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7/1/09

An article in the Democrat and Chronicle about a decision by Yahoo Inc. to build a new data center in Lockport quotes Lawrence Southwick, professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics.

7/1/09

An article on the cover of Forbes magazine about the best methods of treating angina quotes William Boden, professor of medicine, who says drug treatment is just as effective as stents for treating the heart condition.

7/7/09

An article on MSNBC about why some celebrities such as Michael Jackson become even more popular after they die and the relationship that fans form with celebrities quotes Jaye Derrick, a research assistant at the Research Institute on Addictions, about parasocial relationships.

7/7/09

An article distributed by UPI reports UB geologists are among the organizers of a workshop in Pasto, Colombia, being held to convince area residents of the dangers posed by Galeras, the country's most dangerous volcano, and quotes Michael Sheridan, director of the Center for Geohazards Studies.

7/1/09

Kathleen Miller, research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions, is quoted in a USA Today article about the potential hazards of consuming energy drinks. Health experts are concerned about the large quantities of energy drinks being used by high school and college athletes to boost athletic performance or enhance weight loss.

7/16/09

An article in <i>Popular Mechanics</i> about the shake test of a seven-story wood building in Japan's Hyogo Earthquake Engineering Research Center reports an earthquake project at UB will test two 72-foot bridges under earthquake-like vibrations.

7/16/09

An article in Happen magazine, a publication of Match.com, about how to get closer to someone you're dating suggests getting a pet and reports that a UB study found that pet-owning daters have closer relationships, bounce back more quickly after stressful arguments and are more satisfied than those who don't have pets.

7/15/09

An article in the <i>Reading Eagle</i> about police work and suicide quotes John Violanti, research associate professor of social and preventive medicine, who says an officer is eight times more likely to commit suicide than to be killed in the line of duty. The article also reports that since retiring as a New York trooper, Violanti has devoted his life to studying the stress and trauma of the job, trying to bring attention to the potential damage to a police officer's mental health.

7/10/09

An article in Woman's Day magazine reports a recent study by researchers in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has found that as the temperatures rise, so does a child's risk of being bitten by a dog, and offers tips on avoiding being bitten.

7/10/09

An article in Forbes about approval by the Food and Drug Administration of the blood thinner Effient quotes William Boden, professor of medicine and preventive medicine, who said he does not see the drug supplanting Plavix for most patients.

7/8/09

An article on the Discovery News about new research that showed that males can adjust the speed and effectiveness of their sperm depending on whether the male finds the female attractive reports that human males hoping to improve their fertility would be wise not to smoke marijuana, which UB research showed reduces amounts of seminal fluid and lowers sperm count.

7/13/09

An article in <i>The Buffalo News</i> reported UB and Calspan are collaborating to build two bridges in the Town of Ashford as part of a project that will aid research to prevent bridge collapses during disasters and help restore the country's aging infrastructure.

7/20/09

An article on the front of the business section of The Buffalo News about Hebeler Corp., a local company that has turned itself around from one considered to be a poorly performing vendor to the winner of a "supplier excellence" award, thanks to its ongoing relationship with the Center for Industrial Effectiveness, which helped the company identify and eliminate waste, and improve its processes using principles of Six Sigma.

7/21/09

An article on Inside Higher Ed reports on a podcast featuring SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher discussing the need to promote a more cohesive vision for the university system and for its ties to the City University of New York and to the state's many private colleges.

7/20/09

An article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports a study by UB researchers found that children were more susceptible to dog bites during the summer months and dogs were more inclined to bite a child in the head or neck area, and quotes Philomena Behar, clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology.

7/20/09

An article distributed by UPI reports that when it comes to intellectual potential, it may not be the brain's size that is important, but how many cortical modules are available, and quotes Eduardo Mercado III, associate professor of psychology.

7/21/09

A story on KCIT-TV in Texas about the growing number of young people who are compulsive gamblers, particularly in the Internet, reports that three-quarters of a million teens have a serious gambling problem, according to UB research.

7/17/09

An article in the Gwinnett (Georgia) Daily Post reports on an address at Brenau University by Douglas Clements, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Learning and Instruction, who said the federal government's "No Child Left Behind" was the wrong way to go.

7/6/09

An article on Stuff, a New Zealand news site, reports that people who are sensitive about their looks and concerned about being rejected because of them are more likely to be interested in cosmetic surgery than those who are less sensitive, and quotes Lora Park, associate professor of psychology.

7/26/09

An article distributed by the Associated Press about the effect declining state budgets are having on class sizes quotes Jeremy Finn, professor of counseling, school and educational psychology and a nationally recognized expert of class size.

7/26/09

An article distributed by the AP reports on the Porcupine Freedom Festival, a four-day gathering of supporters of the Free State Project, which advocates less government and more individual freedom. The organization was begun by Jason Sorens, assistant professor of political science, who was quoted in the article.

7/21/09

An article on Daily Kos looks at the name letter effect, which holds that people are more likely to live in a city that shares the first letter of their name, and reports the effect was demonstrated by Brett Pelham and other researchers at UB.

7/23/09

An article distributed by UPI reports a study by Bruce Miller and Beatrice Wood, professors of psychiatry and pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has shown that stress and depression may cause asthma in young people to worsen.

