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7/2/10

An op-ed written by UB President John B. Simpson regarding "the health of the nation's research universities and identifying strategies for advancing their role in U.S. prosperity" appeared in Friday's issue of Inside Higher Ed, an international online magazine about issues in higher education.

7/8/10

An article in Popular Science magazine reports on research by UB physics professor Arnd Pralle, who is using magnetic fields to activate neurons in a cell culture and steer the movement of nematode worms.

7/8/10

An article on The Wall Street Journal's Metropolis blog reports a study conducted by three professors at UB, including Samina Raja, professor of urban and regional planning, found that the more restaurants there are within a five-minute walk of your home, the more likely women are to have a higher body mass index.

7/4/10

An article on eMaxHealth, an independent health news organization, reported convenience stores may be linked to obesity in women following a study by UB researchers that showed that women who live closer to supermarkets have lower body mass index compared to those who live closer to convenience stores and restaurants. The research also is the subject of articles distributed by ANI, a South Asian news service, UPI and Science Daily.

7/4/10

An article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported an ancient jawbone has led scientists to believe that polar bears survived a period thousands of years ago that was warmer than today, and noted that the research was conducted by Charlotte Lindqvist, assistant professor of biological sciences. The article also appeared in KTVA-TV in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla, Alaska.

7/4/10

An article on Science Daily reported that new findings by UB biologists have shown that modern marsupials harbor a "fossil" copy of a gene that codes for filoviruses, which cause Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers and are the more lethal viruses known to humans. In addition, the research is the subject of an article distributed by the South Asian news agency ANI, and articles also appeared on the websites PhysOrg and Scientific Computing.

7/3/10

An article on Science Daily reported that UB volcanologist Marcus Bursik has published a paper showing how the jet stream – the area in the atmosphere that pilots prefer to fly in – also seems to be the area most likely to be impacted by plumes from volcanic ash.

7/5/10

An article reported that while pregnant women may worry about the effects of air pollution on their health and that of their developing child, exposure to carbon monoxide and fine particles in the air during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of preterm delivery or preeclampsia. The research also is the subject of an article distributed by ANI.

7/6/10

An article in England's Daily Mail reported that research conducted by psychologist Michael Poulin has shown that while caring for a sick or disabled relative can be stressful, helping a loved one can sometimes benefit the caregiver's health. The research also was the subject of an article, on the AAU research website Futurity and of stories distributed by the news agency Press Trust of India.

7/1/10

Jacqueline Ghosen, assistant dean and director of communications in the School of Managements, was quoted in Family Circle magazine in an article about connecting with your teens.

7/6/10

An article on InventorSpot.com, a popular invention-related website, reported UB scientists have been working on a way to remotely control cells using nanoparticles and magnetic resonance fields. The research also was the subject of an article on BiologyNews.Net, PhysOrg and ScienceDaily.

7/6/10

An article on WorlDental.org, an online dental health magazine, reports on a new variety of toothpaste that fights oral bacteria quotes Joseph Zambon, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Periodontics and Endodontics.

7/7/10

An article on Wired.com reports that UB scientists have found a way to remotely control neurons and affect animal behavior by using nanoparticles attached to cell membranes that heat up when exposed to a magnetic field. The article quotes physicist Arnd Pralle, coauthor of the study. Articles on the research also appeared on NanoTechWire.com, AZONano.com, UPI and Australia's Gizmondo.com.

7/8/10

An article distributed by UPI reports that research by Carole Rudra, assistant professor of social and preventive medicine, has shown that exposure to pollution during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of preterm delivery or preeclampsia.

7/8/10

An article in USA Today's Faith & Reason blog interviews Paul Kurtz, professor emeritus of philosophy, about his new Institute for Science and Human Values.

7/15/10

An editorial in the Buffalo News urges state Sen. William Stachowski and Senate Democrats to continue to push for their revised version of the SUNY Empowerment Act, calling it "good for New York."

7/9/10

An article distributed by Reuters news service quotes Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, about how Kim Kardashian has used social networking and reality TV to become an "aspirational celebrity" who is famous for being famous. The article appeared in a number of news outlets, including The Vancouver Sun and the Calgary Herald.

7/15/10

An article in the Toronto Star, reports a study by UB researchers looks at women's body mass in relation to their neighborhood's food amenities and found that women who lived near a supermarket tended to have a lower body mass index. The article quotes Samina Raja, associate professor of urban and regional planning. An article also appeared in the New York Post.

