VOLUME 31, NUMBER 10 THURSDAY, October 28, 1999

send this article to a friend Nagi participates in national symposium

Rakesh Nagi, associate professor of industrial engineering, was selected to be one of the nation's top young engineers participating in the National Academy of Engineering's Fifth Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering. Nagi was one of only 78 engineers ranging in age from 30-45 selected from 170 engineers nominated by colleagues and organizations from industry, academia and government to attend the symposium, held earlier this month in Irvine, Calif.

The symposium provided an opportunity for young engineers involved in cutting-edge research to share ideas and experiences on information technology, bioengineering, optics and energy and the environment.

Nagi has concentrated his work on developing innovative educational approaches and research to better equip industries to compete in the global economy.

Steiner to speak

Author Wendy Steiner, whose book "The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism," made The New York Times list of "100 Best Books of 1996," will speak Nov. 18 at UB.

Steiner's lecture, "The Trouble With Beauty," will be held at 8 p.m. in Room 225 of the Natural Science Complex on the North Campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be the second in "The University and the World" series presented by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Steiner will discuss how modernism outlawed the beauty of women and ornament, opting instead for beauty of form and fetish in an aesthetics of sensual denial, a legacy from which we are still trying to recover.

She is the author of more than 150 articles and reviews.

Greiner is honored by MS Society

President William R. Greiner Tuesday received the Community Champion Award from the Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at its 21st annual Dinner of Champions.

The award is presented annually to an individual whose time, effort and contributions have made the community a better place to live.

In addition to his responsibilities as university president, Greiner has taken leadership roles with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo Development Council and Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.

"UB Today" sets November lineup

A performance by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, UB's saxophone quartet-in-residence, will highlight the November "UB Today" cable television show.

Also featured in the lineup for the show, which is rebroadcast throughout the month, will be the Rev. John Mansfield, director of the Campus Ministries Association, and women's basketball coach Cheryl Dozier, who'll discuss the upcoming season.

The half-hour show is produced for the UB Alumni Association by Adelphia Cable.

The program can be seen at 6:30 p.m. Sundays on Channel 18 International; Channel 10 in Lancaster, Orchard Park, Clarence and Elma, and at 9 p.m. Mondays on Channel 18 International.

Creative Craft Center schedules fall classes

The Creative Craft Center is taking registrations through Monday for its fall craft classes.

Classes will be offered in basic drawing, quilting, knitting, pottery, jewelry casting, stained glass, crocheting, basic and creative photography, and Brazilian embroidery.

Call the center at 645-2434 for information and registration between 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 7-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Artwork sought

Entries are being accepted for an open UB student art show, "Get Out of the Basement," to run Nov. 18 through Dec. 10 in the Angelika Film Center on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. All undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major, are eligible to submit their work.

Space is limited and small work is encouraged. Work of all mediums-drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, computer art, illustration and video-will be accepted.

To submit entries, call Mark Hagan at 847-0372 with space requirements, or email studentshow@hotmail.com by Monday.

Management to co-sponsor health-care forum Nov. 17

A forum to address how national health-care issues impact Western New York will be held Nov. 17 in the Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

The forum, entitled "Our Health-Care Industry at the Crossroads: What Lies in the Future?" will be presented by the Independent Health Foundation, along with the School of Management, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and The Buffalo News.

National keynote speakers will include Nancy Snyderman, medical correspondent for ABC's "Good Morning America" and "20/20;" George Will, nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, and Michael Millenson, principal of Health Care and Group Benefits Practice for William M. Mercer and author of "Demanding Medical Excellence."

Panel discussions will be held featuring local community and business leaders, health-care providers, insurers and physicians.

"At the present rate, health-care costs will jump more than 100 percent to $2.1 trillion annually by 2007," said Lewis Mandell, dean of the School of Management. "As a nation, we need to find the delicate balance between quality health care and limited resources."

A Web site for the forum, http://www.wnyhealthforum.com, has been established for members of the community to ask questions and provide feedback about health-care issues. Questions and comments received will be incorporated into the panel discussions.

The forum, which costs $80 per person, will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information or to register for the forum, contact the Independent Health Foundation at 635-4959 or visit the Web site at http://www.wnyhealthforum.com.

Golden Key chapter wins award

The UB Chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society won the prestigious Key Chapter Award at the Golden Key's international convention, held recently in Orlando, Fla.

The award is given to a chapter from each region that has excelled in communication, publicity, meeting management, chapter activities and leadership, and participated in regional and international programs.

