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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Robert Nowak presented the results of his research at the 119th meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver last month.

It was the first of three meetings focused on the International Year of Planet Earth, established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Union of Geological Sciences.

Nowak, a Lockport High School graduate and now a junior geology major at the College of Wooster, presented his findings along with colleagues from Pomona College and the University of Wisconsin.


Three $416,000 grants have been received by the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

In the first project, Rebecca Houston will serve as principal investigator on a study of the role of impulsivity in alcohol dependence and its treatment. Houston's co-investigators are Ronda Dearing, G erard Connors and Gregory Homish.

Paul Stasiewicz, in the second project, will examine mechanisms for changing behavior in alcohol-dependent men and women who report drinking heavily in situations involving negative emotions. His co-investigator is Clara Bradizza.

The third project, led by Connors, will evaluate perceptions of both client and therapist about how that relationship may influence change in drinking behavior for the client. Co-investigators are Kurt Dermenand Stephen Maisto.


Hamburg High School teacher Genevieve Webster has received a Teaching Tolerance Grant, which she will use to help students use digital video on the theme of injustice. The students will design projects supporting social-justice issues that improve the quality of life in the community.

Grants like Webster's are awarded to fund innovative, tolerance projects that have the potential to serve as models for educators throughout the nation. Exemplary projects are highlighted in Teaching Tolerance magazine.


Canisius College graduates Angelo LoGalbo, Matt and Andy Blackwell, members of the rock group Toy Box Heroes, performed at a benefit last weekend for Blake Davis, the Ohio toddler whose mother was killed earlier this year, and whose father was arrested for the crime. The Toy Box Heroes performed at the Cleveland Browns' football stadium.


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