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1/7/10

An article distributed by UPI reports effective use of intelligence gathering and behavior identification programs could have kept the alleged bomber off Flight 253, according to UB behavioral scientist Mark Frank. ANI news service, EU News Network and IANS news service also distributed articles on the subject.

1/4/10

An article on StraightStatistics.org, a Web site dedicated to detecting and exposing the distortion and misuse of statistical information and exposing those who are responsible, looks at research by Ming Ming Chiu, professor of learning and instruction, that uses multilevel diffusion curves to model the way new recordings find their way onto the U.S. airwaves.

1/2/10

An article distributed by the Associated Press about free health and dental care that is offered to the uninsured, underinsured and desperate through the nonprofit called Remote Area Medical quoted Kevin D'Angelo, clinical instructor of restorative dentistry, and includes a photo of UB student dental student Alex Nguyen providing treatment at a clinic in Tennessee. The article appears in news outlets around the country, including the San Diego Union Tribune and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

1/1/10

An article on WLS-TV in Chicago reports researchers at UB are studying the effects of caffeine on children, including blood pressure, heart rate, hand tremors, gender differences and whether caffeine consumption contributes to later use of drugs one children become teenagers.

1/4/10

An article in The Scientist about the complexities involved in defining, quantifying and assessing mammalian behavior quotes Mark Kristal, professor of psychology, who says it takes a lot of experience and some training to approach behavior work correctly.

1/3/10

An article in the Hartford Courant about the economic downturn having the greatest impact on cities whose economies are tied closely to General Motors and Ford, and the importance of walkability to community survivability, looks at research by Li Yin, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, that assessed communities according to a "walkability index."

1/3/10

A column distributed by King Features Syndicate about eating small, frequent meals and snacks as a way to manage weight reports a recent UB study compared the snacking habits of women who were overweight and women who weren't, and found that while after 14 days of eating the same snack both sets of women were sick of eating it, smaller women ate progressively less while their heavier counterparts kept eating it even though they didn't enjoy it. The article appeared in news outlets that include the St. Petersburg Times and Washington Examiner.

1/4/10

An article in The Age on the differences in how Australians and Americans approach education and public life is written by Julian Meyrick, adjunct instructor in UB's arts management program. The article appeared in a number of Australian news outlets, including The Sydney Morning Herald.

1/2/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on turnover in local politics quotes Kathryn Foster, director of the Regional Institute. "At the end of the day, you're trading off consistency and 'churn,' and both have positive and negative aspects," Foster says.

1/5/10

The Wellnews column in the San Diego Union Tribune reports UB researchers have discovered a peptide in tarantula venom that, when injected in mice with muscular dystrophy, increases muscle strength without negative side effects.

1/4/10

An article in the New Scientist about a new class of star that may recreate the conditions of the big bang in its incredibly dense core reports a study by De-Chang Dai, postdoctoral associate in physics, shows that the deaths of very massive stars may lead to "electroweak" stars that creep even closer to the black hole limit.

1/7/10

An article in Smart Money magazine about grocery and drug stores that are reducing the number of products they carry to more manageable levels in response to shoppers who are overwhelmed by too much choice quotes Arun Jain, Samuel P. Capen Professor of Marketing Research.

1/7/10

A story on the Web site VirtualMedicalCentre.com looks at research conducted by UB that showed that when pharmacists directly participate in patient care, they significantly reduce treatment costs and improve outcomes.

1/7/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on plans by Bausch & Lomb to roll out a new logo and icon on everything from its product packaging and letterhead to TV ads and corporate signage quotes Ram Bezawada, assistant professor of marketing.

1/11/10

An article on Discovery News reports on research conducted by Jennifer Temple, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition science, that showed that caffeinated beverages have stronger effects on boys than on girls, and looks at the impact of caffeine on adolescent health. The research also was the subject of an article distributed by ANI news service.

1/11/10

A story on Law.com's Legal Blog Watch reports that a group of UB law students is traveling to Thailand, where they will study the country's unique legal culture.

1/11/10

An article distributed by UPI and ANI on social behavior influencing a child's eating habits quotes Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, assistant professor of pediatrics and first author of the study. "Our findings underscore the importance of considering the child's social network in studying youth's motivation to eat," says Salvy.

