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


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.


What are the effects of gambling availability among specific populations? How do you control that impulse to have "just one more drink"? Can a spouse really help a loved one quit smoking?


More than 500 undergraduates from around the country, most of them first-generation college students, will arrive in Western New York this week for a research conference intended to spark their interest in careers in academia.


Phil Tucciarone knew as a high school student that he wanted to study nanotechnology; it was just a matter of where. The Ivy League was an option, but so was the University at Buffalo, where he enrolled in 2010. The decision paid off.