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A NEW CHAPTER FOR UB. John B. Simpson was invested as UB's 14th president on Friday. For details of the investiture ceremony, see story below. For more photos, click on "Photos" in the left-hand column of this page. (Photo: Nancy J. Parisi)

Renewing the promise of public higher education

On the occasion of his investiture as UB's 14th president, John B. Simpson on Friday set a course for the university in the 21st century that will culminate with UB finding "its destined place among the nation's very leading universities." » Full Story

Universities promote world peace

University leaders from around the world gathered at UB on Saturday to discuss ways in which higher education institutions worldwide are engaged in programs to recruit international students and send their own students abroad. » Full Story

Airport security focus of new center. A research institute to examine ways to improve security systems at airports and other transportation hubs is being established at UB under a $538,000 grant from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Asthma tied to truck traffic. Increased truck traffic at the Peace Bridge is contributing to a clustering of asthma cases among residents who live nearby, according to UB researchers.

On the path to heart disease. Obese children as young as 7 show signs of thickening and stiffness of the carotid arteries, a signal that they are headed for premature heart disease, a study conducted in Southern Italy has shown.

The scoop on Mars. Steven Squyres, principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Project, enthusiastically entertained a UB audience last week with stories and a video presentation about his work on NASA's Mars missions.

Americans deluded about the world. UB communication researcher George Barnett says that many Americans cannot answer basic questions about world affairs, and it has cost the United States dearly.

Oxidative stress, menstruation link studied. Researchers at UB are conducting the first comprehensive study of the relationship between hormonal changes in the menstrual cycle and cellular oxidative stress, thought to be an important factor in female infertility.

More candidates sought. The search to fill the position of vice provost for faculty affairs has received many more nominations than actual applications for the position, the chair of the search committee told members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee yesterday.