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Monday, January 25, 2021
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UB opens first biorepository facility in Western New York

UB opened its new biorepository facility Friday, providing “state-of-the-art” storage for research samples at UB’s Clinical and Translational Research Center. The UB Biorepository is a mechanized facility that collects, processes, stores and distributes millions of biological samples and keeps them in the lab at a constant -81 degrees Celsius. Committees have been working on creating UB’s “vital” biorepository for seven years. Now, UB is the first SUNY college to have a biorepository. It is open to UB researchers as well as researchers from other public and private colleges and universities, research centers and industry partners. 

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State audit report finds roughly $900,000 of 'questionable' UB transactions

Roughly $900,000 in UB transactions between 2016 and 2018 are “questionable,” according to a 20-page audit report released by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) Friday. The transactions primarily come from UB’s contractual relationships with the UB Foundation (UB Foundation Activities, Inc.) and Corr Distributors, Inc. (custodial equipment maintenance) between April 2016 and Sept. 2018. The report’s key findings criticize the university for its “poor monitoring of spending and contracting practices” which “resulted in potential lost savings and cost avoidance,” among other things. 

Students play Super Smash Bros. UB’s new esports team allows students to compete against other universities in various video games.

Overwatch club expands, becomes esports team

Most students go to UB Stadium to watch football, but for those who prefer esports, the opportunity to see a SUNY-wide esports tournament at the stadium may soon be a reality.  UB’s new esports team allows students to compete against other universities in various video games, with the goal of someday hosting a “massive” tournament at the UB Stadium. 

Buffalo community members tied purple ribbons to show resilience for domestic abuse survivors.

Pinnacle Community Services organizes October events for domestic violence awareness

Buffalo community members gathered at Third Street in Niagara Falls on Tuesday to march against domestic violence and hang purple ribbons on trees to show support for victims.  Roughly 50 community members participated in the event, which featured artwork displays in the Wine on Third restaurant. Pinnacle Community Services held the walk to raise awareness for women and families who have dealt with domestic abuse and to highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Passage House shelter, which helped with the event, is part of Pinnacle Community Services and provides shelter for abused women and their children. 

Student Gabriella Hall in the SU Lobby.

Writing her own story

Gabriella Hall didn’t consider race a “big deal” growing up. But she still felt “different” from her peers. She said she was the only black person in her prestigious International Baccalaureate program at City Honors High School.  She didn’t understand why, but moments like these inspired her to explore racial injustice.

NYS Assembly Member Sean Ryan, It Happened to Alexa Executive Director Kate Fowler and former Olympian Bridie Farrell discuss the Child Victims Act at UB.

UB hosts panel discussion on Child Victims Act

UB held a panel discussion on Monday to raise awareness for child sex abuse and discuss New York State’s recent Child Victims Act. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D/WF-Manhattan) proposed the bill in January, but similar bills have been introduced as early as 2006 and continuously voted down. The New York State Assembly and Senate passed the bill early this year and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law on Feb. 14.

Big Ditch Brewery is in the heart of downtown Buffalo and only a couple blocks from UB's Downtown Campus.

Buffalo’s best brews

There are over 7,000 breweries in the U.S. and 41 are right here in Western New York. And what’s a better combination than a cold beer and a Bills game in a fun, rustic location? Breweries are the perfect spot for a delicious drink and good conversation. Most customers can find a beer to enjoy in each brewery and most, if not all, offer the option to try a flight, allowing customers to get a taste of four or five different beers. Most breweries also have beer experts on-site to answer questions and give brewery tours.

Jay's Pizzeria's mouth-watering margherita pizza pie.

Buffalo’s best New York-style pizza

A true New Yorker knows what good pizza is: hand tossed until it’s stretched to give perfectly wide slices, foldable yet crispy crust, zesty tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese thicc enough to make your girlfriend jealous.  Buffalo may be in New York State, but the pizza often doesn’t live up to the city’s standards. We compiled a list of Buffalo’s pizzerias that come closest to offering true New York-style pizza.

UB President Satish Tripathi giving his eighth annual State of the University Address.

UB President Satish Tripathi discusses UB 2020 in State of the University Address

UB President Satish Tripathi delivered his eighth annual State of the University address in the Student Union Theater Friday. Tripathi discussed UB 2020, both retrospectively and looking into the future, UB’s carbon footprint, research advancements and UB’s increased ranking as the No. 31 best public research university in front of roughly 350 students, faculty and community members. Tripathi also spoke briefly about the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative after the address. 

Donald Trump speaking at Laconia Rally.

UB community doesn’t think president's removal is likely

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, announced on Tuesday the House began a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The inquiry came after Trump allegedly betrayed his oath of office by asking a foreign nation to provide information on a political opponent. Trump is accused of “pressuring” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate and release information on Democratic presidential front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden. 

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office on the eighth floor of Clemens Hall.

Students and faculty upset about recruitment pause in College of Arts and Sciences departments

Students and faculty are upset and confused by the College of Arts and Sciences’ announcement last week that it will halt funded Ph.D. recruitment in 23 of 29 departments for the 2020-21 academic year.  On Wednesday, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Robin Schulze responded to concerns the announcement caused by apologizing for “missteps” and seeking faculty input.

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