Rising global temperatures are impacting not just peoples’
physiological health but also society’s health, according to
“Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet,”
(MIT Press) a book by UB emeritus faculty member Alan Lockwood.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, former U.S. National
Security Advisor Susan Rice, Grey’s Anatomy actor and
activist Jesse Williams and award-winning actor and science
communicator Alan Alda are among the speakers who will headline
UB’s 2017-18 Distinguished Speakers Series.
Eight UB faculty members traveled to Costa Rica last month as
part of the university’s first-ever Study Abroad Incubator, a
program for faculty and staff interested in designing and leading
new study abroad initiatives.
Traditionally, when a car breaks down the solution has been to
fix it. Repair manuals, knowledgeable mechanics and auto parts
stores make car repairs common, quick and relatively inexpensive.
Even with modern computer-equipped vehicles, regular people have
plenty they can do: change oil, change tires and many more advanced
A small group of UB undergraduates committed to acquiring the
knowledge and understanding necessary for discovering and
developing new avenues of social change will travel to Eastern
Africa on July 15 as part of an intensive, experiential, social
innovation and marketing course in the United Republic of
Post-industrial cities in the United States and elsewhere are
implementing brownfields to brightfields programs that help develop
local economies, generate clean energy and manage pollution.
Brownfields are former industrial sites or landfills with
contaminated soil. These sites pose both environmental and social
challenges, as contamination must be remediated prior to
UB on the Green, UB’s free outdoor performance series, is
back for an 11th season of music and activities celebrating summer
in the South Campus neighborhood.
The family-friendly, alcohol-free events, presented by the
Office of Community Relations, will take place from 6-8 p.m. July
19 and July 26 on the Hayes Hall lawn on the South Campus. Free
parking is available in the NFTA Park and Ride and Townsend
lots. Spectators are encouraged to bring a picnic meal, lawn
chairs and blankets. Refreshments from food trucks will be
available for sale.
Whether you drive, ride public transit, bike or walk, chances
are you encounter transportation problems.
It could be a snow-slicked road, overcrowded subway platform or
errant motorists paying more attention to their smartphones than to
Consequences from these situations can be severe. For example,
Seattle-based INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business
Research estimated that traffic congestion in 2013 led to $124
billion in losses in the United States. And hardly a day passes
that you don’t hear about some tragic motor vehicle
With today’s increasingly powerful electronics, tiny
materials are a must as manufacturers seek to increase performance
without adding bulk.
Smaller also is better for optoelectronic devices — like
camera sensors or solar cells —which collect light and
convert it to electrical energy. Think, for example, about reducing
the size and weight of a series of solar panels, producing a
higher-quality photo in low lighting conditions, or even
transmitting data more quickly.
For UB staff member Krissy Costanzo, the LGBTQ experience
“at times can feel like being part of an invisible minority
In particular, “It can be tricky navigating the workplace
when you are not ‘out’ professionally,” says
Costanzo, director of resource management for the School of Public
Health and Health Professions. “Having a visible group of
LGBTQ employees on campus who could serve as mentors and role
models would have really helped me starting out,” she says.
“There was a need to develop this sense of community on
campus, and I realized it was up to us to do it.”
More than 100 transportation leaders from across the United
States are meeting in Buffalo this week to discuss everything from
driverless cars to bike share programs and how big data can improve
A UB faculty member has devised an ingenious way to more quickly
test soil in farm fields to make detailed maps of differing soil
types. Those maps then can be used to design more efficient farming
Raja was a newly minted civil engineer and urban planner
in the summer of 1999 when Kashmir was wracked with an armed
conflict that had been simmering since her youth. Despite the
violence, she had steady work, reviewing plans for giant hotels and
high-end interior renovations. But increasingly, she felt torn.
“It just didn’t make moral sense,” she says.
“I was using my civil engineering and planning skills for the
UB’s ongoing efforts to recruit underrepresented students
in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to its
PhD programs have received a major boost from the National
Institutes of Health, which renewed a five-year, $2.3 million grant
to help fully fund scholarships.
