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Transitions

Updated April 3, 2014

Retirements

Published April 3, 2014

Gail E. Abrahamson, janitor, Campus Living

Ahmad Ansar, senior staff assistant, Educational Opportunity Center

Sharon M. Arieno, supervising programmer analyst, Enterprise Infrastructure Services

David J. Borowik, clerk 2, Educational Opportunity Center

Patricia M. Burch, instructional support specialist, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Moon I. Cho, professor, Department of Oral Biology

Peter P. Ekeh, professor, Department of Transnational Studies

Michael Gehring, maintenance supervisor 1, University Facilities-Operations

Janice L. Hastrup, associate professor, Department of Psychology

Thomas E. Heberling, general mechanic, Campus Living

David M. Mark, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography

Maryanne E. Rautenstrauch, staff assistant, Law School

Meta Reuse, secretary 1, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Gary E. Ross, professor, Educational Opportunity Center

John P. Russo, associate facilities program coordinator, University Facilities-Operations

William L. Scheider, research assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Neil Schmitz, professor, Department of English

Teresa M. Schuster, keyboard specialist 2, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Charles J. Scibetta, supervisor of grounds, University Facilities-Operations

John B. Simpson, president

Dawn E. Starke, agency program aide, Procurement Services

David E. Warren, janitor, University Facilities-Operations

Antoinette L. Wiley, keyboard specialist 1, Department of Psychiatry

Josephine M. Zubek, visiting associate professor, Department of Organization and Human Resources

Johns Hopkins’ obesity researchers join UB

Published March 13, 2014

Two researchers from the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) recently joined the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Health Professions, where they are working on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Hong Xue, appointed a research assistant professor at UB, played an active role in the leadership of the JHGCCO, which was established with a $16 million NIH center grant and institutional funding. He served as the center’s project manager and helped manage its research and resource core.

A key research project of the center has been transferred to UB under the direction of Youfa Wang, chair of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and founding director of the JHGCCO. Some of Wang’s research team members are still based at Hopkins and his team is collaborating with colleagues from Hopkins and other domestic and international partner institutions in the project.

Shiyong Liu, associate professor in the Research Institute of Economics and Management at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China, is a visiting scholar in the UB department; he previously was a visiting scholar in the JHGCCO.

Xue conducts interdisciplinary research in public health and, in particular, integrates economics, nutrition, epidemiology and systems science in the study of obesity and non-communicable chronic diseases in a global context.

His current work includes a China-U.S. comparative study of childhood obesity using a combination of sophisticated statistical approaches, innovative systems models and multiple, big data sets to examine the longitudinal changes in the food system and dietary patterns.

“His purpose is to identify the key contextual drivers of childhood obesity in China’s fast changing economic, social and cultural environments,” says Wang, “and the systems models he is developing will help assess cost-effectiveness of potential intervention options.”

Liu received a bachelor’s degree in engineering, with a specialty in control theory, from China’s Northeast Petroleum University; a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Guangdong University of Technology; and PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

His research interests range from policy evaluation, modeling of enterprise management systems and systems engineering to pricing policy in obesity prevention and intervention, economic evaluation of diabetes interventions and the design of complex socio-technic systems. He is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has received grants from China’s Ministry of Education and Social Science Foundation. He also has worked on research funded by the National Science Foundations in the U.S. and China.

Retirements

Published January 9, 2014

Leonard Borzynski, environmental health officer, Environment, Health and Safety Services

Edward Bush, staff associate, Campus Living

Carol Cirincione, keyboard specialist 1, Office of the President

Daniel Conny, associate professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Erin Danna-Bailey, staff associate, School of Social Work

George DeTitta, professor, Department of Structural Biology

Ho Leung Fung, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Paul Goodman, senior staff associate, Research and Economic Development

David Hangauer, associate professor, Department of Chemistry

Paula Hartig, keyboard specialist 2, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Lee Heinikel, stores clerk 1, Clinical Affairs, School of Dental Medicine

Chiu Bin Hsiao, clinical associate professor, Department of Medicine

Denise Kalbach, staff associate, University Facilities – Finance and Administration

Conrad Kantor, senior lab equipment designer, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Richard Linde, assistant chief, University Police

Patrick Lyons, assistant director of financial aid, Student Athlete Advising Services

Jack Malinowski, electrician, University Facilities – Operations

Judy Marquardt, secretary 2, Associate Vice President for Resource and Support Services

Beverly McLean, research assistant professor, School of Architecture and Planning

Patricia Metz, keyboard specialist 2, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Carol Monafo, staff assistant, Graduate Education

