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New leadership initiative for students focuses on civil discourse and citizenship engagement

During Princeton University’s fall break, a cohort of undergraduates met with leaders of think tanks, philanthropies and elected officials to cultivate their capacity for citizenship and leadership on campus and to prepare them for service and success in a global society as part of the Next Generation Citizenship program. Among the officials who students met in Washington, D.C., was Terri […]

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Grabowski named vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Rodney M. Grabowski, a highly accomplished
fundraising executive with more than 25 years of experience, has
been named vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement at
the University at Buffalo.
Grabowski’s appointment, announced today by UB President
Satish K. Tripathi, followed a national search and is effective
Dec. 4.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rod Grabowski to our
university family,” Tripathi said. “Now more than […]

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Brent Colburn named Princeton vice president for communications and public affairs

Brent Colburn, a former senior communications and public affairs official at several cabinet-level federal agencies and currently the vice president for communications at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has been named Princeton University’s vice president for communications and public affairs, effective Feb. 1. He succeeds Robert Durkee, who is stepping down from his position as the University’s vice president for public […]

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Can we treat schizophrenia in the womb?

An article in Newsweek reports on a new study by Michal
Stachowiak, professor of pathology and anatomical science in the
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, that uses
cerebral organoids, or mini brains, to understand the cause of
schizophrenia. The article notes that after growing the mini
brains, the research group saw architectural difference in the
cortex: immature cells that would one day turn into […]

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Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cellphone screens

A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advanced technology generally known as organic electronics.
The research, published Nov. 13 in the journal Nature Materials, focuses on organic semiconductors, a class of materials prized for their applications in emerging […]

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Princeton and Slavery Symposium explores U.S. history ‘writ small,’ reveals ‘powerful and fruitful’ research

The Princeton and Slavery Symposium, held Nov. 16-19 at Princeton University, featured panels, performances, guided tours, exhibitions, film screenings and a keynote speech by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Hundreds of people attended the events: Princeton students, faculty and staff members; scholars and higher education administrators from across the country; and community members. Thousands watched the proceedings through livestreaming.
“The Princeton and […]

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Princeton dedicates Morrison Hall in honor of Nobel laureate and emeritus faculty member Toni Morrison

Princeton University dedicated the naming of Morrison Hall on Friday, Nov. 17, in honor of Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, and the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. Morrison was the first African American to be awarded the prize.
The dedication was held in Chancellor Green following Morrison’s keynote address at the Princeton […]

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Sarah-Jane Leslie named dean of the Graduate School at Princeton

Sarah-Jane Leslie, the Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy and a graduate alumna, has been appointed as the next dean of the Princeton University Graduate School, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Leslie’s appointment was recommended by Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber and approved by the Board of Trustees at their Nov. 17 meeting. The previous dean of the Graduate School was Sanjeev […]

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Three UNC-Chapel Hill Researchers Named AAAS Fellows

 
Three UNC-Chapel Hill Researchers Named AAAS Fellows
New Fellows Honored for Advances in Cancer and Virology, Autism, and Biomolecular Recognition
 
Professors Blossom Damania, Marcey Waters and Mark Zylka of UNC-Chapel Hill have each been named a fellow by the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.
 
The three Carolina researchers are among 396 new fellows […]

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Princeton senior Jordan Thomas awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Princeton University senior Jordan Thomas has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. He is among the 32 American recipients of the prestigious fellowships, which fund two to three years of graduate study at Oxford.
Thomas, of South Plainfield, New Jersey, is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is […]

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Alexander Peeples and Shauna Rust named Mitchell Scholars

 
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Alexander Peeples and Shauna Rust named Mitchell Scholars
 
Peeples is a Carolina Covenant Scholar; Rust is a Buckley Public Service Scholar
 
(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Nov. 19, 2017) – Alexander Peeples, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior, and Shauna Rust, a 2016 graduate, have been named recipients of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies […]

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Adversity increases our resilience

An article in The Wall Street Journal about resilience
and what it takes to overcome a difficult childhood and
life’s adversities reports on a study by Mark Seery,
associate professor of psychology, that found that those who had
known some adversity were both higher-functioning and more
satisfied with their lives than those who had experienced no
adversity at all. “They also coped better with more recent
problems […]

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UB Libraries to waive fees on overdue books returned by Dec. 18

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The next few weeks may be your window to
return that long-overdue library book.
The University at Buffalo Libraries is holding Amnesty Campaign
2017, a month-long initiative from Nov. 17 through Dec. 18 that
calls on the UB and Buffalo communities to return overdue books and
materials in exchange for waived fines and fees.
In most cases, the UB Libraries will be able […]

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Princeton chemists share science with local kids at ‘Chemistry Rocks!’

