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UB has been highlighted in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index in the Public Engagement section for its efforts in advancing sustainability in higher education.
Most people, even those who don’t want to keep bees, know at least two good reasons why someone would: pollination and honey.
solar strand
UB has received a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the EPA announced Monday.
UB green
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 Colleges.
Scientists are pursuing a tiny solution for harnessing one of the world’s most abundant sources of clean energy: Water.
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.
Habitat III
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 Spine
UB has earned a “top 30” rating in a new ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE).
A policy forum on green infrastructure in the Buffalo-Niagara region taking place next week will feature a few UB faces.
Tonawanda Coke
UB researchers are moving forward with plans to conduct a multi-year study analyzing how emissions from the Tonawanda Coke plant may have affected the health of area residents and employees.
Hayes reopens
Halfway through today’s grand reopening ceremony for Hayes Hall, Bob Shibley walked up to the podium, looked at the crowd, smiled and said, “God, this is fun.”
Hayes renovation
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 year.
UB cares
UB officially launched its 2016 Employees Campaign for the Community this morning with campaign chair Robert J. Genco encouraging UB employees to help the campaign exceed its goal of $875,000.  
The UB community gets an A+ for generosity, donating more than 17,000 items for this year’s school supply drive sponsored by the Office of Community Relations.
Zachariae Isbræ, northeast Greenland. Photo: Anders A Bjørk
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.
community service
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.
UB has earned a “top 50” rating among public universities for the third straight year, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Vendors showcase their products at a previous year's Sustainable Living Fair.
Some UB staff members will show their university colleagues how to live a “greener” life and help reduce their environmental footprint at the eighth annual UB Sustainable Living Fair on Sept. 29.  
Saliva and evolution
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.
students in university heights
UB remains strongly committed to working with students, neighborhood residents and law enforcement to promote good citizenship, cooperation and improving quality of life in University Heights.
High-tech classrooms and group study spaces with 80-inch monitors. Video recording studios with editing suites. A café.
UBCCC field trip
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.
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 collisions.
collaborative culture
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.
canoeing on lake lasalle
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.
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 overtime.
Edmund B. Hayes Hall, the iconic building with a fascinating story on the South Campus, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Turning laundry lint and other waste fibers into commercial products. 3-D printing electronics. Finding an elegant, yet effective way to make buildings energy efficient.
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.
evaluating lots
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.
UB is among a select group of academic institutions, industry and nonprofits tapped by the White House to form an advanced manufacturing hub designed to sustain the nation’s manufacturing resurgence.
women in STEM
Kathleen Murphy is all too familiar with the obstacles surrounding women in science, technology, engineering and math.
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.
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.
Manure Management
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.
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 to home.
The African violet is one of the world’s most common houseplants. You can buy it at Lowe’s. You can get it at the nursery. You can find it in the grocery store.
launchpad students
It’s the entrepreneurial-minded college student’s dream summer job: getting paid to build a business.
students working
Imagine redesigning a city in only two days. That’s exactly what some UB students did recently as part of a summer study abroad program in Estonia.
As a political issue, climate change splits mostly along ideological lines in the U.S.
food delivery
UB social work student Matthew Schwartz is turning the tables on traditional food pantries, providing food directly to the hungry out of the trunk of his car.
students working
A child with mobility problems can’t use the bathroom in his school because it only has squat toilets. Feeling like an outsider, he stops going to school.
Don Erb giving tour
Editor’s note: Rising UB senior Cathleen Draper — a former resident of LEED-gold certified Greiner Hall — learned a few things about UB’s sustainability efforts during a recent tour of the North Campus.
pilot-scale anaerobic digestor
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.
The School of Social Work has been selected to be a full partner school in the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative (NHSWI), a move that allows UB students and faculty to better focus and advance their work in the area of homelessness, including research, curriculum formation, practice and policy-making.
teen scientists
A few dozen of the state’s most promising student scientists will meet Saturday at the New York State Science Congress hosted by UB.
lake Erie
Five research projects have been selected to receive funding from UB’s RENEW Institute, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to solving complex environmental problems.
Elizabeth thomas
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.