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Published: May 5, 2005

Students must affirm rules

SUNY has instituted a new requirement that all students affirm their institution's standards of behavior before they can register for class.

UB students must acknowledge receipt of and affirm the UB Rules and Regulations before they will be permitted to register for spring 2006 classes.

Affirmation is required only once during a student's tenure, and may be done through myUB—click on "Need to Know." Student Affairs is encouraging students to complete the affirmation now. They also may affirm during the course-registration process and then proceed immediately to course registration.

Students who do not affirm before or during spring 2006 course registration will be blocked, by checkstop, from registering for spring 2006 classes.

The new policy will not affect fall 2005 registration.

UB Judicial Affairs and Student Advocacy will conduct a wide-ranging communications campaign about the new policy, beginning this month and continuing through spring 2006 course registration.

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Kaufmann to give talk

Medical anthropologist Sharon Kaufmann, author of "And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life," will speak at 7 p.m. May 23 in the Allen Hall Theatre, South Campus.

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

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

Filmmaking workshop offered

The Department of Media Study will offer an intensive, two-week, hands-on workshop aimed at teaching filmmaking and digital arts as collaborative tools for exploration of movement.

Although the workshop will focus on the intersection of dance, theater and the visual arts, the class is intended for anyone interested in learning to film the moving image—the workshop often is taken by sports photographers and others concerned with recording movement.

No previous media-making experience is necessary.

The instructor will be Emmy Award-winning producer Elliot Caplan, professor of media study and director of the department's Center for the Moving Image.

Students will learn the basics of camera operation, lighting, sound and editing, as well as Caplan's own innovative approach to capturing movement on film. Students will be individually guided throughout the process and their work will be critiqued daily.

The workshop will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from May 30 through June 12 in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. The cost is $600 and advanced registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Kate Anderson at 645-6902, ext. 1494, or

Longtime employees to be recognized at reception

A service recognition reception will be held May 24 honoring faculty and staff members who have completed 30, 40 and 50 years of service to UB.

President John B. Simpson and Satish K. Tripathi, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will host the reception, during which service recognition pins will be presented to the honorees.

Charles H. V. Ebert, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored for 50 years of service. Ebert also was recognized at the Celebration of Academic Excellence on Friday.

UB employees to be honored for 40 years of service are James Atleson, Law; Carla Benz, Office of the President; John Boot, Management Science and Systems; Richard Cudeck, Custodial Services, University Facilities; Irving Feldman, English; Kenneth Joyce, Law; John Kearns, Philosophy; Dennis Malone, Electrical Engineering; Alan Reynard, Pharmacology and Toxicology; Janice Rogacki, Office of the Provost; David Shaw, Electrical Engineering; Claude Welch, Political Science; Chia Ping Yu, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and John Zaharkin Jr., Physiology and Biophysics.

Faculty and staff members to be honored for 30 years of service are Sharon Amos, Educational Opportunity Center; John Baker, Facilities Operations, University Facilities; Charles Barker, Facilities Operations, University Facilities; Carl Boccolucci, University Residence Halls and Apartments; David Borden, Geology; Kristine Bovenzi, Industrial Engineering; Jeremy Bruenn, Biological Sciences; Gary Casarella, Theatre and Dance; Thomas Chalupka, Facility Operations, University Facilities; H. William Coles III, Educational Opportunity Program; John Cotter, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences; Barbara Crawl, Oral Biology; Richard Curtis, University Residence Halls and Apartments; Crystal Devin, Campus Dining and Shops; Richard Ellis, History; Marshall Fagin, Restorative Dentistry; Dale Fish, Public Health and Health Professions; Charles Fourtner, Biological Sciences; Samuel Gallant, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences; Laurie Glieco, Student Response Center.

Also, Charles Glover, Athletics; John Godwin, University Residence Halls and Apartments; Paul Gorney, Facility Operations, University Facilities; John Grela, University Police; SueAnne Hanrahan, Campus Mail; Noreen Harbison, Pharmacology and Toxicology; Lorraine Harf, Engineering and Applied Sciences; Brian Henderson, Media Study; Michael Jacobs, University Residence Halls and Apartments; Steven Jagodzinski, Facilities Operations, University Facilities; Daniel Jay, University Police; Janet Jordan, Physiology and Biophysics; Richard Kay, Educational Opportunity Center; John Krasney, Physiology and Biophysics; Kenneth Ledder, University Residence Halls and Apartments; Thomas Leistner, Campus Mail; Claes Lundgren, Physiology and Biophysics; Amy Lyons, Health Sciences Library; Swastika Majumdar, Microbiology and Immunology; Thomas Malinowski, Facilities Operations, University Facilities.

Also, Susan Martin, Law; Rosa McDonald, Central Technical Services, University Libraries; Frederick McIntyre, Restorative Dentistry; Ellen McNamara, Athletics; Barbara Mierzwa, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Joseph Mollendorf, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Sandra Mundier, Communicative Disorders and Sciences; James Nadbrzuch, Student Affairs; Jerry Newman, Organization and Human Resources; Lance Ortman, Restorative Dentistry; Rita Packard, Library and Information Studies; Carole Smith Petro, WBFO; Mark Pierro, Environment, Health and Safety Services; Serafino Porcari, Central Technical Services, University Libraries; Paras Prasad, Chemistry; Gary Rice, Facilities Operations, University Facilities; Dona Hue Ritter-Schmidt, Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Leslie Russo, Management; Dennis Sagliani, Facilities Planning and Design, University Facilities; Larry Scott, Academic Services, Computing and Information Technology.

