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In the not-too-distant future, parking could be a lot easier, recycling could be more efficient, and finding community space at the library and other buildings would be painless.


For years, policymakers have relied upon surveys and census data to track and respond to extreme poverty.

While effective, assembling this information is costly and time-consuming, and it often lacks detail that aid organizations and governments need in order to best deploy their resources.

That could soon change.


A scorching heat wave in the Phoenix area killed more than 100 people in the summer of 2016 as temperatures soared to near 120 degrees.

Over three days in November 2014, a massive snowstorm — dubbed “Snowvember” — dumped more than 7 feet of snow across parts of Western New York, causing 13 deaths.


The total cost of structural fires in the United States in 2014 was $328.5 billion.

That’s according to a new report written by UB engineers and issued by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The report looks at structural fires — those involving residential, commercial and industrial buildings. It does not examine wildfires, vehicle fires and other outdoor fires.


Who hasn’t cursed their smartphone battery? Or downloaded something that took too much time or data? Thought so.

To alleviate these annoyances — and build a more energy-efficient and less costly internet — IBM has awarded UB computer scientists Tevfik Kosar and Murat Demirbas $75,000 to develop a software-based solution that reduces the energy consumption of existing computing hardware.


South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region is one of the richest repositories of plant life in the world.

Here, about 20 percent of Africa’s flora grows in a landscape that accounts for less than 0.5 percent of the continent’s area, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The diversity of plant life is among the highest on the planet. About 69 percent of the region’s estimated 9,000 plant species live nowhere else in the world.


Kelly Hayes McAlonie arrived at UB thinking about education, architecture and continuity of learning.

Named as the university’s associate director of Capital, Facilities and Space Planning in May 2010, her first job was to conduct a master plan for the new home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


Buffalo is a city on the rebound, but the scars of its industrial past remain visible in the form of vacant properties and brownfields. A renewable energy initiative being spearheaded by UB — and made possible through funding from New York State — aims to invest in the city’s urban core while reducing energy costs for a who’s who of Buffalo-area anchor institutions. It could also help save taxpayer dollars while creating more efficient budgeting for the participating institutions.


“Energy Storage: A Keystone in the Renewable Energy Future” is the topic of the next lecture in the RENEW Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Nov. 16. The lecture will be given by Esther S. Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Professor and William and Jane Knapp Chair in Energy and the Environment at Stony Brook University and chief scientist in the Energy Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory.


A UB geologist will journey to the Caribbean island of St. John this month to study the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria on coral reefs in the region


AAU President Mary Sue Coleman, named by Time magazine in 2009 as one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” will visit UB Nov. 15-16 as the featured speaker at this year’s “Critical Conversations,” the presidential series showcasing distinguished individuals at the forefront of their fields who are helping to shape understanding of vital issues facing the world today.


Imagine an apartment tower that expands — and downsizes — to respond to our rapidly changing lifestyles. This off-the-charts smart building design has won UB architecture professor Jin Young Song first place in an international competition to consider design in the “self-evolving city.”


The School of Law has launched a new law clinic in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which has left thousands of Puerto Ricans in critical need of legal assistance. Through the Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic, a group of specially trained UB law students will learn relevant law in Buffalo and then travel to Puerto Rico in January to offer hands-on legal assistance, providing direct access to justice for those in urgent need.


For Krishna Rajan, diversity is more than just being different. Diversity is not simply about including people from different backgrounds, but rather, bringing them together to enrich the community as a whole.

“To achieve this, you need the right people and a nurturing environment,” says Rajan, an internationally recognized expert on materials informatics and the Eric Bloch Endowed Chair of UB’s new Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI).


UB’s strategic diversity and inclusion plan, “Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence,” focuses on coordinating and facilitating diversity and inclusion-related efforts and processes campus-wide to integrate inclusive excellence into all aspects of university operations.


In 2004, pneumonia killed more than 2 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. By 2015, the number was less than 1 million. Better access to antibiotics and improved nutrition account for part of the decline. But scientists say it’s mostly due to vaccines introduced in the early 2000s that target up to 23 of the most deadly forms of Streptococcus pneumoniae, the bacterium that causes pneumonia.


