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Monday
06/11/18

Summer Scholars at Chautauqua Deadline to apply is June 20th

Posted by Tim on June 11, 2018 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking

Community Compact, Inc. is pleased to release information about its summerscholars@Chautauqua 2018 program.
The main goals of the program are as follows:
1. To provide exceptional college students (those with at least one year of college) who have had limited access to cultural and educational opportunities, with the chance to experience, at no cost, the rich cultural programs the Chautauqua Institute (chq.org) has to offer. Community Compact’s work is typically centered around underserved, rural, first generation students. We will be looking in particular for students with those demographic characteristics but will be give full consideration to all students who would not have the chance to attend Chautauqua otherwise and will benefit from the program.
2. To increase the advancement of diversity in the Chautauqua community.

Details of Program
We hope to have several students attend an all-expense-paid week at the Chautauqua Institute. Some of our expectations are:
1. The selected students will come to Chautauqua to participate in cultural and educational activities from which they will benefit and from which they will grow.
2. The selected students will interact with others in their cohort during parts of the week and, to a reasonable extent, interact with the residents and guests of Chautauqua.
3. The selected students will have free time for individual reflection and relaxation at Chautauqua.
4. The selected students will participate in a small “action” program to be completed following their experience in the program.

We also are hopeful that:
1. The selected students will become future Chautauqua visitors and encourage friends and family to attend the Institution.
2. The selected students will continue to stay in contact with each other.
3. The selected students will help make the program stronger through their recommendations and participation in the program.

Dates of program:
Tentatively, the session is planned for the fifth week of the Chautauqua season which runs from July 21-July 28. If funds are available and we cannot accommodate all selected students for this week, we will consider offering more weeks.
If you have an interest in attending this program, please contact info@communitycompact.org and an application will be sent to you.

For application materials and more information, please contact Tim Matthews in the Honors College: trm7@buffalo.edu

Thursday
05/24/18

ENG 397: Digital/Broadcast Journalism Fall 2018

Posted by Tim on May 24, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements, New Programs

ENG 397: Digital/Broadcast Journalism

Topic: Podcasting

Podcasts have become one of the most popular forms of media with over 48 million weekly listeners, according to Edison research.

To capitalize on that opportunity, this class, offered in fall 2018, will introduce students to the art of creating podcasts with relevant technology, developing journalistic content for a podcast series, and build an audience by creating a marketing/brand strategy in a hands-on production class.

The class will also offer regular listening assignments and reading on the latest research in podcasting.

Course reg #: 24290

Meetings: Tuesdays 4-6:40 p.m.

134C Greiner Hall

Instructor: Carl Lam

Thursday
05/24/18

New Minor: Global Film

Posted by Tim on May 24, 2018 in Academics

English department launches global film minor

New minor focuses on gender, sexuality and more in foreign films

http://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2018/03/global-film-minor

This fall, the English department launched a global film minor for students interested in the arts and cinema, following long-existent strides in the area of film studies. The minor is not exclusive to students in the department and opens doors to anyone interested in the interconnectedness of film and global issues.

It covers a breadth of curriculum dealing with themes like gender, sexuality, disability, human rights and climate change. Through these matters, students become familiar with film analysis, different artistic forms, cultural diversity and practices.

Tanya Shilina-Conte, global film minor coordinator and assistant professor of film and media studies, said the program’s purpose is to offer a comprehensive view of film studies from a global and multidisciplinary perspective.

“The study of global film serves to heighten awareness of transnational concerns in our increasingly networked world and to promote cross-cultural understanding,” Shilina-Conte said.

Students can fulfill the minor through two 200-level courses and four 300/400-level courses, with a requirement to take one upper-level film production course. The program encourages diversity among majors. The minor is housed through the English department…

…Christian Schnapp, a sophomore film studies major, believes studying global film is important and effective in learning about worldly cultures and events.

“With that sense of widened lingual and cultural malleability, one is certainly more likely to be qualified for jobs and fields that relate to international art, culture, business and so forth,” Schnapp said.

The minor has proved helpful, encouraging him to learn about the histories of places outside the U.S.

“In my case, film is an obsession, particularly global film, and I continue to this day a practice of devoting a two-to-three-month period to watching and studying every film that I can fit into my daily schedule from a specific country.”

Schnapp said the specificity and importance of the filmic medium in global studies in general is dire.

“Films allow for an unbridled, incomparable immersion into all sorts of universes and realities,” Schnapp said. “Through this immersion often comes the learning and understanding of social climates, ways of life, different levels and degrees of culture and many other things.”

Anthony Defeo, a junior film studies major, said any career path or major could benefit from the global film minor.

“Anybody who wants to be an innovator in their field is going to interact with people from around the world,” Defeo said. “Relating to others through their national, ethnic, religious culture is a way to expand your worldview and get your foot in any door.”

