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3/1/11

Susan Howe, former Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities, University at Buffalo Department of English, and one of the preeminent poets of her generation, has been named the 2011 winner of Yale University's Bollingen Prize in American Poetry.

3/1/11

When a disaster's physical evidence is gone -- debris removed, shooter arrested, ashes cold -- the psychological effects of the disaster on emergency responders and civilians involved still may burn. Emergency mental health, a field often overlooked in the chaos, is a vital component of any disaster response, but may not be well represented in emergency preparedness planning.

3/1/11

The University at Buffalo exhibition "American Chartres: Buffalo's Waterfront Elevators," scheduled to run through March 6, has been extended to May 1 at the Anderson Gallery, One Martha Jackson Place, off Englewood Avenue between Main Street and Kenmore Avenue.

3/2/11

University at Buffalo Law School Professor Charles Patrick Ewing has added to his series of critically acclaimed books on some of the most unsavory but attention-grabbing aspects of the law, this time with a book questioning the legal logic and effectiveness of the country's increasingly harsh sex offense laws.

3/3/11

Esther Takeuchi, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Greatbatch Professor of Advanced Power Sources at the University at Buffalo, will be one of nine living inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, according to an announcement today by the NIHF, which honors legendary inventors whose innovations have changed the world.

3/2/11

The new bill passed by the New York Senate today in support of the UB 2020 strategic plan will benefit students, families and the economy of Western New York, said University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson, who praised members of the Western New York legislative delegation for their ongoing commitment to the community and to public higher education in New York State.

3/3/11

Computer scientists at the University at Buffalo and at Janya Inc. have developed the first software system that will allow for computational processing of documents in Urdu, Pakistan's national language and one of the world's five most-spoken languages.

3/3/11

Researchers at the University at Buffalo and Amrita University in India have developed the framework for a smart environment that can track people's whereabouts without the use of invasive technologies such as constant filming or radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. The new tracking method could improve safety and security in nursing homes, hospitals and other closed spaces while providing occupants with freedom from continuous surveillance.

3/7/11

In a new study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, University at Buffalo researcher Michael A. Stefanone, PhD, and colleagues found that females who base their self worth on their appearance tend to share more photos online and maintain larger networks on online social networking sites.

3/7/11

The University at Buffalo will sponsor a four-day trip April 20-23 in the Canadian North Woods, a vacation that blends the comfort of fully equipped cottages with a close look at the wonders of an untouched North Country natural reserve.

3/7/11

The University at Buffalo will celebrate scientific exploration in the local community as part of the 25th annual Science Exploration Day for promising Western New York high school students on Wednesday, March 16, on UB's North Campus.

3/1/11

The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will welcome Bob Newhart on Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, Center for the Arts, UB North Campus. The performance will be presented by Beechwood Continuing Care and proceeds will benefit Beechwood's Welcome Home initiative.

3/9/11

When based on value for the dollar, LSAT scores and faculty publishing, the University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, ranks 40th in the nation, higher than other well-known schools such as UCLA, Michigan and Temple University, according to a formula devised by renowned journalist Malcolm Gladwell in a recent issue of The New Yorker magazine.

3/3/11

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, will present Buddy Guy on Monday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, located at the Center for the Arts, North Campus. Buffalo native Tom Hambridge will open the concert.

3/7/11

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, will present Russian National Ballet Theatre in Romeo & Juliet on Sunday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, located at the Center for the Arts, North Campus. This performance is sponsored by M&T Bank. There will be a pre-performance talk at 6:45 p.m.

3/10/11

The University at Buffalo Office of Economic Engagement, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency and the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator will hold an event to highlight the business and scientific expertise available to businesses in Chautauqua County.

3/10/11

Jack C. Anchin, PhD, of Amherst, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo for the past nine years, is the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Psychologist Award, presented by the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Psychotherapy for contributions to psychology and psychotherapy.

3/10/11

The School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo will receive $1.2 million from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration over the next five years to help launch a training center for New York State's public health work force.

