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On the Record / Jan. 28, 2011

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Building Control and Services, a Tonawanda-based provider of mechanical heating, ventilating and air conditioning automated environmental controls systems and services, named Eli Van Brunt to its energy engineering staff in the Tonawanda office. Van Brunt received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Roopa Thapar, a research scientist at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, recently spoke at Pacifichem, an international chemical congress of Pacific Rim countries, in Hawaii. Thapar's lecture, "Structure and Dynamics of the Phosphorylated Stem-Loop Binding Protein (SLBP)-Histone mRNA Complex," was part of the Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics -- Recent Advances in NMR section of the conference.

Christopher J. Stacey, a staff accountant at Szymkowiak and Associates CPAs, an Amherst accounting firm, recently received his MBA from Niagara University, where he also completed his undergraduate studies. He has been with the firm since spring 2010.

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>Company items

Buffalo Architectural Casting was awarded the Walls and Ceilings' seventh annual Excellence Award for Interior Plaster/Ornamentation.

Innovations Ahead, a Niagara Falls-based company founded by John Leone, has launched a website called sexcusemoi.com, selling environmentally conscious sensual products.

Advanced Educational Products, Buffalo, was awarded a $1,147,342 federal contract for online medical books and journals and a $459,395 federal contract for online medical library journals from the U.S. Air Force's Direct Reporting Unit.

The University at Buffalo Technology Incubator welcomed three new companies in 2010. BridgeComposites, a producer of glass-composite bridges and bridge decks, was accepted into the incubator program and is waiting for space to open at the technology park in Amherst. CloudBack, a web start-up that will specialize in crowdsourcing, and LadybugTeknologies Inc., a distributor of law enforcement-grade personal Breathalyzers, joined the incubator as tenants.

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>Contributing

The Matthew Foster Foundation was presented $5,000 by the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving. The foundation's mission is to provide financial assistance to Western New York families with a child who is battling cancer to cover some of the family's costs. Wireless Zone exclusively offers Verizon Wireless products and services.

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>Patents

Title: "Digital audio player"

No.: D631,061

Inventor: Pardi, Jared (Cheektowaga)

Assignee: Mattel (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: Jan. 18, 2011

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