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3/1/10

An article in TIME magazine about childhood obesity, which has tripled among U.S. children in the past 30 years, quotes Leonard Epstein, professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine, about the role parents play in their children's weight loss efforts. He said, "you can't have a successful program if the parent is telling the kid not to eat chips while he's sitting there eating ice cream."

3/4/10

An article distributed by Agence France-Presse reports that taxing high-fat and sugary junk food is a more effective way to fight obesity than making healthy foods like fruit and vegetables more affordable, and cites research by Leonard Epstein, professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine, on women's shopping habits. The article was widely distributed in the international press, and appeared in news outlets that include the Sydney Morning Herald, Fox News stations throughout the U.S., MSN Philippines News, Turkish Press, Food Week, France 24 International News and the Booster Shots blog in the Los Angeles Times.

3/1/10

An article in Nature reports on research conducted by Charlotte Lundqvist, assistant professor of biological sciences, whose research looks at the history of polar bear evolution and how they have adapted to climate change.

3/1/10

Elias Eldayrie, associate vice president and chief information officer, is quoted in College Planning & Management magazine in an article about technology costs at colleges and universities, and the impact the economy has had IT services.

3/3/10

An article distributed by Reuters looks at the City of Buffalo, calling the boarded up Statler Towers "a sore reminder of the city's long, losing quest to attract business, investments and residents, and reports that UB, with almost 29,000 students, plans to add a downtown campus that is expected to attract 14,000 students, faculty and staff.

3/1/10

An article in the Palm Beach Post about using sin taxes to discourage self-destructive behavior reports a UB study found that taxing high-fat and sugar-rich foods drove shoppers to lower-calorie foods.

3/2/10

Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, is quoted in an article in the Sacramento Bee about pressure on modern moms to be "hot." The pressure on women to look younger and younger is troubling and speaks to an unyielding double standard, she says.

3/1/10

An article in the Edmonton Journal looks at a study by Lisa Rafalson, NRSA fellow and research assistant professor of social and preventive medicine, that showed that inadequate sleep can have negative health consequences, including raising the risk of infections, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Her research was presented at the Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

3/4/10

An article in The Scotsman about studies that contradict some of the medical recommendations for health living reports that a 2008 UB study suggested that both red and white wine can bolster lung function, with white wine having a more positive effect.

3/6/10

Charlotte Lindqvist, assistant professor of biological sciences, was interviewed on CBC's Quirks and Quarks radio show about her research on polar bears. Polar bears are relatively young in terms of evolution, and split off from brown bears only 150,000 years ago, adapting quickly to its arctic environment, her research shows.

3/7/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about donations made by political action committees of companies that have a sizable Rochester-area presence quotes Lawrence Southwick Jr., professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics.

3/5/10

An article in the Lake County Record-Bee about provisions that exempt police officers from wearing seat belts while driving reports that a UB study found that 60 percent of the nation's law enforcement officers killed in vehicle crashes died responding to non-emergency calls, and that 40.4 percent of unbelted occupants died vs. 15.5 percent of those wearing seat belts.

3/7/10

An article in Britain's Telegraph newspaper looks at research that show that regular moderate female drinkers were less likely to become obese, and reports that a UB study suggests that while both red and white wine can bolster lung function, white wine seems to have a more positive effect.

3/6/10

An article in Ireland's <a href="http://www.buffalo.edu/news/pdf/March10/IndependentJamesJoyce.pdf"><i>The Independen</i></a>t on James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" reports that at the end of WWII, UB "bought the lion's share of Joyce papersÂ…bringing to the U.S. a treasure trove."

3/9/10

An article in Singapore's The Straits Times on the popularity of Facebook and other social media quotes Michael Stefanone, assistant professor of communication, who says the technology allows ordinary people to "broadcast personal information -- like we're our own celebrities."

3/8/10

An article on WebMD about treating psoriasis quotes Robert Kalb, clinical professor of dermatology.

3/8/10

An Associated Press article reports that UB wrestler Dan Bishop is in serious condition at a Michigan hospital following emergency surgery on his spinal cord after he was injured competing in a semifinal match at the Mid-American Conference championships at Central Michigan University. The article appeared in numerous national and local news outlets, including the Detroit News, ESPN, USA Today, WBFO, The Buffalo News, WKBW-TV and WIVB-TV.

3/10/10

A story on Forbes' The Science Business blog reports a government study of the best-selling heart drug TriCor will be conducted to determine its effectiveness in reducing heart attacks and deaths in diabetics, and quotes William Boden, professor of medicine and public health, who said if the new trial comes up negative, "it could be the end" of wide use of the drug. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/pdf/March10/ForbesClinicalTrials.pdf

3/11/10

An article in the Calgary Herald about a Canadian woman suffering from multiple sclerosis who is heading to India for controversial surgery aimed at alleviating her symptoms reports that a recent UB study of 500 people appears to support the rationale behind the surgery.

3/10/10

Men's head basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon is interviewed in article on NBC Sports and MSNBC.com about the NCAA considering expanding the basketball tournament brackets from 65 to 96 teams. "I am in favor of it," he says.

