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6/5/02

Structural engineers from the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), headquartered at the University at Buffalo, will gather in New York City later this month to discuss how earthquake-engineering practices and blast-resistant designs can be used to create "terror-resistant" buildings.Their analysis will be part of a two-day workshop, "Lessons from the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Management of Complex Civil Emergencies & Terrorism-Resistant Civil Engineering Design," on June 24 and 25.

6/5/02

The University at Buffalo is among U.S. institutions gearing up to recruit the most talented of the as may as 75,000 Canadian high school graduates who could be migrating to the United States next year to fill seats in college and university classrooms unavailable to them in their homeland.

6/6/02

If the men and women of the U.S. Army's 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion depart for their next trouble spot with toothaches, it will be through no fault of the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo. The UB dental school is offering first-priority, at-cost dental services to the soldiers in the unit as it prepares for possible mobilization. The collaboration is the first such between a dental school and an Army Reserve special operations unit, and, if successful, could be used as a model for dental support to Reserve battalions across the country.

6/6/02

Canadian conceptual and sound poet Christian Bok, a postdoctoral fellow in the University at Buffalo Poetics Program, has been named one of two winners of the second annual Griffin Poetry Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary prize and a major international literary award.

6/6/02

Researchers at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., have found that when fathers recover from substance abuse, their children exhibit significant improvements in psychosocial functioning.

6/7/02

Derrick Helfer, a doctoral student in inorganic chemistry, will become the first University at Buffalo student to attend the annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, when he attends the 52nd convening of the group early next month.

6/10/02

The Western New York Regional Information Network, a searchable database of the region's assets created and maintained by the University at Buffalo Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth, offers Western New York residents, local governments, businesses and not-for-profit groups an online depository of regional information that will answer, or direct them to those who can answer, an impressively wide range of inquiries about the eight-county region.

6/20/02

The first study of vitamin D status in a group of Kashmiri women and their babies has revealed across-the-board deficiency of the nutrient, which increases the risk of rickets, osteoporosis, other bone disorders and muscle weakness in this population.

6/11/02

Twenty graduates of the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences received 36 awards during the school's recent commencement ceremony.

6/11/02

University at Buffalo scientists working with ice cores have solved a mystery surrounding sunspots and their effect on climate that has puzzled scientists since they began studying the phenomenon.

6/15/02

A drug used widely as an insulin sensitizer appears also to have a significant anti-inflammatory effect in diabetics, a property that could make it useful in helping to prevent heart disease in these patients, a study by endocrinologists at the University at Buffalo has found.

6/20/02

Estrogen's ability to reduce a woman's risk of heart disease during her reproductive years may be based on a previously unexamined mechanism of the hormone: its anti-inflammatory effects.

6/11/02

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will offer free oral cancer screening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 22 in Squire Hall on the UB South (Main Street) Campus.

6/13/02

The goal of the massive international project being coordinated at the University at Buffalo is no less than to produce a critical investigation of a major author's creative processes unparalleled in the history of literary scholarship. It involves the annotation, cross-referencing and publication in print and on DVD of the content of the 60 handwritten notebooks assembled by James Joyce and scores of assistants during the 16 years it took the author to write his masterwork, "Finnegans Wake."

6/16/02

In a series of studies designed to define the role of dietary macronutrients in the initiation of arterial inflammation that predisposes a person to atherosclerosis, University at Buffalo researchers have found that a high intake of glucose, or eating a high-fat, high-calorie fast-food meal causes an increase in the blood's inflammatory components.

6/14/02

Contrary to its revolutionary promise as a gender-free zone, cyberculture, women cyberspace pioneers argue, reproduces the power dynamics of sexist and racist practices and has a mythology that perpetuates inequality. They speak their minds in "Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture" (MIT Press, 2002), a groundbreaking collection of theoretical and fictional writing co-edited by UB librarian Austin Booth.

6/14/02

"Led by Language" by Rachel Tzvia Back has been called a "groundbreaking study" of the enigmatic experimental American poet Susan Howe, professor of English at the University at Buffalo. Published recently by the University of Alabama Press as part of its Modern and Contemporary Poetry Series, this is the first full-length study of Howe, who is known for having changed several literary genres.

6/18/02

The Great Lakes and its tributaries are a classroom for 10 students enrolled in the Great Lakes Summer Institute being hosted this month through June 25 by the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College. Working alongside researchers from UB's Great Lakes Program and the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State, the students are testing water quality in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and in the Buffalo and Niagara rivers.

