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9/1/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about a decision by a federal judge that allows Native American nations to continue to sell cigarettes without the state collecting sales tax quotes Donald A. Grinde, professor and chair of American studies and an expert on Native American history, who said the state has no right to collect taxes on reservations.

9/1/10

An article on CNBC about a new poll that suggests Democrats will face significant losses in the midterm elections reports that a UB paper has predicted a 51-seat gain for Republicans in November. An article that appeared in the Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee and other newspapers also reports on the research, which was conducted by James Campbell, professor and chair of political science.

9/3/10

Richard D. Blondell, director of addictions research, is quoted in an article distributed by HealthDay news service about a study that casts doubt on the argument that marijuana is a "gateway drug" that plays a major role in leading people to try other illegal drugs. "The study doesn't really answer the question," he says. "There is no single answer to why someone develops addiction." The article also reports that in a recent study, Blondell and colleagues at UB reported that new research suggests that many people first get addicted to drugs while using prescription painkillers. The article appeared in BusinessWeek.

9/3/10

An article distributed by HealthDay reports on research that found it isn't personal success of failure that make up the best and worst moments of a person's life, but the events that occur within relationships, and quotes Shira Gabriel, associate professor of psychology, who conducted the research. The article appeared in BusinessWeek and U.S. & World Report.

9/4/10

An article in USA Today about Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson's efforts to help protect and intellectually nourish at-risk young African-American males reports he recently took a group on visits to UB and another local college, where they were taught the importance of SAT/ACT prep work.

9/6/10

An article distributed by the Associated Press about corrections officers who return from Afghanistan and Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder reports that nationwide, law enforcement groups are taking notice of veterans starting or returning to jail or prison jobs and quotes John Violanti, research associate professor of social and preventive medicine. The article appeared in news outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada, including The Seattle Times, Metro Canada Toronto and NPR.

9/4/10

An article in the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog interviews Bruce Jackson, Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture, about the work he began in the early 1960s, visiting prisons in the South, first to record folk songs and then to interview inmates about their lives in and out of the criminal justice system.

9/6/10

An article on the Huffington Post about political scientists' predictions that forecast significant losses for Democrats in the midterm elections in November reports James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is predicting a gain of 50 to 52 seats for the Republicans. An article also appears in The Atlantic.

9/8/10

An article in the Detroit News about new and returning television dramas that involve spies and secret agents quotes Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies. "Fear, in general, about the economy as well as foreign enemies, is rampant," she said. "The need for security is still dominant in the American psyche."

9/7/10

Gary Giovino, professor of health behavior, is quoted in an article on PBS Newshour's The Rundown blog that reports one in five Americans is a smoker, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control, a percentage that has remained unchanged since 2005. He said many researchers believe a "hardening" of the smoker population might be contributing to the stalled decline.

9/9/10

An article on USA Today's Science Fair blog about a poll that showed that two-thirds of Americans think that synthetic biology should move forward reports that "the science of designing and constructing new biological parts, devices and systems, or even re-engineering existing life is promising and in general Americans who've heard of it like the idea, but are cautious. For example, scientists at [UB] are working to produce a strain of yeast that makes gasoline."

9/8/10

An article on MSNBC about increasing evidence that links smoking to decreased fertility reports that in 2005, research from UB showed male smokers' sperm had a more difficult time binding to an egg than non-smokers' sperm.

9/8/10

An article in the Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog reports that according to a UB study, a short morning walk to school could reduce children's stress levels during the school day. The UB research also was reported on by WGAL-TV in Harrisburg, Pa.

9/8/10

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was interviewed on Public Radio's Capitol Pressroom program, where she discussed President Simpson's decision retire, and praised his leadership of UB and his efforts to reform public higher education in New York State.

9/8/10

An article in Scholastic magazine about creative ways to nurture children's math skills is written by Douglas Clements, professor of learning and instruction, and Julie Sarama, associate professor of learning and instruction. The article also appeared in Parent & Child magazine.

9/10/10

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education's Buildings & Grounds blog reports on the bat tower in Griffis Sculpture Park created by Joyce Hwang, assistant professor of architecture, to draw attention to the infection that has decimated the bat population in parts of the country.

9/9/10

An article in The New York Times reports on "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," an exhibit of 100 works from the late 19th century to the present that examines how gender and sexual identity have altered the development of the genre, and quotes Jonathan D. Katz, an organizer of the show and director of the visual studies doctoral program at UB. The exhibition opens Oct. 29 in the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.

9/10/10

An article in The Atlantic about finding reliable election ratings reports James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, conducted a study that found one prognosticator, the Cook Political Report, to be a credible election predictor.

