University of Rochester

@Rochester: Nov. 13, 2006

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Monday’s Forecast:
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In Today’s Issue

  • Mysterious ‘Neural Noise’ Primes Brain
  • Series Brings Music to Medical Center Halls
  • Rochester Takes Part in National Suicide Survivors Day
  • Identity Theft Is Focus of Nov. 21 Seminar
  • Events: Flu Shots, Women and Music, Warner Info Session, Sustainability Roundtable
  • In the Headlines: Bils on Prices, Anthony Center on Women’s Representation

News and Announcements

Mysterious ‘Neural Noise’ Primes Brain for Peak Performance
In a study published in the November issue of Nature Neuroscience, University researchers say they may have answered one of neuroscience’s most vexing questions: How can it be that our neurons, which are responsible for our crystal-clear thoughts, seem to fire in utterly random ways?

Series Brings Music to Medical Center Halls
The Department of Neurosurgery is launching “Music on My Mind,” a free concert series for faculty and staff. The inaugural concert is at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, in Flaum Atrium and will feature faculty, students, and alumni from throughout the University.

Rochester Takes Part in National Suicide Survivors Day
The Medical Center is one of 125 conference sites participating in National Survivors of Suicide Day, with events scheduled for November 18.

Identity Theft Is Focus of Nov. 21 Seminar
Part of the “Financial Health Bite” series, the program will focus on preventing and combating identity theft. The session begins at noon in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons. Registration required. Call 242-0354.


November 13
Flu Shots for Strong Memorial Hospital employees: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., House of Six Nations Cafeteria.

November 14
Humanities Project: Women and Music: Looking Back, Looking Forward, 5 p.m., Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library.

November 14
Warner School: Information reception about Warner’s programs, 5:30 p.m. Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

November 15
Sustainability Roundtable: Results from the faculty questionnaire on ideas for bringing sustainability into the curriculum will be discussed, noon, Commons Room, Interfaith Chapel. To join the mailing list send e-mail to, with the message body (not the subject) as “subscribe sustain.”

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 Economist (November 9)
Sticky Situations
A 2004 paper by Mark Bils, professor of economics, and his Stanford colleague Peter Klenow is cited in an article on how research on price fluctuations can influence monetary policy. Bils and Klenow found that prices for many goods and services go up and down more often than most economists expected, changing the way the field looks at price stability.

Poughkeepsie Journal (November 10)
Slowly, Women Ascend in Office
An editorial cites a new report card compiled by the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership that calls attention to the low percentage of women in local and statewide elected offices in New York. At a time when several women are taking high-profile leadership roles in national politics, the editorial notes that the Anthony Center’s report shows the average percentage of women in county offices outside of New York City is 17 percent. “[I]t’s up to local political party committees to do a better job recruiting female—and, for that matter, minority—candidates,” the writers note.

Boston Globe (November 10)
War Stories—Literal and Literary
Lieutenant Colonel Paul D. Danielson ’92M (MD), a U.S. Army Reserve combat surgeon, is featured as one of 100 Iraqi war veterans who have contributed to “Operation Homecoming,” a National Endowment for the Arts project to collect the first-ever anthology of poems, essays, and stories from an ongoing U.S. war.

In Higher Education

USA Today (November 8)
Black Colleges Extend Hand to Hispanics
“Some historically black colleges and universities are recruiting Hispanics, hoping to boost their enrollments, diversify their student bodies and educate a fast-growing segment of the population.”

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