1/11/10

An article on the Discoveries page of the National Science Foundation's Web site looks at a pioneering research team that made history 40 years ago as the first U.S. women to conduct research on the continent. The researchers included Eileen McSaveney, a UB alumnus who was the sole female undergraduate student in geology at UB at the time. The article is based on stories about the research team that were published in the Antarctic Sun and on Live Science. The article also appeared in U.S. News & World Report

1/11/10

An article on American Police Beat about the adverse health effects of shift work looks at the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress study and quotes John Violanti, research associate professor of social and preventive medicine.

1/10/10

A Buffalo News editorial by president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Andrew Rudnick, reports that the partnership will push the 2010 regional agenda, led by legislation to advance the UB 2020 plan.

1/11/10

Erin Slazak, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy, was interviewed by MedPage Today for a story on the benefits of pharmacists taking a more active role in patient care.

1/10/10

An article in the Washington Examiner on speculation that President Obama may delay the date of his State of the Union address quotes James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, who said it would be a bad idea to change the time of the speech. The article also ran in the San Francisco Examiner.

1/14/10

NPR (national) interviewed one of Haiti's only earthquake engineers, Pierre Fouche, a UB doctoral student studying earthquake engineering in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, about the tragic earthquake in his home island. Haiti's buildings, he said, were poorly constructed and simply were not able to withstand the forces of an earthquake. NPR's science reporter Chris Joyce also interviewed UB's Andre Filiatrault, director of MCEER. The story has aired on a number of NPR affiliates, as well, including WBUR in Boston and KPCC in Southern California.

1/16/10

The ABC News Show "20/20" featured interviews with UB professor and MCEER director Andre Filiatrault and PhD student Pierre Fouche, a Haitian studying earthquake engineering at UB. Filiatrault and Fouche discussed structural factors contributing to the devastation in Haiti. The interview is not available online.

1/20/10

An opinion piece on CNN about decades of inadequate construction in Haiti and the role it played in the Caribbean island nation's earthquake devastation is written by Pierre Fouche, a Haitian citizen and UB doctoral candidate in earthquake engineering. The piece mentions the need for multihazard engineering, which it identifies as being a strength of UB and MCEER.

1/15/10

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about recommendations by Gov. David Paterson that the state's public-university systems have the freedom to set tuition and make purchases outside of the state's procurement process, among other things, quotes President John B. Simpson.

1/18/10

An article on Inside Higher Ed reports that Gov. David Paterson on Friday proposed legislation that could give SUNY a large infusion of funds and far more flexibility, and quotes President John B. Simpson, who said the governor's proposal makes it possible that he could for the first time in seven years "be focused on investing in quality" instead of "another budgetary disappointment."

1/19/10

An article in The New York Times about software that allows companies and governments to input emissions data, analyze it in charts and receive recommendations on how to cut heat-trapping gases reports UB is planning to measure emissions at the building level for the first time using a new product called Carbon Impact. The article quotes Jim Simon, UB's environmental educator, who said the university is contemplating a carbon footprint competition among various university departments, a task that would have been virtually impossible a year ago.

1/19/10

An article distributed by UPI reports that a UB study has shown there is a gender affect when it comes to teens and caffeine, with boys liking it more than girls do. The article quotes Jennifer Temple, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition science. Articles in The New York Daily News and the Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News also covered the study.

1/20/10

An article distributed by ANI news service reports that a study conducted by UB researchers suggests that a specialized exercise routine can help athletes suffering with post-concussion syndrome get back on the field.

1/19/10

An article on Discovery.com about quark stars reports that research being carried out by physicists led by De-Chang Dai, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Physics, examines quark stars and pushes them to their limits.

1/19/10

An article on Inside Higher Ed about colleges and universities increasing athletic funding at a time when many are freezing salaries and even furloughing employees reports that UB -- as well as fellow MAC schools Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Akron and Western Michigan -- derived at least a third of their operating revenues from student fees, institutional support or other allocated sources, rather than generated sources such as ticket sales, fundraising dollars, television and other deals.

