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Dr. Gauri Desai, a recent doctoral graduate in epidemiology, was recognized at the 2020 SPHHP Student Awards as the recipient of the Saxon Graham Dissertation Award. She received the award for her dissertation titled “Low-Level Arsenic Exposure, B-Vitamins, and Neurodevelopment among Uruguayan Schoolchildren.”
On April 28th, 40 respected health leaders across the United States released A Declaration of U.S. Health Collaborating Centers, an open letter urging the president and the Congress not only to restore but increase funding for the World Health Organization (WHO). The declaration stated that the mission and capacity of WHO is needed now more than ever to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many governments are using social protection programs to respond to the economic crisis and health risk induced by COVID-19. As of April 17, 133 countries had adapted or introduced 564 social protection initiatives, according to the World Bank. With the focus on rapid assistance, gender considerations have understandably not been at the forefront of these efforts. A rapid assessment of initial COVID-19 social protection responses indicates that only 11% show some (albeit limited) gender-sensitivity.

As coronavirus threatens food security, UB Food Lab researchers are working with community partners to respond.

Over the past few weeks, I have heard variations of "I don't know why but I don't think Bangladesh will be affected by Covid-19 in the way that other countries have been." That obvious kind of magical thinking, expressed by a friend, an uncle, and even my mother, is almost endearing; for, it is so clearly an expression of love. And fear. It makes you want to hug them and say, "yes, me too."

The work from the Community of Excellence provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary look at the field of global health.

UB continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and is taking proactive measures in accordance with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control to ensure UB faculty, staff, students, and visitors remain safe and healthy.

UB health communication expert Janet Yang offers tips for keeping the public informed, not alarmed.


This year's Global Innovation Challenge examines how to communicate complex health information to people in global North and South countries.

Samendy Brice, a second-year Master of Architecture student and winner of the inaugural Watts Scholarship, shares her passion for building diverse and inclusive spaces and communities. She is currently completing her thesis research on structural enablers of food access along the border of Ouanaminthe, Haiti, and Dajabon, Dominican Republic.

UB biomedical engineer Anirban Dutta and colleagues are testing their “MindEye” device as an early predictor of Alzheimer’s.  

At his Neuroengineering and Informatics for Rehabilitation Laboratory (NIRlab) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, CGHE faculty member Dr. Anirban Dutta works with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)—a non-invasive imaging technique in which light of a particular wavelength is applied to chemicals or biological subjects. 
With international partners, CGHE faculty affiliate and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Dr. Tia Palermo is studying the links between intimate partner violence (IPV) and cash transfers to poor and vulnerable women in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). 
An integral member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Big Ideas team of CGHE, Dr. Diana Aga, the Henry M. Woodburn Chair and Professor of Chemistry will be recognized at UB’s Fall 2019 Celebration of Academic Excellence

Kafuli Agbemenu is one of 16 scholars across the nation to receive the 18 month, $73,000 award.

From “food deserts” to “food apartheid,” four experts whose work spans the nation survey the past 10 years of the food access landscape.
The Salud Ambiental Montevideo cohort is characterised by several social-environmental factors, including exposure to metals and cognitive performance. We caught up with Seth Frndak from the University of Buffalo to talk through CANTAB’s role in this epidemiological study.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, peace and economic opportunity are percolating, thanks to UB efforts to develop a more inclusive coffee value chain.


The architecture chair is the recipient of the Great Places Award for books for his study of Kigali, Rwanda.


UB chemist Diana Aga works with partners including the WHO to understand how antimicrobial drugs are finding their way into rivers and lakes.


UB-led research reveals how fluctuating air pollution at the Beijing Olympics affected local residents’ bodies at the level of metabolites.


Diana Aga works with partners including the WHO to understand how antimicrobial drugs are finding their way into rivers and lakes worldwide.

Applications are invited for an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to join a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative on Food Equity and Global Health.

Area refugees joined UB faculty, staff and students and community members in discussing links between housing and health.


The summit will examine Buffalo’s housing crisis, explore the links between housing and health, and suggest policies to improve housing for better health of refugees.


The UB-led study found that the refugee women have healthier pregnancies than women born in the U.S., despite receiving less prenatal care.


Oscar Gomez-Duarte and Justin Read have joined an initiative that is developing Hispanic/Latinx leaders across SUNY.


The University at Buffalo has awarded seven students with the university’s first academic badge, a micro-credential that allows students to showcase their mastery of a skill in an area of interest.


Engineering prof Nirupam Aich and colleagues are looking at the effects of recycling and repairing electronics on residents' health.

For the past five years, UB and local partners have convened clinicians, resettlement representatives, community health workers, researchers, students, municipal leaders and refugees from Western New York for an annual refugee health summit.
Buffalo’s shifting urban and social landscapes create openings for design and planning innovation as well as intensive community-engaged teaching and research at UB.
The School of Architecture and Planning opens the 2018-19 academic year with two new faces in the Department of Architecture’s administrative wing in Hayes Hall.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning set an attendance record for its national conference when more than 1,200 urban planning scholars descended on Buffalo last month for ACSP 2018.

Special issue of peer-reviewed journal addresses key questions in food systems planning efforts.