7/22/09

An article in the Los Angeles Daily News about a local resident who lost nearly 100 pounds in order to join the Army and pursue his career dream of joining the FBI reports a UB study showed that about one in six young Americans is heavy enough to fail the weight requirements for all four military services.

7/22/09

An article distributed by Health Day News reports normal-weight and obese women respond to high-energy, high-density snacks differently and quotes Jennifer Temple, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition science, who conducted a study that found that "food reinforcement," the term researchers used to describe motivation to eat, decreased in non-obese women who were asked to consume their favorite snack for days at a time. the article appeared in news outlets throughout the nation, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Yahoo! Health.

7/24/09

An article on PsychCentral.com reports a new research study conducted at UB using an animal model shows that short-term or acute physical stress may enhance learning and memory. The research also was the subject of an article distributed by IANS News Service.

7/23/09

An article in the Dot Earth blog in The New York Times reports UB is among more than 100 schools, student groups and nonprofit organizations that have signed a letter pressing the Senate to provide money President Obama has sought for his Re-Energyse program, which is aimed at building the intellectual capacity to transform the nation's energy system.

7/25/09

An article on MarketWatch about mistakes unemployed workers should avoid making in their job searches quotes Judith Applebaum, director of career services.

7/26/09

An article in Syracuse Post-Standard about the billions of dollars academic researchers are receiving through federal economic recovery act questions whether two years of academic research can make jobs and stimulate the economy reports R. Lorraine Collins, professor of health behavior, is using the funds to study malt liquor and marijuana use.

7/25/09

An article in the Fresno Bee about the lack of reasonably priced supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in the San Joaquin Valley reports a UB study concluded that prices at corner markets are on average 15 percent higher than at supermarkets.

7/26/09

An article in the Wilmington News Journal about the "birther" movement, whose members question whether President Barack Obama is a native-born American and eligible to serve as president, quotes Joshua Dyck, assistant professor of political science, who said that while there are some die-hard conservatives who truly believe Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii, the issue shows how public perceptions can be easily distorted in the digital age.

7/28/09

A story on KEYC-TV in Minnesota reports a new study by doctors from the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has shown a link between asthma and depression.

7/28/09

An article in The Herald, a newspaper published by the government of Zimbabwe, reports that postgraduate students involved in research on HIV and AIDS are set to benefit from an exchange program partnering UB and the University of Zimbabwe. The article quotes Gene Morse, professor and associate dean for clinical and translational research.

7/28/09

An article in Scientific American reports new research by Jaye Derrick, a postdoctoral associate in psychology, and Shira Gabriel, associate professor of psychology, suggests that loneliness can be alleviated simply by turning on your favorite television show.

7/27/09

An article in the Deseret News about the opening in Utah of the Children's Summer Treatment Program, a therapeutic camp for children with ADHD founded by William Pelham, director of the Center for Children and Families and an internationally recognized expert on ADHD, that uses an elaborate point system to monitor and modify behavior while kids play sports, do schoolwork or simply stand in line.

7/27/09

An article in the Christian Science Monitor about people's willingness to share intimate details of their life online quotes Michael Stefanone, assistant professor of communication, who says the public purging is a natural extension of the reality television boom of the past decade and people's boundaries of privacy are becoming more relaxed.

7/28/09

A UPI article reports a business founded by Lani Burkman, a reproductive physiologist in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, offers advanced semen analysis using sperm video transmission online to provide fertility analysis.

7/28/09

An article on Web MD about irritable bowel syndrome and its treatments quotes Jeffrey Lackner, a behavioral scientist and assistant professor of medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic. The article originally appeared in Good Housekeeping magazine.

7/28/09

An article on Live Science about what governs people's capacity to learn quotes Eduardo Mercado III, associate professor of psychology, whose research indicates that the cortical modules determine cognitive plasticity and changes in the modules may explain why people have different learning capacities as they grow older.

7/29/09

An article in <i>Women's Health</i> magazine about the best fitness foods for women reports that UB researchers found that competitive women runners who ate less than 20 percent fat were more likely to suffer injuries than those who consumed at least 31 percent. The article quotes Peter Horvath, associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences.

7/28/09

An article in the Toronto Globe and Mail reports a UB study has shown that when obese women eat the same snack every day, their motivation to eat it increases.

7/30/09

A story on CNN about whether children should take medication to treat their ADHD quotes child psychiatrist James Waxmonsky, assistant professor of psychiatry, who said parents need to weigh in when doctors are making decisions about ADHD treatments.

7/30/09

An article in Marie Claire magazine titled "6 Health Mistakes Smart People Make" reports that while a drink a day helps keep your heart healthy, downing a week's quota on the weekend triples heart-disease risk, according to a UB study.

7/31/09

An article in Inside Higher Ed about the growing number of companies that renting to students new and used textbooks at reduced prices reports that Follett bookstores this fall will being a pilot rental program at a dozen institutions, including UB.

7/30/09

A story on Minnesota Public Radio about the second anniversary of the I-35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis looks at improvements that have been made in inspecting and maintaining area bridges and quotes Andre Filiatrault, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering.