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New ES Thematic Pathway Course Being Offered This Spring

Posted by Tim on November 30, 2022 in Academics, Online Courses

ES 230 Social Ecological Perspectives on Physical Activity & Exercise – 3 credits

This course will discuss the sociocultural and psychological factors that influence physical activity behaviors in the United States and across the world. Students will explore the social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental factors that impact physical activity and exercise using a social science lens. Students will gain a global perspective of the health disparities associated with physical activity and explore strategies for increasing physical activity across the lifespan.

Meeting pattern: Hybrid, meets in-person on Wednesdays from 11-11:50 am on South campus. The online component is asynchronous.

This course is open to non-ES majors and is an approved pathway course. It is in List 2 of the following Thematic Pathway Topics: Environments, Technologies & Policy and Health, Sexuality and Society.


The Royal Pitches A Cappella Concert

Posted by Tim on November 28, 2022 in Event

UB’s all-female a cappella group will be performing their annual fall concert! Join us for an evening of music with a guest performance! Hear some of your fellow Honors College students on December 3rd, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. in the Student Union Theater. Tickets for UB students are only $8! You don’t wanna miss this!
For more information, follow @theroyalpitches on Instagram or visit our website,


Service Learning Opportunity- Campus Health Educator (CHE)

Posted by Tim on November 28, 2022 in Honors Experiences


Join our CSTEP Campus Health Educator (CHE) 2023 Service Learning Cohort this spring! Open to all UB Undergraduates. Are you interested in an impactful service learning or leadership experience? Are you pursuing one of the allied health professions (psychology, public health, medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, OT/PT, social work, biological sciences etc.)? This is a unique experience for students majoring in the allied health and science to engage in service learning, and educate their peers on a critically important health issue.
The goal of CHE is to increase the number of individuals participating in the blood donation as and the organ donor registry through service learning. Our commitment is to enhance and save lives through organ, tissue, eye, and blood donation, while maintaining respect for those who give the gift of life. Our 2023 cohort will create awareness and educate campus peers and the Buffalo community regarding the importance of organ donation – via a partnership with ConnectLife.
CHE classes will be held in-person during the Spring 2023 semester on Wednesday from 3:00-5:00pm. Diverse experts, including allied health professionals in the Buffalo community, CSTEP alumni, UB faculty & staff and ConnectLife representatives will speak about healthcare disparities; diet and nutrition, importance of organ donation; organ donation among minorities; (mis)trust of healthcare system; social determinants of health, cultural competence, peer to peer education; service-learning; effective communication; teambuilding and group dynamics.

We look forward to an exciting semester!

For more info visit:


· Earn 3.0 credit hours (this is a service learning course)

· Develop communication, public speaking and team building skills

· Network with Healthcare professionals

· Positively impact a critical health issue – with our community partner ConnectLife

· Resume building/preparing for graduate professional school applications 

It is a brief application, about your understanding of service-learning. Submit your unofficial transcript and ID. No letters of recommendation required!

The short answer questions will answer: (1) what is your perspective on blood and/or organ donation, (2) what is service-learning,  (3) why do you want to participate in this service learning opportunity, and (4) what do you hope to get out of this service learning experience.

DEADLINE: APPLY HERE by Friday December 2, 2022:

*Please note: Mandatory Orientation will be held Wednesday, January 25-Saturday, January 28, 2023, prior to the beginning of classes.

We look forward to your application!


Product Manager Information Session with Honors Faculty fellow Professor Debora Grossman November 29

Posted by Tim on November 22, 2022 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Workshops

When you get home after work/school today, you will be ready to unwind and relax. Will you sit down to a delicious Colgate meal? How about a bedtime snack of Lay’s WOW chips? When you are getting ready for bed, will you remove the Google glasses that you wore during the day? I am confident that your answers to these questions is no.
The products mentioned above failed in the marketplace. Why do some products fail, and others succeed? What does it take to create a successful product? As a former product manager for GE consumer electronic products, I have seen a lot of products come and go. I will walk through some famous (and not so famous) product failures, including one of mine.
Failed products are not a complete waste of time and money. They have valuable lessons that can teach us how to best avoid product failures in the future.

DATE: November 29, 2022 TIME: 9:30-10:50 a.m. LOCATION: Capen 108
This class session is open to ANY/ALL Honors College students. Please come join my class for this one off-session on Marketing & Brands


Rebrand of Blackstone LaunchPad Brainstorm Session November 30

Posted by Tim on November 21, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

Brainstorm a new name for UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad

Wednesday, November 30th, 6-9pm in 107 Capen Hall

Put your mark on campus by helping to brainstorm a new name for UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad. You will work in a team to develop a pitch to rebrand our campus-based entrepreneurship and innovation center.

We’ll provide dinner, swag, and prizes up to $100 of campus cash for members of the winning team. Sign up to participate and contribute your ideas:


Transgender Day of Remembrance November 21

Posted by Tim on November 21, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event

Transgender Day of Remembrance (New Date and Time: Today, Monday November 21 at 12pm via zoom)

This workshop will provide members of the UB community an opportunity to celebrate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Topics include a brief history of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, definitions of gender-related terms, contextual barriers faced by transgender individuals, examples of advocacy and resilience, and tips for allies. Additionally, this workshop will provide resources for identity exploration, and mental and physical health support.

Zoom link:


Student Research Assistants Needed!

