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News about UB’s social sciences programs, including fields such as anthropology, psychology and social work.


Charitable fundraising once depended primarily upon a charity’s size, efficiency and longstanding reputation. That was before Razoo, Kickstarter, Facebook and Twitter came to town.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hal Langfur, PhD, associate professor of history at the University at Buffalo, has published for more than a decade on indigenous Brazilian groups faced with colonization and armed subjugation by the Portuguese, as well as on the mythologies that grew up around their cultures.

The public does not realize — in fact, police themselves may not realize — that the dangers police officers are exposed to on a daily basis are far worse than anything on “Law and Order.”

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A joint study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Toronto has found that a computer–vision system can distinguish between real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than can humans.
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A full day of academic talks will discuss the origins of the universe, the Earth, life, consciousness and culture.

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Bruce Jackson developed “Breaking Down ‘Breaking Bad,’” a graduate seminar for the spring 2014 semester, that will analyze the critically acclaimed series’ realistic storyline, development and execution.

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UB undergraduate students will travel to northern Peru next summer to conduct rigorous interdisciplinary research into the biological and chemical properties of indigenous medicinal plants.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The first classes in what eventually would constitute the University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences were offered 100 years ago as the university developed from the Buffalo Medical College to a broad-based academic institution.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Among several archaeological excavations undertaken this summer by the Archaeological Survey in the Department of Anthropology is the ongoing search for and excavation of outbuildings at Lancaster’s Hull Family Home and Farmstead, one of Western New York’s most significant historic sites that is anchored by the oldest substantial stone dwelling in Erie County.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Once swampy grassland dotted with sheep, then a booming center of the nation’s economy, Buffalo’s Erie Canal neighborhood has lived many lives over the past 200 years and now is giving up some of its secrets.