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Seven Years on Mars: A Talk by a Member of Mars Rover Imaging Team

Seven Years on Mars: A Talk by a Member of Mars Rover Imaging Team

The Spirit and Opportunity rovers have reshaped our vision of Mars with their stunning images and fascinating discoveries. Amazingly, the rovers, which were designed to operate for three months, have now been exploring the surface of the Red Planet for over seven years.

Join NASA Mars Exploration Rover team member Melissa Rice for a behind-the-scenes look at the images, science and human creativity that have made the mission such a success. Using remarkable photos taken by the "Pancam" instrument, she'll share the inside story of the mission - from the launches right up to the latest pictures returned from the Martian surface.

It Is Our Heritage: Respect It, Care For It, Use It

It Is Our Heritage: Respect It, Care For It, Use It

Why Not Here? 

   Just a few driving hours away from Buffalo in Akron Ohio lies one of the best examples of grain elevator re-use when the option of grain storage is no longer viable. They had one grain elevator in Akron near downtown and after it closed there was a grand transformation to the site. Demolition, a Buffalo tradition? Of course not, they put it to good use and made a first class hotel out of it. Currently, The Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron.  

   I have stayed there three times and slept in a silo! This hotel is very impressive, steeped in tradition of the Quaker Oats Company who had a mill to go along with the elevator. One doesn't come away thinking this an interesting hotel inside a grain elevator, the reaction is more like, "this is a magnificent hotel!" And this is by no means the only example of this type of re-use. Since this was built there have been many similar reconstructions into living space in grain elevator and related mill buildings around this country and around the world.  What does all this have to do with Buffalo? Plenty.

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

 

by Susan Marie and Hind Houas

 

Ben Gardane is a town in southeast Tunisia, close to the Libyan border, Ras El Jedire.  In 2011, during The Libyan Uprising, two entities became government of Libya. Muammar Gaddafi controlling Tripoli and Western Libya and Mustafa Abdul Jalail in Benghazi, controlling Eastern Libya.  Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa and 17th largest in the world.  Libya is one of the world's 10 richest oil-producing countries.

Free Henry!: Help Send Them To The UK

Free Henry!: Help Send Them To The UK

On Thursday March 11, 2011, Free Henry! performed a live concert in front of their most loyal fans as well as top music industry professional judges at Niagara Falls, NY's Hard Rock Cafe to compete in this years Battle of the Bands.  

Finally...Transparency

Finally...Transparency

Director's Notes Blog Entry

"Finally...Transparency"

Perhaps with a little prompting from the previous Director's Notes blog entry 430,000 Chunks of Bread the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance and the Theater Alliance of Buffalo issued a press-release rationalizing their selection process for a recent community foundation donation.

Here's an excerpt:

Better late than never.

Through a posting on regional arts advocacy group's, Empower Arts Buffalo, social network page, a representative from the Th

Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express - 1869

Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express - 1869

"Salutatory" Mark Twain's First Signed Commentary in The Buffalo Express - August 21 1869

    Being a stranger it would be modest and unbecoming in me, to suddenly and violently assume the associate editorship of the Buffalo Express without a single explanatory word of comfort or encouragement to the unoffending patrons of the paper, who are about to be exposed to constant attacks of my wisdom and learning.  But this explanatory word shall be as brief as possible.  I only wish to assure parties having a friendly interest in the Journal, that I am not going to hurt the paper deliberately and intentionally at any time.  I am not going to introduce any startling reforms, or in any way attempt to make trouble.

GBCA: “The Arts are Not a Special Interest Group”

GBCA:  “The Arts are Not a Special Interest Group”

BUFFALO, NY – The Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance will hold a press conference Friday afternoon to present its position on the situation of arts funding in Erie County.

The GBCA contends that “the arts are not a special interest group, but an expansive and dynamic contributor to the quality of life in Erie County, and that funding for the arts should not require a tax increase for residents.”

All Erie County Legislators are invited to the press conference, which will be held in the lobby of the Market Arcade Building.

The GBCA is a grassroots organization formed to give voice to a Western New York Community that values arts and culture and the integral role they play in the quality of life and the economic development of our region.