A giant Jenga tower topples to the floor of the Student Union during Engineers Week, an annual celebration of the engineering and applied sciences fields. This year, student clubs organized more than 30 competitive challenges, from constructing cardboard roller coasters to piloting robots through a maze. Photo by Douglas Levere
The UB women’s basketball team gets a pep talk during round one of the 2019 NCAA Tournament in Storrs, Conn. They emerged from the game victorious, beating Rutgers 82-71 and becoming the first MAC women’s team in 27 years to win an NCAA Tournament game in back-to-back years. Photo by Meredity Kulwicki
Dancers perform during a Mock Shaadi, a lively simulation of the rituals and festivities of a traditional Pakistani wedding. The annual event, organized by the Pakistani Student Association, provides an opportunity for UB’s many South Asian students to celebrate and showcase their culture. Photo by Douglas Levere
A student radiates joy at the 23rd ALANA Celebration of Achievement, a festive pre-commencement ceremony that has historically honored graduating African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American students, and has recently expanded to include all UB students who understand and advocate for the principles ALANA represents. Photo by Meredith Kulwicki
At the Lacy Lab, chemistry researcher David Lacy and his team make and study catalysts—substances that speed up the rate of important chemical reactions that happen everywhere from inside the human body to inside factory walls. Here, a PhD student works in the highly controlled environment of a glovebox. Photo by Douglas Levere
Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall gets a private tour of UB’s world-renowned James Joyce Collection, fulfilling a long-held dream. Composed of more than 10,000 pages of the famed Irish author’s working papers, notebooks and manuscripts, as well as photographs, memorabilia and more, the collection distinguishes UB as the leading resource for Joyce scholarship. Photo by Meredith Kulwicki
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A swift-solving brain
The first computer at UB was put in operation in November 1961. The IBM 1620 model cost $86,000 ($700,000 int today's dollars) and was the first data processing system at any college or university in the Western New York region. A 1961 issue of the UB newsletter Colleague described it accordingly: "Digesting and solving complex mathmatical problems more quickly than a battery of skilled mathmematicians...the swift solving brain...is as necessary to a modern university as microscopes and test tubes."