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2/9/07

An article in the <i>Houston Chronicle</i> on the unexpected death of Anna Nicole Smith quotes Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, who said, "This is someone who was an exhibitionist, who led a life that was self-destructive. She was famous for being extremely strange."

2/9/07

An article in <i>USA Today</i> on police suicides and what law enforcement agencies are doing to prevent the deaths of their officers quotes John Violanti, professor of social and preventive medicine, who said that [Fallout from suicide] "lasts a long time, and morale goes down the tube. I've seen entire departments go into states of depression."

2/8/07

An article distributed by Bloomberg News on a new drug for treating psoriasis that appears to deliver better results and is easier to take, but has not been cleared by U.S. regulators, quotes Robert Kalb, clinical associate professor of dermatology. The article appeared in several newspapers, including the <i>Chicago Tribune.</i>

2/8/07

An article in <i>The Washington Post</i> on the StoryCorps Griot project, a collaboration between the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's StoryCorps and the National Museum of African American History and Culture to record stories of African Americans, quotes Michael Frisch, professor of history and American studies.

2/7/07

An article in the Chicago Tribune on the "visitability" movement that urges that homes be accessible so an elderly or disabled person can visit easily and laws that require builders to include visitable features in their homes quotes Jordana L. Maisel, director of outreach and policy studies at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access.

2/6/07

An article in the Science Times section of <i>The New York Times</i> looks at UB research that showed that the middle of the back seat is the safest place in a car accident.

2/5/07

An article in the <i>Baltimore Sun</i> on the choice of Prince, perhaps the raciest and most unpredictable pop performer of the 1980s, to perform in the Super Bowl halftime show quotes Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies.

2/5/07

An article distributed by Reuters on the death of the race horse Barbaro quotes Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, who said, "People don't want to think about what bad shape we're in. It's a matter of fiddling while Rome burns."

2/5/07

An article on ABC News on a recent gathering of many of the world's top influenza experts to outline how hospitals would deal with a pandemic event quotes Richard Lee, professor of medicine, on one of the hospitals he works with. "We have 200 to 300 beds there, so we'll run out of beds pretty quickly,"

2/5/07

An article distributed by Canadian Press news service on the controversy over whether to make public videotapes of the interrogation of Robert Pickton, a Canadian pig farmer accused of murdering at least six women, quotes David Schmid, professor of English and the author of "Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture."

2/1/07

An article on Reuters Health reports a UB study has shown that breathing exercises can significantly increase the respiratory endurance of divers, and quotes Claes Lundgren, professor of physiology and biophysics.

2/1/07

An article distributed by McClatchy Newspapers on the impact that curb ramps have had on Americans with disabilities quotes Edward Steinfeld, professor of architecture. The article appeared in about 20 newspapers, including the <i>Kansas City Star</i> and the <i>Miami Herald</i>.

2/13/07

An article distributed by UPI looks at the neurochemistry of romance and quotes Mark Kristal, professor of psychology.

2/13/07

An article distributed by Reuters news service reports that a UB psychologist has found that some people become anxious and expect that they will be rejected by others based on their physical appearance, and quotes Lora Park, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Self and Motivation Research Laboratory.

2/14/07

An article in <i>Newsday</i> on personalized license plates quotes Lora Park, assistant professor of psychology, who said, "We are interested in and want to form relations with other people. On the other hand, we have a need to be different and stand out."

2/15/07

An article in the<i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i> on the science behind falling in love quotes Mark Kristal, professor of psychology. "It's tough to study in the laboratory," he said. "Once you find people who are in love, you can't go back and find out what their brain formation was like before they were in love to see what changed."

2/19/07

An article in the <i>Las Vegas Sun</i> on public employees who pad their salaries with vast amounts of overtime quotes Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Organizations and Human Resources and co-author of the book, "Compensation."

2/19/07

An article in the <i>Boston Herald</i> on the Baby Boom generation's refusal to age quietly quotes Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies.

2/19/07

An article in the <i>Rochester Democrat & Chronicle</i> on the lack of diversity among coaches in colleges in the Rochester area competing at the Division III level looks at UB's athletic staffing and reports UB is the only Division I-A school with African Americans in the three most visible posts in its athletics department -- athletics director, football head coach and men's basketball head coach -- as well as a number of minority head coaches in other sports.

2/20/07

Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, is quoted on ABCNews.com in an article on Britney Spears shaving her head and the stunts celebrities will pull to stay in the news.

2/21/07

An article on Inside Higher Ed on radical changes to how undergraduate and graduate programs in foreign language are taught quotes Rosemary Feal, professor of Spanish on leave as executive director of the Modern Language Association.

2/21/07

An article written by Cybercast News Service quotes James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, on the chances that Al Gore will win an Oscar for his documentary on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth" and the groundswell of support in Hollywood for him to run for president again in 2008.

2/22/07

An article in <i>The Chronicle of Higher Education</i> reports on a panel discussion on opening overseas programs and the risks and challenges involved, and quotes Stephen C. Dunnett, vice provost for international education, who served on the panel, and said "These programs are not for the faint of heart."

2/23/07

An article in <i>The Street</i> on organic and health food store Whole Foods' proposed acquisition of rival Wild Oats quotes Arun Jain, Samuel P. Capen Professor of Marketing Research.

2/23/07

An article distributed by Reuters news service reports that watching television disrupts children's normal response to food and they will eat more while sitting in front of the tube, whether they're hungry or not, and quotes Jennifer L. Temple, research assistant professor of pediatrics.

2/23/07

An article in the <i>Toledo Blade</i> about a 15-year-old boy accused of killing a police officer quotes Charles Patrick Ewing, professor of law, who said, "Obviously, juvenile access to guns is a huge issue. Probably 80 percent or more of juvenile killings are with firearms. You put a firearm in the hands of a 15-year-old and you're looking for trouble. That's a recipe for disaster."

2/25/07

Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, is quotes in an article on E! Online about tabloid scandals surrounding Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears taking attention away from the Academy Awards.

2/25/07

An article in the <i>Baltimore Sun</i> on Academy Award winners who find themselves speechless at the podium when accepting their award quotes Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies.

2/25/07

An article in the <i>Meadville Tribune</i> on casino gambling coming to Crawford County in northwestern Pennsylvania quotes John Welte, senior research scientist in the Research Institute on Addictions, on his research that shows that it's the proximity of a casino that has an influence on the increase in the number of problem gamblers.

2/24/07

An article in the <i>Journal News</i> on efforts use a Bus Rapid Transit system to improve traffic into and out of New York City quotes Daniel Hess, assistant professor of urban and regional planning.

2/23/07

An article distributed by UPI reports UB has begun a clinical trail to test whether aspirin can improve a woman's chances of becoming pregnant and maintaining a pregnancy to term, and quotes Jean Wactawski-Wende, associate professor of social and preventive medicine.