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@Rochester: Feb. 27, 2009

@Rochester: Feb. 27, 2009

Today's Forecast: Rain/Wind, High 48°

Tomorrow: AM Snow Showers, High 26°

In Today's Issue

  • Drug Improves Mobility for Some MS Patients
  • Scientists Discover Why Teeth Form in a Single Row
  • 'Dark Cells' of Living Retina Imaged for the First Time
  • A Worm-and-Mouse Tale: B Cells Deserve More Respect
  • School of Nursing's NIH Funding Soars
  • Group Aims to Build Effective Communication Skills
  • Event Highlight: Wind Symphony Concert
  • Rochester in the News: President Seligman on Alleged Ponzi Schemes; Hani Rashid on Spa Nephrectomy Surgeries
  • Inside Higher Education: Some Colleges Offering Degrees in Three Years

News and Announcements

Drug Improves Mobility for Some MS Patients

The experimental drug fampridine improves walking ability in some individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). That is the conclusion of a multi-center Phase 3 clinical trial led by neurologist Andrew Goodman, chief of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the Medical Center. Read more...

Scientists Discover Why Teeth Form in a Single Row

A system of opposing genetic forces determines why mammals develop a single row of teeth, while sharks sport several, according to new research from the Medical Center. Read more...

'Dark Cells' of Living Retina Imaged for the First Time

A layer of "dark cells" in the retina that is responsible for maintaining the health of the light-sensing cells in our eyes has been imaged in a living retina for the first time. "Our goal is to figure out why macular degeneration, one of the most prevalent eye diseases, actually happens," says David Williams, director of the Center for Visual Science and professor in the Institute of Optics. Read more...

A Worm-and-Mouse Tale: B Cells Deserve More Respect

By studying how mice fight off infection by intestinal worms, scientists at the Medical Center have discovered that the immune system is more versatile than has long been thought. Read more...

School of Nursing's NIH Funding Soars

Researchers at the School of Nursing received nearly $3.4 million more from the National Institutes of Health last year than they did in 2007. The increase in funding dollars propels the school's ranking to sixth among 82 national nursing schools awarded NIH monies in 2008. Read more...

Group Aims to Build Better Communication Skills

The Toastmasters International Daybreakers Public Speaking and Leadership Club meets twice a month in the Seneca Room (1-2604), adjacent to the Six Nations Cafeteria in the Medical Center. Join them from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on the first and third Thursday each month and learn to conquer public speaking fears, develop presentation skills, and become a better overall communicator. 

Events

Friday, Feb. 27

Wind Symphony Concert: Strong Upper Auditorium. 8 p.m.

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

Rochester in the News

ABC News (Feb. 19)

"Another Ponzi Scheme Stopped—and This One Targeted the Deaf"

"You tend to discover more things like Ponzi schemes when stock market prices decline," says President Joel Seligman, a SEC historian. "One of the oldest sayings is, 'You don't know what's going to be left up on the beach until the tide runs out.'" Read more...

WROC-TV (Feb. 25)

"Belly Button Surgery Being Performed in Rochester"

"Nationally it's used for removing gall bladders and appendixes and for some gynecologic surgery as well as urologic surgeries such as kidney removals and bladder removals," says Hani Rashid, assistant professor in the department of urology and in the Cancer Center. Only 10 spa nephrectomy surgeries have been done at the Medical Center so far. Read more...

In Higher Education

Boston Globe (Feb. 24, 2009)

"Some Colleges Offering Degrees in 3 Years"

It's an idea that's never really caught on, at least in the United States, but the three-year college degree may be gaining traction with the economy in deep recession. Read more...

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