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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.


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.

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.


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.

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.
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.”
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.
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.
Four research projects have been selected to receive funding from UB’s RENEW Institute, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to solving complex environmental problems.
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.
Greenland Ice Sheet
In climate science, the conventional wisdom is that the Greenland Ice Sheet — the world’s second-largest block of ice — formed some 2.5 million years ago and endured continuously until modern times.
start up ny
Eight more companies will open or expand operations on or near UB’s campuses through START-UP NY, the tax incentive program established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Internships. Tutoring. Summer research opportunities. Networking.
Humanities day for UB med school students
Pastor Kinzer Pointer stood before the group of first-year students from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who had traveled to the Promiseland Missionary Baptist Church on High Street on a windy, rainy morning to meet him and tour his neighborhood.
Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., speaks at a town hall meeting at UB on refugee resettlement as part of a daylong visit to Buffalo. Photo: Douglas Levere
Before visiting for the first time on Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations didn’t know that Buffalo is known as the “City of Good Neighbors.” But after meeting with members of the city’s thriving refugee population and seeing how they’ve been supported, Samantha Power witnessed the kindness and compassion that have helped Buffalo live up to its moniker.
UB employees David Youhess (right) and Blake Cooper stand in front of the new house on Niagara Falls Boulevard they bought through the UB H.O.M. E. program. Photo: Douglas Levere
A house is now a home for UB staff member David Youhess, thanks to UB H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easy), a program that offers interest-free deferred loans to university employees who buy homes in the neighborhoods around the South Campus.
A glowing solution of BODIPY dye is swirled under a black light. A new UB study shows the dye has interesting chemical properties that could make it an ideal material for use in large-scale rechargeable batteries.
Could a glow-in-the-dark dye be the next advancement in energy storage technology?
One recent afternoon, the sounds of the first movement from 19th-century Russian composer Aleksandr Borodin’s “String Quartet No.2” filled the auditorium of Buffalo P.S. 18 on the city’s West Side.
Bike winter
UB cyclists who want to keep their bicycles safe from weather and theft during the winter months can store their bicycles for free with Parking and Transportation Services.
Have you amassed a collection of old documents and mail that needs to be shredded? Have you recently gotten more buff and now your clothes are too big (or, perhaps, the reverse)? If so, this is the weekend to get rid of all that and more.
Global Health Equity fund
Two projects addressing refugee health issues in Buffalo and a study on the effects of air pollution on pregnant women in China have been selected to receive funding through UB’s Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE).
International students at UB hail from 115 different countries, with the largest numbers coming from China, India, South Korea, Canada, Malaysia and Iran. Photo: Douglas Levere
The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released yesterday in Washington, D.C., by the Institute of International Education (IIE), announced that for the 14th straight year, UB is among the top 25 U.S. institutions hosting international students.
UBReUSE collects items from students moving out of the dorms in the spring, refurbishes them and then sells them during Opening Weekend. Last year's two-day sale raised approximately $1,800, which is being used to help expand UBReUSE this year.
UBReUSE, the student-run sustainability program that started last spring, is back this academic year and looking to grow. But it needs a few good student volunteers willing to help take the program to the next level.
One leads a company shifting its long-term focus toward a world where autonomous vehicles ease gridlock in major cities across the globe. Another is leading a company committed to being at the forefront of trends in hospitality and live sporting events. And the third heads an organization that’s constantly finding creative ways to leverage its resources to protect the environment.
Peace Bridge
UB and Brock University will kick off a series of Cross-Border Innovation and Prosperity Workshops next week to advance a collaborative infrastructure for economic innovation across the binational Buffalo Niagara region.
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across New York City in 2012, causing around $65 billion in damage and killing more than 150 people. Two years later, on the other end of the state, the “Snowvember” storm dumped 7 feet of snow on parts of Buffalo, destroying roofs across the region and causing 14 fatalities.
UB has been highlighted in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index in the Public Engagement section for its efforts in advancing sustainability in higher education.
Most people, even those who don’t want to keep bees, know at least two good reasons why someone would: pollination and honey.
solar strand
UB has received a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the EPA announced Monday.
UB green
UB is among the 50 most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its college rankings and test prep services features UB in the 2016 edition of its Guide to 361 Green Colleges.
Scientists are pursuing a tiny solution for harnessing one of the world’s most abundant sources of clean energy: Water.
An astute observer of the mass-produced and mundane, Joan Linder has spent much of her artistic career creating painstakingly hand-drawn images with a quill pen and ink: kitchen sinks full of dirty dishes, piles of junk mail — even the raw musculature of a gross anatomy cadaver, its chest split open.
Habitat III
The UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (Food Lab) has partnered with a United Nations agency to lead a training session on food systems planning and policy as part of an upcoming UN conference that happens once every 20 years.
UB Spine
UB has earned a “top 30” rating in a new ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE).
A policy forum on green infrastructure in the Buffalo-Niagara region taking place next week will feature a few UB faces.
Tonawanda Coke
UB researchers are moving forward with plans to conduct a multi-year study analyzing how emissions from the Tonawanda Coke plant may have affected the health of area residents and employees.
