Before this year's final Distinguished Speaker, world-renowned scientist J. Craig Venter, spoke at Alumni Arena, he took some time to share a few words with The Spectrum. Venter is recognized as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century through his tremendous contributions to the field of genomics.
Classes are over, the snow has melted, and the bulky coats have been put back into the closet. Several students will head back to wherever they came from, but many UB people will be stuck in the Queen City over the summer due to apartment leases, jobs or summer classes.
School will be over shortly, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. In fact, it's really just beginning. For students staying on campus or in the Buffalo area over the summer, or for Buffalo residents in general, the University at Buffalo has plenty of great things in store. Students are given the opportunity to take summer classes in a smaller, more intimate setting than what is offered during the regular school year.
Capen Hall's Special Collections Library hummed with literary talent on Monday as NAME, the Undergraduate Literary Magazine of the University at Buffalo, proudly launched its 72-page issue for this semester. The Spring 2011 distribution of the magazine marked its second year of success in publication after a several year hiatus following its creation by Jessica Smith and others in 1998. With a team of 23 powerful writers, nine editors, and support from various professors and members of the English department, NAME is a collection of pages stained with the stunning imaginations of creative undergraduates.
Not many people can say they have sequenced the human genome, but J. Craig Venter can. Venter, one of the world's leading scientists in genomics, has made some groundbreaking studies, observing the sequences of DNA and genes in a cell. In his most recent accomplishment, achieved last summer, Venter and his team created synthetic bacteria using a computer and man-made DNA.
What the heck is Dyngus Day and why are people chasing each other with pussy willows; is a question that may run through the minds of many UB students come Monday. Dyngus Day is a traditionally Polish holiday that falls on the Monday after Easter Sunday.
Come hungry, leave humanitarian. The month of April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month, and the city of Buffalo is spreading the word through its 9th Annual Dining Out For Life. On Tuesday, April 26, 91 restaurants in the area will be participating in the event to raise money for the AIDS Community Services (ACS) of Western New York to help those suffering from the diseases. Diners simply have to eat in a participating restaurant and 25 percent or more of their bill will be donated to ACS.
Reduce, reuse, recycle ? it's been said many times, but who's listening? Friday is Earth Day, and the environmental organization at UB has a lot in store for a campus-wide festival. In 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day, because of his concerns with the lack of political attention to environmental problems.
On a campus as big as UB, there's bound to be some marijuana use. UB NORML rallies supporters to clear the air on this hazy topic. Students may not know that sometimes, marijuana is actually being used for medicinal purposes not just recreational.
Cookies, cupcakes and brownies are much more appealing to most people, than broken bones, bruises and death. On Tuesday, the Muslim Student Association held Purple Hijab Day to help bring awareness and an end to domestic violence.