3/10/11

Five faculty members representing dentistry, medicine and the social sciences have been named University at Buffalo Distinguished Professors for 2011. The appointments are effective Sept. 1.

3/11/11

Matching funds of up to $25,000 are available to help small and medium-sized companies in Western New York and surrounding areas create and retain jobs with assistance from the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences through the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program.

3/11/11

Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked the University at Buffalo School of Management as one of the nation's "Best Undergraduate Business Programs of 2011."

3/11/11

Scientists and engineers at the University at Buffalo and UB's MCEER (Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research) will be available to discuss with media the powerful magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck the northern coast of Japan and has triggered tsunamis and evacuations throughout half the world.

3/14/11

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of northern Japan and the tsunami it triggered demonstrate the need for an integrated approach to preparing for, mitigating and responding to extreme events, say researchers at the University at Buffalo, MCEER and the UB Center for GeoHazards Studies, who spoke to media in a briefing Friday on UB's North Campus. Video commentary from UB faculty experts is available here: http://bit.ly/eeUn1S

3/14/11

We are all shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible destruction caused today by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to those affected by the disaster and especially to our students, faculty, and staff from Japan and their families, as well as our many Japanese alumni, colleagues, and friends.

3/14/11

For some college students, spring break means major partying in Punta Cana or the Alps, but 41 University at Buffalo students will spend their March 12-20 break cleaning up parks, feeding the hungry, aiding the elderly, restoring damaged buildings, building homes and assisting with neighborhood projects.

3/15/11

The design of next-generation nuclear power plants and other critical energy facilities will undoubtedly be influenced by the Japanese tsunami and its devastating effects on Japan's nuclear reactors, says Michael C. Constantinou, PhD, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering at the University at Buffalo.

3/15/11

In a timely twist of fate, given the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, Philip Berke, noted specialist in planning for earthquakes and author of major books on urban planning and natural hazard mitigation, will present the University at Buffalo's 2011 Clarkson Chair in Planning Lecture March 23 at 5:30 p.m. in 301 Crosby Hall on the UB South Campus.

3/15/11

Several University at Buffalo graduate and professional schools -- including UB engineering, medicine, law, business and nursing schools -- were recognized as among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report in its annual ranking of "America's Best Graduate Schools," released today.

3/16/11

Everyday, consumers and their healthcare providers make decisions about medications, diagnostic tests and other medical interventions based on risk statistics. According to the findings of an international study published today, certain methods of presenting these risk statistics are more persuasive than others.

3/16/11

Bracket fanatics beware: University at Buffalo researcher Alex Nikolaev, an expert in statistical analysis, has found the odds do not favor NCAA basketball teams seeded No. 1 in the big tournament -- at least not taken as a group.

3/17/11

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that she has recommended Dr. Satish K. Tripathi as the next president of the University at Buffalo. Dr. Tripathi has served as UB's provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the past six years. The Chancellor has asked the SUNY Board of Trustees to convene a special meeting in April in Buffalo, to formally consider his appointment as president. Effective immediately, Chancellor Zimpher also named Dr. Tripathi as UB's Officer-In-Charge, with all of the responsibilities and authority of a campus president.

3/17/11

The outcome of Haiti's March 20 presidential election will determine much of the country's political future, but this week, more than 250 Haitian architects and engineers will take the future of Haiti's reconstruction into their own hands when they attend the third UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar in Port-au-Prince.

3/17/11

A consortium of over 15 regional organizations has launched Bright Buffalo Niagara (Bright), a community-driven initiative that will host a series of events for investors, entrepreneurs and other professionals looking to build a high-tech economy across the Great Lakes region, including in Southern Ontario. Bright, led by the University at Buffalo's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, grew out of the Explore Buffalo Niagara Investor and Entrepreneur High-Tech Forum, an annual event that began in 2009.

