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November 2011

CBS News (November 18)

Brain scan study spotlights risks of high school football, hockey

helmetsNew research casts a harsh spotlight on high school athletics programs. It suggests that high school hockey and football players can suffer brain injury even from routine blows to the head sustained during games – in other words, even in the absence of concussions. The startling study is small and preliminary. But if confirmed, it could have “broad implications” for youth sports. So says study author Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an expert on concussions. In an effort to corroborate the finding, Dr. Bazarian’s team has lined up 10 University of Rochester football players to wear helmets equipped with sensors that record the number and intensity of head hits. At the end of the season, the data will be used to evaluate pre- and post-season brain scans.  (Also Reported in: USA Today, UPI,, and others)

The Atlantic (November 30)

30 Years of AIDS: 6200 Iconic Posters, 100 Countries, 1 Collector

Dr. Edward Atwater didn’t realize it then but he wasn’t just amassing ephemera when he began assembling the world’s largest collection of AIDS posters decades ago. He was documenting 30 years of medical, social, and visual history. More than 6,200 posters in 60 languages from 100-plus countries later, the retired 85-year-old physician is now sharing these artifacts through an online catalog produced by the University of Rochester, where he worked most of his life as a professor of medicine.

USA Today ( (November 25)

$5.3B in aid going to students who don’t need it

The strategy is not unlike department stores that use discounts to encourage customers to spend. “Giving $5,000 against a $25,000 tuition charge is just like the discounting you’d see in a retail operation to bring traffic to the door,” said Jonathan Burdick, dean of financial aid and admissions at the University of Rochester. Elite universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford now give aid to families earning as much as $200,000, which less-selective schools say puts pressure on them to also offer grants to higher-income families. Education experts say such subsidies mean less help for lower- and middle-income students, who are falling deeper into debt to pay tuition.  (Also Reported in: Elmira Star-Gazette, Richmond Palladium-Item)