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In Today’s Issue

  • Volcanic Plumbing Offers Clues on Eruptions, Earthquakes
  • Meds Ease Depression in Parkinson’s Patients
  • Eastman Hosts Master Class by Acclaimed Pianist
  • Video: The Science Behind Self-Control
  • Learn about Simon’s Medical Management Program
  • Radio Program Welcomes Jim Memmott
  • Deadline Nears for Creative Excellence Awards
  • Drug Discovery Is Topic of Seminar
  • Cardiology Spring Update Set for May 3
  • Biometric Screenings Continue Year Round
  • Golf League Starts April 23

News and Announcements

Volcanic Plumbing Offers Clues on Eruptions, Earthquakes
Two new studies into the “plumbing systems” that lie under volcanoes could bring scientists closer to understanding plate ruptures and predicting eruptions—both of which are important steps for protecting the public from earthquake and volcanic hazards. International teams of researchers, including two scientists from Rochester, have been studying the location and behavior of magma chambers on the Earth’s mid-ocean ridge system—a vast chain of volcanoes along which the Earth forms new crust.

Meds Ease Depression in Parkinson’s Patients
Today’s anti-depressant medications can ease depression in Parkinson’s patients without worsening other symptoms of the disease, according to a Rochester-led study published online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Eastman Hosts Master Class by Acclaimed Pianist
Renowned pianist Joseph Kalichstein, who won acclaim throughout the United States and Europe as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, will hold a master class at the Eastman School from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Hatch Recital Hall.

Video: The Science Behind Self-Control
Have you ever wondered why you can’t bring yourself to choose the foods that are healthy over the ones you know are unhealthy? Researchers are not only trying to find out why, but what parts of the brain govern behaviors of self-control and how we can work to improve them. Ben Hayden, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, offers his insights based upon his research and how it has the potential to apply not only to our choices in food, but also how it could help people overcome addiction and even problems like obsessive-compulsive disorder. Watch the video...

Learn about Simon’s Medical Management Program
The Simon School’s medical management program director will be onsite at Highland Hospital from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday April 18, in the first floor conference room. Stop by to learn about the part-time degree program and how to apply for admission and scholarship consideration.

Radio Program Welcomes Jim Memmott
Jim Memmott, adjunct assistant professor of English and columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle, is scheduled to be the featured guest between 2 and 3 p.m. on tomorrow’s Perspectives radio program on WXXI 1370AM. The show is hosted by Curt Smith, senior lecturer of English.

Deadline Nears for Creative Excellence Awards
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter the 2012 Creative Excellence Award Contest. Entries may be in any medium and should deal with issues of human values in health care. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 23. Submissions are limited to one per person and must be accompanied by a cover sheet provided by the Division of Medical Humanities. Previously published material is not eligible. Contact Andrea Ehmann at 275-5800, Box 676, Room 1-6321, or for more information, to request a cover sheet, or to submit your entries. The awards are sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Cluster for Human Values in Health Care and the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Palliative Care.

Drug Discovery Is Topic of Seminar
“Deeper Insights—Better Prediction of Drug Safety and Efficacy,” A GE Healthcare seminar, is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in conference room K-207 (2-6408) at the Medical Center. The morning session will cover the kinetics of binding and the afternoon session will cover high-content cellular analysis. Sponsored by URSMD Core Facilities. The first 30 attendees to arrive will receive a box lunch. To RSVP or for more information, contact or 1-800-526-0139.

Cardiology Spring Update Set for May 3
The 25th annual Cardiology Spring Update, “Celebrating Success in Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes: Advances in Diagnosis and Therapy,” on Thursday, May 3, will provide health care professionals with information and updates around advances in the field of cardiology. This year’s keynote speaker is Prem Soman, director of nuclear cardiology research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who will discuss current understanding of imaging guided therapy in heart disease. For more information, click on the conference link at

Biometric Screenings Continue Year Round
April biometric screening clinics are scheduled on the River Campus, at the School Of Nursing Passport Health office, as well as at many Medical Center locations. In addition, clinics will be held the next three Saturdays in the Medical Center. Check the online eHealth schedule for a clinic near you and to schedule an appointment. All faculty and staff are invited to have a screening, sponsored by Well-U, and to complete a Personal Health Assessment (PHA) at the Well-U website. Walk ins are welcome. Employees and their spouses or domestic partners who are enrolled in University health care plans are eligible for the $100 incentive for completing the PHA. Recently hired employees, who have been working at the University more than 30 days, and have joined a University health plan are also eligible for the incentive.

Golf League Starts April 23
The Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center is sponsoring an 18-week golf league that plays at Genesee Valley Park after work (5:30 p.m.) on Mondays, starting April 23. The cost is $256. Call 275-1442 or click here for more information.

April 13, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Sunny, High 60°
PM Showers, High 65°

Weekend Event Highlight
Skalny Recital: Filip Blachnio
Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m., Strong Auditorium, River Campus. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
CBS News (April 10)
Homophobia May Reveal Denial of Own Same-Sex Attraction, Study Suggests
A new study suggests that people who repress their own sexual attraction to the same sex are more likely to express hostility towards gays. “In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward," study coauthor Richard Ryan, professor of psychology, says. Also reported by Discovery News, Scientific American, the New Zealand Herald, Chicago Pride, and more.

Democrat and Chronicle (April 11)
Strong Implants Artificial Hart into Ex-Rochester American
Successful implantation of an artificial heart by surgeons at the Medical Center is expected to give area patients with advanced heart failure another option as they await transplant. In a nearly four-hour surgery April 4, a team implanted the device in former Rochester Americans star Gates Orlando, who has a rare form of heart disease. Also reported by the Rochester Business Journal, WROC-TV, WHAM 1180, 13WHAM-TV, WHEC-TV, and

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