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Editorial: Critics of new medical school are off base

An editorial in the Buffalo News calls two UB faculty
members “off base” after they complained in an article
that the money being spent on the new Jacobs School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences building is doing nothing for them. 
“Any implication that the university made poor use of its
resources by improving its medical school and moving it to the
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is not only off base, but out of the
game,” the editorial states.   “The expense
is certainly doing something for the [Jacobs] School, for the
future health professionals it is training and, not
insignificantly, for all of Western New York. This was a wise
investment, and if it takes some time for the university’s
finances to stabilize, that’s both acceptable and predictable
for a project as far-reaching as this one.” The editorial
quotes VP Laura Hubbard and UB President Satish K. Tripathi, who
observed that the university is also investing in improvements at
both the North and South campuses, and that graduation rates are
rising as a result of the strategic hiring of new faculty across
the university.  “There isn’t a school or college
that we haven’t done this with,” said Hubbard.

In addition, a letter to the editor by Howard Zemski, president
and CEO of Empire State Development, praises UB for investing in
the new Jacobs School building. “Hats off to Jeremy Jacobs,
Satish Tripathi, Michael Cain and the University at Buffalo team
for having the vision and courage to invest in a new [Jacobs School
building] on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Investing in
Buffalo’s downtown and in the life sciences cluster aligns
perfectly with the Western New York Regional Strategic Plan, and
advances our economy in significant ways,” he writes.

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