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Newsweek (August 20)

25 Hottest Schools

Hottest Music School, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.: Eastman is heaven for instrumentalists, but students also get to study at the University of Rochester, of which it is a part. It's perfect for aspiring musicians who don't want to sacrifice academics. That's why bassist Erin McPeck of Aurora, Colo., chose Eastman; she's now planning a scholarly career in music research while working as a physics teaching intern at Rochester and participating in Eastman's Institute for Music Leadership. Applications were up 10 percent this year, more than the national average. (Also reported by The Boston Channel, NBC4 District of Columbia, NBC10 Pennsylvania, NBC5 Illinois, NBC6 Florida, WISC Wisconsin, WSOC TV News North Carolina, Rochester Business Journal, Democrat and Chronicle, and many other broadcasts)

The Chronicle of Higher Education (August 17)

Nancy Fried Foster

An Anthropologist in the Library

"If you have been making a bunch of assumptions based on out-of-date information," says Nancy Fried Foster, an anthropologist at the University of Rochester, "maybe it's time to ask some people some questions." A few years ago, Ms. Foster was hired by Rochester's library to study undergraduates, to help shed light on how they do their research and write papers, and how they spend their days. The results of the study, which will be published in a book due out next month from the Association of College and Research Libraries, helped guide a library renovation, influenced a Web-site redesign, led to changes in the way the library markets itself to students, and, in some cases, completely changed the image of undergraduates in the eyes of Rochester librarians. "This has forced us all to abandon our preconceptions of what college is like now," says Susan Gibbons, an associate dean at Rochester's library who helped lead the study, which has gained some attention from institutions around the world.

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Washington Post (August 30)

Jack Werren

One Species' Genome Found Within Another

Writing in the Aug. 30 issue of Science, the U.S. researchers theorized that including large amounts of genetic code from another species may allow the host species to develop new cellular functions more rapidly. "The chance that a chunk of DNA of this magnitude is totally neutral, I think, is pretty small, so the implication is that it has imparted some selective advantage to the host," principal investigator Jack Werren said in a prepared statement. "The question is, are these foreign genes providing new functions for the host? This is something we need to figure out." However, the research team from the University of Rochester and the J. Craig Venter Institute wrote that this discovery implies that transferring genetic code between species and then to the offspring of the new species is more common than previously thought. (Also reported by The New York Times, Boston Globe, Forbes, The Scientist, NY, CBC News Canada, COSMOS Magazine Australia, The Guardian Unlimited UK, and other publications)

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