On Oct. 27, more than 900 area students visited Frick Chemistry Laboratory for the 2017 National Chemistry Week “Chemistry Rocks!” Activities Night.
Children and young people ages 5 and up were invited to don safety goggles and get their hands dirty with hands-on activities, games and presentations related to the chemistry of Earth. They learned about rock-forming minerals, made slime and limestone caves, watched coal […]

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Should mass shooting videos be public?

A story on NPR’s The Takeaway interviews Matthew
Grizzard, assistant professor of communication, about the debate
over whether the public should have access to footage of mass
shootings like the one in a church in Texas on Nov. 5.
“It’s not that there aren’t costs associated
related to releasing the footage, it’s that there might also
be costs associated with not releasing it,” he said.
Read more: […]

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Employee retirements: November 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.
Effective Oct. 1: in the paint shop, painter Christopher Frazzetta, after 31 years.
Effective Nov. 1: in the Office of Advancement-Annual Giving, associate director Paul Raeder, after 13 years; in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), head, electrical engineering division Alfred von Halle, after 37 years; in Art and Archaeology, curator Xia […]

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Are face scans leading to bad science?

An article in The Atlantic about artificial intelligence
and the potential to use facial scans to infer personality traits
and behaviors interviews Mark Frank, professor of communication,
who said there’s just so much more complexity to the
phenomena scientists are measuring, and any connections between
physicality and behavior are likely to be far more subtle —
and far more subject to myriad confounding factors — than
these […]

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Media Advisory: “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams to speak at UB on Nov. 18

BUFFALO, N.Y. — “Grey’s Anatomy” actor and
activist Jesse Williams will appear at the University at Buffalo on
Saturday, Nov. 18, as part of the Distinguished Speakers
Series.
Williams, this year’s Undergraduate Student Choice
Speaker, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Arena, North Campus.
Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC’s hit series
“Grey’s Anatomy,” served as senior producer and
correspondent for the EPIX docuseries “America […]

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Uwe Reinhardt, leading authority on health care economics and admired teacher, dies at 80; memorial service being planned

Uwe Reinhardt, one of the nation’s leading health care economists and a beloved Princeton University professor, died Monday, Nov. 13. He was 80. A memorial service is being planned. 

Uwe Reinhardt

During the nearly 50 years that Reinhardt was at the University, he was regarded as one of the most influential health economists and health policy experts in the country, known for […]

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Cunningham signs six-year contract

News Release:
 
(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Nov. 17, 2017) – UNC-Chapel Hill Director of Athletics Lawrence R. (Bubba) Cunningham, whose leadership has continued to propel the success of the Tar Heels’ 28-team program in the classroom, in competition and in the community, has signed a new six-year contract, Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced.
 
Cunningham has been dedicated to the student-athlete experience since he […]

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$4.5 million bequest gift from beloved faculty member to benefit Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The late Peter Ayers Nickerson, PhD, a
beloved University at Buffalo faculty member who spent nearly 50
years teaching in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences, has given $4.5 million to the school.
The bequest gift from Nickerson’s estate will serve two
purposes: $1.5 million of the total will establish an endowed
faculty position, the Peter A. Nickerson, PhD, Professor and […]

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Employee obituaries: November 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.
Current employees
October 2017: Paul Williams, 49 (2012-2017, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).
Retired employees
March 2017: Charles Sule, 67 (1996-2005, Physics).
August 2017: Lloyd Best, 82 (1972-2003, Public Safety); Pearl Cavanaugh, 94 (1964-1989, Philosophy).
September 2017: O. Nelson Bowen, 89 (1974-1993, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory); Aline Lenaz, 75 (1978-1999, Design and Construction).
October 2017: Mary Guimond, 81 […]

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‘Wicked problems’ class puts people at the center of technical design

Ken Anderson runs a lively classroom. He dashes readings off the syllabus and adds new ones, invites impromptu visitors, punctuates lessons with anecdotes, and favors discussions over formal lectures. It is in service of his foremost theme: maintaining a human element in design.
Anderson, a principal researcher at Intel, is spending this year as the James Wei Visiting Professor at Princeton’s […]

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Fall break: A time for service on and off campus for Princeton students

What is service? Volunteering. Learning. Discussion. Collaboration. Activism. Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. Over fall break, 70 Princeton University undergraduates took part in service in its many forms through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s Breakout Princeton and Breakout Local programs, Oct. 28-Nov. 6.
Breakout Princeton provides students with the opportunity to go on fully funded service-learning trips every fall and […]

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Societal benefits of research on display at Celebrate Princeton Invention

