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University of Rochester News (Oct. 1, 2008) 10/01/2008 05:45 AM @Rochester: Oct. 1, 2008

@Rochester: Oct. 1, 2008

Today's Forecast: Showers, High 60°

Tomorrow: Showers, High 56°

In Today's Issue

  • When Particles Are So Small That They Seep Right Through Skin
  • Hartmann Named Winner of National Leadership Award
  • PINK Study Participants Needed
  • 'Volunteers in Living Color' Fair Returns Oct. 4
  • Event Highlight: Talk by Emmanuel Jal
  • Rochester in the News: Stephanos Kyrkanides on Arthritis Pain, Anthea Butler on Perceptions about Sarah Palin's Religious Views
  • In Higher Education: A Postmodern Take on Debate

News and Announcements

When Particles Are So Small That They Seep Right Through Skin

Medical Center scientists are finding that particles that are barely there—tiny objects known as nanoparticles that have found a home in electronics, food containers, sunscreens, and a variety of applications—can breach our most personal protective barrier: the skin. Read more...

Hartmann Named Winner of National Leadership Award

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has named Diane Hartmann a recipient of the organization's Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award. The senior associate dean for graduate medical education and professor of obstetrics and gynecology is one of three officials nationwide who will receive the award. Read more...

PINK Study Participants Needed

Are you overweight?  Do you have borderline elevated blood pressure, borderline elevated blood sugar levels, and borderline elevated cholesterol? Would you like to know more about your heart health? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may qualify to participate in a PINK (Prothrombotic Inflammatory Markers in Women with Metabolic Syndrome) study for women with these characteristics. The study involves blood testing and carotid artery evaluation. Expenses for travel may be paid to qualified women. For more details, call Strong Cardiology Associates at (585) 341-7791. 

'Volunteers in Living Color' Fair Returns Oct. 4

Saturday, Oct. 4, learn more about volunteer opportunities for African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific American, and members of other communities of color during a "Volunteers in Living Color" fair. A variety of agencies will be represented at the fair from noon to 4 p.m. in Village Gate (274 North Goodman St.) with live entertainment, refreshments, raffles, prizes, and health information. Direct questions to Shirley Thompson at 241-4405 or Silvia Sörensen, assistant professor of psychiatry, at 273-2952. Read more...


Emmanuel JalThursday, Oct. 2

Talk by Emmanuel Jal: Musician and former Sudanese child soldier shares story of survival and hope. Q&A session follows. Strong Auditorium. 7:30 p.m.

For more events:

Rochester in the News

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

"Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom"

"Until relatively recently, osteoarthritis was believed to be due solely to wear and tear, and inevitable part of aging," Stephanos Kyrkanides, associate professor of dentistry, about the results of a new Medical Center study that suggest the pain caused by osteoarthritis may be as damaging as the disease itself. "Our study provides the first solid proof that some of those changes are related to pain processing and suggests the mechanisms behind the effect." Read more... (Sept. 30)

"Experts: Palin's Religion Misunderstood"

"What you saw was something very basic that happens in a Pentecostal church," says Anthea Butler, assistant professor of religion, regarding a video showing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, being blessed by a Kenyan bishop against witchcraft. "You would see this in any Pentecostal church on any given Sunday. . . . Why can't the [McCain] campaign articulate what she is about?" Butler asks. "I don't think they knew," or else, she adds, they were "trying to mask" Palin's true views. Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept. 26 Issue)

"Colleges Call Debate Contests Out of Order"

"Freewheeling strategies have made college debate tournaments exciting for some and upsetting for others." Read more...

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