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7/9/15

Sam Abramovich

Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction, and Information and Library Studies

Expertise: education informatics (i.e., use of data in education), the learning sciences, alternative assessments and educational games

Phone: 716-645-5009

Email: samuelab@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Diana Aga

Professor of Chemistry

Expertise: environmental pollution, emerging contaminants, brominated flame retardants and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, wastewater treatment of pharmaceuticals, environmental mass spectrometry

Phone: 716-645-4220

Email: dianaaga@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Victor Albert

Professor of Biological Sciences

Expertise: evolutionary biology, genomics, plant genomics, flowers, junk DNA

Phone: 716-645-4983

Email: vaalbert@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Joseph Atkinson

Director of the Great Lakes Program

Expertise: Great Lakes water levels, ice cover and flooding; water pollution

Phone: 716-645-2220

Email: atkinson@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Mark Bartholomew

Professor of Law

Expertise: intellectual property, copyright, trademarks, cyber law, cybersecurity bills (such as SOPA and CISPA), net neutrality, advertising law

Phone: 716-645-5959

Email: bartholo@buffalo.edu

8/5/15

James Coleman Battista

Associate Professor of Political Science

Expertise: state and legislative politics  

Phone: 716-645-8438

Email: jbattist@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Sara Behdad

Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Expertise: electronic waste, sustainable design

Phone: 716-645-2593; 716-645-2328

Email: sarabehd@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Michael Boucai

Associate Professor of Law

Expertise: LGBT rights and queer history; gender and sexuality law; family, criminal and constitutional law

Phone: 716-645-1743

Email: mboucai@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Jason Briner

Associate Professor of Geology

Expertise: climate change, Arctic glaciers and ice sheets, response of glaciers and ice sheets to climate change

Phone: 716-645-4326

Email: jbriner@buffalo.edu

8/31/15

Mary Bush

Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry

Expertise: forensic dentistry, bite mark analysis, victim identification

Phone: 716-829-2862

Email: bushma@buffalo.edu

8/31/15

Peter Bush

Director of the South Campus Instrument Center

Expertise: forensic dentistry, bite mark analysis, victim identification

Phone: 716-829-3561

Email: pjbush@acsu.buffalo.edu

7/9/15

James Campbell

Professor and Chair of Political Science

Expertise: campaigns and elections, American political parties, election forecasting

Phone: 716-645-8452

Email: jcampbel@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

David Castillo

Professor and Chair of Romance Languages and Literatures

Expertise: early modern culture, Baroque literature, horror and fantasy, new media and culture

Phone: 716-645-0869

Email: dc63@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Ming Ming Chiu

Professor of Learning and Instruction

Expertise: classroom conversations, parent-child conversations, group work, international comparisons of students, corruption in the music industry, statistical analyses in education

Phone: 716-645-4067

Email: mingchiu@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

R. Lorraine Collins

Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

Expertise: substance abuse, malt liquor and marijuana use, drinking restraint, smoking, women's issues

Phone: 716-829-6951

Email: lcollins@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

John L. Crassidis

CUBRC Professor in Space Situational Awareness

Expertise: space debris, space junk

Phone: 716-645-1426

Email: johnc@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Anne B. Curtis

Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of Medicine

Expertise: heart health, heart rhythm abnormalities, atrial fibrillation, cardiac devices, pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators

Phone: 716-859-4828

Email: abcurtis@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Matthew Dimick

Associate Professor of Law

Expertise: income inequality, tax and welfare policy as it relates to income inequality, corporations, employment law, labor law

Phone: 716-645-7968

Email: mdimick@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Helen Domske

Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program

Expertise: Great Lakes, water pollution, invasive species, Asian carp, zebra mussels, quagga mussels

Phone: 716-645-3610

Email: hmd4@cornell.edu

7/9/15

Karl Fiebelkorn

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Expertise: laws and regulations affecting pharmacy practice, medication errors, systems for improving practice sites, adult asthma, pharmacy business plan modeling

Phone: 716-645-2824

Email: kdf@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Jeremy D. Finn

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, and Educational Leadership and Policy

Expertise: class size, student engagement, drop-out prevention, at-risk students, student suspensions, school security measures, quantitative methods to study K-12 policy issues

Phone: 716-645-1126

Email: finn@buffalo.edu

8/5/15

Joseph A. Gardella Jr.

