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12/3/09

An article in The Wall Street Journal about asbestos abatement trust funds that have come under fire from insurance companies and legal scholars with concerns about their lack of transparency quotes S. Todd Brown, associate professor of law, who said there is a concern that people who get sick in the future may not get paid what they are entitled to because the trusts are using their assets to pay more marginal claims.

12/2/09

Shira Gabriel, assistant professor of psychology, was interviewed on KTRS Talk Radio in St. Louis about cultural and media appetite for celebrity and scandal in the wake of Tiger Woods' car accident.

12/2/09

Robert Silverman, associate professor of urban and regional planning, was interviewed on WFAE-FM in Charlotte, N.C., about the number of Buffalo residents who have relocated to that city.

12/3/09

An article in Port Strategy magazine reports researchers from UB and Georgia Tech will test a one-tenth scale model of a shipping container crane on UB's shake table to measure the response of the crane from small levels of shaking to those large enough to cause the test crane to collapse.

12/1/09

An article in Sleep Review magazine reports that the combination of night work, overtime and shortened sleep can contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome among police officers, and quotes John Violanti, research associate professor of social and preventive medicine.

12/4/09

Pop culture expert Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, was interviewed on WNYC-FM for a story about movies like "2012" and "The Road," and the never-ending appeal of doomsday and end-of-the-world movies.

12/7/09

A health column in the Boston Globe asks whether there is a link between fertility and marijuana smoking, and reports that Lani Burkman, professor emeriti of obstetrics and gynecology, runs a business that gives fertility tests to men and women who have used drugs, including marijuana.

12/9/09

An article in Science News, the magazine of the Society for Science & the Public, about behavioral signs of cognizance in animals quotes J. David Smith, professor of psychology, who says it's important to keep in mind that consciousness is not an all-or-nothing event, that there are levels and gradations of the capacity.

12/9/09

An editorial in The Buffalo News supports UB's proposed expansion into the Fruit Belt, which, it says, could create a vibrant link between the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the Fruit Belt and Allentown neighborhoods, and serve as an economic driver for downtown revitalization.

12/15/09

An article in The Washington Post on the controversial practice of using neurofeedback to treat ADHD and other disorders reports William Pelham, director of the Center for Children and Families, is a critic of the treatment, which he includes on his list of common but ineffective treatments.

12/15/09

An article on CBC News reports on interest among Canadians in an experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis being investigated in the U.S. and Italy, and quotes Robert Zivadinov, professor of neurology, who said his team has been contacted by 8,000 MS patients in the past three weeks, and the queries continue to pour in. The article also quotes Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, associate professor of neurology. A similar article on CTV reports a medical center in British Columbia says it wants to become the first in Canada to test the new theory, and quotes Zivadinov.

12/15/09

An article in the Cincinnati Enquirer about ideas on how to cut overtime costs in the Cincinnati Police Department quotes Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Organization and Human Resources.

12/15/09

An article in Astronomy magazine about a new kind of star, an electroweak star, reports Dejan Stojkovic, assistant professor of physics and De-Chang Dai, postdoctoral associate, are among the authors on a paper describing electroweak stars. The article also appeared on the web site Space Daily.

12/14/09

An article in The National on the affect a child's name can have on his or her life reports Brett Pelham, associate professor of psychology, has done a variety of work on what he calls "implicit egotism" -- the theory that people tend to prefer people, places or things that remind them of themselves.

12/15/09

An article in Philstar.com about how to stay healthy during the holiday season quotes UB's Violet I. Haraszthy, associate professor in restorative dentistry, about the role of oral hygiene in overall health.

12/21/09

Michael F. Sheridan, UB Distinguished Professor Emeritus and founding director of UB's Center for GeoHazards Studies, featured on the History Channel show "How the Earth Was Made: Vesuvius," explores the geology of Vesuvius and what it means for contemporary Naples.

12/11/09

Medcompare.com reports on the launch of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) $37 million program to develop innovative approaches to combat obesity and lists the University at Buffalo's research on pediatric obesity as one of the research projects to receive funding.

12/7/09

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports that the UB Athletic Department confirmed on Monday that the university had granted Kansas permission to interview Turner Gill for its vacant head football coach position. The article appeared in numerous media outlets, including CNN and Sports Illustrated.

12/6/09

An article in the Charlotte Observer reports on UB alumnus Ken Ilgunas, who, to avoid going into debt, is living in a 1994 Ford Econoline van while he pursues graduate studies at Duke University. He also wrote about his experiences living in his van, which he calls his "grand social experiment" on Salon.com

12/6/09

An article on CBS Sports reports that former UB quarterback Drew Willy has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts.

12/9/09

An article in The Hill about stimulus funds and Republican criticism of project they consider to be a waste of taxpayer money includes the $390,000 UB received to study young adults who drink malt liquor and smoke marijuana. UB responded to the criticism in a statement that appears on the UB NewsCenter Web site.

