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UHS to attempt 5,000 flu vaccines in one day

On Thursday, Oct. 30, University Health Service (UHS) staff will attempt to vaccinate 5,000 students, faculty and staff against this year’s flu virus. The effort will doubly serve as a test of emergency preparedness to practice delivering mass quantities of vaccine or drug in response to an urgent public health concern. All River Campus-based students, faculty and staff are asked to consider participating in this clinic if they wish to receive the flu shot this year.

September 19, 2014

In the Headlines

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URMC team gets $6.1 million from NIH for lung research

A University of Rochester Medical Center research team is in line for a $6.1 million grant to fund its part of five-year project to produce a birth-to-death model of human lung functioning. Known as LungMAP, the National Institutes of Healths Human Lung Molecular Atlas Project aims to provide physicians and scientists with a detailed picture of how human lungs develop and fight infections.

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October 29, 2014
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Laser experiments mimic cosmic explosions and planetary cores

Researchers are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers at the University of Rochester’s OMEGA EP Facility focused on targets smaller than a pencil’s eraser, they conducted experiments to create colliding jets of plasma knotted by plasma filaments and self-generated magnetic fields, reaching pressures a billion times higher than seen on earth.

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October 28, 2014
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Former URMC CEO Evarts pledges $1M for orthopedics department

Retired University of Rochester Medical Center CEO McCollister Evarts M.D. has pledged $1 million to establish an endowed chair in the university’s orthopaedics department. John Gorczyca M.D. is slated to be the first to occupy the Dr. C. McCollister Evarts Professorship in Orthopaedics, URMC officials said Tuesday.

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October 28, 2014

Science & Technology

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Researchers to develop detailed map of human lungs

Physicians know what a healthy human lung looks like, but have never before created a comprehensive map that specifically measures lung development from birth through childhood. Now Medical Center researchers have launched five-year effort to develop such a map, and have received $6.1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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October 29, 2014
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Implantable diagnostic technology advances

The University has received a second patent for an implantable biosensor that can provide physicians with real time information on their patients’ health.

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October 21, 2014
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‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

Recent studies have showed that the color red tends to increase our attraction toward others, feelings of jealousy, and even reaction times. Now, new research shows that female monkeys also respond to the color red, suggesting that biology, rather than our culture, may play the fundamental role in our “red” reactions.

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October 17, 2014

Society & Culture

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Shattering the stigma of schizophrenia, related disorders

The University of Rochester is partnering with the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) in sponsoring a conference, with the goal raising understanding of schizophrenia in our community.

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October 17, 2014
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New books paints portrait of Spanish scientist as artist

Many in the scientific world today recognize Spanish Nobel Prize-winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal as a pioneer in cell biology and neuroscience. Now in a new book by professor Claudia Schaefer, he is being more fully recognized as an empirical observer and dedicated photographer.

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October 17, 2014
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt speaks at humanities symposia

One of the world’s most celebrated scholars in the humanities, Stephen Greenblatt will visit the University to lecture and participate in workshops with the campus community. Greenblatt will give a public talk for the University’s Ferrari Humanities Symposia on Thursday, Oct. 30 based on ideas introduced in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.

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October 15, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Blue and Yellow Are the New Orange

October 18, 2014

Actress Laverne Cox, who plays the role of Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African-American transgender woman in Orange Is the New Black, speaks in the Palestra during Meliora Weekend.

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Student Life

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Astronaut Sam Gemar to present undergrad scholarship

Sam Gemar will be coming to campus to give a brief public lecture about the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) and his time with NASA. He will also present William Green ’16 with a $10,000 scholarship on behalf of ASF.

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October 21, 2014
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Spirit of old Vienna returns at 29th annual Viennese Ball

Sponsored by the University of Rochester’s Ballroom Dancing Club, the event will include a string quartet of Eastman School musicians, a local Rochester dance troupe, and the Argentinian tango club.

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October 21, 2014
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Brass Choir presents ‘Spooktacular VI – Things that Go Bump in the Night’

The performance will feature works by Bruno Mars, Avicii, Queen, and Blue Oyster Cult. Costumes are optional; the audience will be treated to special effects and a party atmosphere worthy of the Halloween season.

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October 21, 2014

The Arts

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Ceremony marks investiture of Jamal Rossi as dean of Eastman School of Music

Jazz and classical music performances by faculty, including the dean himself, will highlight the formal investiture of Jamal J. Rossi as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of Eastman School of Music.

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October 20, 2014

Eastman Opera Theatre presents ‘Albert Herring’

The three-act, two-and-a-half-hour production by Benjamin Britten, a witty comedy and a pointed satire of British small-town attitudes, begins production Thursday, November 6.

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October 17, 2014
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Cuban jazz legend Arturo Sandoval plays Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval He has since evolved into one of the world’s acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer.

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October 13, 2014

University News

Mellon Foundation grant to support Humanities Corridor endowment

Founded in 2006, the Central New York Humanities Corridor is an interdisciplinary collaboration among research institutions and liberal arts colleges focused on enhancing scholarship in the humanities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has committed a matching grant of $500,000 to the University of Rochester, which will establish an endowment for the University’s continued partnership.

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October 29, 2014
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Intercultural Center named to honor Paul Burgett

The Intercultural Center has been named to honor alumnus, dean, and University leader Paul J. Burgett. Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees paid tribute to Burgett ’68E, ’72E (MA), ’76E (PhD), by naming the center on the occasion of his 50th year at the University.

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October 29, 2014
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UR announces PharmAdva will join START-UP NY

PharmAdva is commercializing a technology developed at the University of Rochester Medical Center by Michel Berg, M.D. The company will be making automated home pill dispensers that prompt patients to take their medications on time and in the proper doses.

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October 21, 2014
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