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University News: September 6, 2006

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  • Hormone-Replacement Therapy May Affect Hearing
  • Yellowjacket Weekend: September 8 to 10
  • Students Benefit from Career Center Stipends
  • Meehan, Noted Professor of Russian History, Dies
  • Chorus Anyone? Schedule an Audition
  • Dining Posts September Schedule
  • Courage Bowl Tickets Available Now
  • Get Tips on Managing E-mail, Staying Productive
  • Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons Visits September 13
  • In the Headlines: Frisina, Niemi, Looney, and Wilson Day


Hormone-Replacement Therapy Hurts Hearing, Study Finds
Women who take the most common form of hormone-replacement therapy have a hearing loss of 10 to 30 percent more compared to similar women who have not had the therapy, according to a study led by Robert Frisina, professor of otolaryngology. (See links to national news coverage below.)

Yellowjacket Weekend Features Comedy, Music, More
Comedy by Sarah Silverman, a free concert by the Spin Doctors, sporting events, and a luau tailgate party outside Wilson Commons—those are some of the events planned for Yellowjacket Weekend, September 8 to 10.

Career Center Stipends Ease the Sting of Unpaid Internships
Volunteer or low-paid internships weren't a barrier for more than 80 University undergraduates who wanted challenging summer experiences but felt the pressure to make money for college expenses this fall. The College Career Center dipped into a generous pool of funds provided by alumni and other donors—this year's Reach Internship Funds totaled $90,000—for students picked to work at local, national, and international sites in offices, African villages, medical centers, and Washington think-tanks.

Meehan, Noted Professor of Russian History, Dies
Brenda Meehan, professor emerita of history and of religion and an internationally regarded scholar of Russian history, died August 27 in Rochester. She was 64.

Auditions Open for Eastman-Rochester Chorus
Auditions for the Eastman-Rochester Chorus are being held by appointment. There are openings for all voice parts. No prepared solo is required. Tuesday rehearsals run from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. beginning September 12. For more information or for an appointment, call x4-1444 or e-mail

See What's Happening in Dining Services This Month
A Dining Services calendar of events is available online. Some highlights include Java City Mug Refill Day on September 11 and Wilson Commons Wednesday "CaribFest" on September 13.

Courage Bowl Tickets Available Now
Advance sale tickets are available for Saturday’s football game against St. John Fisher College. Faculty and staff can pick up two free admission tickets per person with a valid University ID.


September 12
Ann Michael Henry, organization and productivity consultant, discusses how to properly manage e-mail and stay productive. Health Bites talks are free to University employees. Registration recommended. Call 475-0432. Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307), noon to 1 p.m.

September 13
Def Jam record founder Russell Simmons will discuss entrepreneurship and his own role as a businessman during an appearance at 9 p.m. in Strong Auditorium. Tickets are on sale in the Common Market.

For more event listings, see these calendars: Currents, Eastman School, Medical Center, and Memorial Art Gallery.


CBS News (September 5)
Hormone Therapy May Damage Hearing
"We feel this should be added to the list of possible side effects, so when a woman and her doctor make their decision she can weigh this," says Robert Frisina, professor of otolaryngology and lead author of a new study on hormone-replacement therapy's effects on hearing. (Also reported by BBC News, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and many others.)

Inside Higher Ed (September 5)
Not So Hard to Vote?
The report cites a new survey by Richard Niemi, Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science, and Michael Hanmer of Georgetown University that indicates few college-age voters had difficulty registering for the 2004 elections and most prefer to register in their hometowns.

New Scientist (September 5)
Spine Injection Cuts Arthritis Inflammation
John Looney, associate professor of medicine, comments on new research that suggests the central nervous system can be manipulated to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Democrat and Chronicle (September 5)
UR Frosh Earn A-Pluses in 'Volunteerism 101'
Freshmen share their perspectives on Wilson Day, a community service tradition for incoming students now in its 18th year. This year students spent a very rainy September 2 pitching in at local agencies and schools in Rochester.


Houston Chronicle (September 2)
Steep Prices of College Textbooks Get Lawmakers' Attention
"So far this year, at least 18 states have considered more than 30 pieces of legislation aimed at bringing down book costs for college students, according to the National Association of College Stores."



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