university at buffalo

8:20am

Mon February 17, 2014
Environment

Upstate institute to tackle global environmental issues

UB Geology professor Jason Briner conducting climate change research in Canada
Jason Briner

A new institute designed to tackle complex environmental issues across the globe has been launched in upstate New York.

This month, the University at Buffalo announced the launch of the RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment, and Water) program.

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10:52am

Mon November 11, 2013
Concussions

Off-the-shelf football gear offers same protection as custom-built

High school football game.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Special mouth guards and helmets marketed to help reduce concussions may not actually provide any additional protection for football players a new report claims. The findings are from a 2012 study that followed 1,332 high school athletes during a season.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin followed the football players in grades 9 through 12 at 36 high schools across the country. They compared players wearing custom-fitted mouth guards and helmets with those wearing off-the-shelf gear. Nearly 10 percent of the players they tracked experienced injuries during the season.

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5:01pm

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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11:19am

Mon August 19, 2013
3D manufacturing

Historic architecture improved with new technology

Terracotta being formed out of clay by hand
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

A western New York business is creating terra cotta architectural features with the help of the latest technology. The objects are an important element in restoring and maintaining historic buildings, and building new ones.

The work done at Boston Valley Terra Cotta dates back to the late 1800’s. Their gargoyles, statues, and feature tiles they create can be seen on buildings like Grand Central Station, the Philadelphia Public Library, and the Poptahof in the Netherlands.

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6:30am

Tue March 26, 2013
Science

New window coating allows sunlight but filters heat

Professor Sarbajit Banerjee holding the "Smart Window" coating sample.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

The Innovation Trails Ashley Hassett reports on a new invention that keeps the heat from the sun out when it's hot and lets the heat from the sun in when it's cold.

It’s a creation expected to reduce the cost of heating and cooling for homes and businesses. It took five years for University at Buffalo Professor Sarbajit Banerjee and his students to invent a window film that repels heat from the sun.

“Smart Window” coating is a clear laminate that is easily applied to windows. Banerjee says the coating is made of a chameleon type material that lets in sunlight, but prevents too much heat from getting in.

“What happens is a phase transition and it goes from one form of matter to another in response to heat. So the closest analogy is that when you apply heat to ice it melts the water, but here it doesn’t actually melt to become a liquid. But this material changes structure very slightly and by switching from one phase to the other it either lets in heat or it blocks heat,” explains Banerjee.

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