UB again ranked in top 20 for international enrollment

For the 12th year in a row, the University at Buffalo is ranked among the top 20 U.S. institutions hosting international students by the Open Doors Report, which was released Nov. 17 by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Washington, D.C.

For 2013-14, the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange shows 6,504 international students at UB. This number includes students engaged in Optional Practical Training, that is, those with an F-1 student visa engaged in temporary employment directly related to their major area of study.

This figure places UB 17th among 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities surveyed. It represents an increase of 700 students, or 11 percent, over the 2012-13 total of 5,806, when UB was ranked 18th on the list.

The majority of the 20 schools ranked are state universities, but UB is the only State University of New York institution among them.

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UB students join ‘It’s On Us’ campaign

Student leaders from the University at Buffalo have organized events and pledge signings to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention, joining the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign taking place on college campuses nationwide.

The campaign asks college students, faculty and staff to make a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault by pledging:

  • To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

As part of the campaign, UB student leaders participated in this video produced in collaboration with UB’s Office of University Life and Services.  The video is being shared on student and university social media channels.

“The UB Student Association is proud to be participating in the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign,” said Student Association President James Ingram. “Sexual assault prevention is a cause that we take extremely seriously. As the voice of the undergraduate students, we are committed to taking a stand against sexual assault and sexual violence on our campus.”

“I am extremely excited to be working with the Student Association for the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign,” said Minahil Khan, student representative on the UB Council. “It’s extremely important for students to take an active role in preventing sexual assault on their campus.

“We are offering a range of programming that aims to show UB students how they can take a stand against sexual assault in their own lives.”

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Three UB faculty members named SUNY Distinguished Professors

Three UB faculty members were appointed SUNY Distinguished Professors, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system, at the SUNY Board of Trustees’ meeting on Nov. 6.

Named Distinguished Professors in recognition of their national or international prominence in their fields were Michael Constantinou, professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and Gene D. Morse, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Johannes Nitsche, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor, which recognizes outstanding teaching at the graduate, undergraduate and professional levels.

The rank of distinguished professor is an order above full professorship and has three co-equal designations: distinguished professor, distinguished service professor and distinguished teaching professor.

“The SUNY distinguished faculty bring our students the best SUNY has to offer — quality teaching and instruction, innovative research opportunities and engaging community service,” SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said in announcing the recipients. “We are proud to recognize the leadership and academic excellence of our distinguished faculty and the positive impact they have on students and campuses, as well as communities here in New York and around the globe.

“Many thanks and congratulations to this most-recent class of distinguished faculty.”

The UB faculty members were among 11 faculty members from across the SUNY system appointed by the trustees at last week’s meeting.

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MBA Program jumps 18 spots in Bloomberg Businessweek ranking

The UB School of Management has vaulted 18 places in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of the nation’s best full-time MBA programs, coming in at No. 39, the highest the school has been ranked since the ranking began in 1988.

Among public universities, the School of Management is No. 16.

The School of Management fared particularly well in the employer satisfaction component of the survey with a rank of No. 19.

“In addition to reflecting our student satisfaction, this ranking is a ringing endorsement from recruiters,” said Arjang A. Assad, dean of the UB School of Management. “It shows that we are producing graduates who possess the skills and attributes most valued by businesses throughout the world.”

The UB School of Management is the only school in the Buffalo Niagara region to make the list.

The rankings are based on student satisfaction (45 percent), corporate recruiter satisfaction (45 percent) and an intellectual capital rating (10 percent) based on the number of articles published by each school’s faculty in 20 publications. Bloomberg Businessweek also ranks the top non-U.S. schools.

More than 10,600 MBA graduates from the class of 2014 at 112 schools in North America, Europe and Asia were surveyed. They evaluated their schools on such topics as teaching quality, the effectiveness of career services, and other aspects of their B-school experience. New this year, students also were asked questions about school culture.

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UB courses part of enhanced Open SUNY+ program

The playing field of online courses available to UB students just expanded, thanks to Open SUNY+, an initiative that adds 56 degree and certificate programs from 17 campuses across the state — including UB — to SUNY’s online offerings.

The program, championed by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, joins about 400 other online degree programs and 12,000 online course sections in Open SUNY,  the system’s overall online program. But the Open SUNY+ programs feature additional support services for students and faculty, including a HelpDesk to assist students with technical questions and online academic tutoring, both offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Open SUNY embodies all of the ideals we aim to uphold in service to our students — increased access to quality higher education and improved avenues for degree completion and career success,” says Zimpher.

