VOLUME 33, NUMBER 27 THURSDAY, May 2, 2002

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Next week is final issue
Next week's issue will be the Reporter's final issue of the spring semester. Summer issues will be published on June 27 and July 25. Publication of the newspaper for the fall semester will resume on Aug. 29.

Spinal cord specialist named chair
Shanker Nesathurai, interim chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, effective July 1.

Nesathurai will hold the title of Capen Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, in addition to the chairmanship.

A specialist in spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, he is principal investigator on a $1.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to develop national strategies to increase employment of people with disabilities. He also conducts basic research related to spinal cord injury.

Soong to receive Newmark Medal
Tsu Teh Soong, Samuel P. Capen Professor of Engineering Science, is the recipient of the 2002 Nathan M. Newmark Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Soong, who was a co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation grants that established the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research in 1986 and the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research in 1997, will receive the prestigious award at the 15th Engineering Mechanics Division Conference, to be held June 2-5 in New York.

The Newmark Medal is given to an ASCE member whose outstanding contributions in structural mechanics have substantially strengthened the scientific base of structural engineering.

Soong was cited "for his pioneering work, innovations and leadership in the theory and applications of structural control systems in civil infrastructure facilities."

Senior Vice President Robert J. Wagner will step down from his post as senior vice president on July 1, but will remain at UB as senior counselor to President William R. Greiner on a regular, part-time basis.

Wagner's status was misstated in a photo caption in last week's issue of the Reporter.

Workshop on feminism, child protection set
The connections between feminism, caretaker empowerment and child-protection theories, policies and practices will be explored during a "Workshop on Feminism and Child Protection: Tensions and Possibilities," to be held tomorrow and Saturday in O'Brian Hall, North Campus.

The workshop is sponsored by the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy in the Law School and the Feminism and Legal Theory Project in the Cornell University Law School. It is open to the public; to register, go to http://www.law.buffalo.edu/baldycenter. Click on "conferences."

The workshop will follow up an "uncomfortable conversation" held in April 1999 at Cornell between "advocates for children" and "advocates for mothers" that generated continuing interest among scholars from a variety of disciplines, specifically focused on the tensions between feminist legal theory and child protection.

The workshop being held at UB will feature three panels. Panel One, to be held from 4-6 p.m. tomorrow in 545 O'Brian Hall, will focus on "Reconciling the Rights of Mothers and Children." Panel Two, to be held from 9:30-11:45 a.m. on Saturday in 706 O'Brian, will examine "Conflicts in Theory and Practice."

The final panel, to be held from 1:15-3:30 p.m. on Saturday in 706 O'Brian, will offer "New Frameworks with Which to Consider Feminism and Child Protection."

Pharmacy research seminar planned
Milap Nahata, professor of pharmacy and division chair of the College of Pharmacy, will present a research seminar, entitled "Pediatric Pharmacotherapy: An Orphan Ready for Adoption," at 8 a.m. May 14 in 200G Baldy Hall, North Campus.

Nahata also holds a position as professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the College of Medicine and Public Health at The Ohio State University and Children's Hospital of Columbus.

The seminar is sponsored by the Pharmacotherapy Reseach Center at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Update on Ellicott renovations
The renovation of the Faculty Student Association's retail and food-service operation in the Ellicott Complex continues to run ahead of schedule. As a result, the timetable for certain events has been accelerated. Please be aware of the following changes.

Marshall Court
During the course of the project, heavy construction equipment and delivery vehicles will require access to Marshall Court. A temporary access road has been constructed from the northeast corner of the Fargo lot to Marshall Court. Excavation and foundation work probably will begin next week and continue for several weeks. During this period, there will be an increase in traffic from the Fargo lot to Marshal Court. Please be alert to construction equipment and truck traffic near the entrance to Fargo during the day.

Corridor Access
Beginning May 13, both hallways leading to the Student Club, as well as the Student Club seating area and the Elli, will be closed so the contractors can begin demolition in these areas. Use the tunnel walkway for transiting around the Complex.

Plaza Level
Beginning May 13, demolition of the skylights over the Student Club will begin. During the demolition and subsequent construction of the new mechanical room, the plaza will be closed periodically for safety reasons. Please check the renovation hot line 645-2521, ext. 308, and the Campus Dining and Shops Web site at www.myubcard.com for updates.

