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

Exploring impact of microbiome

A dance installation presented by UB and the Buffalo Museum of Science tackles the effect of microorganisms on health, mood and love.

June in Buffalo set for June 4-10

Some of the world’s most renowned ensembles and composers will be attending UB’s annual new music festival for emerging composers.

America’s graying population

UB geographer Peter Rogerson talks about how baby boomers have reshaped the demographic landscape of America.

Study: Exercise helps treat addiction by altering brain’s dopamine system

New research by the UB Research Institute on Addictions has identified a key mechanism in how aerobic exercise can help impact the brain in ways that may support treatment — and even prevention strategies — for addiction.

Lung-on-a-chip simulates pulmonary fibrosis

New biotech could reduce time and cost of developing medicine for deadly lung disease.

UB scientists receive funding for Great Lakes pollution research

The projects — funded by the Great Lakes Research Consortium — explore important questions about the health of area waterways.

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