Solomon Ohayon, plumber and steamfitter, University Facilities – Operations

Raymond Orrange, visiting associate professor, Department of Organization and Human Resources

Linda Pessar-Cowan, clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry

Daniel Reilly, plant utilities assistant, University Facilities – Operations

Harold Rice, senior staff assistant, Procurement Services

Barbara Rooney, senior admissions adviser, Vice Provost for Enrollment

Lucinda Scott, senior counselor, Undergraduate Education

Harold Strauss, professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Dave Thornton, motor vehicle operator, Campus Mail

Scott Woodward, instructional support specialist, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Michele Youakim, clinical assistant professor, Rehabilitation Sciences

White announces promotions, hiring

Published November 7, 2013

Director of Athletics Danny White has announced some restructuring within the Division of Athletics, as well as an addition to the staff:

  • Todd Garzarelli has been promoted to senior associate athletic director for external affairs, overseeing Athletics Communications, Corporate Sales, Ticket Sales and Operations, Promotions, Game Presentation, Community Relations and Creative Services. Garzarelli, who joined the UB staff in May 2013 as associate athletic director for corporate and strategic partnerships, has extensive experience in college athletics. He previously was associate athletic director for external affairs at Northwestern State University and executive director of the NSU Athletic Association. He also held posts at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Northern Illinois, Army, Air Force and St. Francis.
  • Jeremy Applegate has been promoted to associate athletic director for corporate and strategic partnerships. Applegate, a UB staff member for 15 years, previously was assistant athletic director for corporate sales.
  • Elaine Russell has been named senior director of marketing, responsible for all marketing and promotions of UB athletics. She previously served as director of sports marketing at Western Michigan University.
  • Paul Hutchings, manager of university awareness and special events, has been promoted to associate director of marketing.
  • Dan “Boone” Enser, director of media productions, has been named director of creative services, overseeing the overall creative efforts of the athletic department.

Social Work adds two new faculty members

Published September 19, 2013

Louanne Bakk recently joined the school as an assistant professor. She came to UB from SUNY College at Brockport’s Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program, where she also served as an assistant professor.

The recipient of several academic and research awards and scholarships, including the Hartford Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Social Work from John A. Hartford Foundation and Pearl Aldrich Graduate Student Research Award, Bakk earned her PhD from Michigan State University in 2012. She also served Area Agency on Aging 1-B in Southfield, Mich., for nine years, first as director of access and benefits assistance, then as a research specialist.

Bakk’s current research is driven by her strong belief that individuals should have equal access to services and benefits, particularly as they enter later life and a time when resources can become even more limited and health increasingly declines. By building an understanding about disparities in policy initiatives and that factors that influence them, she aims to affect the design of interventions at both the individual and policy levels to promote more equitable access and avoid disparate outcomes in order to reduce inequities. Bakk’s passion for these issues contributed to her recently being named director of the new Institute on Innovative Aging Policy and Practice.

Annette Semanchin Jones joined the Social Work faculty as an associate professor. Jones earned her MSW and PhD in social work from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the prestigious National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services Dissertation Award. Her dissertation examined the implementation of a differential response approach in child welfare, focusing on the impact of this approach on racial-equity outcomes. During her doctoral program, she also served on the social work faculty and acted as co-principal investigator and research assistant on several projects examining child welfare policy and practice, and program and practice evaluation.

Jones aims to continue this field of research, which highlights the importance of applying a racial-equity lens to all new social policies, practices and approaches to ensure equitable implementation for families. She hopes to explore the use of the differential response approach in New York State’s family assessment response and its implementation across racial and ethnic groups. Jones’ years of experience assisting community partners in promoting permanence for youth in out-of-home placement undoubtedly will be beneficial to not only UB Social Work faculty and students, but also to the larger Buffalo community.

The School of Social Work also announces that Assistant Professor Yunju Nam recently was promoted to associate professor. She has published extensively on such issues as asset-building capacity and social welfare policies. She also has a popular podcast titled “Asset-Based Policy: A New Direction in Social Welfare Policy.”

