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Updated April 10, 2014

NIH funding is topic of webinar

Published February 13, 2014

“Funding Opportunities for Social and Behavioral Sciences at NIH” is the topic of a National Institutes of Health webinar to be held from 1-4 p.m. March 7 in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

Leading the presentation will be Patty Mabry, acting deputy director and a senior adviser in the Office of Behavioral and Science Research at NIH.

The webinar is free, but registration is required.

It is sponsored by UB’s National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the Office of Research Advancement and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Faculty, staff invited to march at commencement

Published February 6, 2014

Faculty and staff who would like to march in the academic procession at UB’s 168th general commencement ceremony on May 18 must register with the Office of Special Events by Feb. 25.

Those who march in the ceremony for undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences will be seated in a special section at the front of Alumni Arena and their names will appear in the commencement program. After the ceremony, participants are invited to a special luncheon in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility in the arena.

Special Events will place rental orders and pay the rental fee for academic apparel for those participating in general commencement. Faculty and staff who wish to march in divisional commencement ceremonies must make their own arrangements and pay the cost of renting academic apparel.

Those wishing to march in a divisional ceremony should contact the coordinator of that ceremony. Information is available on the Countdown to Commencement website.

UB will hold its annual cap and gown sale in early March for those interested in purchasing their own academic apparel. Details are forthcoming.

Have lunch with the Bulls

Published January 23, 2014

UB faculty and staff are invited to have lunch with members of the UB Bulls women’s basketball team on Feb. 6 as they take on Ohio University in a noon game.

For $8, participants will receive a game ticket and a lunch voucher. The lunch menu features a choice of a turkey sandwich, hot dog, soft pretzel or nachos and cheese. All lunches include a bag of chips and a 22-oz. fountain drink.

Tickets may be obtained at the Alumni Arena ticket office, by calling 828-4373 or online.

Yoga classes offered

Published January 23, 2014

Wellness & Work/Life Balance is offering free yoga classes for faculty and staff members interested in increasing their flexibility while decreasing stress.

The classes will be held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 28 and running through March 20, in the Fargo Lounge, Building 6, Ellicott Complex, North Campus.

Space is limited; register online.

For more information, call 645-5357.

Keep those New Year's resolutions

Published January 16, 2014

UB faculty and staff who feel they need help keeping their New Year’s resolutions can attend a free, half-day program on Jan. 23 sponsored by Wellness and Work/Life Balance.

The workshop, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall, inside the Undergraduate Library, North Campus, covers such topics as health and fitness, sustainability, organization, financial guidance and community involvement.

Continental breakfast will be provided, beginning at 8 a.m.

For further information and to register, visit the Wellness and Work/Life Balance website.

Gender Institute seeks participants for workshop

Published January 16, 2014

The Eighth Annual Feminist Theory Workshop, co-sponsored by the UB Institute for Education and Research on Women and Gender — informally known as the Gender Institute — will be held March 21-22 at Duke University.

The Gender Institute will award travel grants of up to $750 per person to cover airfare and hotel costs to two UB faculty members and two UB graduate students who want to participate in the workshop. The free registration includes meals and admission to all workshop lectures and seminars.

Keynote speakers will be:

  • American feminist theorist Karen Barad, best known for her theory of Agential Realism, which reconceptualizes the process by which objects are examined and knowledge created in scientific activities. She is the author of “Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning.”
  • Penelope Deutscher, professor of philosophy, Northwestern University and a specialist in feminist and 20th-century French philosophy, and continental philosophical approaches to the study of bioethics, biology and corporeality. She is the author of “How to Read Derrida,” in which she discusses extracts from the full range of Derrida’s work.
  • Karen Engle, Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, University of Texas, Austin, where she founded and co-directs the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. She writes and lectures extensively on international human rights law and is the author of the award-winning The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy” (2010).
  • Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University. Her writing deals with the intersection of technology, literature and new media, and how these lenses can be used to address the continuing impacts of African Diaspora. She is among a small group of critical theorists studying and discussing “Afrofuturism,” an emerging literary and cultural aesthetic influenced by Samuel Delaney (former Butler Professor of English at UB), Octavia Butler, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rene Cox, Jonzun Crew and Sun Ra. Among her books is “Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination” (2013).

