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University of Rochester News (May 28, 2008) 05/28/2008 05:45 AM @Rochester


Today's Forecast: Sunny, High 64°

Tomorrow: Sunny, High 74°

In Today's Issue

  • Researchers Find Roadmap to Next-Generation Cancer Therapies
  • Student Inventions Win Forbes Entrepreneurial Award
  • Tools for a Healthier Lifestyle
  • PINK Study Volunteers Needed
  • Baby, Diagnosed in Utero, Beats Odds
  • Event Highlight: Center for Language Sciences Lecture
  • Rochester in the News: Donald Greenblatt on John McCain's Use of Ambien
  • Inside Higher Ed: 'Rocks for Jocks' Get Its Due

News and Announcements

Researchers Find Roadmap to Next-Generation Cancer Therapies

Pinpointing new targets for cancer treatments is as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack, yet a University team has discovered an entire novel class of genes they believe will lead to a greater understanding of cancer cell function and the next generation of effective and less harmful therapies for patients. Read more...

Student Inventions Win Forbes Entrepreneurial Award

Two health-monitoring inventions and an identity confirmation system designed by senior engineering students have won the University's Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Awards. The award comes with a prize of $3,600 for the first-place winner, and $1,500 for each of the second-place teams. Read more...

Tools for a Healthier Lifestyle

Looking for ways to improve your health and quality of life?  On Thursday, May 29, and Wednesday, June 11, representatives from Aetna and Excellus will be on campus to show employees how to access free programs and discounts available as part of the University Health Care Plans. Times and locations are listed online

PINK Study Volunteers Needed

Are you overweight?  Do you have borderline elevated blood pressure, borderline elevated blood sugar levels, and borderline elevated cholesterol? Would you like to know more about your heart health? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may qualify to participate in a PINK (Prothrombotic Inflammatory Markers in Women with Metabolic Syndrome) study for women with these characteristics. The study would involve blood testing and carotid artery evaluation. Expenses for travel may be paid to qualified women. For more details, call Strong Cardiology Associates at (585) 341-7791. 

Baby, Diagnosed in Utero, Beats Odds

In December 2006, Webster residents Despina and Scott Mitchell set off to a prenatal appointment, excited to learn if they were having a boy or a girl. But the mid-point ultrasound showed something they didn't expect — a black mass on the screen hinted that their baby son would be born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH. Read more...


Wednesday, May 28

Center for Language Sciences Lecture: Elizabeth Coppock, Stanford University. "No Need to Memorize Arbitrary Exceptions." Meliora Hall 366. Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

ABC News (May 23)

"McCain's Ambien Use: a Security Threat?"

Donald Greenblatt, director of the Strong Sleep Disorders Center and Sleep Services at the Medical Center, discusses Sen. John McCain's use of the sleeping pill Ambien: "I suspect that drugs like Ambien are used very commonly by government officials, particularly when crossing time zones," says Greenblatt. "You may recall the talk of President Bush Sr. taking his 'little blue pill' to help sleep when traveling. These drugs — Ambien less so than Halcion — have the potential to alter behavior and actions if the person taking them tries to stay awake." Read more...

In Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 30 Issue

"Introductory Science Moves Beyond 'Rocks for Jocks'"

"Americans' overall score in science literacy ranks second in the world among developed nations, behind only Sweden. That is in large part because of this country's unusual system of requiring many nonscience majors to take at least some science courses, says Jon D. Miller, a political scientist at Michigan State University who has led the survey for more than 20 years." Read more...

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