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New Minor in Community Organizing and Development

Posted by Tim on May 13, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements

The UB School of Social Work is pleased to now offer a Minor in Community Organizing and Development, open to all undergraduates. Become a community change agent – help build economically and socially just communities and work in unity with others to find solutions that empower citizens. 18 credit hours are required for completion.

Graduates of this minor will be well-positioned to work with people engaged in community and neighborhood capacity building efforts. Because of growing income inequality and its consequences for under-resourced communities, there is an increased need for persons with expertise in these areas. Students acquire knowledge of innovative means of alleviating and rectifying social problems and injustices and develop essential skills that are transferrable in many professional settings. Careers can range from lead organizer to community outreach worker, healthcare policy advocate, canvasser, labor relations representative and much more.

Required Courses (6 credits)

SW 220 Introduction to Community Organizing (offered Fall 2019)

SW 230 Theories and Politics of Community Organizing and Development (offered Spring 2020)

Elective Courses (12 credits, must include four 300-400 courses from approved list)

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities (offered Fall 2019)

SW 380 Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution (offered Spring 2020)

SW 430 Grassroots Economic Development (offered Fall 2020)

SW 460 Strategy and Practice in Organizing and Development (offered Spring 2021)

Other department courses are available to complete the electives.

Students are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. There are no prerequisite course requirements for enrollment in the minor. Students are encouraged to have a declared major. By doing so, coursework in the minor will be more effectively focused.

Questions about the minor? Contact Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Coordinator Dr. Filomena Critelli.


UB Scientista Presents STEM DivCon 2019

Posted by Tim on April 24, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Panel of academic and industry professionals in STEM sectors, Networking and Lunch!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

104 Knox Hal

To register, visit:


Research Opportunity in the UB Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB)

Posted by Tim on April 15, 2019 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

The Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB) at the University of Buffalo is looking for undergraduate students to assist with research studies during Fall 2019 & Spring 2020. 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:

Responsibilities of student research assistants include: assisting with material 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 10 hours of research 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.

Interested students can apply by submitting an application and a resume to, using “Student research assistant application 2019” as the subject of the email. Applications may be downloaded at We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with our next round of interviews planned for late Spring 2019.


Child Advocacy Studies Micro-Credential Fall Course Elective

Posted by Tim on April 15, 2019 in Academics, New Programs

Are you interested in working with children or families?

Child maltreatment remains a devastating and prevalent experience for children in the United States and around the globe. The Child Advocacy Studies Micro-Credential (CAST) classes are open to students from any major and are intended to prepare students in their future careers to recognize and respond to child maltreatment. They may be taken as a set, culminating in a digital badge, or as stand-alone courses (except for SW 235). These courses are geared towards students who plan on any career that involves working with children or families, including nursing, education, human services, medicine, law, psychology, or many other fields.

The courses are:

·         SW 225: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Advocacy

                           Offered Fall 2019, M/W, 10:00 -11:20 AM | #22740

·         SW 235: Professional and System Responses to Child Maltreatment*

                          *Requires completion of SW 225

                            Offered Spring 2020

·         SW 245: Global Child Advocacy Issues

                           Offered Spring 2020

For more information, please contact UB’s School of Social Work Assistant Professor Patricia Logan-Greene at (716) 645-1533 or PBLOGANG@BUFFALO.EDU. Visit the website for additional details.


Fulbright Applications Now Open…Apply to See the World!

Posted by Tim on April 10, 2019 in Academics, Fellowships, Scholarship Opportunities

Do you want to see the world after graduation? Learn a new language? Live someplace complete different from Buffalo? Conduct research in an international setting? Do something different before law/medical/graduate school? 

Consider applying for a Fulbright award to study, research, or teach English abroad after you graduate. 

Next year, six UB students will be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime to teach/research in Mongolia, Malaysia, India, Germany, Turkey, and Senegal. This could be you in 2020-21 in any of over 130 countries around the world. 

The application cycle for funding academic year 20-21 has just opened and applications will be due internally by the first day of the fall semester. Now is the time to come talk to me, Pat McDevitt (, or Megan Stewart ( in the Fellowship Office about applying. 

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to come talk to us about planning for the future. If you’re in the Honors College, you are probably a very strong and competitive candidate. Why not apply? 

Check out the program here:


Summer 2019 Research Assistants in UB’s Behavioral Medicine Research Lab

Posted by Tim on April 1, 2019 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities

The Division of Behavioral Medicine is looking for 6-8 highly motivated undergraduates to work as research assistants in the Summer 2019 semester.

