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University of Rochester News (August 19, 2008) 08/19/2008 05:45 AM @Rochester: August 19, 2008

@Rochester: August 19, 2008

Today's Forecast: Partly Sunny, High 70°

Tomorrow: Sunny, High 75°

In Today's Issue

  • Former Student Dies in Car Accident
  • FDA Approves First Drug for Huntington's Disease
  • Chemistry Professor Recognized for Influential Teaching
  • High School Teens to Present Physics Research
  • Event Highlight: Reception/Staff Infection 4
  • Rochester in the News: Andrew Elliot on New 'Red' Research, C. Michael Henderson on Treating Developmentally Disabled Patients
  • In Higher Education: Redefining Suicide Risk and Prevention Strategy

News and Announcements

Former Student Dies in Car Accident

Scott Leister, who was a student at the University from September 2005 to December 2007, died Sunday evening in an automobile accident near San Francisco. News reports indicate that Leister was the passenger in a car that was struck at high speed by an apparently drunk driver. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
"The death of any member of our community is a loss to all of us, and for Scott to die so young makes it especially tragic. Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott's family and friends," says President Seligman.
Any member of the University community may obtain support services from or access the online information of the University Counseling Center at 275-3113 and at In Leister's memory, the University flag will be lowered to half staff, and a memorial service at the University is being planned. 

FDA Approves First Drug for Huntington's Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on August 15 approved tetrabenazine, the first drug approved for use in the United States to treat Huntington's disease. The Medical Center's Huntington Study Group, led by Rochester neurologist Frederick Marshall, played a pivotal role in studying the drug's effectiveness. (Reported by CBS News, MSNBC, NPR, and others.) Read more...

Chemistry Professor Recognized for Influential Teaching

Jack Kampmeier, professor emeritus of chemistry, has been selected as a recipient of the 2008 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry. Read more...

High School Teens to Present Physics Research

Fifteen students from area high schools will present the results of their physics research at the 2008 Summer High School Student Research Symposium on August 27. Read more...


Wednesday, August 20

Reception/Staff Infection 4: Rush Rhees Library. 4-6 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

U.S. News & World Report (August 15)

"Refs May Be Blinded by Red Uniforms"

Andrew Elliot, professor of psychology, who has researched the effects of color, says the authors of a new study about the influence of the color red erred by not taking into account other aspects of color, such as hue and brightness. (Also reported by the Washington Post, Forbes, and others.) Read more...

Democrat and Chronicle (August 17)

"Aging Presents Challenges for Disabled, Providers"

"People with developmental disabilities aren't spared common, older-age problems," says C. Michael Henderson, associate professor of medicine, who adds that there is a shortage of clinicians with the appropriate training to treat patients who have trouble communicating or understanding. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (August 18)

"Redefining Suicide Risk—and Prevention Strategy"

"Six percent of undergraduates and 4 percent of graduate students seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months, according to a national survey released Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. More than half of those students never sought professional help or told anyone about their suicidal feelings." Read more...

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