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9/4/01

The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present The Living Room Project, a special four-week community performing-arts project between the Center and Eager Artists Theatre Company of Durban, South Africa, to be held Sept. 10 to Oct. 6 in the Center for the Arts, as well as in homes and businesses throughout the community.

9/6/01

A memorial service for Mary Beth Spina, a member of the University at Buffalo's Office of News Services staff for 27 years, will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 in 250 Baird Hall on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

9/6/01

Nationally renowned American artist Joseph Norman and a selection of his works are making a return visit to the University at Buffalo this fall, thanks to the generosity of Rhode Island physician Joseph Chazan and his wife, Helene.

9/6/01

World-renowned animal ethologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., distinguished stateswoman Madeleine Albright and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will headline the University at Buffalo's 15th annual Distinguished Speakers Series.

9/7/01

The planners call themselves "Panamaniacs," a name that expresses their obsession with Buffalo's 1901 Pan-American Exposition and with its centennial celebration. And the Panamaniacs at the University at Buffalo have put together an eponymous two-day on-campus festival Sept. 22-23 in which visitors can experience the thrill of the original Pan-Am midway through films, music, foods, games and memorabilia.

9/7/01

The University at Buffalo ranks among the top 26-50 public and private research universities in the country in a new data-based report by a University of Florida research center. UB posted improvement in six of the nine measures of performance for which accurate and valid data were available and that "reflect quality of research university performance," according to "The Top American Research Universities," the annual report charting the comparative performance of research institutions by TheCenter at the University of Florida.

9/7/01

As part of its centennial celebration of the Pan-American Exposition, UB on Sept. 13 will sponsor "Pan-Americanisms: Myths and Realities," an international symposium that will look at the myths and realities embodied in the concept of pan-Americanism.

9/7/01

Andrew W. Safyer, associate professor of social work at the University at Buffalo, has been named associate dean for academic affairs and director of the M.S.W. program in the School of Social Work.

9/7/01

A new risk map that reveals the hazards most likely to occur in the future on Popocatepetl -- located just 60 kilometers from Mexico City and considered the planet's riskiest volcano -- has been developed by University at Buffalo volcanologist Michael F. Sheridan, Ph.D., and colleagues at UB and the National University of Mexico (UNAM).

9/11/01

University at Buffalo President William R. Greiner today issued a statement in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. "In the wake of this great tragedy," Greiner said, "we are declaring the rest of the day a day of mourning and memorial for the victims of these horrendous, unspeakable attacks. On behalf of the University at Buffalo community and the UB Council, we do so out of respect for the dead, dying, wounded and their families."

9/12/01

The University at Buffalo quickly responded on Tuesday to the needs of students from the New York City metropolitan and Washington, D.C., areas following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Student Affairs established a "NYC/DC Response Center" staffed with counselors and equipped with a telephone bank for students to use to call relatives in those areas.

9/12/01

Tuesday's terrorist strikes at the World Trade Center and Pentagon "bring the horror of war into Americans' lives in ways others have been experiencing it for decades," according to Michael Frisch, professor of American History at the University at Buffalo.

9/12/01

As a result of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Americans have been hit with a "double shock," according to Paul Senese, assistant professor of political science at the University at Buffalo and an expert in international security and conflict process and American foreign policy.

9/12/01

While the use of hijacked commercial airliners by terrorists to attack the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Tuesday may leave many reluctant to board an airplane, the issue is not about flying, says Gayle Beck, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo and an expert in panic and anxiety disorders and post-traumatic problems.

9/12/01

Following Tuesday's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, people across the United States "will be looking at everything in their lives through a screen of apprehension," says Thomas T. Frantz, Ph.D., associate professor of counseling and educational psychology at the University at Buffalo.. "That apprehension may fade in a couple days, or it may last a week" or longer.

9/12/01

The University at Buffalo will hold a Remembrance Program for the victims and responders to the New York-Washington, D.C.-Pennsylvania tragedies on Thursday, Sept. 13. The program, coordinated by the Office of Special Events, will take place at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Mainstage theater and will include readings and reflection and music performances.