Also, Lucinda Scott, Educational Opportunity Program; Deborah Smith, Architecture; Mary Spagnola, Biological Sciences; Robert Sujka, University Print Services; Janice Sypniewski, Central Technical Services, University Libraries; Arthur Tara, Facilities Operations, University Facilities; Harshad Thacore, Microbiology and Immunology; Cheryl Tubinis, Law; Willis Utter, Administrative Services, University Facilities; Hector Velasco, Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research; Kenneth Waiss, University Police; Carol Wojciechowski, Facilities Operations, University Facilities; Lawrence Wolfgang, Oral Diagnostic Sciences; John Woods, University Police; Marcia Wopperer, Social and Preventive Medicine; John Wright, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences; Sigmund Yoon, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences.

Conference to set IUCB research agenda

The Industry/University Center for Biosurfaces (IUCB) will present a conference, "Controlling Fine-Particle Risks to Our Bodies, Homes, Workplaces, Schools and Clinics," May 19 and 20 in the Niagara Falls Conference Center, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

IUCB is an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center of the National Science Foundation with sites at UB and the University of Memphis.

The objective of the meeting is to set the direction for research performed at the center from 2005-09, with a focus on finely particulated materials and their interactions with living systems.

For more information, call 829-3560.

Conference to honor Bahl

A memorial scientific conference for the late Om P. Bahl, professor of biological sciences who conducted the fundamental research that led to the development of the home pregnancy test, will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. May 28 in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

A UB faculty member since 1966 and a former chair of his department, Bahl, who died last December, was best known for his research into the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. Early-pregnancy tests used today are designed to detect hCG in urine and are based on the results of Bahl's research in the 1970s that determined the hormone's complete structure.

Scientists will speak at the memorial conference about the impact Bahl had on their lives and research, as well as on the general fields of molecular and clinical endocrinology.

Speakers will include Sathyamangalam V. Balasubramanian, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences; Jack Lippes, professor emeritus of gynecology and obstetrics; Steven Birken, senior research scientist at Columbia University; Sylvia Christakos, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at New Jersey Medical School; Irwin Goldstein, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Michigan, and William Moyle of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The Bahl family plans to establish an endowed chair in Bahl's name in the Department of Biological Sciences.

For more information about the memorial conference, testimonials and the endowed chair, please contact Sandra Fitzpatrick at or Michael Hudecki at

A reception will be held in the UB Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts immediately following the conference.

Shames named Engineer of the Year

Irving Shames, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named Engineer of the Year by the UB Engineering and Applied Sciences Alumni Association.

Shames received the award during a ceremony on Monday in the Student Union Theatre during which graduating seniors were inducted into the Order of the Engineer and pledged to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession

The Engineer of the Year award recognizes a person associated with the SEAS who has made outstanding contributions to the profession, the public welfare and humankind.

During his distinguished career, Shames has been recognized for his commitment to engineering instruction, both at UB and George Washington University, where he currently is a Distinguished Professor.

While at UB, he received the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 1973, was named a Faculty Professor in 1979 and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1980.

He also was the first-ever recipient of both the Faculty Teaching Award in 1966 and the Student Teaching Award in 1975. He twice was awarded the Tau Beta Pi's Professor of the Year award.

He was a principle architect of UB academic programs in aerospace engineering, engineering science and nuclear engineering, and chaired the Division for Interdisciplinary Studies and Research, and the departments of Engineering Science, Aerospace Engineering and Nuclear Engineering.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, he was UB's leading instructor for mechanics, which includes the fundamental undergraduate engineering courses that all engineers must take.

A prolific author, his textbooks have been translated into numerous languages for use around the world.

UB to train Vietnamese engineers

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) have entered into an agreement to allow top scholars from Vietnam to pursue graduate training in science and technology at UB starting this fall.

"The UB engineering school is delighted to be involved with the VEF in training Vietnam's best and brightest scholars," said Mark Karwan, SEAS dean.

"We believe that this partnership will not only provide UB with a unique chance to help a young country develop human capital for its emerging technology sector, but it also will deeply enrich the UB students and faculty who have the opportunity to work with these fellows."

"We are delighted to have the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the VEF Alliance," said Kien Pham, executive director of VEF. "The alliance is a select group of leading universities in the United States that share VEF's mission. Together, we will help transform science and technology in Vietnam, and in that process, serve as enduring bridges between the two countries."

All VEF Fellows are required to return to Vietnam after completing their academic programs in the U.S.

Now in its second year, VEF is an initiative of the U.S. Congress to bring the U.S. and Vietnam closer through educational exchanges.

VEF receives the full support of the U.S. National Academies in its fellowship selection process.

VEF currently has more than 100 fellows at 37 top U.S. graduate institutions, the majority of whom are pursuing doctoral degrees.

VEF is governed by a board of directors whose members include U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Treasury John Snow and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

GSE alumni board named

Christopher G. Barrick, Ph.D. '99, has been elected president of the alumni association of the Graduate School of Education (GSE).

Also elected for 2005-07 are Warren S. Marcus, Ph.D. '02, vice president; Celia Spacone, Ph.D. '85, secretary; and Patrick J. Zengierski, Ph.D. '01, treasurer.

Barrick, who earned a doctorate in counseling psychology, works as project staff associate for the Research Institute on Addictions.

Marcus, a community outreach educator for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, earned a doctorate in social foundations.

Director of operations for the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Spacone received a doctorate in counseling psychology, while Zengierski, director of campus ministry for the Diocese of Buffalo, earned a doctorate in higher education.

Other members of the GSE Alumni Association's board of directors are Mary Ann Campo, Ed.D. '81; Dave Crissey, Ph.D. '72; Leon Henderson Sr., Ed.D. '88; Karen Karmazin, Ed.D. '96; Bunny Neenos, Ed.B. '72; JoAnn Smith, Ph.D. '87; Letitia Thomas, Ed.M. '93; and Simpson Turley Jr., Ed.M. '81.