VOLUME 33, NUMBER 2 THURSDAY, September 6, 2001

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Voting faculty meeting to be rescheduled

The annual meeting of the voting faculty, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until mid-October. The date and time will be announced in the Reporter when they become available.

A meeting of the full Faculty Senate will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

Goodall to lead off 15th speaker series

World-renowned animal ethologist and conservationist Jane Goodall will kick off the 15th annual Distinguished Speaker Series with a lecture at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 in Alumni Arena on the North Campus.

Goodall's lecture will be sponsored by the Buffalo Zoo Women's Board.

Distinguished stateswoman Madeleine Albright and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will be the other speakers in the 2001-02 series, presented by UB and the Don Davis Auto World Lectureship Fund. The Undergraduate Student Association is series sponsor.

Series subscriptions and tickets to individual lectures can be purchased at the Center for the Arts Ticket Office, 645-ARTS. Tickets to individual lectures also may be purchased at any TicketMaster location or by calling TicketMaster at 852-5000.

As a little girl, Goodall claims to have dreamed of living like Tarzan and Dr. Doolittle—talking to animals, living with them. Today, she is, in fact, known best for her 40 years of research into wild chimpanzee behavior and social relations. She also has earned a worldwide reputation for her commitment to social and environmental concerns.

Her extraordinary life as a scientist and conservationist included a close association with famed paleontologist Louis Leakey. Her decades of research in Tanzania's Gombe Stream Reserve Research Center, where she has served as scientific director since 1967, continues to make revolutionary inroads into our understanding of animal behavior and human evolution.

Goodall expanded her global outreach and educational mission in 1977 when she co-founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation to provide ongoing support for her field research on wild chimpanzees. The institute operates projects throughout the world and, among other things, educates young people to appreciate and help conserve animals.

Greiner to appear on WBFO call-in show

President William R. Greiner will take listeners' questions on Monday during the first installment for the academic year of "Talk of the University," the live call-in show presented by WBFO 88.7 FM, UB's National Public Radio affiliate.

The show will air at 7 p.m. Dennis Black, vice president for student affairs, also will take questions.

The studio line is 829-6000.

Architect to speak at emeritus meeting

Architect Oscar Seamus Traynor will discuss "Letchworth Village: Assisted Living Housing in a Multi-level Care Community" during the Emeritus Center's first meeting of the academic year, to be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in 102 Goodyear Hall on the South Campus.

Winner of the Emeritus Center's Rose Weinstein Award for 2001, Traynor received his master's degree in architecture from UB.

His talk, which will feature illustrations from local senior citizen residences, will focus on preferred approaches to designing such facilities.

The program is open to all members of the UB community.

Women's Club to host new member reception

The UB Women's Club will hold a reception for new members at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. The evening will include remarks by Maria Coburn, club president; Thomas B. Burrows, director of the CFA, and Sandra Olsen, director of the University Art Galleries.

A special presentation of "The Living Room Project" will be performed by the Eager Artists company from Durban, South Africa.

Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in joining the club is encouraged to attend. For more information call Connia Rao at 634-2549 or Marilyn Pauter at 634-8428.

The Women's Club's International Committee will host a picnic for new international students and their families from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Baird Point on the North Campus.

For further, call Meena Rustgi at 632-5768 or Norma Rubin at 688-7062.

Web site assists new employees

Human Resource Services has developed a new Web site that is designed to help new employees transition to the university and to Western New York.

The Welcome Web site, which was designed by HRS in conjunction with the Personnel Data Transfer Committee and the Institute for Administrative Quality Improvement, offers new employees such valuable information as how to set up an email account, how to obtain a UB parking hangtag and a UB Card, and details about on and off-campus dining facilities, events, campus child care and general UB information, says Roger R. McGill, interim assistant vice president for human resource services

The site also may assist current employees in re-introducing them to aspects of the university that they previously may have overlooked, McGill added.

The site may be viewed at www.business.buffalo.edu/welcome/.

Any suggestions about improving the site may be forwarded to Michele Gliss at mgliss@business.buffalo.edu.

Fulbright crop a varied bunch

UB's 2001-02 crop of Fulbright scholars is off to pursue studies and conduct research in several European countries on subjects ranging from the attitude of Lithuanian women toward marriage to popular identity in Dutch border communities.

Micah Allen, who holds a master's degree in engineering from UB, will study and conduct research during this academic year in the Buildings and Energy Department of Denmark Technical University, near Copenhagen. He will take graduate courses in solar building design and use information from various research projects to create energy simulation software for residential structures.

Erik Hadley, a doctoral candidate in history, is in Belgium, where he will explore the divided nature of the Spanish Netherlands' border communities in modern-day Belgium and France, the subject of his dissertation. Throughout the 18th century, these communities were subjected to the forces of modern nation-state building. Hadley's research will explore the ways in which frontier culture played a central role in the evolution of local popular identity and nationality on both sides of the border.

Carrie Hooper, who recently received a master of arts degree in vocal performance from UB, will study voice performance at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. Blind from birth, Hooper is a gifted singer, pianist and linguist.

