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August 2009

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“Who Wants to be a Millionaire”

University of Rochester students and members of the 2008 College Bowl Championship team, serve as “Ask an Expert” lifelines on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”  [CC]

New York Times (July 9)

Sisters Face Death With Dignity and Reverence

Primary care for most of the ailing sisters is provided by Dr. Robert C. McCann, a geriatrician at the University of Rochester, who says that through a combination of philosophy and happenstance, “they have better deaths than any I’ve ever seen.” (Also Reported in: Lakeland Ledger, Wilmington Star)

Boston Globe (August 4)

A young medical star

It’s one thing to find your vocation early, but Melissa Rocha was truly precocious. She was in junior high school when she settled on her career choice: surgery. At the time, Melissa and her mother and brother were living in a homeless shelter in downtown Boston. Three weeks from now, Rocha is off to college. She has been admitted to a highly competitive program at the University of Rochester that guarantees admission to its medical school to students who maintain the necessary grade point average. (August 21)

Lonely Planet

photo of lonely womanThough more Americans than ever are living alone (25 percent of U.S. households, up from 7 percent in 1940), the connection between single living and loneliness is in fact quite weak. “Some of the most profound loneliness can happen when other people are present,” says Harry Reis, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.

Wall Street Journal (August 20)

Lessons That Fit the Times

For Mark Zupan, dean of University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business, the crisis provides a vivid lesson on “agency theory,” the notion that people make weaker choices when they have little or no “skin in the game,” he says.