Kari Winter, director of the Gender Institute, says those interested in participating must submit a curriculum vita and a one-to-two-page letter of application that summarizes their interests in feminist theory and explains why attending Duke’s Feminist Theory Workshop would enhance their research and/or teaching. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong research agenda in, and teaching commitments to, the field of feminist theory.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 3. Awardees will be notified by Feb. 10. Queries should be addressed to Winter at Applications should be sent to

For more information, visit the workshop's website.

Mentors sought for international students

Published January 10, 2014

UB staff and domestic students are being recruited to serve as mentors for newly arrived international students during the spring 2014 semester. Participants need not know about other cultures, speak other languages or have traveled overseas.

Each mentor will be paired with two newly arrived international students; the commitment is for one semester. Mentors must be available to meet with their mentees for one hour every two weeks. The activity can be as simple as having lunch together, going for coffee or taking a walk, or as elaborate as visiting a local tourist attraction, going to a sports event or having a family dinner in one’s home.

Separate half-day training sessions will take place for both mentors and mentees. Mentors will learn about the mentees’ culture or cultures, receive valuable information about campus resources available to mentees and learn tips on how to best interact with someone from another country. An end-of-semester dinner will be held to celebrate participants’ mentoring accomplishments.

The mentoring program is being sponsored by the offices of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Applications can be found on the ISSS website.

Questions about the program may be directed to Jessica Ereiz at 645-2258 or

Electronics recycling day set

Published January 9, 2014

UB faculty, staff, students and members of the Alumni Association can dispose of their old computers and other electronics at a free computer and electronics recycling event Jan. 22 on the North Campus.

Material will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow parking lot.

Accepted materials include computer devices, monitors, televisions, networking devices, printers, audio/video equipment, communication devices, lab/test and measurement devices, power supplies, microwaves, wire/cabling, computer hardware, computer batteries and telecommunication devices.

Materials that will not be accepted for recycling include home appliances, light bulbs and lamps, gas-powered and lawn equipment, household hazardous waste, liquids and batteries.

The recycling services are being provided by Maven Technologies, the first certified electronics recycler in New York State.

For more information, contact the Office of Sustainability at 829-3535.

Celebrate King day with service

Published January 9, 2014

UB will join individuals and organizations across the country in observing the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20 with a day of service.

The university is partnering with the Western New York Regional Volunteer Center to offer volunteer service projects in Western New York, including some in the University Heights neighborhood adjacent to the South Campus.

Other partners are the Service Collaborative of Western New York Inc. and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

UB faculty, staff and students will be working for a half-day, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those interested in taking part in the half-day of service should register online. Participants will be contacted closer to the event date with details about their work assignments and parking.

UB is closed on Jan. 20 for the holiday.

For further information, contact Amy Myszka at 645-5357 or

Campaign at 86 percent of goal

Published December 19, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $738,093, or 87 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Dec. 18 is based on the response of 45 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.

The campaign has featured a number of incentives to encourage employee to donate to the campaign. Only those individuals who have made a donation to the campaign were eligible to win. Prizes were awarded every Thursday and all employees who made a donation by midnight the previous night were eligible to win. Winners are posted on the campaign website under “news.”

The winners of the final drawing of the campaign on Dec. 12 are Christine Duggleby of the Department of Anthropology, who received a special parking pass for the spring 2014 semester; Stephen G. Comings of Enterprise Infastructure Services, Pamela L. Garvey of the Center for the Arts and James D. Houseknecht of Animal Facilities, all of whom received SaveAround coupon books offering discounts on food, recreation and entertainment in Western New York; and Pao Lo Liu of the Department of Electrical Engineering, who received a $50 Tim Hortons gift certificate.

To make a pledge online, visit the campaign website.

To view the scorecard that shows percent to goal for all units, visit the campaign website.