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1/3/11

PhysOrg.com featured the research of UB chemistry Professor Michael Detty, who helped develop dyes that improved solar technologies for producing electricity and hydrogen fuel. Stories also appeared in Global Print Monitor and on Sciencely.com.

1/3/11

An article on Hispanically Speaking News, a Spanish and English website for news about and for Hispanics, about Saturday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Chile quotes Andre Filiatrault, director of MCEER, who said the country established strict building codes after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in 1985.

1/3/11

An article in The New York Times' Science Times section about personal resilience and how people behave when confronted by adversity reports new research suggests that resilience may have at least as much to do with how often people have faced adversity in the past as does with who they are and what they're facing now, and quotes Mark Seery, assistant professor of psychology.

1/4/11

An article in The Intelligencer and the Wheeling News-Register about briny wastewater left over from fracking that is going into water treatment plants that empty into Pennsylvania rivers reports Tracy Bank, assistant professor of geology, recently told a concerned group in Pittsburgh that "uranium is being mobilized by the fracking process."

1/5/11

A column in Canada's National Post cites UB research results on the role CCSVI may play in the development of multiple sclerosis and criticizes the positions some Canadian politicians have taken on funding for studies of the disease.

1/4/11

Mark Frank, professor of psychology, is quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal about institutional investors who are using behavior specialists to weed out dishonest fund managers. Frank said that in recent months he has repeatedly turned down requests to analyze subjects for Wall Street firms. He also was quoted in a Psychology Today article titled "Secrets of Special Agents" that looks at techniques professionals use to tell whether someone is lying.

1/5/11

An op-ed in the Toronto Globe and Mail about the physical dangers of youth hockey reports a study by UB researchers found that 66 percent of overall injuries were the result of game accidents.

1/5/11

Research led by Paras N. Prasad, PhD, executive director of the UB Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics and SUNY Distinguished Professor, and colleagues in the institute, was the focus of the "Sightings" column in American Scientist magazine. In the column, institute research assistant professor Artem Pliss recounts the new approach to mapping macromolecules that he and colleagues, including Aliaksandr Kachynski and Andrey Kuzmin, developed.

1/8/11

UB Law professor Suzanne Tomkins, director of the school's Women, Children and Social Justice Clinic, is quoted in an article distributed by the Associated Press about jury selection that is starting for the trial of man accused of beheading his estranged wife and who claims he acted in self-defense after suffering years of physical and emotional trauma. The article appeared in news outlets throughout the nation, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC and the Huffington Post. In the international press, the article appeared in the Arab Times. Local coverage includes WBEN-AM and the Buffalo News.

1/9/11

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the fear and uncertainty foreign students and scholars are experiencing every time they leave their campuses because U.S. Border Patrol agents have been setting up roadblocks reports U.S. Customs and Border Protection has greatly increased its manpower along the northern border, and quotes Ellen Dussourd, director of international student and scholar services.

1/19/11

David Schmid, associate professor and associate chair of English, is quoted in an article in the Kansas City Star about the role that violent political rhetoric may have had on the weekend's shootings in Tucson, and what the media can do to tone down political discourse. The media, he said, too often rush to find out what's abnormal about the killer and what's normal about the victims. The article also appeared in a number of additional media outlets, including the Charlotte Observer and Pop Matters.

1/10/11

An article in the Legislative Gazette reports 11 of SUNY's 64 campuses were rated by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as among the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, with UB coming in 46th on the list. The article reports SUNY had more schools in the top 100 list than any other state university system.

1/10/11

An article on the blog TheraBreath reports biological physicists in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have found that a strain of bacteria that emits volatile sulfur compounds may be the cause of a significant amount of human halitosis.

1/12/11

An article in the St. Petersburg Times about the first anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and a Florida football player who has helped build schools and orphanages in Haiti for more than a decade reports that Andre Filiatrault, director of MCEER and professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, is one of 10 American inspectors sent by the United Nations to figure out how Haiti should be rebuilt, given the possibility of hurricanes and earthquakes.

1/11/11

An article distributed by HealthDay News reports lung cancer patients should be assessed for sleep disturbances, anxiety, smoking and alcohol consumption following a study conducted by Grace E. Dean, assistant professor of nursing, and colleagues who found a link between the rates of smoking and alcohol consumption in lung cancer patients and their relationship to anxiety and insomnia. The article appeared in news outlets that include MDNews.com, Modern Medicine and Doctors Lounge.

1/12/11

An article in Philadelphia City Paper about the increase in the number of slot casinos opening around the country and the implications for creating new problem gamblers reports that a study by the Research Institute on Addictions found that a casino within 10 miles of home was associated with a 90 percent increased risk of someone being a pathological or problem gambler.

1/14/11

NPR's Morning Edition aired a story on the work of UB's Andre Filiatrault, director of MCEER, and Pierre Fouche, a doctoral candidate from Haiti who is studying earthquake engineering at UB. The UB story is part of the NPR's special series, Haiti a Year Later. Filiatrault and Fouche discussed Haiti's struggles to rebuild following a magnitude 7 earthquake, their concerns that people would rebuild using the same shoddy materials and construction that contributed to the devastation, and seminars UB engineers have organized to teach Haitian architects and engineers safe construction techniques. NPR's science correspondent may travel to Haiti with the UB researchers for a follow-up story on UB's work there.