Rebecca Morrow, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, is conducting research in Lithuania that explores marriage and family from the perspective of Lithuanian women. Her study will involve women of marriageable age and their mothers, through whom Morrow hopes to observe changes wrought by democracy on women's expectations for family life. The ultimate goal of her research is to publish a non-fiction book on this topic.

Brenna Muldoon graduated in May as a Phi Beta Kappa in German from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her Fulbright grant will support her work as a teaching assistant in an upper secondary school, or gymnasium, in Mannheim, Germany.

Mark Ashwill, director of the Fulbright program at UB, says there is still time for graduating seniors or graduate students to apply for a Fulbright grant for the 2002-03 academic year. Information sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today and Sept. 13 in 930 Clemens Hall, North Campus. The application deadline is Sept. 21.

For further information, call Ashwill at 645-2292, or visit the program's Web site at http://wings.buffalo.edu/fulbright/.

Nineteen named "innovators"

Nineteen faculty members have been selected as "innovators" in the Upstate Alliance for Innovation, a group of New York education, industry and government partners that aims to generate economic success in the western part of the state.

The alliance is creating a community of innovators to act as accelerators for commercialization of their discoveries and technologies.

UB faculty members who have been selected as innovators are Alexandridis Paschalis, assistant professor of chemical engineering; Stella Batalama, associate professor of electrical engineering; Christina Bloebaum, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Deborah D.L. Chung, Niagara Mohawk Chair of Materials Research; Mary Flanagan, assistant professor of media study; James Garvey, professor of chemistry.

Also, David Hangauer, associate professor of chemistry; Lawrence Jacobs, professor of neurology; Barry Lieber, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Linda Ludwig, assistant professor of medicine; Hong Luo, assistant professor of physics; James Mayrose, research assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Also, Timothy Murphy, professor of medicine and microbiology; Paras Prasad, SUNY Distinguished Professor and director of the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics; Stephen Rudin, professor of radiology; Surajit Sen, associate professor of physics; Robert Straubinger, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences; Joseph Woelfel, professor of communication, and Aidong Zhang, associate professor of computer science and engineering.

Body doners to be honored

Individuals who have donated their bodies to UB for teaching and research through the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' Anatomical Gift Program will be remembered during a ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 in Skinnersville Cemetery adjacent to the North Campus

A non-denominational service will take place on the grounds of the cemetery adjacent to the Newman Chapel, with a reception to follow.

For further information about the ceremony or the Anatomical Gift Program, contact Debbie Murello at 829-2913 or murello@acsu.buffalo.edu, or visit the program's Web site at http://wings.buffalo.edu/smbs/agp/.

Volunteers needed for beach sweep

Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed to clean up UB's portion of the Great Lakes Watershed, Lake LaSalle and a section of Ellicott Creek as part of the 11th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15.

Participants will meet at 9:45 a.m.—rain or shine—near the entrance to Jarvis Hall next to the Furnas Parking Lot on the North Campus. Garbage bags, gloves and data cards will be provided. Certificates will be awarded to each participant.

It is hoped that having participants clean up the local waterways, rather than the shores of lakes Erie or Ontario, will provide a feeling of stewardship for students and residents who enjoy those area on campus, said Helen Domske, associate director of the Great Lakes Program and New York Sea Grant extension specialist. The New York Sea Grant is a co-sponsor of this environmental activity, designed to preserve the Great Lakes watershed.

Anyone interested in joining the clean-up effort should contact Domske at 645-3610 or 645-2088, or hmd4@cornell.edu.

Theatre and Dance to present "Assassins"

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present a remount of Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins" Sept. 14-16 and Sept. 22 in the Black Box Theatre in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

"Assassins" will be directed by Gerald Finnegan, with choreography by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato and musical direction by Michael Hake. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 14, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 15-16, and 4 p.m. Sept. 22. The performance on Sept. 22 is part of UB's "Pan-Amania" weekend.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $5 for UB students and seniors, and may be purchased from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Center for the Arts box office and at all Ticketmaster locations.

For information, call 645-ARTS.

New master's degree proposed

The School of Informatics has proposed a new and unusual master's-degree program in information and communication.

The program, which will require the approval of SUNY and the State Education Department, was developed with input from an extensive survey in which public and private corporations, research facilities, libraries and industrial and business institutions across New York State were asked to identify employee competencies they will require to take full advantage of new information technologies and maintain a competitive edge in their fields.

Neil Yerkey, professor in the school's Department of Library and Information Studies who will direct the program, said its 36-credit-hour curriculum emphasizes not only information-technology skills, but also competencies in communication, team-building, critical-thinking, organizational culture and organizational strategy.

Yerkey said the degree will prepare or enhance the ability of graduates to design or manage information systems in a wide variety of settings. Students will be able to specialize in one of several study tracks: information science, information architecture, management of information centers, system design and implementation and organizational development.

The school also offers a doctoral program in communication that offers a tract for library and information science; a master's degree in communication for those interested either in career development or academic research; a master's degree in library science; a bachelor's degree in communication that includes an elective tract in technology or a certificate in public relations and advertising, and an advanced-studies certificate for librarians with an master's degree in library science.

The UB School of Informatics was formed in 1999 through a merger of the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Information and Library Studies

Individuals interested in the program may call Yerkey at 645-6481.


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