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10/6/10

An editorial in the Buffalo News supports President John B. Simpson's blunt assessment of New York State's leadership and the state's overall system of education, and calls on his successor to continue to press for SUNY empowerment and the goals of UB 2020.

10/1/10

Roger D. Woodard, Andrew V. V. Raymond Professor of Classics, is quoted in an Associated Press article about an initiative to record audio of the Babylonian language, one of the world's first civilizations and producer of some of the earliest pieces of literature. The audio files will be helpful because most students who study ancient languages are only exposed to texts and do not get a chance to hear how the language actually sounds, he said. The story received broad coverage in the U.S. and Canada, with article appearing in the CTV, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, CBS News and The Washington Post.

10/3/10

An article in Discover magazine about how climate change has shaped humanity reports Ezra Zubrow, professor of anthropology, is launching a project in areas of Russia, Finland and Canada aimed at understanding how the people in those locations adapted to a rapid temperature rise that occurred about 5,000 years ago.

10/3/10

Steven Kurtz, professor of visual studies, is quoted in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about Ricardo Dominguez, assistant professor of visual arts at the University of California at San Diego, that looks at this work with the b.a.n.g. lab, a research collaborative he directs at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. "The thing you need to understand about Ricardo is that he is always performing," Kurtz said.

10/3/10

An article on Gather, a media outlet with more than 9 million readers around the world each month, reports Techung Lee, associate professor of biochemistry and biomedical engineering, has engineered adult stem cells that scientists can grow continuously in culture. The research also is the subject of an article distributed by Asian News International news service, which appeared on Daily India and Daily News & Analysis. Science Daily and DailyTech also carried stories.

10/4/10

Michael Poulin, assistant professor of psychology, was interviewed live on MSNBC about the trapped Chilean miners and the physical and mental effects of being confined underground for more than two months.

10/4/10

An article on AOL Health reports that UB scientists have developed adult stem cells that can continue to grow in a laboratory culture without aging or losing their ability to multiply, and quotes Techung Lee, associate professor of biochemistry and biomedical engineering. The research also was reported on in Britain's International Business Times.

10/8/10

An article in the Buffalo News reports UB will receive $8.2 million for an extension of the landmark Women's Health Initiative, a federally funded study that will continue through 2015 research into such conditions as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and stroke. WBFO and WKBW also reported on the funding.

10/5/10

An article in the Orlando Sentinel reports a new study conducted at UB shows that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night are more likely to develop diabetes. The article quotes Lisa Rafalson, a National Research Service Award Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine. An article also appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

10/5/10

An article in Grist magazine, an environment news and commentary magazine, about "food deserts," low-income sections of cities that lack easy access to grocery stores selling healthy food and fresh produce, quotes Samina Raja, associate professor of urban and regional planning. "Planners did not actively try to make neighborhoods underserved Â… but by certain planning decision, the end result was the same," she said.

10/7/10

Fast Company magazine features the artwork of Dennis Maher, clinical assistant professor of architecture at UB, who creates sculptures from the materials of demolished houses. Maher's work is on exhibit at Buffalo's Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Black & White Gallery / Project Space in Brooklyn.

10/6/10

James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is quoted in an article in the Daily Record about the role anger is playing in the New York State governor's race. "A lot of people can feel comfortable with Paladino being mad as hell, because they are, too," he said. "But out of control – that does not comfort voters."

10/6/10

An article in Azure, a magazine that covers design, architecture and art, interviews Joyce Hwang, assistant professor of architecture, about the Bat Tower she and her students constructed in Griffis Sculpture Park.

10/6/10

An article in Columbia City Paper about the controversy over the use of antipsychotic drugs on juveniles in detention quotes adolescent psychologist LeAdelle Phelps, professor of counseling, school and educational psychology, who said prescribing the drugs can be in important means to an end: bringing juveniles to a mental place where they are more amenable to psychotherapy.

10/7/10

An article in Physics World about dark matter and strange stars reports cautious support for the dark-matter mechanism comes from Dejan Stojkovik, assistant professor of physics, who says the stability of the strange star needs to be investigated.

10/8/10

A story distributed by UPI about coral reefs in the Caribbean that are in danger of bleaching and death reports a study by UB indicates that certain types of coral won't be able to adapt rapidly enough to survive global warming. The article quotes Mary Alice Coffroth, professor of geological sciences, who said that most estimates predict that by the year 2100, global warming would cause sea temperatures to rise by as much as 2 to 6 degrees Celsius. A story also appeared on PhysOrg.com.

