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8/6/10

An editorial in the Buffalo News criticizes the state legislature for failing to give state universities the flexibility they need for growth, thereby derailing the UB 2020 expansion plans. The editorial calls it "disappointing" and notes that UB President John B. Simpson's UB 2020 proposal represented an opportunity for UB to grow and stay in the higher ranks of colleges and universities.

8/2/10

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports research has emerged casting doubt on a popular new theory that multiple sclerosis is caused or worsened by blockages in the jugular veins, and notes UB is conducting a study of 1,000 patients to see if using balloon angioplasty or stents to open veins is an effective treatment for MS.

8/2/10

A somewhat tongue-in-cheek article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports a UB professor says that parents should talk to their children about current events using mathematical terms as part of the explanation in order to help their children better understand the world and perform better in school. The article quotes Ming Ming Chiu, professor of learning and instruction, who said that family chats about society and current events are not common, and occur less that once a month in most households.

8/2/10

An article in the Los Angeles Times reports a novel theory about the cause of multiple sclerosis took a hit Monday from two studies that called into question the premise that the disease is the result of obstruction in the veins carrying blood from the brain back to the heart. The article reports that a study of venous blood flow is ongoing at UB, where treatment for venous insufficiency is being offered in clinical trials. The article also appeared in the Hartford Courant and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

8/3/10

An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that a case study from the UB School of Dental Medicine has established that people who choose to pierce their tongues run the risk of developing a gap between their front teeth. The article interviews Sawsan Tabbaa, assistant professor of orthodontics, who explained a number of potential consequences of tongue piercing and said, "When people get their tongues pierced, they never think about what can happen." The findings also are the subject of articles on Live Science, Minnesota Public Radio, UPI and Britain's Dentistry.co.uk.

8/3/10

An article on EmpowHer.com, a women's health and wellness blog, looks at the health benefits of the chemical compound resveratrol, and reports new research from UB suggest that it may suppress inflammation.

8/4/10

An article in the Wall Street Journal's Health blog reports on a case study conducted by researchers at UB involving a woman who developed a gap between her two front teeth because of a barbell tongue piercing. The article quotes Sawsan Tabbaa, assistant professor of orthodontics, who told the woman "I will not treat you until you take this thing out….I tell my patients, 'Go put three or five holes in your ear, but don't pierce your tongue." Articles also appeared on AOL's Parent Dish, MSNBC's The Body Odd section, Yahoo! News, Futurity, the British Dental Health Foundation, New Zealand Doctor and Fox News.

8/4/10

Rick Su, assistant professor of law, is quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about Arizona's new immigration law and efforts by states such as Virginia to find a way for police officers to become de facto immigration agents. "The bigger question posed by Virginia is what role, if any, can or should local law enforcement [take] with regard to immigration enforcement, and that issue is entirely unsettled," he said.

8/5/10

An article distributed by Health Day news service reports a study by UB researchers has found that most injuries in youth hockey are caused by accidents, not by intentional "body checking." The article appears in news outlets that include MSN Health and Fitness.

8/4/10

An article on WebMD reports on a UB study that found that the plant extract resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, appears to suppress inflammation and may fight aging in humans. An article on the finding also appeared on the website of the Indian Wine Academy, a New Delhi-based firm dedicated to helping increase wine consumption in India.

8/5/10

An article on Japan Today about the link between economics and elections quotes James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, who said, "the economy is a junior partner compared to preference polling and incumbency."

8/5/10

A Health Day news service article reports on a UB case study that found that tongue piercing can lead to a damaging habit that causes a gap to appear between the upper front teeth, which can cost thousands of dollars to fix. The article appeared in news outlets that include BusinessWeek.

8/6/10

An op-ed in the Harrisburg Patriot-News about the dental decay in children reports that a UB study of 65 children ages 2-5 who were being treated for cavities in baby teeth found that nearly 28 percent had a body-mass index indicating they were overweight or obese, and that poor nutrition may link obesity to tooth decay.