Retirements

Published September 12, 2013

Raymond Anderson, university police officer 1, UB Police

John Asaro, clinical assistant professor, Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

Ellen Bennett, secretary 1, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Clifford Bloom, associate professor, Department of Mathematics

Kenneth Blumenthal, professor, Department of Biochemistry

Sandra Bunkley, senior professional associate, Educational Opportunity Center

Ronald Castiglia, cleaner, Campus Living

Stephen Cavior, associate professor, Department of Mathematics

Alexis De Veaux, associate professor, Department of Transnational Studies

Tom Disare, clinical professor, UB Law School

Jude Fabiano, clinical associate professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Elizabeth Fenush, professional associate, Procurement Services

David Frasier, assistant dean, School of Management

Karen Georger, lecturer, Department of Theatre and Dance

William Hamlen, associate professor, Department of Finance and Managerial Economics

Janis Harvey, janitor, Campus Living

Carol Herberger, calculations clerk 1, Campus Living

Paul Hoffman, motor maintenance supervisor 2, University Facilities-Operations

Marie Huber, secretary 1, Department of Electrical Engineering

Thomas Hunting, cleaner, Campus Living

Sylvia Jammal, clinical associate professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Susan Janczak, senior professional assistant, Department of Library and Information Studies

Nancy Jurewicz, keyboard specialist 1, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

James Kimak, plant utility engineer 2, University Facilities-Operations

Pedro Lopez, cleaner, University Facilities-Operations

Elaine LoTempio, calculations clerk 1, Student Advisement, Resources and Financial Services

Timothy McClintick, stores clerk 1, School of Dental Medicine Clinical Affairs

Fred Menth, plumber and steamfitter, University Facilities-Operations

Vita Milisauskas, instructional support specialist, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Michael Mislin, carpenter, Campus Living

Thomas Nelson, motor vehicle operator, Campus Mail

Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Organization and Human Resources

Nancy Nuzzo, associate librarian, University Libraries-Music and Special Collections

Craig Sautter, plant utility engineer 2, University Facilities-Operations

Toby Shapiro, student activities associate, New Student Programs

Dexter Shongo, motor vehicle operator, Campus Living

David Soda, clinical instructor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Cynthia Theurer, calculations clerk 2, Campus Living

Howard Wharton, fire safety technician, Environment, Health and Safety Services

Moving Up

Published September 5, 2013

Cathy Wilde, from assistant director of communications, School of Management, to communications director, Research Institute on Addictions.

Brennan takes job at Iowa

Published August 22, 2013

Joseph Brennan, associate vice president for university communications, is leaving UB to become vice president for strategic communications at the University of Iowa, effective Aug. 31.

Brennan’s duties at Iowa include overseeing institutional marketing and communications, coordinating the work of professional communicators in 11 colleges and schools, and providing executive oversight to the university's nationally respected performing arts center.

A UB alumnus (PhD ’96), Brennan joined the university in 2008 after serving as executive director of communications and marketing at Ohio University.

Among his accomplishments at UB were oversight of the Digital Communications Initiative, and convening a “communicators network” of more than 150 communications staff from across the university.

UB is conducting a search for a vice president for communications, a new position that will be part of President Satish K. Tripathi’s senior leadership team. The new vice president will be responsible for strategizing, planning, managing and measuring institutional communications; developing communication strategies to support institutional goals; and building and guarding the institutional brand.

New faculty join UB

Published August 8, 2013

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has hired two new faculty members.

Haiqing Lin will start work as an assistant professor this fall. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has been published 25 times, including once in the journal Science.

He most recently worked as a senior research engineer and group leader at Membrane Technology and Research Inc., a world leader in polymeric membranes for gas and vapor separations.

Johannes Hachmann will join the faculty in January as an assistant professor. He obtained a PhD in theoretical chemistry from Cornell University. Since 2009, he has worked at Harvard University’s Clean Energy Project, which focuses on modeling and simulations to develop the next generation of solar cells.

His expertise in computational chemistry and materials science is expected to add strength to UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics.

Retirements

Published May 23, 2013

Lawrence B. Bone, professor, Department of Orthopaedics

John G. Crawford, purchasing associate, Procurement Services

Darlene Cutonilli, addictions counselor 1, Research Institute on Addictions

Melissa A. DeGraff, cleaner, University Facilities—Operations

Howard Doueck, professor, School of Social Work

Michelle A. Gaiser, dental assistant, Department of Clinical Dentistry

Linda A. Kingsbury, supervising programmer analyst, IT Policy and Communications

Linda L. Mehnert, secretary 1, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Preston T. Niland, assistant director college housing, Campus Living

Dennis F. Pietras, instructional support specialist, Department of Biological Sciences

Lawrence P. Pratico, dental technician, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Andrei M. Reinhorn, professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Thomas C. Rosenthal, professor and chair, Department of Family Medicine

Sally A. Sams, senior staff assistant, School of Nursing

Mary Camille Schwindler, senior staff assistant, Office of the Registrar

Patricia A. Szymkowiak, senior staff assistant, Department of Psychiatry

Kathryn Trybuszkiewicz, histology technician, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

