For years, UB chemistry professor Joseph Gardella Jr. has worked
tirelessly to ensure that the local community’s voice was
heard as the federal government decided what to do with nearly
200,000 cubic yards of radioactive waste stored in Lewiston, New
York — remnants of the Manhattan Project that produced the
country’s first nuclear weapons.
The history of Greenland’s snowfall is chronicled in an
unlikely place: the remains of aquatic plants that died long ago,
collecting at the bottom of lakes in horizontal layers that
document the passing years.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A University at Buffalo-backed plan to
create 100 megawatts of new, locally produced solar energy within
the next four years is among the winners of a clean energy
competition for New York colleges and universities.
The hottest thing to hit The Commons lately isn’t the
newest ethnic eatery. It’s the pressure UB faculty, staff and
students are putting on restaurants there to stop serving food in
This is the If Kristopher Miller had a bumper sticker
(which he doesn’t), it might say “I Heart EV,”
but it would stand for “Electric Vehicles,” not
“Elmwood Village.” In 2014, Miller, web/graphic
designer for the University Libraries, bought an electric car for
his wife, a real estate agent and busy mom. Last year, he converted
his suburban home in Williamsville to solar electricity by
installing a small array of photo-voltaic panels on his roof. As UB
wraps up Earth Week, Miller talked with the UBReporter about how he
got hooked on alternative power and what green technologies he
plans to plug into next.
A celebration lunch and awards ceremony, a talk on microbeads in
the Great Lakes and a guest lecture from a former JPMorgan
executive are among the nearly two-dozen events happening on and
around campus for Earth Week 2016. The slate of activities began
over the weekend and continues through Saturday.
April is too early for most paddlers in Buffalo, but frigid
waters won’t deter 100 or so engineering students from across
the state and Canada who aim to win Saturday’s concrete canoe
race on Lake LaSalle.
Much of our planet’s biodiversity is concentrated in
hotspots, such as tropical mountains, where knowledge about the
habitats and distributions of species remains too uncertain to
guide management and conservation.
For 15 years, residents without insurance on Buffalo’s
East Side have accessed free health care at the Lighthouse Free
Medical Clinic, founded and managed by students from the Jacobs
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Nearly 90 fifth-graders from Buffalo Public Schools’ West
Hertel Academy tested their science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) skills yesterday by 3-D printing model wind turbines,
building light-powered LEGO cranes and learning how GPS is used to
locate shared bikes.
A new group of student leaders are receiving the tools they need
to be part of high-impact change on campus. They’re called
Education and Leadership Fellows in Sustainability (ELFS), and on
Thursday they got to meet with Andrew Winston, one of the
world’s foremost experts on sustainability in the business
In the past 20 years, there has been an exponential increase in
the appearance of the words “meditation,”
“mindfulness” and “yoga” in peer-reviewed
journals, according to David Vago, an associate psychologist in the
Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory at Brigham & Women’s
Hospital in Boston.
The world’s most pressing problems can’t be solved
with one approach or seen through a single lens. That’s the
thinking behind a spring studio course offered at UB that aims to
help a community in India develop a much-needed public sanitation
In recent years, climate scientists have grown increasingly
concerned that massive rivers of ice flowing into the ocean from
Greenland and Antarctica could accelerate as the planet warms,
leading to a catastrophic collapse of Earth’s ice sheets.
When Chris Leibfried got the opportunity to take an early
retirement from his work at Xerox, he knew he wanted to do
something to help people. He wasn’t exactly sure what that
would mean until he met Harmon Parker while taking a civil
engineering course at UB.
When UB chemists began studying waste disposal at a dairy farm
in New York State, they thought the farm’s advanced system
for processing manure would help remove estrogens and antibiotics
from the excrement.
UB architect and urban planner Nicholas Rajkovich is a
co-investigator on a research effort to build resilience in
low-income urban communities across the U.S. that are vulnerable to
such climate change-related events as flooding and high heat.
Global issues about refugees and migrants — and Buffalo
and UB’s reputation for working well with the refugee
population — were highlighted earlier this week as the city
hosted a press tour of foreign journalists titled “How the
City of Good Neighbors Embraces Refugees.”
