BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An expo, workshops and awards luncheon at UB
Partners Day on June 13 will highlight how the University at
Buffalo is working with industry and community partners to improve
the quality of life in Western New York.
Media can attend to learn how one local visual effects company
is using UB's supercomputing resources to craft sophisticated
animations, or how UB and a coalition of regional partners are
helping manufacturers find a competitive edge through new products,
new markets and streamlined operations.
The scheduled luncheon keynote speaker is Bruce Katz, vice
president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the
Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Katz, who is advising Gov.
Andrew Cuomo on economic development in Buffalo and across the
state, will speak on the topic, "What's happening with the $1
billion for Buffalo challenge?"
Partners Day will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, June 13, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center at 153
Franklin St. in Buffalo.
An agenda, along with a list of workshop presenters and expo
exhibits, are available at http://www.buffalo.edu/businessengagement/News/Events/index.php.
Partners Day highlights include:
8:30-9:10 a.m. Learn how university
partnerships have helped local company technology firm
Applied Sciences Group (ASG) grow. ASG has
developed UB inventions into commercial products, and the firm
offers a compelling example of how small businesses can take
advantage of UB resources.
9:30-10:10 a.m. Hear how local company
IBC Digital, which creates animations for feature
films, commercials and TV shows, has leveraged UB supercomputing
resources to build a system for rapidly rendering computer
animations. The presentation will include a showing of several
animations resulting from the collaboration.
10:30-11:10 a.m. Discover the Western
New York Renaissance Project, a new program that helps the
region's manufacturers find a competitive edge in a global economy.
Through the project, UB, Empire State
Development, Erie County, the
Erie County Industrial Development Agency and
Buffalo Niagara Partnership provide innovative
analysis to help companies identify new products, new markets and
new ways to streamline operations.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. This year's Partners Day
luncheon will feature a keynote address by Brookings
Institution Vice President Bruce Katz, as
well as the presentation of the following awards:
-- Vital Partner Award to Kaleida
Health: Kaleida Health and UB have partnered for many
years to improve medical research and care in Western New York. In
May, the two organizations opened a $291 million building downtown
that houses the new Gates Vascular Institute and Clinical and
Translational Research Center. Kaleida Health physicians and UB
researchers will share the 10-story space with the Jacobs Institute
and UB Biosciences Incubator, delivering clinical care, studying
the causes and treatments of an array of diseases, and spurring new
-- University Community Partners Award to
UB John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry Joseph A.
Gardella and Buffalo Public Schools:
Gardella and the district head the Interdisciplinary
Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), a $10 million
program funded largely by the National Science Foundation to
encourage hands-on laboratory and field work in science classes.
ISEP provides about 60 teachers a year with interdisciplinary,
research-based professional development opportunities, along with a
network of supporters to staff activities in class and after
school. Buffalo State College and the Buffalo Museum of Science are
core ISEP partners.
-- Faculty Entrepreneur Award to
Associate Professor of Chemistry David G.
Hangauer: Hangauer is co-founder of Kinex Pharmaceuticals,
a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and
commercialization of next-generation therapies for cancer and
immunomodulatory diseases. Hangauer developed a combinatorial
synthetic chemistry technology that is critical to computer-aided
drug design. The synthetic chemistry process and compounds
generated from this process are patented and licensed by SUNY
Research Foundation to Kinex Pharmaceuticals.
-- Reaching Others Award to New York
State Lieutenant Governor Robert (Bob) J. Duffy: Duffy
chaired the Regional Economic Development Councils, designed to
help develop regional strategic plans that would spur new job
creation and investment. In a letter to Gov. Cuomo and Lt. Gov.
Duffy, the regional chairs wrote that success came from the
unprecedented public participation; the independent,
community-based process for ideas; and the opportunity for each
region to determine its own priorities.