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@Rochester: Nov. 8, 2006

partly cloudy


Wednesday’s Forecast:
Morning Showers, High: 61°
Tomorrow: Few Showers, High: 59°

In Today’s Issue

  • Berk Installed
  • Hurlbut Receives Eastman Medal
  • ‘Archive in Digital Age’
  • Vendor Showcase
  • Events: Eastman Wind Ensemble, South Asian Expo, Viennese Ball
  • In the Headlines: Cook Discusses Children’s Obesity; Treanor of Bird Flu Gene

News and Announcements

Berk: Embrace Future Opportunities
In an address marking his formal appointment as Medical Center CEO, Bradford C. Berk emphasized the importance of seizing future opportunities to propel Rochester. Citing the shift from manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy and the awesome potential of new technology, he noted that “ . . . never before in the history of this institution has the convergence of opportunities been greater.”

Berk’s remarks were part of a celebration of his appointment as senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of the Medical Center Tuesday evening. President Joel Seligman presided over the presentation during “Medical School for an Evening,” a community education event in which 400 invited “students” learned about the Medical Center’s leading research in aging, cancer, cardiac care, ophthalmology, and orthopaedics.

Hurlbut Receives Eastman Medal
As part of the evening’s presentations, Robert H. Hurlbut, a member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Medical Center Board, was awarded the University’s Eastman Medal in recognition of his career achievements and dedicated service.

‘Archive in Digital Age’ Is Focus of Roundtable
The inaugural event in a year-long series of events on “The Future of the Archive in the Digital Age” as part of the Humanities Project, the roundtable discussion will examine questions posed by the formation of digital technology and its changing effect on archives.

Vendor Showcase: Help with Planning for Upcoming Events
The Conference and Events Office is holding a Vendor Showcase of event-related services and products from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, in the May Room in Wilson Commons.

Events

November 8
Eastman Wind Ensemble: Pianist Bobby Mitchell ’07E, the first recipient of the William Garrison Piano Competition hosted by the American Liszt Society in 2005, and Eastman’s ViM Saxophone Quartet, winners of the 2006 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, perform, 8 p.m., Eastman Theatre.

November 10
Eastman Philharmonia: The concert includes Adagio,, a composition by Ph.D. student Christopher Winders, 8 p.m., Eastman Theatre.

November 11
South Asian Expo: Educational booths on South Asian culture, history, languages, sports, and Bollywood, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Douglass Dining Center.

November 11
Viennese Ball: Annual celebration of “old Vienna,” 9 p.m., Wilson Commons.

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

Rochester in the News

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (November 7)
Increase of Belly Fat in Kids Also Raises Their Health Risks
Stephen Cook, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, talks about a study he helped lead that indicates abdominal obesity among children increased more than 65 percent among boys and almost 70 percent among girls between 1988 and 2004. “Those increases only grow more alarming as you tease out specific age groups over longer periods of time,” Cook says. The story also was reported by UPI, the Scientific American, MSNBC, and other outlets.

Newsday (November 7)
Hope in Bird Flu Finding
John Treanor, professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology, comments on a new study by researchers who say they have pinpointed a gene that may explain why the bird flu virus is especially virulent in some people. Treanor says there may be similar genes yet to be found. “There has been an interest in understanding why some cases in humans have been so severe. Getting clues like this may help out with that,” he says.

In Higher Education

Washington Post (November 7)
A New Tack to Help High-Schoolers At Risk: College
“Although most schools offer . . . accelerated opportunities, they tend to attract high achievers and students who have plenty of resources. College-credit programs tailored to disadvantaged students, including those who might drop out, are less common.”

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