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In Today’s Issue

  • Routine Hits in School Sports May Cause Brain Injury
  • New Sources for Accumulated Dust on Chinese Plateau
  • Researchers to Give Pain Clinical Trials a Makeover
  • Lecture Covers Photojournalism and Human Rights
  • University Mourns Loss of Valentine Bergmanis
  • Best-Selling Author to Give Nursing Lecture
  • Evaluating an Entrepreneurial Opportunity Is Luncheon Topic
  • Absolutely Abby Job Search Teleseries Returns
  • University IT Computer Sales Hosts Technology Day
  • Medical Informatics Degree Information Session

News and Announcements

Routine Hits in School Sports May Cause Brain Injury
The brain scans of high school football and hockey players showed subtle injury—even if they did not suffer a concussion—after taking routine hits to the head during the normal course of play, according to a Medical Center study.

New Sources for Accumulated Dust on Chinese Plateau
Geologists have long thought the loess—or fine silt—that accumulated on the Chinese Loess Plateau was carried on winds from desert regions to the northwest over the past 2.6 million years. New research from a team of geologists led by Rochester indicates the loess may actually have come from due west, which would change conventional thinking about wind patterns during that period.

Researchers to Give Pain Clinical Trials a Makeover
With up to $4.5 million in funding from the Food and Drug Administration over the next five years, researchers at the Medical Center will study different approaches to improve the methods used to evaluate and approve new, safe, and effective treatments for the more than 76 million Americans with acute and chronic pain.

Lecture Covers Photojournalism and Human Rights
Susie Linfield, author of The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence, professor of journalism at New York University, and former arts editor of the Washington Post, will deliver the final Neilly Lecture for 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. She is also scheduled to be interviewed by Bob Smith on WXXI’s 1370 Connection at noon today. Listen online.

University Mourns Loss of Valentine Bergmanis
The University mourns the loss of Valentine Bergmanis, a Payroll and Employee Records Center assistant in the payroll department, who died Nov. 9 at age 85. Bergmanis, who lived in Rochester, joined the University in 1957. Read her obituary from the Democrat & Chronicle here.

Best-Selling Author to Give Nursing Lecture
In honor of National Nurse Practitioner Week, Lynda Carpenito-Moyet, author of best-selling texts on nursing diagnosis and care plans, will give the sixth annual Margaret D. Sovie Center of Advanced Practice Colloquium Lecture. Carpenito-Moyet will present “Advanced Practice Nursing: Nirvana or Torment”  at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Loretta Ford Auditorium at the School of Nursing.

Evaluating an Entrepreneurial Opportunity Is Luncheon Topic
Warner School Dean Raffaella Borasi will present an evaluation tool that provides framework for evaluating initiatives, including strategic planning processes, during the the Warner School Professional Development luncheon at noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Dewey Hall B-315. RSVP to The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Absolutely Abby Job Search Teleseries Returns
The Office of Alumni Relations announces the continuation and expansion of its partnership with the “Absolutely Abby: Job Search Success” series, aimed at tackling job-search dilemmas. Host Abby Kohut ’88 won praise from alumni during her winter series, so Alumni Relations asked Kohut to design a new series for those who graduated in the past six years. The four-part series, which starts Wednesday, Nov. 16, is tailored specifically for new job hunters, current graduate students, and those already looking for their second or third job. Click here for more information or to register for the series.

University IT Computer Sales Hosts Technology Day
University IT Computer Sales hosts a Technology Day in Flaum Atrium at the Medical Center today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives from companies such as Apple, Dell, Lenovo, Verizon, and AT&T will be on hand to demonstrate the latest products and discuss services provided to the University community. Computer Sales will also be offering one-day specials on select items. Advantage Credit Union will be available to provide on-the-spot financing for qualified buyers. For more information, visit or contact the Computer Store in the Medical Center (G-7220B) at 275-8353.

Medical Informatics Degree Information Session
Learn more about a new MS degree program in Medical Informatics offered jointly by Rochester Institute of Technology and the School of Medicine and Dentistry at a 6 p.m. information session tonight in the K-207 Auditorium (2-6408) at the Medical Center. Students can matriculate at either institution but will attend classes at both campuses. The program is based on in‐class instruction and is designed to train health care or computing professionals in the design, creation, management, and research aspects of advanced health information technology. Register here.

Nov. 15, 2011
Partly Cloudy
Today’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 57°
AM Showers, High 50°
Today’s Event Highlight
Lecture and Demonstration with Garth Fagan
4 p.m., Spurrier Dance Studio, River Campus.

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Rochester in the News
CNN (Nov. 11)
When Does Spanking Become Abuse?
“As the director of a leading research center on child abuse, I have seen all too often that what a parent considers legitimate discipline can quickly deteriorate into violence fueled by anger,” writes Sheree Toth, executive director of the Mt. Hope Family Center and an associate professor of clinical and social sciences in psychology. Read more...

Wall Street Journal (Nov. 12)
Why Munis are Worth a Look
Municipal bonds faced two key tests this past week—and came out looking sturdy. The key, of course, is picking the right bonds. Some municipalities face budget shortages in the near-term. Others assume unrealistically high returns in pension accounts for their workers, a tactic that lets them set aside less money today but could leave them short years from now, says Robert Novy-Marx, an assistant professor of finance at the Simon School. Read more...

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