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6/1/10

In an article distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service about research into using video game boards, biometric sensors and other devices to detect non-verbal clues in those with malicious intent, UB associate professor of communication, Mark Frank, is quoted.

6/1/10

R & D Magazine reports on research that UB is conducting as part of a team of U.S. and Chinese physicists into high-temperature superconductors.

6/1/10

An article on Bio-Medicine.com reports that Thenkurussi "Kesh" Kesavadas, director of the Virtual Reality Laboratory, is one of two Buffalo scientists who have developed the first procedure-based, hands-on surgical training software to allow surgeons to practice their robot-assisted skills before they perform a surgical procedure on a patient. The article also appeared on the blogs BioScholar.com and PhysOrg.com.

6/2/10

An article on Medical News Today about the role of relationships in substance use in young people quotes Kenneth Leonard, senior research scientist in the Research Institute on Addictions, who said the finding adds to existing research that has shown that marriages also reduces the risk of substance abuse. The article also appears on PhysOrg.com.

6/4/10

An article in The New York Times about the 35th anniversary of June in Buffalo says the festival has a sense of mission that has made it an important part of the new-music ecology, particularly because of the accomplished new-music performers who play works by established composers.

6/4/10

An article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel about a Florida high school student, James Potts, the son of a scrap collector who turned to academics and athletics to overcome a disadvantaged background and win a full athletic scholarship to UB, reports his future is in jeopardy because the private school he attended is threatening to withhold his transcript because of unpaid tuition. An additional story in the Sun Sentinel reports that despite an outpouring of public support, NCAA rules prohibit Potts from accepting outside contributions to pay off his tuition.

6/7/10

An article in Fitness Magazine about smart-eating ideas to help dieters stay on track quotes Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, assistant professor of psychology. The article also appeared in the Herald Times Reporter and the Reno Gazette Journal.

6/6/10

James Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is quoted in an article about the national census and the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts that will result from the population count; the article appears on Free Republic, an online news site dedicated to independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web.

6/7/10

A story on the blog Dwell.com reports on the 14 plywood structures designed and built by 100 UB freshman architecture students in Griffis Sculpture Park as part of a project called The Living Wall.

6/5/10

An op-ed by Makau Mutua, dean of the Law School, in AllAfrica.com suggests that the political future of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga may be in danger.

6/7/10

An article on Engineering News-Record reports that prefabricated bridge designs that have helped speed construction and save money in many parts of the country also may have a place in seismically active regions, according to tests conducted by UB and MCEER.

6/8/10

An article in the Columbus Dispatch reports on Kalyn Jolivette, a UB medical student who plans to run 11 marathons in 11 days to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her efforts, which will break a Guinness world record if she completes all 11 marathons, also are the subject of an article in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.

6/7/10

William E. Pelham Jr., director of the Center for Children and Families, is quoted in an article on the parenting blog Babble about a mother who feared who marriage was coming apart because she had placed her son, who was diagnosed with ADHD, pervasive development disorder and psychosis, in a home for psychiatric patients because the family felt he needed round-the-clock care. Pelham noted that "parents of children with ADHD are nearly twice as likely to divorce by the time the child is 8 years old than parents of children without ADHD.

6/5/10

An article in R&D Magazine about efforts by Esther Takeuchi, Greatbatch Professor in Power Sources Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, to develop new sources of energy storage and an electrical grid where renewable power is generated closer to where it's needed rather than in a central place and transmitted long distances, the way the current grid operates. Her research efforts received wide media attention, with articles (and a UB-produced slide show) appearing in a number of highly read science blogs and websites, include PhysOrg, Science Blog, Power Online, Tech News AM, Science Daily and Life Sciences World. An article on World News Network also reports on her research, and includes an hour-long video of a presentation she gave while at Wilson Greatbatch Ltd., on "The Bionic Human: Medical Devices and How they are Powered."