7/15/10

An article in BusinessWeek reports on the growth of the Chinese Internet search engine, Baidu, which was founded by UB alumnus Robin Li. Baidu has increased its share of the search business to 64 percent.

7/15/10

Jeremy Finn, professor of counseling, school and educational psychology, is quoted in an article on EducationNews.org about a study of the impact Florida's class-size reduction reform had on students achievement that did not actually study the affect of class-size reduction.

7/13/10

An article in the Ithaca Journal reports on research being conducted at UB and Cornell University into the changing needs of individuals in wheelchairs, and quotes Edward Steinfeld, director of UB's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center), who said gradual changes in wheelchair design and the needs of individuals with disabilities have rendered some standards obsolete.

7/13/10

A story on 938 Live, Singapore's only English news and talk radio station, about the world financial crisis quotes Lewis Mandell, professor emeritus of financial and managerial economics.

7/13/10

A story on Future Tense, an American Public Media radio show that reports on how technology is reshaping the world, looks at the Facebook game Farmville and interviews A.J. Patrick Liskiewicz, who is completing an MFA in media study at UB. What's really at the heart of Farmville's popularity is a compulsion toward politeness, he says.

7/10/10

An article distributed by the Associated Press about BP's fading reputation as a socially responsible corporation following the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico quotes Trina Hamilton, assistant professor of geography and an expert on corporate, environmental and social responsibility and governance and international trade. The article appeared in news outlets throughout the U.S., including The New York Times, Kansas City Star, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Huffington Post.

7/12/10

An article on Psychology Today's Image Professor blog, which showcases the style evolution of a professional "mover and shaker" who excels in his or her industry profiles UB head football coach Jeff Quinn.

7/18/10

An editorial in Crain's Business New York calls for passage of SUNY empowerment reforms and says Senator Bill Stachowski's support of the reforms is "one of the most hopeful signs that legislators might actually begin representing the interests of their constituents."

7/16/10

UB President John B. Simpson is quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education story on steps that public universities in New York and Illinois are considering in response to state budget cuts and inadequate support for public higher education.

7/18/10

A New York Times op-ed describes the tight control Albany lawmakers have on everything related to SUNY from cost of tuition to purchases, as well as taking back 80 percent of tuition increases for general state operating funds. It contends that although "New York's state universities badly need improvement, but the (SUNY empowerment reform) proposals on the table are not good enough."

7/18/10

In a report in Inquirer.net, UB professor emeritus and cultural critic Elayne Rapping, weighs in on the latest scandal involving Mel Gibson.

7/19/10

A Scientific American magazine feature story describes the work of UB researchers Arnd Pralle, Hao Zeng and Denise Ferkey, who created a magnetic remote control that changes the behavior of tiny worms. The purpose of the research is to develop ways to use magnetic fields to stimulate cells, with the goal of unraveling the signaling networks that control ion channels, neurons and animal behavior.

7/20/10

Real Clear Politics reports on the relationship between U.S. politics, campaigns and the status of the economy, and quotes UB professor and chair of political science, James Campbell. Campbell also is quoted in a Christian Science Monitor and EducationNews.org stories about the appearance of bias in journalists who posted comments about conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge.

7/19/10

An article in The New York Times reports on "The Power of SUNY," a plan developed by Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to revamp and rebrand SUNY, which the article calls "the unloved colossus that is the biggest comprehensive system of public higher education in the country." The article looks at the university system's history and the proposed empowerment legislation that would give campuses greater autonomy, including the ability to set their own tuition, and has become the fiercely contested point of contention in passage of the state 2010-11 budget: "To advocates, the effort to break the shackles that SUNY was born with has long been overdue. For the largest SUNY campus, the University at Buffalo, such self-determination is an essential part of its ambitious growth plan, 'UB 2020,' which local officials say would create thousands of jobs, expand the campus to downtown and foster new ventures with industry," the article states. The article also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

7/15/10

An article in The New York Times about working through college roommate conflicts quotes Warren Hale, director of university residence halls and apartments. The article also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

7/25/10

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about its third annual Great Colleges to Work For survey includes UB among the 97 institutions on the list. Business First also reported on the ranking.

7/25/10

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on some of the shortcomings of the Test of English as a Foreign Language and other language-testing measures looks at the case of a student from Russia who came to UB as a member of the tennis team but spoke such poor English that she was unable to communicate with her teammates or coaches, and ultimately was sent home.

