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@Rochester: Oct. 31, 2006


Tuesday’s Forecast:
Showers, High: 64°
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, High: 50°

In Today’s Issue

  • Stem Cell Work Recognized
  • Help Wanted: College Bowl
  • Junior Wins Cross Country Title
  • Events: Investment Planning, Hip Hop Talk, Young Mozart
  • In the Headlines: Gamm on Congressional Race, Messing on Bladder Cancer

News and Announcements

Targeting Cancer Stem Cells to Stop Brain Tumors
Research led by Medical Center neurologist Steven Goldman on a novel approach to brain cancer—exploring the notion that the source of a brain tumor is a normal stem cell that has gone bad—is one of six projects nationally recognized with support from the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

Players and Volunteers Wanted for College Bowl Competition
Competitors and volunteers are needed for this year’s College Bowl competition on campus. Students, organized in a team with a minimum of three and a maximum of five students, one of whom can be a graduate student, can compete. Faculty and staff who wish to participate as volunteers also are needed.

Stevens ’08 Wins Cross Country Title
Mark Stevens ’08 won the University Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country title and teammate Patrick Hughes ’08 earned All-UAA honors for his performance. Clocking in at 25:25 for the 8K course, Stevens is Rochester’s first individual UAA men’s cross-country champion since 1997.


October 31
“5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors”: TIAA-CREF workshops will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Director’s Meeting Room of Eastman Commons and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Seminar Room at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

October 31
Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit Luncheon: 20 percent of sales at The Meliora restaurant during the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. lunch will be donated to Strong Memorial Hospital for breast cancer research.

November 1
“France on Fire: Ten Years of Hip Hop”: Erin Hippolyte ’99 (PhD), assistant professor at Fairmont State University, talks about hip hop and its multicultural messages and contexts at 4 p.m.

November 2
La finta giardiniera (The Disguised Garden Girl): Eastman Opera Theatre begins its 2006–07 season with an opera Mozart wrote when he was 19 years old. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 2, 3, and 4, and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 5, in Kilbourn Hall.

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

Rochester in the News

New York Times (October 28)
A G.O.P. Redoubt Upstate Suddenly Seems Less Sturdy
Gerald Gamm, chair of the Department of Political Science, talks about the changing political landscape in the 29th Congressional District race between Republican incumbent Randy Kuhl and Democratic challenger Eric Massa. “This is a district of small towns and rural counties tied together with a set of communities where people lead a more cosmopolitan lifestyle,” Gamm says, “But for the most part, this is strong Republican territory, where people believe in balanced budgets, in a government that doesn’t meddle in their affairs and uses force responsibly and only if necessary. These days,” Gamm adds, “this is a place filled with discontent.”

KFSN-TV Fresno, California (October 30)
Better Bladder Cancer Detection
Edward Messing, professor of urology, discusses the benefits of a new test that shows promise in detecting bladder cancer earlier, more effectively, and with just a few drops of urine. “You not only save the patient from suffering but you have a much better chance of having the individual be cured,” Messing says.

Democrat and Chronicle (October 30)
Frightening Facts
Nancy Talbot, director of the Psychotherapy Institute at the University, is one of several experts polled on the biochemistry of fear for a Halloween-inspired look at why people seem to react differently to different kinds of “horror.” Why, for example, do some people fear blood-and-gore, while others freak out over the unseen-but-suspenseful stuff? “They both have the same biochemical response,” Talbot says, meaning both groups get jolted by neurotransmitters and epinephrine surging through them.

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (October 30)
Minority Enrollment Grew by More Than 50 Percent From 1993 to 2003, Report Says
“Minority-student enrollment at colleges and universities increased by 51 percent in the decade ending in 2003, an improvement driven by growth in the number of Hispanic and minority-female students, according to a report scheduled for release Monday by the American Council on Education.”

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