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In Today's Issue

  • Vera Gorbunova to Lead $9.5 Million Longevity Project
  • Study: Drug Improves Vision for Those with Neurological Disorder
  • Article Examines Global Burden of Neurological Diseases
  • Madame de Sade Opens Today
  • University Mourns the Loss of Kathryn Wright
  • Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend
  • Talks, Discussions Honor Caroline Breese Hall
  • Telehealth Consortium Meeting Set for April 30
  • Fun Fitness Camp Starts June 23
  • Event Explores Urban Nature
  • Zumbathon Benefits Mt. Hope Family Center

News and Announcements

Vera Gorbunova to Lead $9.5 Million Longevity Project
Vera Gorbunova, professor of biology, has been awarded a $9.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study longevity. She will lead a five-year project, which includes colleagues at Rochester, Harvard University, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, to explore the factors responsible for longevity in various rodent species. Read more...

Study: Drug Improves Vision for Those with Neurological Disorder
The drug acetazolamide, combined with a low-sodium weight reduction diet, improves vision in individuals with idiopathic intracranial hypertension according to a study led by researchers at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Read more...

Article Examines Global Burden of Neurological Diseases
A perspective piece in JAMA, authored by Gretchen Birbeck and Robert Griggs, professors of neurology at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Michael Hanna from University College London, focuses on the challenges and opportunities arising from the increasing global incidence of neurological disorders. Read more...

Madame de Sade Opens Today
The International Theatre Program's production of Madame de Sade opens tonight and runs through Saturday, May 3. Tickets are $7 for students; $10 for alumni, faculty, staff, and seniors (55+); and $13 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online, at 275-4088, or at the box office up to an hour before each performance.

University Mourns the Loss of Kathryn Wright
University flags will be lowered April 29 in memory of Kathryn Wright, a registered nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital, who died April 9. Wright, a resident of Fairport, joined the University staff in June 1990. Her obituary appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups (typically mobile apps). The Center for Entrepreneurship is sponsoring the second biennial Rochester Startup Weekend, April 25-27, at Brand Networks. Online registration is now open. Students can use the promo code "STUDENT" to receive half off the registration fee. Additionally, Rochester students who register are eligible to be reimbursed an additional $25 through the CFE. Email for more information on the reimbursement process.

Talks, Discussions Honor Caroline Breese Hall
A festschrift to honor the late Caroline Breese Hall, professor of pediatrics and an expert in pediatric infectious diseases, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. Join international experts in infectious diseases and vaccine development—including featured speaker Stanley Plotkin, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania—for a full day of scientific talks and discussions.

Telehealth Consortium Meeting Set for April 30
The Telehealth Consortium will host a panel discussion on "How to Make Telehealth Work" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Lunches are welcome. This discussion will focus on people actively using telehealth for care delivery in the Rochester General Health System. RSVP to Vanessa Desmore at 275-5332 or

Fun Fitness Camp Starts June 23
The URMC Fitness and Wellness Center hosts a day camp for children ages 7 to 12. The camp runs from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (7:45 a.m. drop-off option available for a nominal fee) June 23 to Aug. 22 and includes activities such as swimming, sports, games, crafts, plus a weekly theme and field trip. You can pick single days or full weeks as needed. Read more...

Beginner Musical Improv Workshop
The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival presents a free beginner musical improv workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Spurrier Dance Studio. Musician and comedian Matt Griffo will lead the workshop. For more information call 273-5150 or visit

Event Explores Urban Nature
Cary Peppermint, assistant professor of art, and Leila Nadir, a writer and lecturer on sustainability, will lead an urban wilderness excursion with the Nature Conservancy on Saturday, April 26, in Rochester. The hike will be guided by the Indeterminate Hikes+ mobile media app developed by Peppermint and Nadir. Register online.

Zumbathon Benefits Mt. Hope Family Center
Zumba for Hope, featuring a DJ and raffles, will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Taylor's Night Club, 3300 Monroe Ave. A $5 donation is requested at the door. Proceeds benefit Mt. Hope Family Center. The event is part of the center's Blue Ribbon Days, highlighting National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Contact Jules Dorsey at 275-2991 ext. 220 for information.

April 24, 2014
Today's Forecast:
Sunny, High 53°
Showers, High 63°

Today's Event Highlight
G. Milton Wing Lecture: 'Mystery of Dark Matter'
4:50 p.m., Lander Auditorium, Hutchison Hall.

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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (April 18)
Owners of Nearby Businesses Welcome UR's College Town
College Town aims to transform 14 acres owned by the University into a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use development that will serve as a gateway to the River Campus and Medical Center. Gilbane Development Co. of Rhode Island and Fairmount Properties of Cleveland are developers for the project, which is expected to create at least 1,200 construction and service jobs.

City Newspaper (April 23)
Can Parents Save the Schools?
Joanne Larson, the Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education at the Warner School, recently published Radical Equality in Education, Starting Over in US Schooling. She takes the position that the current public school model is broken and obsolete, and that a new model involving greater student and parent participation for the purpose of learning rather than strictly job prep is needed.

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
April 24: 6:30 p.m., D'Youville College

Track and Field
April 26: 10 a.m., University of Rochester Spring Invitational

April 26–27: Liberty League Match Play Championships

April 29: 3 and 5 p.m., Buffalo State

Get the latest athletic news at the Rochester Athletics website.

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