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In Today’s Issue

  • Yeates Conwell Named to Innovation Program
  • Scholar Explores Cultural Legacy of Michael Jackson
  • Ortho Chair Addresses Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis
  • Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Staff Members Honored
  • Safety Corner: Winter Walking
  • Free Lasik Seminar Set for Saturday

News and Announcements

Yeates Conwell Named to Innovation Program
Yeates Conwell, professor of psychiatry at the Medical Center, has been selected for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Innovation Advisors Program. The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October, will help health professionals enhance skills that could drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs.

Scholar Explores Cultural Legacy of Michael Jackson
Controversy and scandal marred Michael Jackson's reputation as the most influential entertainer of all time, however a new book about the King of Pop is designed to change that. “I wanted to help shift the discussion back to what made him famous in the first place, which is his music,” says Joseph Vogel, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson.

Ortho Chair Addresses Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis
Regis O’Keefe, chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, discusses concerns regarding the use of bisphosphonates for patients with osteoporosis in this video. O’Keefe is part of an international task force advising the FDA on bisphosphonates and bone health.

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Staff Members Honored
Two members of the University’s Fraternity and Sorority Affairs unit, John DiSarro and Tara Leigh Sands, were honored during the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo., last month. DiSarro was given the 2011 Essentials Award for an article he wrote for an AFA e-newsletter, while Sands received a scholarship to cover the cost of attending the conference.

Safety Corner: Winter Walking
Winter walking falls often result in bruises, sprains, and broken bones. The University employs more than 20,000 staff, most of whom walk some distance to the building in which they work. The departments of Environmental Health & Safety and Horticulture & Grounds have joined forces to provide tips on winter walking safety and posters you can print and post in your work area.

Free Lasik Seminar Set for Saturday
Do you want to reduce your dependence on contacts or glasses in 2012? Attend a free Lasik seminar at the Flaum Eye Institute, 100 Meridian Center, on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9:30 am. Scott MacRae and the team will help you better understand how the procedure works and who is a good candidate for the procedure. Refreshments will be served. Call 273-2020 to make a reservation or register online.

Jan. 5, 2012
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Snow Showers, High 34°
AM Clouds, PM Sun, High 45°

Today’s Event Highlight
Eastman Community Music School Russian Friendship Concert
7:30 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School.

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Rochester in the News
Reuters (Jan. 3)
Real Estate Pros Find Hope, Hot Spots for 2012
Jed Kolko, chief economist at, a real estate search and research website, says he sees rising rents, a humble recovery in housing prices, and even some unexpected “hot” spots where he thinks price increases will exceed the average this year. When it comes to “smart cities,” real estate expert Dolores Conway, professor of real estate economics and statistics at the University, picked many of the same areas as Kolko. Read more... (Dec. 30)
High-Fat Diet Injures the Brain, Rodent Study Reveals
A new study suggests that a high-fat diet, followed for even a short time, injures the brain. The study was mostly done in rodents, cautions Stephen Hammes, chief endocrinologist at the Medical Center, who was not involved with the work. “We don’t know if humans respond the same way as rodents, but this study is still intriguing,” Hammes says. Read more...

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Jan. 8: 1 p.m., Princeton

Women’s Basketball
Jan. 10: 7 p.m., St. John Fisher

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

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