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Honor Roll Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

State Supreme Court Justice Rose Sconiers has been named chairwoman of the Pillars of Change Advisory Committee for the B u f f alo/Niagara Chapter of the American Heart Association.


Amherst Town Justice Mark G. Farrell received the Distinguished Service Award as the outgoing president of the New York State Magistrates Association during the group's 99th annual meeting recently in Niagara Falls. Farrell has served this past year as elected head of the statewide organization of all town and village court judges - that's 2,200 judges in more than 1,250 courts around the state. Farrell's theme for the past year in spearheading renewed professional commitment of all town and village court judges was "Pride in Service."


Mary Lindberg, chief of Nutrition and Food for Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System, was recently awarded the national 2008 Under Secretary For Health's Award for Excellence in nutrition care practice. She was honored for her contribution to patient care services.


Mark O'Brien, Hopevale executive director, will be honored by the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Youth Services when he receives the Bishop James A. McNulty Award at a dinner- dance Nov. 14 in Hearthstone Manor, Depew. The award is presented annually to honor an individual who has contributed to the lives of young people. O'Brien will be honored for his leadership in serving at-risk youth and their families, and having a positive impact on many young people in Western New York. Jill Syracuse, Hopevale president, says O'Brien's "commitment to and advocacy on behalf of youth, especially those at risk, has been lifelong." Founded in 1855, Hopevale is a youth and family treatment agency that serves more than 1,000 people annually through campus and community programs, including a residential treatment center in Hamburg.


Andre Filiatrault, a University at Buffalo professor and leading expert on shake-table testing of structural and non-structural building components, has been elected to a two-year term as director of MCEER (Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research), a national center of excellence focused on multihazard engineering, headquartered at UB. MCEER is dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools and technologies to make communities and infrastructure more resilient in the face of extreme events.

Filiatrault, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was elected to the post by the newly instituted MCEER Management Council. He previously served as deputy director of MCEER. He succeeds Michel Bruneau, UB professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, who stepped down from his MCEER post at the end of August.

Harvey G. Stenger Jr., dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB, says that Filiatrault has "an international reputation in his field." A. Scott Weber, chairman of the UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, points to Filiatrault's "strong, collaborative spirit." Since Sept. 11, 2001, MCEER has been applying its expertise to a broad range of natural and man-made hazards from earthquake engineering to extreme events. Filiatrault holds a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He also belongs to the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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