This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.
Our Colleagues


Published: November 11, 2009

UB faculty and staff members were featured at the High Tech Innovation Showcase on Capitol Hill, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Representing UB at the Oct. 28 event were Bradley Fuhrman, professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology, and Mark Dowhy, UB technician, who demonstrated a portable ventilator they invented and have licensed to their company, Medical Conservation Devices; Esther Takeuchi, Greatbatch Professor in Power Sources Research in the School of Engineering and Applies Sciences, who recently won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for developing batteries used in biomedical devices; and Calspan’s Thomas Pleban and Donald Goralski, senior program officer at UB’s MCEER, who discussed the Calspan-UB partnership to test how bridges stand up to extreme conditions.

Gail Seigel, research assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will be part of a group of researchers taking part in the new National Cancer Institute-funded Center on the Microenvironment and Metastasis, which will be headquartered at Cornell University.

Seigel will be involved in one of the center’s three key projects—adhesion of tumor cells in the vascular microenvironment—led by Cornell researchers Michael King, professor of biomedical engineering, and David Nanus, professor of medicine and urology and co-chief of hematology and medical oncology at Weill-Cornell. Seigel will collaborate on a project that will examine adhesive factors and the interaction between blood cells and cancer cells that that are hypothesized to play a role in tumor progression and metastasis. “Results from these studies may lead to the development of new strategies to block the spread of tumor cells throughout the body,” she says.

Numerous faculty members, doctoral students and graduates of the School of Management have been recognized recently for their contributions to research in their respective fields.

Kee H. Chung, Louis M. Jacobs Professor of Financial Planning and Control and chair of the Department of Finance and Managerial Economics, was cited as one of the most prolific authors in finance literature over the past 50 years in a study published in the “Journal of Finance Literature.” Chung ranked No. 35 on a list of authors appearing most frequently in 26 “core” finance journals and No. 73 on the list of seven “leading” finance journals.

The school’s Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) also was cited in a study on research productivity. The study, published in “Communications of the Association for Information Systems,” noted the prolific contributions of the MIS department’s faculty, students and alumni to leading information systems journals over a five-year period.

H. Raghav Rao, professor of management science and systems, ranked No. 11 on the list of researchers for the number of articles published in the top nine information systems journals.

In addition, the School of Management was ranked No. 6 on the list of schools that had the most doctoral students, graduates and faculty members who published in the top nine journals. In separate listings for each group, the school’s graduates were ranked No. 7, MIS doctoral students were ranked No. 20 and faculty was ranked No. 27 for most contributors to the top nine journals.

Reader Comments

Susan Udin says:

It's ironic that Dr. Seigel has just been informed that she has lost her position in the School of Medicine despite her having this and other grant support.

Posted by Susan Udin, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, 11/12/09