Pharmacy students, faculty made medical mission trips over break

Professors Gina Prescott and Alfred Reiman escorted groups of PharmD students on medical mission trips over winter break.

Prescott hosted four PharmD students on a trip to the Dominican Republic with SCORE International, where they saw 455 patients in SCORE International headquarters in Juan Dolio.

Reiman hosted nine students on a trip to Santa Lucia, Honduras, with the Shoulder to Shoulder Brigade. The UB team conducted workshops and offered counseling on maternal care, home health care and preventative strategies. The team also collaborated with other health care members on patient education and clinical care.

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UB summit to promote empowerment of women in STEM careers

As part of its commitment to increase opportunities for female students and other women to build careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the University at Buffalo will host its inaugural Women in STEM Summit.

It will be held April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Union on the UB North Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“There are terrific opportunities in the U.S. for young women entering STEM fields now; I want our current and future students to understand that,” said Liesl Folks, dean of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Ours is an increasingly technological society, and STEM education is a ticket to a great career. The Women in STEM Summit seeks to promote that, to get that message out.”

According to a recent U.S. Department of Commerce study, while women fill close to half of the jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. The U.S. Census Bureau noted in a 2013 American Community Survey Report that among science and engineering graduates, men are employed in a STEM occupation at twice the rate of women: 31 percent compared to 15 percent.

April’s summit will focus on encouraging more women to enter the science and engineering workforce, and supporting those on the path already.

The event will bring STEM undergraduate students, scholars and educators from UB together with professionals from the WNY community to share academic and professional experiences.

It will feature panel discussions with local thought leaders representing various STEM disciplines. The keynote address will be delivered by Rachel Haot, New York State’s chief digital officer and deputy secretary for technology in the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Kapoor Hall is UB’s latest LEED-certified building

John and Editha Kapoor Hall, the home of the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been certified gold under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

Kapoor Hall is UB’s ninth LEED-certified facility. Its green design exemplifies the university’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint across all three campuses.

The pharmacy school officially opened its new home, named for alumnus John N. Kapoor and his late wife, Editha, on the South Campus in 2012 following a renovation.

The building includes many green design features. It provides plenty of natural daylight (75 percent of all space in the building receives natural light), reduces water use through features such as low-flow faucets, and lowers energy costs by more than 30 percent compared with a standard building of the same size that doesn’t implement eco-friendly design.

“This remarkable building is emblematic of our commitment to our pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy students who will become leaders in their fields,” said James M. O’Donnell, professor and dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “Our vision is to be a leader in education, research, wellness, clinical practice and service — a commitment which extends to promoting the health and sustainability of our environment as well.

“We are proud that John and Editha Kapoor Hall has earned this distinction for green building leadership. It is a world-class facility, providing us with an opportunity to have an even greater impact on improving the health of our students and faculty as well as our community.”

The building houses a state-of-the-art Pharmaceutical Care and Teaching Center and has improved linkages between all of UB’s health science schools and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Three UB engineering students win coveted Goldwater scholarships

Three University at Buffalo juniors will receive Goldwater scholarships, a prestigious national honor that supports undergraduates studying science, mathematics or engineering.

The students are:

·         Stephanie M. Kong, a chemical engineering major from East Amherst.

·         Sharon Lin, a chemical engineering major from Schenectady.

·         Kristina Monakhova, an electrical engineering major from Liverpool.

They are among 260 award winners chosen by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program from a nationwide pool of 1,206 sophomores and juniors. Congress established the program in 1986 to honor Barry Goldwater, a five-term senator from Arizona.

Each award winner will receive up to $7,500 per year to cover educational expenses.

“The Goldwater scholarship committee could not have chosen three more deserving scholars than Stephanie, Sharon and Kristina. They have excelled in the classroom and laboratory, and set an example for other students to emulate,” said Liesl Folks, dean of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “The awards are especially gratifying because of the emphasis UB places on encouraging women, minorities and other underrepresented groups to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.”

Universities may nominate up to four undergraduates annually, and each of UB’s four 2015 nominees — all UB Honors Scholars — received recognition. Junior Dante A. Iozzo, a dual major in physics and mathematics from Lewiston, earned an honorable mention.

“Goldwater scholarships are extremely competitive. Fortunately at UB, we have the good problem of having no shortage of exemplary students to nominate. This is no doubt a reflection of the quality of our student body,” said Elizabeth Colucci, UB’s coordinator of fellowships and scholarships.

This year’s award winners are a point of pride for UB’s engineering school. Since 2012, six undergraduate engineering students – including five from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering – have won the prestigious award.

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Oscar-winning UB grad thanks professors for important career lessons

Academy Award winner Tom Curley, BA ’01, knew coming to the University at Buffalo was the right choice for him shortly after transferring from a community college in upstate New York. Curley loves movies and he says he found the demanding, yet rewarding program he was looking for at UB.

