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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

D'Youville College has named four individuals to its board of trustees, replacing members whose term has expired.

Named were Dr. William E. Boden, medical director of cardiovascular services at Kaleida Health System and chief of Cardiology at Buffalo General and Millard Fillmore hospitals; Melinda G. Disare, partner at the law firm Damon & Morey; Brenda Williams McDuffie, president and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League; and Ted D. Avramov, a Walgreens district manager,.

Boden is also a professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University at Buffalo. He has held university appointments at colleges such as Brown University, Boston University, University of Connecticut and Wayne State University.

Disare specializes in labor and employment law, representing public and private employers. She also focuses on group health and life insurance litigation.

Since 1998, McDuffie has been president and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, for which she is responsible for managing the multifaceted human service agency in areas of education, family services, housing, employment and work force development, senior services, skills development, scholarships, and health and welfare.

Avramov has been with Walgreens since 1997. He was named district manager based in Syracuse in 2007. He is a member of the Students in Free Enterprise Board of Advisors at Syracuse University and Siena College.

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*Megan McNally was awarded the $5,000 Jacquie Walker Scholarship offered by Buffalo Branch, American Association of University Women, at a recent dinner in which two other scholarship recipients were honored. The Williamsville North High School graduate, now a Barnard College senior majoring in environmental policy, was one of 45 college students who applied for the Walker scholarship, which was funded by proceeds of the branch's annual Scholarship Book Sale held last May. Graduates of a Western New York high schools who were attending a four-year college or university and who could demonstrate a high academic record and commitment to public service were eligible to apply.

Walker, who has served as honorary chair of three AAUW book sales, participated in the selection process and presented the award at the branch's annual potluck dinner in Ebenezer United Church of Christ hall, West Seneca.

The award is part of more than $50,000 in scholarships, grants and interest-free student loans that will be given out by the branch this year. Also honored at the dinner were Olga Lindberg scholarship winners: Gertrude Chimhungwe, a native of Zimbabwe, who is working for a pharmacy doctorate at the University at Buffalo, $10,000; and Elizabeth Ramaccia, a Buffalo Seminary graduate, working for a master's degree in city planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $5,000.

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*A report by Gregory G. Homish, assistant professor of health behavior, and his colleagues in University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions and UB's Research Institute on Addictions, was published in a recent issue of the journal Addiction. Homish's research found that when a couple's drinking and smoking were similar, they remained relatively satisfied with their marriage. The study following 634 couples was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

"If one partner of a heavy drinking couple enters treatment for his/her alcohol use, the breakup of the 'drinking partnership' could have unintended negative outcomes for the couple," noted Homish. "Therefore, approaches such as behavior couples-therapy that assess and treat both partners, could have a more beneficial outcome at both the individual and family level."

Kenneth E. Leonard, of the Research Institute on Addictions and the Department of Psychiatry, UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is principal investigator on the study. Lynn T. Kozlowski, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and Jack R. Cornelius, from the University at Pittsburgh, also collaborated on the report.

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*National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) selected Clare Wagstaff, a middle school science teacher at Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, to join scientists aboard the NOAA ship "Nancy Foster" as part of its Teacher at Sea program to bridge science and education in an "up close and personal" way. Last year she participated in a study of harbor seals onboard the NOAA ship "John N. Cobb."

e-mail: lcontinelli@buffnews.com

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