The University at Buffalo Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity (CGHE) invites outstanding candidates to apply for a postdoctoral position in complex environmental exposures .
This fall, Dr. Pavani Ram will be rotating out of her role as founding Co-Director for the Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity (CGHE). UB has greatly benefited from Dr. Ram’s passion for promoting health equity – but it is her human decency that has, to a significant degree, shaped CGHE. Having set the Community into motion – encouraging faculty to work globally, sometimes out of their comfort zones; connecting UB faculty with influential leaders around the world; and launching innovative educational programs – Dr. Ram will now focus on her research. Thank you, Dr. Ram, for your grit, focus, and good heart. 
1981 marked the beginning of the HIV epidemic. Between 1982-1988 AIDS became prominent in the United States and Europe, but the world lacked therapeutic drugs that could suppress the virus. 
By 2050, antimicrobial resistant infections are projected to be a leading cause of death globally. At present, approximately 90% of diagnosed cases are in Asia and Africa. However, within a framework of global interconnectivity and international travel, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health equity challenge as well as a pressing public health concern for well-resourced countries such as the United States. 

UB's other study abroad scholarship recipients will focus on foreign language and cultural exploration.

Erin Sweeney, who will graduate this week with her Master of Urban Planning degree, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Research Award to advance her research in food systems planning in support of small-scale farmers in Singapore.

This year's Global Innovation Challenge examines cultivating equity for those who grow our food.


The summit's keynote panel stressed that coordination and intentionality are key to integrating inclusive excellence campus-wide.

Melinda Lemke, assistant professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is the primary investigator on a study that will examine how school staff leverage policy and/or programming supports to address the social and emotional well-being of displaced students in Western New York schools.

Engineering professor John Atkinson is working to broaden students’ opportunities to learn about the topic.


University at Buffalo nursing research revealed that Somali Bantu women are open to family planning when methods help to space births of future children, rather than preventing new additions to their families. 


UB researchers served as guest editors of a themed issue of Built Environment that focuses on equity in food systems planning.


First-of-its-kind database developed and maintained at UB will help governing bodies around the globe develop better food systems planning policies by drawing from legislation already crafted.


Members of the Communities of Excellence gathered to review the impact they have had on education, scholarship and outreach.


UB professor Jeff Good says the African country's many languages are endangered — and so are the ways that people use them.


The award honors Aga’s research on the ecological impact of antibiotics, flame retardants and other emerging contaminants.

Two seemingly unrelated national policy debates are afoot, and we can’t adequately address one unless we address the other.

A trip to Costa Rica inspires participants in UB's new Study Abroad Incubator.


Researchers find that while handwashing with soap and water prevents childhood disease, access to soap at home varies around the world.

FEATURE UB Food Lab director Samina Raja is laying the groundwork for a healthier world.

Students spent a transformative week developing and refining ideas to address a specific global health issue.



Speakers and workshop sessions addressed the theme of improving health literacy for Buffalo’s refugee population.


Research grants to promote food quality in the Global South were awarded to teams at UB's inaugural Ideas Lab.

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor in planning, development, and design for global health equity.
Applications are invited for an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to join a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative on Food Equity and Global Health.

Google’s Toilet Locator could offer a solution to India’s open defecation problem in cities, but challenges remain in rural areas, a UB expert says.


Samantha Power attended a town hall meeting at UB on refugee resettlement as part of a daylong visit to Buffalo.

Nearly 620 million people in India defecate in the open, but Google's Toilet Locator is trying to change that.

UB student musicians play a key role in Buffalo String Works' mission to help refugee children learn to play music.


The UB Community of Excellence awards seed funding for projects on refugee issues and air pollution's effects on pregnant women in China.

Buffalo isn’t shrinking much anymore, and it’s all because of Burmese refugees like Nay Htoo.
Across the nation, refugees are boosting America’s legacy cities, but encountering resistance from residents. If these cities are to succeed, we must reframe the narrative around refugees—and design could have a pivotal role to play.

International Education Week activities at UB will focus on refugees and immigrants.


Taking place on World Food Day, Oct. 16, session at Habitat III conference will focus on food systems planning and policy.


In the fourth installment in a weekly series, Pavani Ram offers her "big idea" to cultivate a worldwide hand-washing habit

To author its 2015 World Development Report, the World Bank put together an interdisciplinary team of economists, political scientists, sociologists—and a lone philosopher. Ryan Muldoon, an assistant professor in UB’s Department of Philosophy who had done prior work for UNICEF, helped guide the thinking behind the report.

Through the Global Innovation Challenge, UB students created solutions to an issue that keeps millions from completing school.


UB undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students will work in teams to develop social, economic, technological and public policy solutions to sanitation challenges faced by schoolchildren around the world.


In a spring studio focused on refugees, students are re-envisioning an abandoned silk mill as temporary housing.

The World Bank, as you might expect, is quick to draw on the knowledge of economists, policymakers, and international-development experts. But for a 2015 report on how our thinking can affect the implementation of development policies, the international institution looked beyond the usual disciplines: it asked a professor of philosophy to contribute.

UB will mark National Public Health Week with events highlighting issues that are important to improving our nation.


Film screenings, symposia and a health summit will address the myriad issues related to this global problem.


Six members of the UB community were recognized on Wednesday for outstanding community engagement activities.

The world’s most pressing problems can’t be solved with one approach or seen through a single lens. That’s the thinking behind a spring studio course offered at UB that aims to help a community in India develop a much-needed public sanitation plan.

UB medical geographer Jared Aldstadt says it's unlikely the Zika virus will affect large parts of the country.

A 17-member team from the University at Buffalo (UB), the largest campus in the State University of New York, visited the Maradu municipality on Wednesday.

Buffalo's and UB’s reputations for working well with the refugee population were highlighted earlier this week as the city hosted a press tour of foreign journalists.


John Borrazzo, 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 who are helping to shape understanding of vital issues facing the world today.


When UB faculty members cite senior Kelly Coughlin’s credentials and accomplishments, her paper, “Too Much of Water,” is front and center.  


UB is investing $25 million in an initiative that will harness the strengths of UB faculty from disciplines across the university to confront grand challenges facing humankind.