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Wednesday
07/26/17

Social Work Undergraduate Level Electives Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 26, 2017 in Academics

The School of Social Work is offering several fall Social Work undergraduate-level electives, open to all majors and non-degree students. Register as normal, but if you have questions about the course please email them at swinfo@buffalo.edu.

***For questions about whether this course will count towards your university requirements, please speak to your advisor.***

SW 101 The Social Context and Human Biology (online)
Registration #12206 or #12221
Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017
Instructor: Elaine Hammond
Online Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Online Quizzes, Mid-term and Final Paper

Watch a video of the course overview by instructor Elaine Hammond.

 

Course Description:

This undergraduate course will provide a foundational understanding of human biology with emphasis on the biological bases of behaviors and issues of concern to social workers. This course is designed to meet the human biology prerequisites for Masters in Social Work students, and will cover the basics of human biology including anatomical systems and structures, development from conception through aging and death, genetics, evolution, and biological and environmental interactions. The focus of the course is not only on biology but also on the critical analysis of the interplay between human biology and social issues. Discussions will cover the biological bases of phenomena including but not limited to addictions, mental illness, sexuality, and aggression. Emphasis throughout the course also will be placed on biological processes related to trauma and stress.

 

SW 401A Special Topics, Community Leadership

Registration #23710

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Location: 351 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

 

Course Description:

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.

 

SW 401B Social Media and Social Change
Registration #23711

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Location: 248 Cooke Hall, North Campus

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Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with social media and social networking as they influence community change. Specifically, students will be introduced to the fundamental terms and concepts of social media and networking, including various interfaces, tools, and platforms that may be leveraged to promote community change and development. Students will also explore existing scholarship and best practices, as well as issues of social justice, trauma and adversity, social disadvantage, and human rights as they apply to the democratization of technology. Students will examine the challenges, opportunities, and future applications of social media and networking related to community change.

 

SW 401C Crossing Borders: Human Rights Issues from U.S. and Mexican Perspectives (online)
Registration #24250

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Instructor: Filomena Critelli

 

Course Description:

This interdisciplinary course examines human rights in the U.S and Mexico, focusing on issues that cut across our nations and cultures including but not limited to the rights of children; gender; the rights of persons with disabilities; as well as labor and economic justice and migration and immigrant rights. Case law, case studies and international human rights conventions will be analyzed through the lens of law and social work. The course includes several globally networked sessions where law and social work students and faculty from Buffalo and Mexico meet in real time for exchanges and joint learning opportunities.

Wednesday
07/26/17

MUS 266 Arts One, Exploring Buffalo’s Art Scene Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 26, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

Do you love to experience art or wish you had a greater appreciation for it?    Are you looking for a class which fulfills the old “arts requirement” or is in the new “Milestones in Western Culture and Arts” pathway?  Consider registering for Arts One (MUS 266LEC) this fall and experience Buffalo’s art scene in a hands-on, interactive way!

This class will meet once each week to attend and discuss events such as concerts, gallery shows, installations, poetry readings, theatrical performances, and architectural tours in and around Buffalo.   Before and/ or after each event, there will be opportunities to reflect, address large-scale topics relevant to the creation and reception of art, and to interact with and learn from artists first-hand.

To take this class, all you need is an open mind and willingness to participate.   Registration is now open MUS 266 Arts One #24672.

It will be engaging to those experienced and unexperienced in art alike!

Contact Jessie Downs at jldowns2@buffalo.edu for more information.

Tuesday
07/25/17

Volunteers Needed for Tonawanda Coke Soil Sampling Study

Posted by Tim on July 25, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

In federal court, the Tonawanda Coke Corporation was convicted of breaking serious environmental laws, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Air Act (CAA). As a part of the sentencing, Tonawanda Coke was ordered to fund community environmental health studies, including the soil study, which is a collaboration between the University at Buffalo Chemistry Department, Citizen Science Community Resources, and the Fredonia State College Chemistry Department. This comprehensive soil study tests for a wide range of chemical contaminants in an area which includes Eastern Grand Island, Town and City of Tonawanda, Black Rock/Riverside, and North Buffalo.

Citizen Science Community Resources is currently searching for dependable volunteers to help with our full-scale soil sampling, planned for the month of August. In particular, residents of this area and people interested in environmental issues are encouraged to get involved. If you would like to get involved, please indicate your availability for one of the required Volunteer Training Sessions and your availability for Soil Study Volunteering. If you have any questions, please contact me at mfalcone@buffalo.edu, or our Community Organizer Katie Little at katie@csresources.org.

