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Division of Behavioral Medicine UB ACES (Activity in Children and Environment Study) Seeks Research Assistants

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities

The UB ACES (Activity in Children and Environment Study) in the Division of Behavioral Medicine is looking for 2-3 highly motived undergraduate research assistants for Summer 2017.

This project involves examining children’s choices between food and fun activities. Research Assistants will be asked to work with study staff on data entry and recruitment. Qualified students will also be trained to collect data and work with families, both in laboratory and home visits.

We are looking for individuals with the following qualifications: Organized and detail oriented, highly motivated, independent, strong GPA, good communication skills, ability to interact with families and the ability to solve problems independently.

To apply: please send your resume and answers to the questions below to with the subject line; alternatives grant. We are hoping to quickly fill our positions and will interview students on a first come, first served basis.



Phone number:

Overall GPA:

Major GPA:

  1. What year are you in school?
  2. Have you have any prior research experience?   If so, with whom?
  3. What do you want to do when you graduate?
  4. How do you feel this research experience will benefit you?
  5. How would you describe your communication skills?
  6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  7. What is your availability for summer 2017? Please list a schedule if possible, in addition to your availability in May.

Winter Study Abroad Opportunity to Jamaica for Health-Related Fields

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad, Winter Session

Behavior Driven Disease: A Global Epidemic Study Abroad: Mona, Jamaica (near Kingston)

Term Year                                            Dates

Winter Session 2018               Begin: 1/4/2018     End: 1/20/2018

Program Description

This experiential learning program will enable students in health related fields to compare obesity prevalence (and accompanying behavior-driven disease) between a culture they would typically not know (Jamaica) and our culture in the United States. Students will spend 3 days in Buffalo reviewing and discussing basic concepts and theories. The group will then travel to The University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica and spend 13 days traveling to different sites around the island, observing and interacting with the population.


The course is an intensive 3-credit elective that will allow student participants to explore how lifestyle choices related to food intake and physical activity levels are linked to obesity from 2 perspectives – the United States and Jamaica.  The U.S. has one of the highest obesity rates in the world – approximately 37% of the adult population is obese. Jamaica’s rate is about half that, standing at 20%.

The primary objective is to have the students identify and describe factors that contribute to the lower prevalence in Jamaica. To satisfy this objective, students will attend classroom sessions before departure to learn how the divergence of cultural and biologic evolution has created an environment of abundance and comfort, leading to widespread overconsumption of food and physical inactivity. In Jamaica, participants will interact with faculty and students in health-related disciplines at UWI, will explore markets and farms in the area to determine the availability and cost of fresh food, and will visit various restaurants and other food outlets to assess nutritional value of prepared food. Through observation, immersion, and survey, students will explore daily physical activity patterns among individuals in different settings – city, village/town, and rural – to make comparisons and analyze results. Students will also engage and interact with obesity practitioners and patients during visits to community health centers and clinics.

A secondary objective is to have students use information they gather to explore mechanisms through which physical inactivity and poor nutrition are linked to high risk for contracting heart disease and diabetes and how adopting an active lifestyle and better eating habits can reduce risk, increase quality of life and delay the onset of debilitating illness later in life.


For most of the program, students will stay in dormitories at the University of the West Indies. While in Port Maria, the group will stay in a hostel arranged by the program.


Estimated cost for this program is in the range $3800 – $4100. Includes tuition (3 credits), air fare, accommodation in Jamaica, meals and transportation to and from the Kingston airport and to different sites around the island. Any personal expenses (souvenirs etc) need to be added to the final cost.


Contact the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Harold Burton


New Chinese Courses Available

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, New Programs, UB Curriculum

CHI191 “Beginning Chinese for Professionals” has been scheduled for the fall. There are two sections open.

“This is the first semester of the three-semester sequence of introductory Mandarin Chinese course (three credits each semester) and it aims to lay a solid foundation in Chinese for students in professional programs such as business and health. The course also covers basic concepts of Chinese culture related to these fields. Upon course completion, students will have acquired elementary language skills in the language, including basic knowledge of the phonetic Pinyin system and Chinese characters, basic terminology specific to the professional fields, and key concepts of Chinese culture.” This is the first class of the three semester sequence (3 credits each semester), which is equivalent with the traditional CHI101-102 sequence.

There are also two courses newly scheduled for the fall – CHI280 “Survey of Chinese Culture”, and CHI430 Special Topics (exact topic to be determined as soon as we have the faculty to teach the class, and we will update about this later). These courses are open to any student.


