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In Today’s Issue

  • $2.6M Grant to Help Young Smokers Quit
  • Curtis Haas Chosen to Lead National Pharmacy Group
  • Women’s Basketball Team Wins Wendy’s Classic
  • Flags Lowered to Honor James Garbern
  • Tips to Avoid the 12 Scams of Christmas
  • Computer Sales: Holiday Financing Available
  • Drive Collects Coats, Winter Items for Refugees

News and Announcements

$2.6 Million Grant to Help Young Smokers Quit
Researchers at the Wilmot Cancer Center and the Medical Center are using a National Cancer Institute grant to find effective ways to help young smokers quit. They have been awarded a $2.6 million, five-year grant entitled “Web Assisted Tobacco Intervention with Community Colleges.” Funding began this fall and will continue through June 2016.

Curtis Haas Chosen to Lead National Pharmacy Group
Curtis Haas, pharmacy director for the Medical Center, was selected as president-elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and will advance to the office of president in October 2012.

Women’s Basketball Team Wins Wendy’s Classic
Loren Wagner and Danielle McNabb scored four points each in a game-ending 14-2 run as Rochester defeated Roberts Wesleyan, 56-44, Saturday in the Wendy’s Classic championship game. It is Rochester’s seventh straight Wendy’s Classic Championship and its ninth title in the last 10 years. The Rochester men’s basketball team was able to shoot its way to 3rd place in the Wendy’s Classic after defeating Brockport 83-70 Saturday at RIT.

Flags Lowered to Honor James Garbern
University flags are lowered today in memory of James Garbern, a professor of neurology, who died Nov. 10 at age 58 after a battle with cancer.

Tips to Avoid the 12 Scams of Christmas
’Tis the season for consumers to spend more time online—shopping for gifts, looking for holiday deals on new digital gadgets, e-planning family get-togethers—and using online or mobile banking to make sure they can afford it all. But before logging on from a computer or mobile device, consumers should look out for the “12 Scams of Christmas,” the dozen most dangerous online scams this holiday season. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Computer Sales: Holiday Financing Available
University IT Computer Sales is partnering with Advantage Federal Credit Union to offer financing on personal purchases. The program features fast approval, low rates, no payments for 90 days, and a direct deposit payment option (setup through Advantage). Visit University IT Computer Sales on the web or stop by their retail locations in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library for details.

Drive Collects Coats, Winter Items for Refugees
The Refugee Student Alliance and Physicians for Human Rights are hosting a Coat Drive from Oct. 15 to Dec 15. The groups are collecting new or gently used coats, gloves, scarves, hats, sweaters, and winter boots. Items will be donated to Saint’s Place and Mary’s Place, not-for-profit organizations that distribute items to former refugees arriving to Rochester. Email for a list of drop-off locations on the River Campus or for locations at Strong and affiliated sites.
Dec. 5, 2011
Chance Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Light Rain, High 47°
AM Showers, High 37°

Today’s Event Highlight
Engineering and Entrepreneurship Master's Degree Information Session
4 p.m., Carol Simon Hall 1-211,

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Rochester in the News
PBS NewsHour (Dec. 1)
An Illustrated History of AIDS
Edward Atwater’s collection of AIDS awareness posters grew to more than 6,000 posters from 125 countries—the largest collection of its kind in the world. “We tried to use them for the purpose they were intended,” Atwater said. They’ve been displayed at numerous libraries and museums, and now, Atwater donated them to the University of Rochester, where he practiced medicine. Read more...

Scientific American (Dec. 1)
How a Computer Game is Reinventing the Science of Expertise
In the last decade some experiments have begun to suggest that video games indeed teach transferable skills. Cognitive scientist Daphne Bavelier at the University of Rochester and her colleagues have used video games to investigate what kinds of learning humans are good at, and along the way they’ve turned up some promising, if modest, examples of brain training. Read more...

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