We have several exciting projects that are looking for students to help with laboratory experiments and clinical field studies. Projects include examining how low-active people can increase their physical activity, working with adults to improve impulsivity, and working with overweight adults in a clinical weight-control program.

For more information about our lab please visit our website:

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. Students will be asked to do a variety of tasks including prepping materials, recruiting adults and families for studies, entering data (excel) and there is a possibility of working with families to collect data.

To apply: please send your resume and the answers to the questions below to Please make sure that Summer 2019 is in the subject line of the email. We are hoping to quickly fill our positions and will interview students on a first come, first served basis.

Please fill out the Following information:

Full Name:

Name you would like to be called:


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. Are you interested in continuing to work in the Fall 2019 semester?
  8. What is your availability for this summer? (please list all commitments)
  9. If you have any previous experience with biometric measurements, please describe here:

School of Social Work Summer and Fall Undergrad Electives

Posted by Tim on April 1, 2019 in Academics

The School of Social Work is offering several undergraduate elective courses this summer and fall (click links to view descriptions). We hope you will keep them in mind as you advise students for the upcoming semesters.

Summer Undergraduate Elective:

Fall Undergraduate Electives:

*This course is part of the new Child Advocacy Studies Undergraduate Micro-Credential.


Fall 2019 Honors Seminars

Posted by Tim on March 11, 2019 in Academics, Honors Seminars

ASI 400: Service Learning in Buffalo Public Schools
Instructor: Dr. Joe Gardella
Mondays, 3:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. | 134C Greiner Hall
TO ENROLL in ASI 400 (CN: 21236): You will add this course to your shopping cart and register for it just as you would your other courses. This is no longer a restricted enrollment, and may count towards your Honors Experience credits, as long as you have not reached the maximum of 9 credits for the Honors Seminar category.

Course Description:                                                                                                                                                                             Throughout the service-learning course you’ll serve as a mentor, tutor middle school students, and support teachers in the Buffalo Public Schools. The work for this course allows you to put your love of your own academic background and commitment to community engagement to work.
Student Experiences:
“It was about making a difference in that moment. About brightening their day for maybe only 40 minutes.”
“Furthered my own understanding of diversity and my leadership abilities.”
“This experience provided me with insight as well as the pure joy of seeing a nine year old smile.”
About the Instructor:                                                                                                                                                                              Joseph A. Gardella, Jr. is the John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry at UB, and has been on the faculty since 1982. He also serves as the Director of the UB/Buffalo Public Schools Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP,, a National Science Foundation funded program which serves as the basis for collaboration with the Buffalo Public Schools in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Professor Gardella’s research interests are in quantitative analysis and surface chemistry, broadly applied to the study of environmental effects at polymer surfaces and tissue engineering with synthetic biomaterials. Besides his research interests, he has long standing interests in curriculum development for scientists and non-scientists. Professor Gardella has been active in program development in undergraduate research, interdisciplinary studies, service learning and other academic reform areas. He was the UB representative during the founding of the Western New York Service Learning Coalition (WNYSLC). He has been recognized locally and nationally for his work in all areas of academic endeavor.


HIS 419: Should I Stay or Should I Go?: “Home” and the Politics of Place in the African Diaspora
Instructor: Professor Dalia Muller
Mondays, 4:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. | 108 Capen
TO ENROLL in HIS 419 (CN: 24181): You will add this course to your shopping cart and register for it just as you would your other courses. This is no longer a restricted enrollment, and may count towards your Honors Experience credits, as long as you have not reached the maximum of 9 credits for the Honors Seminar category.

Course Description:                                                                                                                                                                                      This course explores place-making and place-taking as forms of resistance among afro-descendants in the Americas from the 1500s to the present. People of African descent resisted forced displacement, enslavement, dehumanization, exploitation, discrimination and exclusion through flight, as well as through diverse forms of radical stasis. But to “stay” or to “go” was in many senses a false choice, as peoples of African descent found themselves besieged regardless of their decision to move or to stay put. Freedom, dignity and equality remained (and to a degree continue to be) elusive.

In this class, we will explore examples of flight (including maroonage, migration and repatriation), and examples of staying-in-place (such as affirmations of citizenship/belonging, rights-claiming and strategic assimilation). However, we will also explore examples of responses that map less neatly onto a resistance/assimilation continuum, or that reject the continuum altogether. Faced with the choice to stay or go, some afro-descendants chose something akin to “hovering.”

That is, they chose to stay but refused the demands and the terms of assimilation. In this class, we will examine “hovering” as a form of resistance that has not been adequately explored by historians of the African diaspora and that has the potential to reveal to us elements of Afro-Diasporic liberatory thought that have yet to be recognized.

