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In Today’s Issue

  • Your Brain on Big Bird
  • Research Pinpoints Cognitive Problems with Menopause
  • Study Shows that Space Travel Is Harmful to the Brain
  • Prenatal Exposure to Fish Benefits Child Development
  • Radiologist George Holland Dies
  • Applications Sought for Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards
  • Warner School Admissions Event at the Medical Center
  • January Is Data Privacy Month
  • University Employees Offered Free Massage
  • Yoga and Zumba Classes Available at Medical Center
  • Dining Facilities Operating Schedule
  • WalkingWorks Competition Kicks Off Today

News and Announcements

Your Brain on Big Bird
Using brain scans of children and adults watching Sesame Street, cognitive scientists at the University are learning how children’s brains change as they develop intellectual abilities like reading and math. Reported by Time, the Daily Mail, Yahoo! India News, and others.

Research Pinpoints Cognitive Problems with Menopause
The memory problems that many women experience in their 40s and 50s as they approach and go through menopause are both real and appear to be most acute during the early period after menopause, according to a new study led by Medical Center researchers. Reported by the Daily Mail, MSN, Science Daily, and others.

Study Shows that Space Travel Is Harmful to the Brain
A new Medical Center study shows that cosmic radiation—which would bombard astronauts on deep space missions to places like Mars—could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Reported by ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC, and others.

Prenatal Exposure to Fish Benefits Child Development
A Medical Center study adds to the growing scientific evidence that when expecting mothers eat fish often, they are giving their future children a boost in brain development even though they are exposing their children to a neurotoxin present in fish. Read more...

Radiologist George Holland Dies
George Holland, an expert in magnetic resonance imaging and minimally invasive treatment of solid organ tumors, died suddenly on Jan. 1 while on vacation in Puerto Rico. Holland was an associate professor of imaging sciences at the Medical Center. University flags will be lowered in his honor Jan. 15. Read more...

Applications Sought for Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards
A revised Request for Proposal and simplified application are available to faculty for the 2013 Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards. The deadline for submission is March 4.

Warner School Admissions Event at the Medical Center
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Warner School Admissions staff will be available to talk with interested employees about master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs in health professions education, counseling, human development, teaching and curriculum, and educational leadership. Stop by Flaum Atrium between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. to learn more.

January Is Data Privacy Month
University IT reminds you to keep any private information that you have access to from being shared with others—including information shared in the hallway, over lunch, or through social media. Posters that help promote the idea are available online. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

University Employees Offered Free Massage
University employees can sign up for a free 10-minute massage on Thursday, Jan. 10, in ACF-B (2-1318) at the Medical Center. The service is sponsored by Well-U in partnership with Blanchard Chiropractic. Registration will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Well-U will contact enrolled employees to schedule an appointment time. Massages are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is limited.

Yoga and Zumba Classes Available at Medical Center
Want to get in better shape in 2013? There are a few classes left in this session of the yoga and Zumba classes offered at the URMC Fitness and Wellness Center. Participation is free and employees do not need to be a member of the Fitness Center to join. Yoga classes are held on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and a Zumba class is held Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Yoga class participants are strongly encouraged to bring a yoga mat. Enroll online.

Dining Facilities Operation Schedule
The hours of operation at University dining facilities for the remainder of winter break are available online.

WalkingWorks Competition Kicks Off Today
Register with the University team for a 6-week exercise competition with Excellus, Highland Hospital, Rochester General Health System, and Unity Health System. The WalkingWorks competition starts today. Prizes will be raffled off each week for participants. Prizes include an iPad Mini, iPod Touches, iPod Nano, Nike FuelBand, Wii and WiiFit, gift certificates to Fleet Feet Sports and the Spa at the Del Monte, and more. Prizes are subject to tax. Direct questions to

Jan. 7, 2013
Today’s Forecast:
AM Snow, High 32°
Partly Cloudy, High 39°

The Week Ahead
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Health Bites: New Year, New Beginnings—Surviving after Divorce, noon, 3-6408 (K-307), Medical Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

Recent Works by Phillia C. Yi, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Gallery at the Art & Music Library, Rush Rhees Library.

Thursday, Jan. 10
Changing Hands Poetry Reading, 7 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery.

Friday, Jan. 11
Basketball vs. University of Chicago, women’s team plays at 6 p.m.; men’s team plays at 8 p.m.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Jan. 2)
George Eastman House Takes Steps to Preserve Daguerrotypes
“I was taken by the power of the images offered by the daguerreotype, by the potential of nanoscience being involved, and by the tragic degradation that was being observed,” says Nick Bigelow, the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Physics and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Bigelow helped the University secure a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to work with the Eastman House in doing research about the daguerreotypes.

Democrat and Chronicle (Jan. 2)
UR Scientist Investigates the Brain
Ben Hayden, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, is studying how humans make choices and take risks. His work could be helpful in treating drug addiction, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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