6/8/10

An article in The New York Times interviews Stephen McKinley Henderson, professor of theatre and dance, who has been nominated for a Tony Award for best featured actor in a play for his performance in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Fences."

6/8/10

An article distributed by HealthDay News about a Canadian study about the risk of concussion and other serious injury faced by 11- and 12-year-olds who are allowed to body check as part of Pee Wee hockey quotes Barry Willer, professor of psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine, who said he believes the study has a major flaw. The article appeared in news outlets that include BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, Discovery.com, MSN Health and Yahoo! News.

6/8/10

An article in the Seattle Times about a former New Yorker with multiple sclerosis who owns a restaurant in Seattle reports she is throwing a "grand party" on June 27, featuring food, drink, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers, tarot-card readers and stilt walkers, with proceeds to benefit the ongoing research into Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency being conducted at UB.

6/9/10

An article in The Straits Times, a Singapore English-language daily, about all the fun and interesting things there are to do in Buffalo is written by Raymond Hoon, who is pursuing a degree in business administration at UB in partnership with SIM Global Education. The article also appeared in Relax.com, an Asian travel website.

6/8/10

An article in the Huffington Post's "The Future of Pets" column about how people's relationships with pets have evolved from animals that provide security or pest control to their roles as companion animals, asks what will be the place and function of pets in the future and reports that research by Karen Allen at UB found that owning a cat or dog lowered blood pressure in individuals with hypertension.

6/13/10

President John B. Simpson is quoted in a Buffalo News story about the fate of UB 2020 and PHEEIA legislation in the face of opposition from state Assembly members, many of whom are from downstate. The story notes that PHEEIA has widespread support in WNY and backing from Governor Paterson, SUNY presidents and business groups throughout the state. But without passage of the legislation, the economic growth expected from UB 2020 and the creation of 7,000 new jobs will not occur.

6/11/10

Esther Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was one of four prominent women scientists asked to respond to a recent New York Times article about gender differences in science. Her response was featured in "Women scientists on the debate over women in science," a story that was published on the social media site boingboing. This item has generated 90 comments so far and has been shared on Facebook more than 200 times.

6/13/10

In an NPR "All things Considered" story that aired Sunday about the relationship of body checks to brain injuries, Barry Willer, UB professor of psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine, described as a "concussion prevention researcher," discusses with reporter Allison Aubrey the issue of the proper age and/or experience level when players can handle this move, which he says is integral to the sport. Ultimately, Willer says the move should be left to the professional players and not used at the recreational level.

6/13/10

In a Dallas Morning News story about the efforts of Texans to keep their local history alive, UB professor of history Michael Frisch discusses the importance of oral histories.

6/12/10

An article in the Chronicle Herald Canada about a controversial theory of the cause of multiple sclerosis -- neck vein blockages that cause poor drainage and a buildup of iron in MS patients -- and funding to study the theory, mentions University at Buffalo research that tests the theory.

6/15/10

An editorial in today's Buffalo News urges Albany lawmakers to adopt the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, which would allow campuses to set their own tuition rates and encourage partnership with private companies. The editorial states that "the Assembly needs to bear down on this issue. This is no time for politics as usual, but for state government to take off its blinders, see the landscape for what it really is, and act. Upstate is counting on this. It needs to happen. This year."

6/15/10

An article in England's Sunday Mail reports on using animal products to treat diseases reports UB biophysicists have found that a protein in tarantula venom is showing promise as a pain relief therapy for muscular dystrophy.

6/15/10

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the Tony Awards presented for the Broadway revival of "Fences" quotes Stephen Henderson, professor of theatre and dance, who was nominated for a supporting actor award for his role in the play.

6/14/10

An article distributed by UPI reports uninsured patients treated for gunshot wounds or auto accident injuries are more likely to die than those who are privately insured, and quotes Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine.

6/11/10

An article on AllAfrica.com about the notorious Kenyan serial killer Philip Onyancha, who says he still has 83 more women to kill, notes David Schmid, professor of English, is the author of "Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture."

