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7/7/05

An article in <i>The New York Times</i> on the growth in competitive dancing, especially among children ages 10-16, quotes Tom Ralabate, associate professor of dance and the national education chairman of Dance Masters of America, who calls the competitive dance market "saturated."

7/6/05

An article on CNN.com on the growth of the business of gambling quotes John Welte, senior research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions, who said that his research has found that people who live within 10 miles of a casino have twice the probability of being a problem gambler than people who live further away.

7/11/05

An article in the online version of <i>Scientific American</i> on using behavioral therapy as an alternative to ADHD drugs quotes William Pelham, UB Distinguished Professor of Psychology, whose research shows that after two years, children treated with behavioral therapy only -- parent training, school intervention and a special summer camp program -- functioned just as well as children on high-dose medication.

7/12/05

An article in <i>The Scientist</i> about a Harvard scientist accused of misrepresenting a study that reported that fluoride in drinking water increases the risk of bone cancer in young boys quotes Martin Mahoney, associate professor of family medicine, who has studied the effects of fluoride in drinking water and found no link between bone cancer and fluoridation.

7/17/05

An Associated Press article that appeared in several newspapers, including the <i>Tuscaloosa News</i>, looks at a camp run by the University of Alabama Birmingham that provides intense behavioral therapy in a summer camp setting for children diagnosed with behavioral disorders, and reports the program follows a manual designed by William Pelham, Jr., professor of psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

7/17/05

An article in the <i>Contra Costa Times</i> quotes Mark Hurwitz, assistant professor of political science, on the debate over who will be nominated to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. As for who will be picked: It's the ideology that's more important than color or gender, he says.

7/19/05

An article in the <i>Chicago Tribune</i> on predictions that President Bush will nominate a strong conservative who would change the direction and future of the Supreme Court quotes Mark Hurwitz, assistant professor of political science, who says Bush could have less support for a conservative nominee after next year's mid-term elections.

7/20/05

An article in <i>USA Today</i> on the president's nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court quotes Mark Hurwitz, assistant professor of political science, who says the nomination is likely to result in the most partisan debate over a Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas was confirmed in 1991, although Hurwitz says he thinks Roberts will be confirmed.

7/26/05

An article in <i>Scientific American</I> reports on work being conducted by Paras Prasad, executive director of the UB Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry, to manufacture nanoparticles using organically modified silicon, the first time a nonviral vector has shown efficacy comparable to that of a viral delivery system.

7/24/05

An article in <i>The New York Times</i> on "blogging" and the impact it can have on bloggers' employment -- or unemployment -- quotes Alex Halavais, assistant professor of communication, who says from a psychological perspective, blogging about professional life can be a constructive way to vent after a frustrating work experience.

7/21/05

Mark Hurwitz, assistant professor of political science, is quoted in an article in the <i>Baltimore Sun</i>, in which he said that unless there is an unexpected disclosure about Roberts, he is likely to follow the path of previous nominees and be confirmed to the high court without revealing his views on the most sensitive issues to reach the court.

7/28/05

An article on Yahoo! Business on efforts by the federal government to enact tort reforms reports that Lucinda Finley, vice provost for academic affairs, has conducted research that shows that noneconomic damage caps discriminate against the most vulnerable members of society. An additional article on Yahoo! Business on class action reform legislation passed in February that will send all suits with collective claims of more than $5 million to federal court, rather that state court, quotes Finley.

7/28/05

An article in the <i>Biloxi Sun Herald</i> on cell phones and the way people turn them into virtual megaphones by gabbing in public about incredibly private matters quotes Alex Halavais, assistant professor of communication, who says the idea of public and private space and times is getting confused and that cell phones remove the oral and visual cues that might prompt a person to modulate his or her voice or change the subject.