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4/1/10

An article in Runner's World magazine about foods that help athletes stay healthy or get better faster reports that a 2008 UB study found that runners who suffered the most stress fractures consumed significantly fewer calories from fat than uninjured runners.

4/5/10

An op-ed in the Buffalo News supports the goals of UB 2020 and the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, calling it "practical and timely." The op-ed was written by Jonathan Dandes, the chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership board of directors.

4/6/10

An article in Scientific American looks at the work of Tracy Gregg, associate professor of geology, who is aboard the RV Atlantis on a month-long journey to the Galapagos Spreading Center exploring the shapes of underwater lava flows after they've cooled to discover if the lava eruptions in this region are related and if the eruptions are affected by a hotspot a few hundred miles to the east.

4/9/10

An article in the May issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray, a magazine developed by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, about "special occasion meals" includes a menu for celebrating your teen's college acceptance, and features a UB pennant and a portion of a college acceptance letter on UB letterhead. The photo spread is the culmination of work between University Communications, UB's Admissions Office and the magazine's photo editor, a former Western New Yorker. The magazine, which has a monthly circulation of 1.8 million, is expected to hit the newsstands nationwide around mid-April.

4/1/10

An article in the April issue Urology Times magazine reports that the use of nutritional supplements providing vitamins and higher doses of antioxidants does not appear to interfere with the efficacy of radiation therapy for prostate cancer, and quotes Jean K. Brown, dean and professor of nursing. The article also appears in Modern Medicine.

4/7/10

An article on WDIV-TV in Detroit reports a new study shows that drinking orange juice with a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal may help counter some of the negative health effects.

4/7/10

The Geeks are Sexy Web site features part of Neil deGrasse's recent appearance as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

4/9/10

An article in the Calgary Herald released by Reuters about health hazards associated with chronic gum disease quotes Mine Tezal, assistant professor of oral diagnostic sciences. The article appears in a number of additional Canadian news outlets, including the Vancouver Sun.

4/11/10

A New York Times political blog examining midterm elections quotes James E. Campbell, department chair of political science, who called the period between 1996 and 2004 "the dead-ball era" of Congressional competition.

4/12/10

A story in the Vancouver Sun on yogurt and weight loss reports on a UB study that showed that women given high-fat yogurt at breakfast ate less yogurt but they consumed more calories.

4/9/10

A Syracuse Post-Standard story on federal stimulus money granted to Syracuse University to develop "smart grid" college programs for utility workers and engineers reports that several institutions, including UB, are working on the project and offering courses.

4/14/10

A Buffalo News editorial urges the state legislature to pass reforms -- known as the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act -- that would allow UB to move forward with its UB 2020 plans. "Albany is failing to grant the tools to complete UB 2020, essentially eliminating the chance at 6,700 direct jobs at UB, 20,000 good-paying building and construction jobs and nearly $2 billion more in economic impact from the build-out and the kind of future economic growth seen in other research triangles. The stakes are high and the time is now to act."

4/13/10

USA Today and nearly a dozen different outlets covered the "miraculous" recovery and return home of UB wrestler Dan Bishop after suffering a life-threatening spinal injury during a match.

4/13/10

Steve Hoffman, UB professor of sociology, is quoted in an MSNBC story about "Five personality traits that divide us politically." Hoffman, who has published research on political beliefs, said "You tend to form emotional ties to the belief that you hold," so people seek out information that confirms their beliefs.

4/14/10

A story in the Daily News of India discusses a recent study by researchers in the UB School of Dental Medicine that found that toothpaste with triclosan/copolymers kills bacteria better than fluoride toothpastes and quotes UB's Joseph J. Zambon, one of the study's authors and a distinguished teaching professor. MedIndia.net also covered the story.

4/16/10

A Business First cover story explains the economic benefits of UB 2020 that are imperiled by state budget cuts. The article also describes why so many business, community and government leaders in Western New York support UB 2020, and why UB and SUNY need the legislature to pass the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA). "We have got to see our way to this. I just don't think failure is an option here," said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

4/19/10

Marcus Bursik, UB professor of geology and a leading expert on volcanic ash cloud transport, was interviewed on NPR's "Morning Edition" this morning regarding the volcanic ash cloud that has halted air traffic throughout Europe for days. Bursik discussed his recent research showing that volcanic plumes tend to end up in the jetstream and remain there, thus disrupting air traffic. Bursik also quoted in stories appearing in today's USA Today and Newsweek.

4/16/10

An editorial in Business First urges the state legislature to save UB 2020 by passing the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA). "The PHEEIA would allow UB and other state colleges and universities to leverage private funding to create growth. It would free UB from some of the most restrictive bureaucratic constraints and allow the university's leaders to make key financial decisionsÂ….We'd really like to see our assemblymembers and senators stop giving lip service to UB 2020 and start demanding action in Albany."

