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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

A concept home, designed with the help of Beth Tauke, associate professor of architecture in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has received a 2012 Best of 50 Housing Award from the National Association of Home Builders Housing Council for a home that meets the physical needs and lifestyle of baby boomers.

The team received the Gold Award in the Best Universal Designed Home category during the 2012 NAHB International Home Builders Show earlier this month in Orlando, Fla.

Tauke is a project director for UB's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center). She worked on the home under a grant awarded to the UB Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education.

LIFEhouse, the work of Tauke and her sister, Chicago builder, Susanne Tauke, is designed to suit the needs of different family configurations, ages and levels of physical ability, especially those in the 50 age bracket.

The Taukes also credit Jean La Marche, associate professor of architecture at UB and associated with the IDeA Center, for his important contributions to the project.


The following local service personnel have completed their military training:

Army National Guard Pvt. Zachary S. Quinn has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is a 2009 graduate of Williamsville North High School.

Army Pfc. Matthew J. Krypel has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Krypel is the son of James and Donna Krypel of Lackawanna and a 2009 graduate of Lackawanna High School.


The American Heart Association presented Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, with the 2012 Gold Fit-Friendly Award for the second year in a row.

The Fit-Friendly Co. initiative recognizes businesses that encourage employees to eat better and move more. Mercy Hospital establishes a healthy workplace for employees and takes steps to create a culture of physical activity and improve nutritional changes for associates.


Jean MacDonald, director of student activities at Hilbert College, has been named by Power Performers as the 2011 Campus Event Planner in the most memorable event category. She was selected by the New York-based speakers and entertainment bureau from among peers at more than 4,200 campuses across the U.S. in recognition of Hilbert's coordination of an event billed as "Robert Channing -- The World's Greatest Mind Reader and Hypnotist."

MacDonald joined Hilbert in 2009, having previously been an admissions counselor at Trocaire College. In addition to overseeing student activities at Hilbert, she is adviser to the Student Government Association and is an adjunct instructor. She also serves on the college's Leadership Training Camp Committee and Wellness Task Force.

She received a master's degree in student personnel administration from Buffalo State College and a bachelor's degree in biology from Niagara University.


Michel Bruneau, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering in the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is the 2012 recipient of the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Bruneau is being honored for papers on steel plate shear wall design published in the association's Engineering Journal and the proceedings of the Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering.

The award, which includes a $15,000 prize, will be presented at the 2012 NASCC: The Steel Conference at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Dallas in April.


Two Roswell Park Cancer Institute faculty members have been selected to receive honors from their colleagues in recognition of their professional achievements.

Dr. Kunle Odunsi received the 17th annual D'Youville College Achievement in Health Care Award Thursday at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the health care profession in Western New York.

Odunsi is professor and chairman of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and director of the Center for Immunotherapy at Roswell, as well as professor of gynecology and obstetrics in the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

John R. Subjeck, a member of the Department of Cell Stress Biology, will receive the 23rd J. Eugene Robinson Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Thermal Medicine, to be held April 15 in Portland, Ore. Subjeck will be recognized for his body of work in hyperthermia research as well as his leadership in the society, including his mentorship of numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in heat-shock protein biology.

Additionally, Roswell faculty members Dr. Nestor Rigual and Sandra Gollnick were recently elected to the board of directors of the PanAmerican Photodynamic Association. Rigual is professor of oncology, medical director of the Photodynamic Therapy Center and physician leader for the Head and Neck Center at Roswell and professor of clinical otolaryngology at the University at Buffalo. Gollnick is a member of Roswell's departments of Cell Stress Biology and Immunology.

The association seeks to facilitate photodynamic therapy education of health care professionals, basic scientists and the general public in the Americas toward the goal of improving the early diagnosis and treatment of human and animal diseases.


The Brighton Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners named Steven Dabney chairman for 2012 at a recent organizational meeting.

Other officers appointed by the board were district secretary, William McCullagh; and district treasurer, David Poczkalski.

Key positions for the year are: chief, Shawn O'Brien; first assistant chief, Christopher Tracey; second assistant chief, Shawn Tracey; president, Robert Sanford; and vice president, David Joseph.

The company also recognized three longtime members of the company. Firefighter Steven Kiss was honored for 65 years of service; firefighter William Langenfeld for 50 years as an active member; and firefighter Donald Lyman was recognized for being an active firefighter until age 79.


Lindsay Camp, the daughter of John and Mecca Camp of East Amherst, was among 98 student-athletes inducted into the Skidmore College Athletics Department's Thoroughbred Honor Society, which recognizes varsity student-athletes who have achieved a grade point average of 3.67 or higher during the previous semester.