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

Buffalo’s health disparities focus of conference

UB is partnering with the African American Health Disparities Task Force and other groups on the April 28 call-to-action.

Nanosheet expands like a Grow Monster

Light causes the crystal lattice to swell, opening new possibilities for such applications as artificial muscles and tiny electronics.

UB to hold ‘Transcribathon’

Folger Library paleographer Sarah Powell will conduct a daylong workshop on how to read and digitally encode 17th-century materials.

Handwriting expert to give workshop at UB on reading and preserving rare manuscripts

Sarah Powell, a paleographer at the Folger Shakespeare Library, will conduct a daylong workshop on how to read and digitally encode 17th-century materials at a workshop to be held April 24.

Media Advisory: International dementia expert in Buffalo, available to speak on caring for nation’s rapidly aging population

Ann Kolanowski, an internationally renowned expert on dementia and the complex care needs of the elderly, will be available to media tomorrow at the University at Buffalo to discuss the difficulties of delirium and caring for aging populations.

Artist and psychoanalyst in residence at UB to present the first U.S. museum exhibition of her work

Bracha L. Ettinger, whose celebrated pieces have made her among the most prominent visual artists in France and Israel, will present the first-ever museum exhibition of her work in the U.S. as part of her residency in the UB’s Creative Arts Institute.

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