Bachelor of Science in Public Health Now Available at UB

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, New Programs

A Public Health BS degree is now available within the UB School of Public Health & Health Professions.  You can find more information about the program here:  

As you know, public health represents a growing and dynamic field with opportunities to address the world’s most pressing health problems. The discipline is a combination of both the science and art of advancing the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations through education, promotion of healthy behaviors, and research for disease and injury prevention. The major will prepare students for both entry-level positions in public health and related careers and for advanced study in public health and health professions.

Major requirements can be found here and include both coursework in public health and foundation courses in both the sciences and the social sciences: Students who wish to update their major to public health may do so via the following webform: 

Please contact us at or simply call 716-829-5000 for more information.     ​


Student Assistant Opportunity in the UB Office of Shared Governance

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Networking, Student Assistant, Student Job Opportunities

Paid Student Assistant Opportunity with Office of Shared Governance
Office of Shared Governance – Faculty Senate and Professional Staff Senate

Student Assistant Job Description

The Office of Shared Governance houses the Faculty Senate and Professional Staff Senate at UB, and assists all constituencies (such as faculty, administration, staff, students, and governing board members) involved in carrying out the institutional mission and goals by participating in the governance function in a manner appropriate to UB. Shared Governance is the foundation of higher education in the United States. Collaboration between faculty, staff, students, administration and governing boards is essential in carrying out the vision of shared governance.

The student assistant (SA) is in a very visible position and will work under the Staff Assistant to enhance the efforts and goals of the office. This position will assist with and attend all senate meetings and related events when possible. The SA will co-manage all social media related to these meetings and events. The SA will also be assigned general office support duties.


Meeting Assistance

  • Must be available Mondays at 3:30 – 4:30pm for Staff Meetings.
  • Must be available on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (September through May, not during class recesses) from 2:30pm – 5:00pm (later if needed, typically not exceeding 5:30pm) to attend Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meetings on the North Campus, at the Center for Tomorrow.
  • Must be available every 1st, 2nd, and 4th Wednesday (September through May, not during class recesses) from 2:30pm – 5:00pm (later if needed, typically not exceeding 5:30pm) to attend Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meetings on the North Campus, in Capen Hall.
  • Must be available on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month (September through May, not during class recesses) from 2:00pm – 5:00pm (later if needed, typically not exceeding 5:30pm) to attend Professional Staff Meetings on the North Campus.
  • Will train on how to prepare coffee, set up catering order, set up name tags and sign-in materials for senators, and assist with any requests, as needed.

Social Media Support

  • Contribute and co-manage content for social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Present to Executive Committees on how social media is being used by the senates.

Qualifications/ Skills

  • Ability to handle all responsibilities in a confidential manner, is a requirement
  • Ability to attend all/most meetings during semesters
  • Mature, hardworking, capable of accomplishing multiple tasks concurrently
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and time management skills
  • Works well both independently, and under close instruction of office staff and senate chairs
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Passion for shared governance – pre-law, policy, political science
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite – especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Must be able to tweet and post to Facebook

Educational value

  • Networking opportunities across the university in highly visible position
  • Establish a knowledge of shared governance, policy at UB
  • Enhance knowledge of meeting attendance and procedure
  • Meets regularly with Senate Chairs to provide mentoring, career direction and development, and feedback.


Paid, for a maximum of 16 hours per week during the academic year. Additional hours available during the summer, and class recesses. Must be able to commit to full academic year (September – May, not including class recesses).

Start date is negotiable. No later than one week prior to the start of Fall 2017 classes.

Contact Information
Lindsay Allen, Staff Assistant
543 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus



COL 233: Literature and Happiness Open Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

COL 233: Literature and Happiness, offered fall 2017. It is a new course, just approved by SUNY for Comparative Literature. It fulfills the humanities requirement.

Here is a link to the syllabus along with the registration # if you are interested in enrolling:


Gifted Math Program at UB Seeks Student Assistants

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Student Assistant, Student Job Opportunities

The Gifted Math Program is looking to fill a few positions at the Gifted Math Program next year.   They will be hiring 2 students as tutors, who would work on Fridays from 4 to 6.

They also need a grader/assistant for 5th year students who meet on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. for two semesters. They take MTH 141 followed by MTH 142. It is possible that we would need a second grader for another level.

The Gifted Math Program works with 7th through 12th graders who come to UB to take math classes. More information about the program can be found here: Interested candidates should send a resume directly to Dr. Anne Izydorczak at:

Anne Izydorczak, Ph.D.a
Gifted Math Program
University at Buffalo
436 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260-1000
Phone: (716) 645-4467
Fax:  (716) 645-6841