The UB chapter inducted 569 seniors and juniors, and honored six individuals during its recent 12th annual induction ceremony.

The six individuals, nominated by members of the UB chapter, also were inducted as honorary members. They were James Brady, associate professor of philosophy; Josephine Capuana, administrative director of the Honors Program; Charles Fourtner, professor of biological sciences; Kerry S. Grant, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Deidre Lynch, associate professor of English, and Sister Genevieve Efthemis, principal of St. Joseph School, one of two schools in the chapter's Adopt-a-School program.

Alumnus Yake, wife fund Fulbright chair in peace studies

A gift from a UB alumnus has helped the university establish a Canada-United States Fulbright Chair in Peace Studies.

J. Stanley Yake and his wife, Barbara Lawton Yake, have given the first part of a three-year gift of $15,000 per year to fund the visiting chair in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Commission selected the university to be a part of its new program for visiting chairs, which uses private donations-like the Yakes'-and matches them with institutional funds to bring Canadian scholars to American universities.

Stanley Yake said he had been considering a donation and this program "gave me the opportunity to enrich the UB philosophy department, hoping that the broad impact and image of peace studies will have a fertile and positive effect on the department." In addition, Yake felt it was a wonderful way to honor the memory of his parents, Clayton F. and Martha Eby Yake.

"I wanted to recognize the committed work for peace that Clayton and Martha pursued through the Mennonite communities of both the United States and Canada," he said. "My parents spent their lives dealing with peace of all kinds, from self-identity to concepts of community to public policy in international relations."

John T. Kearns, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy, noted: "We are extremely grateful for this gift that brings us a visiting Canadian scholar to lecture, teach, and do research that complements current UB faculty research in the area of non-violence.

"I think of it as an unexpected bonus," he added, "because with this gift, we can provide something we can't normally offer to our students and faculty."

Kearns said the program is designed to have one visiting scholar per year and that he expects the first scholar to be selected and on campus for the 2000-2001 academic year.

Conceived in 1946 and funded by Congress, the Fulbright program was the U.S. government's flagship international educational-exchange program.

In 1990, the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the U.S. announced the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program to oversee Canada's participation in the worldwide Fulbright program.

Great Lakes fellowship offered

Applications are being accepted for the inaugural Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship.

The fellow, who will be housed at the Great Lakes Commission offices in Ann Arbor, Mich., will work with members of the Great Lakes science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic-development goals of the Great Lakes states.

The fellowship will run for one year, beginning on Jan. 1, 2000.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. For more information, call Helen Domske, extension specialist for the New York Sea Grant Program, at 645-3610, or the Great Lakes Commission at (734) 665-9135.

George Giotis named Engineer of the Year

Giotis George A. Giotis, president of Flasher Handling Corp. in Depew and a 1949 graduate of UB, has been named 1999 Engineer of the Year by the Engineering Alumni Association.

The annual award is given to a distinguished alumnus who has distinguished himself or herself in alumni, community, business and professional activities.

Flasher Handling Corp. has developed and manufactured work-protection products, notably those surrounding roadwork projects, since 1956.

Psychiatry to dedicate Mouchly Small center

The S. Mouchly Small Education Center, located in the Department of Psychiatry's facilities on the 11th floor of Erie County Medical Center, will be dedicated in ceremonies at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The center honors Small, the late, internationally known psychiatrist, educator and UB department chair, who built the unit from a handful of faculty members into a major national training and research center of more than 150 professionals.

The 3000-square-foot center, a central area of the department's teaching programs, includes a conference room and library, administrative offices for the residency-training program and teaching space for clinical services.

Included is an area for current journals and core textbooks, on-line computer services connected with the UB libraries and centralized search abilities and Internet access.

Lee receives Xerox fellowship

Marvel H. Lee is the 1999 recipient of the Xerox fellowship awarded by the MBA program in the School of Management.

The fellowship is part of the school's Partnership for Recruiting Excellence Program in which corporations help the school recruit top-notch students by offering a tuition scholarship, stipend, laptop computer, paid internship and a liaison with a corporate mentor.

Prior to enrolling in the MBA program at UB, Lee was manager of information systems at Spectrum Equity Investors in Boston, a private-equity firm specializing in the telecommunications industry. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Tufts University.

Lee is concentrating her MBA studies on finance and management information systems, and plans to pursue a career in information-technology consulting.

"Xerox is moving toward IT consulting, which really suits my career goals," says Lee. "The fellowship definitely influenced my decision to attend UB. I'm glad I came here because I am very happy with the quality of the classes and professors."

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