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Monday
11/09/20

CfP: Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia, University at Buffalo, February 26-27, 2021

Posted by Tim on November 9, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

2021 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia

Isolation and its Discontents
February 26th and 27th, 2021
University at Buffalo, SUNY


We present the third annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia by reflecting upon the rich history of South Asia and its connection to present-day conditions. We invite papers on the theme of “Isolation,” where isolation may be interpreted broadly, whether in its social, political, or environmental sense. To a lot of us today, isolation on a global scale would seem like a novel phenomenon. But both in its metaphorical and literal manifestations, isolation has throughout history been a marker of something tempestuous and has provoked resistance. The conference will feature a keynote lecture from Aniruddha Dutta, Associate Professor in the departments of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Iowa.

Undergraduate participants from all disciplines, working on any topic relating to the region, are welcome to submit proposals. Possible topics of discussion include:

  • Socio-political forms of isolation, including separation and seclusion
  • Physical isolation
  • Surveillance
  • Efforts to isolate certain “master categories” (caste, race, gender, nationality) out of the messy reality of humanity
  • Myths of environmental isolation
  • Atavistic claims, be they nationalist, religious, linguistic, or otherwise
  • Isolation and diaspora

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 around presentations addressing similar issues that draw from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, management, humanities, fine arts, and others. 

Please click http://bit.ly/rustgisubmissions2021 to submit proposals.

Format
The conference will be held online on Friday, February 26th, and Saturday, February 27th, 2021. Students presenters should plan for 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion.

Deadline
Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal (http://bit.ly/rustgisubmissions2021) by January 1st, 2021.

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.

Inquiries
Please contact rustgiconference@buffalo.edu for more information about the conference. 

To view past conference programs, please visit http://bit.ly/rustgi2018 or http://bit.ly/rustgiprogram2019


The third annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Vinod Rustgi and his family.

Sunday
11/01/20

Tutoring Opportunity for Buffalo Public Schools

Posted by Tim on November 1, 2020 in Career Opportunities, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Job Opportunity, Networking, New Programs, Tutoring, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

We are beginning a tutoring program with high school students from Buffalo Public Schools, and as such, we are seeking undergraduate-level tutors, particularly those in math and science. 

Tutoring will be held Monday-Thursday between 2-5 p.m. We are asking that those who are interested commit to at least two afternoons per week.

Ideally, we are looking for tutors who could qualify for a Work Study program; that would allow them to be paid for their time. Otherwise, the tutors would need to work on a volunteer basis.

You can apply on Handshake and can certainly reach out to me directly with any questions. 

Thank you for your consideration and help with this matter!

Monday
10/26/20

UB School of Management Diverse Leaders Virtual Happy Hour October 29

Posted by Tim on October 26, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Graduate School Programs, Networking, Workshops

The University at Buffalo School of Management would like to welcome you to our upcoming event dedicated to diverse business leaders. At the UB School of Management, we seek to build strong, diverse and inclusive cohorts in all our programs across a wide spectrum of diversity including ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender orientation. Our Diverse Leaders event is designed for prospective applicants to our MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Master of Science programs. This year we look forward to connecting with prospective candidates through an entirely virtual experience. During this intimate online experience, you’ll have the opportunity to: Learn about the UB MBA and MS programs, student experience, and resources to support diverse students Gain valuable information on how to position yourself as a leading candidate for admission Network with current students, faculty, staff, and alumni
Thursday, October 29
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
via. Zoom
RSVP for the Diverse Leaders Event
Monday
10/19/20

School of Management Graduate Programs Information Sessions November 17 and 19

Posted by Tim on October 19, 2020 in Graduate School Programs, Networking, Workshops

If you’re considering grad school or beginning your journey to applying to programs and wonder if the UB School of Management is a good fit for you and your career goals, this is your opportunity to learn more.

Join us on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 9:00am or Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3:00pm on zoom. Please RSVP to Tim Matthews at trm7@buffalo.edu for zoom details by Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12 noon.

Aaron Shaw, Assistant Director of Recruitment, MBA and MS Programs, will walk you through the ins and outs of each program. He will provide an overview of the admissions criteria as well as advice and guidance on:

  • critical dates
  • application requirements and components
  • what the admissions committee is looking for

This virtual event begins with a presentation and ends with an extensive Q&A covering topics such as test scores, work history, and much more.

Tuesday
10/06/20

UB’s Chapter of the International Pre-Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta seeks new members

Posted by Tim on October 6, 2020 in Community Announcements, Networking, Student Clubs

Are you interested in a career based in legal studies, politics, justice, criminology, or another field of law? UB’s chapter of the international pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta can provide insight, guidance and networking into these examples and more! 