“It was the passion of the professors and their dedication to the art of film that was so special,” says Curley, who with Craig Mann and Ben Wilkins won this year’s Academy Award for sound mixing in the film “Whiplash” starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. “Right away, I learned this was a place of serious academia and that helped me focus my career ambitions.”

Curley runs through his UB experiences with the enthusiasm of a presenter reading the nominees’ names on Oscar night, but like the eventual award winner, the name Tony Conrad — SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Media Study — stands out.

“He was definitely one of my favorite professors,” Curley says. “He’s whacky but in the best possible way. Tony made everything interesting and fun. He allowed us to explore the weird side of film and taught me so much more than I ever would have learned by watching more mainstream stuff.”

If Curley knew right away that UB was the right choice for him, he knew just as quickly that “Whiplash” was going to be something special.

As a production sound mixer, Curley is responsible for capturing all the audio on set, from the actors’ voices to ambient sound. But his association on this picture with Mann and Wilkins, who had post-production roles, was unique.

“Many times, post-production sound people haven’t even been hired while a film is being shot,” Curley says. “The foresight to have them there for pre-production was great.”

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Princeton Review ranks UB among top schools that ‘pay you back’

In a new national publication, The Princeton Review has rated UB among the colleges and universities it considers the nation’s best for high-quality degree programs, affordability and career prospects.

UB “is able to provide a great education at a low price,” according to the editors of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In.” “And at a fraction of the cost of comparable private colleges and universities, a UB education is also an exceptional value.”

The editors of The Princeton Review based selections on a “return-on-education” (ROE) rating developed for the publication. UB is ranked No. 91 among the top 200 schools that provide students with the best ROE, which measures 40 weighted data points — everything from academics, cost, financial aid and student debt to statistics on graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

The ranking considered 650 schools nationwide.

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Aviles named associate vice provost, director of admissions

José Aviles, director of admissions at the University of Delaware, has been named associate vice provost and director of admissions at UB.

The announcement was made on Monday by Lee H. Melvin, UB vice provost for enrollment management.

In his new position, Aviles will oversee development of proactive student recruitment initiatives and innovative strategies to promote recognition of the UB brand, as well as increase contacts with prospective students through various media and technologies. He also will be responsible for the strategic development and leadership of domestic undergraduate recruitment programs.

“I am very excited to have José Aviles joining UB,” said A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs. “He has had great success at the University of Delaware and his vision for further elevating UB’s undergraduate admissions was broad-based, stimulating and will be exciting to see implemented.

“We are truly fortunate to have such a nationally recognized figure in the admission community lead UB’s efforts to recruit the very best undergraduates to our institution,” Weber said.

Aviles began his career in 1998 as an admissions counselor at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He then served as an admissions recruiter at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, New Jersey; assistant dean of admissions at Swarthmore College; assistant director of admissions and assistant director of education opportunity fund/maximizing academic potential (EOF/MAP) at Rowan University; and associate director and director of admissions at Millersville University.

He joined the University of Delaware as director of admissions in 2012.

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Office of Admissions Holiday Hours

UB’s  Office of Admissions will be closed to the public from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, in order for us to prepare for application review.  We will resume normal business hours on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

UB to host Military Veteran Preview Day on Nov. 14

The University at Buffalo invites veterans and active duty or reserve members of the U.S. armed forces to attend a university-wide Military Veteran Preview Day on Nov. 14 in the Center for the Arts on UB’s North Campus.

UB is ranked No. 23 among national universities in the U.S. News and World Report’s listing of “Best Colleges for Veterans.” The ranking evaluates schools that participate in federal initiatives to help veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

“The purpose of the day is to expose veterans to the many undergraduate and graduate and professional programs here at UB and to provide a glimpse into the many support services available to them,” says Daniel Ryan, event co-organizer and director of UB’s Off-Campus Student Services and Veteran Services.

A full agenda is available on UB’s Military Preview Day website. Registration is required for the free event.

The day’s keynote speaker will be Patrick J. Long, a U.S. Navy officer who earned a law degree at UB in 2000, practiced law at Hodgson Russ in Buffalo and is now teaching legal writing, analysis and research in the UB Law School.

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Admissions deadline dates for fall 2015 applicants

As the fall college application season enters full swing, here are a few key dates to keep in mind for students interested in applying to the University at Buffalo:

November 15 – Early Decision application submission date
December 1 – Early Decision application completion date
Mid-December – Early Decision decision letters sent

December 1 – Scholarship consideration application date
December 15 – scholarship consideration completion date

December 1 – Recommended application deadline date
December 15 – Recommended application completion date
Early March – Decision letters sent