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@Rochester: May 12, 2009

@Rochester: May 12, 2009

Today's Forecast: Sunny, High 63°

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High 71°

In Today's Issue

  • Study Establishes New Treatment Target in Diseased Arteries
  • New Nanocrystals Show Potential for Cheap Lasers, New Lighting
  • Muscular Dystrophy Diagnosis Delayed Almost 2 ½ Years in Boys
  • Faculty Senate to Meet Today
  • Radio Appearance Postponed
  • Faculty Development Colloquium is June 3
  • Security Tip of the Week: Attack-Resistant Computers
  • Golf Tournament Helps Rochester Students
  • Last Chance to Join Corporate Challenge
  • Event Highlight: Ted Perry Trio Concert
  • Rochester in the News: Kim Tieu on the Role of Astrocytes; University Homepage Salutes Moms
  • In Higher Education: Study Abroad Plus

News and Announcements

Study Establishes New Treatment Target in Diseased Arteries

A new Medical Center study indicates that by eliminating the gene for a key protein from a strain of mice, researchers were able to provide protection against an often lethal complication of atherosclerosis. Read more...

New Nanocrystals Show Potential for Cheap Lasers, New Lighting

For more than a decade, scientists have been frustrated in their attempts to create continuously emitting light sources from individual molecules because of an optical quirk called "blinking," but now Rochester scientists have uncovered the basic physics behind the phenomenon, and along with researchers at the Eastman Kodak Company, created a nanocrystal that constantly emits light. Read more...

Muscular Dystrophy Diagnosis Delayed Almost 2 ½ Years in Boys

A simple and inexpensive blood test for boys with symptoms of motor delays and abnormalities could speed up the process of diagnosing a form of muscular dystrophy, according to a new Medical Center study. Read more...

Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The final Faculty Senate meeting of the academic year begins at 4 p.m. today in Schlegel 407. The meeting, open to all faculty, will include a report on the State of the Faculty from Provost Ralph Kuncl and a report on the Sustainability Council from Senior Associate Provost Carol Shuherk. Coffee and snacks will be offered at 3:30. 

Radio Appearance Postponed

The Diane Rehm radio show has postponed its discussion on university research and economic development, which was to feature President Seligman as a guest today. Check @Rochester for an update when the program is rescheduled. 

Faculty Development Colloquium is June 3

The Faculty Development Colloquium for faculty involved in teaching medical students and residents will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. An informational brochure and registration form is available online. For more information, contact Andria Mutrie at 276-3782 or andria_mutrie@urmc.rochester.edu

Security Tip of the Week: Attack-Resistant Computers

An up-to-date, properly configured computer is the best way to keep your computer safe from viruses and attacks. Making sure all security patches are installed, making sure anti-virus software is receiving daily updates, and disabling unneeded features such as file sharing and personal web sharing are all important steps. Do you have an idea that should be shared as a security tip of the week? If so, please send it to UnivIT_SP@ur.rochester.eduRead more...

Golf Tournament Helps Rochester Students

The third annual Howard Bryant Memorial Golf Tournament will be played on Thursday, June 18, at Brockport Country Club. The "best ball" format tournament starts at 11 a.m. and will include prizes, raffles, and dinner. The tournament benefits the Howard Bryant Memorial Scholarship Fund honoring Howard Bryant, a member of the biology department for more than 40 years. The fund provides financial assistance to Rochester students in science or engineering. Register online

Last Chance to Join Corporate Challenge

Registration ends May 15 for the 2009 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. You can walk or run 3.5 miles with the University's team at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at RIT. The $30 registration fee includes two T-shirts and a post-race meal at the University tent. Register online with a credit card under the "University of Rochester" team. Call Heather Van Orden at 275-2706 with any questions. 

Events

Wednesday, May 20

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

Rochester in the News

Forbes (May 8)

"Protein Might Mute Effects of Methamphetamine"

"Astrocytes are definitely much more than support cells in the brain," says Kim Tieu, an assistant professor of environmental medicine and the study's corresponding author. "Scientists are discovering their involvement in many diseases. The latest results point to their role in Parkinson's disease." Read more...

Inside Higher Ed (May 11)

"U. of Rochester Salutes Mothers"

Rochester devoted the homepage of its Web site this weekend to a Mother's Day salute. One hundred students posed with notes for their mothers. Each time the page was reloaded a different student appeared. A similar approach is planned for commencement weekend. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (May 11)

"Study Abroad Plus"

Colleges are requiring global experiences, but are flexible in terms of where those experiences can take place. Read more...

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