Consolatione phi-losophiae. Cologne: Johann Koelhoff the Elder, 1482
  • C. The UB Libraries are currently envisioning a “21st century library” for a growing major re-search university.
  • D. All of the above

30. The Poetry Collection at UB includes significant holdings of which major literary figure?

  • A. William Carlos Williams
  • B. James Joyce
  • C. Robert Graves
  • D. All of the above

31. UB Anderson Gallery at One Martha Jackson Place in Buffalo is part of the UB Art Galleries and was a gift in 2000 from which of the following figures in the art world?

  • A. David Anderson
  • B. Martha Jackson
  • C. Jackson Pollock
  • D. None of the above

Famous Folk

32. Match the following UB faculty with the award or prize:

  • A. Carl Dennis
  • B. Eli Ruckenstein
  • C. Herbert Hauptman
  • D. Irving Feldman
  • a. MacArthur Foundation (“Genius”) Award
  • b. Pulitzer Prize
  • c. National Medal of Science
  • d. Nobel Prize

33. Which of these noted actors is not a UB alumnus?

  • A. Ron Silver (Ali, The West Wing)
  • B. Maury Chaykin (Nero Wolfe, My Cousin Vinny)
  • C. Peter Riegert (Animal House, Traffic)
  • D. Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine, Dan in Real Life)

34. Match the program, film or media outlet with the UB alumnus:

  • A. NPR’s Fresh Air
  • B. Glengarry Glen Ross
  • C. Washington Post
  • D. NPR’s Science Friday
  • a. Howard Kurtz, BA ’74
  • b. Ira Flatow, BS ’71
  • c. Terry Gross, EdM ’75 & BA ’72
  • d. James Foley, BA ’74

35. Which celebrity has never appeared in the UB Distinguished Speakers Series?

  • A. Bill Clinton
  • B. Donald Trump
  • C. Katie Couric
  • D. Rosie O’Donnell

Sports Trivia

36.What UB running back ran for 231 yards versus Toledo this year, the most in Buffalo’s NCAA Division I history?

  • A. Mario Henry
  • B. James Starks
  • C. Marshawn Lynch
  • D. Drew Willy

37. UB had an NCAA Division III champion in 1978 in what sport?

  • A. Cross-country
  • B. Wrestling
  • C. Fencing
  • D. Lacrosse

38. What sport other than football did UB coach Turner Gill play professionally?

  • A. Tennis
  • B. Baseball
  • C. Hockey
  • D. Racquetball

39. What is the former name for UB’s female sports teams?

  • A. Rivals
  • B. Royals
  • C. Lady Bulls
  • D. None of the above

40. Which of the following is a true statement?

  • A. The UB football Bulls played Penn State one time previously before their September 15, 2007, match-up with the Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.
  • B. Yassin Idbihi, former Bulls basketball star now playing professionally in Europe, speaks seven languages.
  • C. The Robert G. and Carol L. Morris Sports Performance Center that was dedicated in 2007 doubles the space for physical training by UB student athletes.
  • D. All of the above

Hats off to the Penn Stater, alumni magazine of Penn State University, for their witty model of a pop quiz feature published last year. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and why not “borrow” from the best? Thanks, also, to staff members from across campus who contributed questions and ideas to give this quiz its own UB flavor.