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In Today’s Issue

  • Anti-Cancer Vaccine Recommended for Boys
  • Organ Festival Showcases Improvisation
  • Single-Incision Surgery to Treat Colorectal Conditions
  • Polish Film Festival Comes of Age
  • Kafka Prize to Be Awarded to Linda LeGarde Grover
  • Spotlight on Diversity: Office for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Registration Open for Kids’ Night Out
  • Primary Care Week Lecture Series Continues
  • Classical Indian Dance Workshop

News and Announcements

Anti-Cancer Vaccine Recommended for Boys
A vaccine created in part by virologists at the Medical Center has been recommended for use by boys as well as girls to prevent certain types of cancer. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that boys and young men receive the vaccine, which protects against HPV—the most common sexually transmitted disease—to prevent oral and anal cancers.

Organ Festival Showcases Improvisation
This year’s the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival, presented in partnership by the Eastman School and the American Guild of Organists, will focus on “Improvisation and Organ Pedagogy.” The event, scheduled from Nov. 10 to 13, includes public concerts of improvisation that will showcase the aesthetic characteristics of several different organs across Rochester.

Single-Incision Surgery to Treat Colorectal Conditions
A minimally invasive “bellybutton” surgery technique already used to remove smaller organs like the gallbladder and appendix has now been adapted to allow Medical Center surgeons to excise much larger organs—like the colon, which in many adults measures almost five feet long.

Polish Film Festival Comes of Age
The 2011 Rochester Polish Film Festival will include six days of critically acclaimed Polish films at the Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. Sponsored by the University’s Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, the festival features eight full-length feature films, two director debuts, and four animated shorts and offers everything from comedy and romance to an action thriller.

Kafka Prize to Be Awarded to Linda LeGarde Grover
Each year the Susan B. Anthony Institute awards the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize to an American woman who has written the best book-length work of prose fiction. This year the institute will present the Kafka Prize to Linda LeGarde Grover for her short-story collection The Dance Boots. There will be a reading by the author followed by a book-signing and an hors d’oeuvres reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. It is free and open to the public. For more information, email

Spotlight on Diversity: Office for Faculty Development and Diversity
Meet the members of the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity and the Faculty Diversity Officers in this month’s Spotlight on Diversity, which may be printed and posted in offices or on bulletin boards. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity in @Rochester.

Registration Open for Kids’ Night Out
The University’s women’s basketball team will hold a Kids’ Night Out for children ages 5–13 on Saturday, Nov. 5. The even runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the Goergen Athletic Center, River Campus. The cost is $15 per child ($10 for each additional sibling) and activities will include arts and crafts, sports, games, and movies. Dinner and snacks will be provided at an additional $5 per child. To register or if you have any questions regarding the event, contact Melissa Kraft at or 275-9541. There will be limited registration on site on Nov. 5.

Primary Care Week Lecture Series Continues
Robert Fortuna, an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, presents “Academic Primary Care—Combining Clinical Practice, Teaching, and Research” from noon to 1 p.m. today in Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), Medical Center. Fortuna’s research focuses on in improving health care delivery, especially to young adults with chronic disease. Lunch will be provided at the talk. Part of Primary Care Week at the University.

Classical Indian Dance Workshop
A free Bharata Natyam Classical Indian Dance workshop with Parvatha Chidambaram, founder of Bharata School of Indian Dance and Music, is planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Spurrier Dance Studio, River Campus. Call 273-5150 for more information.

Oct. 27, 2011
Today’s Forecast:
Rain, High 42°
Partly Cloudy, High 48°

Today’s Event Highlight
Sustainability Seminar
12:30 p.m., Gowen Room, Wilson Commons.

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Rochester in the News
Batavia Daily News (Oct. 26)
YellowJackets Survive to Sing Another Week on Sing-Off
The YellowJackets narrowly avoided elimination during hip-hop night on NBC’s reality competition The Sing-Off. The YellowJackets, who have been largely praised through three previous performance rounds, were met with mixed responses for their performance Monday of Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On.” Read more...

U.S. News & World Report (Oct. 26)
Genes Could Highlight Plavix Users at Clot Risk after Stent
Scientists have identified mutations in three genes that make certain patients more likely to have a potentially fatal blood clot after undergoing heart stent placement. “This goes back to the idea of tailored medicine but [gene testing] is not feasible to do on everybody,” says John Gassler, associate professor of medicine at the Medical Center, who was not involved with the research. “This study is very strongly thought-provoking but I don’t think it can alter practice until it’s been evaluated [further].” Read more...

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
New York Regional Challenge
Oct. 28: 4 p.m. vs. SUNY Brockport; 8 p.m. vs St. Lawrence.
Oct. 29: 11 a.m. vs. Lycoming; 3 p.m. vs. RIT.

Swimming and Diving
Oct. 28: 6 p.m. vs. NYU/Case Western/Carnegie Mellon.
Oct. 29: 10 a.m. vs. NYU/Case Western/Carnegie Mellon.

Oct. 29: 12:30 p.m. vs. Alfred

Field Hockey
Oct. 29: 5 p.m. vs. SUNY Brockport.

Get the latest athletic news at the Rochester Athletics web site.

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