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


In an age when even preschoolers have electronic toys and devices, many parents wonder how to get their children to be more physically active. Now, two studies published by University at Buffalo researchers provide some answers.


The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, which promotes and funds innovative, cross-disciplinary research, teaching and community programs in the humanities, has announced the recipients of its 2012-13 Faculty Fellowships.


The University at Buffalo will honor Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase on May 12 at the Buffalo-Niagara Marriott from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as part of a conference that pays tribute to his innovative work, especially over the last decade.


To curb employees' on-the-job substance use and intoxication, bosses need to do more than just be around their employees all day, according to a new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA).


A paper by neuroscientists at the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College suggests that ingestion of components of afterbirth or placenta -- placentophagia -- may offer benefits to human mothers and perhaps to non-mothers and males.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Inspired by the work of psychologists who study the human face for clues that someone is telling a high-stakes lie, UB computer scientists are exploring whether machines can also read the visual cues that give away deceit.


According to one of the leading scholars in the field, there is an emerging consensus among scientists that animals share functional parallels with humans' conscious metacognition -- that is, our ability to reflect on our own mental processes and guide and optimize them.


Because so many of their ancestors were slaves, African Americans have often had a difficult time tracking down documentation of their early roots through public and genealogical records and, as a result, early family histories may be unavailable to them.


Four University at Buffalo students presented original research in diverse fields to elected officials and State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher as part of "Discovery -- An Undergraduate Showcase," a symposium on undergraduate research and creative activities presented by the SUNY Faculty Senate.


Ann McElroy, PhD, associate professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo, will receive the Society for Applied Anthropology's 2012 Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award in recognition of "long term and truly distinguished service to the Society."