Newman Centers Lecture Series Spotlights UB Faculty

By Mary Cochrane

Release Date: June 20, 2006

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Newman Centers at the University at Buffalo are sponsoring their fourth annual summer lecture series, "The Bridge."

All lectures in the free series, which includes eight talks by nine UB faculty members, will be held at 7 p.m. at 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst.

The series begins tomorrow, June 21, with a talk on "Preventing Breast Cancer: What Do We Know and Where Are We Going?" by Jo Freudenheim, UB Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Public Health and Health Professions. Freudenheim also teaches in the Department of Cancer Pathology and Prevention at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

Other lectures in the series include

June 28 -- David Triggle, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will speak on "The Light at the End of the Tunnel is the Oncoming Train, or, Why Scientific Ignorance Will Doom Us All." A former UB provost and dean of the Graduate School, Triggle is the author of several books dealing with the anatomical nervous system and drug-receptor interactions. The Institute for Science Information lists him as one of the 100 most highly cited scientists in the field of pharmacology.

July 12 -- Mark Gottdiener, professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and expert on urban culture and policy, will speak on "Understanding Casinos and Urban Development."

July 19 -- Donald Henderson, professor, and Jeffrey Lezynski, clinical assistant professor, both in the Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, will speak on "New Insights into Hearing Loss in the Elderly -- Opportunities for Rehabilitation."

July 26 -- Gilberto Mosqueda, assistant professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will speak on "Disaster Planning in the Aftermath of Katrina: Will the Levees Hold?" Mosqueda was a member of the team of

UB engineers from the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering (MCEER) that traveled to Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina to study the damage to bridges and commercial structures as a first step toward identifying how earthquake-engineering expertise can be applied to designing structures that will better withstand all kinds of hazards.

Aug. 2 -- Teresa A Miller, associate professor in the Law School, will speak on "Immigration Reform and America's Changing Perception of Immigrants." Miller recently has expanded her interest in legal regulation of prisoners to research the growing prevalence of detention and incarceration as a policy within the immigration system.

Aug. 9 -- Gerald Bové, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, whose interests include spatial analysis of environmental factors related to human health and development of systems to monitor such factors in fresh water environments, will speak on "Drinking Water, Cancer and The Great Lakes."

Aug. 16 -- J. Patrick Keleher, director of the UB Newman Centers, will talk on "What Does Third World Theology Have to Say to First World Christians?" Keleher maintains an ongoing interest in 20th-century literature, and is a member of the Buffalo "Finnegans Wake" group, as well as the Joyce Circle.