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Good Magazine

“We’re at a moment where biometrics have so deeply and broadly changed what a face means. All the different ways that the face is a quantitative surface permeates through the world today.”

—ZACH BLAS, assistant professor of art, on the masks he has created in order to subvert biometric technology that can capture, store and analyze facial characteristics

NPR Berlin

“We’re not necessarily going to see that everyone who eats their placenta gets wildly sick or has major medical problems. Evolution can work on very subtle positive and negative effects over generations.”

—Psychology professor and placentaphagy expert MARK KRISTAL on a new study reviewing scientific evidence on the effects of human placentaphagy 

China Daily USA

“It is clear that the talent has become the focus of intense global competition. It is a relatively recent phenomenon that coincides with the emergence of a global knowledge economy, dependent on highly skilled and creative professionals and business leaders.”

—UB President SATISH K. TRIPATHI on the global competition for international talent

Prevention Magazine

“Including your spouse in your network of friends is nearly as important for marital happiness as making them feel they are a part of your family.”

—KENNETH LEONARD, director of UB’s Research Institute on Addictions, in an article on how the intermingling of a couple’s family and friends can contribute to a happier marriage 


“The system we’ve created is surprisingly flexible. We have established a platform for using E. coli to produce erythromycin, and now that we’ve got it, we can start altering it in new ways.”

—BLAINE PFEIFER, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering and lead researcher on a UB study that harnessed E. coli bacteria to produce new forms of antibiotics

Business First

“Everything was riding on this. Now the country and Congress can get serious about fixing the things in the law that need improvement.”

—NANCY NIELSEN, senior associate dean for health policy, about the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold low- and middle-income Americans’ ability to receive health insurance subsidies through the Affordable Care Act

BBC News

“It seems like this is a political issue more than a psychological issue. Because of the nature of his offense, people don’t feel like he should ever be released.”

—CHARLES EWING, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of law, on whether President Reagan’s would-be assassin, John Hinckley Jr., should remain in a psychiatric facility

The Atlantic

“Women are less compelled to be traditional and conservative in their modes of expression. They can often be at the forefront of linguistic shifts.”

—ALEXANDRA KING, assistant professor of philosophy, in an article about expressive hashtags and why men’s Twitter messages are retweeted more often than women’s

Los Angeles Times

“Early life exposures to sodium and sugar can set taste preferences and determine health trajectories.”

—UB pediatricians SUSAN BAKER and ROBERT BAKER on a CDC study showing that pre-packaged toddler foods contain high amounts of sodium and added sugar

Chicago Tribune

“If your mom makes something when you’re a child, that food becomes associated with the care she gave you at the time.”

—Shira Gabriel, associate professor of psychology, about her study exploring why people turn to "comfort foods" during difficult times

The Washington Post

“To the extent this goes out to the public, it can lead to unreasonable expectations.”

—JO L. FREUDENHEIM, professor of epidemiology and environmental health, on a recent study challenging the widespread belief that certain “super foods” can help prevent cancer

USA Today

“There is not one silver bullet. The reality of our lives is that these threats are anywhere and everywhere.”

—Communications professor ARUN VISHWANATH, about federal legislation encouraging private companies to share information with the government about data breaches 

Huffington Post

“I think the world has a tendency to romanticize prison escapees, but the reality is that [the escape has] made
life much harder for other inmates.”

—TERESA MILLER, professor of law, on the likely fallout suffered by other inmates after the prison break in upstate New York

Buffalo News

“The institute focuses on some of the most important grand challenges of our time.”

—AMIT GOYAL, an inventor and energy researcher hired in December to lead RENEW, the university’s new institute for environmental research and education 

The Scientist

“When you have the kind of rampant DNA deletion that we see in the bladderwort, the genes that remain—and their functions—are the ones that were able to withstand this deletion pressure, so the selective advantage of having these genes must be pretty high.”

—VICTOR ALBERT, biological sciences professor and lead author of an international study that discovered that the tiny genome of the carnivorous bladderwort plant contains a jewel box of evolutionary treasures

Bioscience Technology

“It turns out that when we study only today’s known viruses, we can grossly underestimate viral ages, diversity and interactions with hosts.”

—Biologist DEREK TAYLOR on the UB study he led showing that the Ebola and Marburg viruses are 16 million to 23 million years old, not thousands of years old as previously thought

International Business Times, Australian Edition

“Every cell in your body is responsive to vitamin D. If you’re deficient, you won’t see the health effects for years and it could take months to get your levels back up.”

—PETER HORVATH, associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, on findings that vitamin D deficiency may affect up to 25 percent of those who live in snowy, northern climates

Fast Company

“We suggest that the gender difference in narcissism is driven by gender role beliefs regarding what is considered appropriate behavior for men and women.”

—EMILY GRIJALVA, assistant professor of organization and human resources, on the study she led showing that men are more likely to demonstrate narcissistic behavior than women

Buzzfeed News

“There are systems that buy access to social media and mine that data. Social media plays a significant role in financial markets.”

—TERO KARPPI, assistant professor of media study, on his case study looking at how social media data intersect with financial algorithms, and the potential consequences of that integration (in this case, a brief stock market crash caused by a hacked AP Twitter account)

U.S. News & World Report

“When you feel emotions that you can broadly call compassion, you tend to see the release of certain neurohormones like oxytocin.”

—Associate Professor of Psychology MICHAEL POULIN on ways to relax

Science Daily

“Some of the phenomena we are exploring ... may not exist. But if we never ask the question, we’ll never find out. If we discover that they do exist, the implications will be enormous in terms of our understanding of the universe.”

—Physicist DEJAN STOJKOVIC, lead researcher of a UB study aimed at bridging the gap between the study of “outer space” (stars and galaxies) and “inner space” (fundamental particles and forces)

The New York Times

“Things are headed in a direction where Lancaster and all other school districts will do away with insensitive mascots. Many have done away with them already.”

—Social work professor HILARY WEAVER on the contentious debate in Lancaster, N.Y., over the then-name of the school district’s mascot, the Redskins

Discovery News

“Our research shows that some genetic features associated with psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and other aspects of human health are ancient.”

—Biologist OMER GOKCUMEN on UB research showing that early humans may have developed genetic variations associated with certain diseases in order to benefit health

The Guardian

“The idea of clowns as children’s entertainers has actually only been a very small and recent part of the history of clowning.”

—English professor ANDREW STOTT on the declining popularity of clowns, a cornerstone of the entertainment industry for more than 200 years

CPHL (China's Largest B2B Marketplace for the Pharmaceutical Industry)

“We have proven that you can easily attach proteins to nanoparticles and, like Velcro that doesn’t unstick, it stays together.”

—Biomedical engineer JONATHAN LOVELL on finding an easy and effective way to fasten proteins to nanoparticles, a discovery that has potential implications for developing an HIV vaccine and targeting cancer cells