8/5/10

An article on ScienceBlog reports that a new study by researchers at UB reveals that, for people with chronic back pain, having a little adversity in your life can be protective and beneficial. An article also appears on Science Daily, PhysOrg and Spain's EuropaPress.

8/3/10

An article on Discovery News looks at tarantula-venom research being conducted by Frederick Sachs, professor of biophysics, who found that instead of causing cellular damage, a small protein in the tarantula toxin initiated a structural health process, and may block the cell reactions that cause muscle degeneration for people with muscular dystrophy.

8/5/10

An article on Inside Higher Ed reports the New York State Legislature adopted a budget for the fiscal year that does not include a higher education reform measure that would have given SUNY and CUNY more authority over setting their tuition rates and using the tuition revenue. UB President John B. Simpson was interviewed for the article, as well as for an similar article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

8/6/10

An article on BBC reports research by UB scientists has found that people with tongue piercings risk developing gaps between their front teeth as a result of playing with the stud. The article quotes Sawsan Tabbaa, assistant professor of orthodontics, who said "it makes perfect sense that constantly pushing of the stud against the teeth – every day with no break – will move them or drive them apart." WWJ-AM in Detroit also aired a story on the findings, and USA Today, IrishHealth.com and United Arab Emirates' The National also reported on it.

8/6/10

An article on AOL Health News reports research conducted by psychologist Mark Seery and his team at UB found that for people suffering from chronic back pain, facing a few setbacks in life might actually ease their troubles with the persistent condition. Articles also appeared on About.com's Back & Neck Pain blog and Futurity.

8/7/10

A story on the Baltimore Sun's Z on TV blog interviews UB alum Wolf Blitzer, a longtime Maryland resident who is celebrating his 20th anniversary at CNN this summer.

8/9/10

A UPI article reports even healthy food can contribute to childhood obesity and quotes Teresa Quattrin, professor and chair of pediatrics, who recommended steps parents can take to prevent obesity in their children.

8/10/10

An article on Scientific American reports on UB research that found the force of "playing" with a tongue stud can move teeth, even forcing them apart, and reports on a 26-year-old woman who needed braces to push her teeth back together after getting a tongue stud seven years earlier.

8/11/10

An article in England's Daily Mail reports on a UB study that found that a simple morning walk to school could reduce stress reactivity in children during the school day, curbing increases in heart rate and blood pressure that can lead to cardiovascular disease later in life. The research also is the subject of articles on Futurity, KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, Science Daily, the American Medical Network and the Times of India.

8/10/10

An article on the Chicago Tribune's Julie's Health Club blog titled "Five Surprising Threats to Your Teeth" reports on the UB case study concerning a young woman with a pierced tongue who forced a gap between her front teeth by "playing" with the barbell stud and pushing it against her teeth.

8/10/10

An article on Forbes' Digital Tools blog about a mathematician who claims to have proven a 40-year-old mathematical theorem quotes Kenneth Regan, associate professor of computer science and engineering, who contributed posts to the online debate.

8/10/10

An article on Foreign Affairs, a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations, about the new constitution voters approved in Kenya is co-authored by Makau Mutua, dean of the Law School.

8/11/10

An article on World Book and News about the viability of handwriting analysis as a profession reports that when Sargur Srihari, director of UB's Center of Excellence in Document Analysis and Recognition, designed a program that reads nearly 75 percent of handwritten addresses, it was quickly put to use in postal centers throughout the U.S.

8/11/10

An article in the Missoulian looks at the Parallel History Project, which focuses on tribal diversity and the multiple histories of Native American people. Participants, who include Don Grinde, professor and chair of American studies, are working to produce a history textbook for high school and college classrooms that will give Native peoples a more prominent role than they often occupy in traditional U.S. history textbooks.