It was once known as the Times Square of Buffalo, a bustling
place downtown bounded by landmarks such as St. Paul’s
Episcopal Cathedral and Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building.
The nexus of four major arteries — Main, Erie, Church and
Niagara streets — it long served as a hub of pedestrian,
street and mass transit traffic and commercial activity.
Ask Gayle Hutton about the sport of cyclocross racing and
she’ll tell you, “It’s a wonderful group of
people getting together to encourage each other and enjoy the
outdoors — no matter what the weather.”
Members of family-owned businesses will have the tools they need
to build a successful company across multiple generations, thanks
to an expanded family business curriculum from the School of
Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).
On Feb. 2, 1983, UB geology staffer Dave Borden brought two
things to work: a barbecue grill and a stuffed groundhog. Borden
dug a hole outside, propped up the groundhog (later to be named
Ridge Lea Larry) and fired up the grill.
It’s a scene that plays out countless times each day on
campus: Hungry students make a pit stop at a vending machine for a
quick snack before rushing off to their next class, job or the gym.
Now, the campus community can choose products that support a
healthier lifestyle and the local economy.
More students are exploring the option of taking time to pursue
other personally satisfying goals before working full-time jobs in
their fields, a common life stage that has become known as the Gap
Years, says Arlene F. Kaukus, director of career services.
Although still in its infancy, UB faculty, staff and students
are finding UBThisWinter, the university’s winter session, to
be a great way to spend the time between the traditional fall and
Some 3,000 miles removed from the throng of world leaders
gathered in Paris this week for the United Nations Conference on
Climate Change, stakeholders in Western New York will convene to
discuss their own solutions and ideas. It will happen as part of
the WNY Environmental Alliance’s annual Environmental
Congress, and will feature two UB faculty members.
On the good days, gliding alone in a kayak along the Atlantic
coastline, Deb Walters travels “at a human speed, where it is
possible to feel and smell and see the coastal environment,”
spending hours “with the waves and winds and birds and sea
Robert Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning,
has been selected among an esteemed class of 25 top educators in
architecture and design by DesignIntelligence, an international
publication for design leaders.
Four representatives of the Interdisciplinary Science and
Engineering Partnership (ISEP) were among those who convened in
Washington, D.C., last week to exchange strategies for building
students’ STEM knowledge and expertise.
Civil rights leader Shirley Sherrod shared her powerful message
of hope and resiliency amid overwhelming obstacles as part of a
food justice event organized this week by the Food Lab in
UB’s School of Architecture and Planning.
Rooms for individual and group study. A traditional “Grand
Reading Room” featuring rich oak woodwork and archival images
of university life. High-tech classrooms. Suites for producing,
editing and viewing multimedia. A café.
Civil rights movement leader and food justice advocate Shirley
Sherrod will be the keynote speaker for an event happening Tuesday
on Buffalo’s East Side that is designed to engage the
community in a conversation about food justice.
Reviewing a year highlighted by breakthroughs in research,
creation of cutting-edge academic programs, national awards and a
major philanthropic milestone, Satish K. Tripathi told members of
the UB community, alumni and friends, “Together, we have
achieved incredible things.”
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – Countless hours of designing,
building, fine-tuning and fundraising over the past two and a half
years have paid off for the more than 200 UB students and faculty
members who worked on the GRoW (Garden, Relax or Work) Home.
For the more than 200 UB students and faculty who have spent the
past two years designing and building the GRoW Home, the moment has
finally arrived. The Solar Decathlon is underway in Irvine,
California. The U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored collegiate
contest began last Thursday with opening remarks by U.S. Energy
Secretary Ernest Moniz and runs through Oct. 18.
