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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


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

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.”


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)


SOC 293, Social Research Methods (Class #24707)

MWF 10-10:50AM

SOC 311, Drugs and Society (Class #24706)

MWF 12-12:50PM


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 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.

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.

Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal ( 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.


Please contact ​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.


Salvation Army Seeks Volunteers

Posted by Tim on May 14, 2018 in Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers for two days:

1) National Donut Day – Friday, June 1 from 7-9am

2) 13th annual Red Kettle Open golf tournament from 10:30am-5:00pm. Volunteers can work in shifts.

Any chance you could share this information with people and let me know if anyone is available. Thanks!

Demi Walsh
Red Kettle/Volunteer Coordinator
The Salvation Army Buffalo Area Services
960 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
work: (716) 888-6220
cell: (716) 563-5670


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.


Open Dance Classes – Fall 2018

Posted by Tim on May 4, 2018 in New Programs


The following dance technique courses are open to all undergraduate students at UB.

Students who need assistance registering should email

DAC 116: Ballet Technique 1

MWF 9:00-9:50

Registration number: 22745

A studio course that introduces ballet technique.

DAC 118: Jazz Technique 1

T/TH 3:30-4:50

Registration number: 22747

A studio course that introduces jazz technique.

DAC 119 : World Dance Styles

T/TH 3:30-4:50

Registration number: 24263


DAC 126: Ballet Technique 2

M/W 12:00-1:20

Registration number: 24504

Beginner/Intermediate Level for students with some prior experience.

Students who have not taken DAC 116, but who have previous dance training experience may request instructor permission to enroll. Please contact the department for more information.


Graduate Assistant (GA) Position Opening

Posted by Tim on May 4, 2018 in Job Opportunity

Graduate Assistant (GA) Job Description

Job Type: Full Time
Hours/week: 20 (represents full-time for GA positions), specific hours to be arranged.
Term: Appointed on a semester-by-semester basis, successful applicants will receive consideration for Academic year and summer appointments. Applicants should be available during summer or other school breaks.
Department: University Honors College
Campus Location: University Honors College, 106 Capen Hall, North Campus
Biweekly Salary: $650 (Gross)

Application Instructions

Send a brief cover letter and resume via email to:
Karyn St. George
Administrative Director
University Honors College
106 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Fax: 716-645-3368

Submission Deadline

Applications must be received by 5pm on June 15, 2018


UB’s Summer Research Institute

Posted by Tim on May 4, 2018 in Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

The UB Summer Research Institute trains researchers in a collegial, intellectually engaging, and multidisciplinary atmosphere. Workshop participants learn easy-to-understand practical information
about statistics and methods and develop skills and knowledge to confidently analyze their own data.
Our courses are appropriate for a range of researchers—graduate students from all disciplines, private
and public sector researchers and policymakers, college and university faculty—anyone with research
experience/training who is looking to gain new skills or brush up on the latest analytic techniques.

Summer 2018

Qualitative Data Analysis
May 21-23
This course introduces attendees to rigorous qualitative analytic approaches, including grounded theory and thematic analysis, and guides attendees in applying them to data. We will also cover techniques for writing and for presenting qualitative data and methods.

Spatial Analysis
May 21-23
This course introduces the utility of spatial data, and focuses on teaching attendees applied spatial analysis skills. Attendees will learn how to use mapping software, how to create maps for presentations, how to usefully transform mapping data, and will be introduced to spatial statistical tools.

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling
May 29-31
This course introduces attendees to structural equation modeling (SEM) both with and without latent variables. Upon finishing the course attendees will be able to estimate models using available software (Mplus) to conduct research and interpret results.

Introduction and Application of Propensity Score Analyses
June 4-6
This course introduces attendees to propensity score analyses, a quantitative analytic technique geared toward addressing confounding bias. Attendees will be introduced to both propensity score weighting and matching techniques, as well as how to assess covariate balance. Upon completion, attendees will be able to apply propensity score analyses using both SAS and Stata.

For more information and registration:
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