The Best of Buffalo

Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state of New York, after New York City. Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River across from Fort Erie, Ontario, Buffalo is the seat of Erie County and the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, the largest in Upstate New York. Buffalo itself has a population of 261,310 (2010 Census) and the Buffalo–Niagara–Cattaraugus Combined Statistical Area is home to 1,215,826 residents.

Originating around 1789 as a small trading community near the eponymous Buffalo Creek, Buffalo grew quickly after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, with the city as its western terminus. By 1900, Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the United States, and went on to become a major railroad hub, and the largest grain-milling center in the country. The latter part of the 20th century saw a reversal of fortunes: Great Lakes shipping was rerouted by the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and steel mills and other heavy industry relocated to places such as China. With the start of Amtrak in the 1970s, Buffalo Central Terminal was also abandoned, and trains were rerouted to nearby Depew, New York (Buffalo-Depew) and Exchange Street Station. By 1990 the city had fallen back below its 1900 population levels.

Right Now in Buffalo

Engineering elevates SUNY’s online stature

UB’s success in developing MOOCS is creating synergies within UB and SUNY, and promoting the sharing of best practices.

SPHHP announces new leadership roles

Four faculty and staff members — all women — are taking on new leadership roles in the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

UB wins SUNY Shared Governance Award

UB is honored for its efforts in promoting collaboration among stakeholders in developing policies and decision-making to fulfill the university's mission.

Marijuana use episodes linked to partner intimacy experiences

Marijuana use episodes among couples who frequently use the drug increase the likelihood of experiencing intimacy events, according to the results of a University at Buffalo-led study.

Liesl Folks to step down as dean of School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Since Folks joined UB in 2012, the school has added 75 faculty, 2,700 students, two new departments and diversity and inclusiveness programs.

Why one UB scientist is studying dust

Stuart Evans researches how airborne sediments can impact climate, influencing patterns of precipitation and drought.

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