Carla Mazzio, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the University at Buffalo Department of English, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for 2014-15 for her book in progress, “The Trouble With Numbers: The Drama of Mathematics in the Age of Shakespeare.”
She is one of 178 scholars, artists and scientists awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation this year, selected out of an application pool of almost 3,000. The fellows are selected, said the foundation, “on the basis of their prior achievement and exceptional promise.”
Mazzio’s new book, under advance contract with the University of Chicago Press, examines the affective, tensional and often conspicuously irrational environments in which mathematics circulated in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
The fellowship will help fund Mazzio’s 2014-15 research at three institutions: the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif.; the Houghton Library at Harvard University; and the Venerable English College in Rome.
The University at Buffalo School of Management is collaborating with the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to offer UB residents and fellows in any graduate medical education specialty an accelerated MBA program, starting this fall.
The only one in New York State and one of a few such programs in the nation, the Accelerated MBA for Residents/Fellows program is designed to help physicians develop the leadership and business skills they need to measure the quality of care, negotiate with third-party payers, manage medical practices efficiently and help lead the health care system in the future.
To learn more about the program, directors, residents and fellows in a UB Graduate Medical Education residency or fellowship are invited to attend an evening reception from 6-8:30 p.m. on April 30 at the 31 Club, 31 North Johnson Park in Buffalo. To register, visit mgt.buffalo.edu/gmemba.
Three UB undergraduates joined their peers from across the SUNY system in presenting original research at the Innovative Exploration Forum, a celebration of undergraduate research held April 1 in Albany.
The showcase allowed 125 of SUNY’s most talented undergraduate scholars and more than 40 faculty mentors to introduce more than 90 research projects to New York State legislators and SUNY administrators. The bi-annual symposium was sponsored by the SUNY Faculty Senate and UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA).
“The state-wide research symposium allows each campus to show the success and the return on investment of the state support each receives,” says Timothy Tryjankowski, director of CURCA, and co-chair and architect of the symposium.
The UB student participants and their projects were selected by faculty members and administrators from across UB’s three campuses after a comprehensive review of student proposals.
The student researchers and their projects are:
Susan Little, a senior environmental geosciences major, who presented “Combined Sewer System Impact on the Integrity of an Urban Waterway.” Her faculty mentor is Chris Lowry, assistant professor of geology.
Nigel Michki, a sophomore computational physics major and 2014 Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipient, who presented “Method for Electrostatically Aligning Proteins in Solution.” His faculty mentor is Andrea Markelz, professor of physics.
Phillip Tucciarone, a senior chemical and biological engineering major and 2014 Marshall Scholarship recipient, who presented “Silicon Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Applications.” His faculty mentor is Mark Swihart, professor of chemical and biological engineering.
Two projects by University at Buffalo architects have landed prizes through the Architizer A+ Awards program, a competitive annual contest that draws entries from around the world.
Project 2XmT, a sculptural wall that UB professors and students erected in Buffalo’s Silo City, won three awards, thanks in part to votes from the Western New York community.
The structure, crafted from more than 150 pieces of super-thin steel folded into geometric patterns, took home the Popular Choice Award and Jury Award in the Architizer A+ competition’s Architecture +Fabrication category, as well as the Jury Award in Architecture +Materials. Online voting determined Popular Choice winners, while judges including architects and cultural leaders selected Jury Award recipients.
The Silo City wall is uniquely Buffalo: Standing against a backdrop of grain elevators near the Buffalo River, it showcases materials manufactured by local company Rigidized Metals.
In addition to the Project 2XmT team, Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture, won the Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Products +Living category.
More efficient photovoltaic cells. Improved radar and stealth technology. A new way to recycle waste heat generated by machines into energy.
All may be possible due to breakthrough photonics research at UB.
The work, published March 28 in the journal Scientific Reports, explores the use of a nanoscale microchip component called a “multilayered waveguide taper array” that improves the chip’s ability to trap and absorb light.
Unlike current chips, the waveguide tapers (the thimble-shaped structures above) slow and ultimately absorb each frequency of light at different places vertically to catch a “rainbow” of wavelengths, or broadband light.
The paper, “Broadband absorption engineering of hyperbolic metafilm patterns,” is available online.
“We previously predicted the multilayered waveguide tapers would more efficiently absorb light, and now we’ve proved it with these experiments,” says lead researcher Qiaoqiang Gan, assistant professor of electrical engineering. “This advancement could prove invaluable for thin-film solar technology, as well as recycling waste thermal energy that is a byproduct of industry and everyday electronic devices, such as smartphones and laptops.”