UB's falcon chicks — three females and one male —
are almost grown, and biologists from the state Department of
Environmental Conservation visited the nesting box in Mackay
Heating Tower last week to band the chicks. Banding allows wildlife
biologists to track the movements and lifespans of the endangered
The collection of grain elevators at Silo City is an impressive
enough site, the industrial behemoths towering over the Buffalo
River. But a project created by UB freshman architecture students
this spring lends a unique perspective to the grain elevators, and
Members of the UB community can help plant an urban orchard by
taking part in “Endless Orchard,” a living, public art
project commissioned by the UB Art Galleries that is taking place
May 6 in the Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo.
There’s much happier news to report on the UB falcon front
this spring. The four eggs Dixie laid a month ago have hatched and
viewers of UB’s Falcon
Cam can watch as Dixie and Yankee care for their four
fledgling fluff balls.
The academic year is winding down and that means thousands of UB
students will be moving out of their dorms and off-campus
apartments in the weeks ahead. And that means many students heading
home for the summer won’t be able to bring back with them all
the stuff they’ve accumulated over the past 10 months.
A team led by a UB doctoral student took first place on April 12
in UB’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship
Competition (Panasci TEC) for a technology that generates hydrogen
gas from water.
Increasing prolonged periods of severe hot and dry weather
during the first summer after wildfires is inhibiting vegetation
recovery and causing loss of plant diversity, according to a new
international study on climate change.
The University at Buffalo’s Baldy Center for Law and
Social Policy and Buffalo Environmental Law Journal brought
together noted experts to discuss how law and policy can help
society address the changing climate, and the justice issues those
changes raise, as part of “The Changing Climate: Reflections
on Current Law, Policy, Justice and Regulation.”
A UB PhD candidate is pursuing ideas that could bring a
hydrogen-generating device to your car and prevent your lithium-ion
battery from wearing out. And he is building a company to bring
these breakthroughs to market.
The biggest problem of the 21st century, according to civil
rights expert john a. powell, is the problem of
“othering,” or focusing on our differences as
individual deficits instead of collective strengths.
As the waves crashed over the break wall in the distance and
waterfowl swirled about in search of prey, UB sophomore Mark Geraci
chatted with a local dairy farmer seated next to him inside the
Buffalo Yacht Club about issues affecting the future of Lake
The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable will host their annual
Sustainable Business EXPO on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Meet
exhibitors and sponsors, learn about innovative local businesses,
be inspired by the keynote speakers and have some fun. The EXPO
will be held at the American Axle Building at 1001 E Delavan - a
great revitalized space with secure, free parking.
Recognition continues to roll in for UB’s sustainability
efforts. UB ranks among the top 50 U.S. universities in
SaveOnEnergy.com’s 2017 Green Report, released last week. UB
landed at No. 45 on the list.
Pastor Kinzer Pointer stood before the group of first-year
students from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
who had traveled to the Promiseland Missionary Baptist Church on
High Street on a windy, rainy morning to meet him and tour his
Before visiting for the first time on Tuesday, the U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations didn’t know that Buffalo is
known as the “City of Good Neighbors.” But after
meeting with members of the city’s thriving refugee
population and seeing how they’ve been supported, Samantha
Power witnessed the kindness and compassion that have helped
Buffalo live up to its moniker.
A house is now a home for UB staff member David Youhess, thanks
to UB H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easy), a program that offers
interest-free deferred loans to university employees who buy homes
in the neighborhoods around the South Campus.
The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational
Exchange, released yesterday in Washington, D.C., by the Institute
of International Education (IIE), announced that for the 14th
straight year, UB is among the top 25 U.S. institutions hosting
UBReUSE, the student-run sustainability program that started
last spring, is back this academic year and looking to grow. But it
needs a few good student volunteers willing to help take the
program to the next level.
Have you amassed a collection of old documents and mail that
needs to be shredded? Have you recently gotten more buff and now
your clothes are too big (or, perhaps, the reverse)? If so, this is
the weekend to get rid of all that and more.
