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News about UB research and outreach relating to societal issues such as bullying, domestic violence, human rights, gender and diversity.


The one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shootings is an opportunity to reaffirm the need for comprehensive prevention that goes beyond physical security, Amanda B. Nickerson, PhD, director of the University at Buffalo’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, said today.


“Nelson Mandela, the last of the modern political greats, lived a life like no other.” So says a fellow champion of human rights in Africa, University at Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua.

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A full day of academic talks will discuss the origins of the universe, the Earth, life, consciousness and culture.


Do drinking and marriage mix? That depends on who’s doing the drinking — and how much — according to a recent study by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA).

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Obesity may alter the way we taste at the most fundamental level: by changing how our tongues react to different foods.

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Bruce Jackson developed “Breaking Down ‘Breaking Bad,’” a graduate seminar for the spring 2014 semester, that will analyze the critically acclaimed series’ realistic storyline, development and execution.


A University at Buffalo education professor has sided with the environment in the timeless “nurture vs. nature” debate after his research found that a child’s ability to read depends mostly on where that child is born, rather than on his or her individual qualities.


Kathryn Friedman, director of international research at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute, will be a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from September 2013 through August 2015.

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Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo are collaborating on a five-year, $4.6 million federally funded project to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities.


Arun Vishwanath has received a three-year $320,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch a research project to learn just how people fall victim to cyber-phishing attacks and what tools can be used to protect them.