Honor Roll: Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers


Posted:  December 23, 2013

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department Dispatcher Michael Katta received a public safety award for handling an emergency medical situation. Sheriff Joseph Gerace presented Katta with the Smart911 SmartSave Award, which recognizes call takers, dispatchers and emergency responders who are able to effectively use information in a Smart911 Safety Profile to positively affect the outcome of an emergency.

On March 27, when a daughter called the Mayville dispatch center about her father having chest pains, Katta, a dispatcher for 20 years, quickly used the system to dispatch emergency medical services. The result was that EMTs were able to prepare for the situation quickly.

Lucian Visone, a sophomore at Christian Central Academy in Williamsville, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Feb. 14-16 in Washington, D.C.

During the three-day Congress, Visone will join students from across the country to hear from Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners about leading medical research, be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school, and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medical technology.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

Carl Lombardo of Tonawanda has been elected grand commander of Cordova Caravan No. 26 of the Order of Alhambra at their recent general meeting.

Other officers elected to the Grand Divan for 2013-2014 term include: vice grand commander, John R. Walker; grand scribe, Christopher J. Hull; scribe of the exchequer, Stephen W. Parada; grand chamberlain, Samuel J. Yannello; historiographer, Vincent R. Scibetta; master of the wardrobe, Ronald J. Gaglione; captain of the bodyguard, Frank P. Vitello; sentinel of the tower, Louis R. Malkiewicz; sentinel of the desert, Matthew J. Robinson; and grand advocate, Aaron Lewis. Immediate past grand commander is William M. Smith and Rev. Fr. James Kingori was appointed spiritual adviser, Philip J. Smith, caravan greeter. The officers were installed last month.

The Order of Alhambra is a organization of Catholic men and women dedicated to assisting persons with developmentally disabilities.

Kathleen Maxian, president and co-founder of the Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project, has been selected to serve on the patient advisory committee for Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Ovarian Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence program. Roswell received the five-year $11 million SPORE grant for the to help develop more effective treatments for ovarian cancer. Maxian will participate in the executive committee to ensure the needs of ovarian cancer patients, survivors and their families are addressed.

Erie Community College’s Robert Busch took first-place honors in the post-secondary division at the national stage of Mastercam’s Wildest Parts design competition.

Busch, a student in ECC’s industrial technology program, won with his display model of a miniature V8 engine that includes block, cylinder sleeves, crankshaft and oil pan. It took multiple setups to machine the block and most of the other parts of this assembly. According to Mastercam judges, he “really committed to making an excellent entry and it shows.”

This is the fifth year in a row that an ECC student has been awarded either first, second or third place in the event, which challenges students enrolled in Mastercam courses to create a unique, original design using Mastercam software.

Danny Bush of Belfast received the 2013 Tim Russert Medal of Merit Award at the annual Buffalo Broadcasters Association Awards dinner. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship from Greater Media Inc. and the association.

University at Buffalo researcher Jonathan Lovell will receive a five-year, $1.9 million grant to work on a new nanotechnology that could greatly improve how doctors treat and understand cancer, the National Institutes of Health announced.

The grant is one of 15 awarded nationwide under NIH’s Early Independence Award program that funds high-risk, high-reward research.

“This award will enable UB to continue what it does best: conduct groundbreaking research that serves society while educating the leaders of tomorrow,” said Liesl Folks, dean of the UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Specifically, it could help improve how we treat cancer and potentially alleviate pain that millions of people and their families endure.”

Debbie Kampff, school nurse at Annunciation School in Elma, was recently awarded the 2013 Excellence in School Nursing Award by the New York State Association of School Nurses. Kampff, a registered nurse who also serves as zone representative for the Western New York Association of School Nurses, was nominated by the local organization.

Robert G. Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, has received the American Institute of Architects New York State 2013 Educator Award. He accepted the award at the institute’s annual convention in Syracuse.

Since joining the School of Architecture and Planning in 1982, Shibley has served as professor in both the architecture and planning departments, with eight years as chair of architecture (1982-1990). He was appointed dean in 2011.

Under his leadership, his team, including students, took part in crafting plans for Buffalo’s downtown, waterfront and Olmsted parks system, along with the city’s visionary comprehensive plan.

As founding director of the Urban Design Project in the School of Architecture and Planning, Shibley served as principal investigator on urban design plans for the Larkin District, Niagara Falls and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Most recently, he led the UB Regional Institute/Urban Design Project team in the creation of the Regional Economic Development Plan, which yielded $100 million in state support for the region in its first year.

“Children’s Human Rights and Public Schooling in the United States,” by D’Youville sociology professor Julia Hall, was selected for the Critics Choice of the Year Book Award for 2013 by the American Educational Studies Association.

In the book, Hall addresses the serious human rights violations taking place among children everywhere including in the U.S.

“I think it’s important for the public to know that as the economy continues to constrict, more and more young people find themselves struggling to grow up on razor-thin margins of survival,” Hall said.

Hall, who joined D’Youville in 2001, is a graduate of the University at Buffalo where she also earned her doctorate in the sociology of education. Her master’s degree is from McGill University in Montreal.


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