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@Rochester: July 15, 2008

Today's Forecast: Mostly Sunny, High 80°

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny, High 87°

In Today's Issue

  • New School of Engineering Dean to Be Announced Today
  • Study Suggests Optimism Is Good for Heart Health
  • Rochester Tourette Syndrome Expert Featured on ABC's Primetime
  • Event Highlight: Summer in the City Series
  • Rochester in the News: William Bowers on Experimental Alzheimer's Vaccine, Greg MacDonald on Legal Ruling against Test Prep Web Site
  • In Higher Education: Survey of College Workplaces

News and Announcements

New School of Engineering Dean to Be Announced Today

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the formal announcement of the new dean for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences today at 11 a.m. in Munnerlyn Atrium in Goergen Hall. Look for a special @Rochester update following the announcement. 

Study Suggests Optimism Is Good for Heart Health

A study led by Robert Gramling, assistant professor of family medicine and community and preventive medicine, has found that men who believed they were at lower-than-average risk for cardiovascular disease actually experienced a three times lower incidence of death from heart attacks and strokes. The data did not support the same conclusion among women. Read more...

Rochester Tourette Syndrome Expert Featured on ABC's Primetime

Jonathan Mink, associate professor of neurology, neurobiology and anatomy, and pediatrics, will offer insight on Tourette syndrome tonight on ABC News Primetime. The report, which is scheduled to air at 10 p.m., chronicles the daily traumas, trials, and hopes of four teenage girls affected by the inherited disorder that is characterized by the presence of multiple motor and vocal tics. 


Tuesday, July 15

Summer in the City Series: "Nourishing Our Neighborhoods." Medical Center. Noon to 1 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

Scientific American (July 11)

"Will This Vaccine Prevent or Reverse Alzheimer's Disease?"

William Bowers, associate professor of neurology, comments on promising findings that suggest an experimental vaccine he helped to develop safely prevents the buildup of amyloid beta, a sticky protein linked to Alzheimer's disease. "From these vaccinations, we saw mice brains were devoid of amyloid and they showed cognitive improvement. There were no signs of inflammation," Bowers says. Read more...

BusinessWeek (July 13)

"Business Schools Mull Scandal Options"

Greg MacDonald, executive director of admissions and administration at the Simon School, comments on a recent legal ruling against, a test prep site that published "live" GMAT questions. The ruling could result in disclosing the names of about 6,000 paid subscribers. "Of course, every B-school enrollment manager hopes they don't see any names of their students on that list. . . . If we find students enrolled here with names on that list, we have to find out what that means. We'll follow up, and investigate further. I don't know what the outcomes will be, but we have to go through it deliberately and carefully." Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (July 18 Issue)

"A Midlife Crisis Hits College Campuses"

"College workers in midcareer are most likely to express negative feelings about their jobs, The Chronicle's first extensive survey of college workplaces has found. The results show that academics are most upbeat at the beginning and end of their careers." Read more...

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