Cayo Santiago is a tiny, curiously shaped island not far from Puerto Rico’s eastern shore. A bit larger than half of a square mile, it might go unnoticed, if it’s included at all, on less detailed maps of the Caribbean. But Carol Berman, a professor in UB’s Department of Anthropology and an expert in primate social behavior, knows the island well. She’s been doing research there since 1974 and is among the scientists calling attention to Cayo Santiago, home to a unique free-ranging population of rhesus monkeys and the researchers charged with their care, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria


President Donald Trump has long talked about reinvigorating American manufacturing, which has suffered heavy job losses as a result of automation, trade deals and other factors. In July, the Trump administration even celebrated “made in America” week by showcasing things built in the U.S. and hosting dozens of manufacturers at the White House.

To me, an engineer who studies the future of manufacturing, this focus on what the U.S. made yesterday will only go so far in saving American manufacturing. The U.S. needs to figure out what the country should make tomorrow — and invest heavily in it. Whether we do depends on our willingness to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, a new era that is beginning and is destined to be just as pivotal as the previous three.


The Department of Geology and the RENEW Institute will welcome a new hire in January: Kristin Poinar, a NASA climate scientist whose study on giant cracks in the Greenland Ice Sheet made headlines worldwide in early 2017.


For many people who have a disability, taking public transportation is a necessity. But it can also be a nightmare. The barriers abound. It can be extremely difficult to get up and down the stairs on the bus. Riders who use a wheelchair often feel undue attention drawn upon them as passengers sit and wait impatiently while the bus operator secures the wheelchair in place.


“As a society, we throw a lot of things away without giving a second thought.

“But just because something leaves our presence doesn’t mean it’s actually gone … it’s just somewhere else now,” says UB staff member Jackie Hausler.

Furniture is one obvious example, says Hausler, director of communications and alumni engagement in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and a Buffalo-based lifestyle and DIY blogger.


A UB graduate who said the university changed his life has given $4 million to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

Stephen Still graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1976, then earned master’s and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. While he says his passion has always been in transportation planning, he spent most of his career in the aviation industry.


As the Earth’s climate changes, shifting weather patterns will affect where plants and animals can live. Some species — such as polar bears, frogs and even bumblebees — may see habitats shrink. Others may be forced to relocate to new environs.


UB launched its 2017 Campaign for the Community with a Hollywood theme, as campus liaisons, administrators and members of United Way agencies gathered yesterday morning in the Center for the Arts Mainstage theater to hear how UB employees make an impact on the Western New York community through their generosity.


Scientists have used satellite data to monitor underground water reserves in California’s Silicon Valley, discovering that water levels rebounded quickly after a severe drought that lasted from 2012-15. The research points to the success of aggressive conservation measures. It also helps to lay the groundwork for low-cost monitoring of subterranean water reserves in California and elsewhere in the world.


A new Environmental Law LL.M. program offers law students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in environmental law and policy through traditional classroom study, experiential learning opportunities, and one-on-one academic advising


UB’s nationally recognized GRoW Home is getting closer to being ready to meet its new neighbors. A team of students is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the 1,100-square-foot, ultra-efficient solar dwelling, which is being temporarily sited behind Hayes Hall on the South Campus.


This summer’s course, titled “Community Development in Context: Social Innovation in the Mara Region of Tanzania,” explored ideas and strategies for enabling social change through the medium of marketing. To prepare for the trip, students read up on the government, resources and culture of Tanzania while also getting an education in basic marketing from Debbie Grossman of the UB School of Management, who accompanied the students on the trip.


To bring some immediacy to the event, Bramen says the title of the symposium references “Nevertheless, she persisted” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s explanation for using a little-know Senate rule to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren while she was delivering a speech last winter criticizing then-attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. But, Bramen points out, the idea of women persisting has a much longer history.


We all expect hospitals to be open and operating when we need them, but extreme weather events like hurricanes are a strain on resources and pose significant challenges for hospitals. Closing a hospital is an extreme action, but several hospitals in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina did just that before the arrival of Hurricane Irma.


Members of the UB community can learn how to lead a “greener” lifestyle at the ninth annual Sustainable Living Fair on Sept. 27.

The free fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union, North Campus. It is co-sponsored by the Professional Staff Senate’s Sustainable Living Committee, Campus Life, Parking and Transportation, United University Professions and Campus Dining and Shops.


