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  September 25, 2000


Newsmakers is a selection of UConn people and programs in the media. Most of these stories were placed by communications staff at the main campus and the Health Center.

On July 11, Larry Armstrong, Kinesiology, was interviewed about the use of botox injections to reduce sweating in a story on CNBC's Upfront Tonight. And he was interviewed about why sweat is good for the body in a story which ran in The Hartford Courant, The Commercial Appeal, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 4.

Howard Bailit, Health Policy, discussed the findings of a health information survey conducted for the Associated Press and the UConn Health Center: July 20, Associated Press.

Chris Barnes, Center for Survey Research &Analysis, discussed the latest poll on the presidential race and Joe Lieberman's impact: Aug. 10, WTIC Radio.

A column by Regina Barreca, English, about celebrity and bad judgement was published on July 19 in The Chicago Tribune.

WFSB-TV featured Frank Bohlen, Marine Sciences, in a story on July 6, about his research project, called EMPACT, a system of high-tech buoys on Long Island Sound.

An article about research on family migration by Thomas Cooke, Geography, was published in the Los Angeles Times, June 19; the Stamford Advocate, June 29; Newsday, July 2; The (Montreal) Gazette, June 26; The Chicago Tribune, July 5; and the Florida Times-Union, June 29.

On June 26, NBC 30 featured the new $23 million Marine Sciences building under construction at the Avery Point campus. Richard Cooper, Marine Sciences &Technology Center, and Robert Whitlatch, Marine Sciences, were interviewed.

James Donaldson, Neurology, talked about the importance of recognizing the signs of stroke in a feature article in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 15.

Nicholas Demartinis, Psychiatry, talked about social anxiety order: Sept. 8, WVIT-TV 30.

William Ehlers, Ophthalmology &Surgery, explained how wearing contact lenses while swimming can cause an infection: July 13, WVIT-TV 30.

A photo and case-study by Henry Feder, Family Medicine, about how the rash of Lyme disease can be misdiagnosed appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 6 .

Richard French, Pathobiology, and Robert Whitlatch, Marine Sciences, were interviewed by WTNH during live coverage of the Tall Ships Parade of Sail on July 24. Whitlatch talked about his research on invasive species in Long Island Sound and French was interviewed about the health of the Long Island Sound lobsters.

The Hartford Courant featured George Hoag, Environmental Research Institute, in stories which ran on June 26 and 27. Hoag is a co-inventor of a newly patented process to clean up chemical waste.

Diane Hoss, Dermatology, commented on a new FDA-approved drug for facial hair removal: Aug. 9, WVIT-TV 30.

Steve Jones, English and Avery Point Campus, was featured in stories by NBC 30 and WFSB TV on July 11.

An op-ed about AIDS by James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Communication Sciences, ran in the Baltimore Sun on July 11.

Joanne Kuntz, Traumatology &Emergency Medicine, was featured in a story about how to recognize the signs of a stroke: July 27, WFSB-TV 3.

Gerald Leonard, Surgery, commented on ways to avoid health problems when flying: Aug. 4, WVIT-TV 30.

Wei Li, Geography &Asian American Studies, commented about Microsoft depositing $4.5 million in a black-owned bank: July 11, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Mona Lucas, Financial Aid, was quoted in a story about college loans: July 20, Chronicle of Higher Education.

Daniel McNally, Pulmonary Medicine, was featured in a July 10 story in the Providence Journal about how prayer and meditation can help people sleep.

Jonathan Meirs, Health Center, commented on the use of laser technologies in dentistry: July 21, WVIT-TV 30.

Nancy Petry, Psychiatry, was interviewed about problem gambling: July 13-14, WFCR (National Public Radio).

On July 19, WFSB TV, Sally Reis, Neag Center for Gifted and Talented, was interviewed about the teacher shortage in Connecticut.

On June 15, Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis, Neag Center for Gifted Education, were interviewed by The Hartford Courant about identical twins in Somers who were valedictorian and salutatorian of their graduating high school class. In Newsweek's June 19 issue and USA Today's July 13 issue, Renzulli talks about how the pressure on teachers to improve test scores has increased the number of educators who are "fixing" the numbers. And on Sept. 3, the Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Renzulli about the problems a gifted 12 year-old will face as a freshman at Penn State.

Benjamin Sachs, Psychology, was quoted in an article about the study of human reproduction: July 31, The Hartford Courant; Aug. 8, Los Angeles Times.

On June 26, The Hartford Courant featured Richard Schwab, dean of the Neag School of Education, in a story about the school's recent successes in teacher education training, program rankings and new hires. The story also ran on the Associated Press wire, the Providence Journal-Bulletin and The Advocate newspapers.

Jo Anne Smith, Endocrinology, discussed osteoporosis: July 23, WTIC-Radio.

Pam Taxel, Endocrinology, was quoted in a feature in The Hartford Courant about preventing osteoporosis through light exercise, such as gardening. The story ran in the Courant on July 19 and was picked up by 17 other newspapers across the country.

The work of UConn's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in conjunction with West Nile virus and the Long Island Lobster kill was the focus of in-depth features in The Hartford Courant and Connecticut Post on Aug. 6. Herbert Whiteley and Richard French, Pathobiology, were interviewed, along with other staff.