6/18/02

The University at Buffalo will offer a graduate level program in law and applied economics, a collaborative effort between the UB Law School and the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, beginning with the Fall 2002 semester.

6/18/02

Osteoporosis, a disease of bone-thinning that puts women at risk of serious fractures, is underdiagnosed and undertreated, a study by University at Buffalo researchers presented today at the annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiological Research has found. Nearly half of 836 women in a population-based study who underwent screening for osteoporosis for the first-time were found to have undiagnosed disease, results showed. Moreover, follow-up a year later revealed that half of those diagnosed with osteoporosis did not begin treatment to slow progression of the disorder and a quarter failed to discuss the screening results with their physician

6/20/02

WBFO 88.7 FM, the National Public Radio affiliate operated by UB, this week begins a summer-long series of reports on the Chautauqua Institution's 2002 season. The station will be broadcasting weekly previews of morning lectures, concert previews and feature stories about the institution.

6/21/02

Leading researchers in the fields of earthquake and blast engineering, as well as social scientists with expertise in disaster response, are gathering in New York City today to examine the events of 9/11 and explore ways to make structures more resistant to terrorist attacks and reduce risk to inhabitants and emergency responders. During a two-day workshop, organized by the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, headquartered at the University at Buffalo, the researchers are discussing lessons learned from the September 11 attack and will offer recommendations for how government leaders, engineers, emergency personnel and private citizens might better prepare for future terrorist attacks.

6/24/02

Academia is not only about barrier containment technologies and the latest literary trends. It's about Kool-Aid. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the marketing of the drink so sweet it can set your teeth on edge and a thirsty, sugar-loving UB librarian wants you to know all about it.

6/24/02

Students in UB's School of Architecture and Planning recently received awards for excellence in their fields of study.

6/24/02

Where a woman lives at birth and puberty may have an impact on her risk of developing breast cancer later, findings from a novel study conducted by geographers and epidemiologists at the University at Buffalo have shown.

6/24/02

University at Buffalo chemists have developed a remarkably simple and effective biotechnological method for synthesis of novel proteins using amino acids that do not occur in nature by using unique, programmable ribozymes (enzymes made of RNA, or ribonucleic acid) that they evolved in the lab. The technology provides a potentially important new tool in the field of proteomics, where scientists are working to understand all of the proteins that have been identified through the human genome project.

6/25/02

The University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) has named 14 local community and business leaders to its new regional advisory board. The board members were announced today by Robert J. Genco, D.D.S., Ph.D., UB vice provost and SUNY Distinguished Professor who is director of STOR.

6/26/02

The prevalence of physical aggression among adults "eclipses rates based on police reports or victimization surveys by a factor of 10," according to a study by University at Buffalo researchers recently reported in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. They found that 1 in every 3 men between the ages of 18 and 30 and 1 in 5 women in that age category are the target of physically aggressive behavior on an annual basis.

6/25/02

Buffalo-Niagara is on the verge of a new economy based in the biosciences and information technology, and the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) is capitalizing on the strengths of the region and university to bring new companies and venture money to Western New York.

6/26/02

Two University at Buffalo materials researchers have developed an extremely sensitive nanoscale device that could shrink ultra-high-density storage devices to record sizes. The magnetic sensor, made of nickel and measuring only a few atoms in diameter, could increase data storage capacity by a factor of a 1,000 or more and ultimately could lead to supercomputing devices as small as a wristwatch.

6/27/02

This fall, in addition to Biochemical Principles and Human Physiology, students studying to be pharmacists in the University at Buffalo's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will be taking a course in pharmacogenomics.

6/28/02

Thirteen students attending the University at Buffalo School of Social Work received awards during the school's recent commencement ceremony.

6/28/02

Eighteen students in the University at Buffalo School of Nursing received awards and scholarships at the school's recent commencement ceremony.

6/28/02

Twenty new graduates of the University at Buffalo School of Health Related Professions were honored with scholarships and awards during the school's recent commencement ceremony.

6/28/02

The University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education conferred awards upon one of its outstanding doctoral students and several alumni at the school's recent commencement ceremony.

6/28/02

For the third consecutive year, the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University at Buffalo is conducting a special summer institute for educators from sub-Saharan countries.