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1/10/08

An article on the front page of <i>The Buffalo News</i> reports on Gov. Eliot Spitzer's State of the State address in which he called for UB to be a focal point in the state's plans to boost the Western New York economy, using UB 2020 as a centerpoint in the strategy, as well as the creation of a new medical campus downtown.

1/18/08

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports UB researchers are developing software that allows a computer, using artificial intelligence, to grade handwritten student essays. The article quotes Sargur Srihari, director of the Center of Excellence in Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR), and James Collins, professor of learning and Instruction.

1/17/08

An article distributed by Gannett News Service cites James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, as a source for a Q&A on the presidential election process.

1/16/08

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports football coach Turner Gill has received a contract extension that could keep him with UB through 2012. The article was picked up widely and appears in outlets that include ESPN.

1/16/08

An article distributed by UPI reports that research conducted by Satpal Singh, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, showed that the anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib (Celebrex) can adversely affect heart rhythm in fruit fly and rat models.

1/16/08

An article in <i>Time</i> magazine on the authenticity of a letter that is the basis of a terror case being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office reports that Sargur Srihari, director of the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition, was one of two experts who conducted a handwriting analysis on the letter.

1/15/08

An article in <i>USA Today</i> looks at Buffalo Niagara's rising home prices and notes that research-related jobs at UB have contributed to the growth.

1/11/08

An article in The (Athens, Alabama) News Courier</i> on the impact the television writers strike is having on what is being aired quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies.

1/10/08

An article in the <i>Myrtle Beach Sun News</i> on the unconditional love that pets provide reports on research by Karen Allen, research scientist, on the effect pets had on the blood pressure of hypertensive stock brokers.

1/10/08

An article on National Geographic News on the impact climate change is having on the rate of malaria in Kenya reports a study conducted jointly by UB and the Kenya Medical Research Institute showed that changes in temperature can affect the development and survival of malaria parasites and the mosquitoes that carry them.

1/9/08

An article in the <i>Seattle Times</i> looks at research by two professors who unsuccessfully tried to prove Brett Pelham, associate professor of psychology, wrong about his research on people making decisions based on the initial of their first name. The article also appeared in the <i>Cleveland Plain Dealer</i>.

1/7/08

An article on Inside Higher Ed on programs that focus on the research process for new history doctoral students quotes Kristin Stapleton, associate professor of history, who said, "Financing of graduate education is a problem. [Graduate students] don't lose the passion, but are pulled by family concerns or the fact that they can earn money [elsewhere]."

1/3/08

Makau Mutua, interim dean of the UB Law School, was interviewed on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program on the role that a long-standing tangle of tribal affiliation, poverty and political corruption is playing in the recent violence in Kenya.

1/2/08

An article distributed by The Canadian Press reports that according to a study completed by UB and Nanos Research, 48.4 percent of Americans and 47.3 percent of Canadians believe regulators should inspect Chinese-made goods more thoroughly than products imported from other countries. The article appears in several Canadian news outlets, including the <i>National Post</i>, a newspaper out of Toronto, and <i>Macleans</i>.

1/2/08

An article distributed by the Associated Press looks at efforts by NCAA President Myles Brand to have more head coach positions at major schools filled by non-whites and reports that UB is the only Division I school with a black athletic director, football coach and men's basketball coach. The article quotes President John Simpson.

1/2/08

An article on Reuters Health reports on an experimental beverage that turns to gel in the stomach and could serve as an aid for weight loss and quotes Christine Pelkman, assistant professor of nutrition and the study's lead researcher.

1/25/08

Makau Mutua, interim dean of the Law School and director of UB's Human Rights Center, was a guest last night on PBS's "News Hour with Jim Lehrer," where he discussed efforts at a political compromise to end the recent violence in Kenya.

1/25/08

An article in the <i>Tallahassee Democrat</i> reports on a visit to that city by Nancy Nielsen, senior associate dean of medical education and president-elect of the American Medical Association, to draw attention in early presidential primary state to the problems of the uninsured.

1/25/08

An article in <i>Diabetes Health</i> magazine reports on INTENSIVE, UB's international clinical trial now under way to conclusively confirm insulin's ability to limit damage from heart attacks. The article quotes Paresh Dandona, UB Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

1/22/08

An article in the <i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i> on financial literacy programs that are being held in local schools reports Wisconsin high school students take the Jump$tart survey conducted by Lewis Mandell, professor of finance and managerial economics, every two years.

1/22/08

An article on the "Your Biz" section of MSNBC on whether it's OK for small business owners to drink on the job reports a UB study showed that only about 7 percent of American workers say they drink during the work day, and that those who do are more likely to be single men, including managers, salespeople, restaurant workers and people in the media.

1/21/08

An article distributed by the Associated Press quotes Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., professor of urban and regional planning, on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., nearly 40 years after his assassination.

1/18/08

Elayne Rapping, professor of American Studies and an expert on pop culture, was quoted in a <i>Smart Money</i> magazine story critical of Reality TV.

1/31/08

Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, is quoted in an article in the <i>Phoenix New Times</i> on the Super Bowl halftime shows that have backed away from hip-hop entertainment and become more conservative following the 2004 breast-baring halftime performance by Janet Jackson.

1/30/08

TIME magazine included a quotation from Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional planning, in its best quotes-of-the-week section. Taylor originally was quoted in an Associated Press story on how Americans had lost sight of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message.

1/30/08

An article distributed by UPI reports UB scientists have developed a new method for manufacturing pharmaceutical compounds using a catalyst based on the element rhodium and quotes Hew Davies, UB Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry.

1/30/08

An article in the <i>Boston Globe</i> on the gruesome violence that has erupted in Kenya following December's controversial presidential election is written by Makau Mutua, interim dean of the Law School.

1/30/08

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports on a study by UB's School of Management and Cornell University that showed a good Super Bowl commercial can increase a company's stock prices.

1/29/08

An article distributed by Reuters reports on UB research that shows use of a common anti-arthritis drug may be linked to irregular heart rhythm and quotes Satpal Singh, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, who said, "When we tried this drug on the fly heart it became clear that it gave rise to very pronounced arrhythmia. It slows down and becomes irregular."

1/29/08

An article in <i>Fit Pregnancy</i> magazine on morning sickness lowering the risk of developing breast cancer quotes Jo Freudenheim, professor and chair of social and preventive medicine.