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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Erie County Medical Center's Lifeline Foundation recognized Neil Dashkoff, M.D., Distinguished Physician, and both Lori Anthony, R.N., and Mary Goodspeed, B.S., R.N., Distinguished Nursing, during its Springfest black-tie gala held May 14 in the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Dashkoff is director of ECMC's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and clinical professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo. He has been at ECMC for more than 30 years. He introduced coronary angioplasty to Western New York in 1981, the radial artery approach in 1994, and in 2002, he was one of the first to publish on the ulnar artery approach for coronary angiography and coronary intervention.

Anthony has served as grant coordinator for multiple initiatives in the Immunodeficiency Services Department at ECMC since 1994. She is coordinator for HIV Expanded Testing and Integration Initiative, Immunodeficiency Services for ECMC. As an advocate for HIV counseling and testing and clinical and community-based education programs, she has been involved in numerous state Department of Health AIDS Institute grants.

Goodspeed has worked at ECMC since 2003 as the HIV Clinical Education Initiative coordinator. In this role, she has been a vital force in the development and coordination of HIV/AIDS clinical education training programs throughout Western New York. She has coordinated more than 50 professional clinical internships through the ECMC AIDS Center. She coordinated the HIV Early Identification and Intervention grant that was instrumental in decreasing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Western New York. An adjunct faculty member at the UB School of Nursing, Goodspeed serves in many volunteer positions.

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Fredonia State College President Dennis L. Hefner honored three campus members at the 12th annual President's Award for Excellence and Service Recognition luncheon in April. This year's honorees are David Rankin, associate professor of Political Science; Lt. Randall Moore of University Police; and Leanna White, a senior counselor at the Counseling Center.

Rankin, chairman of the Department of Political Science, came to Fredonia in 1999. He teaches such courses as American Politics, Media and Politics, Campaigns and Election, Public Opinion and Political Participation, and Civic Education and Engagement. In 2004, he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he has served on the Chancellor's Award Committee since 2005.

Moore began his service with the University Police in 1984. In 1991 he was named public safety lieutenant and was promoted to his current position in 1996. He has special expertise as a certified instructor for impact weapons such as batons and self-defense as well as a deadly physical force trainer. His community service includes Chautauqua Day Care, where he is a member of the board of directors and personnel committee.

White began at Fredonia in 1981 in the Psychology Department, teaching classes that included Introduction to Psychology, Human Sexuality and Introduction to Counseling. She began working with the Counseling Center in 1986, working extensively with issues related to sexual abuse, sexual assault and acquaintance rape. She initiated, advised and trained the well-known STEPS (Students Teaching Equals Positive Sexuality) peer-education group, dedicated to helping students develop healthy sexuality and relationships.

Along with these honorees the president also recognized and presented certificates to numerous college employees for milestones in years of service.

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The Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences completed its 137th year of publishing the Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. Bulletin articles include research conducted by the Buffalo Museum of Science staff.

Patrica Eckel explored the classification of the moss tortella bambergeri. Ernst Both and Beatriz Ortiz-Santana examined how George Clinton helped establish Charles Peck as the New York State Cabinet of Natural History botanist. Richard Laub, Victor Tollerton and Richard Berkof showed the mechanical constraints of claw anatomy for the extinct sea scorpion acutiramus was insufficient to support that it was a major predator. John Grehan explored variations in the anatomy of the tergal lobe in ghost moths to show that it provided evidence to group many of the South American species together.

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The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded the 2011 Nathan M. Newmark Medal to Andrei M. Reinhorn, Ph.D., professor of structural engineering at the University at Buffalo. The national medal is given to a society member who, through contributions in structural mechanics, has strengthened the scientific base of structural engineering. The winner is jointly selected by the members of the board of governors of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and by the retired chairmen of the Structural Engineering Institute Executive Committee.

Reinhorn is being recognized for his contributions to the development of experimental and analytical methods in structural dynamics and for his design of response-control systems for earthquake-resistant buildings, as well as contributions to quantify earthquake-resilient communities.

A UB faculty member since 1979, Reinhorn is a founder of UB's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory. He was chairman of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from 1996 to 1999. He earned a doctorate in civil engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

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Daemen College received a High Performance Building plaque (Energy Efficiency Award) from state Energy Research and Development Authority for energy-saving investments made to the its Research & Information Commons that will reduce energy costs by $45,000 annually.

The energy savings in the recently constructed three-story, 47,000 square-foot Commons is more than 300,000 kilowatt hours -- the equivalent amount of electricity consumed by 43 single-family homes annually.

The plaques are presented to hospitals, colleges and universities, schools, businesses and other organizations that have constructed, or substantially renovated, buildings to perform at least 30 percent above the state energy conservation construction code.

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Fredonia State College finished first among SUNY schools in the category of recycled materials per person during RecycleMania, an eight-week competition among colleges designed to promote waste reduction while instilling lifelong recycling habits.

Fredonia generated a per-capita ranking of 19.09 pounds of recycled materials, earning 71st place out of 363 schools overall, first among the seven SUNY schools. Fredonia increased its recycled contents by more than 59,000 pounds from 2010, a 59 percent increase.

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Attorneys Joseph Stadler and Robert Goldstein were honored during the the Assigned Counsel Program's Attorney Recognition Reception. Stadler was honored for his work in Family Court and Goldstein for his work in the criminal courts.

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