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@Rochester -- Oct. 30, 2006


Monday’s Forecast:
Sunny, High: 55°
Tomorrow: Showers, High: 62°

In Today’s Issue

  • Lennie Outlines College Planning
  • New Stretch Helps Heal Sore Heels
  • Seeger Kicks Off Music Series
  • Events: Scare Fair, Flu Shots, Patch Adams
  • In the Headlines: Fiscella on Racial Disparities in Health, Medical Center Named to Disaster Planning Group

News and Announcements

Lennie: Excellence Is Focus of College Planning
In his address during the investiture ceremony marking his appointment as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, Peter Lennie outlined the principles that should guide the strategic planning process for the College. “It’s going to be essential that we make focused investments: we will not do everything, but what we do we will do exceptionally well. Some of our investments must be aimed at strengthening promising ventures currently under way; others must be aimed at a future well beyond where we are now, at issues and programs we expect will come to be of major scholarly, social, or scientific significance. But all of our investments must be aimed at domains in which we can make a distinguished mark, and in which there are powerful curricular opportunities.”

New Stretch Proven to Dramatically Relieve Heel Pain
A new stretch developed by a Medical Center faculty member is proving effective in helping treat and potentially cure plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects nearly 2.5 million Americans each year and is the most common cause of heel pain.

Seeger Kicks Off Eastman’s World Music Series
Renowned American musician Mike Seeger, whose career has focused on singing, playing, and writing about southern traditional mountain music, opens the World Music Series with a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, in Kilbourn Hall.

Wine Auction Benefits Wilmot Cancer Center
Featuring more than 200 vintages from throughout the world, the sixth annual Toast to Your Health Fine Wine Auction, set for Friday, November 17, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, helps raise money for the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center’s comprehensive campaign to expand cancer care and research.

Movie Screened as Part of Humanities Series
As part of the “Law and the ‘War on Terror’” series, one of 10 projects funded by the Humanities Project, Raul Rodriquez-Hernandez, associate professor of Spanish, will introduce the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada before its screening at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 6, in 203 Meliora Hall.


October 30, 31
Flu Shots: Clinics for University employees and their spouses are scheduled for today from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Havens Lounge of Wilson Commons; for October 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 30 Corporate Woods, and from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery. Employees must bring a health insurance card and University ID. Also today, a flu shot clinic for students is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons. The $20 fee can be charged to a student’s term bill or paid by check if not covered by health insurance.

October 31
River Campus Libraries’ Scare Fair in Rush Rhees Library: The Scavenger Hunt begins at 2 p.m., entertainment begins at 2:30 p.m., and the costume contest begins at 4 p.m. Faculty members who visit the Ed Tech Center during Scare Fair can enter to win a printer.

October 31
Patch Adams, M.D.: Hunter (Patch) Adams, the real person behind the movie Patch Adams starring Robin Williams, will give a talk at 7 p.m. in Hubbell Auditorium as part of the Neilly Series.

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

Rochester in the News

Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal-Gazette (October 29)
Study Disputes Narrowing Race Gap in Testing
“Our sense is that probably the claims data are giving us a better picture of the true disparities here in services than in simply asking people whether they’ve received a preventive service or not,” says Kevin Fiscella, associate professor of family medicine and community and preventive medicine. He is lead author of a new study that suggests there are racial and ethnic disparities in the reported frequency of screening tests such as pap smears and mammograms. (A version of the story originally appeared in the Washington Post.)

Democrat and Chronicle (October 27)
Grant Aids Disaster Readiness for Region
The Medical Center has been named one of four academic health centers covering upstate New York in a state-funded consortium aimed at preparing the region for mass casualty events resulting from terrorism or natural disasters. Joining Rochester in the Academic Health Center Consortium for Mass Casualty Management are the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and Albany Medical College. Also reported by the Rochester Business Journal, Albany’s Business Review, and others. Read the Medical Center press release.

In Higher Education

Boston Globe (October 29)
The Innovation Equation
In a guest essay on issues related to the November 7 election, Susan Hockfield ’73, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writes about the need for “open dialogue between the public sector, the private sector, the academy, and labor to develop effective strategies to strengthen our existing economic sectors and nurture new ones.”

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