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In Today’s Issue

  • President: ‘Disappointed’ by Professor’s Comments
  • Researchers Create New Way to Study Liver Cancer
  • Rap Video Introduces Prospective Students to Rochester
  • Arranged Marriage Goes Awry in The Bartered Bride
  • Go Green: Introducing GreenSpace
  • Women’s History Month Film Series Starts Tonight
  • Lecture: Patenting Biomarkers and Diagnostic Methods
  • Pickleball League Planned

News and Announcements

President: ‘Disappointed’ by Professor’s Comments
“I was deeply disappointed to read UR Professor Steve Landsburg’s recent blogs praising Rush Limbaugh for a ‘spot-on analogy’ with respect to his offensive remarks about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke,” President Joel Seligman writes in a message to the University community.

Researchers Create New Way to Study Liver Cancer
Researchers at the Wilmot Cancer Center have made significant strides in the study of a primary cancer of the liver also called biliary tract cancer. The team of researchers from the Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School developed the first genetically engineered mouse model of the disease that they hope will provide a valuable new tool in further research.
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Rap Video Introduces Prospective Students to Rochester
The latest video created by the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid gives prospective students facts and figures about the University with a hip hop twist.

Arranged Marriage Goes Awry in The Bartered Bride
Eastman Opera Theatre presents the Czech national opera The Bartered Bride at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 1, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Go Green: Introducing GreenSpace

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GreenSpace is the University’s first special interest housing group for students who wish to live a sustainable lifestyle. In addition to raising awareness for environmental issues on campus, the group’s members aim to learn from each other and to build a more sustainable community together. Read more...

Women’s History Month Film Series Starts Tonight
The Women’s History Month Film Series kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with a free screening of !Women, Art Revolution in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. The film details major developments in women’s art during the 1970s. The series is presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies and the Little Theatre. Email or visit the SBAI website for more information. Part of Women’s History Month at the University.

Lecture: Patenting Biomarkers and Diagnostic Methods
Neil Shull, associate in the biotechnology/chemical practice group at Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox, will present a free talk, “Patenting Biomarkers and Diagnostic Methods,” at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425 and 1-2495) at the Medical Center. The talk, which will examine strategies to improve successful outcomes at the patent office, is part of the FIRE Lecture Series. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Register at 784-8856 or email David Englert.

Pickleball League Planned
Pickleball is like a full-scale version of ping pong that is gaining popularity. The Fitness & Wellness Center at the Medical Center will be starting a league in April on Tuesday evenings. You don’t need a team to join the league. The league will have an introductory rate of $13 for non-members for eight weeks.

March 7, 2012
Partly Cloudy

Today’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 60°
Thundershowers, High 55°
Today’s Event Highlight
World Music Series: Martin Hayes, Violin, and Dennis Cahill, Guitar
8 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman Theatre.

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Rochester in the News
The Wall Street Journal (March 6)
When Gaming Is Good for You
A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making, and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability. The violent action games that often worry parents most had the strongest beneficial effect on the brain. “These are not the games you would think are mind-enhancing,” said cognitive neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences. Also reported by Fox News and Yahoo! News.

Democrat & Chronicle (March 6)
Grant Will Help UR Assess Impact of Waterfront Development on Health
Environmental issues have a big impact on health, but in both the public and private sectors they are often given short shrift. So says Katrina Smith Korfmacher, associate professor of environmental medicine.
But a $124,940 grant will help Korfmacher, along with a team from UR’s Environmental Health Sciences Center, to give health issues more prominence in the city of Rochester’s waterfront revitalization program.
“Our waterfront is one of our best resources and if we can develop it in a way that promotes healthy living, Rochester will be a better place to live,” Korfmacher said. Also reported by the Rochester Business Journal, WROC-TV, and 13WHAM-TV.

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