8/12/10

An article in Times Higher Education about the results of an annual study on student engagement in the classroom reports college and university educators are not using new technology to its fullest extent, and quotes Mark Greenfield, director of web services and a higher education web consultant. "I think there is a faction of faculty that is resistant to this kind of change," he said. "There is a sense that students need to adapt their style rather than vice versa."

8/11/10

An article in TIME Magazine's Wellness blog reports that a study by researchers in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences found that a stroll to school in the morning can help kids prepare for the stresses that await them in the classroom. The study also is the subject of articles in the Allentown Morning Call's Health blog, AOL's ParentDish blog, UPI, England's Mirror newspaper, the Scottish Daily Express and an Australian parenting website, Babble.

8/12/10

An article on the San Francisco Chronicle's The Mommy Files blog reports a study by UB researchers has found that walking to school reduces stress in children and may reduce the risk of heart disease. An article also appeared on the website The Med Guru.

8/14/10

An article distributed by Health Day news service reports a new UB study has shown that walking to school may help reduce children's stress throughout the day, which could prevent increases in heart rate and blood pressure that can lead to cardiovascular disease later in life. The article appeared in news outlets that include BusinessWeek, Yahoo! News and MSN Health & Fitness.

8/13/10

An article in the San Diego Union Tribune about a $600 million bill aimed at strengthening security along the nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico quotes Rick Su, assistant professor of law, who said the bipartisan funding package is not something to laugh at. "I think it is way too cynical to dismiss it outright as a political maneuver."

8/13/10

A UPI article reports on a UB study that showed that most hockey injuries are caused by players not watching what's in front of them and coaches should remind players to keep their heads up. The article quotes Barry Willer, professor of psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine. An article on the findings also appeared in the Toronto Star.

8/19/10

Charles Patrick Ewing, professor of law, was interviewed for an article on ABC News about a Florida woman who was found not guilty by reason of insanity after claiming the Virgin Mary told her to drown her three young daughters nearly 30 years ago, and now medical professionals say she is well enough to be release from the state hospital where she was committed. It's not easy to get released after using the insanity defense, he said, but it is possible for individuals to be granted freedom after years in a mental institution.

8/18/10

An article in the Houston Chronicle about American's obsession youthfulness quotes pop culture expert Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, who said what is happening is a cultural shift toward aging. "When you say 'over 40,' I'm not sure that is considered old anymore. It used to be," she said.

8/19/10

An editorial in the Toronto Globe and Mail calls on Canadian medical bodies to assess as quickly as possible whether there is merit to the theory that vein blockages play a key role in multiple sclerosis, and notes that UB has begun studies to determine whether people with MS are more likely to have vein blockages than those who don't have MS.

8/18/10

An article by Medill Reports Chicago about new treatments being used to control irritable bowel syndrome reports UB behavioral scientist Jeffrey Lackner is conducting a seven-year clinical trial that will compare two different behavioral intervention techniques – one self-administered and the other led by a therapist – for treating IBS symptoms.

8/21/10

A UPI article reports a study conducted by Richard Blondell, professor of family medicine, found that about one-third of patients hospitalized for opioid detoxifications say they first got hooked on drugs prescribed for pain. South Asia's ANI news service, the Hartford Examiner, Futurity, Science Daily, PsychCentral and PhysOrg also reported on the research.

8/21/10

An article in the Albany Times Union about the controversy over the safety of drilling into the Marcellus Shale reports researchers from UB will examine the Marcellus and other shale formations in the state for promising underground sites.

8/21/10

A UPI article reports research conducted by Wooksoo Kim and Robert Keefe of the UB School of Social Work showed that despite full access to health care, many Asian-Americans have the same health care barriers as other immigrant groups.

8/23/10

An article distributed by Dow Jones Newswires reports that a study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, UB and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst found that high levels of stress can trigger severe psychological and physical symptoms during ovulation and menstruation, leaving women to feel much worse than usual during that stage of their reproductive cycle. The article appeared in news outlets that include the Wall Street Journal.

