Working in conjunction with researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Platek will develop, revise, and maintain study database and subject questionnaire; develop standard operating procedures; train staff and revise procedures as needed; develop and submit IRB protocol; collect study data (questionnaires, images, biopsy reports); enter data into study database; consult with PI in Arizona via monthly Webex meetings; analyze data and interpret results; assist in preparation of manuscripts for publication and conference presentations; and assist with clinical validation studies in India.
To better understand La Botica’s unique natural and cultural history, Paleocultural Research Group will carry out an interdisciplinary project at the site. The primary goal is to gather baseline archaeological, botanical, paleoecological, and anthropological data, including data necessary for reconstructions of the ancient biogeography and paleoclimate of the region. Fossil vegetation preserved in rodent middens has long been used in arid and semi-arid regions to reconstruct changes in plant community composition associated with major climatic and glacial events, as well as human activities. Dr. Holmgren’s work will involve collection, analysis, and interpretation of middens.
Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY PRISM) and the Western New York Land Conservancy (Land Conservancy) will implement an invasive species removal and volunteer monitoring program focusing on priority conservation lands within the WNY PRISM region of the Great Lakes Basin (Map I). Invasive species cause significant ecological harm including negative impacts to water quality such as increased erosion and altered nutrient cycling. WNY PRISM will lead invasive species removal efforts on identified preserves, focused on cut-stump treatment of shrub species such as Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), bush honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), and multi-flora rose (Rosa multi-flora). Invasive species removal efforts will result in minimal management needs moving forward, and will be sustained through use of volunteers. Boot brush stations will be placed at trailheads to reduce the spread and reintroduction of invasive species along trails. The Land Conservancy will coordinate a volunteer monitoring program designed for site monitoring and early detection. Volunteers will be trained in invasive species identification, monitoring protocols, and appropriate manual removal practices. The monitoring program, when combined with WNY PRISM and Land Conservancy removal efforts, will provide the necessary framework for achieving long-term invasive species management success.
The Department of Geography and Planning will provide student research assistants to the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning to help with mapping the municipal facilities and stormwater structures in Erie and Niagara counties and with completing municipal gap analysis evaluations as directed.
The Center for Health and Social Research (CHSR) will continue to work collaboratively with Dr. Yeates Conwell on the Aging in Context (AiC) project initiated in 2013 at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The AiC project is a response to the need to develop effective systemic and systematic approaches to enhance the health of the growing aging population by facilitating improved medical care as well as changes in health-related behaviors and increased social supports. Health issues such as chronic disease and health disparities among the aging population currently result in the U.S. spending a disproportionate amount of resources with highly unsatisfactory population-level results in terms of quality of life and life expectancy. The AiC project is based on achieving the triple aim of health care: improve population-level health status, improve the quality of care, and manage/minimize health care costs.
Staff at the Center for Health and Social Research will provide survey creation, data collection, and reporting services to the WNY Women’s Foundation. The overall focus of this collaboration is to assess the current representation of women in business and government positions in the region and use survey feedback to inform programmatic directions for the ALL IN Initiative. The objective of this arrangement is to provide WNY Women’s Foundation with comprehensive data and evaluation services to meet their goals and to help ensure optimal delivery of training, support, and associated services. These activities are the basis of a cycle of continuous quality improvement that includes the development and implementation of valid data collection systems, the statistical analysis of program performance data, and an interpretation of results focused on identifying and implementing programmatic responses that will improve the delivery and impact of the ALL IN program provided by the WNY Women’s Foundation.
This funding will support education and training fellowships for graduate students in Buffalo State’s internationally recognized art conservation program. The fellowships allow them to concentrate on their classwork and conservation treatments and make a graduate education in conservation attainable while also keeping our graduates in the conservation field by allowing them to do the work they feel they were destined for, care for and love.
The Px21 collaborative working group has evolved from the initial concept of a coordinating council that is an integral aspect of the Erie County Department of Mental Health Comprehensive Prevention Plan for 2013-2017 as well as the 2018-2022 update to this document. The Center for Health and Social Research is an active participant of the Px21 workgroup, with the roles of: (1) support for regularly scheduled meetings of the entire group, (2) participation in workgroups to implement collaborative services, (3) conducting specific group assessment/planning meetings to assess prevention system impact, challenges, and priorities for changes.
