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Young girls looking to improve their math skills, interact with some of the area’s most talented educators and add to their summer fun can enroll in UB’s free five-day summer camp designed to show students how math can be “exciting, beautiful and useful.”


Two UB education researchers have teamed up to create an interactive classroom environment in which state-of-the-art virtual reality simulates difficult student behavior, a training method its designers compare to a “flight simulator for teachers.”


There is one foolproof way to grasp what UB researchers say could be a dramatic breakthrough in how people learn, technology with educational potential comparable to a tape recorder, video camera or computer monitor.


The UB Graduate School of Education has one word for college graduates looking to find a career with good job prospects and high job satisfaction, and that at the same time leaves the world a better place: Teaching.

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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.