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@Rochester — Jan. 8, 2007

mostly cloudy

Monday’s Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy, High: 39°
Tomorrow: Snow Showers, High: 37°

In Today’s Issue

  • NIH Award Benefits Local Students
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Cold Sores
  • Fisher Named VP for Clinical Services
  • Arnold Retrospective Extended
  • Complete Workout in 30 Minutes
  • Safety Corner: Winter Walking Hazards
  • Events: Chemistry Organic Seminar, Senior Living Options, Managing Money
  • In the Headlines: Lewin on Fact Checking Applications, Seligman on Spitzer’s Address, Botelho on New Year’s Resolutions, Maslennikova on St. Petersburg

News and Announcements

Rochester Area Students to Benefit from $1.3 Million Award
The National Institutes of Health has announced a $1.3 million grant to the University to create engaging new curricula for New York high school science classes.

Cold Sore Virus Might Play Role in Alzheimer’s A gene known to be a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease puts out the welcome mat for the virus that causes cold sores, allowing the virus to be more active in the brain compared to other forms of the gene, according to Medical Center–led findings that add some scientific heft to the idea that herpes somehow plays a role in bringing about Alzheimer’s.

Medical Center Names Vice President for Clinical Services
Richard I. Fisher, director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and director of Cancer Services at Strong Health, has been appointed vice president for clinical services for the Medical Center and Strong Health.

Retrospective of Arnold’s Photographs Extended until Feb. 6
The first full-scale exhibition of Charlie Arnold’s art, Charlie Arnold: The Love of the Visual, has been extended and will remain on view in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library within Rush Rhees Library through February 6.

New Fitness Class Offers Complete Workout in 30 Minutes
The Fitness and Wellness Center is introducing a new class beginning January 11 that features a circuit-type workout, alternating between weights and cardiovascular. The eXpress class is offered on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Safety Corner: Winter Walking Hazards
Environmental Health and Safety requests that all faculty and staff help prevent falls on ice and snow by wearing footwear with rubber soles and traction, walking slowly, and using handrails. Call the Snow Removal Hotline at x5-0000 to report hazardous outdoor conditions. Report indoor hazards, such as wet floors, and request clean-up or caution signs by calling x3-4567. View or print the “Winter Walking Hazards” slide presentation.


January 8
Department of Chemistry Organic Seminar: Zachary Aron, Harvard Medical School. “The Chemical and Biological Synthesis of Natural Products.” Hutchison Hall 473, 4 p.m.

January 9
Health Bites: Navigating the Maze of Senior Living Options. James Wood, clinical assistant professor of medicine and medical director of the Highland Living Center. Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 2-6408 (K207), noon to 1 p.m.

January 9
Financial Health Bite Seminar: Managing Your Money. Room, 3-6408 (K307), Medical Center, 7 p.m. RSVP to 295-5166.

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

Rochester in the News (January 1)
Background Checks Are Front and Center
In a report about background checks on business school applicants, Rebekah Lewin, director of admissions at the Simon School, says the admissions committee internally conducts fact-checking on about a quarter of the applications it receives annually. “It’s a good thing for graduate schools to best assess and select candidates who will have a positive impact on the world around them.”

Democrat and Chronicle (January 4)
UR Chief: Stem Cell Fund Could Be Key to Future
President Seligman comments on Governor Eliot Spitzer’s State of the State address and about plans to fund stem cell research: “If we pursue stem cell research the way we could pursue it . . . we could translate outstanding research into potential cures and prevention probably faster than any state in the country,” Seligman says. “That’s terribly exciting.”

Washington Post (January 2)
Are You Really Ready To Clean Up Your Act?
“The good thing about New Year’s resolutions is that people who make them are twice as likely to succeed as people who don’t,” says Rick Botelho, professor of family medicine and author of books on motivation and behavioral change. “The bad thing is very few people change spontaneously. There’s no question the more you try, the more likelihood you are going to achieve success.”

New York Times (December 31)
Holiday on Ice With a Shot of Vodka on the Side
Anna Maslennikova, a senior lecturer in the Russian Studies Program, and her husband, Nikita, an architect in St. Petersburg, serve as travel guides for travel writer and Rochester native Steve Dougherty for his article about St. Petersburg, Russia.

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (January 4)
Tethering Students to Their States
“For all of the talk of pushing students into the wider world to ensure they’re prepared for today’s international marketplace, a parallel challenge for state and local policymakers is to ultimately keep those same students close to home—to stem the brain drain to the country’s urban centers, mostly in the East and West, as the manufacturing jobs once supporting the heartland continue to bleed abroad.”

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