Jessica Powers and Brittney Kuras were crowned champions in the opening day of the 2014 Mid-American Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, on Thursday.
Powers won the first event for the Bulls with a school-record time of 4:46.37 in the 500 freestyle. It was by far her best time of the season, shaving 10 seconds off her previous best. The old school record of 4:47.46 was set by Andrea Lehner in 2008.
Kuras won the 200 individual medley for the third time in her career. The UB senior won with a season-best time of 1:59.20. Teammate Spencer Rodriguez swam the best race of her career to take second place with a time of 2:00.64.
The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team won its third straight game on Wednesday night, defeating the Ohio Bobcats in Athens, 69-64. The victory improves UB’s record to 17-8 and 11-4 in the MAC. The Bulls have opened up a two-game lead in the MAC East with three regular season games to play.
The Bulls brought some serious energy into the road affair, and it was evident in the first half as the Bulls opened up a 42-27 halftime lead. The Bulls led by 10 points early in the contest, but an 8-0 run from the Bobcats put them back within 16-14 with 12:05 to play. Ohio had held two-point leads early in the contest, its only two leads of the night. The Bulls led by four at 22-18 when they went on a 7-0 run to take a 29-18 lead with 7:20 left in the first half. Ohio pulled back within 33-26, but the Bulls went on a 9-1 run over the final four minutes of the half, capped off on a Joshua Freelove three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, which gave the Bulls a 42-27 lead into the half.
Robert G. Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, will receive the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.
The recognition puts Buffalo and Western New York in the national spotlight.
Among other accomplishments, the jury cited Shibley’s leadership in producing award-winning plans for Buffalo, spurring new investment and elevating public expectations for design and planning.
He directed efforts to draft Buffalo’s comprehensive plan, along with plans for the city’s waterfront, Larkin District and Olmsted park and parkway system.
In 2003, a regional action plan he helped develop envisioned Buffalo as the center of public life and commerce in Western New York. Called the “Queen City Hub,” the document carried the dedication “To people everywhere who love Buffalo, N.Y. and continue to make it an even better place to live life well.”
Associate Professor of Architecture Joyce Hwang, whose eco-sculptures provide habitat for bats and birds and call attention to misunderstood or ignored ecological conditions, has received a 2014 Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York.
Hwang, who also leads the architectural practice Ants of the Prairie, was selected along with seven other practitioners and firms based in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The award, a coveted recognition in the field, honors her “distinct design voice” and “potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism.”
Since 1982, the juried series has featured architects and designers from throughout North America who have gone on to have widely influential practices. Past award-winners include Toshiko Mori, Teddy Cruz and Steven Holl.
According to the Architectural League, Hwang’s practice is “dedicated to developing creative approaches in confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies.”
The University at Buffalo’s Student Union, where thousands of students gather each weekday, is a pretty boisterous place.
This week, however, it’s going to be even crazier.
That’s because engineering students are using the union and adjacent field to stage robot wars, pumpkin launches, bottle rocket tests and other activities that are part of National Engineers Week.
UB has been named to Kiplinger’s 2014 list of the 10 best public colleges whose students have the lowest debt at graduation.
UB was ranked at No. 3 with an average student debt at graduation of $16,025, and a UB program designed to help students finish their degrees in a timely fashion received mention for helping students to keep debt low.
“The school’s ‘Finish in 4’ program focuses on helping students graduate on time and avoid the expense of an additional year,” the editors write. “Incoming freshmen work with an adviser to craft a four-year plan and pledge to fulfill a list of obligations — including limiting work to less than 20 hours per week and completing tasks such as course registration and financial aid forms on time.
“If a student meets these commitments but still doesn’t graduate in four years, UB will waive tuition and fees for any remaining coursework.”
The list of the 10 best public colleges with the lowest debt at graduation is available on Kiplinger’s website.
Schools were ranked on academic quality, as well as the financial support provided to get students to graduation day. Schools were chosen from Kiplinger’s 2014 list of the best values in public colleges, which ranked nearly 600 colleges and universities based on academics, cost and financial aid. UB is No. 51 on that list.
As writers, Susan Howe and Charles Bukowski don’t have much in common. Yet both wrote poems for small press periodicals called “little literary magazines” before achieving mainstream success.
Unfortunately, the contents of many of these magazines, which serve as a proving ground for writers and budding literary movements, aren’t well known outside of their literary communities.
That is starting to change, thanks to the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo, which received a $150,600 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to create online records for the editorial archives of 11 such collections, including magazines that featured Howe and Bukowski.
“These archives document 50 years of poetic history. They represent different socio-aesthetic communities from Feminist to academic avant-garde to verbo-visual poetry, and they have served the careers of countless poets,” said Michael Basinski, curator of the Poetry Collection.
UB was among 22 organizations to receive funding from CLIR, which reviewed 75 proposals nationwide for its Cataloguing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.
University at Buffalo students and professors will build a 1,400-square-foot solar-powered home as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy’s elite Solar Decathlon competition.
Playfully called the GRoW House, the UB project is designed to appeal to Buffalo’s urban gardening contingent. The dwelling will have space where residents can Garden, Relax or Work (GRoW). Features include a generous greenhouse and kitchen for growing, processing, cooking and storing food.
The Solar Decathlon is a national, two-year contest that challenges collegiate teams to design, construct and operate cost-effective solar dwellings.
The Department of Energy announced on Thursday afternoon that UB was one of 20 schools selected to participate.
UB has announced the launch of RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water), an ambitious, university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute that will focus on the most difficult and complex environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are intertwined.
One of the most expansive initiatives launched in recent years by the university, RENEW will harness the expertise of more than 100 faculty across the university, with the goal of hiring 20 more outstanding faculty with expertise in such areas as aquatic ecology, pollution law, behavioral economics, environmental planning, community health and energy/environmental systems.
The RENEW Institute will place UB at the forefront of environmental and energy research focused on sustainability, climate change and natural resources, says Provost Charles F. Zukoski. The initiative will build upon faculty strengths across six UB schools and colleges. It will receive up to $15 million in university funding over the next five years to hire faculty and develop new academic programs for students.
“This is what great research universities do. We bring together the best minds to address timely topics and solve problems,” Zukoski says.
“One of the most urgent challenges faced by humankind is finding ways to sustain human existence while adapting to climate change and the evolving needs for energy and fresh water,” he adds.
It’s sleek. It’s fast. It’s energy-efficient.
Behold the next-generation subway car: the Tubester, a tubular, plexiglass pod that hangs from an elevated steel track. The carriage seats 32, and the people inside pedal — as if on a bicycle — to move the whole contraption forward. Solar panels provide a backup energy supply so commuters with disabilities can also ride.
The win is a point of pride not just for the kids, but also for UB, which facilitated the children’s participation through the Center for Urban Studies in the School of Architecture and Planning.
“We’ve been involved in the Future City Competition for almost 10 years, and this year was very special because we broke into that top 5 category, competing against some of the top schools in Western New York,” says Henry Louis Taylor Jr., the center’s director.