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5/2/00

Five UB faculty members have received 2000 Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Awards from the UB Student Association recognizing their teaching excellence and commitment to students.

5/2/00

James Milles, associate director for information and technology, and adjunct assistant professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, has been named associate dean for libraries and director of the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the UB Law School.

5/4/00

Systolic blood pressure, the first -- or higher -- number in a blood-pressure reading, is the important factor in determining whether a person has hypertension, experts state in a new National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical advisory statement released today (May 4).

5/4/00

The 30-year career of UB faculty member Rodney L. Doran, Ph.D., which has been dedicated to teaching teachers innovative techniques to "turn students on" to the wonders and mysteries of science, has earned the educator a national teaching award.

5/4/00

Daniel B. Sandberg of Pomona has received first-place honors in the 21st Annual Nancy Welch Awards recognizing residential students at UB who have made significant contributions to the university community during the current academic year.

5/9/00

Nine students in the UB Department of Art have received 1999-2000 departmental awards for their work.

5/4/00

The UB School of Social Work has received a $100,000 grant from the New York State Education Department to establish with the Buffalo Public Schools a program aimed at curbing student violence and helping students stay in school.

5/9/00

The UB Graduate School of Education (GSE) will present its first week-long summer professional-development institute for educators July 10-14 on the university's North Campus.

5/9/00

Patricia J. Ohtake, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy, exercise and nutrition sciences in the UB School of Health Related Professions, will receive the Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at its annual conference in June in Indianapolis.

5/9/00

Researchers in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University at Buffalo have taken the lead in the creation of a standard for measuring rehabilitation’s effectiveness that could be used by rehabilitation hospitals and other rehabilitation units as the basis for Medicare prospective payment.

5/9/00

The American Society of Civil Engineers has chosen George C. Lee, Ph.D., Samuel P. Capen Professor of Engineering at the University at Buffalo and director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering (MCEER) at UB, to receive the prestigious Nathan M. Newmark Medal for 2000.

5/11/00

How to minimize damage to your skin by taking better care of it will be the topic of the UB Senior Alumni Luncheon, to be held at noon on June 13 in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North Campus.

5/11/00

Award-winning poetry in competitions sponsored by the UB Libraries and the Department English in the UB College of Arts and Sciences have earned four students cash prizes and honorable mentions.

5/11/00

There's a new invader in Lake Erie, though you wouldn't know it to look at it. It's a hybridized water flea, a result of an invader European species mating with the native species, and it may be replacing the native water-flea species in Lake Erie, according to a UB professor who has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study animal hybridization.

5/11/00

Jeremy M. Jacobs, Sr., chairman and CEO of Delaware North Companies, Inc. -- a $1 billion-plus diversified international holding company owned by Jacobs -- continues his long-standing commitment to the University at Buffalo with an annual $100,000 gift.

5/11/00

The University at Buffalo's Distinguished Honors Scholars Program will graduate its largest group of honors scholars -- 23 -- this month, thanks to an anonymous donor whose scholarship gifts are setting a precedent.

5/9/00

Smokers who want to quit but really enjoy the taste of a cigarette may soon have a new weapon at their disposal. And if it works, it would be as easy to use as mouthwash.

5/12/00

Mary A. Bisson, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the UB College of Arts and Sciences, has been named chair of the department.

5/12/00

Pocket parks, tree plantings and nature trails are among 46 environmental education and enhancement projects selected this year by the advisory panel of the Niagara County Environmental Fund (NCEF) to receive funding through the Love Canal settlement between New York State and Occidental Chemical Corp. NCEF is administered by the New York State Center for Hazardous Waste Management, located at UB.

5/12/00

Frank J. Ciccia and Sally A. Sams will receive Outstanding Service Awards from the Professional Staff Senate at UB at the PSS' annual awards luncheon, to be held May 16.

5/15/00

Eight graduating seniors received special awards during UB’s 154th general commencement ceremony on May 14.

5/12/00

Fannie Mae Corp. has contributed an additional $20,000 to help the University Community Initiative (UCI) continue with its housing acquisition, rehabilitation and resale program in the University Heights neighborhood of Buffalo.

5/15/00

Kaya Gerberich and Michael Patterson, graduating seniors at UB, recently were inducted into the Association of Alumni and Friends, the alumni group of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).

5/15/00

For the past two years, Lee Guterman and his colleagues in the UB Department of Neurosurgery have been working to help educate the public about stroke’s symptoms and risk factors through the Western New York Stroke Screening Program. The project has particular resonance in Buffalo and environs, where stroke risk is higher than the national average. May has been designated as “stroke month.”

5/15/00

Working with the students and teachers at Public School 40 in the City of Buffalo, a doctoral student in educational psychology at the University at Buffalo may have developed a solution to the situation faced by students who are having difficulty achieving the new writing standards required to pass New York State’s new English Language Arts Test.

5/16/00

Four graduates of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will be commissioned into the armed forces by U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher immediately after the school's commencement ceremony on May 19.

