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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.
jenna with magazine
For her senior thesis, Jenna Bower wanted to create a collaborative project that combined her love of graphic design with her passion for sustainability.
Joe Gardella
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.
kids at strand
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.
ReUse Sale
UB students have come up with a creative way to break the cycle of waste that happens when residents move out of their dorms at the end of the school year.
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 Styrofoam containers.
UB was recognized on consecutive days this week as a sustainability leader in higher education.
solar strand
UB ranks first on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership list of the largest college and university green power users.
Change agents
They’re called “change agents” and they’re certainly living up to their name this semester.
The Millers
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. 
Earth week
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.
Concrete canoes
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.
UB will begin telling its story worldwide in a more compelling and cohesive way with the launch today of a new identity and brand strategy for the institution.
Green it Forward
UB hopes to further reduce energy usage on campus by 10 percent, just in time for Earth Day.    
Climate talks
Since its founding in 2009, Buffalo’s Science & Art Cabaret has gained a reputation for assembling eclectic groups of speakers to tackle a common theme.
silk mill
Ghalia Ajouz and her classmates don’t see an abandoned silk mill on Buffalo’s East Side.
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.
Flint water building
A public health practitioner and UB alumna based at the University of Michigan-Flint will provide a front-line perspective on the many facets of the Flint water crisis during a talk Feb. 29 at UB.
Daryl Spak, left, a second-year medical student, and first-year student Patrick Salemme examine a patient at the Lighthouse clinic. Photo: Nancy J. Parisi - See more at:
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.
UB Wellfest, the university’s annual event devoted to wellness and healthy living, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14 in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.   
Voyager 1 image of Jupiter's moon, Io. Tracy Gregg is presenting her research on Loki Patera, the largest volcano on Io, at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Photo: NASA/JPL/USGS - See more at:
For the first time in recent memory, UB has a significant presence at the largest conference for planetary geologists.
Dennis Elsenbeck, regional director for National Grid, makes a point during a talk with West Hertel Academy students during the Buffalo Public Schools' Advanced Manufacturing Day. Photo: Nancy J. Parisi - See more at:
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.
Rive talks energy
Drive around Buffalo — or any city in the United States. The odds are stacked against you seeing solar panels on the roof of a house.
Andrew Winston
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 world.
Two separate projects designed by School of Architecture and Planning faculty members are in the running for recognition from a global architecture and design competition.
Daniel Barbezat
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.
Science woo!
An adventure in science will take place next week at UB as hundreds of high school students flood the North Campus during UB’s spring break to take part in Science Exploration Day.
Blackstone Launch
3… 2… 1… Liftoff!
It’s a quiet Monday night. Midterms are looming and Ben is nearing that crucial decision on “The Bachelor.”
Empowering women
Balancing the responsibilities of a career with those of family life, while also becoming a better person, both on a professional —as well as a personal — level.
SUNY research
Two UB undergraduates found themselves on a mission last week in Albany: to show SUNY leaders that their investment in student research is money well spent.
Sanitation in India
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 plan.
What self-respecting science fiction aficionado wouldn’t jump at the chance to design and build a spacecraft that could help transform the future of spaceflight?
Nick Ohio
It’s a bizarre scene: A man on a cargo bike tricked out with lots of strange-looking equipment labors up and down the streets of Cleveland and surrounding suburbs.
A public health practitioner and UB alumna based at the University of Michigan-Flint will provide a front-line perspective on the many facets of the Flint water crisis during a talk Feb. 29 at UB.
One of the great joys in mathematics is the ability to use math to describe phenomena seen in the physical world, says UB mathematician Gino Biondini.
Elect her
Although Hillary Clinton stands as a frontrunner for president, the overall picture for women in politics is much bleaker, with women accounting for less than a third of the nation’s public officials.
Ice sheets
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.
Too bad there is no frequent-flier program for microsatellites. If there was, UB students would accrue serious points.
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.
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.
Niagara Falls
It’s not every day that you get to turn off a major waterfall.
South Campus residents now have a centrally located spot to satisfy those late-afternoon and evening hunger pangs with the opening of Whispers Café in Abbott Hall, home of the Health Sciences Library.
President Satish K. Tripathi and several members of the UB community have pledged to help build a culture of inclusiveness and equity in the city of Buffalo.
Groundhog day celebration
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.
Gayle Hutton
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.”
CSE day
An enthusiastic crowd of about 500 people filled Davis Hall on Dec. 11 for a night of fun and games designed to celebrate and promote computer science.
Buffalo as a major relocation site for refugees
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.”
Shelton Square
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.
Downtown Cleveland
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.
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).
Kiplinger's best value
UB has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2016 list of “Best College Values,” which considers colleges based on quality and affordability.
Vending machine on campus
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.
Buffalo public schools
For UB education professor Nathan J. Daun-Barnett, hundreds of completed student financial aid applications that might never have been successfully filed are not enough.
Gap year
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.
UB Men's Hockey
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 spring semesters.
Mexico’s top environmental officer brings pragmatism to the politics of climate change 
Several interested parties shared thoughts on climate change Tuesday night at the Buffalo Science Museum.
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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 creatures.”
Six UB law students and their professor are traveling to Paris to be part of the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
Dr. Shibley
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.
A new, onion-like nanoparticle could open new frontiers in biomaging, solar energy harvesting and light-based security techniques.
Hundreds of volunteers — among them UB students, faculty and staff — descended upon Buffalo’s University District on Nov. 7, saplings in hand, for the third round of ReTree the District.
Fulbright recipient
Chris Renschler, associate professor in the Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award to conduct research and lecture in Austria.
Shirley Sherrod
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.
Capen rendering
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.
Can big data improve how electricity is produced, delivered and consumed in the Northeastern United States?
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.
Little Blue
Move over Big Blue, there’s a new food truck, err, book cart on campus.
Our Future
Two student programs organized by University Life and Services have won SUNY awards for outstanding student affairs programs.
grow home takes second
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.
UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) has received a fourth round of federal funding to continue its work on a wide range of universal design projects.
UB faculty, staff and students can show their support for healthy, seasonal eating by taking part in the fourth annual “Big Apple Crunch” on Oct. 23.
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA — With only two days left before the overall winner is unveiled, the Solar Decathlon is really heating up — and the UB GRoW Home is in the thick of the action.
waste water
Around the world, bacteria and viruses are developing resistance to the drugs used to treat them, creating one of the greatest global health challenges of our time.
Grow 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.
State of University address
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.”
child and maternal health
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 today.
Grow Home
If you’re building a zero-energy solar home, shouldn’t the furnishings be ultra-efficient, too?
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.