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Prolific glass sculptor Marcelo Florencio has made a name for himself with the graceful and often whimsical glass sculptures he exhibits locally and around the country. The artist, who owns a local studio and gives lessons in glass-working, will give a demonstration of his techniques at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Art Dialogue Gallery (1 Linwood Ave.).“My interest in glass has…

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A UB anthropology professor who was named an honorary chief in Nigeria earlier this month received an unexpected honor when he learned that a research center will be built and named for him. "It was a double honor, and a total surprise," said Phillips Stevens Jr. The research center will be a site for further study of the cache of mysterious soapstone carvings Stevens w…

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A UB professor who has spent years working to document, preserve and protect a trove mysterious soapstone carvings near a village in western Nigeria will return to the village at the end of this month for an elaborate ceremony in which he will be named an honorary chief of the kingdom. Phillips Stevens Jr., an associate professor of anthropology who has worked at UB sin…

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The fluorescent-lit waiting rooms of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute can be tense, somber and often mirthless places. For cancer patients and their families, passing time in a Roswell Park waiting room usually means leafing absent-mindedly through last December's issue of Golf Digest or staring at closed-captioned MSNBC broadcasts. These are paltry distractions from t…

From his spanking-new sixth-floor office in the museum's southeast wing, Brooklyn Museum director Robert T. Buck is admiring a spectacular view that looks out across the treetops of Prospect Park and continues on to a long slab of land that is Coney Island Park. Visible at the dead center of the scene is a tower with cables swooping downward like the ropes to a giant, g…