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HERE'S π IN YOUR EYE. Mark Karwan, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, puts his game face on as he prepares to be on the receiving end of a whipped cream pie thrown by Nancy Schimenti, a SEAS staff member. The pie throw was part of Engineering Week activities held last week and Monday in the Student Union. (Photo: Sue Wuetcher)

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Graduation rates as measure. President John B. Simpson briefed the UB Council on graduation rates and talked about why they are and sometimes are not a reliable way to evaluate universities.

"The Donald" would approve. The School of Management is offering this semester a new course, called "The Marketers," modeled after Donald Trump's hit reality-TV show, "The Apprentice."

Seeking relief from hot flashes. A novel, non-estrogen-based therapy for hot flashes will be tested for effectiveness in a clinical trial conducted by UB researchers.

Clinic helps people secure housing. The Affordable Housing Clinic in the UB Law School has obtained $150 million in financing for housing projects during the past 17 years.

Lincoln's emancipation journey. The events and ideas that led Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation are the focus of a national traveling exhibition on display through April 15 in the Undergraduate Library.

Cutting Edge lectures return. The Cutting Edge Lecture Series, a series of Saturday-morning seminars in which top UB scholars in the arts and sciences give presentations aimed at increasing public awareness of rapidly advancing fields, will open its 2005 edition on Saturday with a lecture on the Human Genome Project by a world renowned UB philosopher.

VR movies put new face on "user-friendly." A virtual-reality drama by UB researchers is driving the development of increasingly "self-aware" computational agents that are able to improvise responses to the spontaneous actions of human users.

Update on Law School. Law School Dean Nils Olsen updated the Faculty Senate on Tuesday about the recent activities in his school and cited the service learning through its legal clinics as one of its primary strengths.

Book discussions set around Dyson visit. Public group discussions of three books authored by Michael Eric Dyson are being planned in conjunction with his appearance as keynote speaker at UB's upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration event.

March music concerts. African Alchemies, a program that includes traditional African music, as well as new music inspired by its melodies, will be among the offerings of the Department of Music this month.