We are a coed professional fraternity open to any major! We offer connection into law related fields along with countless professional workshops such as how to build a resume, proficiency in public speaking, etc., guest speakers ranging from law professors to local judges, upwards of $2,500 LSAT prep and study materials, and more! Altogether, it is a rare opportunity to connect with likeminded, ambitious students interested in expanding their professional skills and assets. 

If you are interested in joining or would like to receive more information, please do not hesitate to contact me, Elizabeth Payne, at epayne2@buffalo.edu. We have extended our deadlines for recruitment up until the end of week 6 of classes, due to the current pandemic, and are looking to welcome more members into our organization.   

Tuesday
10/06/20

New Honors College Virtual Speaker Series: Honest Conversations Oct. 9, 15 and 29

Posted by Tim on October 6, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Academics and Advice: Friday, October 9th, 3-4pm. Virtual. Honors College Faculty Fellows Craig Centre: Transnational Studies, Maya Chilbert: Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Matthew Paul: Psychology, and Lindsay Brandon Hunter: Theatre and Dance will be on hand to share their stories, offer advice, and answer questions.

For more information on the Honors College Faculty Fellows:

Race and Racism: Thursday, October 15th, 4-4:50pm. Virtual. Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Director of the Center for Urban Studies and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning will lead a discussion about race and racism in our country, our communities, and on campus.

For more information on Dr. Taylor’s work on race and racism:

Health and Healthcare: Thursday, October 29th, 4-4:50pm. Virtual. Dr. Daphne Bascom, Vice President, Population Health at Saint Luke’s Health System, UB Honors College Alumna, and Marshall Scholar Recipient, invites students to join her for a conversation about public health and her work as a leader in the field.

For more information on Dr. Bascom’s work in public health:

Friday
10/02/20

International Virtual Symposium Thursday Oct. 15 9am-2:30pm

Posted by Tim on October 2, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking

In the past year, we have witnessed popular uprisings that have led to changes in governments in Algeria, Sudan, and Puerto Rico. At the same time, the United States used various methods to encourage or force regime change in Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Internal popular uprisings are often undertaken on pretexts of defending or extending human rights, but they can sometimes result in abuses of human rights. And calls for regime change in the name of “democracy” and “human rights” are often used to justify imperial intervention resulting in additional domestic repression.

Register for online conference by emailing: dussourd@buffalo.edu

Schedule of Events

9:00 am Welcome Remarks

9:15-11:00 Collective Action and Human Rights on Three continents

11:00-12:30 Lunch Break

12:30-2:30 Political Change and Human Rights in Sudan

2:30 Closing Comments

Tuesday
09/29/20

Honors Faculty Fellows Introductory Zoom Panel Friday, October 9

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

The Honors College Faculty Fellows will have their Introductory panel zoom meeting on Friday October 9th  3-4pm

-meet the Honors Faculty Fellows for the 2020-2021 school year

-hear their stories of how they themselves went from 18 year old college students to becoming UB faculty and researchers in their academic fields.

-see yourself in their stories and learn the paths they took to their current positions.

-Moderated panel discussion on 10/9 with time for Q & A from you the honors student audience.

-ZOOM coordinates are below

-should probably list the discipline of each fellow in the advertising as well

-meet YOUR Faculty Fellows, learn of their specialties and interests and utilize them throughout the year as you craft your own academic and perhaps research path

Time: Oct 9, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/99041994785?pwd=WWlEK3BuMmQ4bWhXK3BtT3JmaGdjZz09

Tuesday
09/29/20

Fall 2020 Honors Alumni Connections Events October 6, 9, 12 and 15. Meet Honors Alums Virtually!

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2020 in Alumni, Career Opportunities, Event, Networking, Workshops

FALL 2020 HONORS COLLEGE ALUMNI CONNECTIONS EVENTS

STEM and Health Sciences: October 6 at 5 pm

John Assad

Professor of Neurobiology & Director, PhD Program in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

Biological Sciences, 1985

Jackson Buss

Research Scientist, New England Biolabs

Biological Sciences, 2005

Ann Martin

Project manager of STEM education programs, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Physics & English, 2005

Christina White

Doctor of Physical Therapy student, University of Pittsburgh

Exercise Science & Dance 2018

Law, Management and Social Sciences: October 9 at 12 pm

Ben Cady

Counsel, Office of Regulations, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

