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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 STEM.
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) education.
Grow Home
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.
UB is going for gold when it comes to being green.
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.
Arctic tundra
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 latitudes.
Carbon from coal
Despite gains by natural gas, wind and solar, coal remains the top electricity producer in the United States.
Sustainability fair
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.
Solar Strand
UB has been named a finalist for a national award recognizing climate leaders in higher education.
Katrina disaster
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 chilling.
Volcano Risk
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.
Hayes Hall
Power tools thrum and dust carpets corridors as construction progresses inside Hayes Hall, one of UB’s most iconic buildings.
Food to table
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 Management.
Ken Kern and hearts for homeless
There isn’t a laundry basket large enough to hold all the clothing UB resident students donated to two Buffalo-based nonprofit organizations before leaving for the summer.
sidewalk on flint
Beginning this fall, pedestrians entering the North Campus using the Flint Entrance on Maple Road will find the going a bit easier — and safer — thanks to a new sidewalk.
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 Biomedical Sciences.
Joan Linder artist
Wielding a pen, a Geiger counter and her artistic sense of curiosity, Joan Linder is documenting a haunting legacy.
GRoW home outside
How do you move a 40,000-pound house?
They’ve proven to be a hit on Buffalo’s burgeoning waterfront, providing a spot for visitors at Canalside to sit and watch the world go by.
About 15 years ago, UB chemistry professor Joseph Gardella and his wife sent their daughter, Claire, who is physically disabled and cannot speak, to a summer camp at Cradle Beach in Angola.
Sustainability may be one of those “squishy/mushy” buzz words too vague to be of much use. But the principle behind it demands citizens come to grips with the grave problems it was created to solve.
our UB employees executed a dramatic rescue near the Student Union on the North Campus on Monday, saving the lives of six baby ducklings that had fallen into a storm drain.
Using more than a decade’s worth of daily satellite images, researchers have determined ecosystems of South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region bounce back from wildfires much more quickly in warmer winter weather.
food department
In the United States, hunger and obesity go hand in hand. More than 17 million US households struggle to put food on the table, and when they do, it’s often high in fat and sugar because healthy options are scarce in low-income neighborhoods.
endangered species
Using a case study approach to investigate protection of endangered species, a UB Law School faculty member has found significant gaps in how public agencies keep track of endangered species agreements. The finding by Jessica Owley, associate professor, demonstrates key concerns with monitoring and enforcement of endangered species permits.
lake lasalle
With its Greek-style amphitheater at Baird Point, Lake LaSalle has long served as the iconic image of UB’s North Campus. Built in 1970 to provide flood control and water runoff, the 60-acre lake for years was more popular with flocks of Canada geese than with boaters and other recreational users.
UB is investing $25 million in an initiative that will harness the strengths of faculty from disciplines across the university to confront grand challenges facing humankind.
On a sunny, yet chilly day before Memorial Day weekend, the small red flags marking freshly planted sprouts wave in the wind. An empty watering can rests next to the fence.
BikeShare at the Strand
Say you work in Crofts Hall and have a meeting on the Spine. You could get into your car, head toward Capen and drive around looking for a parking place. Or you could take the Green Line shuttle to Flint Loop.
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.
Potential next areas of focus for RENEW were proposed and debated during a two-day faculty workshop held May 18 and 19 in the Student Union Theater.
Receiving the EPA Award

UB’s commitment to solving pressing environmental issues, educating students about these challenges and operating eco-friendly campuses has been recognized by the EPA.

Keynote speaker

New York State’s chief digital officer told a UB audience last week that culture change and education are critical to increasing the numbers of women in STEM-related careers.

ReTree the district

About 250 UB students planted trees in South Campus neighborhoods last Saturday as part of the “ReTree the District” project.

Student at the Solar Strand

UB unveiled a new app for its Solar Strand as part of its celebration of Earth Day.

Student presentation

UB students, faculty and administrators recognized the outstanding scholarly, research and creative achievements of students at the annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence.

Earth Day on calendar

UB's first annual Sustainability Summit will introduce a new, university-wide approach to creating a more sustainable campus and world.

Algae bloom

Toxic algae outbreaks are wreaking havoc on Lake Erie, sending scientists searching for a fix.

Kapoor Hall

Kapoor Hall, home to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has earned a coveted gold rating for green design.

Anton and Joey use tape to reinforce the axle on their car.

Third-graders learn about engineering and the engineering-design process during an after-school club sponsored by UB.

Students in the Dominican Republic

Some UB students will be bucking the stereotype by helping others during their upcoming spring recess.

