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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

The newly elected officers of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Trustees for the 2008-2009 season are: Cheryl A. Howe, board chairwoman, who has served on the board for the past 10 years and is the first board chairwoman since the orchestra was founded in 1935; Cindy Abbott-Letro, vice chairwoman, who has been a board member since 2005; Randall Odza, secretary, a board member since 2001; and Jeffrey Wellington, treasurer, a board member since 2004.

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The Alumnae Association of Immaculata Academy has awarded its Alumnae Spirit Award to Bonnie Lindstrom, class of 1968. Honorees are chosen from nominations from fellow alumnae. Lindstrom serves as a nurse at Immaculata.

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Grants totaling nearly $1.2 million from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation and the National Cancer Institute have been awarded to Dr. Chukwumere E. Nwogu of the Department of Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Researching the effectiveness of an intra-operative gamma probe in staging of lung cancer, Nwogu hopes the method will give surgeons a new tool to identify cancer metastases with greater accuracy.

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Two University at Buffalo professors in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences participated in the 14th annual National Academy of Engineering 2008 symposium last month, hosted by Sandia National Laboratories at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

The symposium highlighted the next generation of innovators who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work. Mark T. Swihart, UB professor of chemical and biological engineering, was invited to attend the symposium. His research has been primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the Civilian Research and Development Foundation and industry.

Ann M. Bisantz, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, was invited to address the symposium on "Cognitive Engineering Applications in Health Care." Bisantz studies how the introduction of computer technology into emergency departments in busy, urban hospitals affects the work of health care providers. She's also funded by defense organizations to study complex decision-making in military applications.

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Dr. Kelli Bullard Dunn of the Department of Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded the Victor W. Fazio MD, MS, Award for Editorial Excellence by the editors of the journal Diseases of the Colon & Rectum.

At Roswell Park, Bullard Dunn provides care to patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer. She also serves as associate professor of surgery at UB. She's authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters.

e-mail: lcontinelli@buffnews.com

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