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In Today’s Issue

  • When the Going Gets Tough, the Ads Get Tougher
  • Eastman Professor Featured on Radio Programs
  • Scientist Ned Ballatori Dies at Age 54
  • Professor Honored for Inspiring Student Project
  • New Year, Healthy You: Get Screened and Get $125

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Ads Get Tougher
When it comes to political advertising, the more campaigns spend and the more knowledge voters have, the more negative the advertising, according to a recent study coauthored by Mitchell Lovett, assistant professor of marketing at the Simon School, and Ron Shachar of Tel Aviv University and New York University.

Eastman Professor Featured on Radio Programs
James VanDemark, professor of double bass at the Eastman School, is scheduled to discuss the program he launched—in which Eastman students get weekly boxing conditioning sessions to build up their stamina, strength, and energy, to boost their musical performance—on two radio programs this week. VanDemark will be interviewed live on “Q with Jian Ghomeshi” on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. today. In addition, John Schaefer from “Soundcheck” will interview VanDemark at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, on WNYC FM. Follow the links above to listen online.

Scientist Ned Ballatori Dies at Age 54
Nazzareno (Ned) Ballatori, a scientist who helped build the Environmental Medicine program at the Medical Center into an internationally acclaimed program, died Dec. 25 of cancer. Ballatori, professor of environmental medicine, was 54. University flags will be lowered Jan. 11 in his honor.

Professor Honored for Inspiring Student Project
Susan McDaniel, the Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families and Health, will receive a 2011 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. The award of $25,000 recognizes educators in psychology, medicine, and law who have inspired a student or students to create an organization that has demonstrably benefited the community at large.

New Year, Healthy You: Get Screened and Get $125
For the third year, the University invites faculty and staff to stay healthy and fit with the help of the annual Personal Health Assessment. Available to all regular full-time and part-time faculty and staff, non-Medicare-eligible retirees enrolled in a University Health Care Plan, as well as spouses enrolled in a University Health Care Plan, the online survey tool gauges your current level of health and wellness via a series of lifestyle questions. Prior to completing the survey, employees, retirees, and their spouses eligible for the assessment should receive a free biometric screening, which provides blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol level readings. A clinic schedule is available here. The University offers $125 to those who complete the assessment by March 31.

Jan. 4, 2012
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Snow Showers, High 32°
Snow Showers, High 35
Today’s Event Highlight
Extreme Materials 2
Memorial Art Gallery.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (Jan. 1)
UR and RIT in Expansion Mode; Other Schools Beef Up Recruitment
The University of Rochester, the largest employer in the region, is moving ahead with plans for College Town. The privately funded $140 million project could get the final OK in 2012.

Democrat & Chronicle (Jan. 1)
In 2012, Region’s Economy Will Continue to Outperform
"We have reason to be cautiously optimistic about 2012 in the Rochester/Finger Lakes area. Our job growth is the envy of the rest of the state, though, as University of Rochester President Joel Seligman said recently, ‘It's not where we want to be.’”

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