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Democrat and Chronicle (June 11)

Seligman credits UR success to researchers, scholars, teachers

Joel Seligman

In two previous speeches delivered at this time each year, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman has focused on the role of the university in the community, often using statistics illustrating the school's economic impact in the region. But this year, at the 41st annual Garden Party on Tuesday at the Memorial Art Gallery, Seligman emphasized the importance of the teachers, scholars and scientists whose work has established UR as a leading research university. (Similar report on WXXI)

New York Times (June 13)

Schools experiment with paying kids

Edward Deci, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester in New York and an expert on motivation, said rewards can persuade kids to work harder to boost tests scores. But he said that effect probably would be short-lived. “Will their motivation to be doing their school work or learning be positively impacted by that once the rewards stop? I think the answer to that is pretty clearly no,” Deci said. He also said there is evidence that once a reward is taken away, people become even less motivated than they were before the experiment began. He said that is true regardless of the reward’s value. (Also reported by Time, Fox News, NPR, Washington Post, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and many others)

USA Today (June 17)

Promising Alzheimer's drug approved for late-stage trials

An experimental drug for Alzheimer's disease patients showed promise in Phase II clinical trials and is moving into final-stage trials, Wyeth and Elan, the makers of bapineuzumab, announced Tuesday. The experimental drug has promise, but it will be several years or more — if all goes well in the final clinical trials and it receives government approval — before it goes to market, says one of the study’s investigators, Anton Porsteinsson, director of Alzheimer’s Disease Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center. (Also reported by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Austin American Statesman, BusinessWeek, WXXI, WROC TV 8 and others)

WHEC TV 10 (June 2)

Fulbright scholarships winners

Fulbright scholarship winners

Six graduating seniors and a recent alumnus will receive prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for 2008-09 to study and perform research abroad. The new total of seven marks a record number of Fulbright Scholars chosen from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester. The College also reached a record in 2007 when six graduates were selected.


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