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    The Buffalo Humanities Festival — an annual celebration of ideas, art and activities featuring talks and panel discussions by scholars, artists and community activists — took place last weekend. The spotlight speaker was Candy Chang on Friday evening at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Central Branch Auditorium. Saturday's events featured talks, panel discussions, roundtables and performances. A special BHF Humanities Matinee performance of "What the Constitution Means to Me" was held at the D’Youville Kavinoky Theatre on Sunday. Photos: Nancy J. Parisi

    Published September 28, 2023

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UB researchers and graduate students talk about why they were so excited that Drew Weissman, a co-inventor of the mRNA vaccine technology, was coming to UB to give a talk on June 4, 2022.

Who in the world is Drew Weissman?

That question was on the minds of some at UB before the Penn scientist visited UB in June 2022 for Spring Clinical Day at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Weissman and his research partner, Katalin Kariko, worked for years behind the scenes to apply mRNA technology to vaccine development — work that helped lay the scientific foundation for the COVID-19 vaccines. Today, Weissman and Kariko are no longer flying under the radar: The pair was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their mRNA technology. UBNow thought it would be fun to revisit the video that was prepared to promote Weissman’s visit to UB.

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