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7/1/11

An editorial in the Globe and Mail about Canada's decision to participate in clinical trials of a potentially revolutionary treatment for multiple sclerosis notes a UB study casts doubt on the theory that vein blockages contribute to the disease, but the authors of that study also said, "It behooves the clinical research community to carefully pursue [the theory] to its end. We should neither jump on the bandwagon as it passes through town, nor assiduously miss the parade." An article in the Toronto Star also looks at UB's study.

7/2/11

Vasiliki Neofotistos, assistant professor of anthropology, was interviewed on Public Radio International's "The World" for a story about a 30-ton bronze statue of Alexander the Great that was installed in Skopje, Macedonia, as a symbol of national pride. The idea is that this is the birthplace or a cornerstone of civilization, said Neofotistos, who studies identity politics in that Balkan nation.

7/3/11

Jordan Troisi, a psychology graduate student, was interviewed on Viewpoints, a contemporary radio magazine produced by Media Tracks for a podcast about "What makes comfort foods comforting?" Comfort foods remind people that they are close to others, he said.

7/2/11

An article in The New York Times about a summer camp that aims to teach children money skills quotes Lewis Mandell, professor of finance and dean emeritus of the School of Management. He suggested, jokingly, that these camps should put on a theatrical show called "Foreclosure: The Musical" if they really want to teach children about money. "It would show them just how wrong decisions you make that seemed like great ideas worked out really badly."

7/6/11

An article in England's Daily Mail reports a study conducted at UB has found that like humans, rhesus monkeys have a sense of "self-agency" that traces thoughts and actions to the existence of "me." The article quotes Justin Couchman, a doctoral student who led the research. Articles also appeared on Science Daily, the Irish Independent, The Scotsman, PhysOrg and ScienceBlog.

7/10/11

An article in The New York Times about the debate over whether alcoholism and other addictions should be treated as a disease rather than a personal weakness reports 10 medical schools, including the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, have introduced the first accredited residents programs in addiction medicine.

7/11/11

An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on new DNA evidence that shows that polar bears carry genetic material that links them to the brown bears that roamed Ireland 30,000 years ago, and quotes UB biologist Charlotte Lindqvist. Scientists should be careful how they interpret these latest findings, she said. An article also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and on CBS News.

7/10/11

An article in the Hartford Courant about the number of research studies that have been spurred by the Harry Potter series of books and movies quotes Shira Gabriel, associate professor of psychology, who used the books to explore how closely people identify with fictional narratives.

7/11/11

An article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports musicians who imbibe energy drinks may also be more susceptible to binge drinking, alcohol-related social problems and misuse of prescription drugs, according to a study conducted by UB's Research Institute on Addictions.

7/12/11

An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis ranks in the top tier of U.S. metro areas in a regional-resilience measure developed at UB.

7/15/11

A UPI article reports on research by Jason Briner, associate professor of geology, that found that glaciers that calve, or break off, into the sea are particularly sensitive to climate change.

7/13/11

An essay in Design Observer titled, "What I Learned from Architect Barbie," is written by architectural historian Despina Stratigakos, who notes that "As a feminist scholar, I am interested in analyzing the ideological fences that architecture has built around the profession."

7/15/11

An article in The New York Times reports new UB research suggests that adding caffeine to a beverage increases its appeal among young people, even when they don't know the drink contains caffeine. The article quotes Jennifer Temple, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition studies and an author of the study.

7/16/11

An article in The New York Times quotes Lewis Mandell, professor emeritus of finance and dean emeritus of the School of Management, in a story about skills students need to have mastered before going to college.

7/18/11

An article on CNET News reports entrepreneur Chris Mullin has teamed with UB to develop sunglasses that can detect bright spots of light and darken specific regions of the lenses to block the glare.

7/19/11

An article in TIME Magazine reports on a study by Leonard Epstein, professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine, and colleagues that found that eating the same food over and over again may be a way to reduce calorie consumption. The research, the investigators believe, could shed light on the link between overeating and addiction. Other news outlets reporting on the findings include Canada's Globe and Mail, MD News and Food Navigator.

7/19/11

An article in Miller-McCune magazine about an analysis of Rolling Stone magazine covers conducted by UB sociologists Erin Hatton and Mary Nell Trautner that found female artists are increasingly presented as sex objects.

7/21/11

An article on Smart Planet, a CBS Interactive website, interviews Kathryn Foster, director of the Regional Institute, about the new Resilience Capacity Index that evaluates how well U.S. cities manage shocks ranging from earthquakes to economic meltdowns.

7/31/11

An article distributed by UPI reports on research by UB social work professor Deborah Waldrop that suggests that there is an avoidance of death in U.S. society that often sidesteps important issues until it is too late for critically ill patients.

7/31/11

Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, is quoted in an article on Politico about plans by First Lady Michelle Obama to guest star on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in the fall, as well as other top Obama administration officials who have turned to prime-time television as a way to humanize their images while delivering messages about favorite initiatives.

7/29/11

An article distributed by HealthDay News quotes Jennifer Livingston, research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions, about a study that found that teenage girls who develop post-traumatic stress disorder after being sexually assaulted aren't at increase risk for binge drinking. The article appeared in outlets that include U.S. News & World Report and Doctors Lounge.

7/28/11

A Washington Post article mentions a new app for Pittsburgh bus riders developed by researchers at UB and Carnegie Mellon that uses crowdsourcing to track bus locations so commuters know how long they have to wait.