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9/6/99

University at Buffalo researchers have shown for the first time that a variant of the apolipoprotein E (apoE) gene, known as apoE 4, may increase the risk of breast cancer by inhibiting the elimination of serum triglycerides from the bloodstream.

9/7/99

A study by University at Buffalo reproductive epidemiologists has found no association between eating DDE-contaminated sport fish from Lake Ontario and the length of lactation in nursing mothers.

9/2/99

Thomas T. Frantz, Ph.D., will discuss troubled children in a "UB at Sunrise" program at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 in the Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus.

9/2/99

New ways of bridging the gap between the written word and the ability to access it electronically will be on the agenda at the fifth International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR) to be held in Bangalore, India on Sept. 20-22. More than three hundred researchers are expected to participate in the conference, which is being sponsored by the University at Buffalo, Pennsylvania State University, Microsoft, IBM, Siemens GmbH, Panasonic and others.

9/16/99

More than 1,600 individuals are expected to race, run, jog, stroll or walk as part of UB’s 10th Annual Linda Yalem Memorial Run, to begin at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26 on the North Campus.

9/23/99

AT&T has awarded UB’s new School of Information Studies (SIS) a $50,000 grant to plan a curriculum to address New York State's information-technology needs.

9/7/99

Frank D'Arrigo, assistant vice provost and director of undergraduate information services at the University at Buffalo, has been named first runner-up for "Best Web Site Solution" in the national 1999 Visual FoxPro Excellence Awards contest for a site he designed that ultimately could improve student retention at UB.

9/7/99

The 31st annual Western New York Science and Technology Forum lecture series for area teachers is being held on Wednesdays through Jan. 12 at UB.

9/7/99

Tucked away on an upper floor of the University at Buffalo's Undergraduate Library in the Science and Engineering Library (SEL) Map Collection room, geographer Ernest L. Woodson helps people find links and clues to the past that often only old maps can reveal. Woodson, an associate librarian in the SEL, is in charge of the University Libraries Map Collection, which he began developing in 1974 when it was made up of only 50,000 maps. Today, the prized collection includes more than 350,000 maps and aerial photos.

9/9/99

The University at Buffalo Bulls have waited 29 years and one extra week to see their dreams of returning to Division I-A football realized. The Bulls begin their first Division I-A campaign since 1970 by hosting their inaugural game in the Mid-American Conference against the University of Akron on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the newly-expanded UB Stadium.

9/10/99

Raj Acharya, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been named chair of the department.

9/10/99

Michael Constantinou, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, has been named chair of the department.

9/10/99

UB's Toxicology Research Center has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an accredited lead-hazard control training provider.

9/13/99

The Bergquist Corp. and Custom Electronics, Inc. are betting on the brainpower of students by giving gifts to the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to fund fellowships for students affiliated with its Energy Systems Institute.

9/15/99

A sociologist researching regional development along North Carolina's southeast coast said today that if Hurricane Floyd makes landfall in that region, damage will be very serious -- exacerbated by the area's dramatic population increase over 20 years and the overdevelopment of coastal lands.

9/10/99

The opening of the 1999 football season at the University at Buffalo will mark the revival of a tradition when UB's new marching band -- "The Thunder of the East" -- takes the field at the first Bulls game on Sept. 11 against the University of Akron.

9/20/99

The University at Buffalo has teamed up with Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources to offer a unique, extracurricular arts-and-technology outreach program for disadvantaged, early-adolescent girls in grades 5-7 that is designed to help them overcome the technological gender gap. UB students majoring in computer art and media study will serve as staff assistants in the program.

9/13/99

A UB graduate who is a prominent Western New York attorney has honored his brother's memory through an endowment gift for a student study center in the School of Dental Medicine. Gordon R. Gross, senior partner in the Buffalo law firm Gross, Shuman, Brizdle and Gilfillan, has given $100,000 to establish the Alan J. Gross Student Resource Room.

9/20/99

University at Buffalo researchers have shown for the first time that melatonin, a hormone produced naturally by the pineal gland and used widely as a supplement to diminish jet lag and improve sleep patterns, may play an important role in promoting bone growth.

9/14/99

When used judiciously, pharmacy Web sites can play an important educational role for consumers, but they never should be used for ordering new prescriptions, according to a professor of pharmacy at the University at Buffalo.

9/14/99

As director of the Turbulence Research Lab at the University at Buffalo, Clarence resident William K. George, Jr., Ph.D., deals with mathematics and theory daily. But he also enjoys a change in latitude for a different kind of turbulent adventure: sailing.

9/14/99

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) at the University at Buffalo consistently rated as among the top education schools in the country, has dramatically reorganized and enlarged its program leading to New York State teacher certification in response to rapid changes in the field of teacher education and an expected increase in demand for new teachers.

9/16/99

UB has joined with a consortium of elite universities that will market to the world their online distance-learning programs via a directory on the World Wide Web.

