Geoffrey Challen and Steven Ko are leading the PhoneLab project to improve mobile devices and educate students.
UB researchers are enlisting hundreds of students to build the world’s largest collection of smartphone users assembled for large-scale experiments.
Dubbed PhoneLab, the network will help researchers build more powerful, secure and efficient smartphones and smartphone applications, improve wireless networking and educate students about mobile devices.
While smartphone use is skyrocketing—Forrester Research says 1 billion people will have one by 2016—experimentation on the devices is limited. Researchers either conduct tests in the marketplace, which limits their access to the smartphone, or create their own test group, which is costly and time-consuming. Continue reading →
The new Clinical and Translational Research Center, a 170,000 square-foot research facility that houses the laboratories of several UB physician-scientists.
The University at Buffalo has made another major addition to its campus: the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC).
The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held the grand opening of its CTRC in the joint UB-Kaleida Health building at Goodrich and Ellicott streets in downtown Buffalo on September 20.
The 170,000-square-foot research facility allows UB’s physician-scientists to see patients, conduct research and work with clinicians downstairs in Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute. The CTRC’s offices and laboratories occupy the building’s top four floors, while Gates Vascular Institute is housed on the bottom four.
The CTRC is an important step in the relocation of UB’s medical school to downtown Buffalo. When it is completed by 2016, the new medical school will bring approximately 1,200 people to downtown Buffalo. In total, the CTRC and medical school projects will create more than 3,000 jobs, 250 of which are physician-scientists and staff.
The new facility houses the laboratories of some of UB’s highest-profile researchers, who collectively have earned more than $25 million in research funding. They are conducting research to develop treatments for a broad range of diseases and conditions, including diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s and memory disorders.
In addition to custom-designed laboratories and common spaces, the CTRC includes:
Clinical Research Center, which coordinates clinical research activities among institutions in the Buffalo Translational Consortium.
Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine, an interdisciplinary research center.
Jacobs Institute, which conducts research, development and training in vascular medicine.
Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center
Biosciences Incubator, to assist UB researchers with the commercialization of new medical therapies.
UB students will have the chance to explore entrepreneurship and sustainability through two new Undergraduate Academies— living and learning communities that enable students with common interests to live together and share meaningful experiences throughout their college years.
The two Undergraduate Academies bring the total number at UB to five. The other three, all launched since 2007, focus on civic engagement, global perspectives and research exploration.
Members of each academy will enjoy such opportunities as exclusive seminars and networking events, all relating to their academy’s central theme. Participants in the Entrepreneurship Academy, for instance, will meet and work with entrepreneurs in Western New York, develop plans for entrepreneurial endeavors and analyze different styles of entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship. The Sustainability Academy will focus not only on traditional environmental concerns, but on social equity and economic progress as well.
The Entrepreneurship Academy launched this fall with about 40 freshmen, and the Sustainability Academy will enroll its first class in fall 2013. Each of the two new academies builds on themes that UB and its students have increasingly emphasized in recent years.
Together, the academies will serve about 560 students this year, with the number rising in 2013 after the Sustainability Academy launches.
UB researcher Gary A. Giovino recently led the largest international study on tobacco use. According to the study, if current trends continue, tobacco use will lead to about 1 billion people worldwide dying prematurely in the next century.
A giant leap from the 100 million lives lost prematurely due to tobacco use in the past century. Continue reading →
William R. Greiner Hall, UB’s newest residence hall (housing mostly sophomores), provides a glimpse at the future direction buildings at UB will be modeled upon. The building, which debuted in August 2011, is the first of several state-of-the-art structures that have opened or will open on campus over a two-year period.
UB’s recent burst of new on-campus construction has already been nationally noticed — Greiner Hall earned a gold rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system. Continue reading →