LYING FOR LOVE? The research of Jeffrey Hall, assistant professor of communication studies, about individuals’ tendency to be honest in online dating sites has been widely reported, including a story on CNN.com. His survey of 5,020 men and women who belonged to an unspecified dating site showed that people who misrepresent themselves online are the same type of people who do so in real life. He found those looking for long-term relationships were more likely to be honest. "Online daters shouldn't be concerned that most people are presenting a false impression of themselves," Hall said. "What influences face-to-face dating influences the online world, too.”

PATENTS’ PLACE: Andrew Torrance, associate professor of law, was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the increasing importance of patents in ongoing battles for supremacy in mobile technology. Apple has filed lawsuits in what some are calling a technology turf war. Others may join the fray. "Google, which has a huge interest in the success of Android, might have to step in," Torrance said. "If it looks like a Goliath vs. David fight, Google might step in to even it up."

SUSTAINABLE AND RENEWABLE: Chris Depcik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Susan Williams, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, were quoted in a High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal story about the importance of renewable energy being produced through sustainable measures. The article cited research projects at KU aimed at learning more about efficient biofuels. "We are looking at multiple areas to figure out what will have the best overall impact in terms of economics and environmental benefits," Williams said. "Our ultimate goal is to create a biodiesel blend that mimics ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel that fits seamlessly into the infrastructure of the pipelines, the infrastructure of the vehicle and can be produced locally," Depcik said.

THINKING OLD AND FEELING OLD: Mary Lee Hummert, vice provost for faculty support, was quoted in a Boston Globe article about the negative consequences of associating aging with the downsides of being old. The article refers to Hummert’s 2006 study that showed baby boomers, ages 48 to 62, who thought of themselves as old had poorer memory recall than those who identified with younger people. “We do internalize very early in life that youth is better than old age, and it doesn’t leave us, even though it is modified,’’ Hummert said. “And it does affect how we live our lives and make choices.’’

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