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Library Journal, New York (July 23)

Book News: University of Rochester to Launch Open Letter Publishing House

The University of Rochester July 20 announced the creation of a new international literature publishing house dubbed Open Letter to be run by Chad Post, focusing on "modern classics and contemporary works of fiction." Beginning in fall 2008, the university said, Open Letter will publish 12 works of international literature a year. Post is joined at Open Letter by E.J. Van Lanen, former assistant editor at Ecco, and Nathan Furl, former marketing and production director at Dalkey Archive. (Also reported by Chronicle of Higher Education, Literary Saloon, Publishers Weekly, Emerging Writers Network, Daily Galley Cat, Cruelest

U.S. Airways (July issue)

US Airways cover image of downtown Rochester

The July issue of US Airways magazine has 70 pages of features and ads on Rochester. The University and its units are pictured or mentioned a number of times.

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Scientist Live, United Kingdom (July 10)

Depression prevalent in Parkinson's patients

While depression appears to be common in early Parkinson's disease (PD), it is often not treated or diagnosed, according to newly released research. A contingent of researchers from across North America found that just over 27 per cent of PD subjects screened positive for depression, while 40 per cent of subjects' depression went untreated. This study, authored by Bernard Ravina, MD at the University of Rochester and funded by the National Institutes of Health in the USA, is the first to systematically examine the impact of depressive symptoms in early, untreated PD. (Also reported by CNN Money, UPI, WebMD, Psychiatric Times New York, HULIQ North Carolina, Massachusetts, MedPageToday New Jersey, Australia), New York (July 2)

Susan Wagner Cook

Simple Gesturing Helps Students Learn

Susan Wagner Cook, a University of Rochester psychologist, along with colleagues at the University of Chicago decided to test whether children who tend not to gesture on their own—but who are taught to gesture while learning a new concept—comprehend and remember the concept better than kids who are not taught to gesture. (Also reported by LA Times, Toronto Star, Australia, New Kerala India, HULIQ North Carolina, MSNBC, The Times of India, Florida and

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