3/11/10

An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that UB alumnus C.L. "Max" Nikias, provost of the University of Southern California, will succeed Steven B. Sample as president of that university. His appointment was widely reported, with an article also appearing in BusinessWeek.

3/8/10

An article on CBS News reports that a study has shown that people with psoriasis who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs had fewer scaly patches, and quotes Robert Kalb, clinical professor of dermatology.

3/12/10

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports that a UB wrestler who suffered a serious spinal cord injury during the MAC championships is off a ventilator and has moved one of his legs for the first time since undergoing surgery. The article appeared in news outlets that include USA Today and ESPN.

3/15/10

A story on NPR about financial incentives aimed at encouraging healthier food choices reports that to find out how prices influence those choices, UB researchers set up an experiment where they could control food prices and see how shoppers responded. The story interviews Leonard Epstein, professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine.

3/14/10

William Boden, professor of medicine and public health, is quoted in an article in Forbes' The Science Business blog on a study that showed that a popular triglyceride-lowering drug that has been taken by millions of people does not prevent heart disease.

3/15/10

Jeremy Finn, professor of counseling, school and educational psychology and an expert on class size, is quoted in an article in the Kansas City Star about the impact that budget cuts and the resulting increase in class sizes will have on education. Misbehavior goes way down in small classes, he said. The article appeared in a number of outlets, including Education Week and the Columbia Missourian.

3/15/10

The Wellnews column in the San Diego Union Tribune reports that one way to reduce obesity may be to tax junk food and that a UB study found that a 12.5 percent tax on high-calorie, low-nutrition items like potato chips and hot dogs reduced the total calories purchased by 6.5 percent.

3/16/10

An article distributed by UPI reports that blacks say they are at less risk of getting cancer, even though they have the highest cancer incidence and mortality of all groups, according to a study conducted by UB researchers. The article quotes Heather Orom, assistant professor of health behavior. Articles on the research also appeared in The Buffalo News and on WBFO.

3/16/10

An article in North Country Now reports that a Clarkson University professor has received nearly $200,000 to work with Stephen Tiffany, Empire Innovation Professor in the Department of Psychology, to develop a device that will help smokers be more successful in quitting.

3/17/10

An article in the Chicago Sun-Times about the initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage children to eat healthier and get more exercise reports that a UB study looked at the interrelationship between food and social activity in children as an indication of how friends influence just how much adolescents eat.

3/17/10

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports that Dan Bishop, the UB wrestler who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in the MAC Championships, stood on his own for the first time in the most recent progress in his recovery. Articles also appeared in The Buffalo News, WIVB-TV and WGRZ-TV.

3/14/10

An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about this struggles U.S. colleges and universities are having building study-abroad programs in Asia reports just a handful of American colleges send significant numbers of students to Asia, among them UB, which established its first educational exchanges with Chinese universities in 1980 and about a quarter of UB students who study or intern abroad do so in Asia. The article quotes Stephen Dunnett, vice provost for international education, as well as a number of UB faculty, staff and students in disciplines that include law, management and foreign language study.

3/21/10

An op-ed in Sunday's Buffalo News by UB President John B. Simpson calls research and innovation the key to Buffalo's future and says UB has a key role to play in building a better a better future for the region. UB 2020 will allow the university to leverage its many strengths to become one of the nation's top public research universities and when that happens, Buffalo and Western New York will share the benefits. In addition, a letter to the editor from the president of the UB Alumni Association and a letter to the editor from a UB alumnus urge support for the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act.

3/19/10

David Schmid, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of English, was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio for a story about violence in culture.

3/16/10

An article in Education Week about using mobile-learning devices similar to a Game Boy to improve reading skills in K-2 students quotes X. Christine Wang, associate professor of learning and instruction.

3/20/10

An editorial in The Journal News about the "soda tax" being considered in Albany suggests passing the tax would help combat childhood obesity and provide Westchester County with $34.2 million to fund public health and health-care services, and reports that a UB study showed that taxing unhealthy food is a more effective way to fight obesity than making healthy foods more affordable.

3/20/10

Richard Ablin, PhD '67, one of UB's 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awardees, was quoted in an NPR on the PSA test for prostate cancer, which he developed.

3/23/10

President John B. Simpson was a guest on NPR's Capitol Pressroom yesterday, discussing how universities can be leading drivers of economic development in New York State. Joining President Simpson on the show was David Shaffer of the Rockefeller Institute, which released a study last week that found that higher education's increasingly important role builds on, but goes well beyond, the research strengths of universities -- incorporating efforts as wide-ranging as job training, business consulting, housing rehabilitation and even securing seed money for new businesses. WBFO aired the interview.

