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  April 26, 2004

Activities and Achievements/Newsmakers

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

Dr. Robert Aseltine, Behavioral Sciences & Community Health, was interviewed about the success of a new suicide prevention program for teens on WVIT-TV 30, March 3; Connecticut Public Radio, March 4; and WGCH radio March 15. The story was also syndicated by Reuters and appeared on Yahoo!Health, national.

Ivar Babb, National Undersea Research Center, was interviewed on CNN Radio on March 5 about UConn's role in the discovery of the shipwreck.

On March 3, Gayle Bessenoff, Psychology, was interviewed on NBC-TV 30 for a story about McDonalds' Restaurants dropping 'super-sized' portions.

On April 13, an opinion piece by Scott Brown, Educational Psychology and NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, about academic successes of UConn's athletes was published in USA Today.

On March 9 The Hartford Courant reported on the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center's international fuel cell conference.

During the past several months, Ken Dautrich, Center for Survey Research & Analysis, was quoted in stories about presidential politics, the Gov. Rowland scandal, and the various UConn Polls. Coverage included: The Washington Post, London Free Press, The Guardian (UK), The Canadian Press, UPI, AP, La Opinion, the Boston Globe, Newsday, Dow Jones News Service, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Times Picayune, Kansas City Star, WCBS Radio, and scores of radio and TV stations in the Northeast.

Dr. Joy Antoinette de Marcaida, Neurology, was featured in a Hartford Courant article about deep brain stimulation for treating symptoms of Parkinson's disease March 23.

On March 21, Robert Fisher, Urban and Community Studies, appeared in a New York Times article about supergentrification and housing trends. On April 6, Fisher was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about national demographic changes.

Dr. Ruth Goldblatt, Dental Medicine, was featured in a March 19 article about dental care for seniors in The Hartford Courant, which also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, and Arizona Republican.

On March 8, Robert Kesten, Business, appeared in a Detroit News article about the Disney/Eisner debacle. On March 7, he appeared in the Chicago Tribune and other Tribune papers on the implications of the Martha Stewart decision.

William Kraemer, Kinesiology, was quoted in a story in The Washington Post on March 2 about core muscle exercises.

On March 28, Viswanathan Kumar, Marketing, was quoted in an article in The Washington Post on consumer service and company responsibility.

Dr. Scott Kurtzman, UConn Comprehensive Cancer Center, appeared on almost 40 television stations nationwide during February and March in a syndicated story about a new pre-screening device for breast cancer.

On April 4, an opinion piece about poet Wallace Stevens by Glen MacLeod, English, and Charles Mahoney, English, appeared in The Hartford Courant. MacLeod and Mahoney also were quoted in a New York Times article on Wallace Stevens.

A story quoting Dr. Jane McElhaney, Immunology of Cancer & Infectious Diseases, and Anthony Vella, Immunology, on ways to strengthen immune response appeared in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 22 and more than 20 other newspapers nationwide.

Dr. Daniel McNally, Pulmonary Medicine, was interviewed by the USA Radio Network April 1 about lost sleep and daylight-saving time. Dr. Richard Stevens, Community Medicine & Health Care, appeared live on WTNH-TV 8 April 2 and 4 on the same topic.

On April 16, Voice of America aired an interview with Amii Omara-Otunnu, History and UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights, about the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Linda Pescatello, Allied Health, was quoted in stories about an American College of Sports Medicine position statement she wrote on exercise and hypertension. The publications included The Wall Street Journal and The Providence Journal.

In the March 9 edition of The Hartford Courant, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Nutritional Sciences, was interviewed about his research on the incidence of diabetes among Hartford's Latino population.

A study by Dr. Karen Prestwood, Center on Aging, on the efficacy of black cohosh for treating menopause symptoms was featured in a story on WVIT-TV on Feb. 23 and more than 35 NBC-affiliated television stations around the country. She also was featured in a syndicated story about low-dose estrogen and osteoporosis that appeared on more than a dozen television networks across the country during Feb. and March.

The election of Kenneth Reifsnider, Mechanical Engineering, to the National Academy of Engineering, was the subject of a short article in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 25.

On Feb. 19, Howard Reiter, Political Science, was quoted in USA Today in an article about presidential politics, and on Feb. 8, he was quoted in Hartford Courant and New York Times articles about presidential politics.

In a New York Times article on March 2, Joseph Renzulli, The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, talked about the different learning styles of gifted students.

In the April edition of Hartford Magazine, Bartolo Roccoberton, Puppet Arts, appeared in an article on "Cool Classes."

Dr. Peter Schulman, Calhoun Cardiology Center, talked about heart disease on WB-20's Beyond the Headlines, on Feb. 1. Schulman and Dr. Peter Deckers, Health Affairs, were interviewed about the Calhoun Center and appeared on TV 3's Coach's Show Feb. 15.

During the week of Feb. 16, Ronald Taylor, Multicultural and International Affairs, Jeffrey Ogbar, History and African-American Studies, Richard Schwab, Education, and Alexinia Baldwin, Curriculum & Instruction, appeared in articles and columns in The Hartford Courant and The New York Times on Brown vs. Board of Education.

The Connecticut Post ran an editorial on April 8, "UConn, State Savor History-Making Year," which makes reference to the University's successes in basketball, enrollment, rankings, SAT scores, and capital projects. A piece in the Providence Journal by Jennifer Jordan on April 8, "Basketball Breeds Other Success at UConn," notes that "reality for UConn is a dream for most other schools." An editorial in The Hartford Courant, "The State of Basketball," notes that "investment is paying off," and discusses the increase in applications to the University, endowment, and improvements in other areas. An article in The New York Times Metro Section, "From Cow College to Campus of Champions: Basketball Pride Echoes at UConn," talked about how the University 's profile has been raised over the past decade.

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