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University at Buffalo faculty experts can provide commentary and analysis on topics in the news. For help finding a faculty expert, contact UB Media Relations at 716-645-6969 or ub-news@buffalo.edu.

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University at Buffalo experts are available to discuss all aspects of artificial intelligence, including its history, societal implications and applications. View UB experts on artificial intelligence.

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Driven to Discover: A podcast featuring UB experts

Driven to Discover is a podcast that explores innovative University at Buffalo research through candid conversations with the researchers about their inspirations and goals.

  • Mark Frank on Detecting Deception
    1/30/24
    Working nights during college as a bouncer, Mark Frank discovered he could learn a lot about people by observing their facial expressions and body language. Now, as a professor of communication at the University at Buffalo, he’s an internationally recognized expert on nonverbal communication who advises the FBI and CIA on interviewing techniques and whose research helped inspired the TV crime drama “Lie to Me.” In this episode of Driven to Discover, Frank talks to host Tom Dinki about the involuntary gestures and expressions that give our real feelings away, the universally accepted yet completely bogus connection between eye contact and the truth, and why building rapport is the best way to snag a criminal.
  • Jinjun Xiong on AI for Social Good
    11/28/23
    He was a young computer scientist at IBM when the company’s Watson computer beat its human rivals on “Jeopardy!”. Today, as the director of UB’s Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, Jinjun Xiong is focused on how AI can help humans, not defeat them. In this episode, he discusses all the ways AI can make our lives better, and why we shouldn’t be so afraid of it.
  • R. Lorraine Collins on Cannabis Legalization
    10/31/23
    In middle school, R. Lorraine Collins was fascinated by the fact that some people could control their cravings while others couldn’t. Today the public health researcher is a renowned expert in addictive behaviors, with a focus on cannabis. In this episode, she weighs in on the country’s grand experiment with cannabis legalization, looking particularly at the rollout in New York State.
  • Samantha Barbas on Free Speech and the Supreme Court
    9/26/23
    While other children played house, Samantha Barbas played journalist. Today, she is a leading authority on the intersection of media, culture and the law. In this episode, she discusses the subject of her latest book: New York Times v. Sullivan, the 1964 case that transformed free speech in America and that could now be in danger of reversal by a very different Supreme Court.

The views and opinions expressed by faculty in commentary to news media are based on their scholarship and/or research and do not represent the official positions of the University at Buffalo.