University of Rochester

@Rochester -- Dec. 18, 2006

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Monday's Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy, High: 42°
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High: 35°

In Today's Issue

  • Provost Search Begins
  • Reminder: Holiday Social on Tuesday
  • Study Abroad
  • Smoking Cessation Program
  • Events: Biology Donut Talk, Woodwind Chamber Music
  • In the Headlines: Mammography Alternatives, Caine on Antidepressants and Suicide Risk, Berlo on Quilting, Seligman on Community Partnerships

News and Announcements

Provost Search Begins
The process has begun to select a successor to Provost Charles Phelps, who plans to retire after 13 years as the University’s chief academic officer. Witt/Kieffer, a national executive search firm, will work with a 12-person search committee chaired by President Seligman.

Reminder: University Holiday Social on Tuesday
Don't miss this year's University Holiday Social on Tuesday, December 19, in the May Room of Wilson Commons. There will be live music, food, and door prizes from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Study Abroad Hits 10-Year High
The number of University undergraduates who study abroad has hit a 10-year high, with more than 130 students going out of the country this spring. They'll join another eight students already abroad on full-year programs.

Start the New Year Smoke Free
Well-U, the University’s employee wellness program, is presenting a Quitting Time Smoking Cessation Program in partnership with the University’s Smoking Research Program. The sessions will be held on six consecutive Tuesdays from 12:05 to 1 p.m. beginning January 2. Registrations are being taken through December 29 online at or by phone at x3-5240. The program is free to employees and their spouses.


December 18
Department of Biology Donut Talk: Igor Kovalchuk, University of Lethbridge. “Transgenerational Genome Instability Correlates with Adaptation to Stress.” Hutchison Hall 473, noon to 1 p.m.

December 19
Woodwind Chamber Music: Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall, 9 p.m.

See these calendars for more events: Currents, Eastman School, Medical Center, Warner School, School of Nursing, and Memorial Art Gallery.

Rochester in the News

Discovery Channel (December 14)
New Breast Scan Doesn't Squeeze

The report cites research being conducted by physicians at the University and at the Elizabeth Wende Breast Clinic to investigate new technology called Cone Beam Breast Computed Tomography that offers an alternative to traditional mammography.

Newsday (December 14)
Suicide Warning Assessed
Eric Caine, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and codirector of the Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide, testified before an FDA advisory panel on Wednesday about evidence linking suicide and antidepressants in children. The evidence prompted the FDA to include a black box warning on the drugs' printed information, a reaction that Caine says has been harmful. "The risk of suicidal thoughts and actions is far higher in people whose depression goes untreated," Caine told the panel.

Art (December 15)
Wild by Design: 200 Years Of Innovation and Artistry
“Many people think of quilts primarily as exercises in rigorously geometric repeat patterning,” says Janet Berlo, professor of art history and cocurator of a quilt exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum in New Hope, Penn. “Yet a great free-wheeling tradition exists in quiltmaking in which improvisation, asymmetry, and experimentation are the norm."

Rochester Business Journal (December 14)
Officials Meet to Keep Young Workers
President Joel Seligman said a meeting on Thursday between area college and university presidents and local government officials signaled an “age of partnership” in the Rochester area, according to the report. He also noted that community leaders acknowledge serious concerns about job and population loss and want to set priorities on ideas for growth. (Also reported by the Democrat and Chronicle.)

In Higher Education

University Business (December Issue)
Technology Spending Survey 2007
"While students may have a near cyborg relation with technology, and faculty and staff might just want it to make their lives easier, it falls to the IT department to make it all happen. In an effort to understand what is happening in higher ed technology, University Business recently conducted its second annual survey of chief information officers and IT directors from colleges and universities nationwide."

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