The Professional Staff Senate will kick off a series of campuswide Realizing UB 2020 “feedback sessions” this week with two roundtable forums to gather input from the professional staff on the initiative to determine the university’s priorities and the direction it should go to achieve its goal of moving into the next tier of public research universities.
The Office of International Education has announced that Provost Charles F. Zukoski has authorized the relaunch of the Faculty Internationalization Fund (FIF), a popular initiative that from 2009-11 provided travel grants to dozens of UB faculty members to assist them in developing new, sustainable initiatives with institutional partners overseas.
Coral colonies that suffered tissue damage in The Bahamas were still producing low numbers of eggs four years after the injuries occurred, according to new research by UB scientists. Tiny sperm-producing factories called spermaries were also in short supply.
Uncharacteristic for Buffalo in January, the sun broke through the clouds in Forest Lawn Cemetery, shining down on a gathering of citizens, UB staff and regional officials during the 48th public commemoration of Millard Fillmore’s birthday—it would have been his 213th—on Jan. 7.
The UB Confucius Institute and the Chinese Club of Western New York, in partnership with Buffalo’s Gold Summit Organization for the Development of Eastern Culture, will present their colorful, musical and much-anticipated annual Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 10.
The debate about gun control in the U.S. is not related to American Revolutionary thought, as gun control opponents often claim, but is grounded in post-Civil War paranoia, according to a UB historian.
“The Great Dictator,” Charlie Chaplin’s controversial masterpiece and first true talking movie, is among the offerings in the spring 2013 edition of the Buffalo Film Seminars, the popular, semester-long series of film screenings and discussions hosted by UB faculty members Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson.
World Trade Center of Buffalo Niagara is receiving approximately $682,000 in funding, including $218,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, to help local medical-device manufacturers sell their goods in China.
Marsha Lewis, professor and dean of the School of Nursing, was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to be part of its inaugural class of nursing deans and senior faculty in the first AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program.
Patients suffering from the painful autoimmune disease Sjogren’s Syndrome soon will be able to be properly diagnosed much earlier, thanks to the discovery of novel antibodies by researchers at UB and Immco Diagnostics Inc. The breakthrough, described in a paper in the December issue of Clinical Immunology, will allow patients to be treated sooner when they are much more likely to benefit.
A new UB study has found that verbal aggression may have biological causes that can be identified by the ratio of length of a person’s ring finger—second digit—to the length of the index finger—fourth digit.
Nanoparticles that “teach” the immune system to tolerate protein-based drugs. Vascular grafts that stimulate regeneration of blood vessels in a patient’s body. These innovations may sound like the stuff of the future, but they’re part of a portfolio of inventions that UB announced over the past year.
UB Graduate School of Education faculty member Jeremy D. Finn recently was a speaker at a national conference on school discipline, suspensions, security and misbehavior, with special emphasis on alternatives to excluding students from schools.
A UB research team has received a $1.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a vaccine against Moraxella catarrhalis, an increasingly prevalent bacterium that causes at least 10 percent of children's inner ear infections.
To become a top-tier AAU public research university, UB will create a new and distinctive academic direction, prepare its students to become effective leaders in tomorrow’s world and strengthen its economic engagement in the region, Provost Charles F. Zukoski told those gathered at a Realizing UB 2020 open forum.
Tracey Eastman and Melanie Buhrmaster-Bunch have both worked at UB for at least 10 years, but didn’t meet in person until just this week. But they share a connection to the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
A rare collection of letters, audio files, photographs and other materials that could illuminate the personal beliefs of Robert Frost is being made available to the public for the first time, thanks to a UB emeritus faculty member.
In an effort to increase awareness of Phi Beta Kappa and the importance of this national honor society—and the number of UB students accepting an invitation to join—the University Honors College is hosting two information sessions for students.
The American Medical Association is providing funding to support the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and other institutions in a national consortium to develop simulated, interactive “encounters” with virtual patients to supplement the education of students in the third year of medical school.
The search for the next dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) is under way, with the appointment of a search committee headed by Michael Glick, dean of the School of Dental Medicine.
Most people don’t “get” the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)—an international fundraising and public awareness vehicle for the Special Olympics organized by law enforcement officers—until they meet the athletes, says UB Police Lt. Mark Gates.