3/22/10

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports that because of intense pressure from patients, some U.S. doctors are cautiously testing a provocative theory that abnormal blood drainage from the brain may play a role in multiple sclerosis, and that more than 1,000 people applied for 30 slots in a soon-to-start study of an angioplasty procedure to be conducted at UB. The article looks at research that is being conducted at UB and quotes Robert Zvadinov, professor of neurology. The article received wide distribution in the U.S. and Canada, and appeared in outlets that include USA Today, The New York Times, MSNBC.com, CBS News, NPR and Winnipeg Free Press.

3/23/10

An article in the Appetizer blog of Canada's National Post on yogurt and nutrition reports that a study on dietary fat conducted by UB researchers found that women given a higher-fat yogurt at breakfast ate less, but consumed more calories.

3/24/10

An article in Campus Technology takes an in-depth look at the ways the School of Social Work is using technology, particularly its use of the podcast series "Living Proof," which launched in 2008 and features a new episode every two weeks. The article quotes Nancy Smyth, dean of the School of Social Work, and Howard Doueck, professor and associate dean for faculty project development, who acts as producer for the podcasts, as well as other members of the team responsible for producing the segments.

3/23/10

An article in the Wall Street Journal about the value of "celebrity directors" on a company's board of directors quotes Kenneth Kim, associate professor of finance and managerial economics.

3/23/10

Susan Arbetter's blog in the Albany Times Union looks at the New York State budget negotiations and reports under a Senate resolution UB would be allowed to set its own tuition levels.

3/23/10

An article in Canadian Living magazine about nine ways friends can help boost your health reports that friends can reinforce healthy eating habits but cautions that a UB study found that friends can also reinforce bad eating habits.

3/1/10

An article in Ballet-Dance magazine looks at Elliot Caplan's documentary "15 Days of Dance: the Making of 'Ghost Light,'" a 22-hour film commissioned by the Center for the Moving Image at UB.

3/25/10

An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about disappointment that Oprah Winfrey wouldn't be traveling to the city for a trial looks at her immense popularity and quotes David Schmid, associate professor and interim chair of English.

3/25/10

An Albany Times Union story on the growing population trend in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area quotes Kathryn Foster, director of the Regional Institute, who said that for Buffalo to find itself smaller than Rochester or Syracuse or Albany "would be a psychological blow."

3/24/10

A Toronto Sun story that announced the end of the International Bowl football game reports that of the four games, the biggest crowd was in 2009, when the Bulls participated.

3/29/10

An article on the Huffington Post about health care reform and how New York State will implement the legislation quotes a number of experts throughout the state, including Thomas Rosenthal, professor and chair of family medicine, who said passage of the bill promises to raise the quality and accessibility of America's health care to the level that the rest of the developed world takes for granted.

3/29/10

A story in the Buffalo News reports on Monday's news conference by President John B. Simpson at which he said that UB 2020, and its regional economic impact, was in serious jeopardy unless the state legislature passes the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act. The news conference also was covered by WBFO-FM, WNED-AM, Business First, WGRZ-TV, WIVB-TV, WKBW-TV, YNN TV and WBEN-AM.

3/28/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about confusion over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed last week by President Barack Obama quotes Thomas Feeley, associate professor and chair of communication. An additional article on the health care debate in the Democrat and Chronicle looks at whether the bill will save employers and workers money and quotes Lawrence Southwick, professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics.

3/31/10

An article in The Scientist about a new method of using mouse models to test the effectiveness of drugs against cancer reports that UB's Richard Bankert was the first to engraft cancer under the skin of a mouse in the late 1980s, allowing scientists to study the progress of cancer in the mouse.

3/29/10

An article in the Toronto Globe and Mail examines a study by multiple sclerosis researchers that showed a connection between a particular protein that regulates immune function and patient response to medication also looks at the new theory that MS is a vascular condition caused by blocked or malformed veins, and reports that in February, researcher at UB released a study that showed as few as 56 percent of MS patients they looked at had the blood vessel problem thought to cause the disorder.

3/29/10

A story in today's Buffalo News updates expands on the article from yesterday's news conference by President John B. Simpson at which he said that UB 2020 and its regional economic impact at in serious jeopardy unless the state legislature passes the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act. Coverage by WIVB-TV and YNN also is included.

3/30/10

An article on The Wall Street Journal's Juggle blog on research that showed that people are significantly more likely to drink alcohol if they feel work is interfering with their family life reports an additional study conducted by the Research Institute on Addictions found a link between work-family conflict and alcohol abuse.

3/31/10

An article distributed by UPI reports that a UB study has shown that orange juice may counteract some of the bad effects of a fast-food breakfast or perhaps any high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal. FoodNavigator-usa.com also compiled an article on the research.

3/16/10

An article in Forbes on cheap foods that are good for you reports research by Leonard Epstein, professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine, showed that when consumers save money at the grocery store by purchasing less expensive, nutritious items, they are inclined to spend the saving on junk food. The article was picked up by a number of television websites, including WFLX-TV in West Palm Beach, WOIO-TV in Cleveland and KLFY-TV in Louisiana.

3/1/10

An article in The New Yorker cites "Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac" by David Herzberg, assistant professor of history, in a review of recent scholarship across the disciplines on the question of whether psychiatry can be a science.