Tuesday
05/15/18

New Sociology Classes Open for Enrollment Summer and Fall 2018

Posted by Tim on May 15, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

The Sociology Department has recently opened some new summer and fall courses for enrollment:

Summer II:

SOC 349, Classical Soc Theory (Class # 12785)

MWF 9-10:50AM

Summer III:

SOC 101, Online Intro to Soc (Class #12854)

Fall:

SOC 293, Social Research Methods (Class #24707)

MWF 10-10:50AM

SOC 311, Drugs and Society (Class #24706)

MWF 12-12:50PM

Tuesday
05/15/18

2018 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia at UB November 3

Posted by Tim on May 15, 2018 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking

2018 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia
Origins of the Contemporary

​November 3, 2018 ​University at Buffalo, SUNY​

We inaugurate the first annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia by reflecting upon the great body of historical work done in this field and bringing historical analysis and context to the study of contemporary issues. We invite papers on the theme of “Origins of the Contemporary.” We may think of these origins as fixed dates or as strands of ideas and events buried in the colonial and pre-colonial past. The conference will feature a keynote lecture by Sujatha Gidla, activist and acclaimed author of Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017).

By opening up the conference to both historical and contemporary analyses, we invite ​undergraduate ​participants from all disciplines, working on any topic. These topics include but are in no way limited to:

  • Modern political movements including Hindutva and New Right in India, ethnic and caste-based parties, leftist and Maoist movements.
  • Independence movements and postcolonial trends in present-day Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
  • New religious movements as well as reform movements and fundamentalisms within Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.
  • Trends in domestic and international law, including NGO and INGO work.
  • Social issues, human rights issues, LGBTQ issues, gender and caste concerns.
  • Wars, genocides, ethnic or political violence, and refugee issues (in recent or long-standing conflicts).
  • Human migration, population shifts, and environmental issues.
  • Literary genres, artistic movements, new and old technologies, trends in South Asian cinema and pop culture.

While this list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive, we encourage papers that address less commonly researched sociopolitical issues, communities, or theories. We hope to organize panels with presenters addressing similar issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Please visit http://bit.ly/rustgiconferencesubmissions to submit proposals.

​ ​Accepted applicants who submit complete proposals by August 1, 2018 may be eligible for a travel subvention of up to $200. Applicants should also seek funding from their home institutions. The conference organizers will assist participants in seeking affordable accommodations in Buffalo.

Format
The conference will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the University at Buffalo​, SUNY​. Students presenters should plan for 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion.

Deadline
Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal (http://bit.ly/rustgiconferencesubmissions). Those seeking travel subventions must submit their complete application (including a brief justification of expenses and efforts to seek supplemental funding) no later than August 1, 2018. Submissions will be accepted after this date on a rolling basis, space permitting, until September 7, 2018. Applicants will be notified about the status of their submissions and the availability of travel subventions beginning in late August 2018.

​Inquiries

Please contact rustgiconference@gmail.com ​with questions or ​for more information about the conference.

The first annual Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Vinod Rustgi and his family.

Monday
05/07/18

Interested in Activism/Community Organizing and Development? Social Work Offering Two Classes This Fall!

Posted by Tim on May 7, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

Interested in activism/community organizing and development? Be a part of the solution! Learn how to help residents build strong communities that are safe, secure, and just. The School of Social Work is offering two classes this fall (and more in the spring, to be announced) that are open to all undergraduate students and majors.

SW 220 Introduction to Community Organizing and Development
M/W, 10-11:20am, 112 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Registration #24465

This course provides a general introduction to the history, organizations, strategies, and practice issues related to community organizing and development. Specifically, this course examines different types of community organizing and development approaches including, but not limited to workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts and culture. Current trends and strategies for organizing residents and collaborating with community-based organizations on development initiatives are explored. This course also introduces empowerment, strengths-based, human rights, and trauma-informed perspectives as frameworks for developing, exploring, and analyzing community organizing and development efforts in urban and rural settings.

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities

M/W, 6-7:25pm, 250 Park Hall, North Campus

Registration #23986

This course focuses on development of leadership skills and strategies that foster community engagement and strengthen the natural leadership of residents within communities. Students will examine theories of leadership and the ways in which they influence organizational structures that promote community well-being. Central to this course is the acquisition of strategies that can be used to enhance the development of skills as well as the exercise of leadership by community residents. Likewise, they will explore the mechanisms that support opportunities for collaboration across social, political, legal, and financial systems and the communication patterns that influence success.

For questions about whether these courses will count towards your university requirements, please speak to your advisor.

Monday
04/30/18

Division of Behavioral Medicine Student Research Assistant

Posted by Tim on April 30, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

The Division of Behavioral Medicine in looking for 1-2 highly motivated undergraduates to work as research assistants in the Summer of 2018.

