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@Rochester — October 3, 2007


Today's Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 80°
Tomorrow: Sunny, High 79°

In Today's Issue

  • Daisies Lead Scientists to New Leukemia Drug
  • Colin Powell Speech and Garth Fagan Premiere Top Meliora Program
  • Famed Open-Water Swimmer Headlines Forum
  • Selecting a Health Care Proxy
  • Concert for Gandhi Institute
  • Breast Cancer Program Oct. 20
  • Eastman Faculty Play During Pipe Organ Festival
  • Event Highlight: George H. Ford Visiting Scholars Lecture
  • Rochester in the News: University Study Shows Breast-Feeding Doesn't Contribute to Cavities, University Astronomers Detect Embryonic Planets
  • In Higher Ed: College Students Stage a Walkout in Support of the 'Jena 6'

News and Announcements

Daisies Lead Scientists to New Leukemia Drug
A new, easily ingested form of a compound that has already shown it can attack the roots of leukemia in laboratory studies is moving into human clinical trials, report University investigators in the journal Blood.    Read more...

Colin Powell Speech and Garth Fagan Premiere Top Meliora Program
General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) will speak and Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan will premiere a University-commissioned work during sold-out events at Meliora Weekend on October 18 to 21. The annual celebration blends class reunions, family weekend, and homecoming, with a variety of talks and performances.    Read more...

Famed Open-Water Swimmer Headlines Forum
In 1987 Lynne Cox swam 2.7 miles across the frigid Bering Strait, drawing attention to the physical proximity of the United States and the Soviet Union and seeking to warm relations between the Cold War foes. She'll talk about her celebrated swim Oct. 19 as part of the University's Stanton/Anthony Conversations on women's rights.   Read more...

Selecting a Health Care Proxy
Learn how to select a health care proxy during this Always Better seminar on October 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Medical Center. The class is $15 and registration is required. Call 275-2344 to register.    Read more...

Concert for Gandhi Institute
Celebrate peace during a benefit concert Oct. 27 for the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, recently located to the University. Performers include Eastman faculty members Barry Snyder, piano, Steve Doane, cello, Harold Danko, piano, along with Nazareth College's Bach Children's Choir. The 7 p.m. performance is at Strong Auditorium. Admission is $10, $8 for students, $5 youth 12 and younger. Purchase tickets online at

Breast Cancer Program Oct. 20
Learn about breast cancer's risk factors, imaging advances, and management during a free Oct. 20 program at the Medical Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.    Read more...

Eastman Faculty Play During Pipe Organ Festival
Performances by Eastman professors highlight the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival from October 11 to 14. The series of recitals provides an opportunity to hear the unique sounds produced by different local instruments.    Read more...


Oct. 3
George H. Ford Visiting Scholars Lecture: Joseph Lowenstein, University of Washington at St. Louis. "Forms in Wax: Accessorizing the Renaissance." Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. 8 p.m.   

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Rochester in the News

Reuters (Oct. 1)
"Breastfeeding Doesn't Increase Kids' Cavity Risk"
A study led by Hiroko Iida, a faculty member in dentistry at the Medical Center, shows that breast-feeding does not increase the risk of dental caries in toddlers; however, other factors like poverty and maternal smoking during pregnancy are associated with tooth decay. Discussing the findings in US News & World Report, Ruth Lawrence, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Study Center, says the study should reassure mothers who nurse their babies at night. (Also reported by Washington Post, WebMD, CBC News Canada, Atlanta Journal Constitution)    Read more...

MSNBC (Oct. 1)
"Pluto-Sized Planet Embryos Detected "
The story features new research by University astronomers showing that three nearby stars may hold newly forming planets, an early stage in the life of planets that has up to now remained a mystery. (Also reported by USA Today and    Read more...

In Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education (Oct. 2)
"College Students Around the Country Stage a Walkout in Support of the 'Jena 6'"
"Students at more than 100 colleges walked out of class and held rallies and marches on Monday to show support for six African-American high-school students in Jena, La., who have been charged with violent crimes amid racial tensions in the small town."   Read more...

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