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@Rochester -- Dec. 20, 2006

mostly sunny

Wednesday's Forecast:
Mostly Sunny, High: 47°
Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, High: 45°

In Today's Issue

  • Exclusive O'Keeffe Showing for Employees
  • Future of Asthma Treatment
  • AIDS Exhibit Closes Today
  • Events: Retirement Info. Session, Eastman at Washington Square
  • In the Headlines: Looney on FDA Drug Warning, Sustainability, Guo on Turning Metal Black

News and Announcements

Employees, Guests Invited to Exclusive Showing of O'Keeffe
Memorial Art Gallery director Grant Holcomb invites University employees and guests to an exclusive viewing of Georgia O'Keeffe: Color and Conservation on December 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. or December 27 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Medical Center/Strong Health is a supporting sponsor of this major traveling exhibition, which closes December 31.

Could the Ability to Expel Worms Lead to a Future Asthma Treatment?
New research by Tim Mosmann, director of the David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, published in the December 14 issue of the journal Science reveals how parasitic infections and asthma may cause the human immune system to react in some of the same ways. The work could lead to novel asthma treatments.

Hartnett Gallery's AIDS Exhibit Closes Today
Today is the last chance to view Vision = Life: AIDS Posters from the Edward C. Atwater Collection, an exhibition that addresses some of the major issues and challenges of the AIDS pandemic. For more information, contact the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons at x5-4188.


December 21
Benefits Office Information Session: "Post-Retirement Benefits" plus "Income at Retirement." Human Resource Conference Room (1-6127), Medical Center, noon to 1 p.m.

December 21
Eastman at Washington Square: "Simply Schubert" by pianist Won Yong Lee. First Universalist Church, corner of South Clinton Avenue and Court Street, 12:15 to 12:45 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

Wall Street Journal (December 19)
Warning Is Issued On Drug Rituxan Following Deaths
R. John Looney, professor of medicine, comments on new FDA warnings regarding the drug Rituxan. Given the scarcity of FDA-approved lupus treatments, Looney says, "I don't think this is going to change how I use Rituxan. We have to do a good job of informing patients of risks and benefits." (Subscription required.)

Christian Science Monitor (December 19)
Sustainability' Gains Status on US Campuses
The University's efforts to adopt more sustainable practices in its laboratory designs is highlighted in an article about the growing emphasis on sustainability within higher education.

Democrat and Chronicle (December 19)
UR Laser Blasts Blacken Metal
"The end product, it's totally pitch-black," says Chunlei Guo, assistant professor of optics, who has developed a new laser process that can change the physical properties of metal.

In Higher Education

The New York Times (December 19)
Women in Science: The Battle Moves to the Trenches
"Since the 1970s, women have surged into science and engineering classes in larger and larger numbers. . . . Yet studies show that women in science still routinely receive less research support than their male colleagues, and they have not reached the top academic ranks in numbers anything like their growing presence would suggest."

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