This is a research-intensive course that is framed around one central project to which all students will contribute. Each student will be responsible for a major research contribution in the form of a 25-page paper, which will be subjected to peer critique. All papers will then be brought together in the form of a “book.” Class members will work together to title and organize the volume, as well as to write an introduction to the collected works. This course is appropriate for graduate students and advanced undergraduates, especially those writing or preparing to write senior theses on related topics. However, all students excited about the subject matter and eager to participate in a rigorous course are welcome!

About the Instructor:                                                                                                                                                                                 Dalia Antonia Muller is an associate professor of Caribbean and Latin American history at the University at Buffalo, as well as Director of the Honors College and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. Her research centers on transnational history in the Americas, with a particular focus on Cuba, Mexico and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Within this broad frame, she studies race, class, gender, mobility and movement, tracing the cross-border lives of itinerant individuals from political exiles to economic migrants and refugees. Her first book, “Cuban Émigrés and Independence in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf World” (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), traces the migratory routes, diaspora communities and the unique transnational politics that Cuban émigrés developed during the three decades of the wars of Cuban independence. Her current book project, “The Boundaries and the Bonds of Citizenship in Cuba During a Time of Transition,” explores the claims made to, and against the state by Cuba’s “Africans” as they struggled to carve out a place for themselves in an emerging nation and world increasingly determined to eradicate them.


PSY 446: Animal Cognition
Instructor: Dr. Eduardo Mercado
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. | 109 Capen
TO ENROLL in PSY 446 (CN: 23706): You will add this course to your shopping cart and register for it just as you would your other courses. This is no longer a restricted enrollment, and may count towards your Honors Experience credits, as long as you have not reached the maximum of 9 credits for the Honors Seminar category.

Course Description:                                                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Mercado’s “Mammalian Minds” seminar will focus on animal cognition and the philosophy of mind. Dr. Mercado is one of the few scientists in the world to conduct experiments on the minds of dolphins and whales. Students taking this seminar would learn about the history of animal cognition research, seminal demonstrations of various cognitive abilities in non-humans, and would gain a deeper understanding of how human cognition relates to the mental abilities of other animals. An overarching message of the seminar is that extensive training can dramatically affect how humans and other animals think and remember, and that neural plasticity is critical to determining what any individual of any species can do mentally.

About the Instructor:                                                                                                                                                                              Eduardo Mercado is a cognitive neuroscientist with interests in brain plasticity as it relates to learning, memory, and perception. His interdisciplinary training includes degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, and psychology, as well as training in the philosophy of science and in computational neuroscience. Both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation have funded his research, and he was named a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2009. He is also the coauthor of an an innovative undergraduate textbook—Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior (currently in its 3rd edition)—that was the first to integrate findings from experimental psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and clinical neuropsychology, as well as the first to fully integrate findings from both human and animal studies. He is currently working to develop new physiological monitoring techniques that can enable students to identify times during the day when their brains are maximally plastic.


UB School of Medicine Mentoring Opportunity with Honors Alums

Posted by Tim on March 4, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Graduate School Programs, Networking, Workshops

On March 27th at 6:00pm, there will be a medical student-run mentoring event for Honors College premedical students at the Downtown campus (Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences).

The event will be in 1225A. When you arrive at the medical campus, you will buzz in and sign in at the front desk since the entire campus is swipe access only.

This event will include a presentation from myself (Cullan) and other first-year medical students giving advice, resources, and generalized tips about the process of applying to medical school. The pre-health committee is a fantastic resource, however, our goal is to give more of an insider perspective with students who have recently gone through the process. The end will be an informal Q&A session, so be sure to bring some questions for us!

FREE PIZZA will be provided!

Click on the link below and enter your name into the google spreadsheet so we can get an accurate count of who is interested in coming. We hope to see you there!

Premed Mentoring Sign-Up


Prison Nation: Mass Incarceration in the United States March 13

Posted by Tim on February 18, 2019 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

A discussion of the human and financial costs associated with the U.S.’s reliance on mass incarceration

Featuring Distinguished Speaker David Fathi, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project

March 13, 2019
509 O’Brian Hall
4:30 p.m. FREE and open to all. Reception to follow.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project brings challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons, jails and other detention facilities. The Prison Project also works to end the policies that have given the U.S. the highest incarceration rate in the world. Fathi has a special expertise in challenging “supermax” prisons, where prisoners are held for months or years at a time in conditions of near-total isolation. Fathi also represented the ACLU during negotiations in the U.N., which lead to the adoption of the Nelson Mandela Rules.

Sponsored by the UB Inclusive Excellence and the UB School of Law