9/17/99

Adult aphasia, a disruption in the ability to speak, write, comprehend or read, will be the subject of a day-long conference to be held Oct. 1 in the Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus.

9/17/99

Western New York's young adults will get a chance to speak their minds at UB on National Kids Voting Day. Approximately 500 students from 75 high schools in Erie and Niagara counties will convene at Alumni Arena and Baird and Slee halls on the North Campus Sept. 28 to participate in a half-day conference on voting behavior and civic responsibility.

9/7/99

Ira Glass, idiosyncratic host and producer of the nationally syndicated radio show "This American Life," will present a program titled "Lies, Sissies and Fiascoes: Notes on Making a New Kind of Radio" at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the University at Buffalo.

9/14/99

Lectures, workshops and exhibits on the latest in diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions and topics ranging from periodontal disease to dental implants to infection control will highlight the 22nd Greater Niagara Frontier Dental Meeting.

9/17/99

Sebastian G. Ciancio, D.D.S., professor and chair of the UB Department of Periodontology, will receive the President's Award from the American Academy of Periodontology Sept. 27 at the association's annual meeting in San Antonio.

9/15/99

At first glance, it might look like an artist's elegant design for a Christmas wreath, but the illustration on the cover of this week's Nature is actually a computer graphic of a strand of RNA that has bound to an unusually symmetrical protein by wrapping itself around the protein's outer edge.

9/17/99

"Swimming Horse," the nom de subversion of the founder and leader of the art group Hocus-Focus, has had his hoofs in a lot of different projects, but they all have a few things in common.

9/17/99

It's been more than 30 years since their predecessors threw verbal grenades at the military-industrial complex, and decades since environmentalists began wrapping themselves around endangered trees and laying down in front of bulldozers.

9/20/99

Samuel R. "Chip" Delany, widely recognized as an intellectually gifted autodidact, literary iconoclast, memoirist and very likely the finest science-fiction novelist of our time, has joined the University at Buffalo faculty as an adjunct professor in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he is expected to make a prominent contribution to the department's Poetics Program. He will become a full professor in the Spring 2000 semester.

9/20/99

Sue K. Donaldson, Ph.D., dean and professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, will discuss "A Quarter Century of Breakthroughs in Nursing Research" at the Third Annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture, to be held on Sept. 30.

9/20/99

Barbara J. Bono, an established scholar of Shakespeare, Elizabethan-Jacobean drama and English Renaissance literature and associate professor of English, has been named chair of the UB Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences.

9/23/99

John C. Fountain, Ph.D., UB professor of geology, has been appointed to a three-year term as chair of the department, part of the university's College of Arts and Sciences.

9/23/99

Thomas T. Frantz has spent 25 years dealing with people affected by suicide, death, dying and grief, and has witnessed first-hand the pain that leads up to and lingers after a tragedy. That pain can be deadly for teen-agers, he says, and urges parents, teachers and friends to do their part in preventing youth suicide by making a connection with the troubled youth.

9/23/99

Although he's been in the business for 30 years, Ronald J. Gentile still can recall an experience in class during the 1970s that changed his philosophy about teaching.

9/24/99

Frank O. Brady, Ph.D., dean of the Division of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, has been named dean of the University of Buffalo School of Health Related Professions.

9/24/99

A luncheon to celebrate the renewal of the Rochester chapter of the UB Law School Alumni Association and to honor Rochester-area alumni who have achieved distinction in public office will be held at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Crown Plaza Hotel, 70 State St., Rochester.

9/24/99

UB will host a symposium Oct. 1-2 on "Literary Philosophers? Borges, Calvino, Eco," three distinguished writers known for their metaphysical fiction and intriguing explorations of logic and paradox.

9/24/99

Marvel H. Lee of Allston, Mass., is the 1999 recipient of the Xerox fellowship awarded by the MBA program in the UB School of Management.

9/27/99

Scientists at the University at Buffalo and Tulane University have, for the first time, optically tracked in real-time the pathway of one of the most widely used cancer drugs linked to a peptide hormone carrier as it is being taken up by a human breast-cancer cell.

9/27/99

Exciting new developments and pitfalls in cancer research, diagnosis and treatment will be the focus of the 14th International Convocation on Immunology, to be held Oct. 8-11 in the Buffalo Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. The convocation is sponsored by the Ernest Witebsky Center for Immunology at UB.

9/27/99

It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie: an electronic inkjet printer that prints with invisible ink. But earlier this month, University at Buffalo physicists published a paper in Applied Physics Letters that describes a device that could do just that.

9/23/99

Artist Tony Matelli has taken a unique stance in the exploration of nature versus culture by recreating familiar weeds -- the rebellious sort that "sprout like elegant anger on the concrete sweep of urban America" -- in a sculpture exhibit that captures how these often unwanted plants imply a social quest for beauty and control.