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3/1/11

An article in the Toronto Globe and Mail reports a new study has found that people who idealize their romantic partners are happier in the long run than people who see them as they really are, and quotes Sandra Murray, professor of psychology. "People who idealized their partner less experienced a steep decline [in satisfaction]," said Murray, who is co-author of the study. The research also is the subject of an article in the Boston Globe's Daily Dose blog.

3/2/11

News that the state Senate has overwhelmingly passed UB 2020 legislation that gives the university expanded financial autonomy and the ability to implement rational tuition increases received wide media coverage. UB President John B. Simpson was interviewed on WBFO-FM, as well as a number of other local media outlets. Coverage also includes articles in the Buffalo News, Tonawanda News, Business First, the political blog Politics on the Hudson, the Long Island blog NewsLI.com, WKBW-TV, WIVB-TV, WGRZ-TV, YNN, WNED-AM and WBEN-AM.

3/2/11

UB President John B. Simpson was interviewed in-studio by WBFO-FM Morning Edition host Burt Gambini about his enthusiasm for the region and his vision for the university as laid out in the long-range strategic plan, UB 2020.

3/3/11

An article in the Calgary Herald reports new research by UB behavioral neurobiologist Jennifer Temple has shown that boys are more likely to use energy drinks than girls, and that they like the drinks for getting a rush, more energy or improving athletic performance. The article also cites research on teens and energy drinks conducted by Kathleen Miller of the Research Institute on Addictions.

3/3/11

An editorial in Newsday about the state Senate's passage of the UB 2020 legislation says the bill "misses the mark" and the ultimate solutions to the problems facing SUNY must not be about just one campus. The editorial notes that "UB 2020Â…arose from a laudable local effort to deal with a broken economy. But it gives only Buffalo the kind of flexibility that the whole system needs. It would put Stony Brook at a disadvantage."

3/3/11

An article in Popular Science reports researchers at UB and Amrita University in India have created a tracking network that works well even with the cheapest of cameras by using artificial intelligence to recognize identifying factors. The new tracking method could improve safety and security in nursing homes, hospitals and other closed spaces while providing occupants with freedom from continuous surveillance. An article also appeared on PhysOrg.

3/4/11

An article reports Esther Takuechi, whose pioneering work with battery technology has earned her more patents than any other woman in the U.S., will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame Class of 2011. An article also appeared in Business First, and she also interviewed in the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal.

3/3/11

An article on WebMD reports a new study has found that people who idealized their partners when they got married were more likely to still be happy with their mate three years later, and quotes Sandra Murray, professor of psychology. "People are very good at changing their definitions to match how they want to see themselves and how they want to see others," she said.

3/6/11

An editorial in the Albany Times Union looks at the methods state legislators used to push UB 2020 through the Senate last week, noting, "It's not a bad bill in principal...It would allow a more rational approach than the Legislature's practice of starving SUNY for years and then hitting students with a massive tuition hike." But the article laments the bill was not extended to the entire system: "Can lawmakers only see the value of an empowered SUNY when it's in their political interests?"

3/7/11

An article on Sports TV on football fads that are due to end includes among them using nasal strips to allow players a larger intake of air, and quotes Frank Cerny, professor emeritus of exercise and nutrition sciences, who said, "We wanted to see if the strips, when worn correctly, have any effect at this level of performance. The answer is, they don't."

3/8/11

An article in The Atlantic reports on research conducted by Michael Stefanone, assistant professor of communication, that found that women who sought approval based on how others saw them had a much more active social media presence. An article also appeared on All Facebook, a blog that covers issues pertaining Facebook including news applications, news and analysis about the future of the site. In addition to reporting on his research, the article includes a video interview with Stefanone. Psych Central and Medical News Today also ran articles on the research. Stories and video also appeared on Web Pro News, the blog, Bright Side of the News and Science 2.0.

3/29/11

An article on MSNBC about the detection of plutonium in soil near the troubled nuclear reactor facility in Japan quoted UB professor of neurology and nuclear medicine Alan Lockwood as saying about the radioactive contaminant, "If you inhale it, it's there and it stays there forever."

3/28/11

A Buffalo News editorial urges Western New York lawmakers to "keep up the pressure" in Albany to pass the UB 2020 bill, calling the measure "very much alive, judging by comments from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the leaders of the two legislative chambers."

3/26/11

A Reuters story about the congressional race to fill the vacancy left by Rep. Chris Lee, quotes UB's James Campbell, professor and chair of political science. "Two women as major party candidates puts even more distance between Lee and either candidate," he said.

3/28/11

An article on PsychCentral reported on the research by John Welte, senior research scientist for the Research Institute on Additions, that gambling problems may be more common than drinking.

3/23/11

An article on Live Science reported on UB research conducted by a graduate student in psychology, Jordan Troisi, that found that comfort foods help fight loneliness. England's The Telegraph also reported on the research.

3/24/11

An extended comment by Elayne Rapping, UB professor emeritus of American Studies, on the death of movie star Elizabeth Taylor, was featured in the "Room for Debate" section of The New York Times online.

3/31/11

An article in USA Today reports on research conducted by Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, assistant professor of pediatrics, that found that when overweight children feel left out or ostracized, they tend to eat more and exercise less. She said the take-home message for parents is to help their children find ways other than eating to deal with rejection and peer adversity.