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December 2008

New York Times (December 22)

Private Colleges Worry About a Dip in Enrollment

Dartmouth has more applications than ever, early and regular, as do Duke University, the University of Denver and the University of Rochester.

USA Today (December 18)

Panel: EPA Must Consider Effects of Chemical Barrage

The Environmental Protection Agency typically studies the impact of these and other chemicals individually. But that approach may underestimate the effect of being exposed to many different chemicals with similar effects, says the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Deborah Cory-Slechta, chairwoman of the committee that wrote the report. (Also Reported in: MSNBC, ABC News, Science News)

US News and World Report, (December 30)

Rising Blood Sugar May Harm the Aging Brain

Mark Mapstone, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, said: “If these findings are replicated and confirmed, I think the implications could be very important, specifically, that maintaining optimal blood sugar levels throughout aging is a feasible way to [slow or prevent] cognitive decline. (Also Reported in: ABC News, Forbes, MSN, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, Business Week)

The Chronicle of Higher Education (December 15)

Another Legitimate Voice; Science and Spirituality; Chicago's Metropolitan Diary

As a boy, Adam Frank would climb onto the roof of his parents’ home in New Jersey to stare up at the night sky’s “indefinable beauty and perfection.” Now a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester, Frank is similarly stirred by the “giddy vertigo of recursion relations in the mathematics of electromagnetic fields.” Such moments reveal “the world’s sacred character,” a “universe sensed beyond the senses,” he writes in The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate (University of California Press), an elegant reimagining of the relationship between science and spirituality.

CBS News (December 10)

Half-Dose Flu Shots Work Best In Women

An editorial accompanying the study, Ann R. Falsey, MD, of the University of Rochester, N.Y., ponders whether the half-dose strategy really stretches thin supplies — or whether it wastes precious vaccine. (Also Reported in: U.S. News and World Report, Medicine Net, The Sault Star, The Simcor Reformer, St. Catharines Standard, Yahoo! Canada, WebMD, Hamilton Spectator, Medbroadcast)