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@Rochester: Sept. 30, 2008

@Rochester: Sept. 30, 2008

Today's Forecast: Showers, High 69°

Tomorrow: Showers, High 64°

In Today's Issue

  • Anti-Obesity Drugs May Be Effective Against Flu, Hepatitis, HIV
  • Composition Nominated for Latin Grammy Has Eastman Connections
  • Nursing Faculty Member Selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar
  • Participants Needed for Rochester Infant Lab Studies
  • British Director to Discuss Life in the Theater
  • Middle East Peace Advocate to Speak Tonight
  • Event Highlight: Reading the World Conversation Series
  • Rochester in the News: Review of Stewart Weaver's Mountaineering Book, Tom Clarkson on Mercury in Vaccines
  • In Higher Education: Beyond the SAT

News and Announcements

Anti-Obesity Drugs May Be Effective Against Flu, Hepatitis, HIV

Viruses dramatically increase cellular metabolism, and existing anti-obesity drugs may represent a new way to block these metabolic changes and inhibit viral infection, according to a study by researchers from the Medical Center and Princeton University. Read more...

Composition Nominated for Latin Grammy Has Eastman Connections

A work recorded at the Eastman School and performed by an Eastman ensemble has been nominated for a Latin Grammy Award. Read more...

Nursing Faculty Member Selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar

Ying Xue, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, is one of 15 junior faculty nationwide to receive an inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar award. Read more...

Participants Needed for Rochester Infant Lab Studies

The Rochester Infant Lab, headed by Professor Richard Aslin of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, seeks participants between the ages of 3 to 30 months for ongoing studies of perception, cognition, and language. Call 275-4621 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Read more...

British Director to Discuss Life in the Theater

Richard Digby Day will discuss his life in the theater as both a director and a teacher working with some of the most acclaimed actors of the last 20 years during an informal discussion with Nigel Maister, artistic director of the University's International Theatre Program, on Friday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Robbins Library (fourth floor of Rush Rhees Library). The talk is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. Day will also hold a masterclass with young actors (open to spectators, but space is limited) from 2 to 3.30 p.m. in the Drama House. Read more...

Middle East Peace Advocate to Speak Tonight

Shehadeh Shehadeh, an Episcopal priest and Arab Palestinian who lives in Israel, will discuss his efforts as a peace advocate tonight at 7 p.m. in Friel Lounge (Susan B. Anthony Halls). His talk is sponsored by the University's Protestant Chapel Community. Read more...

Events

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Reading the World Conversation Series: Rush Rhees Library. 5 p.m.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar.

Rochester in the News

New York Times (Sept. 26)

"On Top of the World"

"The authors tease out the evolution of modern mountaineering, combining vivid storytelling with an eye for detail, accuracy and fairness. And of the many lessons to be drawn from their work, perhaps the clearest is this: Himalayan climbing has always been a geo­political game," writes Bruce Barcott in a review of Fallen Giants, cowritten by Stewart Weaver, professor of history. Read more...

U.S. News & World Report (Sept. 29)

"Health Buzz: Flu Vaccines and Thimerosal"

"It's equivalent to the amount in a small can of tuna fish," says Tom Clarkson, J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Alumni Professor Emeritus of Environmental Medicine, about concerns regarding a mercury-containing compound found in flu vaccines. "Still, we know that high levels of mercury can affect cell division in the developing brain of a fetus, and no one can say with absolute certainty that there's no risk." Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Sept. 29)

"If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em"

"On Saturday at the annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the College Board—the creator and defender of the SAT—said pretty much what critics have been saying all along. The board presented the most detailed results yet of new approaches to standardized tests that would measure non-cognitive qualities and could become what some have called the 'SAT III.'" Read more...

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