Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences can regularly be found between the pages of prestigious regional, national and international news publications. Check out some recent mentions below.
Published January 2018
A USA Today article about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. quoted Carole Emberton, associate professor in the Department of History: “I do think it is important to point out this can happen all over the country these days. All of this rhetoric, very hateful rhetoric: White supremacists are emboldened and are more vocal and aggressive now.”
Research by Department of Psychology professor, Eduardo Mercado III, appeared in The Atlantic in an article about the “songs” of humpback whales. Mercado says humpback whales are an important species to study in terms of trying to understand vocal learning. See “Can Mice Talk?” for more mammalian mutterings.
An article on England’s Daily Mail about a new study finding 98% of students will share a friend’s email address in exchange for free pizza, included a checklist by Department of Communication associate professor, Arun Vishwanath, on steps individuals can take to make to make their online operations more secure.
NPR, MSN and CBS MoneyWatch interviewed Abigail Cooke, associate professor in the Department of Geography, about the economic impact of immigration: “I don't see any evidence that [immigration] is dragging people's wages down. I think that some of the worries that immigrants, and specifically low-skill immigrants, are the reason people's wages are stagnating, are just pointing the finger in the wrong direction."
A segment of Space Volcanoes, a documentary produced by BBC’s popular Horizon science series, featured Department of Geology’s associate professor Tracy Gregg and research scientist Ingo Sonder. The segment showed Sonder melting a batch of lava and pouring it over a slab of ice while Gregg, an expert on volcanoes, explained how the experiment mimics conditions which may have previously occurred on Mars.
Research associate in the Department of Anthropology, David Dewitt, coauthored an article in The Conversation that examines the role of sound in ancient cultures: “Putting sound back into the archaeological landscape is an important part of understanding how people lived…. By considering the sounds heard by people moving through the landscape, we’re able to more fully understand their culture, and thus better relate to them as human beings.”
Articles in ZME Science, Live Science and Business Day reported that research by Omer Gokcumen, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, shows the genetic trace of a mysterious, and possibly undiscovered, ancient subspecies of human present in the modern-day genome of Sub-Saharan Africans. “We call it a ‘ghost’ species because we don’t have the fossils,” said Gokcumen.
Jacob Neiheisel, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, provided insights to Newsweek on the unprecedented access evangelical Christians have to President Trump: “Access doesn’t always translate into policy victories, however, and it remains to be seen as to whether the chance that evangelical leaders took on Trump is going to help them gain back lost ground on the moral issues that matter to them,” he said.
Smithsonian reviewed the new Emily Dickinson biopic that shows the poet as more than a mysterious recluse. In the article, professor Cristanne Miller of the Department of English—noted Emily expert—said Dickinson made choices that enabled her to do the work she wanted to do. “I don’t think she was a tormented soul.”
In preparation for the Aug. 21 total eclipse, Buffalo News interviewed Department of Physics professor Dejan Stojkovic, who explained that although Buffalo does not lie exactly on the path of totality, a considerable portion of the sun would be blocked, and Buffalonians would get “a pretty good look at the eclipse."