1/13/11

Ronald Huefner, professor of accounting, is quoted in an article distributed by Reuters that reports AT&T plans to report a $2.7 billion non-cash charge for the fourth quarter due to a pension-related accounting change aimed at making its numbers more transparent for investors. "Earnings will probably be more volatile. One of the reasons for the rules that we had is that they tried to take the volatility out, recognizing that there would be good years and bad years," he said. The article appeared in outlets that include CNBC, MSN Money and International Business Times.

1/24/11

An article in The New York Times about the decision by City University of New York, the largest urban higher-education system in the nation, to ban smoking on all 23 of its campuses reports last summer UB banned smoking on its three campuses. The article quotes Joseph A. Brennan, associate vice president for university communications, who said professors in the School of Public Health and Health Professions and alumni in the medical profession were "a driving force" behind UB's complete ban.

1/26/11

An article in The New York Times about some of the quirky things people do to spend time outside during the winter months notes one man profiled "is fascinated with the work of Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, assistant professor of architecture, who has turned snow banks into landscape art."

1/17/11

An article in Nature magazine reports on a new interactive video, The Lab, which illustrates some of the ethical dilemmas researchers, graduate students, post-docs and others face in the research lab, with the aim of making research-integrity training more useful and effective. The article quotes John Richard, professor of chemistry, who in 2007 uncovered serious errors in a series of papers published by a Duke University researcher.

1/21/11

An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about questions over the city's mayoral succession process and the debate focused on whether the city over-reached in installing Acting Mayor Carlos Carballada quotes Rick Su, associate professor of law and a specialist in municipal government law.

1/23/11

A story on CBS News Sunday Morning about the erosion of the importance of penmanship in a world filled with computers, cell phone and other technological advances interviews Tamara Plakins Thornton, professor of history, who said handwriting's decline is an old story. "That goes back to the typewriter, actually. It doesn't go back to the computer. We haven't used handwriting the way we used to use handwriting for well over 100 years."

1/24/11

An article in the Christian Science Monitor about whether Jared Loughner, the man accused of killing six people and wounding 14 others in Tucson, should face the death penalty quotes David Schmid, associate professor of English. The shooting, he said, "might be a turning pointÂ…where it offers a pretty good argument that some crimes are so heinous that they deserve that kind of penalty." The article also appeared on The Crime Report, a news and multimedia information criminal justice website.

1/25/11

A story on NPR about new rules announced by the Obama administration that allow schools and religious groups to resume sending travelers to Cuba interviews Jose Buscaglia, director of Caribbean studies, who said UB was one of the few schools that was able to keep sending students to Cuba under the previous restrictions.

1/27/11

Sharon Mitchell, director of counseling services, is quoted in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a national survey of first-year undergraduates that found that this year's freshmen are reporting record-low levels of emotional health, as well as a strong desire to succeed. "It's really important to do outreach to students that doesn't necessarily involve counseling, but focuses on the promotion of good mental health," she said. The article also reports that UB introduces students to mental-health concepts through in-class assignments.

1/27/11

A story in Canada.com about eating disorders and their causes quotes UB associate professor of counseling, school and educational psychology, Catherine Cook-Cottone.

1/28/11

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that UB professors Bina Ramaurthy, Jessica Poulin and Katharina Dittman have utilized the power of collaboration and cloud computing to build an online teaching tool designed to explain concepts better than a textbook can and help reduce the number of dropouts in freshman biology courses.

1/28/11

An article in the Christian Science Monitor about Tea Party-backed senators who are reluctant to join the new Senate Tea Party Caucus quotes Joshua Dyck, assistant professor of political science. "Tea Party-supported candidates run the risk of, if they stay on the message that put them in office, alienating themselves from the political process," he said.

1/28/11

An article in the Connecticut Post about the benefits of the snowstorms that have buried Connecticut this winter quotes Nancy Smyth, dean of social work, who discussed how storms can bring people together. "There's a sense of a shared connection because they're really all in it together. It can do a lot to promote a sense of community," she said.

1/30/11

An article in the Columbus Dispatch about a proposal in Texas to loosen elementary school class size requirements in order to save money quotes Jeremy Finn, professor of counseling, school and educational psychology. "We will be doing a lot of harm to a lot of kids from lower-income homes if we start putting them back in bigger and bigger classes," he said. The article also appeared on Stateline.

1/31/11

A story on NPR's Morning Edition interviews Robert Zivadinov, professor of neurology, about a new theory Italian physician Paolo Zamboni has proposed that suggests multiple sclerosis is caused by chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, or CCSVI, which can be treated by opening up the blocked blood vessels. "Even if the treatment is not useful for patients with MS, I don't think that we can abandon the idea of vascular involvement in MS," he said. "And I think this merits very detailed understanding of what is going on."

1/31/11

Kenneth Kim, associate professor of finance and managerial economics, is quoted in a story on CNBC about the relationship between company stock prices and the likeability of their Super Bowl ads. "While the Super Bowl effect has not disappeared, something else has happened," he said.