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@Rochester: Nov. 10, 2006

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Friday’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High: 48°
Tomorrow: Rain, High: 51°

In Today’s Issue

  • Local Engineers Team Up for Space-Borne Imager
  • Lamar Murphy Named Deputy to President Seligman
  • Events: Teaching Fellowship Deadline, Simon School Preview Day, Weekend Films, Viennese Ball, Women’s Expo, Annual Fine Crafts Show
  • In the Headlines: Ebinger on a New Ocean; McFarland and Flight on Neutrinos

News and Announcements

Local Engineers Team Up to Design Novel Space-Borne Imager
The University and the Rochester Institute of Technology have won $847,000 from NASA to build and test a detector that will capture sharper images and consume less power than technology currently in use.

Lamar Murphy Named Deputy to President Seligman
President Joel Seligman has named Lamar Murphy, who has held senior staff positions at major U.S. universities, as his deputy to coordinate presidential activities in support of institutional priorities.

Events

November 10
Susan B. Anthony Institute: Application deadline for graduate teaching fellowships.

November 10
Simon School Preview Day: Half-day program for Rochester undergraduates interested in pursuing degrees in business.

November 10 and 11
Films: Half Nelson, 7, 9:15, 11:30 p.m. Friday; You, Me and Dupree, 7, 9:15, 11:30 p.m. Saturday; Hoyt Hall. Sponsored by UR Cinema Group.

November 11
Viennese Ball: 9 p.m., Wilson Commons. Sponsored by University Chamber Orchestra and the University Chamber Singers.

November 11
Rochester Women’s Expo: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dome Center (Monroe County Fairgrounds). Cosponsored by Strong Health.

November 11 and 12
Gallery Council’s Sixth Annual Fine Crafts Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Memorial Art Gallery.

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

Rochester in the News

The Guardian (November 2)
In the Land of Death, Scientists Witness the Birth of a New Ocean
Cindy Ebinger, professor of earth and environmental sciences, talks about research she’s helping lead that indicates a new ocean may be forming in the arid Afar region of Ethiopia where three tectonic plates meet. “Some people think that extreme natural phenomena happened only in historical times,” Ebinger says. “But here we can see them happening right now.”

Democrat and Chronicle (November 9)
UR Researchers to Study Universe’s Smallest Bit
A story profiles the work of a Rochester team that’s designing new equipment to track the behavior of a class of subatomic particles called neutrinos. Kevin McFarland, professor of physics and astronomy, is leading the effort which could influence scientists’ understanding of the building blocks of the universe. The story notes that six local firms are working on parts of the project. “We wanted to do as much of this locally as we could,” says Bob Flight, a senior laboratory engineer in physics and astronomy.

In Higher Education

Detroit News (November 9)
Affirmative Action Backlash
“A ban on government and university affirmative action in Michigan is set to become law Dec. 22, but the fight over the contentious ballot initiative escalated Wednesday, with parties on both sides of the issue vowing to take the battle to the courts.”

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