The Elli
The Elli will close May 10 and will not reopen until early September. Hubie's will be open during the summer and will stock some basic health and beauty aids, and snack foods.

The Student Club
The Student Club will close May 9 and remain closed until the project is completed in January 2003. Service will be available in Hubie's until the project is complete. Summer hours for Hubie's will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

FSA's goals during the construction process are to keep the project on schedule while minimizing the inconveniences that may occur. For the convenience of residents and faculty and staff members who work in the complex, there will be postings around Ellicott throughout the construction process, as well as updates at www.myubcard.com. Contact Cindy Youngers or Mitch Green at 645-2521 with any questions or concerns.

Law alumni to honor six
Five graduates of the Law School will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards for their valuable contributions to the legal profession and community at the 40th annual UB Law Alumni Association meeting and dinner to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

The alumni association also will recognize a non-alumnus, Nils Olsen, dean of the Law School since 1998, who will receive a special award for "outstanding service to the Law School, university and community."

Awards will be presented to:

  • The Hon. Julio M. Fuentes '75, who will be honored "for his conscientious and diligent performance in the judiciary." With Fuentes' appointment in March 2000 by President Clinton to the United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, he became the Law School's highest-ranking federal jurist.
  • Kenneth A. Manning '77, partner in the Buffalo-based law firm of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber LLP, will be honored "for his leadership by example as a private practitioner." Manning handles large, complex litigation cases, prosecuting and defending class actions, product liability, personal injury and commercial litigations.
  • Robert M. Elardo '81, managing attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., will be honored "for his commitment to public service." Since 1984, he has run this pro bono program that coordinates the efforts of volunteer attorneys in the provision of quality civil legal services to low income people and small not-for-profit groups.
  • John T. Frizzell '55, of counsel in the Buffalo office of Hiscock Barclay Saperston & Day, will be honored "for his many contributions to the betterment of our community." Frizzell, whose practice over the years has concentrated in civil litigation, has served the community as an arbitrator and mediator, as a past president of the Erie County Bar Association, and as a past director of the Erie County Bar Foundation.
  • Vikki L. Pryor '78, president and CEO of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Co., will be honored "for her exemplary performance in business." Having earned bachelor's, MBA and JD degrees, as well as a CPA, Pryor in less than 24 months led the turnaround of the 61-year-old New York company into a mutual life insurance company with $18 billion dollars of insurance in force, and $1.3 billion is assets.
  • Nils Olsen, dean and professor of the Law School, will be honored "for outstanding service to the Law School and the community by a non-alumnus." Appointed dean in August 1998, Olsen directed the implementation of the school's new curriculum. He has overseen the development of 12 concentrations, an enlargement in the applicant pool and selectivity, and an increase in private support.

Elder law fair to be held May 16
The Law School will co-sponsor an Elder Law Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16 in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

The fair will offer free seminars on legal issues pertaining to health and long-term care planning, and is open to senior citizens, family members, caregivers, case managers and other professionals in the field of aging and long-term care.

Hon. Vincent E. Doyle, district administrative judge, Eighth Judicial District, will give the keynote address.

Attorneys will be available to answer questions and assist in the completion of health-care proxy forms.

To register, call 858-8544.

Malaysian ambassador to visit
Dato' Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid, the Malaysian ambassador to the United States, will present awards to outstanding Malaysian students from various U.S. colleges and universities—including UB—as part of the Ambassador's Awards Night, to be held from 7-11 p.m. May 19 in the Grand Ballroom of the Buffalo-Niagara Marriott.

The awards night will be the final event of the 2002 Malaysian Students Sports Carnival, to be held May 17-19 in Alumni Arena, North Campus.

The carnival will be hosted by the Malaysian Student Association at UB. Attendance is free and spectators are welcome.

Formerly known as the Midwest Games, this annual event is held to gather Malaysian students from around the United States for a few days of sports, games, fun and food.

Participants will be able to compete in tennis, soccer, basketball, ping pong or badminton, but the main purpose of the carnival is to make new friends and meet Malaysians from different parts of the United States, says Sherene Cheah, a member of the Malaysian Student Association and an organizer of the event.

For further information, contact Cheah at 645-8850, or spcheah@acsu.buffalo.edu.


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