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12/1/11

A preliminary University at Buffalo study of 252 volunteers has found an association between CCSVI and as many as three characteristics widely viewed as possible or confirmed MS risk factors. They are: infectious mononucleosis, irritable bowel syndrome and smoking.

12/5/11

Using clever but elegant design, University at Buffalo chemists have synthesized tiny, molecular cages that can be used to capture and purify nanomaterials. Sculpted from a special kind of molecule called a "bottle-brush molecule," the traps consist of tiny, organic tubes whose interior walls carry a negative charge. This feature enables the tubes to selectively encapsulate only positively charged particles.

12/6/11

If you've ever spent the day after Christmas rifling through the user's manual of a new device, you'll be interested to know that intense, hands-on trial periods are the best way for consumers to learn how to use new products, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

12/7/11

The behavior of consumers who are faced with making decisions about their health is not significantly influenced by the way health messages are worded or framed, according to a large, new study by researchers at the University at Buffalo and other institutions.

12/7/11

The 2011 Scholarship Gala raised $157,000 for University at Buffalo student scholarships, thanks to the more than 360 UB alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and business and community leaders who attended the November event.

12/7/11

University at Buffalo PhD graduate Luisa Whittaker has won the Materials Research Society's (MRS) Graduate Student Gold Award, which recognizes excellence in academic achievements and materials research.

12/8/11

Former Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker recovered from a concussion with the help of John Leddy. MD, of UB's Concussion Management Clinic. "My coach and I did some reading online about sports concussions and returning from them, and one of the names that we saw over and over was Dr. John Leddy," Shoemaker says.

12/8/11

Many young women who steer clear of alcohol while they're in high school may change their ways once they go off to college. And those who take up binge drinking may be at relatively high risk of sexual assault, according to a University at Buffalo-led study in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

12/8/11

University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi released a statement today applauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo for awarding $100.3 million in funding to implement the plan developed by Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.

12/8/11

Humble leaders are more effective and better liked, according to a study forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal.

12/9/11

When chemical engineer Tamara E. Brown launched the Tech Savvy program in Buffalo in 2004, her goal was to convince middle-school girls that they, too, could enjoy being in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field. Since then, Tech Savvy -- a program hosted at the University at Buffalo and presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) -- has inspired thousands of girls. As a result, Brown is headed to Washington, D.C., today (Friday, Dec. 9) where she will be honored for her efforts.

12/13/11

A fast-moving glacier on the Greenland Ice Sheet expanded in a geologic instant several millennia ago, growing in response to cooling periods that lasted not much longer than a century, according to a new Arctic study.

12/13/11

Approval today of the University at Buffalo's NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant application by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher provides a critical piece of funding needed for UB to move ahead with its UB 2020 plan for academic excellence.

12/14/11

With an estimated 65 million caregivers in the U.S., many Americans have at least one on their holiday gift list. Family members and friends can choose gifts that will make caregiving easier and provide a much-needed respite from the often overwhelming demands of caregiving, according to Michael Noe, MD, associate dean for community relations and clinical affairs in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.

12/14/11

The path of least emissions may not always be the fastest way to drive somewhere. But according to new research from the University at Buffalo, it's possible for drivers to cut their tailpipe emissions without significantly slowing travel time.

12/15/11

Marsha L. Lewis, PhD, RN, associate professor and associate dean for education in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, has been named dean of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing.

12/15/11

A better understanding of the impact of childhood concussions on the developing brain, as well as better diagnostic and treatment tools, is "urgently needed," according to University at Buffalo neurosurgeon Elad Levy, MD, co-founder of a new organization called the Program for Understanding Childhood Concussions and Stroke (PUCCS).

12/15/11

At an age when most young girls are shopping at the mall or hanging out with friends, Sundra L. Ryce was learning the construction business.

12/16/11

Andrew S. Whittaker, PhD, a University at Buffalo professor and an internationally recognized expert in earthquake and blast engineering, has been elected to a two-year term as director of MCEER, a national center of excellence focused on multi-hazard engineering.

12/16/11

Will a drug used to treat childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and other pediatric cancers cause heart problems later in life? UB associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Javier G. Blanco, PhD, who sees his work as a bridge between research and clinical practice, has focused recent efforts on trying to answer this question.

12/19/11

Need help choosing a New Year's resolution? Below, the University at Buffalo offers its annual list of 10 suggestions for achieving health, happiness and success in the new year. Each resolution is based on the work of UB faculty in 2011. Their research and expertise provides some direction on steps to take toward self-improvement and wellbeing in 2012.

12/21/11

From Lizzie Borden to "In Cold Blood," "Helter Skelter," "Lobster Boy" and Ann Rule's creepy cautionary tales, the popularity of true crime literature, television and film helps drive our perception of the U.S. as a much more dangerous place than it is.

12/21/11

Denise Krause, clinical professor and associate dean for community engagement and alumni relations in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, has been named to the health and human services subcommittee of County Executive-elect Mark C. Poloncarz's transition team.

12/22/11

The University at Buffalo Technology Incubator welcomed two new high-tech companies in 2011: TPF Enterprises, a consulting and product development firm that specializes in fields including clean tech and new materials, and Programmable Equipment Company (PEC), a firm that develops software that helps verify that defense or industrial equipment is operating or calibrated correctly.

12/23/11

University at Buffalo researchers racked up a diverse list of inventions in 2011, spanning fields from medical imaging to green energy. As of mid-December, UB was issued 14 new U.S. patents and filed 43 provisional patent applications in 2011.

12/29/11

The University at Buffalo has named Timothy F. Murphy, MD, director of UB's Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC), which will be located in the new $291 million joint UB-Kaleida Health building under construction at Goodrich and Ellicott streets on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

12/27/11

Employment statistics suggest bleak economic realities for New Yorkers who are blind. Nearly two in three are out of work, a level in line with national unemployment figures for individuals who are blind and other populations with disabilities. But a more promising picture emerges from the Industries for the Blind of New York State (IBNYS) and its eight affiliated agencies, which are breaking down employment barriers from Buffalo to Brooklyn through a program that creates jobs to produce goods and services needed by government agencies.

12/14/11

On Friday, Dec. 16, members of the media are invited to view two in-school projects conducted this semester through the 10-year-old Buffalo Architecture Foundation's Architecture + Education program.