Two projects addressing refugee health issues in Buffalo and a
study on the effects of air pollution on pregnant women in China
have been selected to receive funding through UB’s Community
for Global Health Equity (CGHE).
UB and Brock University will kick off a series of Cross-Border
Innovation and Prosperity Workshops next week to advance a
collaborative infrastructure for economic innovation across the
binational Buffalo Niagara region.
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across New York City in 2012,
causing around $65 billion in damage and killing more than 150
people. Two years later, on the other end of the state, the
“Snowvember” storm dumped 7 feet of snow on parts of
Buffalo, destroying roofs across the region and causing 14
One leads a company shifting its long-term focus toward a world
where autonomous vehicles ease gridlock in major cities across the
globe. Another is leading a company committed to being at the
forefront of trends in hospitality and live sporting events. And
the third heads an organization that’s constantly finding
creative ways to leverage its resources to protect the
An astute observer of the mass-produced and mundane, Joan Linder
has spent much of her artistic career creating painstakingly
hand-drawn images with a quill pen and ink: kitchen sinks full of
dirty dishes, piles of junk mail — even the raw musculature
of a gross anatomy cadaver, its chest split open.
The UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (Food
Lab) has partnered with a United Nations agency to lead a training
session on food systems planning and policy as part of an upcoming
UN conference that happens once every 20 years.
UB is among the 50 most environmentally responsible colleges in
the nation, according to The Princeton Review. The education
services company known for its college rankings and test prep
services features UB in the 2016 edition of its Guide to 361 Green
Daniel Crowther is in his last semester of the three-semester
master of architecture program with a concentration in real estate
development. He swears he didn’t plan it this way so that he
could experience the newly renovated Hayes Hall, home of the School
of Architecture and Planning, which reopened this academic
A new study on the Greenland Ice Sheet provides valuable insight
on climate change, using unique research methods to establish new
estimates of ice loss for both modern and ancient times, says UB
geologist Beata Csatho, one of more than a dozen team members on
the international project.
UB is working with state, city and community-based groups and
organizations to develop new programs that expand upon the
university’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life
in the neighborhoods surrounding the South Campus.
There’s no need to reinvent the genetic wheel.
That’s one lesson of a new study that looks to the saliva of
humans, gorillas, orangutans, macaques and African green monkeys
for insights into evolution.
The echo of 40 chattering children rises from the center of
UB’s Solar Strand on a cloudy August day. Kids enrolled in
the UB Child Care Center’s nine-week summer program gather on
recycled concrete slabs under one of the largest array of panels,
curiously taking in the scale of their surroundings.
Nicole Hallett was talking to someone in Buffalo about the needs
of the city’s immigrant population. Hallett asked about wage
theft — when an employer cheats low-wage workers out of their
fair pay by requiring them to work off the clock or failing to pay
On a warm July Wednesday, 30 international students approach the
boat launch at Lake LaSalle, the water sparkling in the abundant
summer sunshine. The students excitedly chat in their native
languages as they gather near the dock, ready to canoe and kayak
for the first time.
It’s no secret that men still hold the majority of
leadership positions in American companies. But new research from
the School of Management finds that when male-dominated work groups
foster collaboration and communication, it’s women who are
more likely to emerge as leaders.
UB architect Joyce Hwang’s latest animal architecture
creation is a bird-friendly public art installation that both
promotes awareness of local avian species and calls attention to a
common, but often invisible peril: bird-glass window
With an eye toward improving the efficiency and affordability of
solar cells, physicists from UB and Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute (RPI) will develop light-harvesting films using funds
from the U.S.
Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.
School’s out for the summer for many UB students and
faculty. But just because they’ve left campus for the season
doesn’t mean they’re not working. Numerous students and
faculty find that summer vacation is the perfect time to pursue
research in the field. Here are a few examples.
Later this summer, a family will move into its new home on
Buffalo’s East Side. Thanks to a pilot project between
Habitat for Humanity and the School of Architecture and Planning,
the family will be comfortable staying in the house for a long
time, even as its members reach their elder years.
