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Opportunity to Present Research at the SUNY Wide Undergraduate Research Conference

Posted by Tim on February 15, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research, Workshops

Submission deadline for SUNY – SURC is linked to the bottom right icon found on the CURCA website

DEADLINE TO APPLY TO SUNY-SURC is FRIDAY, MARCH 8th, 2019     SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference

Funding is available from CURCA to pay the registration cost, and provide transportation for any UB undergrad accepted to present at this conference.


Present YOUR Research at 15th Annual UB Celebration of Student Academic Excellence April 25th!

Posted by Tim on February 15, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Research Information and Opportunities, Workshops

The submission form is live for students to apply to present their research and creative works at the 15th Annual UB Celebration of Student Academic Excellence…The Celebration is Thursday April 25th, 2019 in the CFA .

Students must apply to present and await acceptance of their submission…DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY  MARCH 15th, 2019


ErieHack-Innovation Challenge to Solve Lake Erie’s Most Significant Problems, a competition

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event


First held two years ago, Erie Hack is returning for spring 2019. Erie Hack is an innovation challenge that accelerates technology solutions to Lake Erie’s most significant problems. Student teams can compete for more than $100,000 in prizes at the final as well as a smaller pool here at during the UB selection process.

Working from challenge statements derived from ideation sessions with NASA representatives and regional stakeholders, teams are charged with creating innovative digital tools, hardware innovations and solutions that build “the Blue Economy,” the emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe.

The local part of the competition kicks off Feb. 19 with an information session from 4-5pm, a team building day on March 8th from 3-5pm, and a hacking day on March 9th from 9-3pm all held in room 210 Student Union. UB will host the Buffalo quarterfinals April 19, with the winners advancing to the June 6 semifinals in Detroit. The finals will be held in conjunction with an Innovation Summit in Cleveland June 20.

Students with any questions should reach out to Derek Nichols, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, at


Transforming Our Tomorrow: A New Clean Energy Vision-Present your clean energy ideas and you could win prizes

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event

Transforming our Tomorrow: A New Clean Energy Vision

UB Sustainability is searching for students from across New York State to present their revolutionary clean energy ideas. Students that have completed a project or program, or have an idea for a new policy, invention or business can apply. First place will receive $3000, second place $2000, third place will receive $1000 and all students that are selected to participate in the final will receive a professionally edited video of their presentation. 

Participants will have five minutes to showcase their work either in teams or individually in front of a panel of judges on UB’s campus in April. Each presentation will be scored by a panel of judges on from the following rubric:

  • Creativity
  • Presentation
  • Research

A one to two minute video application is due on  February 8th (the video does not need to be a polished production).  Please share this information with students that may be working on a school project in the renewable field or just have a passion for clean energy and might be interested in applying.


The 2019 World’s Challenge Challenge Prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500!

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event

Blackstone LaunchPad, International Education, and UB Sustainability are partnering up to host the 2019 World’s Challenge Challenge. This competition calls on students to address a key challenge that the world faces. In teams of three, students from diverse backgrounds will choose one idea and relate it to one (or more) of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the global community. It is an engaging opportunity for students to gain real-world experience through social innovation and entrepreneurship. Teams will compete locally here at UB in April, and the winning team goes on to contend against students from all around the world in London, Ontario in June.

Each team will have 5 to 7 minutes to talk about the World’s Challenge you wish to address, using a slide deck for visual support. Your presentation should reflect the concepts and principles being discussed through visuals and a limited amount of text. Video and other multimedia files and links are allowed, within the given time allotted.


  • First Place $2,000
  • Second Place $1,000
  • Third Place $500
  • Plus a chance to compete at the finals for an additional $30,000 Canadian.

Once you have your team and idea, you will need to submit a video that is no longer than two minutes (you can book the Video Recording Rooms in the Silverman Library through the online reservation system if needed:  Video submissions must be sent by 2/8 (see website and flyer for more details).


2019 Life Raft Debate February 12

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Stress Relief, Workshops

NEXT WEEK! 8th Annual Life Raft Debate (Tuesday, 2/12 at 6pm in 107 Capen)

When disaster threatens all of humanity, only one professor will make the cut to join the survivors. Join your peers in deciding the fate of faculty and academic disciplines in the 8th annual Life Raft Debate!

Dr. Michelle Benson                  Associate Professor, Political Science

Dr. Sharonah Fredrick              Clinical Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Dr. Joe Gardella                         SUNY Distinguished Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Jessica Kruger                       Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health and Health Behavior

Dr. Henry Taylor                          Professor, Center for Urban Studies

Dr. Nikolaus Wasmoen            Visiting Assistant Professor, English

Fresh off her win last year, Dr. Wendy Quinton (Clinical Associate Professor, Psychology) will return in the role of Devil’s Advocate.

The debate will kick off at 6pm in 107 Capen on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 and will be followed by light refreshments and snacks in the Don Schack Student Lounge.


