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The List - One year, hundreds of stories. 2014-15 Progress Report.

Arts and Sciences

7/3/14

After one of the snowiest winters in recent history, William Philipps will forego the beach to spend the summer studying glaciers at the world’s northernmost university.

7/3/14

A dozen high school students are getting a crash course on how the information age is improving healthcare and helping Buffalo develop a world-class medical corridor.

7/22/14

“East Los High,” the trailblazing, addictive and hugely popular Hulu original series, uses a range of digital media platforms to involve its audience in the lives, scandals and emotional traumas of Latino students attending a fictional high school in East Los Angeles, California, and communication experts say it works on both the entertainment and educational levels.

7/23/14

Few people have influenced and supported the Buffalo music community more than Cameron Baird (1905-1960), the elder son of a Buffalo industrial family considered by many the city’s “undersung hero of good music.”

Webnovela engages audiences
7/24/14

The hot Hulu webnovela "East Los High" uses a range of digital media platforms to help young Latinos make smart choices.

7/25/14
Plato’s Academy North Tonawanda Campus (PANTC) reading group and the UB Department of Philosophy will present their second annual conference, “Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine,” Aug. 1 and 2 at UB.
7/31/14

“Phishers,” the crafty perps who scam us via email, are trolling social media sites to steal vast amounts of personal data and then use it to fleece us. “Farcing” is what researchers call it and it’s on the rise.

8/6/14

John Richard, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Chemistry, was named a 2014 fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

8/14/14

The University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences and its Humanities Institute has announced the name of its first WBFO-Eileen Silvers Visiting Professor in the Arts and Humanities.

8/14/14
BUFFALO, N.Y. — D. Jeffery Higginbotham, PhD, of Buffalo, professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, will be named a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) at the association’s 2014 annual convention being held Nov. 20-22 in Orlando, Florida.
8/18/14

“If you think there’s no way to stop identity theft attacks like the one in which Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion usernames and passwords, you would be wrong.” So says online consumer-behavior expert Arun “Vish” Vishwanath.

8/19/14

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute has announced the first annual Buffalo Humanities Festival, to be held Sept. 25-26 at Buffalo State College, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Philip Coppens, PhD
8/28/14
BUFFALO, N.Y. – An X-ray crystal structure solved by a University at Buffalo chemistry professor has been chosen as one of the world’s top 10 molecular structures ever solved.
9/2/14

For years, the University at Buffalo’s QUIT program attained an impressive success rate in helping smokers –especially heavy smokers – stop the deadly habit and staying off permanently. Now, the program is making victory over tobacco even easier, and more affordable.

9/4/14

The newly sequenced genome of the coffee plant reveals secrets about the evolution of man’s best chemical friend: caffeine.

9/4/14

Jed E. Rose, PhD, renowned smoking researcher and co-inventor of the nicotine patch, will visit the University at Buffalo on Sept. 11 to discuss new methods for smoking cessation.

9/5/14

Nationally regarded election prognosticator forecasts Democrats to lose 16 House seats and eight Senate seats

9/11/14
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Attention lifelong learners! In a town well-known for its conferences and festivals, here’s one dedicated to the thousands of migrants — many of them refugees — from all continents who continue to globalize the country, change its face and contribute to the cultural life of Buffalo as they have for 200 years.
9/17/14

The University at Buffalo Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), will present a day-long public workshop that aims to increase awareness of air pollution-related research from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.

9/18/14
BUFFALO, N.Y. – By the end of 1983, the Clash had lost two key members: drummer Nicky “Topper” Headon and guitarist/singer Mick Jones.
9/24/14

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its founding with a spectacular performance of music, dance and opera in honor of the Chinese Moon Festival, as well as the birthday of the esteemed Chinese philosopher Confucius.

9/26/14

Human societies invest color with intense meanings.  Color, like gender, is associated with virtually all aspects of identity:  health, emotions, intelligence, status, class, race, nation, religion, and aesthetic taste.

12/2/14

In a continuing effort to promote interdisciplinary research, and foster relationships with government and industry to grow the Western New York economy, the University at Buffalo is making some of the region’s most advanced science and engineering equipment, and cutting edge research facilities, available for use.