4/14/10

Canadian News outlets reported on a live broadcast of a panel discussion conducted at the American Academy of Neurology on a recently-discovered condition that may be associated with multiple sclerosis. The stories quoted Robert Zivadinov, PhD, MD, one of the panelists and UB associate professor of neurology who is conducting research on the condition. CTV, About.com, the Canadian Press, CBC News, the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald covered the story.

4/14/10

United Press International reported on a study conducted by Joseph J. Zambon, Distinguished Teaching Professor and associate dean of Periodontics and Endodontics, on the advantages of triclosan/copolymer toothpaste in fighting bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum disease. The study was published in the journal General Dentistry.

4/15/10

A Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story on local Tea Partiers quotes Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor anthropology. Stevens said it is not unusual for groups like the Tea Party to form during economic downturns and interest in protests groups decline after people become more comfortable in their own lives.

4/18/10

President and CEO of Greatbach, Inc. wrote an op-ed for the Buffalo News supporting UB 2020 and the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act.

4/18/10

An article in Newsweek about the profits investment banks made in 2009 includes a sidebar featuring a study by Kenneth Kim, associate professor of finance and managerial economics, about the impact having a celebrity on a company's board has on its stock price. The article is not available online; a pdf of the article is available upon request.

4/18/10

A Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story on the New York Power Authority's proposal to place electricity-generating turbines off the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie reports that a 2008 study by the Law School recommends doing environmental and other studies, and engaging in plentiful public participation before developers are brought in.

4/19/10

An article on MSNBC.com about the early start to allergy season interviews Stanley Schwartz, director of allergy, immunology and rheumatology, who says trees are what are giving people the greatest problems right now. The story originally appeared on WKBW-TV.

4/15/10

An article in Business First looks at last week's announcement about St. John Baptist Church's decision to sell its McCarley Gardens to UB to spur a $500 million development project downtown, and reports that the church has a long, solid history in economic development and has completed several multimillion-dollar projects in the past decade that will serve as building blocks for the larger $500 million plan.

4/19/10

A story on WGRZ-TV reports Assemblyman Jim Hayes spoke about tough decisions in the New York Assembly including UB 2020 on WBEN-AM's Hardline program. Hayes says that UB 2020 will give more freedom to UB and create more jobs for graduates.

4/19/10

Mary Gresham, dean of the Graduate School of Education, was interviewed on the NPR program Marketplace for a story about a plan by New York State that would allow alternative groups like Teach for America to create their own master's programs for teaching. Teaching colleges, she says, have been unfairly criticized for favoring theory over practical training.

4/20/10

An article distributed by the Canadian Press about concern that the volcanic eruption in Iceland could have an impact on Eastern Canada quotes Marcus Bursik, professor of geology and an expert in tracking ash plumes and their effects on air transportation. The problem with the Iceland eruption, he says, is that ash is right over landing sites, so airplanes can't take off or get in. The article appeared in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, among other outlets.

4/23/10

Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies and a pop culture expert, is quoted in an article in Newsday about dancer-singer-actress Jennifer Lopez's career. The article also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Norwalk Reflector, the Victoria Advocate and the Lexington Gazette.

4/19/10

An article on WebMD warns that people with multiple sclerosis should not undergo a controversial new treatment that's based on the theory that blocked neck veins can trigger MS, and interviews Robert Zivadinov, professor of neurology, who says neither the theory nor the treatment has been proved in large numbers of people. An article on the controversial procedure also appears in Macleans.

4/23/10

Marcus Bursik, UB professor of geology and expert on volcanic ash clouds, was quoted in a TIME Magazine story that described how an Icelandic volcano closed European air space for a week. "It was an eruption at the right place at the right time. Or, I guess, really, the other way around," he said.

4/23/10

Michael Sheridan, UB professor emeritus of geology and founder of UB's Center for Geohazards Studies, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story, noting that the history of Icelandic volcanoes "doesn't bode well for the present."

4/27/10

An article in The Washington Post's The Answer Sheet blog reports that the UB Graduate School of Education will become the site of a national center for the prevention of bullying, abuse and school violence as part of an article that looks at a draft anti-bullying policy unveiled by the Massachusetts school district where a bullied 15-year-old committed suicide.

4/27/10

An article in Salon about the growing controversy over psychiatric drug use and whether the drugs improve lives or are a warning sign of a dangerously over-medicated culture quotes William Pelham, on using stimulants to treat ADHD. "We need to confess to parents that we've found no benefit," he said.

4/28/10

A letter to the editor in the Staten Island Advance calls a soda tax a win-win proposition for New Yorkers as a source of revenue and a way to combat obesity, and cites a study by UB researchers that showed that taxing unhealthy food is a more effective way to fight obesity than making healthy foods like fruit and vegetables more affordable.

4/27/10

Husam A. Ghanim, senior research scientist of medicine, is quoted in a Better Health Research story on research that shows that individuals who drink acidic drinks such as orange juice help counteract oxidative stress brought on by high-carb meals.