Norman R. McCombs, a UB alumnus who developed an oxygen-production system that spawned a billion-dollar industry and helped ease the pain of millions suffering from lung diseases, has been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the U.S. government’s highest honor for technological achievement.
UB historian Carole Emberton is the recipient of the Richards Prize for the best article published in the 2012 edition of the Journal of the Civil War Era, the official journal of the Society of Civil War Historians.
UB faculty members Eric Huebner and Roland E. Martin will lead off a “keyboard extravaganza,” three distinct recitals featuring keyboard instruments presented by the Department of Music during the month of February.
The annual Digital Poetry & Dance performance captured the versatility of digital poetry and its ability to transcend the sum of its parts to become an emotionally engaging and enlightening experience.
"Being There," UB faculty member Bruce Jackson's most recent exhibition of photographs chronicling a 50-year career of teaching, scholarship and social activism, opens on Feb. 8 in the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
In his annual address to the voting faculty, President Satish K. Tripathi said that with the budget stability guaranteed by NYSUNY 2020, UB can move to the next level and ask how the university can become distinctive and remain true to its mission of academic excellence.
As a microbiologist, Terry D. Connell knows a lot about the immune system. But his academic credentials are only part of the reason that he strongly encourages everyone over the age of 60 to get a shingles vaccination. The other is his personal experience with shingles.
Traditionally, research at universities is carried out by graduate students. Timothy Tryjankowski, director of UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, believes the norm is changing.
UB Law Dean Makau W. Mutua served as one of six judges on an international tribunal that now has issued a scathing verdict against the Islamic Republic of Iran over gross violations of human rights and crimes against humanity during in the 1980s.
A team of UB researchers has been selected by the National Institutes of Health to support the collection, analysis and exchange of scientific data for scientists investigating immunology and immune-mediated diseases.
UB engineers have created a more efficient way to catch rainbows, an advancement in photonics that could lead to technological breakthroughs in solar energy, stealth technology and other areas of research.
President Obama’s passionate proposal to make pre-kindergarten a universal experience for all children growing up in America is a “no-brainer” great idea, capable of cultivating better students and more balanced, happier people, the director of UB’s Early Childhood Research Center says.
Two UB education professors known for their pioneering work in teacher education and the integration of digital media into public school classrooms have edited a book celebrating what they call “an essential new literacy” in American schools.
UB materials chemist Eva Zurek has received a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, which provides leading early-career investigators with a two-year, $50,000 award to conduct research of their choice.
UB will begin using a standardized financial aid award letter beginning with the 2013-14 academic year that will allow students and their families to see clearly the cost of attending the university and financial aid offerings to the student.
Zimbabwe's minister of science and technology development visited UB on Feb. 19 to tour two research facilities and discuss the vision and implementation strategy for the Zimbabwe International Nanotechnology Center.
A UB conference, “Sex, Gender, Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Symposium,” will focus on an interdisciplinary field that addresses these issues and is calling for change in medical practice and research.
Tonus Therapeutics, a UB spinoff that is developing a muscular dystrophy drug discovered first in the venom of a South American spider, has moved into UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
Energy-efficiency projects at UB made possible by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will save the university approximately $513,000 in energy costs and eliminate more than 2,600 tons of global-warming, greenhouse gas emissions annually.
The International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Initiative will mark UB Global HIV Research Day with a keynote presentation from UB alumnus Stephen Becker, deputy director of HIV in the Global Health Department of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
UB faculty member Samina Raja, who has spent almost a decade conducting research in the field of food security, has received a $3.96 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend research she has conducted in Buffalo and Western New York to communities across the U.S.
A brick wall imitating part of a New York City row house (often called a “brownstone”) suffered minor damage but remained intact during a simulation of the 2011 Virginia earthquake, according to a preliminary analysis of tests conducted Feb. 19 at UB.
Americans need to look beyond the fictitious boundaries of race and see one another as individuals, bestselling novelist Walter Mosley said in an eloquent, provocative lecture on Thursday night at the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts.
An article on Salon interviewed Nicholas Rajkovich about research that looked at 520 major cities around the world and calculated which ones were expected to experience a climate more similar to another region by 2050.
An article in The Washington Post about how to feed kids without resorting to “kid” food interviews Stephanie Anzman-Frasca.“We are born with a predisposition to accept sweet and reject bitter tastes, but children’s food preferences are malleable from there,” she said.