The Professional Staff Senate will kick off a series of
campuswide Realizing UB 2020 “feedback sessions” this
week with two roundtable forums to gather input from the
professional staff on the initiative to determine the
university’s priorities and the direction it should go to
achieve its goal of moving into the next tier of public research
The Office of International Education has announced that Provost
Charles F. Zukoski has authorized the relaunch of the Faculty
Internationalization Fund (FIF), a popular initiative that from
2009-11 provided travel grants to dozens of UB faculty members to
assist them in developing new, sustainable initiatives with
institutional partners overseas.
Coral colonies that suffered tissue damage in The Bahamas were
still producing low numbers of eggs four years after the injuries
occurred, according to new research by UB scientists. Tiny
sperm-producing factories called spermaries were also in short
Uncharacteristic for Buffalo in January, the sun broke through
the clouds in Forest Lawn Cemetery, shining down on a gathering of
citizens, UB staff and regional officials during the 48th public
commemoration of Millard Fillmore’s birthday—it would
have been his 213th—on Jan. 7.
The UB Confucius Institute and the Chinese Club of Western New
York, in partnership with Buffalo’s Gold Summit Organization
for the Development of Eastern Culture, will present their
colorful, musical and much-anticipated annual Chinese New Year
celebration on Feb. 10.
The debate about gun control in the U.S. is not related to
American Revolutionary thought, as gun control opponents often
claim, but is grounded in post-Civil War paranoia, according to a
“The Great Dictator,” Charlie Chaplin’s
controversial masterpiece and first true talking movie, is among
the offerings in the spring 2013 edition of the Buffalo Film
Seminars, the popular, semester-long series of film screenings and
discussions hosted by UB faculty members Diane Christian and Bruce
World Trade Center of Buffalo Niagara is receiving approximately
$682,000 in funding, including $218,000 from the U.S. Department of
Commerce, to help local medical-device manufacturers sell their
goods in China.
Marsha Lewis, professor and dean of the School of Nursing, was
selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to be
part of its inaugural class of nursing deans and senior faculty in
the first AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program.
Patients suffering from the painful autoimmune disease
Sjogren’s Syndrome soon will be able to be properly diagnosed
much earlier, thanks to the discovery of novel antibodies by
researchers at UB and Immco Diagnostics Inc. The breakthrough,
described in a paper in the December issue of Clinical Immunology, will
allow patients to be treated sooner when they are much more likely
A new UB study has found that verbal aggression may have
biological causes that can be identified by the ratio of length of
a person’s ring finger—second digit—to the length
of the index finger—fourth digit.
Nanoparticles that “teach” the immune system to
tolerate protein-based drugs. Vascular grafts that stimulate
regeneration of blood vessels in a patient’s body. These
innovations may sound like the stuff of the future, but
they’re part of a portfolio of inventions that UB announced
over the past year.
UB Graduate School of Education faculty member Jeremy D. Finn
recently was a speaker at a national conference on school
discipline, suspensions, security and misbehavior, with special
emphasis on alternatives to excluding students from schools.
A UB research team has received a $1.5 million National
Institutes of Health grant to develop a vaccine
against Moraxella catarrhalis, an increasingly prevalent
bacterium that causes at least 10 percent of children's inner ear
To become a top-tier AAU public research university, UB will
create a new and distinctive academic direction, prepare its
students to become effective leaders in tomorrow’s world and
strengthen its economic engagement in the region, Provost Charles
F. Zukoski told those gathered at a Realizing UB 2020 open
Tracey Eastman and Melanie Buhrmaster-Bunch have both worked at
UB for at least 10 years, but didn’t meet in person until
just this week. But they share a connection to the school shooting
tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
A rare collection of letters, audio files, photographs and other
materials that could illuminate the personal beliefs of Robert
Frost is being made available to the public for the first time,
thanks to a UB emeritus faculty member.
In an effort to increase awareness of Phi Beta Kappa and the
importance of this national honor society—and the number of
UB students accepting an invitation to join—the University
Honors College is hosting two information sessions for
The American Medical Association is providing funding to support
the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and other
institutions in a national consortium to develop simulated,
interactive “encounters” with virtual patients to
supplement the education of students in the third year of medical
The search for the next dean of the School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) is under way, with the appointment
of a search committee headed by Michael Glick, dean of the School
of Dental Medicine.
