Updated April 3, 2014
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
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.
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
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:
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.”
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
Published September 5, 2013
Cathy Wilde, from assistant director of communications, School of Management, to communications director, Research Institute on Addictions.
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.
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.
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
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
Published June 21, 2013
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
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
Penny Turrell, IP specialist/contract administrator, Praxair, to patent paralegal and compliance specialist, Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).
Andrea Costantino, from interim director of university residence halls and apartments, to director, Office of Campus Living.
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.