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Updated March 26, 2015

Williams earns gold medal in culinary challenge

Published March 26, 2015

UB Chef Seth Williams was awarded a gold medal at the 2015 Northeast Regional Culinary Challenge for his bison flank steak dish.

The competition took place on March 18 during the National Association of College and University Food Services’ (NACUFS) Northeast Conference held at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Although Williams earned a gold medal for his dish, he will not be moving on as the Northeast Region’s representative to the national Culinary Challenge taking place at NACUFS’ national meeting in July. Another chef also was awarded a gold medal, his dish scoring .02 higher than Williams.

Two chefs were awarded gold medals because they competed against an established standard, not against each other, according to Ray Kohl, marketing director for Campus Dining & Shops. Chefs were graded on a 40-point scale in the categories of organization, cooking skills and culinary technique, and taste.

Of the 10 dishes in the competition, the judges said that Williams’ dish had the best flavor of any of those presented, Kohl added.

This is Williams’ second medal earned in the regional Culinary Challenge. He earned a bronze medal last year for his lobster and grits dish.

Dandona named to editorial board of Diabetes Care

Published March 19, 2015

Paresh Dandona, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at UB, has been named to the editorial board of Diabetes Care, one of the top journals in the field.

Dandona is founder of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center of Western New York, which is sponsored by the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Kaleida Health. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the treatment of diabetes and vascular disease.

A dedicated teacher, he has mentored many of the present-day leaders in diabetes health care and research.

Dandona also has been a prolific author, with more than 550 peer-reviewed publications and more than 1,000 additional publications. An expert in the treatment of insulin resistance, he discovered the anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective effects of insulin.

More recently, his work has led to the finding that diabetes and obesity are the major causes of male hypogonadism. His team is playing a leading role in defining novel treatments for Type 1 diabetes, and its dedication to teaching and training has led to the development of the largest endocrinology fellowship program in U.S.

Dnadona previously served on the editorial boards of Diabetes Care and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, both prominent journals in the field. He also founded the journal Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders.

A recipient of the UB Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Dandona received a PhD from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He holds a MBBS —bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery — from All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Law school recognized for diversity

Published March 12, 2015

The UB Law School has been recognized for its commitment to diversity by the New York Law Journal.

The journal has designed the law school’s Discover Law program, under the leadership of Lillie Wiley-Upshaw, vice dean for admissions and student life, as a Diversity Initiative Project 2015.

The designation recognizes commitment to creating a diverse legal community and sustained efforts to reach that goal. The honorees are law firms and legal organizations that have confronted barriers to attracting, training, retaining or supporting diverse talent, and created realistic initiatives to overcome those obstacles and provide ongoing opportunities for growth and advancement.

UB Law School is the only law school honoree.

The Discover Law initiative aims to attract underrepresented minority students into the legal profession. Under the program, 20 students of color who have completed one or two years of college live on the North Campus for a month over the summer. The students earn a stipend, take four courses taught by UB Law faculty members and take part in other activities of interest to prospective law students.

Management grads crush CPA exam

Published March 5, 2015

Once again, accounting graduates from the School of Management are No. 1 in CPA exam performance among the 10 largest accounting programs in New York State.

According to the 2014 National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance publication released last month, School of Management graduates had a pass rate of over 68.3 percent, significantly higher than the average of 55 percent for all jurisdictions and 55.5 percent statewide.

UB’s pass rate increased for the third consecutive year and is more than 9 percent higher than the next contender in the largest school category, the University at Albany.

In addition, among the state’s 10 largest programs, UB School of Management graduates scored highest on each of the three sections that focus on topics taught in accounting classes and second, just behind Fordham, in the Business Environment and Concepts section, covering economics, finance and technology.

Across Western New York schools, regardless of size, UB was a close second to Geneseo.

Among large national universities, UB ranked 12th, ahead of such schools as the University of Illinois, Ohio State University and Penn State, and up from 24th just three years ago.

“These results are a true reflection of the high quality of our accounting programs and the caliber of our students,” says Arjang Assad, dean of the School of Management.

The high success rate comes at a great value as well. The Accounting Degree Review ranked the School of Management No. 13 nationwide on the “30 Most Affordable Residential Master’s Programs in Accounting for 2015.” UB was the only school in the state to make the list.