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8/2/10

Mark this one down as a parental nightmare. First, your child gets her tongue pierced. Then, as if you needed something else, she starts "playing" with the tiny barbell-shaped stud, pushing it against her upper front teeth. And before you know it, she forces a gap between those teeth -- a fraction-of-an-inch gap that may cost thousands of dollars in orthodontic bills to straighten.

8/3/10

When a school district needs help -- hiring a top administrator, facing consolidation, streamlining its transportation services, developing its big-picture plans or staring down most any of the highly charged decisions confronting the sometimes turbulent world of elementary and secondary education -- who are they going to call?

8/4/10

UB President John B. Simpson's statement regarding the New York Statte budget approved last night and the future of SUNY Empowerment Reforms.

8/5/10

Davina Porock, PhD., has been named professor and associate dean of research and scholarship in the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, appointed by Jean K. Brown, PhD, FAAN, dean of the school.

8/5/10

The University at Buffalo's Distinguished Speakers Series will open its 2010-11 season with a left vs. right exchange between two of the most widely recognized women in political media today: Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and Mary Matalin, Republican strategist and CNN contributor.

8/5/10

The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will hold its annual Center Celebration to open its 2010-11 season from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 25.

8/6/10

A new study by researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Irvine, to be published in the September issue of the journal Pain, reveals that, for people with chronic back pain, having a little adversity in your life can be protective and beneficial.

8/6/10

A University at Buffalo men's basketball standout, a record-breaking swimmer and a former UB president will be among those inducted into the Dr. and Mrs. Edmond J. Gicewicz Family UB Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 17 in the Center for the Arts atrium on the UB North Campus.

8/6/10

UB Alert: UB Police are evacuating Bonner Hall on North Campus because of possible natural gas leak. Stay out and away from the building until further notice.

8/6/10

UB Alert: Gas leak resolved. UB Police have reopened Bonner Hall on the North Campus. It is safe to use the building.

8/9/10

University at Buffalo Police Officers Lieutenant Amy Pedlow and Assistant Chief Christopher Bartolomei will carry on what is becoming a UB tradition when they ride the four-day, 250-mile Tour de Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride to raise money for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

8/9/10

Michael Cain, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will introduce the new director of UB's Hunter James Kelly Research Institute at a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m.

8/10/10

A simple morning walk to school could reduce stress reactivity in children during the school day, curbing increases in heart rate and blood pressure that can lead to cardiovascular disease later in life, according to a new University at Buffalo study.

8/10/10

The University at Buffalo has announced a restoration and renewal project for the School of Architecture and Planning on the university's South Campus.

8/11/10

Michael Cain, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will introduce the new director of UB's Hunter James Kelly Research Institute at a news conference on THURSDAY, Aug.12, at 10 a.m.

8/11/10

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2009, no state had met a target of reducing obesity prevalence among adults to 15 percent. Why is obesity so prevalent in America? And what can we do to combat the problem? University at Buffalo researcher Teresa Quattrin, MD, who is leading a more than $2.5 million study to test an innovative program for preventing and treating obesity in children aged 2 to 5, offers her expert opinion.

8/11/10

The University at Buffalo's Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) will offer a rich slate of business improvement workshops and training sessions to be held this fall. Those who register by Aug. 16 will receive an early-bird discount of 10 percent, unless otherwise indicated.

8/12/10

Lawrence Wrabetz, MD, head of the myelin biology unit at San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy, has been appointed director of the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute (HJKRI) at the University at Buffalo. Laura Feltri, MD, who heads the neuroglia unit at the Italian institute and is Wrabetz's spouse, also has been recruited to the HJKRI, which was established in 2004 by UB and the Hunter's Hope Foundation.

8/13/10

Mike Lisieski, a University at Buffalo psychology major, plans to earn an MD/PhD in neuroscience but for now he appears to be the web's chief "cephalover," using his blog <a href="http://www.cephalove.southernfriedscience.com">cephalove</a> to carefully analyze research about octopuses and related animals and post stunning photographs of them.

