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2/1/05

An article in <i>The New York Times</i> reports on UB research that found that more police officers die in patrol car crashes than at the hands of criminals, and that the number of deaths could be reduced if police departments did more to encourage officers to use seat belts.

2/3/05

An article in the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> on government efforts to put a cap on the amount of money that can be collected in medical malpractice suits quotes Lucinda Finley, vice provost for faculty affairs, who says that tort limits will unfairly penalize women.

2/6/05

An article in the <i>Atlanta Journal Constitution</i> reports on proposed caps to medical malpractice suits and victim advocates who say a $250,000 cap on "pain and suffering" damages unfairly penalizes stay-at-home parents, children and retirees, creating a two-tier system of justice that penalizes people without jobs. The article quotes Lucinda Finley, vice provost for faculty affairs.

2/7/05

An article in <i>USA Today</i> on the growing number of movies led by African-American actors quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who says teen interest in black inner-city life has helped open the door wider to minority actors.

2/8/05

An article in <i>Newsday</i> on custody battles after the death of a child's parents quotes Susan Mangold, professor of law, who said both parents should name three people in their wills, in order of preference, who would assume custody.

2/11/05

An article in <i>The Chronicle of Higher Education</i> looks at efforts by U.S. universities to enroll international students, as well as the intense competition there is for those students, and reports that UB was one of the first public universities to develop a comprehensive international recruitment plan.

2/11/05

An article in <i>Financial Times</i> on the enigma of attraction and why we do what we do in love and romance looks at research conducted by psychology student Mauricio Carvallo, whose research under the supervision of Brett Pelham, associate professor of psychology, looks at why we are attracted to people like ourselves.

2/11/05

An article distributed by <i>Health Day News Service</i> reports that an extract of the herb St. John's wort has been found to be slightly more effective for the treatment of moderate to severe depression than the widely prescribed antidepressant Paxil, and quotes Uriel Halbreich, professor of psychiatry.

2/12/05

An article in Saturday's issue of <i>The New York Times</i> also looks at Canada's decision to suspend use of Aderall for treatment of ADHD and quotes William Pelham, UB Distinguished Professor of psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

2/14/05

An article in <i>USA Today</i> on Aderall, which is used to treat ADHD and has been pulled off the Canadian market because it has been linked to 20 deaths worldwide, quotes William Pelham, UB Distinguished Professor of psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry, who says parents should take a hard look at whether their children really need ADHD medications.

2/21/05

An article in <i>The New York Times</i> about plans of a federal panel to call for the screening of newborns for 29 rare medical conditions notes that such screening of newborns dates back to 1959 when Robert Guthrie, a UB microbiologist, developed a simple blood test for phenylketonuria (PKU).

2/23/05

Health Day News Service did a story on senior citizens and drinking that quotes Sevario Stranges, research instructor in social preventive medicine, who said health definitely plays a role in drinking levels, and illness could explain why some people quit or drink less when they're older.

2/24/05

An article in the <i>Hartford Courant</i> on iPod etiquette quotes Alex Halavais, assistant professor of communication, who talks about his personal experience with iPod rudeness and says that part of the iPod's appeal is that "by closing off your audio space, you make your own space."

2/24/05

An article in the <i>Knoxville News-Sentinel</i> looks at the evolution of Andy Sipowicz, the character played for the past 12 years by Dennis Frantz on "NYPD Blues," and quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who says the character's strength is that Sipowicz is appealing in spite of his unlikability.

2/25/05

An article in the <i>Philadelphia Inquirer</i> on proposed changes to Social Security quotes Isaac Ehrlich, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of economics, who says that modern society has "created a public system that makes it less necessary for families to rely on the traditional way of securing their retirement -- which was by having children."

2/25/05

An article in the <i>New York Law Journal</i> looks at three initiatives by law schools that give students the opportunity to deliver real-life legal services to clients in need, including a UB clinic that helps people secure affordable housing. The article quotes George Hezel, clinical associate professor of law, who heads the clinic.

2/26/05

Associated Press article interviews UB point guard on his decision to play for Buffalo An Associated Press article interviews men's basketball point guard Turner Battle on his decision to play for Buffalo rather than higher-profile teams such as Pitt and Virginia Tech, who also were recruiting him five years ago out of North Carolina.

2/27/05

An article in the <i>Dallas Morning News</i> on the difference between movies that are popular with the public and movies that receive Academy Awards quotes Elayne Rapping, who says that "there really were a lot of excellent films this year, and I think the academy did want to avoid pushing the political buttons and make it a celebration of filmmaking."

2/28/05

An article in the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> reports on UB research into an amino acid that may be effective in treating hot flashes, and quotes Thomas Guttuso, Jr., assistant professor of neurology, who said he discovered the amino acid's potential by accident when he prescribed a seizure medicine containing it to treat a woman suffering from migraines.