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In Today’s Issue

  • ‘Couch Potato Pill’ Might Stop Heat Stroke Too
  • 2012 Diversity Conference Call for Proposals
  • Flags Lowered to Honor Robert Ader
  • Last Week to See Extreme Materials 2
  • Regional Business Plan Contest Seeks Applicants
  • Class: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

News and Announcements

‘Couch Potato Pill’ Might Stop Heat Stroke Too
Medical Center scientists have discovered what they believe is one of the first drugs to combat heat stroke. AICAR—an experimental therapy once dubbed the “couch potato pill” for its ability to mimic the effects of exercise in sedentary mice—protected animals genetically predisposed to the disorder and may hold promise for the treatment of people with enhanced susceptibility to heat-induced sudden death.

2012 Diversity Conference Call for Proposals
Members of the University community are invited to submit proposals for workshops and poster sessions at the third annual diversity conference, Change the Conversation, scheduled for Friday, April 20. Submissions may come from faculty, students, staff, groups, or teams that are members of the University community and can showcase best practices, curriculum models, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to diversity and inclusion.

Flags Lowered to Honor Robert Ader
University flags will be flown at half staff today in memory of Robert Ader, professor emeritus of psychiatry, who died Dec. 20. Ader, 79, was a founder of psychoneuroimmunology, a field that investigates links between the mind and the body’s immune system.

Last Week to See Extreme Materials 2
Extreme Materials 2, on view through Jan. 15 at the Memorial Art Gallery, showcases such spectacular works as a room-sized installation created from preserved insects, a “tunnel” constructed from thousands of bars of Neutrogena soap, and a Byzantine mosaic recreated with breakfast cereal.

Regional Business Plan Contest Seeks Applicants
The 2012 Rochester Regional Business Plan Contest encourages entrepreneurship and recognizes new, high-growth ventures in the greater Rochester region. This year’s contest, organized by High Tech Rochester and sponsored by the Simon School along with other local colleges and organizations, offers four workshops and culminates in the awarding of up to $50,000 in cash and prizes on April 19. Register online through Friday, Feb. 17. The application fee for the workshops and contest is $150 per company or $100 to attend just the four workshops. The Center for Entrepreneurship is offering to pay the registration fee for promising business plans written by University student teams. Submit executive summaries to by Monday, Feb. 5, for consideration.

Class: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
Well-U is hosting a class on Breastfeeding and Returning to Work for University employees from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Lund Room (3-3211), Medical Center. The class aims to promote confidence among women who decide to continue breastfeeding upon returning to work after having a baby. A tour of the employee pumping place will be included. Register online.

Jan. 10, 2012
Partly Cloudy
Today’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 38°
Mostly Sunny, High 49°

Today’s Event Highlight
Women's Basketball vs. St. John Fisher
7 p.m., Palestra, Goergen Athletic Center.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (Jan. 7)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Announce $100M for Interstate 390 in Rochester
Rochester leaders on Friday hailed a pending announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fund a $100 million upgrade to Interstate 390 in the city, calling it a transformative project that will bolster the region's economy. The Interstate 390 project has been on the drawing board for years but has struggled to secure state and federal funding. The project has been viewed as critical to providing better access to the city's largest employer, the University of Rochester, as well as the nearby Monroe Community College, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Also reported by 13WHAM-TV, WHEC-TV, WROC-TV, YNN, Rochester Business Journal, and more.

NPR (Jan. 6)
A Digital Death? Why Kodak Stopped Clicking
Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School, says selling patents is an effort to raise the cash it needs to keep going. But he says the company doesn’t have a lot of time left. “It’ll give them a year or two,” Zupan says. “The fundamental thing, though, is creating product lines that generate sustainable economic growth, and so far they haven't been able to do that at a rate that compensates for how quickly the traditional film business has been declining.”

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