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UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention takes on the increasingly prevalent and timely issue of “microaggressions” at its annual conference being held Oct. 2.


Washington Post article about the need for more health professionals to help students before catastrophes occur interviews Amanda Nickerson, director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention.


A $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant will enable UB professor Myles S. Faith to test a family-based treatment for childhood obesity using innovative technology that allows study participants to be treated in their homes.


Working with the Greece Central School District, researchers aim to help teachers recognize and report sexual abuse.

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The effects and effectiveness of school security measures will be the topic of a national conference organized by Jeremy Finn, professor in the UB Graduate School of Education.


They noted the study found that healthier homes can help offset the genetic risk for obesity.

The Gifted Math Program has been serving Western New York for 39 years. The program provides a curriculum to exceptional mathematics students in grades 7 to 12 that is challenging beyond the standard school curricula. There is an emphasis on providing skills for students who pursue careers in university math, sciences or the humanities.
Searching for health information is one of the most frequent online activities. Unfortunately, the results retrieved often are confusing and contain documents from unreliable sources. To make matters worse, search engines rely heavily on terms found in source documents for indexing, which leads to inconsistent use of vocabularies. Lack of “intellectual” control over indexing vocabularies makes the representation process brittle and vulnerable to manipulations and it impacts how users seek information. In this talk, I will discuss three projects that are exploring ways to improve health information seeking by drawing upon techniques from machine learning and human-information interaction: 1) automated vocabulary and concept generation system, 2) an interface that employs visualization to support navigation and retrieval of health related information, and 3) a machine-learning based consumer health information system that learns from interactions with its users and can support personalized delivery of health information. The talk will conclude with a discussion of privacy and security measures and a new architecture for supporting the online dissemination of sensitive health information.