Global issues about refugees and migrants — and Buffalo
and UB’s reputation for working well with the refugee
population — were highlighted earlier this week as the city
hosted a press tour of foreign journalists titled “How the
City of Good Neighbors Embraces Refugees.”
It was once known as the Times Square of Buffalo, a bustling
place downtown bounded by landmarks such as St. Paul’s
Episcopal Cathedral and Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building.
The nexus of four major arteries — Main, Erie, Church and
Niagara streets — it long served as a hub of pedestrian,
street and mass transit traffic and commercial activity.
Ask Gayle Hutton about the sport of cyclocross racing and
she’ll tell you, “It’s a wonderful group of
people getting together to encourage each other and enjoy the
outdoors — no matter what the weather.”
Members of family-owned businesses will have the tools they need
to build a successful company across multiple generations, thanks
to an expanded family business curriculum from the School of
Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).
On Feb. 2, 1983, UB geology staffer Dave Borden brought two
things to work: a barbecue grill and a stuffed groundhog. Borden
dug a hole outside, propped up the groundhog (later to be named
Ridge Lea Larry) and fired up the grill.
It’s a scene that plays out countless times each day on
campus: Hungry students make a pit stop at a vending machine for a
quick snack before rushing off to their next class, job or the gym.
Now, the campus community can choose products that support a
healthier lifestyle and the local economy.
More students are exploring the option of taking time to pursue
other personally satisfying goals before working full-time jobs in
their fields, a common life stage that has become known as the Gap
Years, says Arlene F. Kaukus, director of career services.
Although still in its infancy, UB faculty, staff and students
are finding UBThisWinter, the university’s winter session, to
be a great way to spend the time between the traditional fall and
Some 3,000 miles removed from the throng of world leaders
gathered in Paris this week for the United Nations Conference on
Climate Change, stakeholders in Western New York will convene to
discuss their own solutions and ideas. It will happen as part of
the WNY Environmental Alliance’s annual Environmental
Congress, and will feature two UB faculty members.
On the good days, gliding alone in a kayak along the Atlantic
coastline, Deb Walters travels “at a human speed, where it is
possible to feel and smell and see the coastal environment,”
spending hours “with the waves and winds and birds and sea
Robert Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning,
has been selected among an esteemed class of 25 top educators in
architecture and design by DesignIntelligence, an international
publication for design leaders.
Four representatives of the Interdisciplinary Science and
Engineering Partnership (ISEP) were among those who convened in
Washington, D.C., last week to exchange strategies for building
students’ STEM knowledge and expertise.
Civil rights leader Shirley Sherrod shared her powerful message
of hope and resiliency amid overwhelming obstacles as part of a
food justice event organized this week by the Food Lab in
UB’s School of Architecture and Planning.
Rooms for individual and group study. A traditional “Grand
Reading Room” featuring rich oak woodwork and archival images
of university life. High-tech classrooms. Suites for producing,
editing and viewing multimedia. A café.
Civil rights movement leader and food justice advocate Shirley
Sherrod will be the keynote speaker for an event happening Tuesday
on Buffalo’s East Side that is designed to engage the
community in a conversation about food justice.
Reviewing a year highlighted by breakthroughs in research,
creation of cutting-edge academic programs, national awards and a
major philanthropic milestone, Satish K. Tripathi told members of
the UB community, alumni and friends, “Together, we have
achieved incredible things.”
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – Countless hours of designing,
building, fine-tuning and fundraising over the past two and a half
years have paid off for the more than 200 UB students and faculty
members who worked on the GRoW (Garden, Relax or Work) Home.
For the more than 200 UB students and faculty who have spent the
past two years designing and building the GRoW Home, the moment has
finally arrived. The Solar Decathlon is underway in Irvine,
California. The U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored collegiate
contest began last Thursday with opening remarks by U.S. Energy
Secretary Ernest Moniz and runs through Oct. 18.
A leader in maternal and child health will give the keynote
address in UB’s third annual “Critical
Conversations,” a presidential series showcasing
distinguished individuals at the forefront of their fields who are
helping to shape understanding of vital issues facing the world
Jennifer L. Zirnheld, associate professor of electrical
engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been
named by INSIGHT
into Diversity magazine as one of 100 Inspiring Women in
The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership
(ISEP), a collaboration led by UB, SUNY Buffalo State College, the
Buffalo Museum of Science and the Buffalo Public Schools, has been
selected as one of 27 learning communities across the country to
launch the STEM Ecosystems Initiative, a national project that
promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
Toxic flame retardants used in electronics and fabrics have been
banned or removed from American and European products for nearly a
decade. Yet they still surround us — in the dust we breathe
and the food we eat. The chemicals are even found in the breast
milk of new moms.
