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News about UB’s social sciences programs, including fields such as anthropology, psychology and social work.


The holidays are a busy time for engagements, and Trina Hamilton, a University at Buffalo expert in corporate responsibility, says socially minded consumers have a lot to think about when it comes to finding the right rock.


University at Buffalo faculty members are available to discuss challenges relating to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, including threats to buildings, infrastructure and water supplies.


The well-known "door-in-the-face" (DITF) persuasion strategy predicts greater compliance with a target request if it is preceded by a larger and more objectionable request. It has been a popular tool of those in the persuasion trade since it was introduced nearly 40 years ago.


Significant change can stem from a small adjustment. In the case of infant and mother mortality in Buffalo, improving communication can save lives.


Influenza spreads like wildfire on college campuses because of high-density living conditions. Its symptoms -- weakness, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhea are unpleasant but usually not serious, although many people get very sick and thousands die every year in the U.S. from complications of the flu.


Along the quiet corridors of the University at Buffalo Department of Anthropology labors a man who, unknown to his colleagues, has been a hero to the Igbomina Yoruba town of Esie (ess-ee-YEH) in southwest Nigeria for nearly five decades.


Batman's awesome power may come not only from his ability to defeat the likes of Mr. Freeze and the Joker, but from the fact that his mere presence makes his devoted fans feel strong and physically fit.


We hear all the time that we need to get off the couch, stop watching TV and get moving.


Like many powerful ideas, the essence is simple. Those dealing with people who have a mental illness or addiction problem have to start asking what has happened to the person that may be causing the issue, not just focus on what the person did and what went wrong.


For several years, teams of University at Buffalo archaeologists from the Buffalo Archaeological Survey have conducted digs in downtown Buffalo along what was the Erie Canal. The artifacts they've found, when considered together, help describe how Buffalonians lived and worked from the early 1800s onward.