A sensor that measures surface temperatures to improve indoor heating and cooling was one of several inventions on display last week at Princeton’s annual Celebrate Princeton Invention reception.
The evening honors faculty members and their teams who are creating technologies with the potential to benefit society. Held Thursday, Nov. 9, the event brought faculty, staff and student researchers together with members […]

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UB-led renewable energy project aims to leverage Buffalo’s past while improving region’s future

Key to the process is what’s known as a power purchase
agreement, or PPA. It’s a different, more cost-effective way
for large energy users to purchase power. For many bigger
institutions, like a city or a university, annual energy costs are
unpredictable and uncontrollable, because the electricity rates
vary depending on the market. Utility costs can fluctuate, but
generally increase over a period of years.
A PPA, […]

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Uwe Reinhardt, leading authority on health care economics and admired teacher, dies at 80

Uwe Reinhardt, one of the nation’s leading health care economists and a beloved Princeton University professor, died Monday, Nov. 13. He was 80.

Uwe Reinhardt

During the nearly 50 years that Reinhardt was at the University, he was regarded as one of the most influential health economists and health policy experts in the country, known for his ability to explain extraordinarily complex […]

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Erin Wolf appointed to Princeton position in international travel and safety

Erin Wolf, whose career focuses on international risk analysis in higher education, has been appointed the inaugural associate director of international travel and safety at Princeton University, effective Nov. 13.
“The University’s international activity is growing rapidly and becoming more complex,” said Provost Deborah Prentice. “Our faculty, students and staff are increasingly engaged abroad, conducting research, teaching and taking courses, working […]

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Martonosi sketches a path for a new type of computing

As new devices move quantum computing closer to practical use, the journal Nature recently asked Princeton computer scientist Margaret Martonosi and two colleagues to assess the state of software needed to exploit this powerful computational approach.
Relying on subtle quantum mechanical effects for data storage and computation, quantum computers show promise to vastly speed up certain types of calculations. Martonosi, the […]

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UB social work researcher receives major grant to help reunify Native American families

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A University at Buffalo social work
researcher will use a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) to gather evidence and produce
resources to improve the services state agencies offer to Native
American families involved in child welfare cases.
The HHS’s Administration for Children and Families
originally awarded the funding to Melanie Sage, an assistant
professor in UB’s […]

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Princeton conference celebrates Langston Hughes, poet and ‘champion of black America’

During a conference Nov. 10-11 at Princeton University, scholars, students, poets and fans from across the country celebrated the life and legacy of Langston Hughes to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.
“Remembering Langston Hughes — His Art, Life Legacy Fifty Years Later” included panels, performances and a keynote address by author Elizabeth Alexander. The conference, which drew around […]

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Media Advisory: Fast-paced Bulls Launch pitch contest is a highlight of Global Entrepreneurship Week

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Speed networking. Startup workshops. An
info session for a study abroad program focused on innovation.
It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, and Blackstone
Launchpad at the University at Buffalo will join people and
organizations around the world in celebrating with a series of fun
and useful events.
Key among them is the Bulls Launch Elevator Pitch contest this
Thursday, during which UB students get 90 seconds […]

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Freshman seminar examines the role of place in forming ‘the American imagination’

The students enrolled in the freshman seminar “American Places: Architecture, Landscape and the American Imagination” this fall are learning that while architectural “places” — homes, buildings, urban developments and more — are central to American identity, they are often constructed with complicated histories.
Each week, Stan Allen, the George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture, focuses on a case study to help […]

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Instruction is priority as Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences heads downtown

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It has begun. Six years after the decision
was made to relocate the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences at the University at Buffalo downtown, the move-in is
underway.
Up the street from the new John R. Oishei Children’s
Hospital, where physicians (including UB faculty), staff and
patients relocated last week, the move into the sparkling new
building at 955 Main St. on […]

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CPUC committee seeks suggestions for naming new garden, East Pyne arch

The CPUC Committee on Naming that last spring recommended that the former West College be renamed Morrison Hall in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Princeton faculty member Toni Morrison and that the main auditorium in Robertson Hall be named in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Princeton faculty member Sir Arthur Lewis is seeking suggestions for the naming of two […]

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UB again ranks among the nation’s top universities in hosting international students

BUFFALO, N.Y. – For the 15th straight year, the University
at Buffalo is among the top 25 U.S. institutions hosting
international students.
UB is ranked No. 21 by the Institute of International Education
(IIE) in the institute’s 2017 Open Doors Report on
International Educational Exchange, released today in Washington,
D.C.
The census of international students at UB in fall, 2016,
totaled 7,252, according to the Open Doors report. […]

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Fragile Families Challenge uses ‘big data’ to answer big questions

What would happen if hundreds of social scientists and data scientists worked together on a scientific challenge to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the United States? The Fragile Families Challenge, an ongoing mass research collaboration that uses “big data” collected as part of Princeton University’s Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, is attempting to answer just that.
The Fragile […]