3/21/11

The University at Buffalo Law School and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy will host a two-day conference on hydrofracking -- "Hydrofracking: Exploring the Legal Issues in the Context of Politics, Science and the Economy" -- Monday and Tuesday, March 28-29, in 509 O'Brian Hall on UB's North Campus.

3/21/11

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, will present Side Man from Wednesday, April 13, through Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. The performances will be held in the Drama Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

3/22/11

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand will be the keynote speaker at this year's University at Buffalo Law School commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. May 21 in the Center for the Arts on UB's North Campus.

3/22/11

University at Buffalo student Kristina Blank is a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Each year, between 70 and 75 students receive the $30,000 scholarship, awarded to college juniors pursuing graduate school for public service.

3/23/11

The University at Buffalo's School of Social Work and office of Wellness Education Services will present the documentary "Put This on the {Map}," at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, in the Center for the Arts Screening Room on UB's North Campus

3/23/11

Alan H. Lockwood, MD, professor of neurology and nuclear medicine in the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences calls the Japanese Health Ministry's advice not to give tap water to infants "prudent." Lockwood, a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, can discuss human health effects of radiation. Six weeks after the Chernobyl accident, he examined survivors at a Moscow hospital.

3/24/11

After age 21, problem gambling is considerably more common among U.S. adults than alcohol dependence, even though alcohol dependence has received much more attention, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.

3/24/11

In a new study published in the current issue of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, researchers from the University of Denver, the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Irvine, report that after a collective trauma--defined as a traumatic event that happens simultaneously to a large number of people (9/11, in this case)--religiosity and spirituality independently predict people's health outcomes.

3/24/11

David A. Westbrook, PhD, professor and Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Scholar, University at Buffalo Law School, will present a lecture April 13 at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute as part of the second annual series, Ripples of Hope -- The Eric Scott Pitman Lectures in Ethics and Social Justice.

3/25/11

Like most people who don't personally know someone who needs a transplant, University at Buffalo student Alex Teschemacher hadn't considered becoming a bone marrow donor. But in the fall of 2009, while walking through the UB Student Union, he and a friend came upon a National Marrow Donor Program recruitment drive sponsored by the UB Prehealth Advising office. On the spur of the moment, they decided to register.

3/25/11

Joseph J. Hindrawan, associate vice provost for international education and director of international enrollment management at the University at Buffalo, will join colleagues from 55 other U.S. colleges and universities, April 2 to 8, on the Obama administration's first education services trade mission to Indonesia and Vietnam.

3/25/11

Western New York companies have the opportunity to improve their operations and achieve measurable gains by hosting students enrolled in the University at Buffalo's Six Sigma Black Belt Student Certification program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

3/25/11

University at Buffalo faculty who are inventing and patenting new products and discoveries, commercializing research and developing startup companies will be celebrated at the 2011 Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception on March 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow on UB's Amherst campus.

3/28/11

Despite retiring in 2010 after holding a number of positions for the UB Libraries, Judith Adams-Volpe maintains ties to the university through her service and gifts.

3/28/11

Challenges of adjusting to life in the United States as a UB student are what began Irid Farida Agoes' lifelong interest in intercultural adaptation.

3/28/11

Founder, president and CEO of Massachusetts-based ICONICS Inc., Russell L. Agrusa, BS '76, is a strong advocate of education who believes his UB degree has served him well and contributed greatly to his personal success.

3/28/11

Setbacks in John Alm's rise to the helm of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. fueled his determination to succeed and ultimately led him to create a leadership development program for underserved inner-city youth.

3/28/11

James D. Boyle, BS '78, has had a long and varied career as a civil engineer, working on myriad significant projects for both the Erie County Highway Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

3/28/11

Tilmon "Tim" Brown has been partner, president, and chief executive officer of New Horizons Baking Company since 1995. Prior to that he was the corporate vice president and director of sales for Continental Baking Company, where he worked for almost 30 years.

