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June/July 2010

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (July 25)

Five years and counting for Joel Seligman at UR

A rectangular glass plate etched with the words “aim high” leaves little doubt that University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is not satisfied with the status quo.

USA Today (July 15)

Cosby Show familyYour family ‘type’ can affect your kids at school

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York and the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., spent three years looking at the relationship patterns in 234 families with 6-year-olds and found a distinct family-school connection, with certain family types predicting problems in school. (, redOrbit, Babble, UPI, Psych Central, Irish-, and others)

BusinessWeek (June 18)

H1N1 Flu Undergoing Genetic Changes in Pigs

“Obviously, there’s a lot of evolution going on and whenever you see some unstable situation, there’s the potential for something new to emerge that could be dangerous,” added Dr. John Treanor, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

BusinessWeek (July 15)

Glaxo Keeps Avandia Alive as Industry Braces for More Scrutiny

“The additional evidence since 2007 is weak from a clinical and scientific point of view, and there was nothing that convinced me it required a major change,” said Arthur Moss, one of three panelists who voted to keep Avandia on the market with no labeling changes. Moss is director of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Heart Research Follow-up Program. (Also Reported in: ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, YNN, and others)

Discover Magazine (July 9)

Friendly bacteria protect flies from sterilizing worms

drosophila fly with parasitic nematodeThe fly Drosophila neotestacea is plagued by a nematode worm called Howardula. Around a quarter of adults are infected and they don’t fare well. The worm produces thousands of young in the body of its hapless host, and the little worms make their way into the outside world via the fly’s ovaries. Not only does this severely slash the fly’s lifespan, it also always sterilises her. But according to John Jaenike from the University of Rochester, the fly is fighting back. (Also Reported in: Wired News, Red Orbit, BioCompare)