Ashley Hirtzel, WBFO


WBFO/Western New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Ashley is a Buffalo native, and is in her second stint as reporter at WBFO. During her first tenure at the station, Ashley covered a variety of issues in the western New York region and earned an Associated Press award for team coverage on “Same Sex Marriage in New York.” Ashley has also worked as an anchor/reporter at WBEN in Buffalo and WBTA in Batavia.

Ashley earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Communications at Medaille College in Buffalo.   



Wed November 6, 2013
Medical Technology

Grant to help develop advanced lasers used in drug R&D

CEO of HWI Eaton Lattman, UB President Satish Tripathi, Vice President of Research and Economic Development at HWI Alexander Cartwright.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University at Buffalo a $25 million Science and Technology Center grant Wednesday.

The funds will allow UB to collaborate with several institutions across the country to develop new X-ray lasers utilizing bioimaging. Bioimaging is a branch of radiology that allows for information to be visualized in 3D and 4D.

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Thu October 31, 2013
Build It Buffalo

Business competition hopes to attract entrepreneurs from around the world to Buffalo

The city of Buffalo
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

A new business competition is aiming to attract entrepreneurs from around the world to Western New York. The “Build It Buffalo” business plan competition is touted as the most ambitious the United States has ever seen.

The competition is expected to attract 1,000 applicants from around the world. That estimate comes from similar competitions held at Rice University and Mass Challenge in Massachusetts that attracted 1,000 people, with smaller prize money.

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Tue October 29, 2013
Higher Ed

Erie Community College signs partnership agreement with St. John Fisher College

Erie Community College signed an agreement with St. John Fisher College Monday that allows students to be directly admitted into St. John Fisher, located outside of Rochester.

The 2+2 transfer articulation agreement requires students to complete their associate’s degree at ECC and continue their coursework at St. John Fisher, where they can earn a bachelor’s degree from most programs in an additional two years.

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Mon October 28, 2013
Higher Ed

Panel links higher education and business to spur economic growth

The WNY Regional Summit on Higher Education and Enonomic Development
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Several SUNY leaders and business experts participated in the WNY Regional Summit on Higher Education and Economic Development in Buffalo on Friday.

The aim of the event was to discuss how education plays a key role in economic development and job creation. The seven panelists talked about the importance of continuing to invest in research, innovation, and job training programs in order to boost the quality of life and economic viability of the region.

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Fri October 25, 2013
Underwater Wi-Fi

Researchers work to develop wireless Internet underwater

UB research team working on the Internet underwater
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

University at Buffalo researchers are developing an underwater internet system.  The wireless network aims to improve the detection of tsunamis and potentially save lives. The deep-sea system integrates acoustic underwater networks with the Internet.

A network of acoustic sensors placed on the ocean floor collects data. That information is then sent up to a buoy on the surface, where it’s converted into radio waves.

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