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@Rochester — April 17, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • Promising Parkinson's Finding Spurs New Clinical Study
  • Eastman Presents Balinese Gamelan
  • Eat Well Live Well Challenge
  • Novelist Bradford Morrow to Give Plutzik Reading
  • 'Take Back the Night' Rally Tonight
  • Medicine Drop-Off Event Aims to Protect Water Supply
  • Sports Buzz: Golf Takes 4th at UAAs, Upcoming Home Games
  • Event Highlight: Sustainable Energy Lecture Series
  • Rochester in the News: Kathryn Douthit on Counseling Interventions for Alzheimer's, Eastman Alumna on Overseeing Music for the Pope's Visit to New York City
  • In Higher Ed: Pentagon's Plans for New University Consortia

News and Announcements

Promising Parkinson's Finding Spurs New Clinical Study
The progression of Parkinson's disease is slower in patients who have high blood levels of urate, a close chemical cousin of the molecule that causes gout, according to a study led by physicians at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital together with neurologists at the Medical Center. Read more...

Eastman Presents Balinese Gamelan in World Music Series
The Eastman School concludes its 2007-2008 World Music Series with a performance by the school's own Gamelan Lila Muni, an ensemble of percussion instruments from the Indonesian island of Bali. Read more...

Take the Eat Well Live Well Challenge
It is not too late to join the 2008 Eat Well Live Well Challenge. The eight-week health program kicks off April 20. Register your team or learn more about the challenge.

Novelist Bradford Morrow to Give Plutzik Reading
This year's Plutzik Reading Series continues with writer Bradford Morrow, professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College, on Tuesday, April 22, in Rush Rhees Library at 8 p.m. Read more...

'Take Back the Night' Rally Tonight in Rush Rhees Library
Several campus groups are sponsoring a Take Back the Night march and rally tonight at 7 p.m. in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The event in Rush Rhees Library will include a presentation and candlelight procession. Other related events include the Clothesline Project on view in Wilson Commons and a River Campus cell phone drive to benefit victims of domestic violence. For more details and a list of cell phone collection sites, contact Julianne Nigro at

Medicine Drop-Off Event Aims to Protect Water Supply
Drop off unused or expired medications from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19, at the Rochester Operations Center, 444 E. Henrietta Road. The event is one way the Medical Center's Ruth A. Lawrence Poison and Drug Information Center and other community partners are working to keep medications out of the drinking water supply. Read more...

Sports Buzz

Golf: Freshman Ryan Williams wins the individual title; team finished fourth at UAA championships this week in Orlando, Fla.

At Home This Weekend: Softball, Men's Tennis, and Women's Lacrosse.

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Thursday, April 17
Sustainable Energy Lecture Series. Alumnus, Trustee, and Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, "The Energy Problem and What We Can Do About It." Gleason 318/418. 1 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

Counseling Today (March 2008)
“Untapped Potential”
Kathryn Douthit, associate professor and chair of the counseling and human development program at the Warner School, discusses Alzheimer's dementia and how counseling intervention can play a role in delaying, if not preventing, the onset of dementia cases. Read more...

Democrat and Chronicle (April 16)
“Cheers Greet Arriving Benedict”
Eastman Alumna Jennifer Pascual '01E (DMA) will oversee all the music for liturgical events during Pope Benedict XVI's three-day visit to New York City, including being lead conductor for the mass at Yankee Stadium. "It's been incredibly challenging, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime moment and to lead the music at the center of such an event can't be described." Read more...
(Related Coverage: Father Brian Cool and Rochester sophomore Tom Dematteo, as well as about 50 other Rochester students, will attend the pope's mass in Yankee Stadium. Hear Cool and Dematteo discuss the trip in this WROC TV8 video report.)

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (April 16)
“A Pentagon Olive Branch to Academe”
"Defense Secretary Robert Gates discusses plans for new university consortia and grants—largely in social sciences—for nonclassified research, and pledges no political restrictions." Read more...

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