1/16/10

An article in the (Racine, Wisc.) Journal Times about whether class size affects student learning quotes Jeremy Finn, professor of counseling, school and educational psychology.

1/16/10

An article on the Web site AllGov.com reports public universities are increasingly giving more financial aid to students from relatively wealthy families instead of lower income homes in order to recruit academic achievers and boost the school's reputation, and notes that in a study showed that top-ranked private institutions have a higher proportion of minority students than public universities, including in New York State, where Columbia University bested UB.

1/13/10

James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is quoted in an article in The Tennessean about speculation that former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. is considering running in the New York State primary against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand.

1/14/10

A story on WCTV-TV in Tallahassee reports that a study by UB doctors has shown a close relationship between childhood obesity and children's social lives.

1/23/10

An article distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service about the largely unregulated and substandard construction that has long been accepted on Haiti quotes Pierre Fouche, a Haitian working on his doctorate in earthquake engineering at UB, whose goal is to find affordable methods to strengthen his country's lax standards and structures. The article appeared in news outlets that include the Miami Herald, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Palm Beach Post, Stars and Stripes and Taiwan News.

1/25/10

Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, is quoted in an article distributed by the Associated Press about "Octomom" Nadia Suleman and the way she uses the celebrity media for attention and to make money that can be used to raise her children. A reality show could be more lucrative but, Rapping says, "What I suspect is that they don't want to take a chance on her because she's almost a little too crazy for reality television." The article appeared in more than 200 news outlets throughout the nation, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, CBS News, Houston Chronicle, Syracuse Post Standard, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times.

1/26/10

Pierre Fouche, a Haitian doctoral candidate in the UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was a guest on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation yesterday. Fouche, who studies earthquake engineering with Michel Bruneau, UB professor of civil engineering, discussed reconstruction efforts in Haiti along with Lawrence Vale, an expert in post-disaster reconstruction at MIT. The interview may be heard at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122986056. WBFO aired a story based on the interview, which may be heard at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wbfo/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1604602/WBFO.News/UB.earthquake.engineering.student.hopes.for.strict.building.codes.in.Haiti. The story also reports that Andre Filiatrault, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, is heading up a UN team now in Port-au-Prince that is assessing the integrity of the remaining structures. Fouche also was quoted in an article in Homeland Security Newswire about Haiti's archaic building practices.

1/27/10

An article in The New York Times about questions over the authenticity of an emblem -- a sankofa -- found on coffin uncovered during a building excavation in Lower Manhattan in 1991, which originally was believed to be a symbol printed on funereal garments in 18th-century West Africa, quotes Erik R. Seeman, associate professor of history, whose new study treats the sankofa claim skeptically.

1/26/10

James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is quoted in an article in the San Francisco Examiner about shifting political winds that are discouraging Democrats from running for office.

1/27/10

An article distributed by UPI reports that nearly the entire population of Haiti is sleeping in tents or outdoors because of fear of aftershocks, and quotes Andre Filiatrault.

1/21/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about a local civil engineer who is traveling to Haiti to evaluate the safety of buildings there with a national team of experts reports the trip was coordinated by the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research based at UB.

1/20/10

Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, is quoted on amNewYork in a story about a 23-year-old reality television star who recently underwent 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day.

1/21/10

A Buffalo News story reports that during a Buffalo Place board meeting on Wednesday Congressman Brian Higgins praised the UB 2020 plan and UB's stated goal of moving five medical-related schools to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. He also acknowledged that UB will consider moving the Law School to a location in downtown closer to the courts and law firms. Business First also covered the meeting.

1/20/10

An article in the Chicago Tribune profiles Ashley Zuber, a member of the women's basketball team who has undergone surgery in both hips for a torn labrum and bone spurs and is back on the court competing. The article quotes coach Linda Hill-MacDonald, who calls the player's basketball IQ "very, very high."

1/21/10

An article in the Boston Globe reports on former UB wrestler Jeff Parker, who is battling cancer after a mass was removed from his neck in the fall. The article quotes his UB coach, Jim Beichner, and reports UB's match on Jan. 30 against Ohio will double as a "Takedown Cancer" fundraising event to offset the costs of treatment not covered by Parker's insurance.

