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On the Record / May 22, 2012

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Niagara University appointed Timothy R. Lauger assistant professor of criminal justice. Lauger earned his doctorate from Indiana University. Lauger recently served as an assistant professor of criminal justice at Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa.

The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association honored Joseph Sonnenberg with the Distinguished Service Award at its annual convention recently in Saratoga Springs. The award is given annually to members who have contributed outstanding service to the association on a broad and continuing basis. Sonnenberg, vice president of Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, has served the association in a variety of volunteer roles for more than 30 years.

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>Company items

Travers Collins, a Buffalo marketing communications firm, has started a digital marketing services group, led by Alyssa Mayer, who has been named director of digital services. Mayer is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and four-year veteran of Travers Collins. The agency has hired Terri Swiatek as its lead digital designer. Swiatek is a Daemen College graduate and was most recently a designer at Algonquin Studios.

FB Displays & Designs, an Amherst-based event marketing solution provider, designed and created exhibits with the following companies for their 2012 events: Graham Corp., designers of vacuum and heat transfer equipment, exhibited at the 2012 AHR Expo in Chicago; Saint-Gobain, global leaders in building materials, exhibited at the Strategies in Light show in Santa Clara, Calif.; Sti-Co Industries, a manufacturer of antenna systems, for the annual International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas; and Whiting Door Manufacturing Corp.,a manufacturer of overhead roll-up doors for trucks and trailers, for the 2012 Technology & Maintenance Council in Tampa, Fla.

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>Contributing

Employees from the Getzville location of Citi have collected 103 gently used coats to be donated to the Western New York Housing Coalition. GI-RO Dry Cleaners will clean the coats, free of charge, and distribute them. John Ash Cleaners of Olean will clean the suede and leather coats. The Western New York Housing Coalition's provides housing, employment and other services to veterans and special needs groups.

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>Patents

Title: "Refrigerant compositions and use thereof in low temperature refrigeration systems"

No.: 8,168,077

Inventor: Spatz, Mark W. (East Amherst)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morristown, N.J.)

Date issued: May 1, 2012

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Title: "Micronized wood preservative formulations comprising boron compounds"

No.: 8,168,304

Inventors: Zhang, Jun (Getzville); Zhang, Wenjin (Tonawanda); Leach, Robert M. (Grand Island)

Assignee: Osmose (Buffalo)

Date issued: May 1, 2012