Archive for June, 2009

Architecture Students’ Designs Gain National Attention

A blog at The Chronicle of Higher Education took notice of the work UB’s architecture students have done in redesigning public spaces in the School of Architecture and Planning. Initiated by the school’s dean, Brian Carter, the effort is intended to enliven the academic environment and give students hands-on training. Read more.

UB Students Head to Hollywood to Learn “Tricks of the Trade”

Forty-two University at Buffalo students and recent graduates with dreams of making it in the entertainment industry will be in Los Angeles June 27-28 to attend the University at Buffalo’s first “Coast to Coast Entertainment and Media Symposium” (UBC2C Hollywood) in the hopes of getting a foot in the door.

The students will attend workshops in acting, writing, directing, vocal performance, stand-up comedy, magazine journalism, independent film production and marketing, as well as on new trends in media coverage of the entertainment industry. A special Sunday mentoring session will give the students one-on-one access to industry veterans and Hollywood VIPs.

A generous donation by an anonymous UB alumnus is funding travel and attendance at the workshops for many of the UB students. Read more.

UB Grads Help Send NASA Back to the Moon

University at Buffalo graduates Frank Centinello and Kristen Paris helped in the creation of the first spacecraft in NASA’s return to the moon.

“I guess, when you think about it, for me this is one giant leap . . . with my work going to the moon and all,” Centinello said in an article in The Buffalo News. “This whole experience has been really serendipitous.”

The two UB alums are part of a 50-member team at Arizona State University that created and tested a camera attached to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which lifted off Thursday.

The orbiter will record the moon’s surface to better facilitate future landings. Read more.

UB Researcher Among First to Receive NIH Stimulus Funding

A University at Buffalo addictions researcher is among the first in the country to receive National Institutes of Health (NIH) stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The two-year $431,000 grant will support several laboratory positions while accelerating research into the relationship between impulsivity and drug abuse. “This award will support research into a novel approach of understanding about how negative consequences influence consumption of drug and non-drug rewards,” according to Jerry Richards, Ph.D., principal investigator on the study. Read more.

National Grid, UB Engineering Partner on Outreach Program

National Grid, a leading energy delivery company, is investing $250,000 in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to create and enhance programs that encourage Buffalo Public School students to pursue education and careers in science and engineering.

The contribution will augment existing programs, such as the award-winning BEAM (Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities) program, and launch new initiatives that introduce young minds to careers in high-demand engineering fields, like biomedical engineering and green energy.

The funds will be used to create a five-year program aimed at introducing Buffalo Public School students in grades 6-12 to careers in the biomedical and green energy industries. National Grid’s investment will help support facilities, including those in UB’s new $61 million high-tech engineering facility being built on the North (Amherst) Campus, and fund equipment and personnel associated with the delivery of the new programs.

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Classics Professor Elected Fellow of the London Society of Antiquaries

Stephen L. Dyson,  Park Professor of Classics at the University at Buffalo, has been named a fellow of the convivial and scholarly Society of Antiquaries of London, a 300-year-old society designed to advance and further the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of Britain and countries abroad.

Fellows are elected by existing members of the society in recognition of their significant achievement in the heritage field, and are entitled to use the initials FSA after their names.

Dyson, a former president of the Archaeological Institute of America, is a specialist in the history and archaeology of the City of Rome, the archaeology of Roman Italy and the western empire, and the history and theory of archaeology, Roman social history and the Roman countryside.

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UB Grad Wins Inaugural SUNY Doctoral Fellowship

A University at Buffalo student who took a circuitous route from undergraduate psychology major to cancer-researcher-in-training received one of four inaugural Doctoral Diversity Fellowships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) awarded by State University of New York’s Office of Diversity and Educational Equity.

Carlos Cedeno, a Buffalo resident, will receive an annual $20,000 stipend for three years to support research and professional development. He will use the fellowship to enter UB’s Molecular Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics Doctoral Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in fall 2009.

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UB Receives $1.5M to Establish Clean Energy Business Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced an award of $1.5 million to the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach to establish a clean energy business incubator program that will provide business support to accelerate the successful development of early-stage, clean energy technology companies in Western New York.

UB’s program, Directed Energy, is designed to utilize the technical expertise of scientists and engineers at the university with the business development skills of the university’s Technology Incubator in order to foster clean energy companies and job growth in Western New York. NYSERDA funds are intended to assist companies throughout the incubation process, and to develop a financially self-sustaining program that makes Western New York a regional center for developing clean energy technologies.

“We are creating a regional foundation for a healthy green economy in Western New York,” said Martin Casstevens, business formation and commercialization manager for the UB Office of Science, Technology and Economic Outreach (STOR) and director of Directed Energy. “This is just the beginning of a long-term program to concentrate resources and technical skills to grow alternative energy businesses in Western New York. We have programs to assist local energy companies, energy entrepreneurs and scientists to develop sustainable clean energy technologies.”

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UB Anthropology Professor Named Resident Fellow of the National Humanities Center

UB associate professor of anthropology Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, a scholar recognized for her research into the shamanic practices of Chile’s Mapuche Indians, has been named a 2009-10 Fellow of the National Humanities Center (NHC) in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. She will be one of 33 distinguished scholars from institutions across the United States who will take leave from their normal academic duties to comprise the center’s class of resident fellows.  Bacigalupo’s NHC project is titled “Mapuche Memory, Forgetting, Shamanic Historical Consciousness: The Making of Francisca Colipe and Her Mapuche Community in Chile,” for which she also has received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and an NEH Fellowship. Read more.