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

UB’s virtual reality expertise creates simulated classroom environment for aspiring teachers

UB researchers have created a virtual reality-based environment to help prospective teachers learn how to handle disruptive student behavior.

UB research on advanced Alzheimer’s investigates novel ways to restore cognitive function

New UB research is studying genetic and epigenetic factors in the disease with the goal of restoring cognitive function.

Mathletes crush competition in NBC debut

The UB team won its heat in its debut on the NBC hit series “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge.”

Preventing employee theft before it begins

Buffalo-based firm FiduciaSolutions has designed a fraud-defense system embraced by United Way Worldwide.

16 family business leaders complete CEL program

A new class of entrepreneurs are better prepared to successfully manage the unique challenges of running a family business.

Record holder: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ names engineers’ graphene aerogel as world's least dense 3-D printed structure

The structure was fabricated by Chi Zhou, assistant professor in UB's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and collaborators.

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