Great Lakes conference set
“Great Lakes Connecting Channels: Governance, Ecosystem Science and Management,” a conference dedicated to considering the scientific knowledge, institutions, laws and strategies used to manage the Great Lakes, will be held June 12 in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.
The conference, part of the centennial celebration of the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty between the U.S. and Canada, is sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General, Buffalo; the Canadian Embassy, Washington; and UB’s Great Lakes Program, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, Canadian American Studies Committee and Environment and Society Institute.
The conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., is divided into two sections: Morning sessions will cover the state of science in relation to the Great Lakes; afternoon sessions will address governance of the connecting channels—the rivers and straits that link the five Great Lakes and make them a single hydrological and ecological system.
The luncheon address, “Wag the Dog: Using Science to Govern the American and African Great Lakes,” will be given by Zafar Adeel, director of United Nations University, International Network on Water, Environment and Health.
Michael Wilson, Canadian ambassador to the U.S., will deliver concluding remarks.
The cost to attend the conference is $25, which includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments during breaks. For a detailed conference agenda and to register, click here or contact Anita Mazurek at email@example.com or 645-2071.
Ernst & Young matches alumni contributions to UB
The worldwide public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP and its staff members have contributed more than $50,000 to UB over the past year.
Included in the total amount is a gift of $23,284 from the Ernst & Young Matching Gifts Program to the School of Management for use by the school’s Department of Accounting and Law.
“We are grateful to Ernst & Young and our alumni there for taking this initiative,” said Jill Sessa, associate director of development in the School of Management. “We hope that it will be a model for our graduates in other firms that have matching gift programs.”
The Ernst & Young Matching Gifts Program is just one element of the firm’s broad support for higher education. It also provides grants to doctoral candidates concentrating in accounting, sponsors professorships and faculty fellowships, and employs accounting student interns.
Budding engineers compete in BEAM TREK
Seventy of Western New York’s best and brightest high school students flexed their mental muscles as they competed recently in BEAM TREK, an all-day, brain-teasing race on the North Campus.
The Star Trek-themed competition was the result of efforts by dedicated alumni of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences working with local companies and educational organizations to find new sources of support for the award-winning BEAM (Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities) program.
The BEAM TREK event involved 14 companies and organizations, each of which sponsored at least one team in the event. BEAM TREK raised more than $20,000 for its summer educational programs, according to UB Engineering.
At BEAM TREK, UB engineering faculty challenged 14 teams of Western New York high school students to complete a broad range of engineering tasks.
The winning team from Williamsville East was dubbed “Buffalo’s Best Engineering Team of the Future.”
Also participating were students from BEAM Saturday Academy, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, East High, Hutch Tech, Nardin Academy, Nichols School, Orchard Park, UB Science & Technology Enrichment Program and West Seneca East.
BEAM is a cooperative educational enrichment program that prepares inner-city, minority, female and other underrepresented students for careers in science, engineering and technology through after-school and summer programs. Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded BEAM the 2008 Exemplary Public Interest Contribution (EPIC) Award for promoting equal employment opportunity.
Since its inception, BEAM has worked with more than 10,000 Western New York middle school and high school students who have been motivated to pursue science and engineering degrees. BEAM graduates include Western New York engineers and scientists at the top of their fields, employed in technical positions at corporations and government agencies that include Fisher-Price, General Mills, General Motors, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration and Northrup Grumman, among many others, according to Marilyn Helenbrook, BEAM executive director.
Chicks hatched to UB falcons
UB’s resident peregrine falcons are the proud parents of four baby chicks, according to biologists with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
The chicks, hatched about two weeks ago, and their parents are resting comfortably in their custom-made nesting box in the tower of MacKay Heating Plant on the east side of the South Campus.
The box was constructed by UB Facilities staff and placed near the top of the MacKay tower back in February. Click here to read a story on the falcons.
To celebrate, members of the UB community are encouraged to submit names for the falcon chicks—gender-neutral please—in the ”post a comment” box at the end of this story.
Serving as judges for the “Name that Chick” contest are Chris Hollister, information literacy librarian in the Undergraduate Library and an avid ornithologist and contributor to the DEC’s Breeding Bird Atlas, 2000-2004; Vicki Kadow, an Amherst birdwatcher who brought the falcons to the DEC’s attention; and Michael F. Sheridan, director of UB’s Center on GeoHazard Studies, who raises parrots and other birds. Sheridan says falcons are some of his favorite birds.
The UB Reporter will publish the winning names when they are chosen.
Vendors sought for market
The University Community Farmers Market is seeking food vendors to participate in the market, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 17, except July 4, on the UB South Campus on Main Street at Kenmore Avenue.
The market is heavily promoted, has special events to attract customers and there is no vendor fee to participate. Potential vendors are invited to contact Jessica Biegaj at firstname.lastname@example.org or 829-6145.