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Published: January 13, 2005

Meet the Author reading set for Jan. 24


Mark Derr, author of "A Dog's History of America: How Our Best Friend Explored, Conquered and Settled a Continent," will give a reading from his book at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the theater in Allen Hall, South Campus.

The reading is part of the Meet the Author series presented by WBFO 88.7 FM, UB's National Public Radio affiliate.

The reading, which will free and open to the public, also will be broadcast live on WBFO. Bert Gambini, WBFO music director, will serve as host. A book signing will take place immediately following the reading and light refreshments will be served.

"A Dog's History of America" examines American history through the eyes of humanity's closest and oldest animal companion.

Wherever humans have gone in North America, dogs have been there, too, from the time people crossed the Bering Strait land bridge to the present day. Derr, a regular contributor to the science section of The New York Times, looks at the ways in which we have relied on canines over the centuries to reshape the continent and how that intimate relationship reflects who we are at a given cultural moment.

JNI seeks applications for MRI research fellowship

The Jacobs Neurological Institute (JNI) is seeking applications for the 2005 Dr. Lawrence Jacobs MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Fellowship.

The six-month fellowship, which will begin in April and include a $12,000 stipend, will fund work in both conventional and non-conventional use of MRI and its correlation with clinical findings in patients with multiple sclerosis.

The JNI established the fellowship program last year as a tribute to Jacobs, JNI founder and former chair of the UB Department of Neurology who was deeply committed to the use of MRI as an outcome measure in clinical trial. A pioneer in the implementation of neuroimaging and instrumental in the founding of the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) as a center of excellence for MRI research, Jacobs felt that high-quality research and education in MRI were key to developing better treatments for neurological disorders.

Further information, including the application and eligibility requirements can be found at The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 31.

Craft center sets early spring workshops

The Creative Craft Center, located in 102 Harriman Hall, South Campus, will offer early spring workshops, beginning the week of Jan. 24.

Workshops are scheduled in knitting and crocheting, "Textile Techniques and Traditions," basic photography, nature photography, stage photography, winter photography, black and white darkroom techniques, "Embroidery Around the World," intermediate drawing, beginning and advanced stained glass, jewelry construction, shibori (textile design) and "Creative Kids" (mixed media for children ages 7-10).

Workshops will run from 7-10 p.m. one night a week for six weeks. Fees are $40 for UB students and $70 for others. Early sign-up is advised.

The Creative Kids class will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The fee is $65, plus a $10 fee for supplies. The fee covers six weeks of classes.

For more information, a schedule and a map, call 829-3536 from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 7-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday.