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Wall Street Journal (October 17)

Ear Bacteria Resist Treatment

Doctors at the University of Rochester have found the resistant bacteria in at least nine children diagnosed with ear infections during a three-year period. Specifically, they found a strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria known as serotype 19A in the children's ear fluid. The type of bacteria isn't included in a pneumococcal vaccine, Wyeth's Prevnar, commonly given to children to protect against seven strains of bacteria that can cause ear infections, pneumonia and meningitis. Michael Pichichero, a pediatric infectious diseases researcher at the University of Rochester and a pediatrician in private practice in Rochester, N.Y., said he and a colleague, Janet Casey, started tracking whether bacteria that commonly cause infections in children would start to shift following the introduction of Prevnar in 2000. Dr. Pichichero's study appears in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association. (Also reported by NPR, Newsday, UK, Australia, UK,, NPR, Charlotte Oberver, Atlanta Journal Constitution, China Post Taiwan, The Hindu India, CBC News Canada, Washington Post, LA Times, Scientific American, US News & World Report, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, WebMD, CNN Money, MSN Money, Forbes, CNN Money, Houston Chronicle, Bloomberg, Reuters, Newsday, WHAM TV ABC (video), Rochester Business Journal and other publications/broadcast)

Democrat and Chronicle (October 22)

$2 million gift adds 3 labs to UR center

Goergen Hall

The University of Rochester's Institute of Optics will soon be filling some space at the new Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics with three labs dedicated to optical design and engineering. The three labs will make up the newly funded $2 million Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering. Goergen Hall was opened earlier this year on the edge of UR's River Campus. The $37.7 million hall had left some space reserved for what officials were hoping would be an area dedicated to just design and engineering of optics. (Also reported by R News, Rochester Business Journal; see story in Currents)

Douglas Lowry

Democrat and Chronicle
(October 28)

Eastman School of Music hails new dean as 'the maestro to lead us'

The Eastman School of Music's first new dean of the 21st century stepped into his role Saturday with a promise to take the school to new heights without losing sight of its fundamental mission. "Our strategic vision will be rooted in the essential lifeblood of any great music school, its students and faculty," Douglas Lowry said at his investiture at Eastman Theatre. "With this comes the pledge of my support and the support of the entire university community," Seligman said. (Also reported by Rochester Business Journal, WROC TV CBS)


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