12/2/14

In the field of medical and information technology research, Barry Smith, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Julian Park Chair in the University at Buffalo Department of Philosophy, has made a distinctive and significant contribution.

12/4/14

Emberton was honored for her book, “Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the South after the Civil War.”

12/4/14

Micheal L. Dent, a University at Buffalo psychologist, listens to what is inaudible to others. And what she’s hearing might one day help us better understand human hearing loss.

12/10/14

UB student Julian Chinana, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, received the 2014 General Albert James Myer and Private Harrison Baird Veterans Scholarship.

12/11/14

Some drugs used to treat diabetes mimic the behavior of a hormone that a University at Buffalo psychologist has learned controls fluid intake in subjects. The finding creates new awareness for diabetics who, by the nature of their disease, are already at risk for dehydration.

12/15/14

The new research suggests that the Greenland Ice Sheet may lose ice more rapidly in the near future than previously thought.

12/18/14

UB Professor and Tony Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson will star in “Between Riverside and Crazy."

12/18/14

Amit Goyal, an internationally recognized materials scientist, has been named director of RENEW, the University at Buffalo’s new interdisciplinary institute dedicated to research and education on globally pressing problems in energy, environment and water.

12/31/14

UB researchers made headlines around the world this year with studies on coffee, climate change, babies’ eating habits and more.

1/8/15

Parenting practices and restrictions when it comes to alcohol use can make a difference with adolescent drinking, and there is considerable value to consistent and sustained parental attitudes about drinking, according to new research by a University at Buffalo psychologist.

1/20/15

Tomorrow’s doctors could use this technology to obtain a super-clear picture of patients’ organs and tissues.

1/21/15

The next frontier in physics may require teeny-tiny answers to big questions, and vice versa, University at Buffalo researchers say.

1/22/15

‘The claws that catch’ alter cognitive processing to get what they want, new UB research finds.

1/26/15

A neuroimaging study by a University at Buffalo psychologist suggests that phonics, a method of learning to read using knowledge of word sounds, shouldn’t be overlooked in favor of a whole-language technique that focuses on visually memorizing word patterns, a finding that could help improve treatment and diagnosis of common reading disorders such as dyslexia.

1/28/15

A UB-led study finds that humanity’s early ancestors had genetic variations associated with modern disease, and now the question is why.

2/9/15

To help people better understand the state of their personal finances and the nature of the economy, two University at Buffalo graduates students play and design games.

2/10/15

The panel will lay the basis for a more informed and fact-based discussion of the issues surrounding current immigration into the U.S.

2/12/15

Jurors will select best book of Canadian fiction from more than 160 contenders.

2/16/15

The play is an impassioned 1922 expressionistic work that articulates the trials of a member of the underclasses: “Yank,” the brutish commander of a ship’s stokehole.

2/16/15

Interviews begin with questions, but a University at Buffalo researcher is instead questioning the interview, and the answers are mapping the history and unexplored conceptual areas of this familiar information-gathering tool.

2/17/15

Colorful celebration to feature classical and contemporary Chinese music and performing arts.

2/23/15

Great, wonderful, wacky things can come in small genomic packages, according to new biology research from UB.

2/24/15

University at Buffalo researcher Mark Seery, who studies stress and coping, says the severe winter weather seems at first glance to have few redeeming qualities.  Frigid temperatures and daily battles with mounds of snow and ice are testing the resolve of the heartiest among us.

2/25/15

Tony Conrad says he went to New York City in the early ’60s to “mess up the music world.” Now, some 50 years after beginning a career that contributed to the opening of a new musical tradition, Conrad will be back in the city celebrating his 75th birthday with shows that serve as late career markers for this dynamic, multifaceted music and sound artist.

2/26/15

UB researcher Paras Prasad's groundbreaking research in nanoparticles offers a new cancer treatment model.

2/26/15

Smokers may be more likely to successfully quit their habit if simple adjustments were made to how an existing anti-smoking medication is prescribed, according to a new study by a University at Buffalo research team.

2/27/15

As Minahil Khan rose through the ranks of UB student government, she noticed the number of women diminish at every level.

2/27/15

Academy Award winner Tom Curley, BA ’01, knew coming to the University at Buffalo was the right choice for him shortly after transferring from a community college in upstate New York. Curley loves movies and he says he found the demanding, yet rewarding program he was looking for at UB.