Hayes reopens
Halfway through today’s grand reopening ceremony for Hayes Hall, Bob Shibley walked up to the podium, looked at the crowd, smiled and said, “God, this is fun.”
Hayes renovation
Daniel Crowther is in his last semester of the three-semester master of architecture program with a concentration in real estate development. He swears he didn’t plan it this way so that he could experience the newly renovated Hayes Hall, home of the School of Architecture and Planning, which reopened this academic year.
UB cares
UB officially launched its 2016 Employees Campaign for the Community this morning with campaign chair Robert J. Genco encouraging UB employees to help the campaign exceed its goal of $875,000.  
The UB community gets an A+ for generosity, donating more than 17,000 items for this year’s school supply drive sponsored by the Office of Community Relations.
Zachariae Isbræ, northeast Greenland. Photo: Anders A Bjørk
A new study on the Greenland Ice Sheet provides valuable insight on climate change, using unique research methods to establish new estimates of ice loss for both modern and ancient times, says UB geologist Beata Csatho, one of more than a dozen team members on the international project.
community service
UB is working with state, city and community-based groups and organizations to develop new programs that expand upon the university’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the South Campus.
UB has earned a “top 50” rating among public universities for the third straight year, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Vendors showcase their products at a previous year's Sustainable Living Fair.
Some UB staff members will show their university colleagues how to live a “greener” life and help reduce their environmental footprint at the eighth annual UB Sustainable Living Fair on Sept. 29.  
Saliva and evolution
There’s no need to reinvent the genetic wheel. That’s one lesson of a new study that looks to the saliva of humans, gorillas, orangutans, macaques and African green monkeys for insights into evolution.
students in university heights
UB remains strongly committed to working with students, neighborhood residents and law enforcement to promote good citizenship, cooperation and improving quality of life in University Heights.
High-tech classrooms and group study spaces with 80-inch monitors. Video recording studios with editing suites. A café.
UBCCC field trip
The echo of 40 chattering children rises from the center of UB’s Solar Strand on a cloudy August day. Kids enrolled in the UB Child Care Center’s nine-week summer program gather on recycled concrete slabs under one of the largest array of panels, curiously taking in the scale of their surroundings.
UB architect Joyce Hwang’s latest animal architecture creation is a bird-friendly public art installation that both promotes awareness of local avian species and calls attention to a common, but often invisible peril: bird-glass window collisions.
collaborative culture
It’s no secret that men still hold the majority of leadership positions in American companies. But new research from the School of Management finds that when male-dominated work groups foster collaboration and communication, it’s women who are more likely to emerge as leaders.
canoeing on lake lasalle
On a warm July Wednesday, 30 international students approach the boat launch at Lake LaSalle, the water sparkling in the abundant summer sunshine. The students excitedly chat in their native languages as they gather near the dock, ready to canoe and kayak for the first time.
Nicole Hallett was talking to someone in Buffalo about the needs of the city’s immigrant population. Hallett asked about wage theft — when an employer cheats low-wage workers out of their fair pay by requiring them to work off the clock or failing to pay overtime.
Edmund B. Hayes Hall, the iconic building with a fascinating story on the South Campus, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Turning laundry lint and other waste fibers into commercial products. 3-D printing electronics. Finding an elegant, yet effective way to make buildings energy efficient.
With an eye toward improving the efficiency and affordability of solar cells, physicists from UB and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will develop light-harvesting films using funds from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.
evaluating lots
School’s out for the summer for many UB students and faculty. But just because they’ve left campus for the season doesn’t mean they’re not working. Numerous students and faculty find that summer vacation is the perfect time to pursue research in the field. Here are a few examples.
Later this summer, a family will move into its new home on Buffalo’s East Side. Thanks to a pilot project between Habitat for Humanity and the School of Architecture and Planning, the family will be comfortable staying in the house for a long time, even as its members reach their elder years.
UB is among a select group of academic institutions, industry and nonprofits tapped by the White House to form an advanced manufacturing hub designed to sustain the nation’s manufacturing resurgence.
women in STEM
Kathleen Murphy is all too familiar with the obstacles surrounding women in science, technology, engineering and math.
When civil engineer Marc Edwards (BS ’86) warned Michigan state officials and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that lead-contaminated drinking water was poisoning the children of Flint, he expected them to declare an emergency. Instead, the regulators insisted there was no cause for alarm. That’s when Edwards, now frequently described as “The Hero of Flint,” realized he would have to take matters into his own hands.
Watering cans lined up against rain barrels gleam in the summer sunshine. Asparagus and peas cling to stakes, braced against the breeze. Concrete blocks form a makeshift entryway, inviting passersby to admire thriving rows of tomatoes, wax beans and rainbow Swiss chard.
Manure Management
Researchers from UB and three other U.S. universities are teaming up with dairy farms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, genes tied to resistance and antibiotic residues — traces of antibiotics and the compounds they break down into.
This week, more than 20 Buffalo Public Schools students will begin a summer camp at the University at Buffalo. It’ll have the hallmarks of a typical camp — fun and education — but the subject matter will be far more serious and will hit closer to home.
The African violet is one of the world’s most common houseplants. You can buy it at Lowe’s. You can get it at the nursery. You can find it in the grocery store.
launchpad students
It’s the entrepreneurial-minded college student’s dream summer job: getting paid to build a business.
students working
Imagine redesigning a city in only two days. That’s exactly what some UB students did recently as part of a summer study abroad program in Estonia.
As a political issue, climate change splits mostly along ideological lines in the U.S.
food delivery
UB social work student Matthew Schwartz is turning the tables on traditional food pantries, providing food directly to the hungry out of the trunk of his car.