10/11/10

James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, is quoted in article distributed by the Associated Press about how the mood of residents in Upstate New York could affect Democrats in the 2010 November election. "I think with the recession since 2008, the frustration has been even greater," he said. The story also appeared in the Troy Record, WWLTV in Louisiana, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Syracuse Post-Standard, Ithaca Journal and Long Island Business News.

10/10/10

An article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on new steps being taken to prevent athletes from returning to competition too soon after a concussion reports a UB study published in January showed that a program of progressive exercise on a case-by-case basis can help relieve symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.

10/9/10

An article in the Arizona Republic quotes Rick Su, associate professor of law, who was speaking at a daylong conference on Arizona's immigration law at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. "The state is being used as a trump or veto, and there is very little discourse and discussion going on," he said.

10/10/10

A story on KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Calif., about the benefits of eating dinner as a family reports a UB study found that beyond catching up, talking to children about current events, like the gulf oil spill, can help them develop real-life reasoning and math skills.

10/11/10

An article in The Oklahoman about the federal government's new health care program quotes Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Organizations and Human Services, about coverage provided to employees by McDonald's. "The packages maybe could be better, but for a start, they're quite good," he said.

10/7/10

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Arts Briefs reports on two exhibitions by Dennis Maher, clinical assistant professor of architecture, in the Burchfield Penney Art Center and at the Black & White Gallery / Project Space in Brooklyn.

10/11/10

An article in the Toronto Globe and Mail about an opinion poll conducted by Nanos Research in conjunction with UB reports the poll found that a sense of separation between the U.S. and Canada has grown over the past several years. The article quotes Monroe Eagles, director of Canadian Studies at UB.

10/11/10

An article distributed by Inside Science News Service reports a team of researchers have announced what they think are the first indirect observations of ancient cosmic string, and quotes UB student Robert Poltis, lead author of the paper that discusses the findings. "Their magnetic field sort of hitches a ride with the expansion of the universe," he said. The article appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Pacific Free Press.

10/12/10

An article on Live Science about the physical and psychological problems the trapped Chilean miners may face when they return to the surface interviews psychologist and stress expert Michael Poulin, who was optimistic about their abilities to handle the ordeal. "My guess is given the generally positive circumstances that have accompanied the challenges they have faced, they are going to do, as a whole or in general, quite well," he said. MSNBC, UPI, Mother Nature Network and Minnesota Public Radio also ran the story. Poulin and Joaquin Cortes, UB visiting assistant professor of geology and a Chilean native, also were interviewed. Local coverage includes stories in the Buffalo News, YNN-TV, WIVB, WNED-AM. Social media also was well represented, with articles appearing on sites such as Health Canal.

10/13/10

An article on ThirdAge.com reports new research by UB marine biologists suggests that coral may not be able to survive the effects of climate change as well as once thought, and quotes Mary Alice Coffroth, professor of geological sciences. An article also appears on ChemInfo.

10/12/10

An article on Physics Central's Buzz Blog reports a team of researchers have announced what they think are the first indirect observations of ancient cosmic string, and quotes UB student Robert Poltis, lead author of the paper that discusses the findings. "Their magnetic field sort of hitches a ride with the expansion of the universe," he said. The article appeared on Space.com, MinnPost.com and io9.com.

10/13/10

Research on the upcoming midterm election by James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science, that predicts a 51- or 52-seat gain for Republicans was included in the Washington Post's Economic and Domestic Policy blog.

10/12/10

Money managing tips from Kellie Kostek, UB financial literacy program coordinator, are included in an article in the Ottawa Sun about college students who are struggling financially because they aren't used to handling their own funds. The article appeared in about 30 Canadian newspapers, including the Toronto Sun, Edmonton Sun and Calgary Sun.

10/15/10

An article on Wired Science about the success of the Large Hadron Collider quotes Ulrich Baur, professor of physics, whose theoretical predictions laid the groundwork for new research done there. "You really see the power of the Large Hadron Collider coming in here," he said.

10/15/10

An article on Wired reports on work by Randall Dipert, C.S. Peirce Professor of American Philosophy, on the lack of boundaries and protocols that set the standards in international law for how cyberwar can and cannot be waged. Articles also appeared on Futurity, Newsroom America, Science Centric, Science Daily and UPI.

10/14/10

A story distributed by the Associated Press reports UB alumnus Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has been named to serve as the next prime minister of Somalia. Articles on his appointment also appeared in the Boston Globe and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Local coverage of his appointment aired on WBFO-FM, WKBW-TV, WNED-AM, WIVB-TV and in the Buffalo News.