James J. Woytash, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Retirements

Published February 21, 2013

Patricia G. Armstrong, associate provost and director, Office of Admissions

Dawn E. Becker, senior staff assistant, Department of Communication

David L. Benders, program director, WBFO

Genevieve K. Bishop, associate professor, Department of Library and Information Studies

Roland Garrow, senior counselor, Educational Opportunity Program

Jennifer S. Gottdiener, senior staff associate, Office of the Registrar

William J. Henderson III, instructional support technician, College of Arts and Sciences

Eddie L. Hoover, professor, Department of Surgery

Kwang G. Joo, clinical associate professor, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Barbara A. Kennedy, keyboard specialist 1, UB Law School

Phyllis M. Parisi, supervising programmer/analyst, Enterprise Infrastructure Services

Mildred Pasquale, clerk 1, Office of Student Advisement, Resources and Financial Services

Linda S. Pogorzelski, staff assistant, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

John F. Quinan, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Visual Studies

Joel O. Raynor, associate professor, Department of Psychology

James E. Springate, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics

Elaine A. Stefanski, calculations clerk 2, Procurement Services

Victoria A. Vitthuhn, keyboard specialist 1, University Police

Barbara J. Wawrzynek, keyboard specialist 1, University Facilities—Finance and Administration

Scott W. Williams, professor, Department of Mathematics

Retirements

Published June 19, 2014

Thomas Barcy, plant utilities assistant, Facilities Operations-University Facilities

Joanne Castellani, adjunct instructor, Department of Music

John Edens, assistant director, University Libraries-Music and Special Collections

James Furno, programmer-analyst, Enterprise Infrastructure Services

David Gerber, professor, Department of History

Marion Goldstein, professor, Department of Psychiatry

Rebecca Hemming, calculations clerk 1, Procurement Services

Donald Henderson, professor, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Keith Herms, senior programmer-analyst, Administrative Computing Services

Thomas Hessel, supervising carpenter, Facilities Operations-University Facilities

Ray Kirschner, labor supervisor, Facilities Operations-University Facilities

Linda Krzyzanowski, secretary 1, School of Nursing

James Lewis, general mechanic, Campus Living

Galan Lloyd, cleaner, Campus Living

Eileen McNamara, keyboard specialist 1, Department of Philosophy

Deborah Morris, clerk 2, Student Advisement, Resources and Financial Services

Lynne Muller, library clerk 2, Health Sciences Library

Linda O’Rourke, supervising programmer analyst, Administrative Computing Services

Lynn Schultz, cleaner, Campus Living

Lesley Shiner, stores clerk 1, School of Dental Medicine Clinical Affairs

Elizabeth Taylor, secretary 1, Graduate School

Rudy Wieler, head coach, women’s rowing

Carol Wilczak, keyboard specialist 1, College of Arts and Sciences

Patricia Yager, keyboard specialist 1, College of Arts and Sciences

Retirements

Published December 13, 2012

Dennis Andrejko, associate professor, Department of Architecture

Mark Ballow, professor, Department of Pediatrics

Prasanta Banerjee, professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Stephen Barry, senior staff assistant, University Police

Charles Bland, senior academic advisor, Undergraduate Education

Marcia Boehmke, assistant professor, School of Nursing

Douglas Clements, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Learning and Instruction

Helen Gaiter, director of supplier diversity, Procurement Services

Dora Horbachevsky, staff assistant, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Joseph Matie, plant utilities engineer 1, Facilities Operations—University Facilities

Yoshiko Nozaki, associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Walter Pangborn, research associate professor, Department of Structural Biology

Patricia Polowy, clinical instructor, School of Nursing

Serafino Porcari, associate librarian, University Libraries—Central Technical Services

Robert Sanetick, auto body mechanic, Facilities Operations—University Facilities

Marian Tetreault, senior staff associate, Campus Living

Dawn Townsend, secretary 1, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Keith Tramp, plant utilities engineer 4, Facilities Operations—University Facilities

Thomas Zaprzal, upholsterer, Campus Living

Published June 14, 2012

Moving In

Penny Turrell, IP specialist/contract administrator, Praxair, to patent paralegal and compliance specialist, Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).

Moving Up

Andrea Costantino, from interim director of university residence halls and apartments, to director, Office of Campus Living.

Moving On

Kathryn Foster, from associate professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, School of Architecture and Planning, to president, University of Maine at Farmington.

Michael LeVine, from associate vice president and controller, to vice president for finance and management, Buffalo State College.