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8/23/99

The "twin quake" that struck western Turkey last week occurred on a fault that is a "textbook example" of a transform fault like California's San Andreas Fault, according to an engineering seismologist at the University at Buffalo.

8/23/99

A memorial service will be held Sept. 2 in UB’s Newman Center chapel on Frontier Road on the North Campus for Victor S. Pastena, 52, Clifford C. Furnas Professor of Accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting and Law in the UB School of Management. Pastena died unexpectedly July 20 in Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City while awaiting a liver transplant.

8/23/99

Starting this month, the same material cat-lovers use to sanitize their pets' litter boxes will be used to remove strontium-90 from groundwater in a pilot project at the West Valley Demonstration Project that is based on successful testing of the technology at the University at Buffalo.

8/18/99

Building collapses following Tuesday's earthquake in Turkey probably were caused, in part, by inadequate building materials and by problems with establishment and enforcement of proper building codes, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo and the university's Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER).

8/19/99

Five new members have joined the board of directors of UB's Blue and White Club for three-year terms beginning July 1, 1999.

8/20/99

While news reports have focused on the shoddy construction methods that caused thousands of buildings to fail in Tuesday's earthquake in Turkey, a key to the country's recovery from the disaster is the condition of its roads and bridges in the quake's aftermath, according to a University at Buffalo engineer who is part of a reconnaissance team that is in Istanbul to evaluate the earthquake damage.

8/17/99

Hadley Village, the first new student housing built on the University at Buffalo campus in 25 years and the university's first apartment-style housing for undergraduates, opened today (Aug. 17, 1999) with a ceremony at the complex on the North (Amherst) Campus.

8/18/99

A 10-week Human Resource Management Certificate Program, focusing on how organizations can better manage their employees, is being offered by the UB School of Management.

8/18/99

A 10-week Team Performance Certificate Program, focusing on the development of team skills and an in-depth understanding of team environments, is being offered by the UB School of Management.

8/11/99

Michael J. Pietkiewicz, former senior legislative assistant/staff director for U.S. Rep. Jack Quinn (R-Hamburg), has been named director of federal relations for UB. Pietkiewicz will have primary responsibility for the university's federal-relations program and initiatives.

8/12/99

Donald C. Roberts, who received a bachelor of arts degree in 1993 from UB, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the UB Alumni Association.

8/12/99

The University at Buffalo has received a five-year, $2 million federal grant to establish a center for collecting and disseminating information on international research and practices in rehabilitation that underscores the prominence of the programs in the UB School of Health Related Professions.

8/13/99

Lawrence M. Krauss, author of "The Physics of Star Trek," "Beyond Star Trek," "Fear of Physics" and numerous other books and articles on physics and astronomy, will deliver the annual Moti L. Rustgi Memorial Lecture at UB.

8/10/99

The University at Buffalo last week broke ground for South Lake Village, the third residential complex for UB students to be built in recent years as part of a long-term plan to provide housing for students and improve their quality of life.

8/11/99

John E. Vena, Ph.D., professor and associate chair of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has received the Medicina Cracoviensis 2000 Medal for fostering continuing programs on environmental medicine and epidemiology between UB and Jagiellonian University in Poland.

8/10/99

How long will it be before you can participate in a videoconference or "visit" with an overseas client without leaving your desk? If a recent experiment at the University at Buffalo is any indication, it could be much sooner than many people think.

8/6/99

The University at Buffalo is one of only seven universities nationwide to receive a small but significant "Imagining America" grant through a new initiative co-sponsored by the White House Millennium Council and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to begin work on a collaborative educational documentary involving a multifaceted "virtual-reality" version of Buffalo's 1901 Pan American Exposition.

8/10/99

A group of chemical-engineering majors from UB has won a regional design competition for developing an apparatus and procedure to purify and recycle a solvent used in the rubber industry.

8/6/99

Svetozar Stojanovic, noted Serbian philosopher and a leader of the democratic opposition to Slobodan Milosevic, will speak at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9 in 280 Park Hall on the UB North Campus.

8/5/99

Fear not! The dog days oppressing much of the country with miserable heat, drought and brownouts are a normal part of the climatological pattern and do not portend disastrous climate changes, a University at Buffalo geographer says.

8/3/99

On weekends, David Ballard, associate director of student unions at the University at Buffalo suits up for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Winston Cup and Busch Grand National Series races as a member of the Exide Team pit crew for NASCAR star-driver Jeff Burton.

8/5/99

Jiali Gao, Ph.D., a UB professor of chemistry, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

8/3/99

George Lopos likes to borrow that advertising line made famous by General Motors -- "We're not your father's Oldsmobile" -- when outlining the changes that are under way at Millard Fillmore College (MFC).

8/3/99

An international conference on minimally invasive heart surgery, co-sponsored by UB and Kalieda Health, will be held Aug. 13-15 in Kalieda Health's Buffalo General Hospital.

8/27/99

New print work by UB undergraduate and graduate students, recent alumni and participants in ePIC (experimental Print Imaging Center), will be on display Sept. 9-30 in the UB Art Department Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the North Campus.

8/27/99

"Wednesdays at 4 PLUS," the bi-annual literary series presented by the Poetics Program at UB, has announced its Fall 1999 schedule of readings and performances. Set to open Sept. 15, it will feature several notable American, French, Canadian and English poets, as well as faculty members from the program.

8/27/99

Former U.S. President George Bush will kick off the University at Buffalo's 12th Annual Distinguished Speaker Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in Alumni Arena on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

8/27/99

An Advanced Honors Program designed to draw new students into the honors category, as well as better serve current honors students in their junior and senior years, will begin this fall at the University at Buffalo, administrators with the University Honors Program have announced.

8/27/99

The University at Buffalo this fall will begin a two-year project to design and pilot a course in information technology that is expected to enhance the quality of teaching and increase learning while reducing instructional costs by 46 percent.

8/31/99

Gerald Goldhaber, associate professor in the Department of Communication, will give tips on how to be a savvy opinion poll-watcher when he speaks at a senior alumni luncheon at noon on Sept. 16 in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North Campus.

8/31/99

Richard Laurence Collins, M.D., of Clarence, has been elected president of the UB Medical Alumni Association for 1999-2000.

8/31/99

Suzanne Miller, Ph.D., associate dean in the Graduate School of Education, has been elected to serve a four-year term on the executive committee of the Conference on English Education.

8/31/99

Scot Andrew Millen of North Tonawanda and Karen H. Woodman of New York City are recipients of the M&T Bank fellowship awarded by the MBA program in the School of Management.