This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.


Published: June 24, 2010
  • Newman Center to hold ‘Bridge’ lectures

    The Newman Center at UB is continuing its Bridge Lecture Series next week with a talk by Kathryn Foster, director of UB’s Regional Institute.

    All bridge lectures, which are free and open to the public, are held at 7 p.m. in the Newman Center’s new Campus Ministry Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst, near the Creekside Village housing complex.

    The goal of the lecture series, now in its eighth year, is to connect the UB family with the surrounding community, says Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher, director of the Newman Center.

    In her talk on June 30, Foster will discuss “The Well-Governed Region: Rethinking Buffalo Niagara 2010.”

    The remaining lectures:

    • July 7: Ernest Jones, assistant head football coach, recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach, “UB Football.”
    • July 14: Cynthia Shore, senior assistant dean for external relations, School of Management, “Business School Views and News You Can Use.”
    • July 21: Joshua Dyck, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, “Mid-Term Elections, Political Polls (Do They Really Mean Anything?) and the New York Governor’s Race.”
    • July 28: Adnan Siddiqui, assistant professor, Department of Neurosurgery, “Brain Blood Vessels and Their Most Common Disease: Stroke.”
    • Aug. 4: Adel Sadek, associate professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, “Transportation Systems Modeling and Simulation—Intelligent Transportation Systems.”
    • Aug. 11: Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher, director, UB Newman Center, “Faith-Based Communities Developing World Peace.”
  • UB student work at 2010 Venice Biennale

    Two former fellows of the School of Architecture and Planning have been selected to participate in the 12th annual International Architecture Exhibition at the prestigious 2010 Venice Biennale, and their presentations will include work produced by UB architecture students who worked under their aegis during their fellowship years.

    In the section of the Austrian Pavilion focusing on Austrian architects teaching abroad, Hannes Stiefel, the 2009-10 John and Magda McHale Fellow at UB, and Wolfgang Tschapeller, who held the McHale Fellowship in 2004-05, will mount their presentation in the exhibition “Austria Under Construction: Austrian Architecture Around the World; International Architecture in Austria” in the section “Austrian Architects Teaching Internationally.”

    The 2010 International Architectural Exhibition, titled “People Meet in Architecture,” will be directed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima, the first woman ever selected to curate the architecture exhibition. The exhibition, which will run from Aug. 29 through Nov. 21, will present the work of architects from 55 nations.

    The Venice Biennale was founded in 1895, and since then has been part of the artistic avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organizing international events in contemporary arts.

    Among the events comprising the biennale today are the world famous and widely celebrated International Film Festival, International Art Exhibition and International Architecture Exhibition, as well as the Festival of Contemporary Music, Theater Festival and Festival of Contemporary Dance.

  • Turkish scholar to spend summer at UB

    The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, this summer will host visiting scholar Güneş Ekin Aksan of Turkey, a PhD student in the Political and Social Sciences Department at Marmara University and a lecturer in the Communication Department at Istanbul Bilgi University.

    She will be in residence in the UB Center for Urban Studies from July through September, where she will conduct research on her dissertation, “The Symbolic Production of Urban-Rural Dichotomies as a Hegemonic Tool in Turkish Comics.”

    “Güneş selected UB as a place to pursue her work because of UB’s reputation for urban scholarship in departments like sociology, political science, social work, history, communications and media study,” says Robert Silverman, associate professor of urban and regional planning. “She thinks UB offers a unique opportunity to do comparative research on the urban migration experience and its representation in popular culture.”

    Aksan’s summer research at UB is supported by a scholarship from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.