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8/3/09

An article in the Aug. 3 issue of Time magazine about how the growing use of computers and standardized testing have led to the decline of handwriting quotes Tamera Thornton, professor of history and author of a history of American handwriting.

8/3/09

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education looks at UB 2020 and its plans to revitalize the university and the region.

8/1/09

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports FINA, swimming's governing body, has appointed David Pendergast, professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the Center for Research and Education in Special Environments, to the scientific commission that will oversee approvals for swimsuits.

8/1/09

An article in the New York Daily News about a Massachusetts woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her womb quotes Charles Ewing, professor of law, who said killings like these have an almost psychotic quality to them.

8/4/09

An article in Slate magazine titles "How is America going to end?" looks at the impact climate change could have on population trends and migration suggests Buffalo could become an climatological oasis and interviews Robert Shibley, professor of urban and regional planning, who says it is "unconscionable" for people to keep packing into potential climate hot zones.

8/7/09

An article distributed by UPI reports that a study involving teens in 34 countries has found overconfident 15-year-olds are often below-average readers, and quotes lead author Ming Ming Chiu, professor of learning and instruction.

8/6/09

An article on WebMD reports a new UB study suggests that eating with a large group of women friends may influence you to eat more, and quotes Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, assistant professor of pediatrics.

8/5/09

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports that UB is among universities in Michigan, New York, France and Italy that are collaborating on a new master's degree program that combines the study of volcanoes and earth science. The article was picked up by several news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune.

8/12/09

An article on the CNN Truth Squadblog asks whether dental service will be covered under the health care reform bill and quotes Debra Street, associate professor of sociology and an expert in health care policy.

8/12/09

An article in <i>U.S. News & World Report</i> about treatment techniques that may diminish children's ADHD symptoms without the use of drugs includes the summer treatment programs developed by William Pelham, director of the Center for Children and Families, that aim to teach children social skills and improve academic performance.

8/13/09

An editorial in <i>The Bay State Banner</i> in Massachusetts about the last week's confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor as the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court looks at the nation's growing minority population, and reports that according to demographer Peter Rogerson, professor of geography, more than half of all the people born in the United States since 1776 were alive around 1997, a number that he says will not change until 2030, and that between 2040 and 2050 the majority population of the U.S. will be either black, Latino or Asian.

8/12/09

An article in <i>Engineering News-Record</i> about bridge information modeling and why it's needed to integrate design and operations management interviews Stuart S. Chen, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering.

8/12/09

Larry Southwick, professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics, is quoted in an article in the <i>Rochester Democrat and Chronicle</i> about a government survey on worker productivity that found that Americans are working harder than ever.

8/11/09

An article on CBS Sports previews the 2009 Mid-American Conference football season, and calls Turner Gill "the most inspirational story line" and predicts UB will win the East Division title.

8/11/09

An article on CNN about the benefits of aspirin among heart patients and heart attack survivors quotes Francis Gengo, associate professor of pharmacy and neurology, who said aspirin is not for everyone because if you're taking an anti-inflammatory agent such as ibuprofen, it will negate the effects of the aspirin.

8/10/09

An article distributed by Reuters about the popularity of the vampire genre among teenage girls quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who said that unlike old-school vampires like Dracula, modern vampires have complex relationships and emotional entanglements with the objects of their desires. The article appeared in <i>The Washington Post</i> and on a number of National Public Radio stations, including Wyoming Public Radio.

8/9/09

An article in the Boston Globe about studies that indicate that, on the whole, we know significantly less about our friends, colleagues and even spouses than we think we do reports that research by Sandra Murray, professor of psychology, found that couples that maintained positive illusions about each other tended to be happier than those that didn't.

8/13/09

An article in The New York Times about textbook publishers who are beginning to rent books to students reports Follett Higher Education Group, which manages more than 850 college bookstores, is starting a pilot rental program this fall at about a dozen of its bookstores, including at UB.

8/16/09

An article in the New York Daily News about the high cost of college textbooks reports a Queens councilman is calling on CUNY officials to create a textbook rental program and that book rental programs are springing up all over the country, including at UB.

8/15/09

An article in the Orlando Sentinel reports the 1958 UB football team was honored in Orlando 51 years after they turned down a bowl bid because of racial discrimination.

8/13/09

An article on CNN about using stem cells to treat heart disease quotes Techung Lee, associate professor of biochemistry, who said injecting stem cells into the heart muscle carries the risk of arrhythmias and is working on a less invasive technique using mice.

8/19/09

An article distributed by Reuters reports that a UB study has found that overweight children and teenagers eat more when they have a snack with an overweight friend rather than with a thinner peer. The article quotes Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, assistant professor of pediatrics, who said the same pattern has been found in adults. The article appears in news outlets that include ABC News and MSNBC.