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How drones do (and don’t) threaten airplanes

An article in Scientific American about how drones do
– and don’t – threaten small, low-flying
passenger aircraft after quadcopters crashed into a helicopter and
airplane interviews Javid Bayandor, founder and director of
UB’s Crashworthiness for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids
(CRASH) Lab, who said the hazards vary depending on the type of
drone and piloted aircraft involved. “We’re not only
categorizing the drones and figuring out what […]

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UB to hold week of events across WNY for Antibiotics Awareness Week

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Western New Yorkers will receive a
weeklong introduction to the five pounds of microorganisms that
call the human body home through Mind Your Microbiome and Be
Antibiotics Aware Week, a series of community events and
initiatives sponsored by the University at Buffalo Genome,
Environment and Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence.
Held during the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s (CDC) U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week […]

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A giant, prehistoric otter’s surprisingly powerful bite

An article in National Geographic reports on research by
Jack Tseng, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical
sciences, that suggests that a now-extinct Chinese otter that
roamed lakes or swamps was almost as large as a wolf and had
jawbones capable of crushing large shells, as well as birds and
mammals, making it a key predator in its ecosystem. The article
notes the team developed a […]

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Listen, read, create: Exploring the Princeton and Slavery Project through the arts

How does theater help us navigate charged issues? How does a sculpture help bring history into the present moment? The Princeton and Slavery Project is creating opportunities for Princeton students and community members to bring the arts to questions like these — in the classroom, at McCarter Theatre and through an installation commissioned by the Princeton University Art Museum.
Headed by […]

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LEDs light the way for better drug therapies

Radioactivity may have a bad rap, but it plays a critical role in medical research. A revolutionary new technique to create radioactive molecules, pioneered in the lab of Princeton chemistry professor David MacMillan, has the potential to bring new medicines to patients much faster than before.
“Your average drug takes 12 to 14 years to come to market,” said MacMillan, the […]

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Media Advisory: UB to hold Veterans Day celebration Nov. 10

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo will honor its
veteran and military service members with a two-part program on
Nov. 10.
The eighth annual celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a flag
ceremony at Flint Loop in front of Capen Hall on the North
Campus.
Following the ceremonial procession and presentation of colors
by the UB Police Color Guard and student cadets of the local […]

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Performers as Teachers: The Master Class at Princeton

Most of the work in developing artistic skill happens behind the scenes, alone in a practice room or with a teacher in a teaching studio. But Princeton University offers students and the community another chance to learn by inviting well-known professional performers and artists to become teachers in a communal setting, through a variety of master class offerings on campus.
In […]

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Veterans Day events scheduled at UNC-Chapel Hill

Media Advisory: not for publication
(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Nov. 9, 2017) – UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff will join community members to honor veterans on Friday, November 10, during two events on campus.
 
Tar Heel Tribute:
Three university offices partnered to host a networking event and breakfast for student and employee veterans beginning at 8:30 a.m. at The Carolina Club (inside the […]

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165 at UNC-Chapel Hill inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

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165 at UNC-Chapel Hill inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
 
103 inductees are from North Carolina
 
(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Nov. 9, 2017) – Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 165 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members.
 
The recent induction ceremony featured a keynote address by Martin H. Brinkley, Dean […]

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Sonya Smith joins Woodrow Wilson School as director of graduate admissions

Sonya Smith, who has served in senior admission positions at Princeton University and Stanford University, joins Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as director of graduate admissions, effective Nov. 29.
Smith has served as associate dean and director of diversity outreach for Princeton’s Undergraduate Office of Admission since April 2013. In her new position at the Woodrow Wilson […]

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UB Dental to offer free care to WNY vets on Veterans Day

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In honor of Veterans Day, the University
at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine welcomes local veterans to
receive a day of free dental screenings, extractions, restorations
and denture repairs through its third annual Dentistry Smiles on
Veterans.
The program – a partnership between UB Dental, the New
York State Dental Association and the Eighth District Dental
Society – will provide free dental care to […]

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Medical school move begins

An article reports the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences is starting to move into its new building downtown, with
eight moving trucks hauling files, equipment and other materials
from more than 50 offices on UB’s South Campus. The article
notes the administrative staff, including Michael Cain, vice
president for health sciences and dean of the medical school, are
part of the first phase of […]

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Engage with those working to make the world better, says UB psychiatrist

An article in USA Today about the mass shootings
occurring around the country and the growing feelings of fear and
loss that are affecting people as a result interviews Steven
Dubovsky, professor and chair of psychiatry in the Jacobs School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who said people can empower
themselves by asking what things they can actively do to keep
themselves and their communities safe. […]

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