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9/5/11

Michael Poulin, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted in an article in the Los Angeles Times about the psychological impact of the Sept. 11 attacks and people's subsequent efforts to feel normal again. As a nation, he said, we endeavored to put our fear and grief in the back of our minds so we could return to our usual, sometimes trivial, business.

9/4/11

An article in The New York Times about the use of technology in the classroom and the affect is could have on student test scores quotes Randy Yerrick, associate dean of educational technology in the Graduate School of Education. Research does not establish a clear link between computer-inspired engagement and learning, he said.

9/8/11

Mateo Taussig-Rubbo, associate professor of law, is interviewed in The New York Times about the things people saved – a piece of a t-shirt, a subway ticket, some dust from the collapse of the first tower – following the Sept. 11 attacks. They are significant because the objects, particularly those directly related to the catastrophe, he says, "are no longer what they appear to be. They are something else."

9/21/11

A story on the front page of the Buffalo News reports an anonymous donor who graduated from the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences during World War II has bequeathed to the medical school $40 million, the largest donation to UB by an individual.

9/21/11

An article on the Huffington Post about policies such as the federal No Child Left Behind act causing high-achieving students to lose momentum quotes Jaekyoung Lee, associate dean for academic affairs in the Graduate School of Education.

9/20/11

A story on the front page of the Buffalo News' City & Region section reports Ralph and Mary Wilson, in an effort to honor the Buffalo Bills' team physicians, will donate $1 million to the UB Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to support new research and educational programs, particularly for the training of orthopedic residents and sports medicine fellows. Stories about their gift also appeared in Business First, WBFO-FM, WIVB-TV and WKBW-TV. The Associated Press also distributed an article on the gift, which appeared in outlets that include the Albany Times Union and Houston Chronicle.

9/19/11

A story in Business First reports a week-long celebration of the inauguration of Satish K. Tripathi as UB's 15th president begins today and features a series of events about UB's role in research, academics and the community.

9/15/11

Heather Orom, assistant professor of community health and health behavior, was quoted in an article distributed by Reuters Health about a new study that showed that Latinos were less likely than whites to get screened for colon cancer, and much less likely to be screened when both groups had a family history of the disease.

9/13/11

An article in National Geographic about a huge Roman gladiator school found buried in Austria quotes Stephen Dyson, Park Professor of Classics, who called the newly found school "important." "It's the only one of this size and scale to be found anywhere in the Roman provinces," he said.

9/13/11

An Associated Press article reports former President Richard Nixon offered his unqualified support to former New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller after the deadly Attica uprising in 1971, with tapes of their conversation played as part of "Forty Years After Attica: Looking Back, Moving Forward," a three-day UB conference examining the legacy of Attica. The story interviews Teresa Miller, professor of law and organizer of the conference.

9/22/11

An article in SmartMoney reports on new research by Jun Zhuang, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering, that suggests National Football League coaches struggle with a behavioral mistake also common to stock market investors: they focus so intently on not giving up ground that they gain less of it than they should. The research was published in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports.

9/22/11

On Today's Academic Minute, broadcast by WAMC in Albany featuring professors from top institutions around the country, William Kinney, associate professor of physics, examines evidence for and against the existence of a sibling universe.

9/22/11

An article in the Syracuse Post Standard about the growing popularity of offering seasonal flu shots at pharmacies quotes Wayne Anderson, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

9/26/11

An editorial in the Buffalo Newscalls last week's $40 million anonymous donation to the medical school "an incredible gift" that will allow UB to attract top-notch doctors and scientists, as well as provide scholarship funds for students. "It all sounds like the perfect formula for raising the medical school's reputation," the editorial notes.

9/24/11

An editorial praises the $1 million gift from Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and his wife, Mary, to the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, noting it will not only help elite athletes continue their careers, but will also benefit average members of the community, as well as support new research and educational programs.

9/26/11

An article in England's The Guardian reports on a new study that found that surgeons who listen to music while they work are more relaxed and better at their jobs, and cites an earlier UB psychology study that found that listening to music, especially music of a surgeon's own choosing, led to decreased stress and increased performance.