Most people don’t “get” the Law Enforcement
Torch Run (LETR)—an international fundraising and public
awareness vehicle for the Special Olympics organized by law
enforcement officers—until they meet the athletes, says UB
Police Lt. Mark Gates.
Norman R. McCombs, a UB alumnus who developed an
oxygen-production system that spawned a billion-dollar industry and
helped ease the pain of millions suffering from lung diseases, has
been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the
U.S. government’s highest honor for technological
UB historian Carole Emberton is the recipient of the Richards
Prize for the best article published in the 2012 edition of the
Journal of the Civil War Era, the official journal of the Society
of Civil War Historians.
UB faculty members Eric Huebner and Roland E. Martin will lead
off a “keyboard extravaganza,” three distinct recitals
featuring keyboard instruments presented by the Department of Music
during the month of February.
The annual Digital Poetry & Dance performance captured the
versatility of digital poetry and its ability to transcend the sum
of its parts to become an emotionally engaging and enlightening
"Being There," UB faculty member Bruce Jackson's most recent
exhibition of photographs chronicling a 50-year career of teaching,
scholarship and social activism, opens on Feb. 8 in the Burchfield
Penney Art Center.
In his annual address to the voting faculty, President Satish K.
Tripathi said that with the budget stability guaranteed by NYSUNY
2020, UB can move to the next level and ask how the university can
become distinctive and remain true to its mission of academic
As a microbiologist, Terry D. Connell knows a lot about the
immune system. But his academic credentials are only part of the
reason that he strongly encourages everyone over the age of 60 to
get a shingles vaccination. The other is his personal experience
Traditionally, research at universities is carried out by
graduate students. Timothy Tryjankowski, director of UB’s
Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, believes
the norm is changing.
UB Law Dean Makau W. Mutua served as one of six judges on an
international tribunal that now has issued a scathing verdict
against the Islamic Republic of Iran over gross violations of human
rights and crimes against humanity during in the 1980s.
A team of UB researchers has been selected by the National
Institutes of Health to support the collection, analysis and
exchange of scientific data for scientists investigating immunology
and immune-mediated diseases.
UB engineers have created a more efficient way to catch
rainbows, an advancement in photonics that could lead to
technological breakthroughs in solar energy, stealth technology and
other areas of research.
President Obama’s passionate proposal to make
pre-kindergarten a universal experience for all children growing up
in America is a “no-brainer” great idea, capable of
cultivating better students and more balanced, happier people, the
director of UB’s Early Childhood Research Center says.
Two UB education professors known for their pioneering work in
teacher education and the integration of digital media into public
school classrooms have edited a book celebrating what they call
“an essential new literacy” in American schools.
UB materials chemist Eva Zurek has received a prestigious Sloan
Research Fellowship, which provides leading early-career
investigators with a two-year, $50,000 award to conduct research of
UB will begin using a standardized financial aid award letter
beginning with the 2013-14 academic year that will allow students
and their families to see clearly the cost of attending the
university and financial aid offerings to the student.
Zimbabwe's minister of science and technology development
visited UB on Feb. 19 to tour two research facilities and discuss
the vision and implementation strategy for the Zimbabwe
International Nanotechnology Center.
A UB conference, “Sex, Gender, Health: Interdisciplinary
Perspectives Symposium,” will focus on an interdisciplinary
field that addresses these issues and is calling for change in
medical practice and research.
Tonus Therapeutics, a UB spinoff that is developing a muscular
dystrophy drug discovered first in the venom of a South American
spider, has moved into UB’s New York State Center of
Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
Energy-efficiency projects at UB made possible by the New York
State Energy Research and Development Authority will save the
university approximately $513,000 in energy costs and eliminate
more than 2,600 tons of global-warming, greenhouse gas emissions
The International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research
Initiative will mark UB Global HIV Research Day with a keynote
presentation from UB alumnus Stephen Becker, deputy director of HIV
in the Global Health Department of the Bill & Melinda Gates
UB faculty member Samina Raja, who has spent almost a decade
conducting research in the field of food security, has received a
$3.96 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to
extend research she has conducted in Buffalo and Western New York
to communities across the U.S.
A brick wall imitating part of a New York City row house (often
called a “brownstone”) suffered minor damage but
remained intact during a simulation of the 2011 Virginia
earthquake, according to a preliminary analysis of tests conducted
Feb. 19 at UB.
Americans need to look beyond the fictitious boundaries of race
and see one another as individuals, bestselling novelist Walter
Mosley said in an eloquent, provocative lecture on Thursday night
at the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts.