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Updated March 5, 2015

Wang elected officer in pediatric section of Obesity Society

Published February 5, 2015

Youfa Wang, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been elected secretary/treasurer of The Obesity Society’s (TOS) Pediatric Obesity Section for 2014-15.

He will become the section’s chair-elect in 2015-16 and then chair in 2016-17.

TOS is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. Since 1982, it has encouraged research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and kept the medical community and public informed of advances in the field.

Wang also co-chaired the childhood hypertension session at the combined 16th International Symposium of Hypertension and Related Disease and  2014 Chinese Hypertension Meeting held in Shanghai, China, last fall. At the meeting, he delivered a talk, “Tracking of blood pressure from childhood to adulthood: The benefit of childhood obesity prevention programs.”

Hutson named statistical reviewer for transplantation research program

Published January 29, 2015

Alan Hutson, a researcher at UB and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), has been chosen to serve as a statistical reviewer for 2014 grant proposals submitted to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Transplantation Research Program (CRMRP).

The program was developed to assist the treatment of U.S. soldiers injured in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

This year, CRMRP will award $15 million to groundbreaking, scientific research proposals that support the execution of complex limb and face replacements.

Hutson, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at RPCI, specializes and publishes in the areas of bioinformatics, clinical trials, computational methods and order statistics. A UB faculty member since 2002, he is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has received more than $7 million in research funding since 2010.

The CRMRP supports innovative research that fosters new directions for, and addresses neglected issues in, the field of reconstructive transplantation research, specifically vascular composite allotransplantation (VCA)-focused research.

 VCA refers to the transplantation of multiple tissues, such as muscle, bone, nerve and skin, as a functional unit (e.g., a hand or face) from a deceased donor to a recipient with a severe injury.

Zhou receives SME award

Published January 22, 2015

Chi Zhou, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was one of 11 young faculty members to receive the “2015 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award” from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

The award is conferred “in recognition of significant achievements and leadership in the field of manufacturing engineering as a young engineer.”

Zhou joined the UB Engineering faculty in 2013. His research focuses on transformative additive manufacturing technologies that leverage modeling, optimization and simulation tools. His work has the potential to improve quality of life for people through such applications as creation of living tissues and organs, as well as supporting economic growth by allowing mass customization with substantially shortened product life cycle and reduced cost.

He received his PhD in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California in 2012.

Zola member of ‘big data’ working group

Published January 15, 2015

UB faculty member Jaroslaw Zola was a member of a working group that identified challenges, risks and rewards summarized in a recently published report on big data in the life sciences.

The report, "National and Transnational Security Implications of Big Data in the Life Sciences," is the result of a yearlong study organized jointly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the FBI and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.

The group aimed to identify the current state of “big data” and analytics, the benefits and risks of big data in the life sciences to national security, and solutions for addressing exploitation of system vulnerabilities or intentional use for harmful or criminal purposes. The report is geared toward policy makers.

The working group included experts in computer science, data science, life sciences, biological security, data security, cyber security, law enforcement and homeland security from U.S. government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, academia, private industry and the amateur science community.

Zola, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, and research assistant professor in biomedical informatics, joined the UB faculty in 2014. His research focuses on development of novel parallel, high-performance and scalable algorithms and techniques to address challenges in data-driven science and engineering.

In particular, he is interested in applications in computational biology and life sciences.

In addition to serving on the joint big data working group, Zola is a founding co-chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Workshop on Big Data in Life Sciences.