The Buffalo-based Girls Education Collaborative (GEC) has a message for Western New Yorkers: Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is helping girls achieve their potential every day. And so can you.


What if someone designed a computer program that could predict, with astonishing accuracy, when a machine would fail and how it would happen? Businesses could act to make repairs before things break, saving lots of money by extending the lives of their machines.

That is precisely what Sentient Science has done, and the company’s future looks very bright.


UB moved up five spots on Sierra Club magazine’s “Cool Schools” ranking for 2017. The university landed at No. 52, up from 57 last fall, on the environmental group’s annual list of schools that are ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability.


Bill McKibben, author of the groundbreaking book “The End of Nature,” which helped establish him as a leading voice on the global threat of climate change, will be the keynote speaker for the Buffalo Humanities Festival, being held Sept. 28-30 at various locations in Western New York.


A cellphone and a few seconds of time.

That’s all residents of northern Michigan need to take part in a new project designed to improve management and conservation of a vital natural resource: fresh water.


Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say.

In a new study, researchers detected high concentrations of these drugs and their metabolized remnants in the brain tissue of 10 fish species found in the Niagara River.


How stable is the Greenland Ice Sheet?

Top climate scientists from around the world met in Buffalo this week to address this question at a workshop run by UB geologist Jason Briner.


Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the NIEHS and NTP, has spent more than 35 years researching, evaluating and educating the public on risks associated with hazardous environmental exposures. UB’s Institute on Research and Education in Energy, Environment and Water (RENEW) welcomes Dr. Birnbaum from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 15th, when she will discuss the impacts of global environmental health and what it means for local families and communities. She will discuss 21st century environmental health challenges associated with extreme weather events, community health resiliency, economic impacts of climate change on health, and co-benefits for health of mitigation/adaptation efforts.


Imagine a thriving community built around manufacturing jobs where the production methods and processes not only minimize waste and mitigate negative environmental impacts, but also address health risks posed to residents and workers.


Bill McKibben, author of the groundbreaking book “The End of Nature,” which helped establish him as leading voice on the global threat of climate change, will be the keynote speaker for the Buffalo Humanities Festival, Sept. 28-30 at various locations in Western New York.


Faculty, staff and administrators from UB’s three campuses were among several thousand volunteers fanning out across the Buffalo area Wednesday, lending a hand to local not-for-profit organizations for the 2017 Day of Caring.


The people at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) realize that to continue thriving, they need to make sure there is an educational pathway local students can follow onto the campus. Teaching young people about the range of jobs on the campus is part of that mission, as is stimulating their interest in science, technology, engineering and math classes.


In May of this year, a hot spell broiled Boston. In June, extreme temperatures grounded Phoenix’s planes. Last week, Seattle suffered under record temperatures.


Even at age 64, Cristanne Miller still rides her bicycle to UB a few days a week. Miller’s affinity for the two-wheeled commute began at an early age — and out of necessity — in Des Moines, Iowa, where she grew up.


The School of Law has developed a new graduate program in environmental law that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders in environmental scholarship, research and public policy.


The investigation into how air pollution emissions from the Tonawanda Coke plant may have affected nearby soil kicked into gear today with a gathering of elected officials, community organizers and scientists from UB and SUNY Fredonia.


Abby LaPlaca and Kayleigh Reed would be exceptional UB students even if they were not writing their own stories on the power of global scholarship.


UB’s GRoW Home, a student-built solar home that traveled across the country to place atop the 2015 Solar Decathlon, is now being reassembled behind Hayes Hall.


Launched as part of an ongoing collaboration between the UB School of Management and UB School of Social Work, the Social Impact Fellows program pairs a management student with a social work student for an eight-week internship at a local organization, where they collaborate on ideas to tackle a social issue facing the community.


Health care reform has been the hottest topic. What to do about America’s aging infrastructure has been less animated but may be more pressing.


A small group of UB undergraduates committed to acquiring the knowledge and understanding necessary for discovering and developing new avenues of social change will travel to Eastern Africa on July 15 as part of an intensive, experiential, social innovation and marketing course in the United Republic of Tanzania.


Traditionally, when a car breaks down the solution has been to fix it. Repair manuals, knowledgeable mechanics and auto parts stores make car repairs common, quick and relatively inexpensive. Even with modern computer-equipped vehicles, regular people have plenty they can do: change oil, change tires and many more advanced upgrades.


