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An article in the <i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i> on the number of people who are turning to the Internet to look for hurricane survivors quotes Alex Halavais, assistant professor of communication, who says the disaster shows that the Internet is more closely tied to the physical and geographical world.


An article in the <i>Sacramento Bee</i> on friends, relatives and even strangers turning to the Internet for information on people affected by Hurricane Katrina quotes Alex Halavais, assistant professor of communication, who says the Internet is helping to foster countless good Samaritans who are using technology to make contact.


An article on Reuters News Service reports that virtually everything that has happened in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city was predicted by experts and in computer models, and quotes Ernest Sternberg, professor of urban and regional planning.


An article published by Reuters on Friday on models that predicted the New Orleans disaster quotes Ernest Sternberg, professor of urban and regional planning, who says law enforcement agencies were more eager to invest in high-tech "toys" than basic communications.


An article distributed by United Press International on whether New Orleans should be rebuilt quotes Daniel Hess, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, who says urban planners around the country already have begun meeting online to discuss what will become of New Orleans.


An article in <i>The Washington Post</i> reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued formal guidelines for using information culled from tests that expose human subjects to toxic pesticides and quotes Alan Lockwood, professor of neurology, who says "Studies that do not meet the highest scientific and ethical standards should not be carried out or accepted by the EPA."


An article in the <i>Hartford Courant</i> on the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie love triangle quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who says "celebrity culture still thrives on this idea of the scorned woman and the evil seductress."


Lee Albert, professor of law, is quotes in an article in yesterday's issue of the <i>Kansas City Star</i> on a case before the Kansas Supreme Court in which the Kansas Attorney General is seeking the medical records on 90 women and girls who received abortions in order to prosecute suspected cases of illegal late-term abortions and child rape.


An article in the <i>Baltimore Sun</i> on celebrities and television personalities who have gone to New Orleans to lend their support after Hurricane Katrina quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who says "disasters are loved by the media and they're loved by the celebrities because it's very safe and it makes them look like such good people."


The current (Sept. 19) issue of <i>BusinessWeek</i> features as its cover story an article on earthquake and disaster risk in the U.S that quotes Michel Bruneau, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering and director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, who says that in a disaster, "the three most important things are power and water, acute-care facilities like hospitals and response-and-recovery capabilities. Strengthen these three and you are better prepared to deal with almost all eventualities."


A column in <i>The Washington Post</i> reports on research by doctoral candidate Davina Moss, who found that heroin addicts trying to kick the habit often profoundly grieve their lost "relationship" with the needles they use to inject the drug.


An article in the <i>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</i> on disaster plans and their effectiveness quotes Ernest Sternberg, professor of urban and regional planning, who says you have to plan with the assumption that you don't know what you'll encounter, because it's not possible, nor rational, to try to prepare for all contingencies.


An article in the <i>Arkansas Democrat Gazette</i> on the opportunity the lower Mississippi Delta has to not only rebuild the region following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, but also to transform its economy quotes Lewis Mandell, who says it gives the region "a once-in-forever opportunity to do it right," and that transportation, education and tourist segments of the regional economy should bounce back strongly.


An article distributed by The New York Times News Service about rumors that are circulating in the wake of Hurricane Katrina quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who says many of the rumors have racial undertones and "white people are starting these rumors to blame the victims. They don't understand that the citizens of New Orleans are scared to death and powerless. What's happening is racism, the major problem of our country. These kinds of rumors are deadly."


An article in Inside Higher Ed on what colleges are doing to help students and staff displaced by Hurricane Katrina reports that UB has discontinued searches for some administrative jobs and reserved them, on a three- to six-month basis, for administrators displaced by the hurricane.


An article in the <i>Christian Science Monitor</i> on concrete and new forms of the material quotes Deborah Chung, Niagara Mohawk Professor of Materials Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who says of her carbon fiber-reinforced concrete, "You can monitor room occupancy in real-time, controlling lighting, ventilation and cooling in relation to how many people are there."


Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is quoted in an Associated Press story that already has been used by more than 200 print and broadcast media outlets, about a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says more women, particularly those in their late teens and 20s, are experimenting with bisexuality.


An article in the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> on a strike by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, who are protesting Boeing because 60-70 percent of the company's next-generation 787 Dreamliner will be made overseas, quotes David Pritchard, research associate in the Canada-United State Trade Center within the Department of Geography, who says Boeing is sowing the seeds of its own destruction by sharing valuable technology with foreign governments intent on setting up their own aerospace industry.


An article in <i>The New York Times</i> on the growing number of companies that are defaulting employee pension plans quotes James A. Wooten, professor of law and a pension-law historian, who says that Congress knew it was creating an imperfect system when it established the pension corporation in 1974, and that it expected to make improvements later.


An article in <i>The New York Times</i> on the National Endowment for Financial Education and its efforts to improve people's financial literacy quotes Lewis Mandell, professor of finance and managerial economics, who asks whether "just creating awareness and bringing people to a Web site is going to get very many people to modify their behavior in a significant manner. It just isn't easy for us to change our basic behavior patterns."


An article on CBS MarketWatch on the need to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina that are universally accessible quotes Edward Steinfeld, professor of urban planning and design and director of UB's IDEA Center, who says the "current housing stock is woefully deficient in meeting the needs of people with mobility impairment."


An Associated Press story in <i>Newsday</i> reports on UB professors and students using "clickers" -- slender, handheld devices also known as "Audience Response Systems" that are used in television shows such as "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" -- in large classes to help the classes feel less impersonal and more effective for both students and professors.


Deborah D.L. Chung, Niagara Mohawk Professor of Materials Research and director of the Composite Materials Research Laboratory in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is quotes in an article being distributed nationally by UPI, on how the "smart concrete" invented by her would be a better alternative to strengthen levees and monitor their reliability.


An article prepared by the Newhouse News Services and running in newspapers nationwide cites the work of the reconnaissance team from UB's Multidisciplinary Center of Earthquake Engineering Research that visited the devastated Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina to study damage to large structures as an example of how disaster data help scientists in their research.


An Associated Press article that appeared in scores of newspapers across the U.S., including <i>The New York Times</i>, on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's budget and the lack of federal money to prepare for disasters that have yet to occur, quotes Natalie Simpson, associate professor in the School of Management and an expert on emergency management


An article in <i>USA Today</i> about how hurricanes Katrina and Rita have left thousands of displaced American at risk for mental disorders quotes Nancy Smyth, dean of the School of Social Work, who recently volunteered at a Texas shelter for hurricane victims, and says that Rita triggered flashbacks to Katrina in some and that disasters like the hurricanes can cause flashbacks to "older terrors" in some individuals.


An article in <i>USA Today</i> about the connotations of the word "suck" quotes David Fertig, associate professor of linguistics, who says "The word 'sucks' was an innocent word that developed a powerful and vulgar sexual connotation related to the taboo subject of fellatio."