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UB Partners Day is Wednesday

The University at Buffalo on Wednesday will hold its annual Partners Day to highlight work conducted by staff and students in cooperation with area companies, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

Bruce Katz, founding director of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, will give the keynote address on the $1 billion in incentives promised to the region by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Kaleida Health will receive the Vital Partner Award; David G. Hangauer, an associate professor of chemistry and chief scientific officer of Kinex Pharmaceuticals, will receive the Faculty Entrepreneur Award; Joseph A. Gardella Jr., a professor of chemistry, and the Buffalo Public Schools are receiving the University Community Partners Award; and Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy is receiving the Reaching Others Award.

Workshops and exhibits open to the public run from 8 a.m. to noon in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The awards ceremony and Katz's lunchtime address are from noon to 1:30 p.m. and cost $65 per person or $600 for a table of 10. Visit for details.


Accountants to meet

The Buffalo chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants will host the group's Northeast regional conference Friday and Saturday in Buffalo.

The conference will feature speakers from around the state. A variety of discussions will address both soft skills, such as networking and improving communication, and technical skills, such as keeping books and records for a New York State sales tax audit.

The conference will be held in Embassy Suites Buffalo on Delaware Avenue.

Registration is open to all. For more information, visit or call (716) 867-9509.


Jeep recall expanded

DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler has added more than 137,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs to a March safety recall, bringing the total number of vehicles affected to nearly 347,000.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the lower control arms in the rear suspensions of the Libertys can rust and break, possibly causing them to crash.

However, the company says it knows of no crashes or injuries from the problem.

The recall involves vehicles in states where salt is used to clear ice and snow from the roads.

Chrysler said Monday that it will inspect the parts and replace them for free if needed.


Web ad revenue jumps

NEW YORK (AP) -- An advertising industry group says revenue from Internet advertising in the U.S. hit $8.4 billion in the first three months of the year.

That's the highest for the first quarter, up 15 percent from $7.3 billion in the same period last year.

The record for any quarter is $9 billion in the final three months of 2011.

Record-setting numbers are a common occurrence, as more advertisers turn to websites and mobile apps, where they can target their pitches more precisely than traditional channels.


Solar power spending soars

GENEVA (AP) -- Global investment in renewable energy reached a record of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting more than half the total spending, according to a U.N. report released Monday.

Investment in solar energy surged to $147 billion in 2011, a year-on-year increase of 52 percent, thanks to strong demand for rooftop photovoltaic installations in Germany, Italy, China and Britain.

Large-scale solar thermal installations in Spain and the United States also contributed to growth during a fiercely competitive year for the solar industry.

Several large American and German manufacturers fell victim to price pressure from Chinese rivals that helped to halve the cost of photovoltaic modules in 2011.