7/25/10

Kathryn Foster, director of the Regional Institute, is quoted in an article in the Poughkeepsie Journal that looks at the number of taxing authorities in New York State and efforts by some communities to consolidate. A "perfect storm" of factors is at play, she said: a weak economy, an aging and declining population upstate, higher taxes, an anti-government sentiment, and a new state law. The article also appeared in the Elmira Star-Gazette.

7/26/10

An article in the New York Daily News reports Albany's "three men in a room" discussed various compromise proposals yesterday in hopes of nailing down a final deal on the state budget, including a proposal that would limit the tuition hikes proposed by SUNY empowerment plan to just a few campuses, including UB. The negotiations also were the subject of an article on the blog Politico.

7/26/10

An article in The Epoch Times, a multi-language, international newspaper, reports UB researchers have demonstrated that they can stimulate cells to manipulate the movement of tiny worms. The article quotes Arnd Pralle, assistant professor of physics, who said the research will help scientists unravel the signaling networks that control animal behavior.

7/27/10

Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, is quoted in an article distributed by Reuters news service about Chelsea Clinton's wedding on Saturday in Rhinebeck, N.Y. "Celebrities are our royal family," she said. "The Clintons are celebrities in their own right and they are in a sense a royal family Â… people are very curious." The article appeared in news outlets that include the Toronto Sun, Montreal Gazette, WXEL-FM in South Florida and WBFO-FM.

7/28/10

An op-ed in The New York Times by Peter D. Salins, former SUNY provost and professor of political science at the State University at Stony Brook, supports the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, which would allow SUNY and CUNY to set their own tuition rates and give them the freedom to raise additional revenue to compensate for the $840 million in budget cuts the state has imposed over the past three years. "Such a move is long overdue ," the op-ed says, and notes that "SUNY Buffalo's growing life sciences center is a major engine of the local economy, which is why Buffalo's Democratic state senator, William Stachowski, won't sign on to a budget deal without the public higher education act," and calls the Assembly's opposition to PHEEIA "misplaced and insincere."

7/27/10

An article in New York Real Estate Journal looks at the advantages of locating upstate, specifically to Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, where properties "can be had for a song." The article notes that the upstate economy has not been hit as hard as many other regions in the country, and Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse are "seeing tremendous growth." The article includes UB among Buffalo's strong points, and puts a positive spin on businesses locating upstate.

7/16/10

An article in the July 19 issue of Sports Illustrated about Iroquois lacrosse players who were unable to travel to England on their Haudenosaunee passports for the lacrosse world championships quotes Oren Lyons, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of American Studies and the team's chairman. The article includes a video clip that interviews Lyons and others about the story behind the Iroquois and lacrosse.

7/29/10

UB biologist Derek Taylor is quoted in a story today in Science Magazine about ancient viruses persisting in the genomes of mammals. Research on Ebola virus conducted by Taylor and Jeremy Bruenn also is referenced in the same article.

7/29/10

An article on ScienceBlog.com reports on a UB study that showed that body-checking – intentionally slamming an opponent against the boards – is not the primary cause of injuries in youth hockey, and that 66 percent of overall injuries were caused by accidentally hitting the boards or goal posts, colliding with teammates or being hit by a puck. Articles also appeared on Science Daily, PhysOrg.com and in Kingston, Ontario's, Whig Standard.

7/29/10

An article on PhysOrg.com reports a study by UB endocrinologists has found that resveratrol, a plant extract with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, appears to suppress inflammation in humans. Articles also appeared on ProHealth.com and ScienceBlog.com.

7/31/10

An article in England's Telegraph newspaper reports that UB researchers have found that a plant extract contained in the skin of red grapes helps to protect the body against aging by reducing inflammation that leads to heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes. The research also is the subject of an article in the recipe-finder section of Australia's NineMSN.com. UPI also distributed an article on the findings. Other news outlets reporting on the research include Yahoo! News India, News-Medical.net and Futurity.

7/31/10

An article in the Montreal Gazette reports that a study conducted by researchers at UB has shown that accidents are more commonly to blame for on-ice amateur-hockey injuries than bodychecking. The article quotes Barry Willer, professor of psychiatry and rehabilitation studies and senior author of the study. The article appeared newspapers throughout Canada, including the Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun. The Buffalo News also reported on the research.

7/31/10

An article in the Charleston Gazette on the benefits of having a pet reports that pets lower stress, and a UB study of stockbrokers with high blood pressure found that those with pets had fewer blood pressure spikes cause by tension and stress.