Open House and Exhibit Opening on Domestic Violence “Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives” February 7

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

Join us for an Open House and Exhibit Opening on the topic of Domestic Violence!

Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

The Health Sciences Library is pleased to host an Open House and the Opening of the exhibit, “Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives”, produced by the National Library of Medicine.  This six-banner traveling exhibition celebrates the pivotal role played by nurses, who mobilized the medical profession to tackle the problem of domestic violence.  The panels display images, manuscripts and records that tell the stories of the nurses who witnessed the effects of domestic violence and campaigned for change.   NLM also has an online version of the exhibit. 

In honor of highlighting this important issue, we have invited two speakers who are intimately involved with domestic violence.   Judith Olin, Director, Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic in UB’s School of Law, and Mary Murphy, Executive Director of The Family Justice Center of Erie County. 

Judith will speak on:  The Influence of Dr. Jacqueline Campbell, RN, PhD on the creation of the High Risk Team Model”.   Mary will talk about the Family Justice Center and her group of survivors (a few dozen incredible women) who weigh in day in and day out on how best to serve their clients, and their new ReachOut initiative involving a standalone website with videos on how to have the conversation with someone you suspect may be in an abusive relationship.

Staff will also be on hand to offer brief tours of the library and its magnificent and historic Reading Room, as well as our History of Medicine collection that includes Nursing books and artifacts. 

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to or call 716-829-5722.    Close parking is available in the Diefendorf Lot on South Campus, without a permit. 

Look forward to seeing you at this event!


Judith Olin joined the faculty in 2016 to direct the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Law Clinic in UB’s School of Law.  Her legal career is dedicated to advocacy on behalf of victims of family violence. In her years as a legal services attorney, she focused on the representation of victims of domestic violence in divorce and child custody cases and initiated impact litigation leading to reform in the Buffalo Police Department’s policies in domestic violence cases.   Olin went on to become an Erie County prosecutor specializing in domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault cases. As Director of the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center, Olin led a multidisciplinary team that coordinated child abuse investigations for Erie County.  Olin chairs the Domestic Violence Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York and serves on The Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence and the local Rape Crisis Advisory Board.  Olin received her B.A. from New York University, and her juris doctor from The University at Buffalo School of Law. Her academic experience includes teaching in the University of Michigan’s Child Advocacy Law Clinic and teaching child abuse Law as an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo law School.  

Mary Murphy is the Executive Director of The Family Justice Center of Erie County.  


UB Sustainable Environments Lecture February 13

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

with Andrew Hoffman
Wednesday, February 13
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
107 Talbert Hall
North Campus

What causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change?

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized.

Hoffman makes a case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse. Synthesizing evidence from sociology, psychology and political science, Hoffman lays out the opposing cultural lenses through which science is interpreted and extracts lessons for engendering a better understanding of the problem and possible ways to bridge the divide on this important issue. 

About the Speaker:

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Sustainability. His research uses organizational behavior models and theories to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. He has published more than 100 articles/book chapters, as well as 14 books, which have been translated into five languages. He earned his PhD from MIT in Management and Civil/Environmental Engineering.

Sustainable Urban Environments Initiative

The College’s Sustainable Urban Environments Initiative is focused on leveraging our unique faculty strengths in sustainability to engage Buffalo and the region in efforts to create the sustainable city of the future. Under inaugural director, Susan Clark’s leadership, the initiative will build consensus, develop a culture of shared goals and success, and foster communication with regional and campus partners, including the UB Office of Sustainability


Great Decisions at the International Institute

Posted by Tim on January 28, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

As a UB Honors College alumnus, I wanted to share an event series that the International Institute of Buffalo is hosting that I think Honors College Students might be interested in. We are hosting Great Decisions, a nine-week community discussion series held in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA).

The International Institute recruits local experts from universities and organizations to speak about critical foreign policy topics and to facilitate discussion among program participants. It’s an event that encourages community members to think like foreign policy makers on a broad range of topics.

All participants have the opportunity to complete national opinion ballots for each session, which the FPA puts in a report to the White House, the Departments of State and Defense, members of Congress, the media, policy researchers and concerned citizens. We encourage participants to discuss how national policies are impacting the local Buffalo community. The fee is $7 for walk-ins and $5 for educators & students. 

I’ve attached the GD schedule with the list of topics and speakers.  The Facebook events can be found here.

If you could pass this along to interested students, we would appreciate it!


Madison McEwen

International Exchanges & Education Coordinator

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

International Institute of Buffalo

864 Delaware Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14209

(716) 883-1900 x332 |


Master of Public Health Programs Information Session February 12

Posted by Tim on January 28, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Graduate School Programs, Networking, Workshops

Master of Public Health Programs Information Session

Tuesday, February 12, 201
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
210 Student Union

Get to know us! 100% job placement rate fro 2016 and 2017 MPH graduates!

Grab some food and spend a minute chatting with UB SPHHP Faculty and Students about our MPH Programs