BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo celebrated its
partnerships with community and industry today at UB Partners Day,
an annual event that highlights how UB works with individuals and
organizations across Western New York to improve the region's
quality of life.
This year's Partners
Day agenda included an expo and 13 workshops covering topics
from social entrepreneurship to revitalizing manufacturing to
efforts to grow Buffalo Niagara's life sciences firms.
An awards luncheon following the workshops honored important UB
partners and featured a keynote speech on economic development in
Buffalo by Bruce Katz, vice president at the Brookings Institution
and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy
Partners Day underscores how UB, as a research university, can
serve as an important public resource as Western New York looks to
strengthen its economy, said UB President Satish K. Tripathi.
"Other cities have achieved economic growth through the synergy
of research universities, high-tech businesses and the health care
industry," Tripathi said. "In our region, UB is driving progress by
partnering with companies and community organizations on projects
that generate innovation and discovery, create jobs, and make
Western New York a more vibrant and exciting place to live. The end
result is something even greater than regional economic impact.
It's about changing lives and enriching communities, locally as
well as globally."
This year's Partners Day workshop highlights included a
presentation on the Western New York Renaissance Project, a program
that enlists the expertise of UB and regional economic development
officials to help local manufacturers find a competitive edge.
Another session discussed downtown Buffalo's new Gates Vascular
Institute/Clinical and Translational Research Center, where Kaleida
Health physicians and UB researchers will deliver clinical care,
study diseases and develop technologies that spur new life sciences
"Partners Day not only showcases our existing partnerships, but
also enables new potential partners to learn about what we, as a
premier research university, have to offer," said Alexander N.
Cartwright, UB vice president for research and economic
development. "We want people to discover how they can take
advantage of innovation at UB to grow their companies and advance
their organizations' missions. Through our partnerships, we're
helping regional industries solve some of their most challenging
Partners Day honorees this year included Kaleida Health,
recipient of UB's Vital Partner Award; Joseph A. Gardella, UB John
and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry, and Buffalo Public
Schools, recipients of UB's University Community Partners Award; UB
Associate Professor of Chemistry David G. Hangauer, recipient of
UB's Faculty Entrepreneur Award; and New York State Lieutenant
Governor Robert (Bob) J. Duffy, recipient of UB's Reaching Others