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$75,485 grant directed to five school districts

Five school districts in Erie and Niagara counties have received a total of $75,485 in grants from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation to buy specialized equipment for their developmentally disabled elementary and middle school pupils.

The grants include $12,098 to Akron Central schools, $25,000 to Buffalo Public Schools, $5,950 to Lockport schools, $17,127 to Niagara Falls schools and $14,500 to Sweet Home schools in Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda.

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Olsen will step down as UB Law School dean

Nils Olsen, dean of the University at Buffalo Law School, will step down from his post at the end of the year to attend to personal and family health issues, he announced Monday.

Olsen has served as the 18th dean of the Law School since 1998. He is credited with significantly improving the Law School's classroom and student facilities and increasing enrollment by 25 percent.

He also held leadership posts for several key university initiatives.

Olsen said he plans to take a six-month leave from the UB Law School beginning in January 2008, then will return to teach a course in civil procedure, a subject he has taught for 26 years in the school.

A national search for a new Law School dean will begin in May, said UB Provost Satish K. Tripathi.

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