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@Rochester -- Nov. 16, 2006

rain and wind

Thursday's Forecast:
Rain/Wind, High: 66°
Tomorrow: Showers, High: 50°

In Today's Issue

  • Medical Center Goes Smoke Free
  • Host an International Student for the Holidays
  • Documentary Features Warner Student
  • B-Ball Tournament Supports Scholarship
  • Events: Eastman at Washington Square, Fulbright Information Session, UR Cinema Group, History and Philosophy of Physics
  • Sports Buzz: Postseason Play, Upcoming Home Games
  • In the Headlines: Primo on Congressional Spending, Aguiar and Alumna Mendelson on Housekeeping, Saab on Dove Video

News and Announcements

Medical Center Campus Goes Smoke Free
The Medical Center campus and select off-site locations are officially smoke free as of today. All faculty, staff, patients, and visitors who wish to smoke must do so outside the established smoke-free perimeter. Information about the program, including details on smoking cessation programs available free to faculty and staff, can be found on the Medical Center intranet or at

Bring a Student Home for the Holidays
An annual program organized by the Rochester International Council, a nonprofit organization that works with the University’s International Students Office, encourages faculty and staff to share their Thanksgiving holiday with international students in the Rochester area.

Documentary Featuring Warner Student to Showcase at Film Festival
A Life Outside, a documentary film featuring Warner doctoral student and 2004 New York State Teacher of the Year Lynn Astarita Gatto, will highlight the 4th Annual Queens International Film Festival on Sunday, November 19.

Basketball Tournament at McQuaid Supports Scholarship Initiative
The winners of the first Medical Center Great Scholarship Shootout—the hospital staff team—will defend their title on Sunday, November 19, as the tournament moves to McQuaid Jesuit High School. The Shootout at 2 p.m. at McQuaid, 1800 S. Clinton Ave., supports the School of Medicine and Dentistry Endowed Scholarship Initiative.


November 16
Eastman at Washington Square: "Come Waltz with Me," First Universalist Church (South Clinton Ave. and Court St.), 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

November 16, 17
Fulbright Information Session: Juniors and graduate students who are interested in studying, researching, or teaching English abroad can attend one of two sessions: November 16, Lattimore 540, 1 to 2 p.m.; November 17, Lattimore 413, 2 to 3 p.m.

November 16
UR Cinema Group: American Deci, Hoyt Hall, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

November 17
Humanities Project—History and Philosophy of Physics: Tim Maudlin, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, "Further Thoughts on the Completeness of Quantum Mechanics," Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, 3:30 p.m.

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

Sports Buzz

View a complete schedule at

Football: The University will make its first post-season football appearance in 19 years when the Yellowjackets play in the ECAC Northwest Championship Game at noon this Saturday at Alfred University. The game will be broadcast live on WYSL 1040 AM and online at

Women's Soccer : The women's team will play Messiah College in the Sweet 16 NCAA Division III Championship on Friday at 11 a.m. in Fauver Stadium.

Men's Track and Field: Patrick Hughes '08 will compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championships in Ohio this weekend.

Basketball: The men's and women's teams swing into action with the Chuck Resler Tournament at the Palestra on November 17 and 18.

Rochester in the News

Bloomberg (November 15)
Murtha's Bid for House Post May Weaken Democrats' Ethics Image
"Securing pork for one's district or state is a time-honored tradition in American politics that knows no ideological boundaries,'' says David Primo, professor of political science, regarding a nonpartisan Congressional Research Service that indicates this year's defense budget included 2,847 earmarks worth $9.4 billion, almost five times as many as in 1994 and twice the dollar value.

San Francisco Chronicle (November 15)
It's the Clean Sweep from Domestic Divas
Research by Mark Aguiar, associate professor of economics, is noted in the article about the modern decline of household labor. Also cited in the article is the 1999 book Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson '73 (PhD).

Democrat and Chronicle (November 15)
A Self-Esteem Campaign Leads Girls to Question Perceptions of Beauty
A. Joan Saab, director of the graduate program in visual and cultural studies and associate professor of art and art history, comments on a new video by the Dove soap company on beauty and women's self-perception: "Without being overly cynical, we can see this short film, as well as the earlier Dove ads that use 'real' (read: pudgy) models, as part of a larger post-modern advertising trend that attempts to undercut the industry—in this case, the beauty industry—through a type of exposé. These ads are meant to be subversive and ultimately distance the company from its offending peers, while still convincing consumers to buy its products. Will it work? We shall see."

In Higher Education

The New York Times (November 13)
A Decline in Foreign Students Is Reversed
"The number of new foreign students coming to the United States grew this school year, after several years of weakness that followed the terrorist attacks of 2001, according to a survey to be released [November 13] by the Institute of International Education."

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