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Experience making connections…

Experience-making-connectionsSUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson make the study of film a locus of connection: film as literature, film as visual narrative, film as popular culture, film as avant-garde, film as entertainment, and film as cultural history. They and their students view, think about, and discuss great films. Their sessions – the Buffalo Film Seminars – are open to and popular with the general public. The seminars have engaged audiences in wide-ranging discussions about more than 400 films since January, 2000.

A tradition of cinematic appreciation: The Buffalo Film Seminars »

Chaplin film opens Buffalo Film Seminars »

Photo: Douglas Levere

Experiential learning is faculty/student collaboration…

Experiential-learning-is-faculty-student-collaborationGraduate students Sarah JM Kolberg, Cat Dawson, and Maddie Phinney had a “real-world” opportunity to curate world-class exhibitions for the Anderson Gallery. One exhibition, Art=Text=Art: Private Languages / Public Systems, explored the advent of language in the visual arts in post-war America and the simultaneous emergence of concrete poetry. These practices embraced language’s ability to carry multiple, even contradictory meanings, thus creating a space for individual acts of anti-conformist thought. Under the direction of Professor of Art Jonathan D. Katz, they researched patrons, collected and connected content, created context, developed themes, and presented points of view. Katz shares his expertise while drawing on the resources of and unexplored treasures in the Anderson Gallery collection to offer MA and PhD students experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have: to research patrons and collect and connect content.

Art=Text=Art: Private Languages / Public Systems »

“Art=Text=Art” offers a captivating variety of post-WWII creativity at UB’s Anderson Galley »

Experience a worldwide audience…

Experience-a-worldwide-audience1Theatre and Dance graduate student Carlie Todoro-Rickus exhibited “Light Shows: The Dynamism of Light in Performance” at the international Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, which brings together as many as 5,000 theatre professionals and students and more than 50,000 visitors from all over the world. Her installation redefines lighting as an equal collaborator and performer – simultaneously object, character, partner, director, and spectacle. She uses found, urban spaces as venues. The project premiered at Silo City, site of Buffalo’s rehabilitated waterfront grain silos. Her work was funded by the Robert and Carol Morris Scholarship fund, which makes summer study possible for undergraduate and graduate students.

MA Theatre & Performance Student Selected for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space » 

I create site-specific scenography with light »

Experience graduate and undergraduate innovation…

Innovative degree programs allow undergraduate and graduate students to discover thematic pathways. Graduate pathways will develop career-oriented skills and forge interdisciplinary collaborations. Undergraduate pathways will explore general education sequences in the new UB Curriculum which make connections beyond departmental boundaries.

Experiential learning is community engagement…

Experiential-learning-is-community-engagementSociology faculty and graduate students will develop a clear picture of how teachers and the children in their classrooms experience arts education in the classroom: their successes, the challenges they face, and their vision of arts education in Western New York. Working with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and other community partners, they will conduct a multiphase, in-depth study based on survey data collected from more than 700 educators, principals, and superintendents. The gallery’s AK Innovation Lab, a broad-based series of collaborations, will bring together visionaries from different disciplines and organizations across Western New York for specific projects to address social and economic issues and benefit diverse audiences. The Education Discovery Initiative will identify and address gaps and disparities in visual arts education resources and programming in local schools. The lab is also in the process of launching ArtGames2.0, an app designed for 9- to 13-year olds to acquaint them with the different styles, movements, artists and concepts in the Albright-Knox collection.

Sociology partnering with Albright-Knox on new Innovation Lab »

Photo: Albright Knox Art Gallery

 

Experience the transformative…

Experience-the-transformativeEvery summer since 1999, Dean Pitman has spent two weeks working with a group of high school students in the Center for Computational Research to use computational science – the intersection of applied mathematics and computer science – to solve important problems in science and engineering. Workshop topics have included computational chemistry and visualization, bioinformatics, and research in the life sciences. The workshop is now held in honor of Eric Pitman, who was a freshman at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute when he passed away on February 27, 2007, after a brief illness. A Science Olympiad participant at St. Gregory the Great Elementary School, Eric was an avid reader, a young man who enjoyed learning new things and challenging his thinking about the world and his place within it.

It is with Eric’s sense of wonderment and inquisitiveness that the workshop strives to introduce students to the many applications of computer modeling and simulation. Workshop topics have included bioinformatics and research in the life sciences, computational chemistry and visualization. The program has been particularly effective in reaching out to under-represented groups. For example, in 2014, almost 50% of the participants were female.

Many of the first workshop attendees have graduated from college, including UB, MIT, Cornell, and Princeton; several of the graduates have earned graduate and professional degrees. One student who attended UB was awarded a Department of Energy summer internship at Oak Ridge National Lab. Over the years, many workshop graduates have returned to work at the CCR as undergraduate interns. The workshop has proven to be, and will continue to be, a valuable resource for recruiting undergraduates and exposing them to research.

The Eric Pitman Annual Summer Workshop in Computational Science »

Photo: Douglas Levere

 

Experience applied learning…

Experience-applied-learningUndergraduates Dante Iozzo and Nigel Michki modeled the eradication of Ebola, including the process of infection and all possible measures to eliminate the virus, and assumed the hypothetical existence of a cure. They were part of a three-member team advised by Professor of Mathematics John Ringland. The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) named the UB team one of the 10 “Outstanding Winners” from among a field of more than 7,600 entries representing 17 countries in its 2015 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).

UB team wins top honors in international math contest »

Photo: John Ringland

Experience collective knowledge making…

CrowdHydrologyProfessor of Geology Chris Lowry and his students harness the collective efforts of many different people to report Western New York stream depths. With tight budgets forcing the U.S. Geological Survey to discontinue the recording of water levels at many streams, CrowdHydrology could bridge this gap and serve as a model for communities looking for a cost-effective method to maintain data on local waterways. Established in 2010, CrowdHydrology uses innovative methods to collect spatially distributed hydrologic data.

CrowdHydrology – Crowdsourced Water Level Data »

An Army of Citizen Scientists Is Tracking Our Water Levels »

Photo: Christopher Lowry

Experiential learning is teaching…

Undergraduate students work 8-10 hours a week with bilingual, inner-city, and international students in early childhood, elementary, middle, and high schools. Professor of Linguistics Jeri Jaeger places them as teacher’s aides or tutors to help children in the Buffalo Public Schools develop language and literacy skills.

Make experiences possible…

Robert-and-George-StevensThrough the philanthropy of generous alumni and friends, our students experience life changing opportunities. Roberta Stevens, MLS ’74, BA ’70, and George Stevens, who have traveled the globe, believe that “Experiencing other countries firsthand is the most direct route to fully understanding our place in the world.” Their gift supports study abroad opportunities for students to immerse themselves in different cultures and broaden their perspectives.

Photo:Roberta Stevens, MLS ’74, BA ’70, and George Stevens

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