The purpose of this proposal is to further student awareness and understanding of cotton fiber, fabrics, and innovation among Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) students at Buffalo State College. These students are preparing for careers in the textile design, fashion design, apparel product development, and merchandising areas. The yearlong project Cotton: Perspectives in Industry, Technology, and Innovation involves a strategic meshing of a variety of classes in order to reach the most students in different concentrations within the Fashion and Textile Technology major. Many students will spend the spring semester immersed in learning about cotton from a variety of perspectives including general cotton fiber knowledge, cotton fabrics and their properties, new technology and innovation in cotton, retailing strategies, and marketing perspectives. Early the following fall, students will have the opportunity to enroll in a special topics course which will facilitate travel to North Carolina to visit the headquarters of Cotton Incorporated in order to delve into the agricultural, manufacturing and finishing aspects of cotton fabrics. The outcomes of the projects from the spring and the trip in the fall will culminate in a Cotton Symposium to be held in the fall of 2018. This Symposium will invite professionals to campus who work with cotton as part of their job within the apparel industry. Besides attending the symposium, students will present their research and/or projects at both a campus-wide Student Research and Creativity Conference in the spring as well as the Cotton Symposium in the fall.
The Center for Health and Social Research (CHSR) has been working with Preventionfocus, Inc. (PF) since 2006 to evaluate their programs with the intent to improve the methods and instruments utilized in the implementation and assessment of its prevention services. The overall focus of this collaboration is (1) to optimize delivery system components needed to assure that data are collected and analyzed appropriately, and (2) to provide continued feedback to assess program effectiveness and determine items in need of change. The objective of this arrangement is to provide PF with comprehensive data and evaluation services to meet contractual requirements for reporting performance targets and goals and to help ensure optimal delivery of services.
The Advisory Team will assist P2 and partners with the design, measurement and evaluation aspects of the WNY PHIP workplan to support PHIP goals and objectives. The Advisory Team will provide insight and strategy on methodology for achieving PHIP goals and objectives set forth in the PHIP workplan that support the NYSDOH Prevention Agenda.
The West Side Youth Development Coalition (WSYDC) is the outcome of the evolution of the West Side Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, which was started in 2009 as a collaborative effort between faculty and staff at SUNY Buffalo State and members of the West Side community in response to major homicide outbreak. In 2012, the coalition evolved into a broader pro-youth and family-oriented coalition focused on preventing alcohol and drug abuse and took the name of West Side Youth Development Coalition (WSYDC). The coalition, because of its unique relationship with SUNY Buffalo State, has been able to make an outsized contribution to the community given the institution’s support of the match requirement. WSYDC has effectively impacted substance use in the community through its efforts. The West Side of Buffalo continues to face major issues related to alcohol and drug problems. Adolescents are burdened with substantial risks due to the availability and use of alcohol and prescription drugs along with the exceedingly high level of community disorganization and consequences directly associated with substance abuse (youth treatment, violent crime, drug crime, opioid overdose, teen pregnancy). This confluence of problems presents a highly challenging environment for youth on the West Side, despite some very positive progress over the past five years of coalition effort. WSYDC has carefully utilized the strategic prevention framework to develop approaches to utilize the seven strategies for community level change.
Funding has been awarded to three graduate programs in cultural heritage conservation – the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, and the Art Conservation Department at the State University of New College at Buffalo – to support an inter-institutional and sustainable library and archives conservation education (LACE) program of study, beginning fall 2017. This program addresses the preservation needs of library and archives collections nationally and builds on their shared educational experiences in library and archives education. The shared cooperative program developed by the LACE consortium will consolidate and refine the existing library and archives conservation education programs hosted by each of the consortium members. Each member institution will continue on-site instruction in core theoretical and scientific coursework, as well as conservation treatment, and students will gather to share critical foundational courses in historical book structures, the history of bookbinding, and descriptive bibliography. In addition, shared online seminars featuring directed readings and discussions will introduce students to issues in digitization, the preservation of audiovisual materials, archival practice, and preservation management in libraries.
The researcher will generate succinct genetic sequence information for Great Lakes mollusks and annelids. This project will support the monitoring and early detection of invasive species in the Great Lakes.
This project supports the collection of zooplankton, mysis, benthos and chlorophyll data across the Great Lakes from 2017 to 2022, analysis of long-term data for trends and dissemination to water quality and fisheries managers. Additional research will include new sampling strategies including video surveys, barcoding and remote sensing, invasive species impacts, and the impact of decreased lower trophic level production on fisheries.
Slender False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) is an invasive species of grass that threatens a wide range of habitats including forests, wetlands, and grasslands, and is capable of dominating areas to the near complete exclusion of native species. A large infestation was discovered in New York in 2009, far from all other known occurrences in the Pacific Northwest. The Eastern Slender False Brome Working Group will provide information and coordination for this species within the Great Lakes Basin, with a focus on New York. Work will include species surveys, development of best management practices, implementation of removal projects and regional outreach.
The Liberty Partnerships Program was established in 1988 to address the significant school dropout rate among New York’s youth. The goal of this program is to fund collaborative pre-collegiate/school dropout prevention programs that prepare at-risk youth enrolled in middle and senior high school for successful transition into postsecondary education and entry level careers.