The MINDD Study is  looking for students to help with laboratory and clinical experiments. The project focuses on engaging in behavioral aspects of impulsive decision making in adults with prediabetes. Additionally, the project includes biometric measures such blood pressure readings, blood glucose, HbA1c, cholesterol and lipid profile testing.

For more information about our lab please visit our website:

http://buffalobehavioralmedicine.org/

We are looking for individuals with the following qualifications: Organized and detail oriented, highly motivated, independent, strong GPA, good communications skills, ability to interact with participants and solve problems independently. Students will be asked to do a variety of tasks including prepping materials, recruiting adults for studies, entering data (excel), and working with participants to collect data. We are also looking for students with day time availability and possibly evenings, and are able to commit 10 hours a week.

To apply: please send your resume and the answers to the questions below to dbmstudentapply@gmail.com.  We are hoping to quickly fill our position and will interview students on first come, first served basis.

Please fill out the Following information:

Full Name:

Name you would like to be called:

Email:

Phone Number:

Overall GPA:

Major GPA:

  1. What year are you in school?
  2. Do 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 the Summer 2018 semester?
  8. If you have any previous experience with biometric measurements, please describe here.
Wednesday
04/04/18

UB Drone Research Study

Posted by Tim on April 4, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities

UB Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Communicative Disorders & Sciences departments are currently looking for volunteers to participate in a collaborative study.

We are looking for participants who are:

  • 18-35 years old
  • Native English speakers
  • Not pregnant
  • Have normal hearing sensitivity

This research is being conducted to examine what levels of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or “drone”) noise are preferable and safe for human-UAV interactions. With these levels established and used as a reference, our team of engineers will design equipment for UAVs that will appropriately dampen the noise that they emit.

The research will consist of two steps and one optional third step. The first step is a hearing screening and the second is the research study. The optional step is an extension of the research study. We expect that the hearing screening and signing of the consent form will take approximately one hour. The research study portion is expected to take approximately two hours for a full experiment.  A small group of participants will be given the option to volunteer for a second experiment which will also take approximately two hours. The second experiment will take place during the summer.

 

Eligible participants (those who pass the hearing screening) who complete step two of the research will be paid $40.00 for their participation.  The small group of participants who are available to volunteer for a second experiment (step 3) will be paid an additional $40.00 for completion of participation in step 3.

 

Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to enroll in this study.  If you are a student, there are no academic rewards for participating and no penalties for not participating.

 

More information regarding your participation in this study is available in the consent form document attached in this email.

 

If interested, please send an email to:

 

*****          DroneForBuffalo@gmail.com            *****

 

Please be sure to state your name and general availability for the hearing screening.

Monday
04/02/18

UB GEM Seeks Summer Outreach Students

Posted by Tim on April 2, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Student Job Opportunities

UB GEM is once again seeking summer outreach students to work on our team (must be local in WNY). If you have any exceptional students who are interested in public health, community engagement, and/or science, please encourage them to apply!

facebook.com/UBGEMCOE

twitter.com/UBGEMCOE

Bridget Brace-MacDonald, EdM

Director of Outreach Activities

Genome, Environment and Microbiome 

Community of Excellence

University at Buffalo

 

Tuesday
03/27/18

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) Fellow Application Deadline is April 30

Posted by Tim on March 27, 2018 in Academics, Fellowships, Honors Experiences, Networking, Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the University at Buffalo is invited to nominate one sophomore or junior to become a Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) Fellow. The Fellows are fully funded to participate in three-day leadership conferences in Washington, DC during the fall and spring semesters, in addition to completing a research paper that is eligible for publication and awards. All expenses are paid for by UB and an alumnus of UB.

Since 1970, CSPC Fellows have traveled to Washington, DC to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research, and to explore careers in public service. While attending the conferences, the Fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive constructive criticism on their research papers. The Fellows also have the opportunity to engage with policy experts, government officials, and leaders in the legislative process. In the past, Fellows have had the opportunity to meet with speakers such as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu; journalists James Kitfield, Ron Fournier, and Clive Crook; and defense experts Michele Flournoy, Frank Cilluffo and Capt. Eric Jones, USGC.

Criteria for students applying to become UB’s Fellow:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Demonstrated interest in the American government
  • Comfort speaking, presenting and writing about the American Presidency or Congress
  • All academic majors are eligible although typically Fellows are from political science, history, international studies, business, philosophy, economics, public health or journalism

Requirements:

  • Able to attend two conferences in Washington, DC – one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester
  • Undertake an original research project on a subject with direct relevance to the US Presidency and/or Congress. Write a 10-15 page paper based on this topic

Applications to become UB’s CSPC Fellow are due by 5:00pm EST on Monday, April 30: https://universityatbuffalo-wgtck.formstack.com/forms/center_for_the_study_of_the_presidency_and_congress.

You can find more information about the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress here: http://www.thepresidency.org/.

Please contact The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at fellowships@buffalo.edu if you have any questions.