5/16/00

University at Buffalo biophysicists have identified a component of venom from a very large, very hairy Chilean tarantula that blocks the action of ion channels that are responsible for cellular mechanical responses -- the cell's ability to feel. These channels or pores in the cell membrane -- called stretch-activated channels because stretching the membrane causes them to open and close -- have been implicated in functions as diverse as the senses of touch and hearing, muscle contraction and coordination, and blood pressure and volume regulation.

5/17/00

Julian C. Johnson, a Buffalo attorney, concert producer, promoter and UB alumnus, will speak at the UB Educational Opportunity Center's 27th annual graduation ceremony, to be held at 7 p.m. May 24 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the North Campus.

5/17/00

The University at Buffalo has been selected as one of 20 clinical sites across the United States to provide a specialized treatment program for persons with bipolar disorder, known in lay terms as manic-depression.

5/17/00

A new book of old work by Charles Bernstein, David Gray Chair of Poetry at the University at Buffalo and one of the great irony producers of our age, is getting rave reviews from the national literary community.

5/18/00

An advanced-certificate program in computational science designed to train science-and-engineering graduate students at the University at Buffalo in scientific computing has been approved by the New York State Education Department and the Chancellor of the State University of New York.

5/18/00

Charlene Gilbert, assistant professor of media study at the University at Buffalo, has been named a 2000 Film/Video/Multimedia Fellow by the Rockefeller and MacArthur foundations.

5/18/00

Deborah K. W. Walters, Ph.D., and Joseph A. Gardella, Jr., Ph.D., of the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) have been awarded a $150,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to develop a community-linked interdisciplinary research (CLIR) program for undergraduate students at UB.

5/19/00

At the height of a career distinguished by stunning literary achievement, UB poet and literary theorist Susan Howe has been elected by some of the most lionized figures in American literature to the Academy of American Poets' Board of Chancellors, the academy's advisory body of eminent poets.

5/19/00

Deidre Shauna Lynch, an award-winning associate professor of English at the University at Buffalo who is widely regarded as an innovative literary scholar, has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center (NHC), one of the greatest distinctions in the humanities field.

5/19/00

Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB received awards at the school's recent commencement ceremony.

5/19/00

Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB were recognized with various scholarships and awards at the school's 15th Annual Dean's Scholarship Reception.

5/22/00

Thirty-one UB sophomores recently received Grace W. Capen Academic Awards for outstanding academic achievement from the UB Women's Club.

5/22/00

Jennifer Kosack, who received a bachelor's degree in vocal performance at UB’s 154th general commencement on May 14, served as the student vocalist during the ceremony.

5/22/00

Nineteen UB students received awards for excellence in their fields of study during the UB School of Management commencement ceremony held on May 13.

5/22/00

This year's edition of "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges" includes 111 UB graduate students selected as national campus leaders.

5/23/00

Nationally known UB dental researcher Sebastian G. Ciancio, D.D.S., has been selected to speak at the 30th Anniversary Arthur H. Merritt Memorial Lectureship in Periodontics in August at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.

5/23/00

Michael D. Ehlers, D.D.S., a 1985 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, has been elected president of the UB Dental Alumni Association.

5/23/00

The 25th annual awards program and honors convocation, a dinner and campus tours highlighted the first annual reunion of UB’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

5/23/00

"The Wheel of Desire and Other Intimate Hauntings," a collection of previously published short stories ranging from the macabre to the provocative written by UB faculty member Gary Earl Ross, was published last month by the Writer's Club Press.

5/24/00

Six students in the UB Department of Media Study received departmental awards during the Spring 2000 semester.

5/25/00

The Ernest Witebsky Center for Immunology at the University at Buffalo will sponsor on Aug. 4-6 one of the first scientific conferences to address the combined issues of diagnosis, treatment and the body's immune response to implants for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and diseases and disorders affecting it.

5/26/00

Students in the UB Department of Biological Sciences received awards at the department's graduation convocation ceremony held earlier this month.

5/25/00

Thirty-nine graduates of the UB Law School received awards during the school's 111th commencement ceremony held on May 14.

5/25/00

Western New Yorkers can learn to make smarter health-care decisions that can affect their wallets and health by enrolling in the new mini-medical school course to be offered next month at UB.

5/26/00

Seventeen students in the UB School of Nursing received awards and scholarships at the school's commencement ceremony earlier this month.

5/26/00

Fourteen UB students have been initiated into Beta Nu, the UB Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate honor society in Spanish.

5/31/00

The UB Department of Art will present enrichment programs this summer in drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, illustration, photography and computer graphics.

5/31/00

A research presentation describing a new medical-imaging technique developed and evaluated by a team of UB researchers that could lead to improved diagnostic imaging using lower doses of radiation has won the top prize at the SPIE International Symposium on Medical Imaging.

5/31/00

University at Buffalo researchers are developing a system that will allow physicians to use a new form of virtual reality to store information about what they feel during an exam. That information then will be accessible to the examining physician at a later time or to consulting physicians at another location, allowing them to experience the exam as though they had performed it themselves.