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In Today’s Issue

  • Study: Twitter May Predict Influence of Lifestyle on Health
  • Using Electronic Medical Records to Advance Research
  • Event Celebrates the Arts at the University
  • Grant to Provide Treatment for Kids Exposed to Trauma
  • Eastman School Hosts Composer David Crumb
  • Celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday on Friday
  • Ophthalmology Conference Set for March 15–16
  • Tips for Creating Attack-Resistant Computers
  • Latest UR Green News Available

News and Announcements

Study: Twitter May Predict Influence of Lifestyle on Health
University researchers showed last year how Twitter can be used to predict how likely it is for a Twitter user to become sick. They have now used Twitter to model how other factors—social status, exposure to pollution, interpersonal interaction, and others—influence health. Read more...

Using Electronic Medical Records to Advance Research
While testing a drug that could someday slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, Medical Center researchers are also helping create an electronic data network to enhance New York’s growing biotechnology sector. Read more...

Event Celebrates the Arts at the University
Students, faculty, and staff will come together on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb 16, to celebrate the Day of the Arts. The two-day series of events combines dance, music, theater, art, and culture to bring awareness to the many artistic disciplines housed across the University. Read more...

Grant to Provide Treatment for Kids Exposed to Trauma
The University’s Mt. Hope Family Center has been awarded a $399,996 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide treatment for children from civilian and military families who have been exposed to trauma, including domestic violence. Read more...

Eastman School Hosts Composer David Crumb
Highly recognized composer David Crumb ’85 will be a guest composer at the Eastman School this month to hear his works performed by Eastman musicians and to meet with composition students. Read more...

Celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday on Friday
The Susan B. Anthony Institute and friends will visit Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery on Friday, Feb. 15, to lay yellow roses, the symbol of suffrage, on her grave. Students chose Eleana Kim, assistant professor of anthropology, to give a brief statement before placing the roses on the grave. RSVP to by Feb. 12. Rides to the cemetery are available. The group will leave the River Campus for the cemetery at 10 a.m. and will meet at the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, around 11 a.m. for cake and a talk by Angela Clark-Taylor and Lori Birrell, cocurators of A Citizen's Right to Vote: United States vs. Susan B. Anthony

Ophthalmology Conference Set for March 15–16
The 58th annual Rochester Ophthalmology Conference is scheduled for March 15-16 at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Individual sessions and corresponding topics have will provide professionals with the latest information affecting the practice of ophthalmology. Hosted by the Center for Experiential Learning. Registration and more information is available online.

Tips for Creating Attack-Resistant Computers
An up-to-date, properly configured computer is the best way to keep your computer safe from viruses and attacks, according to University IT. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Latest UR Green News Available
UR Green News is a biweekly newsletter about sustainability and the environment at the University. Learn about the newest green initiatives on campus, achievements in sustainability, and the people who are contributing to the change. For more information or to send news and story ideas, contact

Feb. 11, 2013
Today’s Forecast:
Rain/Wind, High 43°
Snow Showers, High 34°

The Week Ahead
Monday, Feb. 11
Musica Nova, 8 p.m., Kilbourn Hall. Eastman School.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
For Inventors, Researchers, Entrepreneurs (F.I.R.E.) Seminar, noon, Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425 and 1-9425), Medical Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Medical Humanities Conference, noon, K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center.

Thursday, Feb. 14
Understanding the University Retirement Program, noon, Saunders Research Building 4414, Medical Center.

Friday, Feb. 15
Cinema Group Film: The Princess Bride (1987), 7 p.m., Hoyt Auditorium, River Campus.

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Rochester in the News
BBC Radio (Feb. 8)
Skin May Restore Diseased MS Brain
A team of scientists at the Medical Center used advances in stem-cell research to attempt to repair the myelin. Steven Goldman, the Edward A. and Alma Vollertsen Rykenboer Chair in Neurophysiology and professor of neurology, told the BBC that "myelin was produced throughout the nervous system" and some mice had achieved "normal life spans."

Democrat and Chronicle (Feb. 8)
Coaches Balance Work, Family
Coaching practice at seven months pregnant, University of Rochester women’s basketball assistant Gabrielle Coffey is starting to look like she’s hiding the game ball under her shirt. She and her husband, Sean, the recruiting coordinator for the St. John Fisher men’s basketball team, are expecting their first child soon: a baby girl due March 27.

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