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Western New York's environmental heritage will be the subject of "Windows on the Environment," a talk to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Room 218 of the Natural Sciences Complex on the UB North Campus.

Jack Krajewski, a UB graduate and engineering geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will discuss the region, which is home to some of the world's most famous natural attractions and some of its most infamous man-made hazards.

Krajewski, who has worked on environmental problems in New York State for 25 years, will discuss the Niagara Gorge and Letchworth State Park, as well as environmental crimes, hazardous-waste sites and the West Valley nuclear-waste disposal site.

Free and open to the public, the talk is sponsored by the UB Sciences Alumni Association of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics comprises the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics and Physics. For more information, call Cindy Nydahl at 645-2531.


Christopher H. Gibbs, assistant professor of music at UB, is the musicological director of Schubertiade 1996, to be held Feb. 10-18 in New York City at The 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts. The event has garnered national praise since its inception in 1988, including an accolade as "the classiest act in town" by The New York Times.

The ninth season of Schubertiade, on the theme "Opposites Attract: Schubert and Beethoven," will include a series of five concerts, a symposium, pre-concert talks and an art gallery exhibit. Gibbs will be a speaker at the Feb. 11 symposium.

The festival will be an exploration of Schubert's work and life in relation to Beethoven, his greatest contemporary and the composer he most revered.

The program also features duo pianists Frieda and Stephen Manes performing in concerts Feb. 10 and 18. He is professor of music at UB, she is an active performer and teacher in Western New York.


Tomasz Jurczynski, the Kos-ciuszko Foundation Visiting Lecturer at UB, has donated a copy of his one-volume encyclopedia to the Undergraduate Library. The 368-page reference book, "Dictionary of the United States," has more than a thousand entries covering subjects from U.S. history and geography to popular culture and sports.

Jurczynski, senior lecturer in Modern Languages and Literatures at UB, spent seven years working on the project. He planned the book to serve as a guide to the millions of people who are interested in learning more about the U.S. "I realized there would be a great need for it, especially in Eastern Europe, as people's need to do business with Americans grew," he has noted.

The book, published by Polish Educational Publishers, WSiP, is available in the U.S., Poland and other countries.


The rank of Distinguished Librarian, approved in October by SUNY Trustees, became effective in December, making SUNY the first institution to create such an academic rank for librarians. The process was initiated at a plenary session of the SUNY University Faculty Senate, and a committee of librarians including Judith Adams, Director of UB's Lockwood Library, was formed to establish criteria.

The proposal, endorsed by the SUNY Librarians Association and the SUNY Council of Library Directors, was approved by the SUNY University Faculty Senate in 1993. The Academic Planning Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees approved the new rank in 1994, after which the proposal was forwarded to the full Board of Trustees, winning approval at their Oct. 18, 1995 meeting.

The Distinguished Librarian rank requires contributions by a faculty librarian which have been "transformational in creating a new information environment by providing access to information, sharing or networking information resources, and fostering information literacy." The rank, which will parallel the Distinguished Professor rank, "honors and promotes the achievement of personal excellence, groundbreaking professional progress, and wide-ranging benefit to the academic community."


Office hours at the UB's Millard Fillmore College/Summer Sessions have been changed, effective Feb. 5. The office in Parker Hall on the South Campus will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Class hours have not been changed.

George Lopos, dean of the college, says the new hours are designed to better serve the college's student population. "Two-thirds of our students work full-time; many of the remainder work part-time," he points out. Nearly half come directly from work to class.


"American Bedrooms and the Construction of Culture" will be the topic of the next "UB at SUNRISE" breakfast program, to be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus.

The speaker at the program, which is open to the public, will be Elizabeth C. Cromley, professor and chair in the Department of Architecture, UB School of Architecture and Planning.

Cromley, an architectural historian whose research and writing on the architectural history and meaning of domestic spaces has earned her distinction in her field, will discuss her forthcoming book on the American bedroom.

She proposes that bedrooms-their interior spaces, furnishings and uses-provide valuable insights into American families' changing perceptions of health, privacy and personality, as well as other public values.

Price of the program, which will include a full breakfast, is $9 for UB Alumni Association members and $10 for all others. For more information, call 829-2608.

Woodson receives Fulbright for work at Robben Island

Dorothy Woodson, librarian and social sciences subject specialist in Lockwood Library, has received a second Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award. She will continue her work on the Rob-ben Island Archives at the Mayi-buye Centre of the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa. Robben Island was a prison holding political prisoners during the height of apartheid.

Woodson will also join the planning team at the Mayibuye Centre for the forthcoming Robben Island Museum in Cape Town. She leaves for Cape Town Feb. 12 and will work at the Mayibuye Centre through mid-May.


Individuals ages 18 and older who suffer from panic attacks are being sought to participate in non-drug treatment research being conducted at the Center for Anxiety Research in the UB Department of Psychology.

Panic attacks are sudden rushes of intense fear or anxiety that occur out of the blue. Symptoms may include racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating and trembling or shaking.

Those selected to participate in the research will receive a thorough assessment and free treatment. Individuals undergoing psychotherapy are not eligible. For more information, contact Gayle Beck, at 645-3650, ext. 337.


Volunteers ages 18-65 with alcoholic cirrhosis are needed to help UB researchers evaluate a medication used in the treatment of depression.

Participants must spend three five-night, five-day periods at the UB Clinical Pharmacokinetics Center in Millard Fillmore Hospital-Gates Circle. They each will be reimbursed $1,500 for time and travel expenses upon completion of the study.

Anyone interested in participating can call 887-4584 and leave their name, telephone number, address and indicate they're calling about study 1237.

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