4/30/10

Research conducted by Zhen Yan, professor of physiology and biophysics, is featured in an article in the May issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. The article interviews her on some of the benefits of stress, and notes that studies in her lab show that short zaps of stress can improve memory and learning. "Often, people need a little jolt -- like a deadline or an audience -- to perform better," she said. The article, which is based on a news release on Yan's research that was distributed in July 2009, is not available online. Good Housekeeping magazine, which is published 13 times a year, has an annual circulation of 59.8 million.

4/26/10

An article in Fast Company, a high-traffic business news website, reports that renowned landscape architect Walter Hood will design a combined solar-array landscape installation at UB, with construction of the sprawling park intended to make solar energy beautiful, scheduled to begin this summer. An article in the sustainability blog Green Technology also reports on Hood's design.

4/26/10

An article on LiveScience.com about brain hemorrhages -- what they are, symptoms and the damage they can cause -- reports smoking increases the risk, even after an individual has quit smoking, according to a study conducted by researchers at UB and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

4/26/10

An article on the Brain and Spinal Cord blog reports that UB wrestler Dan Bishop has shown drastic improvement since his spinal cord injury on March 6.

4/24/10

An op-ed in Saturday's Buffalo News by William L. Joyce, chairman of the board of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, states that UB 2020, in jeopardy due to inaction in Albany, is necessary to grow and prosper Buffalo and Western New York.

4/24/10

A UPI article reports UB medical students are planting a vegetable garden on campus to improve their own diets and learn more about nutrition for their patients.

4/23/10

An article in Physics World about the erupting Icelandic volcano reports geologists are warning that volcanic hazards such as this could become more commonplace due to climate change and quotes Michael Sheridan, professor emeritus of geology and founder of the Center for Geohazards Study.

4/25/10

A story in Religion Dispatches, a daily online religion magazine, about the Prison Fellowship Ministries' Out4Life program quotes Winnifred F. Sullivan, associate professor of law, who has written on the intersections of prison and religion. Re-entry programs are increasingly popular, but one of the "hardest things for a state to do well," says Sullivan.

4/28/10

A Buffalo News story reports that Assemblyman Mark Schroeder has criticized Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for standing in the way of UB 2020, which has the support of Gov. David Paterson and the state Senate.

4/29/10

TIME magazine has named to its 2010 list TIME 100 of people who most affect the world UB alumnus Robin Li, who founded Baidu, the dominant computer search tool in China and one that has the most Internet users on the planet.

4/28/10

Lawrence Southwick Jr., professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics, is quoted in an article in the Christian Science Monitor about cities like Buffalo and Minneapolis that have seen their unemployment rates fall more quickly than cities in warmer climates. "This area doesn't leap up as much in good times and doesn't fall as badly in bad times," he said.

4/28/10

Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies, is quoted in an article in am New York about the way actor Sandra Bullock has handled the scandal surrounding her husband's infidelity. "She knows how to escape from the media and she has put them on her timetable," she says.

4/29/10

An article on Wallpaper.com, a website focusing on various aspects of design, reports on the Quad Space house designed and constructed by four UB architecture students, who bought the Black Rock house at auction and turned it into a unique living space.

4/29/10

Makau W. Mutua, dean of the Law School, describes his vision for UB Law and discusses his human rights work in a Q&A in the Buffalo Law Journal. Mutua also said that UB 2020 is the kind of long-range plan UB has been lacking and it is not possible to have a great American city without a great university.

4/29/10

James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is quoted in a CNN Money story about what's to blame for high unemployment numbers. "Every administration tries to put a positive light on whatever problems they face, especially when it comes to the economy," said Campbell. The article also appeared on Yahoo Finance.

4/30/10

An article in the Times of India reports on a UB study that has shown that low vitamin D levels may be associated with more advanced physical disability and cognitive impairment in persons with multiple sclerosis. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, associate professor of neurology and first author of the study, is quoted in the article.

4/30/10

A story released by ANI news service and carried by Digital Communities reports on a study that shows China's cyberculture is growing rapidly but that growth does not guarantee political freedom. Junhao Hong, professor of communication, is quoted in the story. The story appeared on Yahoo! News India.

4/30/10

An article in the April issue of Cosmopolitan magazine about habits that contribute to a successful relationship reports that a UB study found that couples who mirrored each other's levels of drinking and smoking stayed close as time went by, while abstainers paired with smokers and/or drinkers eventually split.

4/29/10

An article on Producer.com, a Canadian agricultural website, about the possibility Iceland's recent volcanic eruption could cause a European crop failure quotes Marcus Bursik, professor of geology, who says the only way a volcano could have that type of impact is if it spewed a massive amount of ash high enough into the air that it reached the stratosphere and blocked the sun.

4/22/10

Michael Sheridan, founder of the Center for Geohazards Studies, is interviewed for an article in Homeland Security Newswire about the possibility that the ash cloud produced by the Icelandic volcano eruption may trigger long-term changes in climate and health hazards.