In Brief

Faculty Senate adds web site

The Faculty Senate now has a web site at It includes the Senate calendar, membership lists for the Senate and various committees, and minutes of recent Senate meetings.

The site also is a clearinghouse for information about revisions of the Faculty Handbook.

Access to the online Senate minutes (but not to the rest of the site) will be controlled by a password, which faculty will soon receive in the mail. In the meantime, it can be obtained from Joyce Ostberg (x5-2802, or any member of the Senate Executive Committee.

Golf tournament slated

The Medical Center and the family of Ronald Bittner will host the first Ronald L. Bittner Memorial Golf Classic Friday, August 14, at noon at Bristol Harbor Golf Club in Canandaigua.

Bittner was a University trustee, Simon School graduate, and Frontier Corp. executive who died last year. Proceeds from the tournament will establish a fund in his honor for brain tumor research.

Registration ends July 31. To find out more or to register, call Mary Frances Collins, x5-2420, or Laurie Bittner, 394-6151.

Thank you

University Facilities and Services extended last week its appreciation to the University community for understanding and support during recent difficulties with comfort cooling. The mechanical problems with the chilled water pumps have been corrected, and Facilities is optimistic that the campus can proceed through the summer with comfort cooling as expected.

Walk/run for rights

A 5K walk-run benefiting the 100 Heroines Project will be held on campus Sunday, August 9. Registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; race time is 9 a.m.

Registration is $13 ($15 day of race); participants are encouraged to raise pledges. The 100 Heroines project awards $1,000 grants to 100 women around the world whose courageous actions help women achieve freedom and equality. For more information, call 321-1689 or check the web site:

Volunteers sought

Financial management--LifeSpan seeks volunteers to help seniors with their budgeting and routine bill paying. Two or three hours/month. Call Allan Lippman, 454-3224, ext. 113.

Cancer awareness--The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to promote cancer prevention through its Speakers Bureau and health fairs. Call 288-1950.

Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)--Members are technicians who respond to emergency calls in the Med Center, providing care and transportation for employees, visitors, and patients who are not in inpatient care. (MERT members respond to emergencies only when doing so does not interfere with work responsibilities at the University.) To find out more, call x5-3285.

Language interpreters--Patient Access Services needs employees or students who are native speakers of foreign languages (excluding Spanish) to serve as volunteer interpreters in the Med Center. Call x5-4778.

Research participants needed

Sperm donors--Men ages 21-39, all ethnic groups, needed to participate for one year in confidential sperm donor program. Compensation. Call the andrology lab, x5-4020.

Body fat content--Must be 18-60 years old, healthy, non-pregnant, very thin, and very little body fat. Stipend up to $100. Call x5-2984 or x5-3778.

Metabolism--To study abnormalities in metabolism in patients with neuromuscular diseases. Volunteers must be healthy, 21-60 years of age, non-obese, and ambulatory. Call the Department of Neurology, x5-5409.

AIDS vaccine--Healthy, HIV-negative volunteers ages 18-60 needed for clinical research trial of HIV prevention vaccines. Participants receive up to $700. Call x3-AIDS.

Smoking cessation--Project50 is recruiting 1,800 subjects for a study of self-help smoking cessation methods in smokers over 50. Participants will receive up to $15, and no classes or meetings will be held. Call x3-3871 or 1-888-222-3993 (outside Monroe County).

Alzheimer's disease--(1) Melatonin for sleep disturbances--Participants must be at least 55, have a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease, wear a wrist actigraph, and have a caregiver. Call 760-6564 or 760-6553. (2) Idebone to treat learning and memory deficits--Must be 50 years old, have a diagnosis of probably Alzheimer's disease, and have a caregiver. Call 760-6561, 760-6565, or 760-6553. (3) Aricept for vascular dementia--Study examines effects of Aricept on people over 40 who have cognitive impairment due to cerebrovascular disease. Call 760-6561 or 760-6553. (4) Aricept and sertraline for behavorial manifestations of Alzheimer's disease. Must be at least 50 years old. Call 760-6561 or 760-6553.

Gum disease--Individuals in generally good health who have periodontal (gum) disease sought for dental study to test a non-surgical treatment for gum disease. Call x5-5780 or x5-9001.

Toothpaste--Individuals ages 20-75 who have a lower, removable partial denture and are in good health are sought for a three-month research study. Call Eastman Dental Center, x5-1133 or x5-5078.

High cholesterol--Diabetics sought for study to compare two drugs used in the treatment of high cholesterol. Participants must be between 21 and 70 years old and have diabetes mellitus and high cholesterol. Individuals who have had a heart attack within the last three months or have taken probucol or troglitazone are not eligible. Call the Endocrine Clinical Trials Office, x3-3972.

Sleep--Depressed and non-depressed individuals needed for sleep research. Participants must be medication-free, 18 to 60 years old, and healthy. Call the Sleep Research Laboratory, x5-8221.

Hormone therapy--Women needed for one-year study of hormone therapy. Volunteers must be healthy, post-menopausal, and between 40 and 65, and must not have had a hysterectomy. Participants will receive $450 compensation. Call x5-4149.

Diabetes--Men and women at least 40 years old with Type II diabetes needed for clinical trial of an investigational drug. Participants will receive free lab testing, physical exams, and other tests and may be reimbursed for time and travel. For more information, call study coordinator Keri-Lynn Colicchio, CCRC, x3-4922.

Smoking cessation--Smokers 50 years old or older who smoke at least 10 cigarettes a day needed for study. Subjects can receive up to $15. Call Project50, x3-3871.

Toothpaste--Individuals between 20 and 75, who have a lower removable partial denture and are in general good health, are needed to participate in this three-month study. Call Eastman Dental Center, x5-1133 or x5-5078.

Indigestion--This nationwide study aims to improve treatment for non-ulcer dyspepsia, or indigestion. Must have persistent stomach discomfort, indigestion, belching, heartburn, bloating, gas pain, or nausea. Participants will receive free examinations and study medication and compensation of $200. Call the Isaac Gordon Center for Digestive Diseases at the Genesee Hospital, 263-5616.

Parental depression--To study learning in children and parent/child relationships in families with a depressed mother. Need families with children from three to eight years old who meet a list of other criteria. One visit to the University required. Participants will be paid $20 for the visit. Call the Toddler Center, x5-2014.

Artificial insemination--Sperm donors between the ages of 20 and 39 needed. Must be in or graduated from college, participate for at least a year, and undergo routine blood testing. Call the Andrology Lab, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, x5-2491.

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