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10/2/08

Approximately 200,000 of the 38 million people in the U.S. who take statins to treat high cholesterol may develop life-threatening muscle disease. Currently there is no comprehensive way to identify those who may be at risk for this debilitating condition, but new research by University at Buffalo scientists may correct that situation.

10/2/08

Buffalo's "uncrowned community builders" will be celebrated Oct. 4 in the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr., Library in Buffalo with the unveiling of an interactive technology site that will allow community members to share, read and upload personal histories of unsung community builders.

10/2/08

The remarkable story of Jeffrey Brace, an African-born slave who won his freedom after fighting on the side of the colonial army during the American Revolution, might very well have been lost to history but for the work of historian Kari J. Winter, Ph.D., professor of American studies at the University at Buffalo.

10/3/08

University at Buffalo Law School Professor James A. Gardner today cautioned against giving too much importance to charges of voter fraud in American elections and supposed incompetence in administering elections. The process in the overwhelming majority of elections, he says, is working well.

10/3/08

H. William Lichtenberger has made a $1 million gift to the University at Buffalo School of Management to establish an endowed professorship. The H. William Lichtenberger Professor of Global Services and Supply Management was created to help the UB School of Management attract and retain top talent and build its Global Services and Supply Management program.

10/6/08

During this historic economic downturn, society's perceptions of financial companies may be undergoing a change, according to UB assistant professor of geography Trina Hamilton, Ph.D., who studies corporate, environmental and social responsibility, global governance and international trade. "The Wall Street crisis could ultimately change the way society views corporate responsibility," says Hamilton.

10/7/08

A $7.6 million, seven-year contract awarded to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo will provide the funds to train in-country laboratory specialists where HIV/AIDS infection rates are highest globally, test their proficiency and conduct quality control analysis of HIV/AIDS clinical trials.

10/8/08

Bird Technologies Group has given $200,000 to the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to advance research and education in UB's RF/microwave systems program.

10/8/08

"Scholars at Muse," the popular new lecture series presented by the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute and the Buffalo arts group riverrun, will continue on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Muse Restaurant of the Albright Knox Art Gallery.

10/8/08

Cremation, "air burial," grave cairns, funeral mounds, mummification, belief in life after death -- death practices sacred to one culture are often considered "odd" or even terrifying by another. In every social group throughout history, the disposal of the dead has special significance, and ways of death always fascinate those on the outside looking in, says a history professor at the University at Buffalo.

10/9/08

How severely retirees will be affected by the continuing financial crisis and subsequent "credit crunch" depends to a considerable extent on the kinds of retirement plans they rely on for retirement income, according to a University at Buffalo Law School professor who specializes in the regulation of retirement plans and other employee-benefit plans.

10/9/08

A panel of experts will discuss the turmoil in the U.S. financial markets at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

10/9/08

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has entered a four-year partnership with the University at Buffalo to create an endowed fund that will provide need-based scholarship support to an incoming freshman undergraduate student from the Buffalo Public Schools. In addition, BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) will serve as a presenting sponsor of the UB Scholarship Gala, an annual event that raises money for student financial aid.

10/13/08

The University at Buffalo School of Management will be bringing the MoneySKILL financial literacy program to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County.

10/13/08

The University at Buffalo School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) will host an information session for women and minority business owners interested in applying for the 2009 Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs (MWEE) program.

10/13/08

Think of University at Buffalo Law School Professor Charles Patrick Ewing's newest book this way: Imagine a front-row seat to some of the country's most intriguing court cases, courtesy of Ewing, one of the country's leading experts on the criminal mind, who draws on up-close-and-personal details from his 30 years of experience.

10/13/08

More than 1,300 Western New York high school students will be guests of the University at Buffalo at a lecture by Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," the harrowing and heartbreaking tale of two young Afghanistani boys caught in the nightmare of their country's destruction.

10/13/08

The Western New York chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) will hold a College Computing Fair on Oct. 15 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

10/14/08

The University at Buffalo will roll out the blue carpet for more than 30,000 people -- more even than gathered at the UB Stadium in 2006 for the speech by His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- when it celebrates True Blue Weekend Oct. 16-19.

10/14/08

Patricia E. Benner, Ph.D., an internationally known nurse-researcher and lecturer, will present the UB School of Nursing's 12th Annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

10/14/08

New York State's registry of residents willing to donate their organs and tissue if they are fatally injured lags behind those of states with less population and newer registries. Only 7 percent of New York residents have signed formally onto the state's electronic registry. A University at Buffalo specialist in health communication wants to change that.

10/14/08

Andre Filiatrault, Ph.D., Eng., a professor at the University at Buffalo and leading expert on shake-table testing of structural and nonstructural building components, has been elected to a two-year term as director of MCEER, a national center of excellence focused on multi-hazard engineering, headquartered at UB.

10/15/08

In less than a year, the University at Buffalo -- along with hundreds of other colleges and universities nationwide -- will publicly release an institutional action plan describing how UB will go "climate-neutral," reducing or offsetting all of its greenhouse gas emissions. Development and release of the plan is required of all signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which UB President John B. Simpson signed in March 2007.

