An article in the Boston Globe reports Massachusetts officials have begun a voluntary financial literacy initiative aimed at teaching high school juniors and seniors the basics of budgeting, saving, credit cards and insurance. The article quotes Lewis Mandell, professor of finance and managerial economics, who says we work hard at teaching our kids to make money, but don't educate them on using it wisely.
An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education asks five former college and university presidents -- including former UB President William R. Greiner -- about life after the presidency, and to describe what they miss, what they don't and to offer a few words of advice to academics who also are about to take the leap.
An article in USA Today on the generational differences over which Star Wars trilogy is best -- the original movies from the 1970s and '80s or the new prequel trilogy -- quotes Elayne Rapping, who says it's natural for each generation to favor the movies it grew up with.
An article in the San Diego Union Tribune on a federal bankruptcy judge allowing United Airlines to terminate four pension plans quotes James Wooten, associate professor of law, who says that too often, firms are not putting in the money needed to fund pensions.
An article in the Syracuse Post Standard on the enduring popularity of the Star Wars movies quotes Elayne Rapping, who says some of the original film's success is because its story pitted absolute good against utter evil at a time when such clear distinctions seemed blurred in American culture.
An article in the May issue of Fast Company magazine includes a Q&A with Alex Halavais, assistant professor of communication, on how to career-blog without it coming back to haunt the blogger.
An article in the May 20 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education on the impact budget cuts at the National Science Foundation may have on academic supercomputing quotes Russ Miller, director of the Center for Computational Research, who says the uncertainty over supercomputing funding is destructive to staff morale.
Elayne Rapping, UB professor of American studies and author of "Law and Justice as Seen on TV," is quoted in a Cox News Service story that appeared in the Austin American Statesman, among other outlets, describing TV's depiction of dedicated women cops and lawyers.
Mark Hurwitz, assistant professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, is quoted in a Boston Globe story on the Senate battle over judicial nominees and efforts to arrive at a compromise.
An article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the link Vietnam veterans have to the music of that era quotes Elayne Rapping, who says that personalizing songs such as "We've Got to Get Out of This Place," which is considered an anthem of the Vietnam era, is not unusual because people make their own meanings out of songs that may have been intended to mean something else.
An article in the June 6 issue of Time magazine on the remarkable things exercise does for your health quotes Carlos Crespo, professor of social and preventive medicine, who says "fitness is not a matter of being skinny. It's a matter of being healthy."
An article in the May 30 issue of The New York Times on the impact that closing the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will have on a city already in decline quotes John B. Sheffer, II, executive director of the Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth, and Lawrence Southwick, associate professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics.
Carolyn Korsmeyer, professor and chair in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences and author of "Making Sense of Taste: Food & Philosophy," was interviewed on the "Odyssey" radio program distributed by WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio, a National Public Radio member station, as part of a series, "The History of the Senses," in which she discusses the sense of taste.