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5/11/10

An article in The New York Times about the Web site Rate My Professors, which allows real-life students taking real-life classes to rate real-life professors in a virtual forum, quotes Jim Javor, adjunct instructor of mathematics, who currently ranks No. 10 among university professors.

5/2/10

An editorial and opinion column in today's Buffalo News supports Assemblyman Mark Schroeder's criticism of Speaker Sheldon Silver for blocking a bill that would free up restrictions and allow UB and other SUNY campuses to become stronger economic engines in their regions. The editorial notes Silver "seems devoted to nothing greater than maintaining the disastrous status quo" and calls the bill "good for upstate." A related column in The Buffalo News and a story on WNED-AM also look at the issue.

5/4/10

An article in Business First reports UB has purchased the property at 65 Goodell St. as part of its efforts to increase its presence in downtown Buffalo as defined by the UB 2020 master plan. The Buffalo News also covered the purchase.

5/5/10

An article on Broadway World interviews Stephen McKinley Henderson, professor of theatre and dance, about his Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor for his role in the Broadway play "Fences."

5/4/10

An article in the Christian Science Monitor about a Philadelphia baseball fan who was tasered Monday night after running onto the field during a game quotes Elayne Rapping, professor of American studies.

5/3/10

An article in Scotland's Daily Record about the health benefits of having a pet reports that in 1999, UB conducted a study of 48 stockbrokers with high blood pressure, and found that when subjected to challenges designed to increase their stress, the stockbrokers with pets experienced a smaller rise in blood pressure than their pet-less counterparts.

5/1/10

The Dear Pharmacist column in Tulsa World looks at "The Liberation Treatment" for multiple sclerosis and reports that researchers at UB found that people with MS have about 2 ½ times higher incidence of a narrowing of the veins leading to the brain, which some scientists believe may be a cause of the disease.

5/3/10

An article on Live Science reports a UB study has found that obese men have lower-than-normal levels of testosterone and that risk increases in men with diabetes. The article, which also appeared on MSNBC.com and Yahoo News, quotes Sandeep Dhindsa, a UB endocrinologist, and Paresh Dandona, head of UB's Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

5/1/10

An article on AbouTime, a New Zealand magazine, about the psychology behind being a fan quotes Shira Gabriel, associate professor of psychology, who says celebrity worship can benefit people's self-esteem. "Because people form bonds in their mind with their favorite celebrities, they are able to assimilate the celebrity's characteristics in themselves and feel better about themselves when they think about that celebrity," she said.

5/4/10

An article on Reuters about the effectiveness of behavioral therapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome quotes Jeffrey M. Lackner, director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The National Post and England's Top News website also carried stories on the study.

5/5/10

An article on CBC reports Canadians with multiple sclerosis rallied across the country to demand access to a controversial procedure not available in Canada or covered by provincial health insurance policies, and notes that last month in Toronto, Robert Zivadinov, associate professor of neurology, cautioned people with the disease not to rush to seek the surgical procedure to unblock veins unless it was through official clinical studies.

5/5/10

An op-ed in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle on the anti-bullying legislation passed in Massachusetts quotes alumna Jean Alberti, who donated funds for a national anti-bullying study center at UB.

5/11/10

Makau Mutua, dean of the Law School, is quoted in an article in today's New York Times that looks at the problem of political succession among African nations, particularly Nigeria, whose succession problems have led to ethnic polarization and heightened competition among other identity lines. "Instead of a tool for governance, the office of the president becomes a tool for domination, in which the resources of the nation are husbanded for the benefit of a family, a clan or an ethnic group," he said.

5/13/10

An article in University Business reports that UB President John B. Simpson was among the educational leaders in Albany yesterday to push for passage of a bill that would give SUNY more flexibility. WBFO-FM also covered the story.

5/7/10

An article in the Washington Post chronicles the life of UB alumnus Jelani Freeman, who grew up in foster care in the Rochester area, but persevered, beat the odds and on Saturday will graduate from Howard University Law School. His friends, the article reports, say they cannot forget one poignant detail from Freeman's story: When he graduated from UB in 2002, no one came to watch him cross the stage.

5/9/10

UB wrestler Dan Bishop's journey from a potentially life-threatening broken neck sustained in March to his graduation walk across the stage yesterday in Alumni Arena is the subject of a front page story in Sunday's Buffalo News. His remarkable recovery and participation in Sunday' commencement ceremonies in Alumni Arena received considerable coverage in the local press including WGRZ, WIVB and WKBW and national press, including CBS Albany and an article distributed by the Associated Press that appeared in news outlets that include Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and USA Today.

5/9/10

An article about UB's falcons, whose lives are being chronicled on a webcam perched 124 feet up on the chimney of the Mackay Heating Plant, went out over the AP wire, and was picked up by news outlets that include the Albany Times-Union, Newsday, Hartford Courant, Stamford Advocate and Worchester News Telegram. WBFO-FM also aired a story on the falcons.

5/10/10

Elayne Rapping professor of American studies, is quoted in an article in the New York Post about celebrities who use their name recognition to launch lifestyle websites. "They're creating an even bigger media persona than they would have when all the publicity came from outside sources," she says.

