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@Rochester — Dec. 31, 2007

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Weekly During the Holidays: Look for the next issue of @Rochester on Monday, Jan. 7, when we resume our daily schedule. Happy New Year!

In Today's Issue

  • Sleep Chemical Central to Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Benefit Concert Honors Legacy of William Warfield
  • Two Events Highlight Civil Liberties and Artistic Freedom
  • Event Highlight: Mapping the Universe
  • Rochester in the News: Neil Blumberg on Blood Transfusion Study in Women
  • In Higher Ed: Elite Universities Weigh Expansion

News and Announcements

Sleep Chemical Central to Deep Brain Stimulation
A brain chemical that makes us sleepy also appears to play a central role in the success of deep brain stimulation to ease symptoms in patients with brain disorders, reports a Medical Center paper published online in Nature Medicine. Read more... 

Benefit Concert Honors Legacy of William Warfield
A concert to support the William Warfield Scholarship Fund and honor one of the great vocal artists of the 20th century will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Kilbourn Hall. Read more... 

Two Events Highlight Civil Liberties and Artistic Freedom
University of Buffalo art professor Steven Kurtz will present: "Crossing the Line: Interdisciplinary Work in a Society of Fear." The talk compliments the Rochester premiere of the award-winning documentary Strange Culture, which chronicles Kurtz’s legal saga after the U.S. government detained him and ultimately charged him with illegally obtaining biological substances. The talk will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, in Rush Rhees Library at 5 p.m. The documentary screens the next evening, Jan. 25, at the Dryden Theatre at 8 p.m. For background on the Kurtz case, visit


Wednesday, Jan 2
Mapping the University: Rush Rhees Library. Through July 31.

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Rochester in the News

New York Times (December 25)
"Hazards: More Transfusions Mean More Risk for Women
Neil Blumberg, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and director of transfusion medicine, discusses blood transfusions for female heart surgery patients. “Our study doesn’t prove that transfusion is the main reason that women have higher mortality rates, but it’s a pretty good guess.” (Also reported by International Herald Tribune.) Read more...

In Higher Education

New York Times (December 26)
"Weighing Expansion as More Top Students Clamor at Ivy Gates
With historic high numbers of applicants, elite institutions consider significant expansion of enrollments for the first time in decades. Read more...

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