3/28/11

Patricia A. Burns, PhD '88 & MS '79, is an internationally recognized leader in the nursing profession. She is renowned for excellence in clinical practice and educating students, developing innovative educational programs that are responsive to community needs and maintaining an international research focus while mentoring other professionals in their research programs.

3/28/11

Throughout Western New York, the Ciminelli name has become synonymous with quality, integrity and outstanding service, thanks to the hard work of Frank L. Ciminelli.

3/28/11

D. Jackson Coleman, MD '60, is a retina specialist with expertise in vitreo-retinal surgery, a technique he pioneered. His strong interest in physics led him, together with Frederic L. Lizzi, to create the first commercially available B-scan ultrasound equipment for the eye.

3/28/11

Andrea Costantino, PhD '00, EdM '93 & BA '92, is UB's interim director of University Residence Halls & Apartments. Prior to that, she served as UB's director of student life for 16 years.

3/28/11

Gina Bronkie Hammond, MS '73, is recently retired from full-time work after nearly 40 years of progressively challenging positions within the computer science field.

3/28/11

Born in Amristar, India, John Kapoor received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Bombay University and dreamed of coming to the United States for graduate work. The University at Buffalo provided financial support that enabled him to earn his doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1972.

3/28/11

Harry L. Metcalf, MD '60 & BA '56, has had a long association with the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, achieving the rank of clinical professor of family medicine.

3/28/11

The University at Buffalo Alumni Association will honor an entrepreneur and the former president and CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises Inc. during the UB Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. April 8 in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the North Campus.

3/28/11

The University at Buffalo's Department of Geology is holding a series of talks about the gas industry, and unconventional gas drilling or hydraulic fracturing and its relationship to the economy and environment of New York State. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 8 p.m. each Thursday from March 31 to May 19 in Room 250, Baird Hall on UB's North Campus. To register, go to https://www.ubevents.org/event/marcellus

3/29/11

Ezra Zubrow, PhD, of Amherst, an archaeologist of international renown whose recent research has taken him from India to Finland, and from Northern Quebec and Egypt to Kamchatka, has been elected a Fellow of the scholarly Society of Antiquaries of London, the world's premiere learned society for heritage.

3/30/11

Lina Mu, PhD, assistant professor of social and preventive medicine at the University at Buffalo and a native of China, has received a $1.3 million, three-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the short-term effects of particulate matter (PM) among Beijing residents.

3/30/11

The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Something So Right on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, located at the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus.

3/31/11

The Buffalo Law Review Dinner, to be held on April 20, will celebrate a year of achievements by students in their organizations, and pay tribute to University at Buffalo Law School alumni and faculty who have made a difference in the lives of law students.

3/31/11

The University at Buffalo School of Management's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi received several honors at the organization's Atlantic Coast Regional Meeting in Providence, R.I., in March.

3/28/11

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo will present Zodiaque Dance Ensemble in Gather 'Round and Dance on April 28-30 and May 1 in the Black Box Theatre in the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus. The performances from Thursday through Saturday will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday's performance will be at 2 p.m.

3/30/11

Cory Booker, 36th mayor of Newark, will present the keynote address for the University at Buffalo's 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Event, part of UB's Distinguished Speakers Series, to be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus.

3/29/11

Cory Booker, 36th mayor of Newark, will present the keynote address for the University at Buffalo's 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Event, part of UB's Distinguished Speakers Series, to be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus.

3/2/11

Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri will present the latest installment in the University at Buffalo's Distinguished Speakers Series with a lecture to be held Wednesday, March 2, in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus.

3/1/11

Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri will present the latest installment in the University at Buffalo's Distinguished Speakers Series with a lecture to be held Wednesday, March 2, in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus.

3/25/11

Robert Gosende, recently retired special assistant to the SUNY Chancellor for International Programs, the John W. Ryan Fellow in International Relations at the University of Albany, and ambassador to Somalia at the height of that nation's 1992-93 humanitarian crisis, will present a free public lecture about recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East on March 28.