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    February 9, 2004

Activities and Achievements/Newsmakers

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.

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Frank Ballard and Bartolo Roccoberton, Puppetry, were featured in an Associated Press story that ran on Nov. 24 in The Hartford Courant, Newsday, WBZ4's news website, The Boston Globe, Greenwich Time, and The Advocate (Stamford).

Peter Benn, Health Center, Genetics & Developmental Biology, speaking on serum screening and testing, appeared in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and 14 other newspapers nationwide; websites such as Boston.Com,, and Yahoo! Health; the CBS and ABC national news, and 10 television reports nationally, in mid-November.

Steven Demurjian, Engineering, was quoted in a Hartford Courant article on January 17 about potential misuse of computerized systems to track airline travelers.

Walter Dolde, Business, speaking on pros and cons of a young company deregistering its stock, was featured in an article in the Waterbury Republican-American, on Dec. 31.

David Dzurec, Nutritional Sciences, was interviewed by the Journal Inquirer (Manchester) on January 12 for an article outlining the safety guidelines for canned food.

Dr. James Egan, Health Center, Ob/Gyn, was interviewed by WVIT-TV 30 on Dec. 16 about the newly approved "day-after" pill for birth control.

Dr. Henry Feder, Health Center, Family Medicine, was quoted on the importance of flu shots for babies in articles in The Hartford Courant, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Providence Journal, The Wilmington News and The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and elsewhere on Nov. 11.

The Business School's Financial Accelerator was featured on Connecticut Public Radio on January 29 and 30, on WFSB-TV 3 and WTIC-TV 61 on January 29, in the Hartford Business Journal on February 2, in The Hartford Courant on January 29, and elsewhere.

Julian Ford, Health Center, Psychiatry, was quoted in The New York Times on January 22 on our changing sense of safety.

William Curt Hunter, Business, was the focus of features on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and in The Hartford Courant, the Hartford Business Journal, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, The Advocate (Stamford), the Journal Inquirer (Manchester), and the Connecticut Post, during December and January.

Dr. Philip Jaffe, Health Center, Gastroenterology, was quoted in the January issue of First for Women about mints helping with an upset stomach.

Dr. Robert Kozol, Health Center, Surgery, was quoted on ABC News on Nov. 7 on the use of surgical staplers.

Carol Lammi-Keefe, Nutritional Sciences, was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer on January 20 and NBC 30 TV on January 26, for a story about the benefits and risks of eating salmon and other fish. The story also ran in several other newspapers, including the Miami Herald and The Sun-Herald.

Dr. Norman Mann, Health Center, Taste and Smell Center, was quoted in a feature story in The Hartford Courant on January 13. The story has since been syndicated and appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Chicago Tribune and the Winston Salem Journal.

Dr. Janet McElhaney, Health Center, Center for Immunotherapy, was quoted during December in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, and other national newspapers about this year's flu epidemic compared with past pandemics.

Daniel McNally, Health Center, Pulmonary Medicine, was quoted on Nov. 16 in Redbook Magazine on the wisdom of habitually using over the counter sleep aids and in The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Times and The Hartford Courant, among others, on the effect of job-related stress on sleep. BBC radio and also featured an interview with McNally on January 9, about working the second shift and insomnia.

Dr. Mark Metersky, Health Center, Pulmonary, was interviewed by WVIT-TV 30 January 9 about asthma induced by cold weather.

David Ouimette, First Year Programs, was interviewed for an article in The Advocate (Stamford) on January 19 about the resources provided on campus to help students stay out of debt.

Dr. Hilary Onyiuke, Health Center, Surgery, was the subject of an Associated Press Hartford Bureau feature that appeared on Nov. 10 in The Day (New London), the Waterbury Republican-American, the New Britain Herald newspapers, among others.

Nancy Petry, Health Center, Psychiatry, discussed Internet gambling on MSG-TV on Nov. 25.

Jerry Phillips, English, was featured in The Day (New London) on January 19, in an article about the art of making resignation speeches and apologies.

Dr. Tom Regan, Health Center, Emergency Department, was interviewed about frostbite prevention January 15 by WVIT-TV 30 .

Howard Reiter, Political Science, was featured in The New York Times on January 25, in a story on Lt.-Gov. Jodi Rell as a possible replacement for Gov. John Rowland.

Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, Health Center, Cancer Center, was the subject of an in-depth profile in the Chronicle (Willimantic) on Nov. 13.

Dr. Peter Schulman, Health Center, Cardio-Pulmonary, was quoted on the benefits of plant sterols and cholesterol-lowering drugs on ABC News and Good Housekeeping Magazine on Nov. 7.

Edward Sembor, Political Science, was interviewed on the constitutional law implications of the crisis facing Gov. John Rowland, for articles that appeared in the Daily News (New York) and Metro News on January 16.

The Hartford Courant, Dec. 19, and the Allentown Morning Call, Dec. 23, quoted Dr. John Shanley, Health Center, Infectious Diseases, about ways to prevent spreading the flu.

Suzie Staubach, UConn Co-op, was interviewed by the News-Times (Danbury) on January 6, on the death of author John Toland.

Karen Steinberg, Health Center, Psychiatry, had suggestions about how to improve your luck at making and keeping a new year's resolution that were included on the NBC Radio program First Light that runs on 250 stations across the country and MSNBC-TV, on Dec. 31.

A study on the effects of Metabolife 356 conducted by Michael White and Brian McBride, Pharmacy Practice, and two of their students, was published in the January 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The story was carried by dozens of newspapers and TV stations across the country, and in England and Australia, as well as Science News magazine and Reuters news service.

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