10/23/10

An article in the Wall Street Journal about the difficulties political scientists have predicting election outcomes quotes James E. Campbell, professor and chair of political science. "Congressional elections generally are more difficult," he says. "A lot of local factors come into play."

10/25/10

James Gardner, professor of law and an election law expert, is quoted in an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that looks at steps a political candidate must take to have his or her name removed from the ballot. "You don't want candidates to be able to freely withdraw from the ballot after they've been nominated because the potential for deal-making at the expense of the electorate seems high," he said.

10/23/10

An article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune's On Weather blog about the unseasonable warm temperatures Minnesota is experiencing reports the NOAA just released a summary of summer conditions in the Arctic region and that the warming that occurred 4,000 to 6,000 years ago was substantial, but according to UB anthropologist Ezra Zubrow, "This was a slower change, about one-third the rate we face today….It took a thousand years for the earth to warm as much as it has over the past 300 years – roughly the time spanned since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution."

10/25/10

An article distributed by UPI reports plans to tap one of the largest sources of natural gas in the U.S. could release naturally trapped uranium into the environment, and quotes Tracy Bank, assistant professor of geology. Science Business, Science Centric, Science Daily, Science Blog and Environmental News Service also ran stories.

10/26/10

An article on the Wall Street Journal's Real Time Economics blog reports on research conducted by Satheeshkumar Seenivasan, a doctoral candidate in the School of Management, that found that when people pay for food with credit or debit cards, they are more likely to buy unhealthy foods.

10/27/10

An article on TMCnet reports two new projects by media architect and researcher Mark Shepard are using technology to cultivate a sense of community and connect us with the world around us.

10/26/10

An article on the Huffington Post reports UB researchers have found that "fracking," a process of extracting natural gas, also causes uranium that is naturally trapped inside Marcellus shale to be released, and quotes Tracy Bank, assistant professor of geology. Articles also appeared on the Natural Resources Defense Council staff blog Switchboard, Pollution Online, Oil and Gas Online, Water Online and EcoFactory.

10/18/10

A story on Wired reports that a recent UB study of personality and social psychology offers scientific evidence to prove the old adage: "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." Articles also appeared in England's Express newspaper; Futurity, WKBW-TV, Medical News Today, PhysOrg and Science Daily also report on the study; and the South Asian news service ANI distributed an article on the research.

10/18/10

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports on research conducted by Mark Seery, assistant professor of psychology, that showed that people who had experienced a few adverse events in their lives reported better mental health and well being than people with a history of frequent adversity and people with no history of misfortune. "So much of the existing literature shows that having experience with a negative life event is bad, with negative effects on mental and physical health," he said. "But we've found that that is not the whole story, and that people are more resilient in general than we may think." An article on his research also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call's Lehigh Valley Health blog.

10/17/10

An article distributed by the Associated Press about efforts to clean contaminated water at the West Valley Demonstration Project reports a trench is being dug and filled with 2,000 metric tons of zeolite, shipped form an Idaho mine, which tests by UB researchers showed will work like a home water softening system to significantly lower contamination levels. The article appeared on CBS New York, USA Today and the Buffalo News.

10/18/10

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about new techniques being used at UPMC Sports Medicine to treat concussion reports UB's Concussion Clinic is one of the few places that uses two of the same treatment approaches regularly.

10/18/10

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about a recent poll that showed a dismal view of the national and, especially, state economies and political directions quotes Hodan Isse, assistant professor of finance and managerial economics. The problem, he said, is the glut of available workers is mismatched with what the U.S. market needs.

10/18/10

Kathleen Miller, a research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions, is quoted on Inside Higher Ed in a story about the popularity of caffeinated alcoholic beverages among college students and the risks the drinks pose. "It's inherently potentially dangerous to mix caffeine and alcohol because you're sending your body mixed signals," she said.

10/18/10

An article on PC Authority reports that the often incomprehensible CAPTCHA security checks on websites could be on the way out following an innovation from researchers at UB. Articles also were distributed by the South Asian news service ANI and appeared on Medical News Today and Secure Computing magazine.

10/18/10

An article on The Architect's Newspaper Blog reports on Dennis Maher's installations, Animate Lost/Fount Matter in the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo and "End Wall" in Brooklyn's Black & White Gallery/Project Space. Inhabitat also reported on the installations.

