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@Rochester: Feb. 25, 2009

@Rochester: Feb. 25, 2009

Today's Forecast: Mostly Sunny, High 41°

Tomorrow: Cloudy, High 43°

In Today's Issue

  • Updated Formula Measures Kidney Function More Accurately
  • Squash Defeats Harvard to Finish Third at Nationals
  • Researchers Block Immune Cell Rush Behind Deadly Sepsis
  • Go Green Tip: Think Twice before Opening That Door
  • Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra Wins 'Best Big Band' Title
  • Clarification about Monday's Security Tip
  • Expert to Speak on Mathematics Education
  • Event Highlight: 'Curse of the Starving Class' Opens
  • Rochester in the News: Alice Quillen on New Model of Fast-Moving Stars, Homecoming for Paralyzed University Worker
  • In Higher Education: Beaker-Ready Projects? Colleges Have Quite a Few

News and Announcements

Updated Formula Measures Kidney Function More Accurately

A new formula to estimate kidney function, developed from a Medical Center study, could prove a valuable tool for adjusting fluids, antibiotics and chemotherapy and more accurately assessing kidney function in children battling chronic kidney disease. Read more...

Squash Defeats Harvard to Finish Third at Nationals

squash nationalsRochester's squash team took third place in the College Squash Association's national championship hosted by Princeton University. The Yellowjackets rolled to a 7-2 victory over Harvard on Feb. 22 in the third-place match of the Potter Cup. "Our goal was top four, but we thought we had a chance at three," says head coach Martin Heath. "To actually finish third, it's fantastic for the kids." The Yellowjackets ended the season at 12-6 and will finish with their highest-ever national ranking. (Pictured above is Jim Bristow '10 during Rochester's match against Princeton on Feb. 21. Credit: Debra Tessier.) Read more...

Researchers Block Immune Cell Rush Behind Deadly Sepsis

Researchers at the Medical Center have found a way to block the ability of white blood cells to sprint toward the sites of infection when such speed worsens the damage done by sepsis, an often fatal bacterial infection. Read more...

Go Green Tip: Think Twice before Opening That Door

go green logoFaculty and staff have been sending in their tips for how to reduce costs and save energy, including suggestions on how to walk in and out of University buildings. Did you know that using a revolving door rather than a standard swinging door can help conserve energy? Learn more about simple steps you can take to 'Go Green' today. Read more...

Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra Wins 'Best Big Band' Title

The Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, a 23-member ensemble of the Eastman Community Music School, won the Big Band Category in the first annual Charles Mingus High School Competition. Read more...

Clarification about Monday's Security Tip

Monday's "Security Tip of the Week" raised several questions about when VPN should be used.  Access to most library resources from off campus does not require VPN. Only for off-campus access to the library's Naxos and streamed media services is VPN required. Read more...

Expert to Speak on Mathematics Education

Edward Silver, a researcher who has extensively studied and written about the reform of mathematics education, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Sponsored by the Warner School, the talk, "Solving the 'Algebra for All' Problem: Constants, Variables, Inequalities, and Unknowns" is free and open to the public. Read more...

Events

Thursday, Feb. 26

Curse of the Starving Class: Todd Theatre. 7:45 p.m. Runs through March 7. Watch the trailer.

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

Rochester in the News

New Scientist (Feb. 23)

"Milky Way Still Reeling from Ancient Smash"

Alice Quillen, associate professor of physics and astronomy, says a new computer simulation of the distribution of velocities of billions of stars offers far more than previous models. Quillen is a coauthor of the research that contributes to a key debate in astronomy about the origin of these streams of fast-moving stars and their possible connection to a collision between our galaxy and another two billion years ago. Read more...

WROC-TV CBS 8 Rochester (Feb. 23)

"Homecoming for Paralyzed U of R Worker"

For Sam Roberts, his homecoming Monday was overwhelming. "Well you know mixed feelings being home.  I'm very excited, a little anxious at the same time, but it's definitely good to be back," says Roberts, a senior lab engineer who was seriously injured in August during an accident at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Read more...

In Higher Education

New York Times (Feb. 23)

"Beaker-Ready Projects? Colleges Have Quite a Few"

Colleges across the country have hundreds of projects in the sciences that could collectively cost tens of billions and begin within weeks. Read more...

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