12/14/09

News that UB's Turner Gill was named the new head coach at the University of Kansas received wide media coverage, including articles on ESPN announcing his decision to lead the Jayhawks, as well as UB's decision to appoint <Danny Barrett> as interim coach. Stories also appeared in USA Today, Sports Network and the MAC Report.

12/20/09

A front page story in Sunday's Buffalo News on the controversial new theory that blockages in the veins that drain blood from the brain may play a significant role in the development of MS reports that researchers expect to have initial results from the first cohort of patients by early next year. In the story, Robert Zivadinov, principal investigator and UB associate professor of neurology, says, "We're very encouraged, but can't say it's a 100 percent thing yet."

12/21/09

The work of UB researchers Doug H. Clements, SUNY Distinguished Professor of learning and instruction and Julie A. Sarama, associate professor of learning and instruction is featured in a front page New York Times story today.

12/16/09

Research by UB assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Matthew Ringuette on the formation of the vortex in hummingbird flight was described on Discovery.com. The research will help develop tiny vehicles that can be used to conduct surveillance in challenging environments.

12/28/09

An article on CNN about the problems that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has with tinnitus quotes Richard Salvi, director of the Center for Hearing and Wellness and a leading tinnitus expert.

12/8/09

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Building & Grounds blog reports UB is constructing a 600-unit, 198,500-square-foot residence hall that is designed to LEED gold standards and will include its first sustainable landscape design.

12/23/09

An article in the Arizona Republic about Festivus, a fictional holiday invented in 1997 on an episode of the television show "Seinfeld" that has inspired parties around the nation ever since, quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, who said the celebration of Festivus reflects a lot of the issues that people realistically endure over holiday family gatherings, but in a satirical sense.

12/24/09

An article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the science behind shoveling snow reports the UB Department of Industrial Engineering found that shovels with bent handles "reduce lumbar sagittal flexion."

12/24/09

An article on Live Science about the first women to conduct research in Antarctica reports geologist Eileen McSaveney, a UB alum, was among the all-female field team that traveled to the continent in 1969.

12/23/09

The Associated Press and more than 300 articles in national and local media from the San Francisco Examiner to the Jacksonville Observer covered the announcement that Jeff Quinn, currently offensive coordinator and line coach at the University of Cincinnati, will be UB's new head football coach. Stories focused on the announcement by UB and Quinn's leading the Cincinnati Bearcats as interim coach in the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl.

12/26/09

An article in the National Football Post reports that former UB quarterback Drew Willy has been signed to the Indianapolis Colts' active roster.

12/27/09

UB is included in an article in Eco Friendly Mag about the top solar universities in the Northeast.

12/27/09

An editorial in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on the need for a state remediation program for identifying and cleaning up contaminated dry-cleaning sites reports the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology and UB are partnering with the state Department of Environmental Conservation on a project that will help dry cleaners convert their operations to wet cleaning.

12/31/09

An article distributed by the Associated Press about a proposal in Rhode Island to close the Republican primary to nonmembers quotes James Gardner, professor of law and a specialist in election law, who said parties, though regulated by state law, are within their Constitutional rights to close or open primaries according to their wishes. The article appeared in news outlets that include the Boston Globe and Charleston Gazette.

12/31/09

An obit in The New York Times looks at the life and career Carlene Hatcher Polite, who taught creative writing at UB and died Dec. 7.

12/30/09

An article distributed by UPI reports enhancing a diabetic patient's access to care through collaborative physician-pharmacist relationships can help lower blood glucose levels, and quotes Erin Slazak, assistant professor of pharmacy practice. HealthyJocky.com and Science Daily also covered the story.

12/31/09

An article on MSNBC.com about concerns over the short- and long-term health effects of drugs used to treat ADHD quotes William E. Pelham Jr., professor of psychology and director of the Center for Children and Families, who said he believes drugs should be the last resort for treating children with ADHD.

12/31/09

A letter to the editor supports UB 2020, calling it "a commitment to excellence that Buffalo needs when -- not if -- it returns to relevancy." The letter is in response to an earlier letter to the editor that said New York State cannot afford the expansion that UB is seeking.

12/30/09

An article on Inside Higher Ed about questions raised during the annual meeting of the Modern Languages Association over how writing should be taught to undergraduates quotes Arabella Lyon, associate professor of English, whose criticism extended beyond the field of writing to the "intellectual bankruptcy of the humanities in the university today."

12/30/09

An article on Fox News reports that Fredrick Sachs, professor of physiology and biophysics, and other UB biophysicists have found a protein in tarantula venom that shows promise as a potential therapy for muscular dystrophy. The research is also the subject of an article distributed by ANI news service.