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


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


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


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.

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. 
In 1996, Dr. Pavani Ram, associate professor of epidemiology and environmental health, observed the care for two patients who have impacted her life to this day. In Tamil Nadu in South India, a woman at 43 weeks pregnant – 3 weeks post due date – delivered a stillbirth, likely due to a lack of sufficient antenatal care. Another patient, a woman dying of congestive heart failure, was suffering alone in a small hut in a remote, rural community. These encounters caused Dr. Ram to reflect: what are the barriers to care for populations living in communities where health services are not available and what does it take to deliver high quality care in these types of low resource settings? These questions have formed the basis of her life’s work – using public health’s power as an instrument of social justice for women and children.
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.

China’s Cultural Revolution (1966 – 1976) brought chaos to every aspect of life in the country. In particular, educational opportunities for youth essentially came to a grinding halt. 
Dr. Kasia Kordas, associate professor of epidemiology and environmental health, describes her entrance to public health and epidemiology as serendipitous. In fact, looking back she feels very lucky to have “stumbled upon it.” 

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. 

Dr. Lanre Omotayo, postdoctoral associate for the Community for Global Health Equity, has come to see that improving public health requires more than improvements in medicine; this perspective results not from an epiphany, but a step-by-step pursuit of his core convictions.
As an undergraduate student pursuing a public health degree at the University of California, Irvine, Yeeli Mui had not yet heard about the field of urban planning, much less considered the relationship between urban planning and public health.

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.

How do you make decisions about the food you eat? Do you look at the price? The list of ingredients? Perhaps you pay particular attention to whether your food is non-GMO, gluten free, or certified organic?  
In Ghana, a newborn child receives the names of both parents, which are often aspirations for the child’s future. Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, the most recent faculty hire for the UB School of Architecture and Planning, is on a path to live up to his father’s name, Boamah, Helper of Nations.

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.


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.


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.


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.