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Updated December 4, 2014

Rosenbaum recognized with national award

Published May 8, 2014

The New York Virtuoso Singers and conductor Harold Rosenbaum, associate professor of music at UB, have received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for Adventurous Programming.

This is the fourth time NYVS and Rosenbaum have received this honor.

The Adventurous Programming awards recognize choruses that demonstrate a sustained commitment to adventurous programming through performances of choral music written in the past 25 years.
The awards will be presented at Chorus America’s 37th Annual Conference next month in Washington, D.C.

Rosenbaum, director of choruses at UB, founded NYVS in 1988. The group is considered leaders in contemporary American music and one of today’s top professional choirs.

Treadway named to workplace bullying academy

Published April 24, 2014

Darren Treadway, associate professor of organization and human resources in the School of Management, has been named a founding fellow of the U.S. Academy on Workplace Bullying, Mobbing and Abuse.

The academy is a joint initiative between the Workplace Bullying Institute and the New Workplace Institute. It supports and promotes the multidisciplinary work of leading and emerging educators, researchers, practitioners, writers and advocates dedicated to understanding, preventing, stopping and responding to workplace bullying and related forms of interpersonal mistreatment.

“Studies have shown that as many as half of all employees in the U.S. have witnessed bullying at work and 25 percent have been the target of bullying,” says Treadway. “I look forward to bringing my research on bullying, victimization and abusive supervision to the academy to help find solutions for these critical issues in the American workplace.”

Treadway was named faculty affiliate to UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention in 2013. His research on bullying in the workplace has received international media recognition.

Gallery honors Rao’s career

Published April 17, 2014

The C.R. Rao Gallery, devoted to the 70-year career of internationally known statistician Calyampudi R. Rao, opened on Dec. 22, 2013, in the C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science in Hyderabad, India.

Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan unveiled a plaque at the opening of the gallery.

Former director of the Indian Statistical Institute and Eberly Professor Emeritus of Statistics at Penn State, Rao spends part of the year with family in Western New York and has developed a relationship with several UB faculty members. He holds a volunteer appointment at UB, interacting closely with faculty and students, and sharing his research expertise.

Rao is considered a world leader in statistics whose achievements have had a profound impact on a wide range of fields over the past seven decades, among them engineering, biostatistics, economics, genetics, medicine and anthropology.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy and the Royal Society. He received an honorary doctor of science degree from SUNY at last year’s UB general commencement ceremony, the 37th such degree he has received from universities across six continents.

The author of 14 books and 475 research papers, and adviser to 50 PhD students, Rao has received numerous prestigious awards. In addition to the National Medal of Science in 2002, these honors include both a gold and silver Guy Medal presented by the Royal Statistical Society, the highest awards given to statisticians in the U.K.; the Samuel Wilks Medal of the American Statistical Association, the highest award given to a statistician in the U.S.; and the International Mahalanobis Prize for lifetime achievement in statistics.

Rao’s broad influence also is reflected by the numerous common statistical terms that bear his name, such as the “Fisher-Rao Theorem” and the terms “Cramer-Rao bound,” “Rao-Blackwellization,” “Rao distance” and “Rao’s Orthogonal Array, ”each frequently found in standard statistics textbooks and current scholarly research.

Tripathi honored by NFJC

Published April 10, 2014

President Satish K. Tripathi is among four community leaders who will be honored when the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York holds its 2014 Citation Banquet on April 10.

The NFJC has worked to combat racism and other discrimination in the area since it was founded as a branch of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1951.

In addition to Tripathi, honorees are JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; UB Council member Christopher H. Koch, chief executive officer of New Era Cap Co.; and Monsignor David G. LiPuma, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lewiston.