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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 3, Fall 2007

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Volume 21, Number 3, Fall 2007

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ub 2020 banner with images of bridge collapse, wtc, water after hurricane katrina and fire after northridge earthquake The UB 2020 Initiative

UB 2020 is the University at Buffalo’s campus-wide plan to achieve academic excellence by forging a coherent university-wide vision. Started in 2004, the plan is the most ambitious transformation at UB since the campus joined the SUNY system in 1962. Among the many results will be a university that is bigger in size, sharper in both focus and physical appearance, and stronger academically. The main focus is on:

A cornerstone of the UB 2020 vision is the identification and development of strategic strengths. These strategic strengths will be used to focus academic planning, organize and empower faculty, better use and identification of needed infrastructure, and enable more strategic planning to achieve its vision. Eight strategic strengths, based on existing academic excellence, have been identified:

MCEER is coordinating the UB 2020 Strategic Strength on Extreme Events, as its research and outreach expertise are uniquely qualified to lead this effort. More information is available on the MCEER website at