Buffalo Cafe

Two UB architects are prompting us to rethink how we heat — and use — the space we occupy in winter.


Eight communities across the country will receive training and assistance to link family farmers and local residents who lack access to healthy food, thanks to a project spearheaded by UB and partners.


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


UB researchers turn to Newton's Laws of Motion to predict chimp behavior.

Man in snowstorm

UB psychologist Mark Seery says enduring negative events like this winter's brutal weather fosters adaptability and resilience.


UB psychologists say the match between quality of early family experiences and self-esteem contributes to how clearly and confidently people view themselves and their place in the world.

Grow House

UB students and faculty have started construction on the GRoW Home, a 1,108-square-foot, solar-powered house that produces twice the energy it consumes.

Broken Iphone

A UB professor, Sara Behdad, and industry partner, PC Rebuilders and Recyclers, received a $280,000 National Science Foundation grant to examine issues which contribute to e-waste. 

UB Student

The Princeton Review has rated the University at Buffalo as one of the nation’s best colleges and universities for high-quality degree programs, affordability and career prospects.

Solar City Buffalo project

A group of Buffalo Public Schools students are responsible for the award-winning idea that claimed a regional prize as the “Most Inspiring Essay” in the 2014 Future City Competition.

Members of the Geology Department on Groundhog Day

Harsh winter weather couldn’t stop UB geologists from holding their annual Groundhog Day cookout.


“Innovation Nation,” a new CBS show, came to campus to interview Professor James Jensen and his students, including Deshawn Henry, about their water lens project.

Community Congress

Celebrate the work of thousands of citizens and hundreds of organizations to create a more sustainable Buffalo Niagara at One Region Forward’s Community Congress.

Students painting a mural

Inspired by the School of Architecture and Planning’s close engagement with the city of Buffalo, students from UB’s Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity created a mural of the city in Crosby Hall.

Solar Strand

UB's Solar Strand is featured on the Wall Street Journal’s list of “Best Architecture of 2014.”

Engineering students in Slee Hall with handmade wind turbines

More than 450 freshman engineering students presented their wind energy projects as part of the final awards ceremony for the "Engineering Principles" class.

solar strand pic

UB was named among the 50 most “green” universities in the United States by Online Schools Center, a website that features higher education news.

Solar Strand

UB has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools as one of the 2014 “Best of Green Schools.”


A new study led by geophysicist Beata Csatho, UB associate professor of geology, provides what the authors think is the first comprehensive picture of how Greenland’s ice is vanishing.


Five UB Honors College students worked with UB Sustainability to help the Western New York Environmental Alliance and its roughly 100 member groups become a more inclusive organization.

students planting trees

Volunteers spent the day planting 180 trees in areas around the South Campus with little or no tree coverage as part of “ReTree the District,” an initiative to add more than 1,000 trees to the urban tree canopy over the next two years.


The Growing Food Connections Policy Database, hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning, assists local governments as they work to broaden access to healthy food and help sustain local farms and food producers.

Student Volunteers

The new Zero Waste program is a partnership between UB Athletics, Campus Dining & Shops, University Facilities and UB Sustainability that aims to eliminate garbage at the stadium.


Teri Rueb, a professor in the UB Department of Media Study, contributes to creating “Other Order”, a sound walk through the Bussey Brook Meadow at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

IEW 2012 Tango Dance

UB’s annual celebration of International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 10-14 will focus this year on the topic of sustainability, with the keynote speakers and other events bringing a global context to the subject.

Students, Day of Caring

Not all UB students who live in the University District are troublemakers; a large number of students are engaged in projects that are continually improving the neighborhood.

Offshore wind energy is one of the topics of research being funded by RENEW.

Four research projects have received funding under RENEW, UB’s new interdisciplinary environmental research initiative.


Alanna Olear is one of many students taking advantage of UB’s undergraduate research opportunities. She is studying which alternative leaves a smaller environmental footprint throughout the life of the product. 


Buffalo is nestled in a region loaded with farms and orchards, yet a deacde ago the city housed many neighborhoods where fresh fruits, meats and vegetables were in short supply. Now, Buffalo has become a leader in urban agriculture.


Children enrolled in the UB Child Care Center, a state-licensed and nationally accredited center serving the children of UB students, faculty and staff, are able to experience its enriching curriculum.


Charger-toting smartphone users have reason to rejoice because three UB research groups have received $1.3 million in combined funding to improve energy management in smartphones.