10/16/08

The University at Buffalo has purchased three security cameras for the Buffalo Police Department as part of UB's ongoing efforts to improve safety and behavior in University Heights, in cooperation with the City of Buffalo, neighborhood residents and community leaders.

10/16/08

A quarter of female police officers and nearly as many male officers assigned to shift work had thought about taking their own lives, a new study of police work patterns and stress headed by a University at Buffalo researcher has shown.

10/17/08

A new transportation research specialization at the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will provide New York State's government agencies and municipalities with access to innovative technologies and systems that address critical transportation issues facing the region and the nation.

10/20/08

Michael Teitz, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and 2008-09 Nan and Will Clarkson Visiting Chair in the University at Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning, will deliver the annual Clarkson lecture on Oct. 29.

10/20/08

The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning will continue its fall 2008 lecture series with international speakers whose reputations are among the most outstanding in their fields.

10/21/08

James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and a 1973 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will be in Buffalo on Oct. 31 to present the 20th Annual J. Warren Perry Lecture.

10/21/08

Parents of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly twice as likely to divorce by the time the child is 8 years old than parents of children without ADHD, the first study to look at this issue in depth has shown.

10/21/08

Electing Barack Obama president could significantly change the balance of power in Cuba and among Latinos in the U.S. because Cuba would be forced to deal with the first American administration in decades poised to strengthen ties with the country's military government, according to the director of the University at Buffalo's Caribbean Studies Program.

10/22/08

The Western New York community will have an opportunity to discuss issues related to contemporary Islam this week when renowned Islamic scholar and author Akbar Ahmed, Ph.D., considered the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam, will speak at the University at Buffalo.

10/22/08

Angelo M. Fatta, Ph.D., president of Fatta Enterprises and vice president of the Fatta Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation supporting child welfare and development in Western New York, is the new chairman of the University at Buffalo Foundation board, on which he has served since 2004.

10/22/08

The University at Buffalo is fully committed to the goals of the Clery Act. UB's full participation in the Clery Act is one of many ways we are working to create a very safe campus environment.

10/23/08

The various histories of "madness" and what the term means today will be the subject of extensive discussion at the University at Buffalo's 2008 Humanities Institute Conference October 31-November 1.

10/23/08

Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to learn more about the Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition at an information session 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in 230 Jacobs Management Center on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

10/24/08

Internet expert Hsinchun Chen, McClelland Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona, will speak at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 in 104 Alfiero Center on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

10/27/08

Robert O. Swados,'38, of counsel with the law offices of Phillips Lytle LLP, has given $25,000 to the University at Buffalo to establish the Elizabeth Swados Award in Theatre and Dance at UB, in honor of his Obie Award-winning daughter. The Swados Award will provide merit-based scholarship support to an undergraduate student in the Department of Theatre and Dance in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

10/28/08

An innovative systems biology approach to understanding the carbohydrate structures in cells is leading to new ways to understand how inflammatory illnesses and cardiovascular disease develop in humans. The work was described in two recent publications by University at Buffalo chemical engineers.

10/28/08

The U.S. Department of Labor has selected the University at Buffalo's Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) as a winner of the 2008 Exemplary Public Interest Contribution (EPIC) Award for promoting equal employment opportunity.

10/28/08

Provocative conversations with prominent social work professionals. Interviews with cutting-edge researchers. The latest on emerging trends in the social work field. And all available on demand, an iPod or MP3 download away. That's what's playing on "Living Proof," the University at Buffalo's School of Social Work's freshly launched podcast series.

10/29/08

Contrary to popular belief, having a diverse group of people working together is not always the best way to get the job done. What's really important is the level of friendship among the team members -- as long as it's the right level, say researchers who study work teams.

10/29/08

More than 100,000 students from over 100 local elementary, middle and high schools in 20 districts will participate in the largest and most comprehensive student voting program ever held in Western New York since the University at Buffalo began administering the local Kids Voting campaign.

10/29/08

For the second year in a row, the University at Buffalo's Regional Institute has received national recognition for its work from the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER), a professional association of research units at public and private universities.

10/30/08

Research suggests that alcoholics are more likely to experience emotions such as annoyances, frustrations and anger compared to non-alcoholics. A new study at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) will investigate these anger emotions and how they might be addressed in outpatient alcoholism treatment.

10/30/08

Canada is by far the United States' most important trading partner, with exports to our northern neighbor totaling more than those to Mexico, Japan and China combined. Yet federal policies to reinforce security without slowing trade have had mixed results, with some border regions easing bottlenecks more than others. These and other findings on the U.S.-Canada trade relationship are published in "Border Brief," a joint effort of the Regional Institute and the Border Policy Research Institute of Western Washington University.

10/31/08

News of any earthquake spreads quickly among the dozens of earthquake engineering researchers and students at the University at Buffalo. But Wednesday's magnitude 6.4 quake in southwest Pakistan held particular interest for two researchers visiting UB and MCEER this semester from Pakistan's NWFP University of Engineering and Technology in Peshawar.