3/2/15

Adams has eight years of curatorial experience and has organized lecture series, film series and public art projects as well as exhibitions.

3/3/15

As habitats shrink, Newton’s Laws of Motion could help us predict how some animals will react, UB researchers say.

3/4/15

Levine, a longtime UB faculty member, died of cancer Feb. 26 in her Buffalo home.

3/6/15

Although some children emerge from cold and neglectful family environments as adults with high self-esteem, a new UB study suggests these people may still be at a relative disadvantage in life, with a foggier sense of who they are.

3/11/15

UB Libraries and faculty to restore and study Greek and Roman coins from the eras of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and more.

3/11/15

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo's project is titled, "Memory, Spirits, and Violence in Mapuche Chilean Geographies."

3/11/15

Studies have found that people exposed to American Indian mascots are more likely to negatively stereotype other ethnic groups, a UB psychology expert says.

3/12/15

Buffalo Sabres and libraries join UB and partners in expanded STEM programs for K–12 students.

3/12/15

Access to routine information about you — like where you grew up and your relationship status — can help others manipulate you, a UB researcher finds.

3/12/15

Politicians’ support of economic policies that benefit their supporters are a boon to those on higher end of economic spectrum.

3/13/15

Students will volunteer in high-need areas of Western New York, Virginia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.

3/18/15

This year’s Spring Seminar Series at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions will focus on the topics of smoking and alcohol.

3/19/15

Annie Dorsen, the award-winning performance artist and director of the Broadway hit “Passing Strange” will discuss her groundbreaking algorithmic theatre performances on March 27 at 5:30 p.m. as part of the University at Buffalo’s Technē Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies’ “Structures of Digital Feeling Colloquium of Artists and Scholars in the Digital Age.”

3/20/15

The event will spotlight new patents, student innovators and startup companies in UB’s business incubators.

3/20/15

The five-day event, part of a new advanced degree program under development, includes lectures on genomics, Antarctic ice sheets and more.

3/23/15

The structure will compete in the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon contest.

Poster for cabaret
3/23/15

The line-up for the March event includes a DJ from The Pink, a record label founder and two researchers in the field of communicative disorders and sciences.

Still working for UB
3/26/15

It seems the late William H. Baumer, longtime philosophy professor, is still working — and solving problems — for UB, thanks to a gift from his family to the Department of Philosophy.

3/26/15

A UB graduate student is studying crested black macaques with a grant from the Leakey Foundation, which has backed the work of primatologists like Jane Goodall.

3/26/15

Henderson is an educator, director and award-winning television, Broadway and off-Broadway actor.

3/27/15

A big bowl of mashed potatoes. What about spaghetti and meatballs? Sushi?  Regardless of what you identify as comfort food, it’s likely the attraction to that dish is based on having a good relationship with the person you remember first preparing it, according to the results of a new study by a University at Buffalo research team.

3/30/15

The event, organized by the UB Department of Music's Lejaren Hiller Computer Music Studios, will create immersive sonic environments for the listener.

3/31/15

Sean Kaczmarek, the youngest person ever elected to the Cheektowaga-Sloan Board of Education and a tireless advocate for equitable public education, is the University at Buffalo’s finalist for the national Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

4/2/15

The “information loss paradox” in black holes — a problem that has plagued physics for nearly 40 years — may not exist

4/2/15

UB law professor says Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not just problematic for the LGBT community

4/2/15

Luis Colón has nurtured minority enrollment in UB’s chemistry PhD program, with graduates landing top jobs.

4/2/15

Identifying discrimination is a necessary first step toward confronting and ultimately eliminating the stain of prejudice, yet victims may be unlikely to recognize some types of discrimination unless they have higher self-esteem, according to the results of a new study by two University at Buffalo psychologists.

4/6/15

UB’s pioneering festival and performance institute for new music will include master classes, seminars, lectures and 15 concerts.

4/8/15

People choose convenience over security, says professor of communication Arun Vishwanath

4/8/15

William Baumer’s family has given $500,000 to create a fund benefiting the Department of Philosophy.