9/12/01

The terrorists who Tuesday used hijacked commercial airliners to attack the World Trade Center and Pentagon "were using death and destruction to deliver a message," according to an associate professor of philosophy at the University at Buffalo. "They deliberately chose to attack the most visible symbols of American wealth and military power," says James M. Lawler, whose expertise is in social and political philosophy, "hoping that the impoverished majority of mankind would applaud and rally behind them."

9/13/01

Businesses that in recent years flocked to upscale addresses in high-rise buildings in large cities now may be looking for a place in the country following this week's terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center, according to an associate professor of finance and managerial economics at the University at Buffalo.

9/14/01

The UB Center for the Arts and UBASE will present comedic magicians Penn & Teller at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Mainstage theater located in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

9/14/01

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo will present the fall dance concert of Zodiaque Dance Company, titled "Wine, Women And Dance," Oct. 11-14 and 18-21 in the Drama Theatre located at the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

9/14/01

University at Buffalo President William R. Greiner Thursday asked students, faculty and staff to continue to value and protect UB's multi-ethnic and multi-religious community in their personal responses to this week's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

9/14/01

George W. Bush took a solid first step in improving his image as this country's leader when he stepped to the microphone this week to comment on terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, according to a University at Buffalo professor with expertise in leadership, charisma and management styles.

9/16/01

The University at Buffalo will sponsor a major international forum on Nov. 2-3 at which leading figures in medicine, psychology, sociology, physiology and technology development will discuss the effects of digital technologies on our lives. "Digital Frontier: The Buffalo Summit 2001" will be convened by Jaylan S. Turkkan, vice president for research, in the Center for the Arts on the North Campus.

9/17/01

Just as they did during the era of McCarthyism and the post-Pearl Harbor period, Americans can probably expect to see calls for measures that may seriously erode the constitutional rights of American citizens, says Lee Albert, professor of law at the University at Buffalo and a specialist in constitutional issues.

9/18/01

Pamela S. Hinds, Ph.D., director of nursing research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and a specialist in end-of-life decision-making for children and adolescents, will present the fifth annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture, to be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Center for Tomorrow on the North (Amherst) Campus.

9/18/01

The local branch of the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence, based in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has awarded grants to six Western New York companies.

9/18/01

More than 1,200 racers, runners, joggers, strollers and walkers are expected to participate in the UB's 12th annual Linda Yalem Memorial Run, to begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 on the North Campus.

9/19/01

Jennifer A. McDonough, vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Vermont, has been appointed vice president for development and alumni relations at the University at Buffalo.

9/19/01

Americans' "general naivete" regarding the beliefs and assumptions of religions other than their own is hampering their ability to understand discussions about those suspected of being responsible for last week's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, according to Phillips Stevens, Jr. Stevens, associate professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo and nationally-recognized expert in the anthropology of religion, says the lack of knowledge is particularly acute when it comes to fundamentalist religious groups of the Middle East.

9/20/01

Deborah Waldrop, Ph.D., University at Buffalo assistant professor of social work, was social work director at Oklahoma City's St. Anthony Hospital on April 19, 1995, when a truck bomb exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Located roughly five blocks from the disaster, St. Anthony was on the front line of rescue efforts and Waldrop learned first-hand the devastating impact such a tragedy has on rescue workers responding to disasters.

9/21/01

A major emphasis on improving intelligence-gathering -- including having the FBI and CIA work in tandem -- must be a key piece of the U.S. retaliation against terrorists for last week's attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, according to a University at Buffalo professor who is a former editor of the journal Armed Forces & Society. "If President Bush looks only to the military, which seems to be both his initial inclination, and what the American public wants him to do, he will get incomplete and misleading information about what's important," said Claude E. Welch, Jr., Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in the UB Department of Political Science.

9/21/01

For more and more faculty researchers at the University at Buffalo, UB's Center for Computational Research, one of the world's leading academic high-performance computing centers, has become an increasingly critical resource that is helping to propel major projects. Supercomputing has made major inroads in a broad range of projects at UB, helping to garner about $40 million in external funding for faculty members.

