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@Rochester: Nov. 7, 2006

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Tuesday’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High: 57°
Tomorrow: Few Showers, High: 60°

In Today’s Issue

  • Students Recognized for Service, Kids’ Abdominal Obesity Increases
  • Events: Name the Friends, Kafka Prize Reading, Thanksgiving Harvest
  • In the Headlines:Landsburg and Volunteer Army, Friedberg on Lymphoma

News and Announcements

Students Recognized for Community Service, Hurricane Relief
Rochester students have been recognized by a new national program for their efforts to help Gulf Coast hurricane victims.

Study: Children’s Belly Fat Increases Since 1990s
Abdominal obesity increased more than 65 percent among boys and almost 70 percent among girls between 1988 and 2004, a worrisome trend for children’s health, according to a study published in Monday’s Pediatrics led by Stephen Cook, an assistant professor of pediatrics. The story was reported by Reuters News Service, ABC News, the Vancouver Sun, and other publications.

Caramia Performs on Live from Hochstein
Tony Caramia, professor of piano, will present Park Avenue Tatum: Showcasing the Keyboard Artistry of the Legendary Cy Walter, as the guest performer on the Live from Hochstein series, broadcast locally on WXXI-FM (91.5), from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Eastman House Curator Gives Talk
Patrick Loughney, curator of motion pictures at the George Eastman House and director of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, will discuss “The Archeology of American Cinema” at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 12, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library, as part of the Libraries’ Tea Talk series.

Soccer Teams Advance to Playoffs
Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams will have the homefield advantage this week after earning berths in the NCAA Div III playoffs.

Events

November 7
“Name the Friends” Contest: Local winners in a contest to give names to two friends of Sandy, the mascot of the Golisano Children’s Hospital, will be announced, 10 a.m., main lobby, Strong Memorial Hospital.

November 8
Kafka Prize: Jill Ciment, author of The Tattoo Artist, reads from her work, 5 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson Room.

November 8
Wilson Commons Wednesday: This month’s theme is Thanksgiving Harvest, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons.

November 9
“Consulting Agreements—What to Look for . . . What to Watch Out for”: The latest installment of the F.I.R.E. (For Inventors, Researchers, and Entrepreneurs) Series, 9 a.m., Northeast Conference Room (B CC 1-9525, call 784-8850.

November 10
Tuesdays with Morrie: A benefit performance for the Medical Center’s ALS Center, 8 p.m., Geva Theatre.

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

Rochester in the News

Washington Post (November 4)
Kerry Trips Over an Economic Truth
A textbook by Steve Landsburg, professor of economics, is cited by Uwe E. Reinhardt, a professor of political economy at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, in a guest essay that argues many economists often compare the social value of different types of educated people when thinking about public policies like the draft versus an all-volunteer force.

KFSN-TV, Fresno, California (November 5)
Healing Lymphoma
Jonathan Friedberg, associate professor of hematology and oncology, talks about new treatments for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “Over the last 30 years, the incidence of this disease has nearly doubled, and it’s one of only two or three cancers where the incidence is going up,” he says.

Democrat and Chronicle (November 5)
Robots: Newest Frontier in Surgery
A story on the growing use of robot-assisted surgery notes that the Medical Center has been one of the area’s leaders in using the new technology, including the first to use the equipment for a robotic prostatectomy. The hospital now does at least 350 of the surgeries a year, drawing 75 percent of its patients from outside Monroe County.

In Higher Education

New York Times (November 5)
House Mothers
“Wilson [College] opened its Women With Children program 10 years ago to accommodate single mothers who wanted to live on campus but didn’t want to leave their children behind. It quickly became a model for other colleges. About a dozen, many with religious roots, offer comprehensive programs that provide residence-hall housing and support systems, like parenting workshops and mentoring.”

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