1/21/10

CNN's list of "Intriguing People for January 21, 2010" includes as its second selection Pierre Fouche, a doctoral student studying earthquake engineering at UB. It mentions -- and includes links to -- his NPR interview, as well as his essay for CNN.com.

1/22/10

An article in the Baltimore Sun on the true cost of heart stents quotes William E. Boden, professor of medicine and preventive medicine, who says in many instances stents are "overused and in some cases abused."

1/22/10

An article distributed by UPI reports researchers at UB and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia are working together to develop a breast cancer vaccine. An article in Business First also reports on the research.

1/26/10

A Buffalo News story on proposed changes to the NFTA bus and train fares says Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director, hopes to make a better case for rail extension because of UB 2020 and increased traffic to the airport.

1/26/10

An article in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on the importance of research to the health of a university -- in this case, Binghamton University -- and the local economy quotes UB President John B. Simpson, who said every $1 million in federally sponsored research results in 29 jobs in the community.

1/24/10

An article in the Boston Globe about a Massachusetts police officer who committed suicide after years of troubling behavior quotes John Violanti, research associate professor of social and preventive medicine.

1/22/10

An article in the Cincinnati Enquirer on the hundreds of hours of overtime and unused holiday, vacation and sick days officer in the Cincinnati Police Department will cash in to increase their pay when they retire quotes Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Organizations and Human Resources and a compensation expert.

1/23/10

A Utica Observer-Dispatch story on minority hiring quotes associate professor of law, Rick Su.

1/25/10

An article on Chemical & Engineering News reports John P. Richard, professor of chemistry, is the winner of the 2009 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Award, given by the ACS Western New York Section for outstanding work and service in chemistry or chemical engineering. The recognition also appeared in the newsletter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

1/26/10

An article on Miller-McCune, an online magazine that utilizes academic research to report on social concerns, about ballot initiatives reports a UB study has shown that people living in states with frequent ballot initiatives are less likely to trust their government than those without direct democracy. The article quotes Joshua Dyck, assistant professor of political science, who said that distrust then affects how people vote.

1/28/10

An article on citytowninfo.com on the role pharmacists' play in direct patient care quotes Scott V. Monte, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy.

1/29/10

A Huffington Post article on the Hunter's Hope Foundation reports that research funded by the foundation is conducted by the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute, in a partnership with UB, to develop more effective treatment strategies and correction of genetic defects.

1/29/10

A Q&A on Haiti Rewired interviews UB doctoral candidate Pierre Fouche about why he chose to study earthquake engineering and what it will take to rebuild his country.

1/30/10

Jerry Newman, a compensation expert and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Organizations and Human Resources, is quoted in an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about Xerox cutting its severance benefits to U.S. workers in anticipation of the elimination of 2,500 jobs worldwide this year. The new severance terms, he said, bring the company more in line with the business world overall.

1/31/10

An article in the Prospectus section of Sunday's Buffalo News reports that for several years now, the Buffalo Niagara region has rallied around the idea that a bigger, stronger UB may be the best way to revitalize the Western New York economy.

1/28/10

An article in Education Week's Curriculum Matters blog about math learning in young children quotes Douglas H. Clements, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction.

1/3/10

An article in SC Magazine, England's largest IT security publication, about significant government funding to help prevent cyber crime quotes Randall Dipert, C.S. Peirce Professor of American Philosophy and a military ethicist, who said that without a stated treaty or explicit policy, no amount or kind of espionage is sufficient, by itself, to trigger a morally justified war.

1/5/10

A broadcast by National Public Radio announced the White House's nomination of UB Law School graduate Virginia Seitz to lead the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. Seitz, 54, graduated from UB in 1985. She is a former Rhodes scholar and past Supreme Court clerk for Justice William Brennan. If confirmed, she will run a controversial unit known for its harsh interrogation tactics during the Bush administration. Her nomination was also reported in the New York Times blog "The Caucus."

1/14/10

An article in England's Daily Mail about new research that shows soya could be effective in battling prostate and breast cancer reports a study by Anne Weaver, a UB graduate student and research apprentice with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, found that women with the highest isoflavone intake had a 30 percent lower risk of an invasive breast tumor and a 60 percent lower risk of a low-grade tumor