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@Rochester — Jan. 15, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • Seligman Reacts to Arun Gandhi’s Blog Posting
  • Fruit Flies All Aglow Light the Way to Cancer Prevention
  • New Way to Block Destructive Rush of Immune Cells
  • Sanctions Outlined for Theta Chi Fraternity
  • Repair Work Disrupts Traffic to Hospital Entrance, Jan. 21 to 27
  • New Weight Watchers Program Begins
  • Event Highlight: Medical Center Town Hall Meeting
  • Rochester in the News: Mark Zupan on Finance Degrees; Curt Smith on Southern Voices
  • In Higher Ed: Blue Collar Baby Boomers Go to College

News and Announcements

President Seligman Reacts to Arun Gandhi’s Blog Posting
University President Joel Seligman issued a statement on a post by Arun Gandhi, president of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, in the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog. It is available here. 

Fruit Flies All Aglow Light the Way to Cancer Prevention
Medical Center scientists have discovered that a chemical signaling system that helps defend against toxic assaults and threats in people and other animals is active in fruit flies, opening the door to faster, less expensive ways to find compounds that spur our natural antioxidant activity.  Read more... 

New Way to Block Destructive Rush of Immune Cells
Rochester researchers have found a way to selectively block the ability of white blood cells to “crawl” toward the sites of injury and infection when such mobility drives disease. The results suggest a new treatment approach for autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.  Read more... 

Sanctions Outlined for Theta Chi Fraternity
Dean of the College Richard Feldman has imposed a set of sanctions on the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi beginning this month. His decision calls for “radical changes in the attitudes and behavior of the fraternity.” Further details about penalties can be found here and a letter to alumni members of Theta Chi from Dean of the Faculty Peter Lennie is available here.

Repairs Disrupt Traffic to Hospital Entrance, Jan. 21 to 27
Repair work to fix a steam leak under Thomas Jackson Drive will disrupt normal entrance and exit traffic patterns from Elmwood Ave. to the main hospital, the emergency department (ED), and parking garage from Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 a.m. through Sunday, Jan. 27. During this one-week period, faculty and staff should note upcoming lane closures (especially during Friday, Jan. 25, through Sun., Jan. 27), and are urged to use the East Drive entrance to the garage whenever possible.  Read more... 

New Weight Watchers Program Begins
The University’s Well-U program is offering a Weight Watchers program that will begin meeting in classroom 2-7608 of the Medical Center from noon to 1 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays starting Jan. 17. The program is 16 weeks long and costs $175. Eligible employees who successfully complete the program will receive reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost. Register online, or call x3-5240 for more information.


Tuesday, Jan. 15
Medical Center Town Hall Meeting: CEO Bradford Berk discusses the center’s strategic plan. Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), 10 a.m.

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Rochester in the News

The Times of London (Jan. 10)
“Choose a Course to Master the Business”
Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School, talks about the growing interest among business students around the world to get advanced degrees in finance. Zupan notes that in the United States specialized master’s degrees are seen as an adjunct to the MBA. “People tend to look for new courses in finance as they take on more advanced roles in the field. They want to leapfrog the normal trajectory and take on more responsibility in asset management or a more senior position in investment banking or corporate finance,” he says.   Read more...

New York Times (Jan. 13)
“Voices From Past Are Echoing Today”
In a column by sportswriter George Vecsey, Curt Smith, senior lecturer in the Department of English, talks about the success that baseball announcers—and other communicators—who were raised in the South have in American popular and political culture.   Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 18)
“Blue-Collar Boomers Take Work Ethic to College”
“With the help of community colleges, some baby boomers are changing gears and retraining for new jobs that are less physically taxing. In doing so, these workers are among those who are redefining the traditional notion of retirement by working much later in life.”  Read more...

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