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DECEMBER 2016
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A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
UB student musicians from Buffalo String Works (BSW) recently played an outreach concert for elementary school students at Buffalo P.S. 18 on the city's West Side. BSW, a nonprofit organization, offers personalized instruction on violin — and soon, cello — at no cost to refugee children, who comprise a significant portion of the West Side’s population.

University News


BEST FOR VETS
Military Times has ranked UB as one of the nation’s best universities for military veterans for the second consecutive year. The rankings factor in the results of the magazines' survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement at colleges and universities nationwide.


BREAKING BREAD
UB's new Dine with Faculty program is designed to encourage faculty and students to get to know one another in an informal setting while enjoying a meal in one of UB’s dining establishments. 

Research Spotlight


AN APP FOR AUTISM
What if someone invented a smartphone app that could help detect autism spectrum disorder in children as young as 2? Could it lead to earlier detection and therefore better treatment? A study co-authored by a UB undergraduate and presented at the IEEE Wireless Health conference last month could provide the answer.


REDEFINING FATHERHOOD
Many policymakers and elected officials have publicly criticized impoverished African-American fathers for not being involved in the lives of their children. But a new UB study suggests the criticism is largely unfounded and that, even if incarcerated, most low-income fathers are connected to their children.


UB People


NEW POETRY CURATOR
The only thing that surpasses James Maynard’s passion for teaching is his love of poetry. Now, Maynard has finally earned his dream job, becoming the seventh curator of UB’s Poetry Collection, home to one of the world’s largest collections of 20th- and 21st-century poetry in English.



PHYSICIST SCORES A FIRST
Doreen Wackeroth, a UB physicist and professor, has been named a Fermilab Distinguished Scholar, making her one of the first four researchers to be selected for the honor. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is widely regarded as America’s premier particle physics laboratory.

At Buffalo Magazine


BEDSIDE SAMARITAN
Death. No one likes to talk about it. Some are downright terrified of it. But it happens every day and no one is immune. Thankfully, there are people like Bethany Calkins (MD ’07, BS ’03), a physician for the hospice and palliative care center at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, to help us through it.


Heard On Campus

INQUIRING ART


"What could be more important at the present moment than to be critical in looking for points of unity and gathering?"

— UB alumnus Michael Beitz on how his second public-art piece—“Why?”—a 40-by-20-foot question-mark-shaped picnic table recently installed on the South Campus, serves as a place to meet and pose questions. >> Learn more.

Events and Programs



Buffalo: Young Alumni Curling Night | Dec. 1: Bring your friends for an evening of curling and fun at Riverworks—no experience required! >> Learn more.

DC Metro: Networking Happy Hour in Arlington | Dec. 13: Good food, good drinks and good conversation at our monthly happy hour. >> Learn more.

Toronto: UB Alumni Holiday Celebration | Dec. 16: Join your fellow UB alumni to celebrate the holiday season. Cost includes cocktail reception and full buffet dinner. >> Learn more.

NYC: Bulls Basketball Game with Meet and Greet | Dec. 29: Cheer on the UB women's basketball team in the Fordham Holiday Classic.
>> Learn more.

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In My Opinion

As 2016 draws to a close, we want to know—what was your biggest accomplishment or proudest moment this year? Tell us, and your response may be in an upcoming issue of At Buffalo magazine.

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