Buffalo State will hire a full time Educational Programs Coordinator to work with Buffalo Public Schools staff and faculty, Buffalo State staff and faculty, and other affiliated partners, collaborators, and stakeholders to assist in the multi-year transition of Riverside High School into the Riverside Blue Ecology and Economy School. The selected individual will assist in the planning and implementation of various educational programming initiatives, events, and activities affiliated with the Riverside transformation and will collaborate with and assist designated project stakeholders. The incumbent will coordinate planning, scheduling and related functions with members of the Riverside team including BPS and Buffalo State faculty and staff and will be responsible for conducting associated administrative tasks, including record keeping and project documentation related to the Riverside project. The three primary areas of the school’s focus are Aquaculture and Freshwater Ecology, Hospitality and Entrepreneurship, and Health and Wellness Studies. The Coordinator will work with educators, content and program experts, and others to assist in the development and execution of programming within these three primary areas of study.
The two-year project proposed herein will produce a comprehensive update of the monograph on the natural enemies of dreissenid mussels that Dr. Daniel P. Molloy and colleagues published in 1997.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Buffalo State will hire a professional development liaison to oversee all aspects of the professional development plan including arranging and attending all professional development sessions, coordinating the delivery of the program between BPS and International Network for Public Schools (INPS) and facilitating the development of a heritage language course for Lafayette International High School. Buffalo State will coordinate the curriculum development of the Lafayette International High School Advisory Course; this will include workshops that are facilitated by Teaching Artists with The Anne Frank Project (AFP). Buffalo State will provide to the teachers, staff and students of Lafayette International High School professional development on cultural competency and career and college readiness.
The Center for Health and Social Research (CHSR) has been working with Preventionfocus, Inc. (PF) since 2006 to improve the methods and instruments utilized in the implementation and assessment of its prevention services. The overall focus of this collaboration is (1) to modify delivery system components not functioning at the level needed to assure that data are collected and analyzed appropriately, and (2) to provide a system of continual feedback to assess what’s happening, what needs to be changed, suggestions for how to change, and re-evaluation of the changes, leading to continuing modifications and improvement within the system.
STEP is a long-standing program at Buffalo State College. This award represents the third year of a five-year cycle. The purpose of STEP is to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college and improve their participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health related fields and the licensed professions. STEP provides academic enrichment in science and mathematics content areas. Projects consist of academic year and summer components including core subject instruction/Regents exam preparation, supervised practical training, supervised research training, college admissions counseling, standardized tests preparation, and career awareness/development activities.
Vernal pools are small, seasonally flooded ephemeral wetlands occurring in forested ecosystems that are critical habitat for species of amphibians and invertebrates. In addition to the pools as breeding sites, amphibians require upland habitat to complete their life cycle. Currently, the habitat surrounding the vernal pools on the Preserve is dominated by dense thickets of non-native invasive shrubs. This dense thicket of shrubs prevents the regeneration and establishment of native trees, which provide shade and other important functions for the habitants and the ideal conditions of vernal pools. WNY PRISM will assist with the control of invasive woody species in the vernal pool upland habitat.
The Buffalo State CSTEP program provides as a vital support service for our students. The program offers two primary benefits for participants: CSTEP facilitates access to careers in science and technology for economically disadvantaged students or members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education; and CSTEP assists in pursuing degrees in health-related fields such as pre-med, engineering technology, pre-law, and computer information. Our constant purpose and mission is to promote confidence and self-esteem in our students while helping them adjust to college life and make the most of their academic experience. Moreover, CSTEP seeks to provide academic capacity and research experience in the areas of science, mathematics, and technology content areas; graduate/professional school admission and standardized test preparation; academic and career development activities; and paid internships and tutorial services.
The Px21 collaborative working group has evolved from the initial concept of a coordinating council that is an integral aspect of the Erie County Department of Mental Health Comprehensive Prevention Plan for 2013-2017. The Center for Health and Social Research is an active participant of the Px21 workgroup, with the roles of: (1) support for regularly scheduled meetings of the entire group, (2) participation in workgroups to implement collaborative services, (3) conducting specific group assessment/planning meetings to assess prevention system impact, challenges, and priorities for changes.
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has received funds from the New York State Department of Education to help pay for the costs of meals for EOP students during the 2017 Summer Program.
Buffalo State College in partnership with Middle Early College High School (MECHS) will provide new student orientation and assist in college preparation orientation for parents and students. College staff and faculty liaisons will provide support services for MECHS students in terms of academic tutoring, mentoring, career development, counseling, scholarship opportunities, academic support labs, HEOP, financial aid and admissions.
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