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.

Engineering school named national leader in diversity

UB is among 29 programs nationwide to be awarded exemplar status by the American Society of Engineering Education.

Student takes lead role in expanding digital humanities

Shaun Nowicki adds coding skills to his knowledge as an English major to make historical documents more accessible to the public.

Arts incubator aims to nurture new works

“Work In Real Time” will award prize money to student and community artists to help them develop new work.

Media Advisory: To learn about food as medicine, Jacobs School medical students ditch white coats for chef’s coats

A new course being taught to UB medical students doesn’t take place in a lab or a classroom. Instead, it’s happening in the Culinary Arts department kitchens of SUNY Erie Community College. And instead of white coats, the students wear chef’s coats and toques.  

Robot wars returns for Engineers Week

The popular event is one of dozens highlighting the variety of UB’s student engineering clubs.

To help students think in 3D, a geologist turns to paper model making

Chris Lowry has designed numerous foldable paper models of aquifers to help students visualize how water is stored underground.

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