Tuesday
07/25/17

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program Deadline September 21, 2017

Posted by Tim on July 25, 2017 in Academics, Fellowships, Graduate School Programs, Scholarship Opportunities

 

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program at www.rangelprogram.org!

The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship.

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Program Benefits

·         An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2018

·         Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2018 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy in summer 2019.

·         Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.

·         Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.

·         Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Rangel Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Eligibility requirements

·         U.S. citizenship

·         Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2018 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution

·         Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

About the U.S. Foreign Service

Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State are responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy. Their work includes analyzing political and economic events around the world; negotiating with foreign governments; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; educating foreign audiences about American culture and values; and managing an embassy’s operations. They are engaged in foreign policy issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, environmental and health issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and educational exchange. A Foreign Service career is much more than just a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. Foreign Service Officers work in Washington and in more than 250 diplomatic posts worldwide. As representatives of the United States, Foreign Service Officers have a direct impact on people’s lives, witness history in the making, and help create and implement U.S. policy.

Deadline to apply is September 21, 2017.  www.rangelprogram.org, rangelprogram@howard.edu, 202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002

Monday
07/24/17

AHI 203 Intro: Latin American Art Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 24, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

AHI203 Intro: Latin American Art

Class # 24759

MWF12:00 – 12:50

No prior knowledge of Art History required

While exploring the key themes in Latin American art in this introductory course, we will focus on the intersection of aesthetics, politics, and history. We will look at art spanning from the pre-Colombian era and Mesoamerica, through colonialism and subsequent struggles for independence, art during dictatorships, and end with globalization and contemporary art in Latin American countries. We will have the opportunity to look at critical and aesthetic theories from this region and investigate, with a critical eye, who has written the histories of the region and how they have been constructed. The issues and influence of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, globalization, race, class, and gender will be at the forefront of our investigations. No previous knowledge of the region or of art history and theory is necessary.

Monday
07/17/17

MUS 138 UB Symphony Orchestra Open to Any Major

Posted by Tim on July 17, 2017 in Academics

The University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra is growing and we would like to invite current and incoming students of any major to participate in our 2017-18 season.

We are announcing the major symphonic work Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, OP. 35 for the fall that students may be interested in performing. Please consider recommending the ensemble to students who are interested in continuing to play a musical instrument.

A short audition will take place near the beginning of the fall semester and information will be sent to those who have registered for the course…MUS 138: 17944.

More information can be found by sending emails to ubsoorchestra@gmail.com.

Monday
07/17/17

Legal Professions Internship Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 17, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Internships, Networking

UB’s Millard Fillmore College will be holding an information session for UB students who are interested in learning about new internship opportunities in legal professions.

This internship is developed in response to many student inquiries and has become a very popular addition to the UB Millard Fillmore College Paralegal Studies Program. All students are invited and encouraged to attend.

Millard Fillmore College is offering a 3-credit course in Fall 2017 that features unpaid legal studies internship experience for undergraduate students.

The legal studies internship was created and will be supervised by Olga Posse, J.D., MFC adjunct faculty. This experiential learning course will require 5 hours per week at the internship site plus online coursework.  Professor Posse secured commitments to internships through the Buffalo City Court, the Attorney General’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Erie County Family Court and two private law firms.

This internship experience could prove to be very valuable to students with an interest in entering the legal profession. Any UB student seeking to gain legal knowledge and experience would find this internship to be a valuable addition to their UB degree.

Prof. Posse will hold information sessions for interested students

July 19 & 20 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.   209 OBrien Hall
July 21 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 209 OBrien Hall
July 22 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 209 OBrien Hall
July 23 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 209 Obrien Hall
  • Any student who is interested in an internship MUST attend one of these meetings.
  • Bring a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript.
  • Prof. Posse will review the applicants and select the most qualified because of the limited number of internships available.
  • Interested students should RSVP to oaposse@aol.com to let her know they are planning to attend either of the above-mentioned dates.
  • Prof. Posse will also respond to any questions concerning students may have concerning the course and internship opportunities.

There are only 60 Legal Professions Internships available for Fall 2017 and selection is competitive.  If you have any questions about the class, you should contact Prof. Posse at 716-829-2904 or email: oaposse@aol.com

Tuesday
07/11/17

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 dbmstudentapply@gmail.com 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.

Name: 

E-mail:

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.
Tuesday
07/11/17

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.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

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.

ACCOMMODATION

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

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.

TO REVIEW THE SYLLABUS

Contact the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Harold Burton hburton@buffalo.edu

Tuesday
07/11/17

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.

http://www.buffalo.edu/class-schedule?switch=showcourses&semester=fall&division=UGRD&dept=CHI

“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.