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In Today’s Issue

  • Clinical Trial Tests New Regimen for Hypertension
  • Celebrate Dandelion Day Today
  • Water Main Break Impacts Section of Park Lot
  • Medical Center Honored for Hypertension Care
  • Physician’s Mindfulness Skills Can Improve Care
  • Monday Is Deadline for Drug Discovery Pilot Award
  • Video: Communal Principles Project Promotes Respect
  • Nanomaterials Symposium Covers Renewable Energy
  • Workshop Explores Genetic Database

News and Announcements

Clinical Trial Tests New Regimen for Hypertension
Medical Center researchers are testing whether different doses of an established blood pressure medication can provide the same benefits as a standard dose in people with mild hypertension, possibly with fewer side effects and at a lower cost. The newly launched clinical trial, funded with a $1.9 million grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, is the first of its kind in the United States.

Celebrate Dandelion Day Today
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to share in the food, fun, and entertainment of Dandelion Day, a University tradition for 60 years. Bands begin playing at 2 p.m. on the Wilson Quadrangle. Gather for low-cost beverages and snacks at the Dandelion Day Lounge on the Wilson Quad from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The Campus Activities Board and the College orchestrated the day. For a full list of activities, visit

Water Main Break Impacts Section of Park Lot
An area in Park Lot is blocked off today as the City of Rochester Water Bureau repairs a water main break that occurred yesterday morning. The impacted area is just south of the line dividing Zone 2 and Zone 3 parking areas. Facilities and Services advises drivers and pedestrians to stay away from the construction area while repair work is completed. Contact Dan Morphy, distributed utilities manager, at 275-5263 with any questions.

Medical Center Honored for Hypertension Care
The Medical Center is first in the nation to earn top-tier recognition for its evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of high blood pressure from the American Society of Hypertension.

Physician’s Mindfulness Skills Can Improve Care
Training physicians in mindfulness meditation and communication skills can improve the quality of primary care for both practitioners and their patients, Medical Center researchers report in a study published online this week in the journal Academic Medicine.

Monday Is Deadline for Drug Discovery Pilot Award
The deadline for submitting full applications for consideration for funding from the Drug Discovery Pilot Award Program is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30. The program is a collaboration between the Medical Center and the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research at Temple University. The first phase, conducted at Rochester, will fund early exploratory studies with grants ranging between $4,000 and $8,000. For more information about the Drug Discovery Pilot Award Program and submission criteria and guidelines, visit

Video: Communal Principles Project Promotes Respect
The Communal Principles Project is an initiative at the College designed to promote the principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility. This year, students were encouraged to apply for grant funding to develop a program or activity that promotes the principle of respect. Watch the video...

Nanomaterials Symposium Covers Renewable Energy
The Rochester Advanced Materials Program is hosting Nanomaterials Symposium 2012, “Frontiers in Materials Science for the 21st Century—Materials and Processes for Renewable Energy,” Monday, May 21, in Goergen Hall. Registration is now open for the symposium and the posters submission deadline is Monday, May 14.

Workshop Explores Genetic Database
Miner Library and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute present a May 7 workshop on “Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man” through the Molecular Biology Information Support Service. The workshop describes the use of the NCBI database Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man, a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. The free class runs from 1 to 1:55 p.m. in the Nesbit Computer Classroom (G-7545) in the Medical Center. Registration is required. Contact Mark Plessinger at 275-6413 or for more information.

April 27, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
The Observation Deck: The Annual Undergraduate Exhibition
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
WHEC-TV (April 25)
From the Links to Center Stage
“He's a great golfer and was on the path to become a professional but a student at the Eastman School of Music is now on par following a different dream. His name is Sterling Tyler and he is being honored in recital this Sunday.”

Rochester Business Journal (April 25)
URMC to Open Women’s Health Center
The Medical Center will celebrate the opening of its Women’s Health Center at Lattimore on April 30 with a ribbon-cutting and tours for invited guests.

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