University of Rochester

@Rochester: Nov. 9, 2006

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In Today’s Issue

  • Phelps Announces Retirement
  • New Treatment Finds Success Against Tiny Tumors
  • Polish Film Festival Set
  • Smoking Shelters to Close November 13
  • Children’s Hospital Mascot Gets ‘Friends’
  • Events: Second Friday Science Social, Bread and Puppet Theater
  • Sports Buzz: A Look Ahead
  • In the Headlines: Stanwood on Congress and Medical Decisions; Ismail on Alzheimer’s Treatments

News and Announcements

Provost Charles Phelps Announces Retirement
Charles E. Phelps, University provost and eminent health care economist, will retire after 13 years as the University’s chief academic officer at the end of this academic year, and a search committee has been formed to choose his successor, President Joel Seligman announced today.

New Treatment Finds Success Treating Tiniest Lung Tumors
Patients with metastatic cancer tumors in their lungs are much more likely to live disease free if they have an experimental treatment involving shaped-beam radiosurgery rather than conventional treatment, according to a Medical Center study.

Polish Film Festival Delves into the Personal Side of Life
Five Polish directors focus on the personal struggles of their characters in this year’s selection of films for the annual Polish Film Festival from November 18 to 22, organized by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.

Smoking Shelters to Close November 13
In preparation for the Medical Center’s implementation of its “Smoke Free Inside and Out” initiative, the five smoking shelters on the center’s campus will be closed November 13 and will be removed on November 14 and 15.

Hospital Mascot Joined by Two Newly Named Friends
Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong announces new names for two of mascot Sandy Strong’s cartoon friends—Anna Wellagain and Michael Miracle.


November 10
Second Friday Science Social: Bradford Berk, senior vice president for health sciences, discusses his research on cardiovascular disease, 4 p.m., Class of ’62 Auditorium (Room G-9425).

November 11
Bread and Puppet Theater: The noted troupe performs with students, 8:30 p.m., Spurrier Dance Studio.

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

Sports Buzz

View a complete schedule at

Football: The Yellowjackets play for a share of the Liberty League title when they travel to Hobart for their last regular season game at 1 p.m. Saturday. The game can be heard over WYSL 1040AM or at

Swimming: The men and women make their home debuts versus St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. Friday in the Goergen Center. Both teams are home again against Union at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Postseason: Men’s and women’s soccer begin NCAA Division III tournament play this week. On Saturday, the women host a four-team bracket and take on Misericordia at 11 a.m. in Fauver Stadium. The women’s volleyball team and the field hockey team have been chosen for the ECAC championships, which get under way for both teams this week, and men’s and women’s cross country run in the NCAA Atlantic Regional qualifying race at Letchworth State Park on Saturday.

Rochester in the News

Seattle Times (November 8)
Alito Key in Abortion Case
Nancy Stanwood, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, comments in a story on the Supreme Court’s consideration of the constitutionality of a nationwide ban on late-term abortions signed into law by President Bush in 2003. The story notes that doctors say a procedure that has been criticized by politicians can be safer than the alternative method for abortions in the middle months of pregnancy. “Congress can ‘find’ that the moon is made of green cheese. That doesn’t make it so,” Stanwood says.

News 14, Charlotte, North Carolina (November 8)
Alzheimer’s Advance
Saleem Ismail, assistant professor of psychiatry, talks about a study to explore whether a drug that was originally approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions can protect brain cells from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. “If valproate works the way we think it works, it would actually protect the cell from dying,” Ismail says.

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (November 8)
5 Ways a Democratic U.S. House Changes the Playing Field for Higher Education
“Besides making college more affordable, training more scientists and engineers, and expanding federal financing of stem-cell research, here are some other higher-education issues to watch now that the Democrats have gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

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