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With much of our country and the world navigating an uncharted course through the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19, we extend our most heartfelt and best wishes for the health and safety of you and your families. Our concerns and support extend beyond our own community to all who are affected by this health crisis. We know that many of our alumni and friends across the world are being impacted by this issue, and we continue to keep you in our thoughts during these challenging times.
As you may know, the University at Buffalo has implemented a distance learning model for our students and is moving to a remote work accommodation for our faculty and staff to the extent possible. It’s important to share that, in this ever-evolving situation, our two guiding principles are the health and safety of our community, and the continued academic progress of our students.
In many ways, it is your ongoing support of UB that enables the university to provide the resources to support our community in these difficult times. Whether your gifts have been to the UB Fund, or to a specific scholarship or research initiative, each and every day we put your contributions to work where they will have the maximum impact at UB. Thank you for your investment and commitment to UB.
While we won’t be able to see you in person at UB programs and events in the short term, we are working on ways to keep your connection to UB – and to each other – strong. Pursuant to recent University, CDC and local health department guidelines, all alumni, in-person gatherings, including events, conferences, meetings and other forums, are being cancelled or postponed until at least early June.
Published July 12, 2017
On May 25, 2017, the Department of Communication co-sponsored a preconference at the International Communication Association’s annual meeting in San Diego, along with BBC Media Action, The Asian Institute of Technology, and USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. The theme was “Innovations in Narrative-Based Interventions". Associate Professor Helen Wang was one of the organizers and Associate Professor Melanie Green was one of the featured speakers, along with other high profile scholars and practitioners in the field such as Arvind Signal (UTEP), Sheila Murphy (USC), Rene Weber (UCSB), Ralf Schmaelzle (MSU), Caroline Jacoby (Johns Hopkins), Priyanka Dutt and Radharani Mitra (BBC Media Action), and Martine Bouman (CMH) to name a few. The preconference gathered over 50 participants from around the world (Japan, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, etc.) who are interested in leveraging the potential and power of storytelling for health promotion and social change. A special issue at a high impact journal based on the pre-conference outcomes is forthcoming to help continue the stimulating conversations and foster new collaborations.