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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Alexander Yurievich Karatayev has been named director of the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State College.

Karatayev comes to Buffalo from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, where he was most recently a professor of biology. In 2005, he received the Faculty Achievement Award in research.

His research interests include biodiversity, conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems, taxonomy, biology, ecology, parasitology and the spread of aquatic invasive species and their role in ecosystems.

Karatayev has been involved in research collaborations with scientists throughout the world, including studies exploring the spread of zebra mussels and their role in aquatic ecosystems.

At the Belarusian Academy of Science, Karatayev earned two doctoral degrees including a Ph.D. in hydrobiology.

The Great Lakes Center is a multidisciplinary research, education and service institute with a primary focus on the Great Lakes.


X. Christine Wang, assistant professor of learning and instruction in the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education, has been cited by the American Educational Research Association.

Wang has been awarded the 2007 AERA Division C Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies.

Wang has helped to develop several new projects that focus on integrating technology into young children's classrooms.

She completed bachelor's and master's degrees at Beijing Normal University and earned a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jan Hawkins, for whom the award was named, was a developmental psychologist known for her humanistic conceptions of using technology in learning environments.


The Working For Downtown group has selected its slate of officers. Rick Serra was re-elected to another term as president. Other officers include Sarah Couch, vice president; Sarah Ham, secretary; and Mary F. Young, treasurer.

The group works to preserve and improve the quality of life for those working and socializing in downtown Buffalo.

Working For Downtown plans to announce a new location at its Thursdays in the City, the weekly social networking event that starts up again in September.


More than a half-dozen high school students are winners in the annual Joseph P. Wirth Essay Contest, with the theme "Germany: A Land of Ideas."

Williamsville North High School's Brandon Todd received the top prize. Other winners are East Aurora High School's Julia Murak and Alaine Reukauf; Sweet Home High School's Renee LaPlante; Hoover Middle School's Samantha Kelleher and Marguerite Hoover; Kenmore Middle School's Brenna Gallivan.

Merit winners are also from Canisius High School, Kenmore East High and Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

The contest for high school and middle school students of German, was administered by Anne Crusan of the Buffalo chapter of the Association of American Teachers of German and presented by Burt Nelson, editor of Der Volksfreund/People's Friend.


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