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Published: May 19, 2005

Final issue of semester

This week's Reporter is the last print issue of the academic year. Print issues will be published on June 30 and July 28.

The Reporter will continue to publish weekly online during the summer. Keep up with what's happening on campus this summer by reading the Reporter at reporter.

Regular bi-weekly print publication will resume on Sept. 1.

Immunizations offered through UEMS

UB faculty, staff and students who will be traveling abroad and need immunizations may receive them through UEMS (University Emergency Medical Services) Occupational & Travel Health, associated with the Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, located in Erie County Medical Center.

UEMS Occupational & Travel Health offers a full range of travel services, including immunizations and vaccines that are not provided by most primary-care physicians, as well as general travel health information. UEMS is an authorized yellow fever vaccine center.

UEMS also provides occupational health and primary care services.

UEMS can be reached at 898-4153, at or at http:/ /

Pharmacy to hold golf tourney, CE program

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold a continuing education symposium and golf tournament on June 13 at Lockport Town and Country Club, 717 East Ave., Lockport.

The program will open at 8:30 a.m. with symposium registration and continental breakfast.

Karl Fiebelkorn, will conduct the continuing education program, "Medication Errors," from 9-11 a.m.

Lunch and registration for the golf scramble will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Tee off will be at noon. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

Cost of the event is $35 for the continuing-education program only; $130 for the golf program only, which includes golf fees, cart, lunch and dinner; $140 for continuing education and golf; and $35 for dinner only.

Proceeds will benefit scholarships for pharmacy students.

For more information, call 645-3340.

Selman selected for Humboldt award

Alan Selman, professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been selected to receive a prestigious Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

The Humboldt Research Award honors the lifetime academic achievements of internationally recognized scientists and scholars from outside of Germany. The foundation awards up to 100 such awards annually.

Selman, a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, plans to use his Humboldt award to conduct research in computational complexity at the University of Wuerzburg.

According to Selman, the goal of computational complexity is to provide mechanisms for classifying combinatorial problems and measuring the computational resources necessary to solve them.

Modern cryptography, which ensures the security of sensitive commercial and governmental transactions, is based on some of the principles of complexity theory.

Selman joined the UB faculty in 1990 as chair of the Department of Computer Science, serving in the post until 1996. Previously, he was a professor at Northeastern University.

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi, the scientific honorary society; and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science.

A fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, Selman received the organization's ACM-SIGACT Distinguished Service Award.

He is the recipient of an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Meritorious Service Award and he founded the IEEE's Computer Society Conference on Structure in Complexity Theory.

Selman also was honored at the 16th Annual IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity in 2001 with a special session on his work.

He spent a year at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, on a Fulbright Award. He also won a Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship from the Japan Society in 1996.

Prasad elected SPIE fellow

Paras N. Prasad, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, and executive director of the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, has been elected a fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).

Prasad was selected for his specific achievements in nanophotonics and biophotonics, and his pioneering research in the development and application of two-photon technology for biophotonics and 3-D microfabrication.

SPIE also cited Prasad's work in the development and application of nanoclinic technology for optically trackable therapies designed for specific targeted sites in the human body.

In addition, he was cited for his contributions to SPIE, having initiated, organized and chaired numerous conferences and symposiums worldwide.

A 1997 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Prasad is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society.

With 10 patents to his credit, he also is the author of Biophotonics (John Wiley & Sons, 2003) and Nanophotonics (John Wiley & Sons, 2004).

In addition, he has published more than 460 scientific papers and coedited or coauthored major books in the field of photonics materials.

Prasad is the recipient of an Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge Award from SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King.

Ernst & Young matches contributions

The worldwide public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP and its staff members have contributed $25,600 to UB this year, thanks to the Ernst & Young Matching Gifts Program.

Included in the total amount is a gift of $12,800 to the School of Management for use by the school's Department of Accounting and Law.

Michael J. Murray, partner in the firm's Buffalo office who helped coordinate the fund-raising effort, presented the gift last month to the School of Management.

The Ernst & Young Matching Gifts Program is just one element of the firm's broad support for higher education. It also provides grants to doctoral candidates concentrating in accounting, sponsors professorships and faculty fellowships, and employs accounting student interns.

"We are most grateful to Ernst & Young contributors and the E&Y matching gifts program for their generosity to us," said Susan Hamlen, chair of the Department of Accounting and Law.

"Contributions received directly fund our academic programs, facilities and the activities of our student organizations, and greatly enhance the value of the accounting major, allowing us to maintain our excellent reputation for producing graduates who go on to very successful careers in the accounting profession."

The accounting program in the School of Management has been accredited since 1985 by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The program is one of only 168 programs in the world to achieve this level of recognition.

Social Work to present summer institute

The School of Social Work's Office of Continuing Education will present the 20th annual Summer Institute for Continuing Education for Human Service Professionals June 3 to Aug. 1.

A two-week series of special workshops will be held July 18-29 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus, with some sessions being held in Jamestown, Corning and Rochester.

Among the featured presenters is Lisa Najavits of Harvard Medical School, developer of "Seeking Safety Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse," an evidence-based practice that has been empirically studied in eight outcome trials thus far, and Lisa Ferentz of the University of Maryland, who will present a session on "Understanding and Treatment of Self-Injurious Behavior."

Other training sessions will be held on "Assessment and Treatment of Problem Gambling," "Methamphetamines: A New Ice Age?" and "Emerging Trends in Proliferation, Treatment and Prevention."

For more details and registration information, contact the School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education at 829-3939, or go to http://www.

PSS to offer workshop

The Professional Staff Senate will offer a free luncheon workshop on "Tools You Need To Succeed in Group Situations" on June 15 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

Lunch will be served at noon, with the program running from 1-4 p.m.

The program will be conducted by Steve Jackson, manager of customer training and development at Cornell University.

For registration information, contact the PSS office at 645-2003, or

CFA to offer summer arts program

The Center for the Arts will offer "Explore the Arts," its theatrical arts summer program for children entering grades 5-8, July 11-15 in the CFA, North Campus.

"Explore the Arts" will be presented by a combination of UB professional staff and faculty members, and area professionals. The session is designed to develop technical and performance skills in a nurturing and integrated environment where children can participate in a shared creative experience, ultimately expanding their knowledge of and interest in the arts.

The program will consist of daily workshops covering instruction on both technical theater and performance, including such topics as scenery design and construction, creative lighting and sound operation, costume design, basic acting and dramatic movement.

The cost of the program is $275, which includes lunch and snacks. The deadline for registration is June 24.

For more information, call 645-6754, ext. 1388, email, or visit Registration forms may be downloaded from the Web site.