Researcher Impact: How we solve problems

Innovative research is at the core of our institution. It informs education, sparks inventions and propels a growing knowledge economy. UB researchers share their work, the problems they're solving and the impact it has on our changing world.

8/14/17

"We've created an exceptionally small and extraordinarily powerful device that converts light into energy. The potential applications are exciting because it could be used to produce everything from more efficient solar panels to more powerful optical fibers."

8/10/17

The surprising finding, “Those with less surgery got better faster in comparison with the people we did more surgery on,” prompted the journal editor to comment.

"The conclusion that unstable cartilage lesions do not need debridement could have a dramatic impact on practice management, save health care dollars, and improve early patient outcomes.”

8/14/17

"We are trying to design a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of farming." Testing soil quickly to tell farmers: "This part of the field holds water for a longer time, so you can irrigate it less frequently."

8/10/17

"These results show that it's possible that high-intensity interval training can help enhance quality of life and capacity to be healthy." With short vigorous periods of exercise, "you get more bang for your buck."

8/14/17

"Most users fail to obtain even a fraction of the theoretical speeds promised by existing networks. The bandwidth is there. We just need new tools to take advantage of it."

8/14/17

"Hackers are out there, more than you can imagine. ... Technology is advancing so fast; we have to think of different ways. The strategy is using multiple lines of defense. We call that defense in depth."

8/14/17

"Handwashing prevents leading causes of the 6 million deaths that occur annually in young children around the world. Never before has handwashing been systematically measured in so many countries. These data are useful to public health programs and policymakers."

8/14/17

"By advancing our understanding of how this treatment can impact oral health, we can better work to improve the bone health and quality of life of female patients."

8/10/17

“Showing graphic content and providing a more accurate and complete representation of severe events can motivate people to care more about what they’re seeing. ... We see increases in moral sensitivity and a greater desire for humanitarian and military interventions designed to stop violence ... ”

8/14/17

"We monitor coral reef health, the effects of pollution on marine life, and document and try to prevent damage that is done by invasive species."

8/14/17

"This is an entirely new idea that no one else has proposed. We think it's very likely that other animals utilized this route ... Now that we have evidence of these animals (sea otters) moving through Mexico, we can now look for evidence of other animals doing the same."

8/14/17

"We didn't plan on setting a record, but it's certainly a nice recognition of our work. I think this helps show the enormous potential that graphene aerogel has in our daily lives."

8/14/17

"We don't know exactly which of our current pure science investigations will lead to breakthroughs, but by pushing the boundaries of human knowledge further, we allow for possibilities in the future we can't even imagine right now."