Alumni Features

Our alumni featured in the news.

  • Phil Smith, PhD '13, MS '13, MS '09

    Smith, 2021 recipient of the George W. Thorn Award, is a tenure-track assistant professor in Miami University’s Department of Kinesiology and Health.

    His research addresses health inequities resulting from tobacco use and the health risks of vaping. He also serves as an associate editor on the Editorial Board for Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

    The George W. Thorn Award is given to University at Buffalo alumni under 40 who have made outstanding contributions to their career fields or academic areas.

  • Danise C. Wilson, MPH '14

    Danise has been elected chair of SUNY Erie Community College's Board of Trustees through 2022.

    She is executive director of the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center. In a statement released by SUNY Erie, Wilson said she was honored to accept the board chairperson's role at the community college. "I am incredibly grateful to outgoing Chairman Lenihan for his stewardship on behalf of our students and I look forward to working with the entire Board and the College’s Administration as we continue to expand our services to provide a positive impact on current and future students," Wilson said.

  • Catherine Callahan, PhD '16


    Catherine recently published a co-first author article in the Journal of National Cancer Institute titled “Serum concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and risk of renal cell carcinoma.”

    Co-authored with Joseph J. Shearer, the article covers highly exposed individuals that have an association with PFOA and kidney cancer. She is a molecular epidemiologist who focuses on environmental and occupational exposures. Catherine is currently doing research based on etiologic studies of kidney cancer and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She worked at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a postdoctoral fellow for a little over two years after her graduation.

  • Summer Davis, MS '20

    Occupational Therapy

    Summer was selected by the Alpha Eta Society (the national honor society for allied health professionals) to receive the Exceptional Professional Service Award. 

    She was recognized at Alpha Eta’s annual meeting in October 2020. The award is given to students who have an exceptional record of professional service and demonstrate this within and beyond their study program. Awarded students demonstrate this capability beyond their institution's confines while maintaining a leadership position in professional societies. Davis was president of UB’s Phi Theta Epsilon-Tau chapter of the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society. She held the position while managing different job experiences in her field, along with volunteer hours and licensing/certification classes. 

  • Tyler Farnell, MS '20

    Athletic Training

    Tyler is an injury prevention specialist through ProActive Works at four quarries owned by Tilcon. 

    His duties include promoting wellness, performing ergonomic observations, and completing documentation with the goal of providing early intervention that can prevent minor injuries from getting worse, become work-related, or result in a loss of time from work. During Farnell’s time at UB, he furthered his experience by shadowing an athletic trainer for the UB Men's Hockey team, maintaining a number of licenses and certifications that fit his career path

  • Marcelo Araujo, PhD '03

    Marcelo recently published a report in The Journal of the American Dental Association titled "Estimating COVID-19 prevalence and infection control practices among US dentists." 

    The report finds the COVID-19 rate among dentists is less than one percent, although they were assumed to be at high risk. Ninety-nine percent of dentists are using enhanced infection control procedures. The research shows that dentists’ strategies of using heightened infection control and increased attention to patient and dental-team safety, works. Araujo was appointed chief executive officer for the American Dental Association Science and Research Institute in 2019. He leads a team helping advance dental research and impact dentists and patients' lives.

  • Dana Grady (Luther), MS '11

    Occupational Therapy

    Dana, an occupational therapist at St. Peter's Hospital, recently implemented a new post-cardiac surgery program called "Keep Your Move in the Tube, developed by Baylor University. 

    After completing research to compare the old strict sternal precautions to this new program to determine efficacy and safety, cardiac surgeons decided to move forward with this new, less restrictive post sternotomy program for all heart surgery patients. She also published an article, "The Impact of a Less Restrictive Poststernotomy Activity Protocol Compared With Standard Sternal Precautions in Patients Following Cardiac Surgery," which furthered the study of the program of the program.

  • Jane Moore, BS '93

    Occupational Therapy

    Jane created a comprehensive feeding program in collaboration with GI, nutritionists, behavior therapists and occupational therapists that specialize in feeding. 

    Moore also created and implemented a training program for OTs who want to specialize in feeding, which assists them in obtaining their advanced license in California. The feeding program offers one-on-one intervention and feeding groups, working with infants and children with various feeding delays, including g-tube, trach, reflux, oral motor, and sensory issues. Moore has been a clinical director and feeding program supervisor for over five years, assessing, evaluating and providing OT therapy intervention for children with various diagnoses.