College Stories

The College of Arts and Sciences is a place filled with students and faculty who are ambitious and determined. They are incredible teachers, learners and doers. No story or path is the same - that's what makes UB so unique.  Explore the places and people that make the College so special.   

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Pemba Sherpa (left) and Hemanta Adhikari will leave Buffalo in December to deliver winter jackets and school supplies to a remote mountain school in Nepal, a country where both women lived as children.

Soo-Kyung Lee and Jae Lee’s research took on new meaning when their baby, Yuna, was born with a rare disorder tied to a gene Soo-Kyung had studied.

The study led by UB psychologist Jamie Ostrov will measure the nervous system to better understand the role of family and peer adversity.

Delivering a biology course consisting of lectures and in-person labs to over 1,000 students has always been a challenge. Throw in a pandemic, quarantine and a mid-semester mandate to move the course entirely online in 10 days and you’ve got the potential for an educational disaster.

Although she had never written for the mainstream, UB English professor Carine Mardorossian was determined to help a hospice physician write his book.

A new study illuminates how a gene called HAND2 may have a hand in the timing of human labor.

Shaun Nowicki adds coding skills to his knowledge as an English major to make historical documents more accessible to the public.

“We are experiencing what could be a new abolitionist moment on multiple levels in this country. ”

Cecil Foster, professor, Department of Transnational Studies

The senior psychology major believes online learning is all about capitalizing on opportunity when it’s presented

Dalanda Jalloh, UB’s latest recipient of a Boren Scholarship, fights food insecurity as she spends part of her senior year studying in Senegal.

Timothy Cook moonlights as an artist, with projects binding his two passions: science and drawing.

A finalist for the prestigious Truman scholarship, UB undergraduate Kay Kennedy helped unionize Spot coffee workers.

Manager, producer and UB alumnus Shep Gordon returned to campus recently to connect with students and offer advice to those interested in a career in Hollywood.

As currently envisioned, the installation will consist of two sets of brightly colored, 8- to 10-foot wide sculptures that will look like egg-shaped pinatas cut in half.

The Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award will support work by John Richard to study the molecular interactions that enable enzymes to speed chemical reactions.

Biology student Alex Dombrowski has turned her passion for bees into a physical, lasting legacy on campus.
Joan Linder from the Department of Art helps to improve upon the best laid plans while teaching a hybrid class.
Perched on the sliding seat, with her feet secured in shoes attached to the boat, Katie Barnum, web developer for the College of Arts and Sciences, pushes the 27-foot scull away from the dock.

UB geologist Chris Lowry has designed foldable paper models of aquifers to help students visualize how water is stored underground.

As a live content correspondent, sophomore Michael Hunter films crucial plays for the Buffalo Bills and opposing teams’ social media accounts.

Michael Mwenso’s course, “Protest, Hope and Resilience through Black Arts,” is part of programming for the UB Arts Collaboratory.

The Emmy Award-winning comedy writer will be working with students as part of an Arts Collaboratory program.

This is a story about taking a chance. It is a story about the power of education and mentorship.