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Expertise: industrial pollution; hazardous waste; surface chemistry of plastics; controlled release of pharmaceuticals; wound healing; tissue engineering; STEM education

Phone: 716-645-1499

Email: gardella@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

James A. Gardner

Interim Dean of the Law School

Expertise: election law, constitutional law, federalism, state constitutional law

Phone: 716-645-3607

Email: jgard@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Gary A. Giovino

Professor and Chair of Community Health and Health Behavior

Expertise: tobacco use, risk factors for nicotine addiction, smoking cessation, effect of exercise and nutrition on smoking cessation

Phone: 716-829-6953

Email: ggiovino@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Susan Green

Co-director of the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

Expertise: trauma, trauma-informed care in organizations and service delivery systems

Phone: 716-645-1249

Email: sagreen@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Daniel B. Hess

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

Expertise: transit systems, urban transportation, urban revitalization

Phone: 716-829-5326

Email: dbhess@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Alan Hutson

Professor and Chair of Biostatistics

Expertise: statistical analysis

Phone: 716-829-2594

Email: ahutson@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Ia Iashvili

Associate Professor of Physics

Expertise: Higgs boson search, particle detectors, search for supersymmetric particles

Phone: 716-645-6611

Email: iashvili@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Arun Jain

Samuel P. Capen Professor of Marketing Research

Expertise: retail marketing strategy and trends; consumer perception, habits and needs; brand loyalty; coupons; private label groceries; international marketing

Phone: 716-645-3214

Email: mgtarun@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Timothy P. Janikowski

Associate Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

Expertise: counselor education, clinical supervision, counselor competencies and ethics; vocational rehabilitation counseling; substance abuse

Phone: 716-645-1122

Email: tjanikow@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Heidi Julien

Professor of Library and Information Studies

Expertise: digital literacy, information literacy, information behavior, information practice

Phone: 716-645-1474

Email: heidijul@buffalo.edu

7/8/15

Jonathan D. Katz

Associate Professor of Visual Studies

Expertise: queer history, art history, Cold War-era art

Phone: 716-645-0547

Email: jonathandavidkatz@gmail.com

7/8/15

Avto Kharchilava

Associate Professor of Physics

Expertise: Higgs boson search, particle detectors, phenomena beyond the Standard Model

Phone: 716-645-6251

Email: avto@buffalo.edu

7/8/15

Will Kinney

Associate Professor of Physics

Expertise: astronomy, cosmic inflation, accelerating universe, dark matter/dark energy, solar storms, cosmic microwave background physics, public outreach in science

Phone: 716-645-5360

Email: whkinney@buffalo.edu

7/8/15

Robin Lally

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Expertise: breast cancer, cancer survivorship, psychosocial oncology

Phone: 716-829-2137

Email: rmlally@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Jenifer Lawrence

Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration

Expertise: grief counseling, clinical implications and treatment of child, adolescent and adult grief and loss, suicide prevention

Phone: 716-645-1353

Email: jlawrenc@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Charlotte Lindqvist

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Expertise: evolutionary biology, evolution of polar bears, hybridization of polar bears and brown bears, genomics

Phone: 716-645-4986

Email: cl243@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

John J. Leddy

Director of the Concussion Management Clinic

Expertise: concussions, post-concussion syndrome, sports medicine

Phone: 716-829-5501

Email: leddy@buffalo.edu

8/31/15

Teresa A. Miller

Professor of Law

Expertise: prisoners’ rights, immigration laws and their impact on sentencing, the Attica prison riots, video technology in law school classrooms

Phone: 716-645-2391

Email: tmiller@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Valerie Nesset

Associate Professor of Library and Information Studies

Expertise: information behavior, information literacy, usability, organization of information, Web portal design, interface design, indexing, abstracting, qualitative research methods

Phone: 716-645-1485

Email: vmnesset@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Amanda Nickerson

Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

Expertise: school violence, bullying prevention and intervention, parent and peer relationships, assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders

Phone: 716-645-1532

Email: alberticenter@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Jamie Ostrov

Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise: subtypes of aggression and victimization, developmental psychopathology, media effects on children, peer relationships, applied developmental psychology

Phone: 716-645-3680

Email: jostrov@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Lora Park

Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise: self, self-esteem, motivation, interpersonal processes

Phone: 716-645-0228

Email: lorapark@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Michael J. Poulin

Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise: empathy, human generosity, stress, caregiving

Phone: 716-645-0518

Email: mjpoulin@buffalo.edu

8/11/15

Wendy Quinton

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Expertise: prejudice, stigma, social identity, Native American mascots

Phone: 716-645-0230

Email: wquinton@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Alan Rabideau

Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Expertise: pollution, groundwater contamination, radioactive and hazardous waste management, mathematical modeling

Phone: 716-645-4003

Email: rabideau@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Samina Raja

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

Expertise: food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

Phone: 716-829-5881

Email: sraja@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Pavani Kalluri Ram

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Expertise: public health consequences of natural disasters, handwashing, diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory infections, infectious disease epidemiology, child survival

Phone: Ram can be contacted through Rachel Stern on the UB Media Relations team at 716-645-9069 or rstern2@buffalo.edu.