5/9/10

An article on Technologizer.com, a popular technology website, about competition between Facebook and Zynga, maker of the popular social games Farmville, Café World and Mafia Wars, quotes A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, a student in the Department of Media Study. The article also appeared in PC World.

5/6/10

An article in Playbill reports Stephen McKinley Henderson, professor of theatre and dance, has received the annual Richard Seff Award, presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation, honoring a veteran male character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or off-Broadway production. An article also appeared in Broadway World.

5/16/10

David Schmid, professor of English, was interviewed on the CBS Sunday Morning for a story about the popularity of television crime shows and how that reflects on America post-9/11. Based on U.S. crime shows, "from the perspective of people in other countries, America is an extremely violent culture," which reinforces what they already think of the U.S., he said.

5/17/10

An article in USA Today about the use of police "report cards" that rate cars' vulnerability to theft quotes John DellaContrada, senior director of media relations, who said UB, like cities in Vermont, Texas and California, has a report card program.

5/14/10

An article in the Baltimore Sun about using self hypnosis to deal with pain caused by breast cancer quotes Lisa Butler, associate professor of social work. The article also appeared in a number of news outlets, including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

5/17/10

An op-ed in the Providence Journal about Arizona's controversial new immigration law and the threat it poses to Americans' basic rights and liberties was co-written my Jason Sorens, assistant professor of political science, who calls the new law "as much a threat to our liberty as a protector of it."

5/19/10

An article in Seven Days, an independent Vermont publication, quotes Kari Winter, professor of American studies, about a new book about the black families who farmed and thrived in a small town in the state. "It's unquestionable that black farmers would have encountered racism in Vermont," she said.

5/20/10

An article distributed by Reuters about the human gene catalog and how little is known about the many hundreds of different types of bacteria, viruses and yeast that inhabit people's skin, mouth, scalp and gut reports that in 2006, Steven Gill, associate professor of oral biology, estimated that 90 percent of the cells on the human body are actually bacteria.

5/20/10

An article on the Associated Press of Pakistan reports on a presentation given by David A. Westbrook, Floyd H. and Hilda Hurst Faculty Scholar in the Law School. Pakistan has great potential in the form of natural resources and human capital but there is need to improve security, increase power generation and implement laws to curb corruption, he said.

5/23/10

Christian Tiu, assistant professor of finance and managerial economics, was quoted in an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about the uneven stock market results, which, he said, reflect investor's uncertainty over where the economy is going.

5/23/10

An article on Psychology Today's "The Science of Willpower" blog about what is more effective in helping people to eat a healthier diet, making healthy food more affordable or making unhealthy food more expensive, reports that a UB study found that increasing the cost of unhealthy foods led study participants to choose healthier foods.

5/25/10

An article in the Christian Science Monitor about drug-related violence in the Jamaican capital of Kingston quotes David Westbrook, professor of law, who recently visited Jamaica to assess the economy.

5/24/10

An article about choosing a pet in the Tahoe Daily Tribune references an article in a 2002 issue of Psychosometic Medicine that quoted UB's Karen Allen.

5/24/10

An article in the Mail & Guardian, an African online newspaper, on global warming and the growing number of cases of malaria in Africa reports that researchers at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and UB found that a 1-degree Celsius increase in the minimum and maximum monthly temperature would lead to an 8-95 percent increase in the number of malaria outpatients.

5/26/10

A story on NewKerala.com reports on the SUNY honorary degree conferral ceremony honoring Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, chancellor of Amrita University and a spiritual leader and humanitarian more familiarly known as Amma. In addition, WBFO aired a story on the degree conferral, and a photo from the ceremony appeared in the Buffalo News. Articles on the ceremony also appeared on numerous Indian news sites, including MyNews.In, Deccan Chronicle and Today News of India.

5/26/10

An article on CNN on children's naming trends reports some academic studies show that a name can have consequences for a person's job, residency and even school grades, and quotes Brett Pelham, associate professor of psychology. Women named Georgia and Virginia are about 44 percent more likely to move to a state with the same name, he said.

5/26/10

An article in Nature about techniques that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees use to screen passengers and whether it is possible to know whether people are being deceptive or planning hostile acts just by observing them quotes Mark Frank, associate professor of communication.

5/26/10

An article in Architectural Record reports some 200 Haitian engineers and engineering students gathered in Port-au-Prince May 20-22 to learn more about seismic-resistant design and construction taught by researchers from MCEER. The article also appeared in Engineering News-Record.

5/30/10

Leonard Simms, associate professor of psychology, is quoted in a Pittsburgh Tribune about the types of psychology tests the NFL may have required of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended from the league after being accused of sexual assault.

5/31/10

An article in The New York Times' "The Culture at Large" blog looks at June in Buffalo, UB's new-music festival founded by Morton Feldman in 1975, which the article calls "one of the country's most important, if also an often-overlooked one."

5/30/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about "The Future of Reading" symposium to be held this month quotes Dennis Tedlock, SUNY Distinguished Professor, James McNulty Chair in English and Research Professor in Anthropology, who will provide a historical perspective through ancient Mayan texts preserved in stone, pottery and books.

5/30/10

An article in the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune about efforts by local schools to keep class sizes small despite budgets cuts cites research on education and class size conducted by Jeremy Finn, professor of counseling, school and educational psychology.