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.
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 cravings.
*Slated this year for Oct. 5-8
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.
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.
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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 resources.
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 control.
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.
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 century.
“Very few people, even in the most professional realm, really recognize how central Buffalo was to the development of design in America.”
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