Students prepare their entry in the popular egg drop competition. The idea is to build a contraption that will enable an egg to survive a fall from the third floor of the Student Union to the lobby below.
Ariana Allman (center with curly hair), a senior majoring in biomedical engineering, prepares to place a large marshmallow at the top of the tower.
ENGINEERS WEEK Who says engineers don’t know how to have fun? Each February, a weeklong celebration organized by UB’s student engineering clubs turns work into play through a series of competitions, including 3-D printed boat races, spaghetti tower building contests and three-story egg drops. In the main event, Robot Wars, custom-built remote-controlled robots battle in a scaled-down arena while a crowd of onlookers cheers them on.
In March, UB hosted a Repair Fair in the Student Union to encourage a more sustainable approach to the goods we consume. The community event enlisted the help of volunteer “fixers” who set to work on visitors’ busted appliances, fried electronics, worn-out clothing and more. “Although not everyone can do huge things, we can all incorporate green practices and choices little by little into our daily lives,” says UB staff member Carrie Zaenglein, who was on hand to repair jewelry at the event. “Together, we can fix a broken system.”
The collective number of steps logged during the month of April by the 1,725 participants in the School of Public Health and Health Professions’ 2018 Step Challenge, an initiative to get the UB community on its feet.
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RANK YOU VERY MUCH. In its 2019 ranking of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report placed several UB programs among the finest in the nation, with the School of Social Work now claiming a spot in the top 25.
BUILDING SOLUTIONS. A School of Architecture and Planning initiative will address a critical need for affordable housing by having students and faculty plan, design and construct housing prototypes in underserved Buffalo neighborhoods, replicable around the country.
SEASONED EXPERTS AND RISING STARS. Five UB faculty have been named SUNY Distinguished Professors, the highest faculty achievement in the SUNY system:
Another five UB faculty have earned 2018 CAREER awards, the National Science Foundation’s highest accolade for junior faculty:
“Nothing went into ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ the novel, and nothing goes into ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ the TV series, that does not have a precedent in real life.”
UB’s Division of Athletics has launched a new website dedicated to the recreation programs, classes and intramural leagues offered at UB’s many athletics facilities, from the 6,900-square-foot Fitness Center (above), indoor jogging track and 50-meter pool in Alumni Arena to the Clark Hall squash court and softball diamonds. Memberships are available to everyone, and alumni get discount pricing.
Visit buffalo.edu/recreation to learn more.
A sampling of available classes to get you moving: