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Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has awarded the University at Buffalo $2.4 million for materials science research that aims to make next generation vehicles carbon-neutral.

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.


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.

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.
The Falcon 9 rocket that blasted into space Sunday contains 5,500 pounds of cargo, including potatoes that eventually will make their home at UB.
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.”
Thousands of ants converge to follow the most direct path from their colony to their food and back; a swarm of inexpensive, unmanned drones quickly map an offshore oil spill.
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 Erie.
Recognition continues to roll in for UB’s sustainability efforts. UB ranks among the top 50 U.S. universities in’s 2017 Green Report, released last week. UB landed at No. 45 on the list.
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.
Four research projects have been selected to receive funding from UB’s RENEW Institute, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to solving complex environmental problems.
UB chemistry professor Joseph A. Gardella Jr.
UB chemistry professor Joseph A. Gardella Jr. has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board.
Greenland Ice Sheet
In climate science, the conventional wisdom is that the Greenland Ice Sheet — the world’s second-largest block of ice — formed some 2.5 million years ago and endured continuously until modern times.
start up ny
Eight more companies will open or expand operations on or near UB’s campuses through START-UP NY, the tax incentive program established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Internships. Tutoring. Summer research opportunities. Networking.
Humanities day for UB med school students
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 neighborhood.
Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., speaks at a town hall meeting at UB on refugee resettlement as part of a daylong visit to Buffalo. Photo: Douglas Levere
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.
UB employees David Youhess (right) and Blake Cooper stand in front of the new house on Niagara Falls Boulevard they bought through the UB H.O.M. E. program. Photo: Douglas Levere
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.
A glowing solution of BODIPY dye is swirled under a black light. A new UB study shows the dye has interesting chemical properties that could make it an ideal material for use in large-scale rechargeable batteries.
Could a glow-in-the-dark dye be the next advancement in energy storage technology?
One recent afternoon, the sounds of the first movement from 19th-century Russian composer Aleksandr Borodin’s “String Quartet No.2” filled the auditorium of Buffalo P.S. 18 on the city’s West Side.
Bike winter
UB cyclists who want to keep their bicycles safe from weather and theft during the winter months can store their bicycles for free with Parking and Transportation Services.
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.
Global Health Equity fund
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).
International students at UB hail from 115 different countries, with the largest numbers coming from China, India, South Korea, Canada, Malaysia and Iran. Photo: Douglas Levere
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 international students.
UBReUSE collects items from students moving out of the dorms in the spring, refurbishes them and then sells them during Opening Weekend. Last year's two-day sale raised approximately $1,800, which is being used to help expand UBReUSE this year.
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.
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 environment.
Peace Bridge
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 fatalities.
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.