A leader in maternal and child health will give the keynote
address in UB’s third annual “Critical
Conversations,” a presidential series showcasing
distinguished individuals at the forefront of their fields who are
helping to shape understanding of vital issues facing the world
Jennifer L. Zirnheld, associate professor of electrical
engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been
named by INSIGHT
into Diversity magazine as one of 100 Inspiring Women in
The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership
(ISEP), a collaboration led by UB, SUNY Buffalo State College, the
Buffalo Museum of Science and the Buffalo Public Schools, has been
selected as one of 27 learning communities across the country to
launch the STEM Ecosystems Initiative, a national project that
promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
Toxic flame retardants used in electronics and fabrics have been
banned or removed from American and European products for nearly a
decade. Yet they still surround us — in the dust we breathe
and the food we eat. The chemicals are even found in the breast
milk of new moms.
Bright and early Wednesday morning, two flatbed tractor trailers
left Buffalo, embarking upon a 2,500-mile journey across the
country to Irvine, California. The trucks are each hauling a
section of the 1,100-square-foot GRoW Home that UB is entering in
the Solar Decathlon, a biennial event sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy.
Customers are more likely to purchase food products when grocers
use food traceability systems to show where and how the food was
produced and shipped, according to new research from the School of
Daniel Hess builds cities for people. So when Hess, UB associate
professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, arrived
in New Orleans in 2005 about two weeks after Hurricane Katrina and
walked around empty streets — void of people — it was
In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington State, killing
57 people and destroying hundreds of homes. The area around the
mountain became a wasteland: Roadways were swallowed and bridges
damaged. Ash fell over 11 states.
In the Arctic, sea ice is melting and leaving larger sections of
ocean exposed to air and sun. This phenomenon could fuel increased
evaporation, leading eventually to more precipitation in far-north
UB’s Sustainable Living Fair — the ultimate resource
for members of the UB community who want to live a greener life
— will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the
Student Union on the North Campus.
The arrival last week of the 250-foot-high tower crane at Main
and High streets in downtown Buffalo marks a new milestone in
constructing the future home of the School of Medicine and
The mostly abandoned grain elevators of Silo City are an
integral part of a presentation of new experimental music and sound
art taking place next weekend sponsored by UB’s Center for
21st Century Music and organized by a UB graduate student.
An article in The Wall Street Journal listing "The Best
Architecture of 2014" includes UB’s Solar Strand,
calling the 3,200-panel, ground-mounted photovoltaic array a
“small but telling model of landscape architecture at its
The U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools named
UB one of the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients.
The awards recognize 10 individuals, institutions, projects and
events representing national leaders and innovators in school
The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize
innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate
mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the American
College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. They
do so based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded
opportunities, and student preparedness with relation to
sustainability and climate action.
UB is an innovator in solar energy on campus through The Solar
Strand, a one-of-a-kind solar array designed by landscape architect
Walter Hood that serves as a model for blending art, science,
accessibility and technology at public research institutions.
We have made a commitment to sustainable buildings. Greiner
Hall debuted in August 2011 and represented the first LEED
gold designed student residence hall in the State University of New
York System and also was designed with the practice of
Universal Design in mind.
Due to UB's continued committment to sustainability, the
university has been recognized by AASHE, Advancement for
Sustainability in Higher Education as a STARS gold university. As a
result, the university is now placed in the top 1.6 percent of
colleges and universities in North America. Of the more than 5,000
higher education institutions, only 81 have achieved the level of
The University at Buffalo’s commitment to solving pressing
environmental issues, educating students about these challenges and
operating eco-friendly campuses has been recognized by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Environmental
Champion Award. The EPA also named UB the Mid-American Conference
(MAC) champion for renewable energy usage.
UB IT increased the efficiency of the computing power at the
Center for Computational Research. The project decreased total
energy consumption at the data center by 20%, saved UB more than
$278,000, and reduced our carbon footprint by 550 metric tons.
From lectures and luncheons to clean-ups and competitions, to
art exhibits and SLICE awards, this year’s Earth Week line up
had something for everyone. Thanks to everyone for all the
hard work in delivering events to celebrate UB’s
accomplishments and continue to advance efforts to ensure a better
future through sustainability.
Think of the impact any small city has on the environment. Waste
is created, water is used and energy is needed to power the
community. UB understands that by focusing on sustainable measures,
we can mitigate our environmental impact.