9/24/01

The UB Center for the Arts will present Medeski Martin & Wood at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Mainstage theatre in Center for the Arts on UB's North (Amherst) Campus.

9/24/01

The UB Center for the Arts will present Hudson Vagabond Puppets' "Ferdinand the Bull," based on the classic tale by Munro Leaf, at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Mainstage theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

9/24/01

Thomas C. Robinson, a faculty member in the College of Allied Health Professions in the Chandler Medical Center at the University of Kentucky, will deliver the 13th annual J. Warren Perry Lecture at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 in Slee Concert Hall on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

9/24/01

The Center for Management Development (CMD) in the University at Buffalo School of Management will offer a non-credit tax course, "Critical Tax Issues for Financial and Legal Professionals," beginning Oct. 23.

9/24/01

MBA enrollment in the University at Buffalo School of Management is up 40 percent this fall. A total of 258 new students have enrolled in the full-time, Professional and Executive MBA programs in the UB management school, compared to 184 students last fall.

9/24/01

A review and analysis of 26 studies of physical activity levels of children, completed by University at Buffalo researchers, has found that children accumulate more physical activity than previously thought.

9/24/01

Astronaut Ellen Shulman Baker, a 1974 graduate of the University at Buffalo, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of science degree at the UB's seventh annual University Convocation, to be held Oct. 4.

9/25/01

The University at Buffalo is one the nation's top 10 most wired universities, according to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine.

9/25/01

Frank J. McGuire, chairman of The McGuire Group, has been named 2001 "Niagara Frontier Executive of the Year" by the University at Buffalo School of Management. The award will be presented at the 52nd annual awards banquet of the UB School of Management Alumni Association, to be held Nov. 7.

9/25/01

A higher percentage of UB undergraduate accounting students passed all or some parts of the May 2000 certified public accountant exam than did students from any other college or university in New York State, according to a report released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

9/26/01

The Philippine National Dance Company Bayanihan will present the third performance in the UB Center for the Arts 2001-02 KeyBank Dance Series Oct. 26 in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts.

9/26/01

The proposed federal takeover of airport security ultimately could permit longer and more careful screening of passengers and their baggage, according to a University at Buffalo professor who serves on a Federal Aviation Administration panel that studies research and development needs in aviation security.

9/27/01

The University at Buffalo's Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, the Mitchell Lecture Fund and the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal will present a symposium, "Environmental Law and Stewardship for a Sustainable Society," Oct. 13 in the UB Law School, located in Baldy Hall on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

9/27/01

Fred Dansereau, professor of organizational and human resources in the University at Buffalo School of Management, has been named a fellow of the American Psychological Society (APS).

9/27/01

University at Buffalo biophysicists studying the motility of cells have shown that simple cells react in less than a millisecond to changes in membrane voltage, a property scientists have thought was confined to highly specialized cells such as the cochlear outer hair cells responsible for hearing.

9/27/01

Women with a history of problem drinking exhibited significant increases in abstinence and light-drinking days, and decreases in heavy drinking, after participating in a 10-week program at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.

9/27/01

The image of an airplane flying into the second tower of the World Trade Center and exploding in flames, played over and over on television following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will remain in America's collective consciousness for a long time. For all, that image forever will represent a national tragedy. But for some, there will be a more profound personal effect, according to a University at Buffalo expert in psychological trauma.

9/27/01

The World Trade Center twin towers should be rebuilt as a "focal sign for American resolve, for the ability of a democratic society to suffer injury and heal," according to an urban sociologist at the University at Buffalo.

9/28/01

President William R. Greiner announced today that the University at Buffalo will begin a year-long, campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program. Specific areas the study will cover are academic and fiscal integrity, governance, rules compliance, as well as a commitment to equity, student-athlete welfare and sportsmanship.

9/28/01

Forbes magazine has included the University at Buffalo School of Management in its annual ranking of 50 business schools that provide MBA students with the best return on their investment.