4/9/15

Places affect people in ways that tap all of the senses. It could be the long shadows of late afternoon cast by the aging pines surrounding a ramshackle cabin; or the sound of exhausted waves struggling to reach a deserted beach; or even the thick smog-burdened heat a crowded city.

4/14/15

Michael Goodchild is widely recognized as one of the founders of geographic information science.

4/15/15

The 11th annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence takes place April 16.

4/15/15

The April 23 summit will encourage women to enter the science and engineering workforce and support those on the path already.

4/16/15

An international symposium, scholarship dinner and community roundtable will take place on April 23 and 24.

4/20/15

Pop culture has the capacity to shape bodies through societal norms, advertising and gender distinction. But what if the body was approached as a sculptural mass unburdened by preconception?

4/24/15

Pennante Naa Ayikailey “Penny” Bruce-Vanderpuije, a doctoral candidate in the UB Department of Chemistry, has received the prestigious 2015 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship.

4/24/15

Marion Quirici, a PhD student in the UB Department of English, has received a $20,000 American Fellowship award from the American Association of University Women.

4/27/15

They expect to create 39 jobs and invest $597,000 in the region within five years.

4/28/15

Supreme Court’s decision hinges on Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to Michael Boucai.

4/30/15

A model conceived and developed by a three-member interdisciplinary team of UB students was among this year’s winners in a prestigious international mathematical modeling contest.

5/5/15

In mice, prolonged exposure to sound altered cells connected to the brain in a new UB-led study.

5/11/15

Casey Rothberg, only the second UB student ever to win the competitive David L. Boren Scholarship, fits the scholarship program’s profile on paper well.

5/12/15

Four others - including distinguished faculty, alumni and Buffalo natives – will receive honors at the event.

5/12/15

Investigators from UB and other institutions have made a major breakthrough that provides new insights into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop and be sustained.

5/14/15

Mention the idea of that universal translator to UB senior Natasha Sanford and, though not a science fiction fan, she immediately starts solving the problem of real-time, speech-based translation.

5/18/15

A UB anthropology student just finishing her freshman year will take her passion for the “connections through time” to Durham University in Great Britain as one of three 2015 UB Fulbright Scholars.

5/20/15

As it celebrates a special anniversary, the festival and conference has gained international recognition for pushing the boundaries of music.

5/20/15

A false tweet from a hacked account owned by the Associated Press in 2013 sent financial markets into a tailspin

5/22/15

Music in Buffalo’s Historic Places will present the second of this year’s two-concert series on Friday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall.

5/28/15

Fire-tolerant trees that bear edible nuts were unusually abundant near Native American villages in Chautauqua County, UB researchers say.

6/2/15

When UB Fulbright winner Samah A. Asfour was a junior studying in the Aix-en-Provence of France, she didn’t fully understand discrimination toward the Arab community until she met her host mother.

6/2/15

Caitlyn Jenner is being treated largely with respect, and that is what makes this a milestone moment, according to professor emerita Elayne Rapping.

6/3/15

UB’s Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is now screening applicants for its Articulation Boot Camp, an intensive four-week summer program designed to help correct articulation impairment.

6/5/15

These types of data breaches are virtually impossible to stop, according to UB's Arun Vishwanath.

6/12/15

A large field makes the campaign less volatile, says nationally known political forecaster James Campbell.

6/17/15

Sit down with a friend in a quiet restaurant and begin talking, just before the dinner crowd’s arrival. Business is slow at first, but picks up quickly, just like the sound level. Music plays, glasses clink, servers discuss specials. Discussions are everywhere, colliding and competing with the other noises.

6/18/15

This year's number of UB winners matches last year's, which was the most in recent memory.

6/19/15

Graham Hammill, professor and chair of the Department of English in the UB College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School at UB.

6/24/15

A clever experiment reveals how cells that process sound respond to complex stimuli.

6/24/15

The flag represents a Confederate nation founded on the premise that 'the black man is not equal to the white man,' says UB's Carole Emberton.

6/25/15

The nation’s two most prominent philosophers of medicine will present their divergent views of health, disease and grieving as part of a three-day conference on bioethics and the philosophy of medicine to be held at UB.

6/26/15

The main battle over same-sex couples' right to marry is over, says UB's Michael Boucai.