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October 2010

Nora BredesNew York Times (October 26)

Few Women in Cuomo or Paladino Inner Circles

“Paladino is unconsciously tapping into the very masculine nature of politics at this level in New York,” said Nora Bredes, the director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester. (Also reported in: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.)

New York Times (October 25)

Jazz With a Humorist Urge and a Whiff of Mystery

The Respect Sextet stamps ambitious music with a smart-alecky affect, ranging broadly from the antic to the deadpan. Formed not quite a decade ago at the Eastman School of Music, it subscribes to the avant-garde humorist urge that has sustained the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the ICP Orchestra (of Amsterdam) and the Microscopic Septet (of New York).

U.S. News &World Report (October 13)

3 Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

“Whether or not you have a family history, the risk of breast cancer was lower for women engaged in these three sets of behavior compared to women who were not,” said study leader Dr. Robert Gramling, associate professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. (Also reported in: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, MSNBC, UPI, Yahoo! News, Scientific American, YNN, USA Today, and others.)

U.S. News &World Report (October 18)

Kids’ Medicaid-Covered Flu Shots Put Docs at a Loss: Study

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center looked at U.S. flu immunization rates for children between the ages of 6 months and 23 months during the 2005-2006, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 flu seasons, and found that states with lower Medicaid reimbursement rates had lower vaccination rates. (Also reported in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek, UPI, Reuters, ABC News, MSNBC, Fox News, Yahoo!, News-Medical.Net, e!Science News, Softpedia, and others.)

Time (October 22)

To Keep Willpower from Flagging, Remember the F-Word: ‘Fun’

Energy depletion effects are most apparent when people feel low autonomy,” says Richard M. Ryan, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester.

Los Angeles Times (October 29)

Follow the money” Melville House, Amazon and the Best Translated Book Awards

Could a translator of a novel published in, say, Estonia really be destroying book culture by accepting a $5,000 grant for their work from Open Letter, the University of Rochester and Three Percent, which present the 4-year-old Best Translated Book Awards? In fact, Open Letter’s Chad Post says authors and translators of books published by Melville House won’t be ruled out. “[P]anelists are reading and evaluating all titles that were published in the previous year. There is no fee for submissions, and any original translation published in the past year is eligible,” he told The Times. (Also reported in: Publishers Weekly,

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 16)

Area researcher Esther M. Conwell to receive top science honors

“This feels very nice, of course,” said the 88-year-old professor of chemistry with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics at the University of Rochester. (Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV, 10WHEC-TV, Rochester Business Journal, Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education, InsideHigherEd, Physics Today, New York Academy of Sciences, and others.)