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@Rochester: Nov. 1, 2006

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In Today’s Issue

  • Technology Offers Instant Feedback
  • Auction for Alternatives for Battered Women
  • Greene Exhibit Extended
  • Events: American Religious Experience, Young People in Politics
  • In the Headlines: Noble on Stem Cells, University Bars Darfur Investments

News and Announcements

Technology Gives Students, Professors Instant Feedback
When Laura Arnold ’10 prepares for her honors physics course, she remembers to pack a small electronic device along with her notebook. It’s not a PDA or an iPod. Known as the Personal Response System, the device is one way Professor Frank Wolfs is able to gauge the progress—or lack thereof—of students like Arnold.

Medical Students Hold Auction for Alternatives for Battered Women
The sixth annual art auction to benefit Alternatives for Battered Women will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, November 3, at the Sarah Flaum Atrium in the Kornberg Medical Research Building.

Exhibit of Abstract Paintings by Artist John Greene Extended
An exhibition of 28 works by abstract painter John Greene has been extended through Friday, November 17, at the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons. The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.


November 1
Frederick Douglass Work in Progress Seminar: Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr., a postdoctoral fellow in the institute, presents the talk, “Yo Daddy’s Dysfunctional!: Risk, Blame, and Necessary Fictions in Down Low Discourse,” at 12:30 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library.

November 2
Author Talk: Peter Manseau, the son of a priest and former nun whose marriage in the 1960s drew reaction from around the world, will talk about his memoir and about American religious experience at 4 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room.

November 2
“Young, Gifted, and Your Next Generation of Leaders”: Moderated by Fredrick Harris, director of the Center for the Study of African-American Politics and the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, the panel features some of Rochester’s youngest elected officials, including Rochester City School Board vice president Malik Evans ’02, on the necessity of young people’s participation in the democratic process at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library.

November 2
“Two Conservators Look at the Work of Georgia O’Keeffe”: Judith Walsh, associate professor at Buffalo State College, and Dale Paul Kronkright, conservator at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and visiting professor at Buffalo State, talk about the Georgia O’Keeffe: Color and Conservation exhibition at 7 p.m. in the gallery auditorium. Free with gallery admission.

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

Rochester in the News

Al Franken Show (October 30)
Talk on Stem Cells
Mark Noble, professor of biomedical genetics, talks with host Al Franken about the science behind stem cells. The broadcast is available as a subscriber-only podcast.

Democrat and Chronicle (October 31)
UR Won’t Invest in Sudan
The story notes that the University has joined other higher education institutions across the nation by deciding not to invest in companies that support the Sudanese government’s activities in the Darfur region. The goal is “to try to bring whatever pressure we can on a situation that has been labeled uniformly as genocide,” says G. Robert Witmer Jr. ’ 59, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Anyone who sees what is occurring there has to be appalled.”

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (October 31)
Most Scientists at Elite Universities Consider Themselves ‘Spiritual,’ Survey Finds
“A survey of scientists at elite universities shows that most consider themselves ‘spiritual,’ and many say that their faith influences their interactions with students and colleagues.”

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