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Social Issues

News about UB research and outreach relating to societal issues such as bullying, domestic violence, human rights, gender and diversity.


When the U.S. Supreme Court delivers its much-anticipated decision on whether to maintain buffer zones around reproductive clinics, University at Buffalo law professor Lucinda Finley will be in a unique position to interpret how it will change the ongoing debate and landscape on reproductive rights for women.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The UB dental clinic in Erie County Health Mall offers students valuable experience

Every year, 1,500 to 2,000 refugees and asylum-seekers come to Buffalo, one of the top refugee resettlement areas in the United States, driven by social and political upheaval, war, economic and agricultural distress, and poverty. To explore these challenges and develop models for exemplary refugee health care systems, the University at Buffalo will sponsor Buffalo’s first collaborative Refugee Health Summit 2014 on April 24.


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, in which an estimated 800,000 people lost their lives over 100 days beginning in April 1994. To commemorate this anniversary and honor the memory of Alison L. Des Forges, an internationally known historian and human rights activist, the University at Buffalo will present two events on April 24.


Two professors in the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work have launched a graduate student and research institute to encourage global activities that extend trauma-informed treatment, human rights perspectives and other themes championed by the UB school to other parts of the world.

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Concerned regional citizens can gain practical skills to mobilize ideas into community action by enrolling in the Citizen Planning School offered by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Biostatistics Chair Alan Hutson has a tip for all those candidates lining up to win Warren Buffett’s $1 billion sweepstakes for picking all 63 NCAA Basketball Tournament games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. —  Nigerian poet and novelist Chris Abani, a self-described “zealot of optimism” and one of  America’s premiere authors, will participate in “Civil Wars: Narrating Horror and Hope,” an international conference on the nightmares engendered by civil wars across time and space, presented March 28 and 29 by the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Robert Horner, PhD, nationally recognized for his work in special education, will deliver the inaugural lecture in the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) new Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series on April 28 at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Theater on the UB North Campus.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Social relationships, fatigue and other coexisting medical problems have a stronger effect on how patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) rate their overall health than the severity of their gastrointestinal symptoms, a University at Buffalo study has found.