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@Rochester: Feb. 9, 2009

@Rochester: Feb. 9, 2009

Today's Forecast: Mostly Sunny, High 29°

Tomorrow: Cloudy, High 50°

In Today's Issue

  • Rapidly Evolving Gene Contributes to Origin of Species
  • Annual Honors Recognize Excellence and Dedication
  • Grant to Help Explore Why Lupus Therapies Work for Some, Not All
  • Renowned Soprano Tony Arnold in Residence at Eastman
  • Parents Give High Marks to Children's School
  • Tai Chi Class Builds Strength, Balance
  • Event Highlight: Retirement Program
  • Rochester in the News: Andrew Elliot on Color Psychology
  • In Higher Education: Downturn in Federal Research Spending

News and Announcements

Rapidly Evolving Gene Contributes to Origin of Species

A gene that helped one species split into two species shows evidence of adapting much faster than other genes in the genome, raising questions about what is driving its rapid evolution. A paper by Rochester biologists shows that the gene has connections to another previously identified "speciation gene." Read more...

Staff Awards: Annual Honors Recognize Excellence and Dedication

Catherine FarrellAccording to her colleagues and to the students in the International Theatre Program, Catherine Farrell is known for her warmth and ability to get things done. The administrative assistant juggles the intense demands of a stress-filled theatrical environment, handling everything from a constantly rotating roster of faculty, students, and artists to budgeting and production. Farrell was one of two people honored last year with a Witmer Award, given annually to honor exceptional service. Nominations are being accepted now for the 2009 Witmer and Meliora Awards. Access nomination materials online

Grant to Help Explore Why Lupus Therapies Work for Some, Not All

Bolstered by a five-year, $1.9 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health, Jennifer Anolik, assistant professor of medicine and of pathology and laboratory medicine, plans to probe why certain targeted therapies prove effective for some lupus patients, but not others. Read more...

Renowned Soprano Tony Arnold in Residence at Eastman

Soprano Tony Arnold, an internationally acclaimed interpreter of contemporary music, will be in residence at the Eastman School until April 2, coaching students, participating in symposiums, and singing with several Eastman ensembles. Read more...

Parents Give High Marks to Children's School

Creative Children's Learning Centers recently concluded its annual survey of the Children's School at URMC and found that 98 percent of families are satisfied to extremely satisfied with the center, with 95 percent likely to refer the center to a coworker or friend. Read more...

Tai Chi Class Builds Strength, Balance

The Fitness and Wellness Center at the Medical Center will offer a six-week Tai Chi course on Wednesday evenings from 5:15-6:15. Tai Chi helps to improve balance and increase range of motion, while reducing stress. The cost is $42 for non-members. 

Events

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Understanding the University's Retirement Program: Natapow Room (1-9545), Medical Center. 1 to 2 p.m.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar.

Rochester in the News

ABC News (Feb. 5)

"Blue the Hue of Creativity? Red for Detail?"

If the findings are right, the creativity discovery could be a big advance—no one's ever made such a link, said Andrew Elliot, professor of psychology and a leader in the field of color psychology. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Feb. 6)

"Downturn in Federal Research Spending"

New U.S. data show agencies' spending on R&D declined in 2008 and that funds for basic studies have fallen by average of nearly 2 percent a year since 2004. Read more...

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