A story on NPR's "Morning Edition" reports on a computer translator developed by Rohini Srihari, associate professor of computer science and engineering, that translates Urdu -- the language of Pakistan and of many Muslims in India -- that is a mix of Hindi and Persian, and uses Arabic script.
An editorial in the Buffalo News about passage of the state budget on April 1 suggests that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers still have more work to do, including passage of UB 2020. "Unless the plan to increase the university's autonomy, grow its student body and increase its spinoff development potential gets some real backing soon, it is more on track to become UB 2040," the editorial says.
An article in the Las Vegas Sun reports that while for decades researchers have said that alcoholism is more common in the U.S. population than compulsive gambling, a study released last month by the Research Institute on Addictions found that gambling problems are more common than alcohol dependence. The article quotes John Welte, senior research scientist.
An article in Nature about a controversial study on the evolution of languages and the debate over whether languages share universal grammatical features quotes Matthew Dryer, professor of linguistics.
An article in England's The Telegraph reports a UB study of older women found that those who had the highest levels of vitamin D were nearly 60 percent less likely to contract age-related macular degeneration, and quotes Amy Millen, assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Health Professions and lead author on the study. The research, which was described in a news release sent to media outlets on Monday, has received wide coverage, with article also appearing in news outlets that include CBC News in Canada, ABC News, Baltimore Sun, Web MD, MedPage Today and Marie Claire.
Dan Ryan, director of off-campus student services, is quoted in an article on Fox Business News about what college students and their parents need to consider before moving off campus.
SmartPlanet, a CBS Interactive website, reports that UB chemist Sarbajit Banerjee is leading a research team that is developing materials that could one be used as coatings on windows that reflect heat from the sun only on hot days. Articles also appeared in a few gadget- and science-related websites.
An article in Consumer Reports looks at research conducted by a team of UB scientists who found that consuming vitamin D from foods or supplements might reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration in women younger than 75. UPI, Food Consumer and Medscape News also distributed articles on the research.