Daniel Robison, WBFO

@RobisonRobison

WBFO/Western New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Daniel Robison came to Buffalo from WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, where he was assistant news director.  Robison has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition SundayOn Point with Tom Ashbrook, PRI's The WorldVoice of America, Chicago Public MediaWNYC, the Ohio River Radio Consortium, Allegheny Front and assisted APM's The Story and Marketplace.

Robison has an M.A. from Indiana University and graduated in 2007 with a degree in history from the University of Evansville.  

Robison hails from Kentuckiana (the Indiana side!), better known as the Louisville Metro Area. You can follow him at @robisonrobison

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12:01am

Sun November 11, 2012
health

Watching TV reruns may be good for your health

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Watching reruns of the popular comedy show, Seinfeld may not seem like the sort of thing that researchers should be spending their days on, but its actually raw data for an experiment conducted by scientist Jaye Derrick. She’s with the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions.

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12:01am

Fri November 9, 2012
KanJam

From Buffalo backyards to world domination

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In the late 1980’s, a few college friends in Buffalo, New York created a game called 'Trash Can Frisbee'. Players toss a disc toward garbage cans where a partner slaps it in for points. The sport was mostly played in backyards around Buffalo for years. Now, it’s known as KanJam and played at tailgates and parties all over the country. But, as Daniel Robison reports, the sport owes its success to gym class.

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2:15pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Education

Summer school for science teachers

A new courtyard sporting a pond, stream, rocks and rotting logs will serve as a living lab for students at PS197 in Buffalo.
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Educators across the country agree schools need more students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet hooking students on these subjects remains a challenge, especially for generally low performing schools with few resources.

But this year, administrators in Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) tried to tackle the problem in a new way – by sending some of its teachers to summer school.

“I haven’t been in a lab in 43 years,” says Susan Wade, a BPS science teacher.

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12:30pm

Wed October 10, 2012
Health

Police face higher health risks: UBuffalo study

More than 460 Buffalo Police officers were interviewed for a new study examining the adverse health effects of working in law enforcement. Above, an abandoned Buffalo Police station.
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Due to stressful nature of police work, law enforcement officers face higher risks of obesity, suicide, sleeplessness and cancer, according to a new study from a University at Buffalo (UB) professor who has a unique insight into the issue.

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10:51am

Tue September 18, 2012
Dropout Nation

Preventing high school dropouts – in kindergarten?

Ready Freddy is a new kindergarten-based program that tries to instill a love of school among students, which education officials hope translates into increased attendance.
Daniel Robison WBFO

This story is part of the Innovation Trail's partnership with FRONTLINE's Dropout Nation. You can read the other reports here.

The Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) received good news last year: its four-year graduation rate rose by seven percent.

Still, nearly half the district’s high school students failed to earn a diploma.

The struggling urban school system continues to look for dramatic fixes. This year, the district is starting in Kindergarten.

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