> Hires/Promotions/ Honors
The board of First Niagara Financial Group, the parent company of First Niagara Bank, nominated Barbara S. Jeremiah for election to a three-year term as a director at the bank holding company's annual meeting. Jeremiah served as executive vice president, corporate development for Alcoa Inc. She will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Daniel W. Judge following the conclusion of First Niagara's annual meeting, scheduled for April 27.
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Hauptman-Woodward Research Institute, a biomedical research facility, named Ayo Odunsi to its Finance/Human Resource group. She will be responsible for managing special projects.
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The Buffalo Broadcasters Association, dedicated to preserving and promoting Western New York's broadcasting history, named Dave Gillen, of WIVB-TV, president. Other officers: vice president, Suzanne Chamberlain; secretary/treasurer, Herb Flemming, Flemming Communications; and chairman, Don Angelo, retired, WGRZ-TV. Directors: Dave Gillen, WIVB-TV; Rich Newberg, WIVB-TV; Mark Scott, WBFO-FM; Suzanne Chamberlain, University at Buffalo; Ron Rice, retired, WHTT-FM; Marty Biniasz, Western Regional OTB; Steve Cichon, WBEN-AM; J. Michael Collins, retired, WNY Public Broadcasting; Pat Feldballe, Pat Feldballe Productions; Doris Jones, retired, WGR-TV; Steve Reszka, Reszka & Associates; Lois Ringle, retired, WUTV-TV; and Don Yearke, retired, WIVB-TV. At-large board members: John Robshaw, Robshaw & Associates; and Al Wallack, WNED-AM/FM.
> Company items
SoPark Corporation, a Buffalo electronics contract manufacturer of printed circuit boards, electro-mechanical assemblies, cables and wiring harnesses, received a recent upgrade ISO certification to ISO 9001: 2008.
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Applied Sciences Group, a Buffalo software engineering and systems integration firm, was awarded a $270,582 federal contract to develop an Augmented Communications Network for Spinal Cord Injury Veterans at the Community Living Center in Tampa, Fla., by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Title: "Algorithm for activation of directed relief system from vehicle accelerometers during crash"
Inventors: Zim, Mark James (Clarence Center); Kadle, Prasad Shripad (Williamsville)
Assignee: Delphi Technologies (Troy, Mich.)
Date issued: March 16, 2010