Life at UB, on and off campus
Compiled by Rebecca Rudell
Dental School 2.0
UB’s School of Dental Medicine is getting a
makeover: namely, a $25 million renovation of its preclinical
simulation center and patient clinics. Phase one of the simulation
center redesign, completed in June, vaulted Squire Hall into the digital age with 110
individual workstations equipped with computer simulators to help
students transition to real patients. The second phase, slated for
completion by December, will add 30 more workstations, a
small-group learning room, a faculty conference room, and a
computer-aided design and manufacturing facility. Fundraising
continues for the renovation of the clinics, which is scheduled to
begin in 2018. Needless to say, these upgrades are sure to make
students, faculty and patients smile.
UB Bucket List
(100 things every student should do before graduating)
SA CARNIVAL AND BONFIRE If you’re a fan of
chicken-wing-eating contests, car smashes or ginormous bonfires,
UB’s Student Association Carnival is not to be
missed. Every year during Homecoming and Family Weekend,* students,
families, faculty, staff and alumni gather on the shores of Lake
LaSalle for a night jam-packed with entertainment, rides,
fireworks, games and treats aplenty to curb those carnival cuisine
*Slated this year for Oct. 5-8
Look, Ma! No Driver!
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul got a glimpse into the future
when she took a hands-free spin around UB’s North Campus
during the annual summer meeting of the Council of University
Transportation Centers, held this year in Buffalo. The self-driving
Cadillac SUV, developed by Carnegie Mellon University, was the
highlight of the three-day event, which helped showcase the
efforts of UB and New York State to advance autonomous
vehicles. Through its development of innovative technologies,
including virtual and real-world testing platforms, UB is playing a
lead role in making driverless vehicles a reality.
By the Numbers
The age, in years, of the otter jawbone discovered in Central
Mexico by UB assistant professor Jack Tseng and his research team,
who theorize the fossil reveals a previously overlooked
transcontinental migration route for ancient mammals.
COMMITTED CONSERVATIONIST. The Buffalo Audubon Society
presented the 2017 Henry J. Kord Conservation Award to
UB’s Helen Domske, associate director of the Great Lakes
Program, for her careerlong efforts to conserve local natural
DELIVERING RESULTS. A group of UB engineering students used advanced analytics to aid two local nonprofit
organizations, optimizing the packing and delivery process for
Meals on Wheels for WNY and helping to organize thousands of
donated school supplies for The Teacher’s Desk.
INGESTIVE INGENUITY. SUNY Distinguished Professor and “Traffic Light Diet” founder Leonard H.
Epstein received the prestigious Hoebel Prize for Creativity
for his research on ingestive behavior and childhood weight
WHODUNIT? Associate professor David Schmid did a bang-up job this year,
receiving the Popular Culture Association/American Culture
Association’s 2017 Dove Award for his contributions to the
study of mystery, detective and crime fiction.
Buffalo honors the 150th birthday of America’s most iconic architect
The Larkin Building atrium. Photo: Courtesy of the Darwin Martin House State Historic Site, NY, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Larkin Administration Building office chair, 1906. Photo: Courtesy of the Darwin Martin House State Historic Site, NY, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Together with six local cultural organizations, UB is
celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s
birth in style—Prairie style, that is. The community-wide
festival focuses on the relationship between Wright and the
burgeoning Arts and Crafts movement in Western New York with six
months of lectures, tours, parties and other events.
In June, Wright lovers gathered at Hayes Hall for the opening of
“Wright’s Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry.”
The exhibition, which continues through the end of October,
includes several never-before-seen FLW-designed objects from the
long-demolished Larkin Administration Building.
The New York State Arts and Crafts Alliance, of
which UB is a member, has events continuing into November to
celebrate the master craftsman along with several lesser-known but
significant artisans of the “Buffalo School” of Arts
and Crafts, who collectively bestowed the region with some of the
most stunning architecture and artifacts of the early 20th
“Very few people, even in the most professional realm,
really recognize how central Buffalo was to the development of
design in America.”
Jonathan Katz, associate professor of visual studies at
UB, in a Buffalo Business First article about Frank Lloyd
Wright’s 150th birthday and the role Buffalo played in the
Arts and Crafts movement
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