English, 2005

Nate Carbrey

Associate Director, Accounting Policy and Special Projects, ACV Auctions Inc

Accounting & Business Administration, 2012

Samantha DeMart

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Heritage Christian Services

Communication, 2005

Danny  Hatem

Doctoral Candidate in Politics University of Oxford

Political Science, 2007

Mackenzie Robinson

Intelligence Analyst, US Department of Justice

Political Science, 2017

Jennifer Thompson
Sales strategy and operations manager, Google EMEA

Management, 2008

Ryan Thorne   

Attorney, Desmarais LLP

Electrical Engineering, 2015

Architecture and Arts: October 12 at 5 pm

Laura Nasca

Graphics & User Experience Designer, Sports Basement

Dance and Graphic Design, 2017

David Sass

Senior Vice President, CannonDesign

Architecture, 1999

Ian Schwarzenberg

Urban planning data analyst, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Environmental Design, 2017

Linnea Spampinato

Marketing Project Manager, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Art History, 2013

Amy VanKirk

Associate Professor of Dance, Radford University

Psychology & Dance, 2005

SEAS October 15 at 12 pm

Devashish Agarwal

Cyber Risk Consultant, Deloitte & Touche

Computer Science, 2018

Justin Imiola

Energy Engineer, Wendel Companies

Economics & Environmental Geosciences, 2015

Christopher Palmer

Software Engineer

Computer Engineering, 2015

Thomas Piwtorak

Electrical Engineer, Sumitomo Rubber USA

Electrical Engineering, 2009

Tuesday
09/22/20

Opportunity for Engagement with UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Posted by Tim on September 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Information Session, Networking

https://www.buffalo.edu/diversity-innovation/distinguished-visiting-scholars/cohort.html

Dear UB Students,

I hope that each of you are well and finding connection, support, and stimulation, in spite of the unprecedented circumstances affecting us all this fall. I have happy news to share.

The UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars (DVS) faculty cohort has arrived in Buffalo for the 2020-21 academic year.  Each member of the cohort will engage with UB’s students, faculty and throughout the fall and spring semesters. Programs with the Scholars, which will be open to all members of our community, will include public talks, art exhibitions, book clubs and film viewings, class visits, workshops, opportunities to chat on ZOOM, and various celebrations throughout the year. (Please check out www.buffalo.edu/cdi for ongoing posting of events and use the “contact us” form to add yourself to the email list for notifications.)

The breadth of the Scholars’ work and interests—anti-racist pedagogy; artistic depictions of migration; writing as a means to promote social justice; the empirical examination of different forms of racial inequity such as in health outcomes, policing and incarceration; contemporary Kenyan political history; women’s roles in historic rebellions; race and representation in romanticism; the influence of Black girls and women in shaping educational outcomes; the mapping of Indigenous communities and study of settler-colonialism—creates points of intersection with students, faculty and staff across all departments and units and the hope that members of the entire UB community will participate in Scholar events. 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT with THE SCHOLARS through MENTORING CIRCLES:

In addition to all of these larger, university-wide and departmental/program-level opportunities to meet the Scholars via class visits or other activities, a special component of this visiting scholar program is that each Scholar will lead two mentoring circles—one for 10 graduate and another for 10 undergraduate students. 

These circles will enable students to have meaningful, small group interaction with the Scholars (even if that interaction is via ZOOM in the near-term) and meet other students with whom friendships can be formed and academic, personal and professional support exchanged, and a sense of community developed.  Importantly, students in the circles will play a key role in welcoming the Distinguished Visiting Scholars to UB and Buffalo.

The group activities within the mentoring circles will vary—selected by Scholars in conjunction with students in the circles—but will enable you to meet with other students as well as the Scholars to have discussions about your experiences, interests, and goals. 

ALL UB undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Because the circles must be limited in size to permit these small group interactions, students must express interest through a brief survey and statement.

HOW TO EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING:

Using this link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DVSMentoring), you will indicate which Scholar(s) you are interested in meeting with, some questions about your goals/interests, and also to share a short statement about yourself (that you can upload via the survey).  You learn about each of the Scholars here:  https://www.buffalo.edu/diversity-innovation/distinguished-visiting-scholars/cohort.html 

The process is not time-consuming and this not a graded assignment. J  The Scholars will be interested in learning about you in order to select students as part of their circles. And do remember that these circles will be only one of many means for you to “meet” and learn with the Scholars throughout the year. There will be many other opportunities.

I hope you will consider completing the survey and submitting a short statement indicating your interest. If you have questions, do not hesitate to consult a faculty member in your department/program (particularly the Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies) or others, as well as me: ub-cdi-scholars@buffalo.edu with your questions.  (NOTE: The survey has been tested and does meet accessibility standards, but please reach out to accessibility services or to the Center, if you need assistance.)

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING:  Sunday, October 4th at 5 pm. 

(Notification of selection by:  October 11th.)

We all hope you will read about the Scholars on the Center website and consider being a part of this program which we think will greatly benefit you and be part of making each Scholar’s year at UB fun and memorable!