6/14/10

An article in Consumer Affairs described a UB study led by Dietrich Jehle, UB professor of emergency medicine, showing that the uninsured are more likely to die after an injury than those with medical insurance. The research also is the subject of an article on the blog Yuba Net.

6/15/10

An article distributed by the Associated Press reports on aggressive behavior by one of the peregrine falcons nesting in the Mackay Heating Plant on the South Campus. The bird, wildlife officials say, is protecting her chicks while they learn to fly. Stories also appeared n news outlets around the nation, including The New York Times, Washington Post and San Diego Union Tribune, and in social media such as Huffington Post and Salon.

6/16/10

An article about famous fathers and their relationships with their dogs looks at the benefits of having a pet, and reports that a 2002 study by UB researchers showed that spending time with a pet was associated with lower stress responses than spending time with a human. The article appeared on a number of news outlets, including WSFX-TV in Wilmington, N.C., WOIO-TV in Cleveland and KNDO-TV in Washington State.

6/16/10

An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the controversial "Liberation" procedure for treating multiple sclerosis by widening the veins that drain blood from the brain reports that Robert Zivadinov, professor of neurology, conducted research that showed that up to 60 percent of the MS patients enrolled in his study had narrowing of the veins.

6/17/10

An article in USA Today about USArray, a nationwide research project that allows scientists to study earthquakes by placing 400 high-quality, portable seismographs in temporary sites, quotes Michel Bruneau, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering.

6/17/10

An article on CNN about living wills and the reality of who actually makes life-and-death decisions when a patient is temporarily or permanently unable to make decisions for him- or herself quotes Jack Freer, professor of medicine. The living will usually is not specific enough for a patient's exact situation, he said.

6/16/10

An article distributed by Scripps Howard News Service about health insurance and hospital mortality reports a study by emergency physicians at UB found that patients without insurance were more likely to die from auto-accident and gunshot wounds than privately insured patients with similar injuries. The article appeared in outlets that include in the San Angelo Standard-Times, The Republic and the Seattle Times.

6/16/10

An article in the Ithaca Journal about "visitability," a movement to change new home construction practices to create more accessible, affordable and integrated housing, lists the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access as a resource to learn more about visitability.

6/16/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about a strike over cuts in pay and benefits at the local Mott's plant quotes Howard Foster, professor emeritus of organization and human resources.

6/21/10

An op-ed in Newsweek magazine about a recent suicide involving a Massachusetts teen who was being brutally harassed by fellow students looks at antibullying efforts in Finland and Norway that have shown greater promise than programs in the U.S. The op-ed was co-written by Janice Delucia-Waack, associate professor of counseling, school and educational psychology and a member of UB's Center for the Prevention of Bullying, Abuse and School Violence. It is scheduled to appear in the magazine issue dated July 5, 2010.

6/21/10

An article on PsychCentral.com, a leading independent mental health social network, reports that a new study shows anxiety and panic disorders may be the most disabling psychiatric conditions among individuals with Tourette syndrome. Articles on the study also appeared on PhysOrg.com and in articles distributed by the South Asian news service ANI, which appeared in news outlets such as 24 World News, Sify and Daily India.

6/22/10

An article in the Pure Genius section on SmartPlanet.com, a website dedicated to people who want to make the world a better place to live, interviews Esther Takeuchi, Greatbatch Professor of Power Sources Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, about her work to apply her knowledge of batteries to transportation and the power grid.

6/21/10

An article in Science Daily looks at research by Arun Lakshmanan and Charles Lindsey, both assistant professors of marketing in the School of Management, about the best way to teach consumers how to use new products. The article also appeared on the blog PhysOrg.com.

6/22/10

An article on Science Blog reports a UB study has shown that preschool children with tooth decay may be more likely to be overweight or obese than the general population and, regardless of weight, are more likely to consume too many calories. The article quotes Kathleen Bethin, associate professor of pediatrics.