… Here at UB, the Open SUNY+ program will include online courses in the Graduate School of Education, the School of Social Work and the School of Nursing.

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Activities slated for 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week at UB

Aspiring entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to network, listen and learn as the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) in the University at Buffalo School of Management, UB Career Services, the UB Undergraduate Academies and AT&T celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week through a series of Buffalo-area events. “Entrepreneurs can be a great force for change,” says Thomas Ulbrich, CEL executive director and assistant dean in the UB School of Management. “Global Entrepreneurship Week gives us another opportunity to help spark great ideas and improve our community.” The events are sponsored by AT&T and include:

  • Kickoff (11 a.m., Nov. 15, D!g, 640 Ellicott St., Buffalo) – Work with experts from the Buffalo State International Center for Studies in Creativity for a workshop on innovation in entrepreneurship, hosted by the CEL and the Undergraduate Academies.
  • Third Annual Speed Networking (4 p.m., Nov. 17, Student Union, UB North Campus) – Meet local entrepreneurs and build professional contacts, hosted by the CEL.

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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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UB student receives prestigious space research scholarship

Kristina Monakhova, a junior electrical engineering major at the University at Buffalo, has another accomplishment to add to her list.

She was awarded the John R. Sevier Memorial Scholarship Award, which annually recognizes two students nationwide who are interested in a science or engineering career, with an emphasis on space research or space science education.

The honor, which includes a $2,000 prize, was one of four scholarships awarded Oct. 6 by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), an independent, nonprofit research corporation that works to advance space science and technology.

To be considered for USRA scholarships, an applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student within two years of earning a bachelor of science degree in an engineering or science field at an accredited four-year college or university.

“Ms. Monakhova’s depth and breadth of research interests, her friendly, collegial nature, her ability to plan and execute research, and organize and deliver presentations all are truly outstanding,” said John Crassidis, PhD, CUBRC Professor in Space Situational Awareness.

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Tripathi: ‘We are on the brink of a new future’

When Satish K. Tripathi came to UB as the university’s provost in 2004, UB was “a very fine institution with a solid foundation and great potential.” Now, a decade later, “I see a remarkable institution, a world-class university taking its rightful place alongside some of the best research universities anywhere,” UB’s president told members of the university community, alumni and friends on Friday during his third State of the University address.

Speaking to an audience in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the North Campus, Tripathi outlined the progress UB has made across the university and the many ways it is transforming both the local and global communities.

He began by noting recent faculty and research highlights:
*UB hired 110 faculty members and 157 staff members in the past academic year.
*Total research funding from all sources is at an all-time high of $388 million.
*Faculty and staff members continue to receive national and international recognition as the recipients of major awards like National Science Foundation CAREER Awards and Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, as well as being named fellows in the prestigious scholarly associations in their fields, among them the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Psychological Association.
*UB has had the “lion’s share” of appointments as SUNY Distinguished Professors during the past five years.

Having world-class faculty attracts world-class students, Tripathi pointed out, and UB is recruiting more of the best undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

“These are intellectually passionate, motivated students who know they want to use their talents to make a difference in the world,” he said. “And they come to UB “because they know they will find opportunities here that will challenge them to do just that, to the very best of their abilities.”

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Kwon receives award to reduce hazmat accidents

Safety often takes a back seat to speed when transporting hazardous materials, such as radioactive materials, gasoline or medical waste from hospitals.

But a hazardous materials (hazmat) routing simulator that UB researcher Changhyun Kwon is developing aims to place safety at the forefront of shipping dangerous chemicals.

His research, “Advancing Routing Methods in Hazardous Materials Transportation,” is supported by a five-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation CAREER grant. The CAREER award is among the foundation’s highest honors for young investigators.

“Current hazmat routing methods are at an elementary level,” says Kwon, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. “Most hazmat carriers do not consider risk; they find the shortest path and use it, regardless of the risk level around that route. That is not enough.”

The possibility an accident occurs during shipment is small, but the results are often catastrophic. While some carriers use the average risk of an accident to determine their routes, Kwon’s risk-adverse simulator will base transportation routes on worst-case scenarios.

“I’m coming up with a new risk measure to capture the extreme cases of hazmat accidents,” Kwon says.

The simulator is inspired by a similar risk-adverse technique in the finance industry, whose risk-management software has improved significantly, says Kwon. The new method may compromise delivery time, but trucks will become less vulnerable to large accidents.

Nearly one in five commercial trucks on the road is carrying hazmat, says Kwon. And according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2013 roughly 4,800 incidents resulted in almost $79 million in damages.

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