Bright and early Wednesday morning, two flatbed tractor trailers
left Buffalo, embarking upon a 2,500-mile journey across the
country to Irvine, California. The trucks are each hauling a
section of the 1,100-square-foot GRoW Home that UB is entering in
the Solar Decathlon, a biennial event sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy.
Customers are more likely to purchase food products when grocers
use food traceability systems to show where and how the food was
produced and shipped, according to new research from the School of
Daniel Hess builds cities for people. So when Hess, UB associate
professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, arrived
in New Orleans in 2005 about two weeks after Hurricane Katrina and
walked around empty streets — void of people — it was
In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington State, killing
57 people and destroying hundreds of homes. The area around the
mountain became a wasteland: Roadways were swallowed and bridges
damaged. Ash fell over 11 states.
In the Arctic, sea ice is melting and leaving larger sections of
ocean exposed to air and sun. This phenomenon could fuel increased
evaporation, leading eventually to more precipitation in far-north
UB’s Sustainable Living Fair — the ultimate resource
for members of the UB community who want to live a greener life
— will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the
Student Union on the North Campus.
The arrival last week of the 250-foot-high tower crane at Main
and High streets in downtown Buffalo marks a new milestone in
constructing the future home of the School of Medicine and
The mostly abandoned grain elevators of Silo City are an
integral part of a presentation of new experimental music and sound
art taking place next weekend sponsored by UB’s Center for
21st Century Music and organized by a UB graduate student.
Using more than a decade’s worth of daily satellite
images, researchers have determined ecosystems of South
Africa’s Cape Floristic Region bounce back from wildfires
much more quickly in warmer winter weather.
Say you work in Crofts Hall and have a meeting on the Spine. You
could get into your car, head toward Capen and drive around looking
for a parking place. Or you could take the Green Line shuttle to
In the United States, hunger and obesity go hand in hand. More
than 17 million US households struggle to put food on the table,
and when they do, it’s often high in fat and sugar because
healthy options are scarce in low-income neighborhoods.
Using a case study approach to investigate protection of
endangered species, a UB Law School faculty member has found
significant gaps in how public agencies keep track of endangered
species agreements. The finding by Jessica Owley, associate
professor, demonstrates key concerns with monitoring and
enforcement of endangered species permits.
With its Greek-style amphitheater at Baird Point, Lake LaSalle
has long served as the iconic image of UB’s North Campus.
Built in 1970 to provide flood control and water runoff, the
60-acre lake for years was more popular with flocks of Canada geese
than with boaters and other recreational users.
Eight communities across the country will receive training and
assistance to link family farmers and local residents who lack
access to healthy food, thanks to a project spearheaded by UB and
Volunteers spent the day planting 180 trees in areas around the
South Campus with little or no tree coverage as part of
“ReTree the District,” an initiative to add more than
1,000 trees to the urban tree canopy over the next two years.
The U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools named
UB one of the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients.
The awards recognize 10 individuals, institutions, projects and
events representing national leaders and innovators in school
The University at Buffalo’s commitment to solving pressing
environmental issues, educating students about these challenges and
operating eco-friendly campuses has been recognized by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Environmental
Champion Award. The EPA also named UB the Mid-American Conference
(MAC) champion for renewable energy usage.
Due to UB's continued committment to sustainability, the
university has been recognized by AASHE, Advancement for
Sustainability in Higher Education as a STARS gold university. As a
result, the university is now placed in the top 1.6 percent of
colleges and universities in North America. Of the more than 5,000
higher education institutions, only 81 have achieved the level of
We have made a commitment to sustainable buildings. Greiner
Hall debuted in August 2011 and represented the first LEED
gold designed student residence hall in the State University of New
York System and also was designed with the practice of
Universal Design in mind.
An article in The Wall Street Journal listing "The Best
Architecture of 2014" includes UB’s Solar Strand,
calling the 3,200-panel, ground-mounted photovoltaic array a
“small but telling model of landscape architecture at its
UB is an innovator in solar energy on campus through The Solar
Strand, a one-of-a-kind solar array designed by landscape architect
Walter Hood that serves as a model for blending art, science,
accessibility and technology at public research institutions.
The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize
innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate
mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the American
College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. They
do so based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded
opportunities, and student preparedness with relation to
sustainability and climate action.
UB IT increased the efficiency of the computing power at the
Center for Computational Research. The project decreased total
energy consumption at the data center by 20%, saved UB more than
$278,000, and reduced our carbon footprint by 550 metric tons.
Think of the impact any small city has on the environment. Waste
is created, water is used and energy is needed to power the
community. UB understands that by focusing on sustainable measures,
we can mitigate our environmental impact.