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On the Record: Jan. 27, 2016

Hires/Honors/Promotions

Dr. Tenpao Lee, a professor of economics and finance at Niagara University, has been appointed a distinguished overseas professor of the Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce in China. Niagara and Lixin entered into an academic cooperation agreement in January 2015 to facilitate faculty and student exchange opportunities between the institutions. Lee taught a course in Shanghai during his sabbatical last spring.

Company Connections

The Downtown Batavia Public Market merged with the Genesee Country Farmers Market resulting in the consolidation of the markets and vendors into one large farmers market located downtown at the corner of Bank and Alva Place. The market would retain the name Downtown Batavia Public Market and would be run by the Genesee Country Farmers Market board in which executive director of the BID, Laurie Oltramari, as a board member.

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Randall Agency, an insurance agency located in Eden, recently celebrated its 65th anniversary with Merchants Insurance Group. The agency, which serves the personal and business insurance needs of Erie County businesses and residents, joined with Merchants in 1951 but has been doing business since 1931.

Patents

Title: Centrifugal compressor diffuser

No.: 9,222,485

Inventors: Brown, Paul C. (Buffalo); Grigoriev, Mikhail (East Amherst); Swiatek; Chester V. (Williamsville)

Date issued: Dec. 29, 2015

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Title: Air separation method and apparatus

No.: 9,222,725

Inventors: Prosser, Neil Mark (Lockport); Jibb, Richard John (Amherst)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Dec. 29, 2015