Eight UB faculty members traveled to Costa Rica last month as part of the university’s first-ever Study Abroad Incubator, a program for faculty and staff interested in designing and leading new study abroad initiatives.


Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Grey’s Anatomy actor and activist Jesse Williams and award-winning actor and science communicator Alan Alda are among the speakers who will headline UB’s 2017-18 Distinguished Speakers Series.


Rising global temperatures are impacting not just peoples’ physiological health but also society’s health, according to “Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet,” (MIT Press) a book by UB emeritus faculty member Alan Lockwood.


For UB staff member Krissy Costanzo, the LGBTQ experience “at times can feel like being part of an invisible minority group.”

In particular, “It can be tricky navigating the workplace when you are not ‘out’ professionally,” says Costanzo, director of resource management for the School of Public Health and Health Professions. “Having a visible group of LGBTQ employees on campus who could serve as mentors and role models would have really helped me starting out,” she says. “There was a need to develop this sense of community on campus, and I realized it was up to us to do it.”


With today’s increasingly powerful electronics, tiny materials are a must as manufacturers seek to increase performance without adding bulk.

Smaller also is better for optoelectronic devices — like camera sensors or solar cells —which collect light and convert it to electrical energy. Think, for example, about reducing the size and weight of a series of solar panels, producing a higher-quality photo in low lighting conditions, or even transmitting data more quickly.


Whether you drive, ride public transit, bike or walk, chances are you encounter transportation problems.

It could be a snow-slicked road, overcrowded subway platform or errant motorists paying more attention to their smartphones than to their surroundings.

Consequences from these situations can be severe. For example, Seattle-based INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimated that traffic congestion in 2013 led to $124 billion in losses in the United States. And hardly a day passes that you don’t hear about some tragic motor vehicle accident.


UB on the Green, UB’s free outdoor performance series, is back for an 11th season of music and activities celebrating summer in the South Campus neighborhood.

The family-friendly, alcohol-free events, presented by the Office of Community Relations, will take place from 6-8 p.m. July 19 and July 26 on the Hayes Hall lawn on the South Campus. Free parking is available in the NFTA Park and Ride and Townsend lots. Spectators are encouraged to bring a picnic meal, lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments from food trucks will be available for sale.


Post-industrial cities in the United States and elsewhere are implementing brownfields to brightfields programs that help develop local economies, generate clean energy and manage pollution. Brownfields are former industrial sites or landfills with contaminated soil. These sites pose both environmental and social challenges, as contamination must be remediated prior to redevelopment. 

Samina Raja was a newly minted civil engineer and urban planner in the summer of 1999 when Kashmir was wracked with an armed conflict that had been simmering since her youth. Despite the violence, she had steady work, reviewing plans for giant hotels and high-end interior renovations. But increasingly, she felt torn. “It just didn’t make moral sense,” she says. “I was using my civil engineering and planning skills for the wrong projects.”    
Last January, members of the congregation of Pilgrim-St. Luke’s voted unanimously to become a sanctuary church.  
A UB faculty member has devised an ingenious way to more quickly test soil in farm fields to make detailed maps of differing soil types. Those maps then can be used to design more efficient farming practices.
Helen Domske has never seen a whale shark.
More than 100 transportation leaders from across the United States are meeting in Buffalo this week to discuss everything from driverless cars to bike share programs and how big data can improve traffic-clogged roads.
Derek Nichols, who was most recently director of education and outreach for Grassroots Gardens WNY, has been named sustainability engagement coordinator at UB.
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical mind and body practice. Most present day practices share some variation of yoga poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), relaxation and meditation.
The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will add three new programs to its academic offerings.
Margaret Moss speaks to thousands of people nationally, and internationally, every year.
UB’s ongoing efforts to recruit underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to its PhD programs have received a major boost from the National Institutes of Health, which renewed a five-year, $2.3 million grant to help fully fund scholarships.
Human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will speak at UB on Sept. 19 in Alumni Arena as the first speaker in the 31st annual Distinguished Speakers Series.
To develop their winning idea at this year’s Global Innovation Challenge, team United Youth looked to their own individual experiences for inspiration.
The new Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has just completed its first full academic year of operation and it's marking that milestone with the Erich Bloch Symposium in Materials Design and Innovation.
UB's falcon chicks — three females and one male — are almost grown, and biologists from the state Department of Environmental Conservation visited the nesting box in Mackay Heating Tower last week to band the chicks. Banding allows wildlife biologists to track the movements and lifespans of the endangered birds. 
The weather forecast for Friday is cloudy with a chance of...lightening the load on Mother Nature. That’s because UB faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in Green Your Commute Day.
The academic year is winding down and that means thousands of UB students will be moving out of their dorms and off-campus apartments in the weeks ahead. And that means many students heading home for the summer won’t be able to bring back with them all the stuff they’ve accumulated over the past 10 months.
There’s much happier news to report on the UB falcon front this spring. The four eggs Dixie laid a month ago have hatched and viewers of UB’s Falcon Cam can watch as Dixie and Yankee care for their four fledgling fluff balls.
Forests of silver birch stretch across Europe, and they are a wonder to behold: stands of slender, white-barked trees sheltering vast swathes of earth.
The collection of grain elevators at Silo City is an impressive enough site, the industrial behemoths towering over the Buffalo River. But a project created by UB freshman architecture students this spring lends a unique perspective to the grain elevators, and the landscape.
Members of the UB community can help plant an urban orchard by taking part in “Endless Orchard,” a living, public art project commissioned by the UB Art Galleries that is taking place May 6 in the Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo.
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has awarded the University at Buffalo $2.4 million for materials science research that aims to make next generation vehicles carbon-neutral.

