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UB's Graduate School of Education received some good financial news recently.

Researchers there have won $4.5 million in federal grants in recent months, the most federal money the school has received in a year in the past four or five years, said Stephen L. Jacobson, the school's associate dean of academic affairs.

"For us, it's very good news," Jacobson said. "I think it's indicative of the quality of the faculty we have here."

Faculty members of the school are applying for more federal grants today in part because Provost Elizabeth D. Capaldi and Jaylan S. Turkkan, the vice president for research, are encouraging it and providing a support structure for applications, Jacobson said.

The largest grant was $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the Region II Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program at the school. David Burganowski is lead researcher.

The grant allows UB to develop 400 community-based rehabilitation programs in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The programs provide education, housing and job services to the disabled, their families and employers.

Two faculty in the school, Julie A. Sarama, an assistant professor, and Douglas H. Clements, a professor, received three grants:

$1 million from the Department of Education to assess a preschool mathematics curriculum based on methods developed by them and University of California at Berkeley researchers.

A two-year, $700,000 grant from the Interagency Educational Research Initiative to expand research on the preschool curriculum to include more classrooms.

$372,000 from the National Science Foundation to help develop a comprehensive math program for kindergarten through fifth-grade pupils.

Some students aren't taking the Republican triumphs on Election Day very well.

A flier on campus advertising the most recent meeting of UB's College Democrats said: "The last time Republicans controlled the whole federal government, we had the Great Depression!" Underneath the words "Be afraid!" in large type is this gracious thought: "We could call conservatives small-minded, hate-filled fascists hellbent on bringing the country back to the 19th century, but we are above (that) and will stick to calling them economy wreckers."

In response, Christine Kennedy, vice president of UB's College Republicans, said it seems Democrats are trying to be provocative to attract new members.

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