Email: pkram@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Thomas Ramming

Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

Expertise: K-12 school and district leadership, educational policy, organizational development, human resources, labor relations, collective bargaining, leadership recruitment and development, shared services, inter-district collaboration

Phone: 716-645-1099

Email: trammin@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Adel Sadek

Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Expertise: traffic, applying information technology to crash risk, border-crossings, environmental effects, infrastructure and land-use design

Phone: 716-645-4367

Email: asadek@buffalo.edu

8/31/15

David Schmid

Associate Professor of English

Expertise: popular culture, cultural studies, celebrity, crime, manhood, the monstrous, contemporary British and American fiction, American literary and cultural treatments of the city

Phone: 716-645-0679

Email: schmid@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Mark Seery

Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise: stress, coping

Phone: 716-645-0239

Email: mdseery@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Michael F. Sheridan

Professor Emeritus of Geology

Expertise: volcanoes, volcanic eruptions (including pyroclastic flows, avalanches and mud flows), volcanic risk assessment, emergency preparedness near volcanoes

Phone: Sheridan can be reached through Charlotte Hsu in Media Relations at 716-645-4655.

Email: mfs@geology.buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Robert G. Shibley

Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning

Expertise: urban design and planning, urban revitalization, postindustrial cities, Buffalo and Western New York, the Rust Belt

Phone: 716-829-3981

Email: rshibley@buffalo.edu

Contact: Shibley can also be reached through Charlotte Hsu in UB Media Relations (716-645-4655, chsu22@buffalo.edu) or Rachel Teaman in the School of Architecture and Planning (716-829-3794, rmansour@buffalo.edu).

7/9/15

Robert Silverman

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Expertise: shrinking cities, fair housing, affordable housing, gentrification, community development, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods

Phone: 716-829-5882

Email: rms35@buffalo.edu

8/5/15

Monica Stephens

Assistant Professor of Geography

Expertise: mapping social phenomena, volunteered geographic information (VGI), Big Data, social media, gender and technology, gender and the Internet, digital divides

Phone: 716-645-0499

Email: mgstephe@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Nallan Suresh

UB Distinguished Professor and Chair of Operations Management and Strategy

Expertise: global supply networks, supply chain disruptions, U.S. and global manufacturing

Phone: 716-645-3279

Email: ncsuresh@buffalo.edu

8/10/15

Mark Swihart

Executive Director of UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics

Expertise: nanotechnology, materials science, chemistry of materials, aerosol science

Phone: 716-645-1181

Email: swihart@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

Director of the Center for Urban Studies

Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, distressed neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

Phone: 716-829-5458

Email: htaylor@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Paul Tesluk

Donald S. Carmichael Professor of Organizational Behavior

Expertise: leadership development, work team design and effectiveness, organizational climate and performance

Phone: 716-645-3246

Email: ptesluk@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Cristian Tiu

Associate Professor of Finance and Managerial Economics

Expertise: stock market, hedge funds, government bailouts, financial collapses (Peso events), risk management and asset allocation, university endowments, institutional investors

Phone: 716-645-3299

Email: ctiu@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Tom Ulbrich

Executive Director of UB's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Expertise: entrepreneurship, small businesses, family businesses, women-owned and minority-owned businesses

Phone: 716-885-5715

Email: tulbrich@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Shambhu Upadhyaya

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Expertise: cybersecurity, hacking, encryption, cyberattacks

Phone: 716-645-3183

Email: shambhu@buffalo.edu

8/31/15

John M. Violanti

Research Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Expertise: police stress, health and suicide, PTSD

Phone: 716-829-5367

Email: violanti@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Arun Vishwanath

Associate Professor of Communication

Expertise: cybersecurity, cyberbehavior, online deception

Phone: 716-645-1163

Contact: avishy@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Hilary Weaver

Co-director of the Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute

Expertise: Indigenous populations, Native Americans, refugees, cultural competence in the helping professions

Phone: 716-645-1226

Email: hweaver@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Barbara Wejnert

Associate Professor of Transnational Studies

Expertise: spread of democracy since 1800, democratic transitions and sustainability, Eastern European politics and political movements, democracy and inequality in a globalized world

Phone: 716-645-2327 (ext. 1087), 607-379-8175

Email: bwejnert@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Andrew Whittaker

Chair of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Expertise: earthquake engineering, blast engineering, risk assessment of nuclear power plants

Phone: 716-645-4364

Email: awhittak@buffalo.edu

7/9/15

Peter Winkelstein

Executive Director of the Institute for Healthcare Informatics

Expertise: electronic health records, electronic medical records, advanced medical informatics, ethics and informatics, biomedical informatics, genomics and informatics

Phone: 716-881-7546

Email: pwink@buffalo.edu