10/18/10

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports on research conducted by Mark Seery, assistant professor of psychology, that showed that people who had experienced a few adverse events in their lives reported better mental health and well being than people with a history of frequent adversity and people with no history of misfortune. "So much of the existing literature shows that having experience with a negative life event is bad, with negative effects on mental and physical health," he said. "But we've found that that is not the whole story, and that people are more resilient in general than we may think." An article on his research also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call's Lehigh Valley Health blog.

10/18/10

An article in the Toronto Globe and Mail looks research conducted by UB marketing student Satheeshkumar Seenivasan and others that found that consumers who use debit or credit cards to pay for food are more likely to make impulsive purchases of unhealthy products. The study, which was published in the Journal of Consumer Research, suggests that there may be a connection between rising obesity and the increased use of paying by plastic in America. Consumer Affairs, The Medical News, PhysOrg, England's Daily Mail and Telegraph newspapers and the South Asian news service ANI also reported on the study.

10/19/10

An article distributed by Agence France-Presse, a global news agency, reports UB researchers have found that men who have prostate cancer have a higher risk of developing colon cancer than men who don't have prostate cancer. The article quotes Ognian Pomakov, assistant professor of medicine, who stressed the importance of men diagnosed with prostate cancer having routine screening for colon cancer. Articles appeared in international news outlets that include Canada.com, Montreal Gazette, MSN News, Channel News Asia and France 24. The findings also were reported on several CBS television stations, including WGCL in Atlanta and KKTV in southern Colorado.

10/19/10

Michael Poulin, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted in an article on Discovery News about the rescued Chilean miners and post-traumatic stress disorder. For most of these men, chronic stress is probably a bigger concern than PTSD, he said.

10/20/10

Health Day news service distributed an article that reports a UB study has found that in life, some adversity can benefit your mental health by strengthening you adaptability and resilience. An article also appeared on MercatorNet, a website dedicated to human dignity, and on U.S. News & World Report, About Health and MSN.com.

10/20/10

An article on the Daily Commercial News and Construction Record reports on Joyce Hwang's "Bat Tower," a twisted tower designed to house bats at Griffis Sculpture Park, as well as to raise awareness about a fatal disease threatening them.

10/19/10

Pop culture expert Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, is quoted in an article on Fox News about a trailer for an upcoming movie in which one of the film's characters refers to electric cars as "gay." "This gaffe hit a point in time where this kind of thing really gets noticed and criticized and may well hurt the future of a film like this that targets a younger, more culturally open, demographic," she said.

10/19/10

An article in the Los Angeles Times' Greenspace blog, which focuses on environmental news, reports on a movement to recycle the 3 billion aerosol cans that are sold in the U.S. each year and quotes Liz Alnutt, a UB senior who was among the first to join the effort. "It was shocking that we hadn't thought about aerosol can recycling before. So many people don't know this is an issue," she said.

10/20/10

An article on PhysOrg.com reports villagers in remote, rural areas of southwestern China who cook and dry their clothes by burning pieces of coal they pick up off the ground are being poisoned by a toxic substance released by the fuel, according to an ongoing investigation by chemists at UB. The research also is the subject of an article distributed by the South Asian news service ANI.

10/21/10

An article on Voice of America reports a new study by Chinese and American researchers has found polluted coal being burned in the home fireplaces has caused an outbreak of disease that damages teeth and bones. The article quotes Joseph Gardella, Larkin Professor of Chemistry, who said the rates of skeletal fluorosis in some of the villages in China are as high as 30 percent, although not all of the victims are suffering the most extreme disability. Additional articles on the study can be found on Science Daily and Medical News Today, and the south Asian news service ANI also distributed an article on the research.

10/20/10

An article in Marie Claire magazine online reports that a study by UB that analyzed the shopping habits of 1,000 households found that consumers who take cash to shop and leave their debit cards at home are more likely to resist buying junk food.

10/21/10

James Coleman Battista, assistant professor of political science, is quoted in an article in the New York Times about diminishing support for gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, even in his home turf of Western New York. "They were interested in Paladino as a concept and didn't know much about him, except that he was mad as hell. But at this point, he's said something to annoy almost anyone," Battista said.

10/22/10

A story in USA Today about a New Jersey college that has banned alcoholic energy drinks on campus over concerns about the health risks the drinks pose quotes Kathleen Miller, research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions, who said that if the college can't ban drinks like Red Bull and vodka from local bars, it won't be able to stop consumption of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, but banning the drinks on campus will send a signal. Articles also appeared in the Asbury Park Press, on WLTX-TV in Columbia, S.C., College News and England's Top News.