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KEEP THE SHOVEL HANDY. Ridge Lea Larry, UB's answer to Punxsutawney Phil and Dunkirk Dave, emerged from the bowels of the Department of Geology yesterday to "see" his shadow, which, according to legend, means six more weeks of winter. Geology faculty, staff and students have been participating in this mid-winter tradition for more than 20 years. (Photo: Mary Cochrane)

UB's "strengths" will spur excellence

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Finley named to vice provost post

Lucinda M. Finley, Frank Raichle Professor of Trial and Appellate Advocacy in the Law School, has been named vice provost for faculty affairs. » Full Story

Simpson supports tuition plan. President John B. Simpson told the Faculty Senate on Tuesday that he supports SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King's tuition proposal because it helps parents and students deal with unpredictable tuition increases.

Buckling up saves lives. A UB study has found that police officers who do not wear seat belts are 2.6 times more likely to die in patrol-car crashes than officers who use a seat belt.

Celebrating girls sports day. UB will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Wednesday with a weeklong series of events ranging from sports clinics to a theatrical performance.

Campus input sought. The Community Engagement Task Force is soliciting feedback from the UB community on its recommendations regarding the university's community and public service strategy.

Organist Jacobs to perform tomorrow. "Marathon" organist Paul Jacobs, who once performed the complete works of J.S. Bach in an 18-hour, nonstop marathon, will perform tomorrow at UB.

Tsunami aid offers opportunities. The influx of foreign aid to areas hardest hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami presents an opportunity for the region to address long-standing economic inequities, a UB geography professor says.

Technology's influence on culture. UB faculty members are offering courses this semester examining how new technologies are shaping culture and changing human behavior.

Improving reading skills. UB researchers have developed a new curriculum that helps readers learn new words by searching for clues.

Construction update. A list highlighting some of the 252 projects of all types at various stages of planning, design or construction that are under way at UB.