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  June 11, 2001

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Doug Albreski, Dermatology, commented on a study showing that wearing high heels increases the risk for knee injuries on NBC-TV 30 on April 23.

Sandra Bellantonio, Center on Aging, is featured in a story about a new Alzheimer's vaccine that may show some promise for slowing down the disease on NBC-TV 30 on April 9.

UConn's Commencement ceremonies were featured in The New York Times, Associated Press, The Hartford Courant, The Day (New London), Norwich Bulletin, WFSB-TV 3, WTIC-TV 61, The Chronicle (Willimantic), The Advocate (Stamford) in mid-May. Senior class representative Dorothy Puzio was featured in an article in the New Britain Herald.

Charles Fink, Health Center Telecommunications, was quoted in The Hartford Courant on May 14 in a story about wireless antennas on the Health Center building.

Richard French, Pathobiology, and his trip to the U.K. to help combat the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease were the subject of stories on NBC-TV 30, WFSB-TV 3, Fox 61, WTIC Radio in early April. French was also a live guest on the BBC Radio network on April 14.

Norman Garrick, Civil Engineering and Connecticut Transportation Institute, was a panelist on a CPTV program called "Road Weary: Connecticut's Transportation Dilemma" that aired May 7 and May 12.

Gerard Kerins, Center on Aging, commented on the latest treatments for Alzheimer's disease in The Day (New London) on April 9.

Glenn King, Biochemistry, Health Center, was featured in a story about the use of funnel-web spider venom for an environmentally safe pesticide on the Associated Press wire and on April 10.

Bruce Koeppen, Academic Affairs, Health Center, was quoted on WTIC Radio on April 24 about the Health Center's mini-medical school.

Joanne Kuntz, Emergency Department, Health Center, explained why emergency visits for young people increase when the weather gets warmer on NBC-TV 30 on May 3.

Carol Lammi-Keefe, Nutritional Sciences, explained why pregnant women and nursing mothers should include fish in their diets. The story aired on WFSB-TV 3 on April 12.

Research by Hans Laufer, Molecular & Cell Biology, on the effects of pesticides on lobsters was the focus of a story in The New York Times on March 31. The story also ran in The Day (New London) on April 1. On April 19, Waterbury Republican, New Haven Register, Associated Press, Connecticut Post and The Chronicle (Willimantic) ran stories about state funding awarded to Laufer, and the pathobiology department for lobster research.

The April 27 dedication of the new Litchfield County Extension Center was covered in the Waterbury Republican, Torrington Register, and Litchfield County Times.

John Masley, Rehabilitation Services, was featured in a story about the physical benefits of gardening in The Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Mich., and in local weeklies on May 10.

Mary McCormick, Poison Control Center, Health Center, commented on the perceived increase in the use of OxyContin in The Hartford Courant on May 21; on the dangers of supplements on the Courant's sports page on May 16; and on college students taking prescription drugs for recreation in the Hartford Advocate on April 19.

The Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development was highlighted in the Providence Journal-Bulletin on April 15, as a great resource for parents.

An article about Ugo Nwokeji, History, appeared in the March 29 issue of Black Issues in Higher Education. An article about his research also appeared in the April 13 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

ABC News Radio in Australia featured a live interview with Sally Reis, Neag Center and Educational Psychology, about her research on gender differences in gifted education on April 20. Reis was also quoted in stories about the need for more funding of gifted programs in public schools. The stories appeared in The Day, The Advocate and Associated Press on Jan. 28. On April 29 she was interviewed for a story in the Chicago Tribune to explain the "gifted child" label.

Joseph Renzulli, Neag Chair of Gifted Education and Talent Development, was interviewed by the Houston Press for guidelines on how to determine if a young child if gifted. The story ran on April 12.

Marilyn Sanders, Pediatrics, and Julian Ford, Psychiatry, were featured in The Hartford Courant on April 10 in a story about their report on the state's health care services for young children

Ellen Shanley and Colleen Thompson, Nutritional Sciences, were quoted in a Stamford Advocate article on April 4 which featured the web-based nutrition game they created, Rate Your Plate.

Richard Stevens, Community Medicine, was included in a Reader's Digest story on quality sleep in the May 2001 issue. Stevens is a specialist on circadian rhythms.

Martha Stone, Law, was quoted in an article about medical-legal partnerships in the May 16 issue of The New York Times.

MIchael Willenborg, Accounting, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article about a forthcoming paper on "Going-Concern IPOs" in the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He also was quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 9, in an article about auditor involvement with some dotcom IPOs that had recently gone bankrupt.

Nancy Williams, Community Medicine, was quoted on transgenerational issues in an article on WebMD on April 2.

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