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6/9/09

An article in the Naples Daily News about a new study that suggests that suicide-by-cop is far more common than previously thought quotes John Violanti, research associate professor of social and preventive medicine.

6/9/09

An article in the June issue of San Diego Magazine about spicy food and how what we eat affects out mental health reports that according to research conducted at UB, capsaicin triggers pain receptors in the mouth that, in turn, signal your brain to release feel-good endorphins.

6/9/09

Dannis Levine, assistant director of the IDEA Center in the School of Architecture and Planning, is quoted in an article in The Wilmington News Journal about making safety improvements to the homes of senior citizens.

6/8/09

William E. Boden, professor of medicine and preventive medicine, is quoted in a number of articles following the announcement this weekend at the American Diabetes Association meeting in New Orleans of a study that found that diabetics with stable heart disease do just as well taking drugs alone as getting quick angioplasty or bypass surgery to open blocked heart arteries.

6/2/09

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports on research conducted by Kathleen Miller, senior research scientist in the Research Institute on Addictions, on the difference between "jocks" and "athletes." The article appeared in news outlets that include the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The research was also the subject of articles distributed by UPI and CanWest News Service, which did a lengthy article on the research.

6/1/09

An article in the Boston Globe about Free Staters, the antigovernment activists who are relocating to New Hampshire in an effort to form a state free of government interference, reports that movement was begun by Jason Sorens, assistant professor of political science, who published an article in 2001 outlining the idea.

6/1/09

A health column in the Los Angeles Times reports there is a vast difference between being an "athlete" and a "jock" according to research conducted by Kathleen Miller, senior research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions.

6/1/09

An article distributed by UPI reports on research by Lora Park, assistant professor of psychology, that shows that women are more sensitive than men to appearance rejection.

6/2/09

An article in the Bleacher Report about the possibility that the Big Ten may expand calls UB the "most beneficial choice" to join the conference.

6/12/09

Joshua Dyck, assistant professor of political science, is quoted in an article in the Wilmington News Journal about a local conservative group that is organizing to protest against the Democratic administrations in Washington DC and the State of Delaware.

6/12/09

An article in Men's Health magazine on avoiding off weight gain while traveling reports that a UB study showed that men consumed 35 percent fewer calories when eating with strangers than when eating with friends.

6/12/09

An article distributed by HealthDay reports efforts to help people quit smoking vary from state to state, and quotes Gary Giovino, professor and chair of health behavior, who says while there are areas of progress, there also are some areas where we are not doing so well.

6/12/09

An article distributed by UPI reports research conducted by Gary Giovino, professor and chair of the Department of Health Behavior, has shown there is wide variation in smoking practices across the U.S. and a clear relationship between smoking and mortality rates.

6/17/09

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Bloomsday celebrations in that city reports that much of the Joycean world headed to Buffalo over the weekend for the North American James Joyce Conference at UB, and notes that UB holds one of the largest collections of Joycean papers and memorabilia in the world.

6/17/09

A story on ABC News about the death of a 14-year-old boy with ADHD who was taking prescription drugs to manage his symptoms quotes William Pelham, professor of psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry, who called the number of children being prescribed the drugs "astonishing."

6/17/09

An article on the Reuters "Entertainment behind the scenes" blog about the growing popularity of vampires in the movies and television quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who said the latest vampire hits are more like soap operas and are very complex in their portrayal of characters and relationships.

6/24/09

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education interviews Brian Carter, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, about the school's students working on "small projects," efforts to redesign much-used public spaces, both to enliven the surroundings and to give students real training. One of the difficulties of being a young architect in America, he says, is there are too few opportunities to break into the field and show one's work. The small projects offer those opportunities.

6/24/09

An article in New Scientist on a new study that help explain why some people remain famous after their talent has faded -- if they were even talented to begin with -- reports a 1991 study by William Hamlen, associate professor of finance and managerial economics, found that an objective measure of vocal harmony predicted album sales.

6/23/09

An article distributed by CanWest News Service reports a study by Jason Briner, assistant professor of geology, has shown just how quickly the planet's massive coastal glaciers could disappear and send global sea levels surging. The article appeared in newspapers throughout Canada, including The Montreal Gazette.

6/22/09

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports that an exhibition of work by Salvador Dali will be presented by the UB Anderson Gallery. The article notes that 15 sketches and a silver sculpture belong to the family of the late Edmund Klein, a world-renowned skin cancer researcher and research professor in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who treated the Spanish surrealist for nearly a decade. The article appeared in hundreds of news outlets throughout the world, including USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

6/29/09

An article on the Discovery Channel about the melting Greenland ice sheet, which contains enough fresh water to raise the global sea level 23 feet, reports on research by Jason Briner, assistant professor of geology, that shows the contemporary tidewater glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica that are retreating into deep waters may begin to experience even faster rates of retreat than are currently being observed.

6/29/09

An article distributed by AP reports Turner Gill has been named grand marshal for the IndyCar race at Watkins Glen International on July 5. The article appeared in outlets that include USA Today.

6/29/09

An article in the Detroit News about the life and death of Farrah Fawcett quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who said the actress represented a whole post-feminism shift, introducing the idea that "women can be strong and do anything a man can do, even in high heels and not have a hair out of place."

6/29/09

An article in The State about the unexpected death of pop star Michael Jackson quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who discussed his iconic place in popular culture history, as well as the sordid details of his personal life that tainted his later years.

6/30/09

An article distributed by UPI reports that UB research has shown that the stress of police work may explain why police officers have a higher risk of developing heart disease, and quotes John Violanti, associate professor of social and preventive medicine. The research also was the subject of an article distributed by Ivanhoe Newswire.

6/30/09

An article in the San Jose Mercury News about college strength coaches sending workout programs to graduating high school athletes who will be joining them in the fall reports that a study by the UB Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science has shown that squats were more effective and safer than leg extensions because they put less strain on knee ligaments.

6/27/09

Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, is quoted in an article distributed by Reuters about how Michael Jackson's death has sparked renewed interest in his albums, videos and other paraphernalia.