Posted by Tim on November 17, 2022 in Academics, Research Information and Opportunities, Student Assistant

Have you thought about seeking some research experience? Do you like working with children? Are you interested in child development, psychology, nutrition, and/or health? 

The Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB) at the University of Buffalo is looking for undergraduate students to assist with research studies during Spring and Summer 2023. These research experiences would be under the leadership of Dr. Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, who conducts laboratory- and community-based studies in the area of children’s eating behavior and obesity prevention. More information about Dr. Anzman-Frasca’s work is available here:, and more information about HABLAB is available at You can also find HABLAB on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) @ubhablab.

Responsibilities of student research assistants include: assisting with materials preparation, entering data, and helping staff in the implementation of the study design. It is anticipated that students will have the opportunity to work directly with study participants, including parents and children, in laboratory and/or community studies. All incoming research assistants must be able to commit to at least 135 hours of research over the semester (equates to about 10 hours per week), with preference given to students who can commit to at least two semesters. Students may be asked to commit to evenings or weekends to work with participants. For students who spend multiple semesters on the team, independent research projects, conference presentations, and/or thesis projects may be possible.

You don’t need to have prior research experience or be an upperclassman to apply! Interested students can apply by submitting an application and a resume to, using “HABLAB student research assistant application 2023” as the subject of the email. Applications may be downloaded at We are currently filling positions for Spring on a rolling basis, with a preference for students interested in both Spring and Summer.


2023 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia

Posted by Tim on November 16, 2022 in Event

Identity and Cultural Dissonance 
March 31 and April 1, 2023
University at Buffalo, SUNY

The University at Buffalo, SUNY, is proud to hold its fifth annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia. We invite papers on the theme of “Identity and Cultural Dissonance,” which may be interpreted broadly in its social or political sense. The quintessential struggle with identity that the South Asian diaspora experience correlates to the importance of seeking out and understanding one’s origins. The 2023 Rustgi conference will feature a keynote lecture from Council Member Shahana Hanif, a Bangladeshi American serving on the New York City Council for the 39th District, representing the divisions of Kensington, Borough Park, Windsor Terrace, and more. Her work in the community extends beyond her career as a council member: she has contributed to Participatory Budgeting and served as a tenants’ rights organizer and advocate for gender justice. 

We welcome undergraduate participants studying South Asia from all disciplines to submit proposals, preferably but not necessarily working on any topic relating to the theme. Possible topics of discussion include: 
– Identities in the diaspora
– Identity in religion
– Gender and identity
– Fashion in identity
– Identity and public health
– Identity and politics
– Online and offline identities
– Names and identity
– Burdens of representation
– Appropriation
– Intersectionality 

This list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive. We encourage papers that explore sociopolitical issues, communities, or theories stemming from under-represented perspectives. We shall organize panels around presentations addressing similar issues that draw from various disciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, management, humanities, fine arts, and others. 

Please visit to submit proposals.

The conference will be held on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2023. Student presenters should plan 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion. Though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may require the conference organizers to shift the conference online, we have every hope of holding the event in person.  

Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submission portal ( by Sunday, January 8, 2023.

When submitting abstracts, applicants must affirm that they will be enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of the conference. Those in graduate programs or not currently enrolled in an undergraduate program will not be permitted to present. The organizers reserve the right to confirm student status with their advisor and home institution.

Funding and Accommodations:
We are able to provide a limited number of presenters with a travel subvention of up to US$300. Accepted participants who attend in person will also be provided with individual hotel accommodations. The University at Buffalo cannot provide any additional assistance or guidance to international applicants seeking entry into the United States. 

Please contact for more information about the conference.

To view past conference programs, please visit​​ 

The fourth annual Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference is made possible by a generous gift from the families of Dr. Vinod Rustgi and Dr. Anil Rustgi as well as funding from the University at Buffalo Office of International Education.


Transgender Day of Remembrance November 18

Posted by Tim on November 14, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Friday, November 18
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Union Lobby

The Transgender Day of Remembrance has been observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.  The day was founded to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people.  Join us in the lobby to remember those lost, but also to show support to transgender people.


Science Olympiad Seeks Student Volunteers for December 10 and February 4

Posted by Tim on November 14, 2022 in Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

I am reaching out to see if you are able to help us secure student volunteers for Science Olympiad again this year. The scrimmage is December 10, 2022 and the regional is February 4, 2023. Both are held on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State. Volunteers would be needed from about 7am to 3pm. Breakfast and lunch are provided in the volunteer check-in area. It is an indoors only event. No parking pass is required. 

Science Olympiad is a competition event for local/regional high schools, with the Regional event in our area being held at SUNY Buffalo State. I am an event coordinator this year. There are dozens of events/competitions being held throughout the day and breakfast and lunch are provided for volunteers. The overall coordinator for this areas event, the Science Olympiad Lake Erie/Niagara Division C event, is Pat Ballow. I have included her in this email. Her email is I am helping her secure volunteers for both the scrimmage and regional competition. 

At a very high level, the competition is for regional high school students to compete in STEM activities. This could range from a paper test, to lab-type work (Chemistry, Earth Science), or an event that requires building something like a bridge or an airplane. For many of the “build” events, the 7am-8am hour is for “impound” where the students entries are weighed or measured and then surrendered to the coordinators so they cannot be modified throughout the day. Generally speaking the most volunteer help is needed for the build events or lab work. Some of the events require some amount of PPE such as goggles. 

You can also reach out to Tom Piwtorak with questions at who is coordinating the event.