8/13/10

The restoration of a central, 2.3-acre quadrangle at the University at Buffalo by a renowned landscape architecture firm showcases the kind of sustainable landscaping that will define campus grounds as UB implements its long-range plan.

8/17/10

Each day, we exchange a mess of content through Facebook, Twitter, blogs, discussion boards and other online forums. What does this digital information reveal about our real selves, and how are companies and other organizations using our data? Rohini Srihari, who teaches classes on Web search and mining, understands the potential of data mining -- and the complicated concerns it raises.

8/17/10

Students who want to enroll in an outstanding public university that won't saddle them with crushing debt would be wise to consider the University at Buffalo, according to U.S. News and World Report.

8/17/10

Neurosurgeons at the University at Buffalo successfully implanted a stent in an artery inside the skull of a 14-year-old boy to prevent a stroke, a procedure thought to be the first conducted in an adolescent.

8/18/10

With the Buffalo skyline as the backdrop, the roof of the Buffalo Museum of Science is the setting on Wednesday, August 18 for a free evening of talk about the universe, with thematically appropriate live music ("The Planets" by Holst) provided by the Long Winters String Quartet and public telescope viewing.

8/18/10

Two University at Buffalo researchers are challenging the "myth of the well-adjusted Asian American," detailing how members of one of the country's fastest-growing ethnic groups face crucial disadvantages preventing them from receiving quality health care taken for granted by other, more culturally assimilated Americans.

8/19/10

The world's most powerful particle physics accelerator may be located on the border of France and Switzerland, but you won't have to travel overseas to see how its scientists do their work. High school students attending a University at Buffalo summer workshop will put on a fun, audience-friendly performance about collisions between subatomic particles at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 20) in 308 Fronczak Hall on the UB North Campus. Media are invited to attend.

8/20/10

Workers will begin mowing, clearing and grading land adjacent to Flint Road on the University at Buffalo North Campus in September to make way for "The Solar Strand," a 1.1 megawatt solar-energy array designed by internationally renowned landscape architect Walter Hood and funded by a $7.5 million grant from the New York Power Authority.

8/20/10

If you want to know how people become addicted and why they keep using drugs, ask the people who are addicted. Thirty-one of 75 patients hospitalized for opioid detoxification told University at Buffalo physicians they first got hooked on drugs legitimately prescribed for pain.

8/20/10

A team of University at Buffalo students, all members of the UB student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to spend a week in Houston in June at NASA's Johnson Space Center to test an experiment the students had designed in simulated weightlessness.

8/20/10

The University at Buffalo will launch its fourth season of UB on the Green, a free outdoor performance series held on the front lawn of Hayes Hall on the UB South Campus, with a performance by The Rockas with special guest Caitlin Albe Koch.

8/23/10

A new University at Buffalo Law School course will use an innovative technique called "mindfulness reflection" to help students cultivate honesty, wisdom and humility, values central to the classical tradition of lawyers who saw themselves as public servants devoted to a public purpose, along with skilled advocacy for their clients.

8/24/10

Susan E. Bennett, EdD, University at Buffalo clinical associate professor of rehabilitation science and neurology, received the Labe Scheinberg Award for her research presentation on multiple sclerosis at the Consortium of MS Centers' annual meeting held recently in San Antonio, Texas.

8/24/10

Human oral microbial biofilm is the plaque that dentists warn us about, and is composed of numerous genetically distinct types of bacteria that live on host surfaces. These biofilms are essential for oral bacteria to adapt and thrive and can cause oral infections. University at Buffalo researcher Chris (Chunhao) Li has been awarded a $1.6 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop processes, possibly leading to therapeutic compounds, which prevent biofilm formation of oral bacteria.

8/24/10

Freshman honors scholars from the University at Buffalo will tour Buffalo on Aug. 29, sightseeing and visiting civic organizations to kick-off a semester-long colloquium during which they will complete nearly 10,000 hours of community service in the city.

