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On the Record for April 7, 2016

Hires/Honors/Promotions

Dr. Robert J. Genco, University at Buffalo SUNY Distinguished Professor of oral biology, periodontics and microbiology, received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association for Dental Research. The award, presented once every two years, recognized Genco for his outstanding contributions to periodontal disease research. Genco and his colleagues were among the first to report a connection between gum disease and heart disease and stroke. He holds a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctor of dental surgery degree from UB.

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Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman chairman and CEO Scott E. Friedman recently presented “Applying Social Neuroscience to Family Businesses: New Strategies for the 21st Century” at Cornell University. The lecture was part of the College’s “Leaders in Family Enterprise” speaker series.

Company Connections

Community Bank is celebrating its 150th year. Founded in 1866 as S.D. Hungerford & Co. Bank and later renamed St. Lawrence County National Bank, it began with one branch location and a few employees in Canton. The bank was renamed Community Bank N.A. in the early 1990s. Community Bank has its headquarters in DeWitt, a branch network with nearly 200 locations across New York and northeast Pennsylvania, and more than 2,000 employees.

Contributing

State Farm awarded a $10,500 grant to Junior Achievement of Western New York, for the second consecutive year, to deliver JA programs to high school students in Western New York. JA will recruit and train business volunteers to enter local classrooms to provide JA’s economic education and workforce preparation programs to about 315 students in ninth through 12th grade during the 2015-16 school year.

Patents

Title: Processes for the hydrogenation of halogenated alkenes and the manufacture of fluorinated olefins

No.: 9,290,424

Inventors: Tung, Hsueh S. (Getzville); Merkel, Daniel C. (West Seneca); Cottrell, Stephen A. (Baton Rouge, La.); Senetar, John J. (Naperville, Ill.); Chiu, Yuon (Denville, N.J.); Kopkalli, Haluk (Staten Island)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morris Plains, N.J.)



Date issued: March 22, 2016

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Title: Hybrid plant for liquid fuel production

No.: 9,290,422

Inventors: Drnevich, Raymond F. (Clarence Center); Chakravarti, Shrikar (East Amherst); Shah, Minish M. (East Amherst)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: March 22, 2016