Researchers from UB and three other U.S. universities are
teaming up with dairy farms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
to study the effect of three different manure management techniques
on preventing the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant
bacteria, genes tied to resistance and antibiotic residues —
traces of antibiotics and the compounds they break down into.
Watering cans lined up against rain barrels gleam in the summer
sunshine. Asparagus and peas cling to stakes, braced against the
breeze. Concrete blocks form a makeshift entryway, inviting
passersby to admire thriving rows of tomatoes, wax beans and
rainbow Swiss chard.
When civil engineer Marc Edwards (BS ’86) warned
Michigan state officials and the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) that lead-contaminated drinking water was poisoning the
children of Flint, he expected them to declare an emergency.
Instead, the regulators insisted there was no cause for alarm.
That’s when Edwards, now frequently described as “The
Hero of Flint,” realized he would have to take matters into
his own hands.
This week, more than 20 Buffalo Public Schools students will
begin a summer camp at the University at Buffalo. It’ll have
the hallmarks of a typical camp — fun and education —
but the subject matter will be far more serious and will hit closer
UB ranks first on the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s Green Power Partnership list of the largest college
and university green power users. UB fulfills 100% of its energy
needs, an annual 213 million kilowatt hours (kWh), with
zero-emission, clean energy.
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 received a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). UB was one of only three
organizations nationwide to be chosen as a Green Power Partner of
the Year. With this award, EPA recognizes Green Power Partners who
distinguish themselves through their leadership, overall strategy
and impact on the green power market.
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.
UB has earned a “top 50” rating among public
universities for the third straight year, according to U.S. News
and World Report. This distinction places UB among the top public
universities in the nation, ranking No. 43 in 2016, up two places
from last year’s No. 45. For the second straight year, the
magazine also rated UB among the “top 100” national
universities in the country, placing 99th.
UB has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s
2016 list of “Best College Values,” which considers
colleges based on quality and affordability. UB placed 53rd on
the magazine’s national ranking of the 100 best values among
public colleges for in-state students and 66th for out-of-state
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.
UB has been highlighted in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index in
the Public Engagement section (AASHE) for its efforts in
advancing sustainability in higher education. UB was mentioned
specifically for the partnership it created with Erie County and
area business leaders to form the Western New York Sustainable
Business Roundtable, a group of nearly 50 businesses that works to
advance green practices among businesses in the region.
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 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(NYSERDA) on April 26 named UB one of 16 “Leaders”
among REV Campus Challenge First Movers. The REV Campus Challenge
is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision
(REV), a strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy
system for all New Yorkers. UB was recognized as a leader for its
comprehensive, clean energy investments, embrace of clean energy
research and development and curricula efforts, and increased
engagement in communities.
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
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
UB is among the 50 most environmentally responsible colleges in
the nation, according to The Princeton Review. The Princeton
Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges profiles colleges with
the highest commitment to sustainability based on their academic
offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies,
initiatives and activities. New as of 2016 is a ranking of the
Top 50 Green Colleges, with UB coming in at No. 33 on the list.
The inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College
Ranking of U.S. colleges and universities — based on data
from Times Higher Education — places UB at No. 28 among the
nation’s top public universities. UB is No. 130 among more
than 1,000 private and public colleges and universities ranked by
the WSJ/THE. UB is rated highest — No. 1 — among SUNY
institutions in the ranking. Factors measured by the rankings
include engagement, student outcomes and learning environments.
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.
In May 2016, UB won $1 million as part of Governor Cuomo's
Energy to Lead competition. This money will help to bring 100
megawatts of new, locally produced solar energy to Buffalo within
the next four years and will provide new experiential learning
opportunities for students.
UB was named among the 50 most “green” universities
in the United States by Online Schools Center, a website that
features higher education news. The website ranked UB 34th and
highlighted numerous environmentally friendly initiatives at the
university, among them the Sustainability Academy, the Solar Strand
and waste-reduction programs.
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.
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.