INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK The traditional Chinese Lion Dance is just one of the cultural customs on display during UB’s celebration of International Education Week each year in November. UB’s international students hail from more than 100 different countries, so those interested in trying something new—whether it’s writing their name in Arabic or learning a taekwondo kick—have ample opportunity to expand their horizons.
Long before it was the university’s South Campus, it was the campus, based on a master plan by E.B. Green. The historic parcel at Main Street and Bailey Avenue has evolved considerably over the years and continues to do so, especially with the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which had been on the South Campus since 1953, moving into its new downtown home. Here is a timeline of recent developments—and what more may be in store.
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That’s how many student passengers UB’s fleet of Stampede buses may move on any given weekday when school is in session. All aboard!
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WELCOME, WORLD. For the 15th straight year, UB is listed among the top 25 U.S. institutions hosting international students. The ranking appears in the Institute of International Education’s 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
AVERTING VIOLENCE. UB was one of five recipients of the 2017 Prevention Excellence Award from the nationwide Campus Prevention Network, reflecting our outstanding efforts to stop sexual assault, as measured against the highest standards in the field.
INVENTION ATTENTION. UB professor Edward P. Furlani (PhD ’82, MA ’80 & BS ’77), recognized around the world for his pioneering work in microfluidics, inkjet systems, optoelectronics and other areas, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
SUNNYSIDE UP. With help from UB’s Regional Institute, the Solarize Amherst campaign—part of a larger regional effort to generate more solar energy across the Buffalo Niagara area—has spurred the installation of 59 new roof-mounted solar arrays, totaling 1,283 panels, on residences in the town.
“It’s actually from cutting too many ribbons in Buffalo.”
Carole Emberton, associate professor of history and an authority on the Civil War, talks about the effect of the Fugitive Slave Act on the approximately 900 blacks living in Buffalo during the 1850s.
Due to Friday's extreme cold, most of the event took place in the cemetery's Margaret L. Wendt Archival and Research Center.
Officials from UB and area institutions gathered at Millard Fillmore’s gravesite in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery in January for the annual commemoration of the university’s first chancellor and the nation’s 13th president—but this year’s ceremony was different. For the first time, the focus was on Fillmore’s signing of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act and the suffering it caused African-Americans. In her address, Associate Professor of History Carole Emberton noted the “great contributions” Fillmore made to Buffalo in founding so many civic organizations, but said it was time “to think about aspects of his legacy that we’re less proud of.” Said William J. Regan, director of special events at UB: “Building an inclusive future requires a nuanced understanding of the past.”
For those students interested in maxing, rather than relaxing, over the break, UB’s winter session offered more than 200 courses. Here are a few we think would have brightened up anyone’s January doldrums.