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@Rochester -- Dec. 11, 2006


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Tomorrow: Cloudy, High: 44°

In Today's Issue

  • Cancer's Link to Body Mass
  • Eastman's Spring Concert Lineup
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Foodlink Food Drive
  • Events: Chamber Music Society, Warner Poster Session
  • In the Headlines: Bayer on Racial Preferences for End-of-Life Treatment, Phipps on Vaccines and Painkillers

News and Announcements

Blame Our Evolutionary Risk of Cancer on Our Body Mass
A key enzyme that cuts short our cellular life span in an effort to thwart cancer has now been linked to body mass, according to first-of-its-kind research conducted by Vera Gorbunova, assistant professor of biology. The findings were reported in the December 6 issue of Aging Cell.

Eastman's Spring Concert Lineup Promises Eclectic Mix
Impressive guests and exciting repertoire. That’s how the Eastman School is describing its upcoming spring concert season. The highlight of the schedule is a new concert series, Eastman Mosaic, featuring the Kronos Quartet on February 7, pianist Yefim Bronfman on February 27, and Gidon Kremer with Kremerata Baltica on April 22.

Tickets on Sale for Annual Breakfast with Santa
The University's annual holiday breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 16, from 9 a.m. to noon in Douglass Dining Center. The event features crafts, a gift for each child, holiday carols, and an opportunity for photos with Santa. To purchase tickets, contact University Dining Services by December 12 at x5-0851.

Reminder: Miner Library Food Drive
Miner Library will be collecting nonperishable food items through Saturday, December 16, for its food drive held in conjunction with Foodlink.


December 11
Eastman Chamber Music Society: David Ying and Elinor Freer, directors. Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall, 7 p.m.

December 13
Research Proposal Poster Session: End-of-Semester presentation by students and instructors of ED 506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research. Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

See these calendars for more events: Currents, Eastman School, Medical Center, Warner School, School of Nursing, and Memorial Art Gallery.

Rochester in the News

Scientific American (December 7)
Blacks More Likely to Want End-of-Life Intervention
"In my practice as a family practitioner I've seen that if people don't feel that the most was done in their eyes for their loved one it can have ramifications for many generations," says William Bayer, clinical associate professor of family medicine and lead author of a new study that suggests racial differences in the preference for end-of-life interventions.

Washington Post (December 7)
NSAID Use May Hinder Vaccine Effectiveness
The report quotes Richard Phipps, professor of environmental medicine, regarding a University study that indicates some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) painkillers may reduce the effectiveness of certain vaccines.

In Higher Education

The New York Times (December 8)
Off to College Alone, Shadowed by Mental Illness
"The transition from high school to college, from adolescence to legal adulthood, can be tricky for any teenager, but for the increasing number of young people who arrive on campus with diagnoses of serious mental disorders—and for their parents—the passage can be particularly fraught."

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