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On the Record / Dec. 16, 2015


Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation appointed Andrea Czopp communications manager. Czopp most recently was director of communication for the Hamister Group, a Buffalo-based hotel and senior living developer. She graduated from SUNY Fredonia.


University at Buffalo School of Nursing associate professor Nancy Campbell-Heider was named a fellow in the International Academy of Addictions Nurses. Fellows are recognized for their contributions through practice, teaching, advocacy, administration and research to the field of addictions nursing. Campbell-Heider also serves as chair of the UB Department of Family, Community and Health System Sciences and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Addictions Nursing. Campbell-Heider received a doctoral degree and a master’s degree from the University of Rochester, and a bachelor’s degree from Winona State College.

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22nd Century Group will open specialized laboratories in Western New York dedicated to new scientific research at substantially lower costs than sponsored research projects at third-party universities. Paul J. Rushton, the company’s recently appointed vice president of plant biotechnology, will lead the new initiative.


Goldberg Segalla’s Global Insurance Services Practice Group is ranked No. 7 on Law360’s Insurance Law360 100, which lists the 100 U.S.-based law firms with the most insurance partners globally. The firm’s top-10 ranking signals a six-spot jump from last year’s No. 13 position. Over the past year, Goldberg Segalla has added more than 20 insurance partners to its roster. Goldberg Segalla also was a Law Firm of the Year finalist for the third consecutive year in Intelligent Insurer’s Global Awards.


Title: Double wire GMAW welding torch assembly and process

No.: 9,186,745

Inventors: Steyer, Douglas (Orchard Park); Jia, Shijun (Pudong, CN); Cao, Xiangui (Shanghai, China); Chobe, Mohan (Pimplegurav Pimpri, India); He, Tianming (Haizhu, China)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Nov. 17, 2015