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Published: September 16, 2004

Simpson to address voting faculty

The Annual Meeting of the Voting Faculty, "A Dialogue on the Future," with remarks by President John B. Simpson, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

All members of the university community are invited to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Office at 645-2003

Simpson to speak at PSS meeting

President John B. Simpson will speak at the general membership meeting of the Professional Staff Senate, to be held from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 30 in 147 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus.

All members of the professional staff are welcome to attend.

For further information, contact the PSS office at 645-2003.

EOP to hold awards ceremony

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) will hold its 30th annual awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Union Theatre, North Campus.

A reception will be held in the Student Union Social Hall immediately following the ceremony.

The ceremony will recognize the program's outstanding scholars who achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 and higher for the Fall 2003 and Spring 2004 semesters. Students who graduated in December 2003, May 2004 and August 2004 also will be honored.

Gardella to receive Newman Award

Joseph A. Gardella, Jr., professor in the Department of Chemistry and associate dean for external relations in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the Newman Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Newman Centers, Catholic Campus Ministry, at the 28th annual Convocation and Liturgy of the Holy Spirit, to be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo, adjacent to the UB South Campus.

All members of the university community are invited to attend.

Gardella is being honored with the Newman Award in recognition of "his tremendous efforts on behalf of UB over many years of distinguished and unselfish service."

Alumni Association seeks award nominations

The UB Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its signature event, the Celebration of Excellence awards program. The nomination deadline is Oct. 15.

The COE awards program recognizes outstanding alumni and friends whose accomplishments and loyalty to UB create a sense of gratification and pride within the entire university community. The awards will be presented at the Celebration of Excellence dinner to be held April 15.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the "Get Involved" section of the alumni Web site at

For more information, contact the UB Alumni Association at 1-800-284-5382, or

Workshop on secure knowledge management in cyberspace to be held at UB

Secure knowledge management, the growing dilemma of how to gather, organize and share information among employees in organizations while ensuring security, will be the subject of a workshop to be held Sept. 23 and 24 in the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

It is being sponsored by the National Security Agency; UB's Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education (CEISARE), which is a designated National Security Agency center; the National Science Foundation; the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and UB's Office of the Vice President for Research.

The workshop is being organized by Shambhu Upadhyaya, associate professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and director of CEISARE, and H. Raghav Rao, professor of management science and systems in the School of Management.

"This workshop will help raise the awareness of academics and practitioners in this critical area of research and will develop important questions that need to be tackled by the research community," said Upadhyaya.

Rao noted that "since the terrorist attacks in 2001, many organizations, especially the U.S. government, have increased their concern with security features that prevent unauthorized access to proprietary, classified or sensitive knowledge."

Bhavani Thuraisingham, program director, Cyber Trust and Data and Applications Security at the NSF, will deliver a keynote speech at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 23. Hun Kim, director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, will speak about "National Cyber Security: Progress and the Road Ahead," at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23.

Margaret (Peg) Grayson, president and chief executive officer of V-One Corp. and a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, will deliver the banquet speech at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Her topic will be "The Challenges of Secure Knowledge Management."

Academic, corporate and government speakers will address a variety of topics, including access control and rights; trust and privacy; security in health informatics and cyber identity.

A highlight will be a panel on "Women in Cyber Security" coordinated by Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, UB professor of geography. Panelists will include Susan Patrick, director of education in the Office of the Secretary of Education, and Nuala O'Conner Kelly, chief privacy officer, Department of Homeland Security.

Workshop information may be found at http://www

Beach Sweep set for Saturday

The Great Lakes Program and the New York Sea Grant are seeking volunteers for the 15th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Rather than raking the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, volunteers will clean up Lake LaSalle on the North Campus and a section of nearby Ellicott Creek as part of a watershed approach for this year's cleanup.

The sponsors hope the campus approach will "provide a feeling of stewardship for students and residents who enjoy the local waterways."

Volunteer, who must be 16 years of age or older, will not only clean up, but document the type of debris found as part of the International Costal Cleanup. This data, gathered from around the world, will be categorized to determine what steps can be taken to reduce and/or eliminate dumping.

Participants will meet at 9:45 a.m. near the entrance to Jarvis Hall, next to the Furnas Parking Lot. The event will be cancelled if there is heavy rain. Garbage bags, gloves and data cards will be provided, and certificates will be awarded to each participant.

Those interested in participating should contact Helen Domske, associate director of the Great Lakes Program and senior extension specialist for the New York Sea Grant, at 645-3610, 645-2088 or

Urban vitality to be topic of lecture

Preoccupied as we are with the end of urbanism, Buffalonians ought to chuck the chicken wings and gobble up some Douglas Rae.

With his arresting new book, "CITY: Urbanism and Its End" (Yale University Press, 2003), Rae has excited the moribund national discussion about whether or not fading urban centers can evolve again into lively and exciting places to live.

He concludes that no matter how unfortunate the demise of urban life might be, cities need not reach their old peaks of population or look like thriving suburbs, to be once again splendid places for human beings to live and work.

Rae, a professor of political science and the Richard S. Ely Professor of Organization and Management at Yale, will open the 2004-05 lecture series presented by the School of Architecture and Planning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in 301 Crosby Hall, South Campus.

His talk and the reception that will follow are free and open to the public.

On Sept. 24, as part of his three day visit to Buffalo, the architecture school will co-host a brown-bag lunch and meet-the-author event featuring Rae at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Nottingham Terrace, Buffalo.

This event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. and be moderated by Kathryn Foster, chair of the school's Department of Urban and Regional Planning. It will feature a reading by Rae, questions, discussion and a book signing.

In "CITY," Rae employs the rich history of New Haven, Conn., to trace the evolution of urbanism from the heyday of corner groceries, mixed-use neighborhoods, parish halls, factories—and even saloons—that produced vital urban centers to the gradual decline pf urban life after World War II.

Foster calls Rae's book "a beautifully rendered read about urban life (that) illuminates themes central to Buffalo-Niagara, including immigrant history, the ebb and flow of manufacturing, racial politics, good governance and civic culture."