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@Rochester -- Feb. 7, 2007

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Wednesday's Forecast:
Partly Sunny, High: 20°
Tomorrow: Snow Showers, High: 21°

In Today's Issue

  • Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Research on Effects of Lead, Mercury
  • College Admissions Workshops
  • Vaccine Study and Sexual Health
  • Safety Corner: Winter Tips for Pedestrians
  • Event Highlight: Eric Reeves Talk about Darfur
  • Rochester in the News: Video Game Research by Bavelier and Green, Cook on Super Bowl Ads
  • In Higher Ed: Undergraduate Research

News and Announcements

Associate Dean Honored with Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award
Suzanne O'Brien, associate dean of undergraduate studies and director of the College Center for Academic Support, has been named the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lead, Mercury Inhibit Critical Cell Function
Low levels of toxic substances cause critical stem cells in the central nervous system to prematurely shut down, according to a Medical Center study. (See coverage in Newsday.)

Workshops Offer Tips on Navigating College Admissions
Rochester Continuing Studies is offering two workshops about the college admissions process. The first is tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. titled "The Money Maze: How to Navigate through the Financial Aid Process When Applying to College." The second, "Inside the Admissions Process," will be held on March 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The cost for each is $25 per family. To register, visit, call 275-2344, or e-mail

Preventing V.D. as Valentine’s Day Approaches
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the world’s largest study of a vaccine to protect against genital herpes—a disease that infects approximately one of every four women and men in the nation—takes on special significance for Rochester-area women and their male companions.

Safety Corner: Winter Tips for Pedestrians
During January, more than 20 injuries were reported by employees who fell as a result of slippery conditions due to winter weather. Among those injuries were cuts, contusions, bruises, fractures, and torn ligaments. Faculty and staff can help prevent falls on ice and snow by wearing boots with nonslip tread, by using handrails, and by calling the Snow Removal Hotline at 275-0000 to report hazardous areas.

Event Highlight

February 8
Beaven Lecture: Darfur Talk with Eric Reeves. ""Long Day's Dying: Genocide by Attrition in Darfur." Interfaith Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

See for more events.

Rochester in the News

Democrat and Chronicle (February 6)
UR Study Finds Video Games Can Aid Vision
The article highlights research by Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, and doctoral student Shawn Green that indicates playing high-action video games can improve vision. (See the related news release.)

Democrat and Chronicle (February 6)
Marketing Gurus Revisit Super Bowl Ads
George Cook, a lecturer in marketing at the Simon School, joins a discussion about the effectiveness of this year's Super Bowl ads.

In Higher Education

USA Today (February 5)
Undergrads Getting to Help with Research
"Traditionally, undergraduate education has taken place in the classroom, while research has been for graduate students and faculty. No more. College and universities are pushing hard to get many more undergraduates involved in research."

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