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January 2010

USA Today (January 12)

Richard Ryan

There’s a reason you’re happiest on weekends

“Why weekends are better are the two factors of autonomy and relatedness,” says co-author Richard Ryan, a psychologist at the University of Rochester, N.Y. (Also Reported in: Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Seattle Times, UPI, Yahoo! News, Environmental News Network,, E-Science News, Sify, Daily Mail, ABC News, BusinessWeek, The Independent, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 8WROC-TV, WHAM AM 1180, and others)

Discovery Channel (January 14)

Parasitic Wasps’ Genome May Yield New Drugs

Chris Desjardin and Jack Werren compare parasitic waspsUniversity of Rochester biologist John H. Werren led the study, published in the journal Science, in which the college’s Nasonia Genome Working Group sequenced the genomes of three parasitic wasps. (Also Reported in: San Francisco Chronicle, CBC News, The Independent, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, E-Science News, Yahoo! News, Mother Nature Network, News-Medical.Net, and others)

UPI (January 4)

Vitamin D lack, blacks’ heart risk linked

Dr. Kevin Fiscella of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Dr. Peter Franks of the University of California, Davis, showed the higher cardiovascular risk observed among blacks may be partly related to lower vitamin D levels. (Also Reported in: U.S. News & World Report, Los Angeles Times, ABC News, BusinessWeek, Yahoo! News)

Boston Globe (January 22)

Court OK’s corporate campaign spending

The justices left in place the dollar limits for contributions to candidates by individuals and political action committees. In doing so, the justices adhered to previous rulings that there is a more significant “quid pro quo’’ attached to such direct contribution to a candidate, said David Primo, a First Amendment specialist and University of Rochester political science professor. (Also Reported in: Bloomberg News, BusinessWeek, Yahoo! News, New York Times, and others)

New York Times (January 22)

24 States’ Laws Open to Attack After Campaign Finance Ruling

David Primo, a political science professor at the University of Rochester, counseled caution about predicting the impact of the Supreme Court decision. While it grants corporations and unions new access, it is also likely to spur state officials and campaign reform groups to push for new types of restrictions. (Also Reported in: Chattanooga Times Free Press)