Record year for admissions | Athletics reduction
MAY 2017
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Last year was a historic one for UB, which received more than 25,600 applications for undergraduate admission, the most ever. This year, however, is even better. With only a few days remaining before the May 1 deadline, domestic applications to UB are up 7.5 percent compared to 2016.

University News

Some 5,894 students are candidates to receive degrees and certifications during UB’s 2017 commencement ceremonies April 28 through May 24. UB will no longer hold its traditional University Commencement, instead splitting the large ceremony honoring College of Arts and Sciences’ baccalaureate recipients into two separate ceremonies differentiated by departments.

UB is reducing the number of its intercollegiate athletic programs by four, effective at the end of the spring 2017 season. Affected teams are men’s baseball, men’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s rowing. An FAQ about the decision is available here.

Research Spotlight

Climate change may force one of New England’s invasive plant species to retreat north, while another will likely stay put and take over an even greater area, according to a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Diverse immigrant populations do more than enrich a city’s cultural fabric. According to geographers from UB and Southampton University, they also boost wages. Additionally, the research found that anti-immigrant policies and laws may actually end up backfiring on the group most likely to support them — workers who were born in the U.S.

UB People

A physics major studying nature at the smallest scales possible and a student hoping to use robotics to create “revolutionary prosthetics” are UB’s latest recipients of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious and competitive research award offered to undergraduate STEM students.

Jorge Cueto, a recent civil, structural and environmental engineering graduate, was featured as part of the Council of Graduate Schools' GradImpact initiative. Jorge developed a system to make the basis for “rise on demand” telescopic flood walls.

At Buffalo Magazine

In 1972, a senior English major at UB named Terry Gross (EdM ’75, BA ’72)—who would go on to helm NPR’s popular “Fresh Air” talk show for 40+ years—was figuring out what to do with her life. Gross, a Brooklyn native, discovered radio during her sophomore year, when her roommate suggested she check out WBFO, then UB's campus radio station and one of NPR’s charter member affiliates.

In My Opinion

With commencement approaching and the Class of 2017 crossing the threshold from UB students to UB alumni, we want to knowwhat advice do you have for this year's graduates?

Tell us, and your response may be in an upcoming issue of At Buffalo magazine. You can read responses to last month's question by clicking here.

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Heard On Campus


“Every semester, people literally tell me that they’re mad that they didn’t know the material we cover beforehand. They say, ‘We should have known that stuff a long time ago; why didn’t anyone teach us?’”

— Professor Lance Rintamaki on his popular class, COM 492: Sexual Communication. The course focuses on the complex realm of human sexuality, covering everything from why we kiss to the frustrating and baffling world of online dating. >> Learn more.

Events and Programs

NYC: Professional Development and Networking Event | May 2: Join us for an evening of professional development and networking with other alumni from the area. >> Learn more.

Free Online Webinar: Sustainability and the Supply Chain | May 3
: Explore the ways managers can formulate effective business and supply chain strategies that lead to an actionable, proactive agenda for sustainability. >> Learn more.

Buffalo: Boys in the Boat Program | May 4 4 p.m. • Room 310, Silverman Library, North Campus: Join the UB Libraries and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system for a program on Daniel James Brown's critically-acclaimed best seller, "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics."

2017 UB Alumni Association Achievement Awards | May 11: Recognizing 12 outstanding alumni and friends for their achievements and bringing distinction to UB.
>> Learn more.

Buffalo: Smart Business Practices Seminar - Team Chemistry Through Analytics | May 17: Find out how team chemistry, or the way in which people work together, makes a difference in performance.
>> Learn more.

Buffalo DC NYC: Coaches Caravan | Dates vary: Meet and interact with Athletics Director Allen Greene, Head Football Coach Lance Leipold, Men's Basketball Coach Nate Oats and Women's Basketball Coach Felisha Leggette-Jack. >> Learn more.

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