8/20/09

An article in U.S. News & World Report reports that UB, in an effort to pursue its UB 2020 goals, is lobbying the New York legislature to let it raise its tuition and keep the money instead of sending some of it back to the state general fund. The article quotes UB President John B. Simpson.

8/19/09

An article on Ivanhoe Newswire reports that people with multiple sclerosis who smoked for as little as six months during their lifetime exhibited more destruction of brain tissue and more brain atrophy than MS patients who never smoked, according to a UB study.

8/18/09

An article in the Detroit News about the highly buzzed-about sixth season of "Project Runway" quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies and an expert on popular culture, who called the switch from Bravo to Lifetime "a perfect fit."

8/17/09

An article distributed by HealthDay reports patients with multiple sclerosis who smoke appear to be at higher risk for brain lesions linked with the disease and for brain shrinkage. The article quotes study co-author Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, associate professor of neurology and director of the Baird MS Center. The article appeared in outlets that include U.S. News & World Report and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

8/18/09

James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is listed as an information source in an article in the Christian Science Monitor about U.S. political parties since 1900 and how the balance of power has shifted between Republicans and Democrats.

8/17/09

An article in The Scientist reports researchers have created a new glue that may help surgeons reconstruct shattered bone and quotes Bob Baier, executive director of the Industry University Center on Biosurfaces, who was not involved in the research and called the glue, which mimics an adhesive naturally produced by marine worms, "a wonderful advance."

8/18/09

An article distributed by Reuters Health reports that when asthma and symptoms of depression coexist in children, asthma may become worse, and quotes Bruce D. Miller, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics. The article also appeared on Yahoo! Health and ABC News.

8/18/09

An article distributed by UPI reports people with multiple sclerosis who smoked as little as six months experienced more brain shrinkage than those who never smoked, and quotes Robert Zivadinov, professor of neurology.

8/25/09

An article in <i>Newsweek</i> reports on research by Steven Hoffman, visiting assistant professor of sociology, that shows that some people form and cling to false beliefs about health care reform and other issues despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary thanks to a mental phenomenon called motivated reasoning.

8/24/09

An article in <i>Newsweek</i> about the obesity epidemic reports that a study by Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, assistant professor of pediatrics, and her colleagues found that overweight kids consume significantly more calories when they chow down with friends who are also overweight than when they eat with lean friends.

8/20/09

Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, was interviewed on National Public Radio's Marketplace program for a story about the reality TV show "Project Runway," and whether the high price Lifetime is paying to air the show will be worth it.

8/20/09

New York Daily News picked up the Reuters article that reports that overweight children and teens may eat more when they have a snack with an overweight friend rather than a thinner peer.

8/22/09

An article in the Allentown Morning Call about the increasing number of people receiving help through the state gambling hotline following the opening of a casino nearby reports that the data seem to support UB research that suggests that people who live within 10 miles of a casino face 90 percent greater odds of struggling with gambling.

8/24/09

An article in the New York Examiner on health care reform myths reports research conducted by Steven Hoffman, visiting assistant professor of sociology, shows that rather than search for information that confirms or disconfirms a particular belief, people actually seek out information that confirms what they already believe. Hoffman's research also was the subject of an article distributed by UPI.

8/26/09

An article in Forbes about the different ways that men and women lie quotes Mark Frank, associate professor of communication, who says that "feminine wiles" are small, deceptions necessary for procreation and social survival, and not deliberate, misleading lies. "In some environments, lying is socially essential," he says.

8/26/09

An article in the Greenwich Time about treatments and remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome quotes Jeffrey Lackner, director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

8/27/09

An article distributed by Reuters Health reports that non-obese women will get tired of having the same snack food day after day, but the same doesn't appear to be true for women who are obese, according to research conducted by Jennifer Temple, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition science.

8/28/09

An article distributed by Premium Health News Service about how our partner's medical conditions affects our own quotes Gregory Homish, assistant professor of health behavior, who said everyone who is in a relationship should be aware that they're making some physically relevant decisions based on their partner's influence. The article appeared in news outlets that include the Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant and Orlando Sentinel.

8/28/09

An article distributed by Reuters about health care reform opponents using fear tactics to prevent adoption of reform measures quotes Steven Hoffman, assistant professor of sociology.

8/29/09

An article in the St. Joseph (Missouri) News Press about a local elementary school that missed making the Adequate Yearly Progress, part of the No Child Left Behind program, quotes Doug Clements, professor of learning and instruction, who said that No Child Left Behind fails to take into account the disparity of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, compared to their more affluent counterparts.

8/28/09

An article distributed by Premium Health News Service reports on the impact our romantic partners have on our lives, and quotes Gregory Homish, assistant professor of health behavior. The article appears on KRCW-TV in Oregon.