6/22/10

A story on NPR's health blog, Shots, reports a new study by UB researchers shows that among children ages 2 to 5, poor nutrition may be a common thread connecting obesity and tooth decay. The story interviews Kathleen Bethin, associate professor of pediatrics. HealthDay, an award-winning health news service covering news for both consumers and medical professionals, Ivanhoe Broadcast News, the country's largest televising news-gathering organization, also published articles on the research, which appeared in news outlets such as BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report. The article also was picked up by social media news sites that include ScienceDaily.com

6/22/10

An article in ScienceDaily.com reports that although long-term care of sick or disabled loved ones is widely recognized as a threat to the caregiver's health and quality of life, a study by UB psychologist Michael Poulin finds that in some contexts, helping valued loved ones may promote the well being of helpers. An article also appeared on PhysOrg.com and Health News Digest. The South Asian news service ANI also reported on the research, with articles appearing in news outlets that include the Argentina Star, and Yahoo! India News.

6/23/10

An article on Tonic, a digital media company dedicated to promoting inspirational stories, looks at the work of Esther Takeuchi, Greatbatch Professor in Power Sources Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

6/22/10

An article in the Albany Times Union's HealthyLife blog about healthy breakfasts reports a UB study found that high-fat breakfasts trigger the release of inflammatory chemicals associated with clogged arteries.

6/24/10

An op-ed by UB President John B. Simpson in the Washington Post offers parents and prospective students reasons why they should consider enrolling at a public university. "You can get a superb education at a quality public university -- just as you can at a quality independent university or at a small elite liberal-arts college," he wrote.

6/25/10

An article in Science magazine reports on research being conducted by evolutionary biologist Derek Taylor, associate professor of biological science, on filoviruses and the mutation rate of that family of viruses. An article also appears on the science blog, PhysOrg.com.

6/25/10

An article distributed by UPI reports on research conducted by Michael Poulin, assistant professor of psychology, that showed that those who actively help a relative or sick spouse may be helping themselves to feel better.

6/24/10

Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, is quoted in an article on am New York about the first anniversary of the death of pop singer Michael Jackson.

6/24/10

An article in Jewish World Review about federal funding supporting research in "mal-intent" quotes Mark Frank, associate professor of communication, a UB behavioral scientist and security researcher.

6/27/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about pay inequities between company executives and the people who work for them quotes Jerry Newman, a compensation expert and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Organizations and Human Resources.

6/25/10

Mary Pitts, marketing director for undergraduate admissions, is quoted in an article in the Syracuse Post Standard about the increasing number of students who are choosing community colleges as a more affordable way of pursuing higher education.

6/27/10

An article in Chemistry World reports UB researchers have implanted nanoscale particles of Manganese ferrite into the body of a worm which, when exposed to a radiofrequency magnetic field, heated up and the worms changed the direction in which they were moving.

6/28/10

A New York Times story on a controversial new theory about multiple sclerosis -- which at one point was the No. 1 emailed story on the Times' website – reports on work by UB's Adnan Siddiqui, assistant professor of neurosurgery, and his team, who have been studying the new theory.

6/28/10

An article in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reports on UB research on the link between Agent Orange and Graves' disease, and quotes Ajay Varanasi, an endocrinologist in the UB Department of Medicine. The article also appeared in Medical News TODAY, and News-Medical.Net.

6/29/10

An AP story about the controversy over subsidies for Airbus quotes UB's David Pritchard, research assistant and trade specialist in geography. Articles appeared in the Everett, Wash., Herald, The Commercial Appeal and WRCBtv.com.

6/28/10

Gary A. Giovino, professor health behavior, was quoted in an article distributed by Reuters about a study that found that American children's exposure to second-hand smoke at home has dropped significantly since the mid-1990s. The article appeared in outlets that include National Post, Vancouver Sun and Mother Nature Network.