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 alums dominate ‘40 Under 40’ list

Buffalo Business First’s program honors 40 men and women — all under the age of 40 — who are successful professionally and active in the community.

Shimon leads team representing U.S. at exhibition

The UB professor is technical director for the U.S. entry in the Prague Quadrennial, the global showcase for the best in scenography.

Incarceration through a public health lens

A seed grant from the Incarceration and Public Health Action Network will support a new course in the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

UB School of Management students offer free tax preparation services

IRS-certified accounting students will again provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual incomes below $54,000.

UB biology PhD student wins prestigious Microsoft Research fellowship

The Ada Lovelace Fellowship covers tuition and fees for three years for students who are members of underrepresented groups in computing.

FDA grant to help scientists increase creation of generic drugs delivered vaginally or to the uterus

University at Buffalo researchers received an $880,000 grant to help quicken the development of generic equivalents of contraceptives and other drugs delivered vaginally or to the uterus, such as by intrauterine devices (IUD).

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