People's Climate March

The People's Climate March was held on September 21st to raise awareness of the urgent need to combat global climate change. UB students were among the nearly 400,000 people who participated in the march.

Park(ing) day

A parking place in the Diefendorf lot on the South Campus was transformed into a mini-park to promote alternative means of transportation as UB’s contribution to Park(ing) Day Buffalo.


The university has installed a boat launch between The Commons and the Center for the Arts. The launch is part of an effort to further engage the UB community, especially students, in nearby natural resources.


The UB community gets an A+ for generosity, donating more than 24,000 items in this year’s school supply drive sponsored by the Office of Community Relations. In all, 24,469 items were collected, making this year’s drive the most successful one yet.


Where can you learn how to be more “green” at work and home, see rescued birds, enjoy free samples of sustainable products and even donate items to Goodwill? The answer, of course, is the sixth annual UB Sustainable Living Fair.


The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus collaborates with National Grid to create a model of progressive approaches to energy use for the future.

Ariane Tardit (left) and Connor Zink examine water from Lake LaSalle. Photo: Erin Moscati

Children attending the UB Child Care Center’s summer camp last week learned about the importance of water to everyday life as part of an annual summer program presented by the Office of Sustainability.


UB undergraduate Deshawn Henry has developed an easy, inexpensive way to disinfect contaminated water, work that could have a tremendous impact in developing countries.


Research could lead to regulatory guidelines for environmental chemicals that disrupt ability to send ‘time-of-day’ messages.


A researcher at RENEW, Aga spoke about how antibiotics move through ecosystems and how to detect them.


The purpose of the National Grid/UB Engineering Leadership Camp is to stimulate student interest and to encourage curiosity.

Matthieu Bain (left) and Andrew Perkins in Spencer’s Art House, Flint, Mich. Photo: Ryan Garza

By restoring abandoned buildings with found materials, Andrew Perkins is battling a culture of rampant consumerism and reckless waste—and creating some pretty cool spaces in the process.

Rosie, spider

A protein UB scientists found in the venom of a South American spider could finally answer the need for an effective muscular dystrophy treatment - and save a young boy's life.


The colleges in this collection do a great job of teaching their students sustainable practices, working in their communities, and spreading information. These institutions deserve credit and encouragement.

William Philipps conducts research on deglaciation and global climate change in Greenland while an undergraduate student working under Jason Briner, associate professor of geology.

William Phillipps, UB geology graduate student, will travel to Norway to collect data that proves the Svalbard-Barents Sea Ice-Sheet’s (SBSIS) the point when the ice began to melt is older than its suggested age.

Algae on the shore of Great Lakes beaches

According to UB researchers, green algae in the Great Lakes not only protect bacteria from destruction by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but feed the organisms as well.

Buffalo cityscape

UB's Prosperity Scholarship program welcomes its newest class of young, promising scholars, the biggest selection of students in the scholarship’s history and claiming many of Western New York’s best and brightest students as its own.

Aerial image of Tonawanda and Grand Island  area

UB researchers prepare to conduct major study to analyze affect of Tonawanda Coke plant emissions on health of area residents and employees.

Penny with microbeads on it

Illinois environmentalists expecting a battle with business over a call for a ban on microbeads, which show up inside fish that are caught for human consumption, found the industry quickly collaborated. 

Agricultural workers spray pesticide to a cotton field in Egypt.

UB faculty members James Olson and Matthew Bonner have partnered with teams in Egypt to research and reduce the adverse effects of pesticides used in cotton farming.

A beady glare from BB, UB’s female peregrine until 2013. Photo: Kenneth Nusstein, UB Facilities

Generations of peregrine falcons have become UB’s feathered friends.

A gentleman waiting for the arriving metro

UB faculty member Daniel B. Hess researched a pilot program that offered Metro Rail use to some UB students, faculty and staff.

Fred Stoss has been a dedicated environmental researcher and advocate since his student days.

Environmentalist Frederick Stoss, UB associate librarian and subject specialist, received the first Friend of the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (BNA, National Library of Aruba) Award.

Students use a blow torch and cotton swabs to collect bacteria samples from a paper-towel dispenser.

Don’t touch that paper towel. High-speed hand dryers are cleaner, more environmentally friendly and save a bundle over time.


The Congress for New Urbanism’s national conference is in Buffalo this week, and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning are among those leading the conversation.


Two UB architecture faculty members have won internationally prominent lifetime achievement awards for their “significant and lasting” contributions to environmental design research, practice and teaching.

shibley at strand

Robert G. Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, is being recognized by the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) for his design influence on public architecture across the state.