8/25/10

An article in Canada's National Post about the World Hockey Summit and discussions about the dangers of body checking in youth hockey reports UB researchers who followed 500 Ontario players ages four to 18 found 66 percent of injuries in junior leagues come from accidents and not deliberate hits. The article appeared in newspapers throughout Canada, including the Leader-Post and Ottawa Citizen.

8/25/10

An article on Wallet Pop, a consumer finance website, reports on the five most affordable major U.S. housing markets, including Buffalo, and notes that the city "offers stately homes and [UB]."

8/24/10

An article on Third Age about the growing number of people who drink wine reports a recent UB study found that there was a reduction in heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes in subjects who took resveratrol pills, and notes that resveratrol is a substance found in red wine.

8/18/10

An article on the online news magazine Miller-McCune reports research conducted by UB in collaboration with Yale and Columbia universities found that early access to palliative care, which includes talking to patients and their families about treatment goals and end-of-life wishes, prolongs patients' life, even though they opted for less aggressive care as they neared death.

8/23/10

An article on Fox News about using venom from snakes, scorpions and other poisonous animals to treat disease reports that according to biophysicists at UB, tarantula venom, which contains the protein GSMTx4, may replace morphine for pain relief from muscular dystrophy.

8/26/10

An article on LiveStrong.com about proper nutrition for female runners reports a study conducted at UB showed that athletic women's bodies require fat to promote brain function and energy, and a study of 87 female runners led by Peter Horvath, associate professor of nutrition, reported that the women with the most injuries over a year were those who ate the lowest calories from fat.

8/27/10

An article in England's Daily Mail reports UB researchers have found compelling evidence that the best and worst moments in our lives occur within social relationships, and that falling in love and getting our hearts broken are more important landmarks in our lives than professional successes and personal accomplishments. The research also appeared on Science Daily, PhysOrg and MSN.com and in an article distributed by the South Asian news service ANI.

8/27/10

An article distributed by HealthDay news service reports a UB study has found that prescription drugs may be the way that many drug addicts first get hooked, making these legal medicines the new "gateway" drugs. The article appeared in BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report.

8/27/10

An article in the Christian Science Monitor about six metropolitan areas with bright housing futures lists Buffalo as No. 1 among metro areas in terms of home-price appreciation, and notes that "employment, buoyed by the presence of several health-care facilities and the State University of New York at Buffalo, is at an 11-month high." Buffalo Rising also ran an article on the ranking.

8/31/10

An article in England's Daily Express looks at drugs and therapies derived from lethal toxins, and reports that UB scientists have found that a protein in tarantula venom shows promise as a pain-relief therapy for muscular dystrophy.

8/30/10

A back-to-school article in the Calgary Herald reports compelling new evidence suggests that the path to fulfillment isn't paved with straight A's, and that our most meaningful moments are that that involve social relationships. The article quotes Shira Gabriel, associate professor of psychology. The article appeared in a number of Canadian newspapers, including the Vancouver Sun, Canada.com and Montreal Gazette.

8/30/10

An article in the Daily Record about the growing number of Canadian students applying the U.S. law schools reports about 13 of the 750 students enrolled in the UB Law School are from Canada, and interviews Stephanie Le Coche, a Toronto native attending UB.

8/31/10

Research by James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is featured in an article in The Washington Post about a Gallup poll that said if the midterm elections were held now, Republicans would take control of the House, and probably with a comfortable margin. Campbell's research received considerable media attention, with articles appearing in the Winston-Salem Journal, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Financial Times, WABC-AM in New York City and England's Guardian newspaper. The research also is the subject of articles on the Conservative blogs, Left Coast Rebel and VOX, as well as on AOL's Propeller and England's popular political blog, PoliticalBetting.com,

8/31/10

An article in Newsweek looks at the theories about why so many Americans say they think President Barack Obama is Muslim and quotes Steven Hoffman, visiting assistant professor of sociology. "People completely ignore contrary information," he said, and "develop rather elaborate rationalizations based on faulty information."