8/25/10

The University at Buffalo's online undergraduate catalog has been named as one of the best in the country by a respected Internet marketing company focused on higher education.

8/26/10

Today the University at Buffalo (UB) launched a new partnership with Zipcar Inc., providing the campus with access to the world's leading car-sharing service. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty and staff members, ages 18 and older. Zipcar is an environmentally friendly alternative that supports UB's Climate Action Plan and its efforts to improve campus sustainability. Every Zipcar takes 15 to 20 privately owned vehicles off the road.

8/26/10

Five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, James N. Jensen, PhD, University at Buffalo professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, says that probably the biggest lesson learned from that disaster was that municipalities and citizens now take orders to evacuate much more seriously. Jensen was one of six UB researchers that visited the Gulf Coast soon after Katrina hit, as part of a National Science Foundation-funded reconnaissance mission organized by UB's Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research.

8/26/10

College freshmen nationwide are heading to campus armed with credit cards and ready to rack up debt. They know how to squeeze the trigger on purchases but often they don't have experience in handling the aftermath of debt. And many of them are making financial decisions for the first time.

8/26/10

In the first study of its kind, researchers have found compelling evidence that our best and worst experiences in life are likely to involve not individual accomplishments, but interaction with other people and the fulfillment of an urge for social connection.

8/26/10

This year's incoming University at Buffalo Master's of Social Work class will have a unique chance to imagine what it is like to live one month of poverty during the school's first-ever "poverty simulation" incorporated in the school's student orientation.

8/27/10

Students will be welcomed back to the University at Buffalo campus this weekend with a variety of activities, including fairs, food, music and movies designed to get the academic year off to an enthusiastic start.

8/27/10

The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Back To Buffalo 2: UB Dance Alumni All-Star Concert on Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. The performance is sponsored by the UB Alumni Association.

8/30/10

A University at Buffalo researcher will spend the next two years studying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the long-term effects of Hurricane Katrina on police officers who worked during the disaster.

8/30/10

University at Buffalo Council Chairman Jeremy M. Jacobs and UB President John B. Simpson will make a major announcement about the future of UB at a news conference today, Aug. 30.

8/30/10

University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson announced today he plans to retire as UB's 14th president, effective Jan. 15, in order return to the West Coast with his wife, Katherine, and spend more time with family.

8/31/10

Jonathan Spence, British-born historian, public intellectual and one of America's preeminent China scholars, will present a free public talk at Buffalo's City Honors School Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

8/31/10

Political prognosticator James E. Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, predicts that the Democrats can expect to lose 51 seats in the House of Representatives in the November election, producing a Republican majority.

8/31/10

The director of the Department of Energy's National Center for Photovoltaics will join other industry insiders to discuss emerging solar technologies, business opportunities and government incentive programs at a public workshop in Amherst hosted by Directed Energy, the University at Buffalo's alternative energy business incubator program.

8/31/10

Traditions surrounding childbirth are an intrinsic part of a culture, and when people emigrate and cultures intersect, fundamental beliefs surrounding labor and delivery can collide.

8/31/10

The University at Buffalo will host this area's first conference designed to find solutions to the far-reaching and elusive health care problems for Native American and indigenous people Sept. 8 to 10 in the Crowne Plaza Fallsview in Niagara Falls., Ontario.

8/24/10

"Doorhanger" kits containing safety reminders and tips on how to be a good neighbor will be distributed to more than 2,700 homes surrounding the University at Buffalo's South Campus from 3-6 p.m. today (Tuesday, Aug. 24).

8/25/10

The fourth season of UB on the Green, the University at Buffalo's free outdoor performance series, will open tonight with a performance by The Rockas with special guest Caitlin Albe Koch.

8/27/10

Freshman honors students from the University at Buffalo will stop at Buffalo ReUse on Sunday, Aug. 29, as they tour the city to kick off a semester-long course during which they will perform up to nearly 10,000 hours of community service.

8/9/10

Michael Cain, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will introduce the new director of UB's Hunter James Kelly Research Institute at a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m.