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@Rochester -- Oct. 25, 2006

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In Today's Issue

  • $3 Million for Biomedical Optics
  • Physics Student Discovery
  • Image of Our Lady in Polish Culture
  • Events: Retirement Workshop, Eastman at Washington Square, Warner School Info. Session
  • In the Headlines: Treanor on Disinfectant Plans, Couderc on Fatal Heart Rhythms, Lewis on Male Fertility

News and Announcements

Senator Robach Awards $3 Million for Biomedical Optics Research
State Senator Joseph Robach and President Seligman Tuesday announced $3 million in state funding for the Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics.

Undergraduate Helps Discover 'Beautiful' Quark Combinations
Physics major Scott Field, a Take Five Scholar, participated in the search for two subatomic particles whose existence was announced Monday by scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois. Field's research focused on the extremely rare quark of the "bottom" or "beauty" variety.

Skalny Luncheon Includes Seminar on the Image of Our Lady in Polish Culture
Anna Niedzwiedz, Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professor at the University at Buffalo, will discuss "Images of the Mother of God in Polish Religiosity" on Monday, October 30, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library. The event is free and open to the University community; lunch reservations can be made by calling x5-9898 by Thursday, October 26.


October 26
This information session is designed for faculty and staff eligible to participate in the University’s retirement program and for those who are new to investing or who want to review their current investment strategy. The meeting is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Medical Center HR Conference Room (#1-6127).

October 26
The noontime concert series Eastman at Washington Square continues with "From the Mouth of Margaret: Song Settings of Margaret Atwood's Poetry." Soprano Eileen Strempel and pianist Sylvie Beaudette will perform the Rochester premiere of music by Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Judith Cloud, and Amanda Harberg from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the First Universalist Church on the corner of South Clinton and Court Streets.

October 27
The Warner School is hosting an information session for undergraduate students in Havens Lounge of Wilson Commons at noon.

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

Rochester in the News

ABC News International (October 23)
London Might Disinfect Its Underground
John Treanor, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, comments on discussions by public transportation operators in Asia and Europe to use a new disinfectant in their undergrounds to control the spread of viruses such as flu strains.

Wall Street Journal (October 21)
Heart Beat: Trying to Pinpoint Warning Signs of Rhythm Trouble from Medicines
Research by Jean-Philippe Couderc, research assistant professor of medicine, to identify more useful ways to analyze long QT intervals on ECGs is mentioned in a report about the elevated risk of irregular heartbeats and sudden death that could be associated with 30 commonly used drugs. (Subscription required.)

MSNBC (October 23)
Guys, Eat Fruits and Veggies to Improve Fertility
“We think that sperm quality is affected by dietary antioxidant intake,” says Vivian Lewis, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and author of a new study that suggests eating more fruits and veggies may improve fertility in men.

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (October 24)
At Colleges, the Environment is Hot
"It’s been a big year for green roofs and renewable energy initiatives at institutions across the country."

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