9/12/10

An article in the Press of Atlantic City on the thousands of local students who now are either walking or being driven to school by their parents because budget cuts have curtailed school busing reports a small study at UB showed that walking to school could reduce stress reactivity in children, helping to reduce increases in blood pressure and heart rate.

9/13/10

D. Bruce Johnstone, professor emeritus of higher and comparative education, is quoted in an article in The New York Times about college affordability and the soaring admission demands that are seen as driving up costs, along with a desire by governments to accommodate the increased student interest. "Part of the problem in much of the world is exploding enrollments," he said.

9/13/10

An editorial in the Toronto Globe and Mail suggests Canada has an obligation to be aggressive in determining whether a controversial new treatment for multiple sclerosis works, and reports UB will soon enroll 20 patients in a preliminary treatment study. The editorial quotes L. Nelson Hopkins, professor and chair of neurosurgery.

9/14/10

GOOD magazine reports on the Bat Tower designed by UB assistant professor of architecture, Joyce Hwang.

9/14/10

William Boden, professor of medicine and preventive medicine, was quoted in the August issue of Consumer Reports on Health magazine in an article about what tests and procedures to pursue for various stages of heart disease.

9/15/10

An article on MSN Money about suggestions that allegations that The Boeing Co. received billions of dollars in illegal subsidies should be tied to a similar case against its biggest rival Airbus quotes David Pritchard, research associate in the Canada-U.S. Trade Center in the Department of Geography and a trade specialist. The article appeared in a number of news outlets, including CNBC; The Economic Times, an international business periodical; Canadian Business; and The China Post.

9/21/10

An article on MSN.com about colleges and universities that are finding innovative ways to promote green technologies and sustainable practices on campus reports that UB is constructing the "Solar Strand" on the North Campus, an array of 5,000 photovoltaic panels modeled on strands of DNA and designed by internationally renowned landscape architect Walter Hood.

9/21/10

Fast Company magazine mentions the UB solar project in a profile of acclaimed architect/artist Walter Hood, who in an international competition was selected to design UB's solar array.

9/23/10

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press interviews James Roemmich, associate professor of pediatrics and exercise and nutrition science, about his research on the health benefits of children walking to school. "The cardiovascular disease process begins in childhood, so if we can find some way of stopping or slowing that process, that would provide an important health benefit," he said. The research also was the subject of a story on KLFY in Louisiana.

9/23/10

HealthCare IT News and HPC Wire report Dell's $15 million investment in UB's new Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

9/26/10

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the position New York's next governor might take with regard to higher education, notes that UB president John Simpson, a strong advocate for higher education reform, is retiring. The article also quotes UB's James E. Campbell, professor of political science, on Paladino's election chances.

9/28/10

Yahoo News reports on a study of American middle-school students who appear to be healthier because of their participation in team sports than those who don't and quotes UB's James N. Roemmich, MD, adjunct associate professor of pediatrics and exercise and nutrition sciences.

9/29/10

An article in the Wall Street Journal about the rift between upstate and downstate political interests and the affect it could have on the gubernatorial election includes among voter's complaints the failure of New York City legislators to grant UB more independence, and reports that upstate voters are more dissatisfied with the way things are going in the state than those in New York City and its suburbs.

9/28/10

An article distributed by HealthDay news service reports a study has found that American middle school students who participate in team sports appear to be both physically and mentally better off than those who don't, and quotes James Roemmich, associate professor of pediatrics and exercise and nutrition science, who said the study findings make sense. The article appeared in news outlets that include BusinessWeek, MSN Health & Fitness, U.S. News & World Report and on the health websites of a number of television stations.

9/28/10

An article in the Hamilton Spectator about election lawn signs quotes Munroe Eagles, professor of political science and Canadian studies, who conducted a study that found each lawn sign equaled about 0.7 percent of the candidate's total vote, and helps with candidate name recognition.

9/30/10

Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Organizations and Human Resources, is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about how McDonald's is considering dropping its health plan due to new regulations. "The packages maybe could be better, but for a start, they're quite good," he said. "For those who didn't have health insurance through their spouse, it was a lifesaver." Newman worked undercover at McDonald's to write "My Secret Life on the McJob." CBS Radio and KMOX news radio (St. Louis) also interviewed Newman.

9/30/10

An article in the Chicago Tribune about Fulbright students from Afghanistan who traveled to Chicago for a workshop on social entrepreneurship and enhancing relationships between American and Afghan people quotes Mustafa Mashal, who is studying at UB with Andre Filiatrault, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering and director of MCEER.

9/30/10

An article on Smart Planet, a CBS Interactive website that focuses on the intersection of technology, business and life, reports UB is developing one of the only facilities in the world where researchers can study volcanic properties on their own terms, and interviews Greg Valentine, professor of geology and director of the Center for Geohazards Studies. An article also appeared on Big Think.