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4/11/08

"The Body Odd" blog on MSNBC reports that researchers in the School of Dental Medicine have identified a tongue bacteria that they say is associated with severe bad breath and that while not much is known about the bacteria strain, the researchers say it originally come from human feces.

4/10/08

Lewis Mandell, professor of finance and managerial economics, is quoted in an article distributed by the Associated Press that reports that according to a nationwide survey released by the Federal Reserve, high school seniors' financial knowledge has gotten worse, with students on average answering correctly only 48.3 percent of question. The article appears in hundreds of news outlets, including The New York Times.

4/10/08

An article on Live Science on whether the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound in Texas is a religious sect or a full-blown cult quotes Phillips Stevens, associate professor of anthropology, what the term "cult" means.

4/11/08

Richard Salvi, director of the Center for Hearing and Deafness and one of the top researchers on the causes and treatment of tinnitus, was interviewed ABC News' Good Morning America, which taped the interview with Salvi in his lab for a story on tinnitus.

4/3/08

Lewis Mandell, professor of finance and managerial economics, was interviewed in an article in <i>The Economist</i> on the problems that are caused by widespread ignorance about finance.

4/2/08

Douglas Clements, professor of learning and instruction and a member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, was quoted in an article on computer-based instruction in the "Bits" technology blog of <i>The New York Times</i>.

4/1/08

An article in <i>The New York Times</i> on promising new therapies to treat tinnitus quotes Richard Salvi, director of the Center for Hearing and Deafness, who said, "We've never been so hopeful of finding treatments for a disorder that haunts people and follows them everywhere they go."

4/15/08

An article in the <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i> on a Boston Red Sox jersey buried in -- and unearthed from -- the foundation of the new Yankees stadium looks at the role of superstition in baseball and quotes Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor of anthropology.

4/15/08

An article in <i>The New York Sun</i> about the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry and the role of superstition in baseball quotes Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor of anthropology.

4/18/08

An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on plans by the Disney Corp. to shut down its Virtual Magic Kingdom, a game that lets players interact with one another in an online theme park, quotes Michael Stefanone, assistant professor of communication and an expert on social media and its cultural impacts.

4/18/08

The Cosmic Log section on MSNBC reports on research by Michael Stefanone, assistant professor of communication and an expert on the cultural impact of social media, and Derek Lackaff, a doctoral candidate in the department, that showed that online media, especially social networking sites, gives regular people the opportunity to craft an identity and an audience for themselves, just like celebrities do.

4/18/08

An article in <i>Psychiatric News</i> on efforts by medical schools to manage the pharmaceutical industry's influence on students quotes Linda Pessar, professor of psychiatry and chair of the American Psychiatric Association's Committee on Medical Student Education.

4/16/08

An article in the <i>Chicago Tribune</i> on children and teens who are learning financial lessons by investing in the stock market quotes Lewis Mandell, professor of finance and managerial economics.

4/30/08

An article distributed by UPI reports UB researchers say they have discovered the mechanism linking alcohol with the risk of breast cancer, and quotes Menghua Tao, research assistant professor of public health and health professions.

4/30/08

An article on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and religious cults on Voice of America News interviews Phillips Stevens, associate professor of anthropology, on what defines a cult.

4/30/08

An article on MSNBC on animals that sing looks at the vocalization of adult humpback whales and reports a study by UB researchers suggested that humpbacks, which are known to have dialects, learn the tunes of local whales on their undersea travels.

4/30/08

An article in <i>Education Week</i> on using board games in the classroom to strengthen the mathematics skills of children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, quotes Douglas H. Clements, professor of learning and instruction.

4/29/08

James Gardner, professor of law, is quoted in a story on WHEC-TV in Rochester about a landlord-tenant dispute that a local village attorney got involved in and the concerns about conflict of interest because of his role in the dispute.

4/28/08

An article in the <i>Wilmington News Journal</i> on the health risks associated with living in close proximity to congested roadways quotes Jing Nie, research assistant professor of social and preventive medicine, on the increased risk of breast cancer among women living close to heavy-traffic areas during certain times of their lives.

4/25/08

An article in <i>The New York Times</i> on a new trend in math education that has teachers incorporating more and more examples from the real world to teach abstract concepts on the assumption that making math more relevant makes it easier to learn quotes Douglas H. Clements, professor of learning and instruction and an expert in math education.

4/25/08

An article in <i>The Washington Post</i> on the calculations involved in forecasting the presidential nominations and the assumptions that go into the predictions quotes James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science.

4/25/08

An article in <i>Newsweek</i> on the debate of the effectiveness of using mouthwash containing alcohol to curb bad breath reports a UB study on people with dry mouths found that using Listerine even three times a day didn't make their mouths any drier.

4/22/08

An article in <i>The New York Sun</i> on Madonna's music career and her decision to incorporate rap into her new album, Hard Candy, quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies and a pop culture expert.