A team led by a UB doctoral student took first place on April 12 in UB’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC) for a technology that generates hydrogen gas from water.


Increasing prolonged periods of severe hot and dry weather during the first summer after wildfires is inhibiting vegetation recovery and causing loss of plant diversity, according to a new international study on climate change.


What happens when the students become the teachers? In a popular Buffalo Public Schools program led by the University at Buffalo, magic happened.

The biggest problem of the 21st century, according to civil rights expert john a. powell, is the problem of “othering,” or focusing on our differences as individual deficits instead of collective strengths.
The Falcon 9 rocket that blasted into space Sunday contains 5,500 pounds of cargo, including potatoes that eventually will make their home at UB.
The University at Buffalo’s Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and Buffalo Environmental Law Journal brought together noted experts to discuss how law and policy can help society address the changing climate, and the justice issues those changes raise, as part of “The Changing Climate: Reflections on Current Law, Policy, Justice and Regulation.”
As the waves crashed over the break wall in the distance and waterfowl swirled about in search of prey, UB sophomore Mark Geraci chatted with a local dairy farmer seated next to him inside the Buffalo Yacht Club about issues affecting the future of Lake Erie.
Recognition continues to roll in for UB’s sustainability efforts. UB ranks among the top 50 U.S. universities in’s 2017 Green Report, released last week. UB landed at No. 45 on the list.
The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable will host their annual Sustainable Business EXPO on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Meet exhibitors and sponsors, learn about innovative local businesses, be inspired by the keynote speakers and have some fun. The EXPO will be held at the American Axle Building at 1001 E Delavan - a great revitalized space with secure, free parking.
Thousands of ants converge to follow the most direct path from their colony to their food and back; a swarm of inexpensive, unmanned drones quickly map an offshore oil spill.

Power imbalances in heterosexual relationships are common, but having less power takes a greater toll on young women than young men, according to a recently published University at Buffalo study.


Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than previously thought, climbing as high as 370 percent in some categories, according to new research by a University at Buffalo medical sociologist.

Four research projects have been selected to receive funding from UB’s RENEW Institute, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to solving complex environmental problems.
A UB PhD candidate is pursuing ideas that could bring a hydrogen-generating device to your car and prevent your lithium-ion battery from wearing out. And he is building a company to bring these breakthroughs to market.

You’ve seen Bear Grylls turn foul water into drinking water with little more than sunlight and plastic.


What happens when the students become the teachers? In a popular Buffalo Public Schools program led by the University at Buffalo, magic happened.


African-American women in abusive relationships use a variety of strategies pulled from three general categories to survive intimate partner violence (IPV), according to a new University at Buffalo study recently published in the journal Social Work.

UB chemistry professor Joseph A. Gardella Jr.
UB chemistry professor Joseph A. Gardella Jr. has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board.