University of Rochester

@Rochester -- Nov. 20, 2006


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Snow, High: 40°
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High: 41°

In Today's Issue

  • President Responds to Tech Transfer Report
  • New Affinity Groups
  • Das Awarded Fulbright
  • Fisher Honored for Lymphoma Research
  • Events: Trombonist John Marcellus, Video on Ben-Zion
  • In the Headlines: Alumna Schneider on Jazz, Trustee Minehan on Her Career

News and Announcements

Report Outlines Recommendations for Enhanced Tech Transfer
President Seligman responds to a report from the 20-member committee on technology transfer and corporate alliances outlining nine recommendations to enhance and improve the University’s technology commercialization program.

Based in part on results of a customer satisfaction survey of faculty and external businesses, the recommendations focus on improving coordination between the technology transfer offices in the Medical Center and the College, establishing a new Technology Transfer and Economic Development Policy Committee, defining the University’s role in economic development, assessing customer satisfaction, and reporting regularly on progress and expenditures. The committee also recommends that the Office of Research and Project Administration oversee management of all materials transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements and that two new positions be created to handle the added demands.

Diversity, Professional Development Focus of Affinity Groups
The Human Resources Office of Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion has introduced three affinity groups—the African American Network, the Pride Alliance, and the Latino Professional Network. These new resources for faculty and staff are designed to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities and to open communication lines between individuals, the Greater Rochester community, and University management.

Physics Professor Ashok Das Receives Fulbright to Teach in Brazil
Ashok Kumar Das, professor of physics and astronomy, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to perform research and lecture on finite temperature field theories at the University of São Paulo in Brazil from February to June 2007.

Cancer Center Honors Expert for Lymphoma Research Success
Richard Fisher, an international leader in lymphoma research and care, recently received the Davey Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to cancer research from the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. Fisher is the Durand Professor of Medicine at the Medical Center.


November 21
Faculty Artist Series: John Marcellus, trombone. Free to University ID holders. Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 22
Ben-Zion: In Search of Oneself: Video on Ben-Zion, a Ukrainian-born expressionist featured in the Memorial Art Gallery’s My America. Free with admission. Memorial Art Gallery, Auditorium, 2 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

New York Times (November 17)
Keeping the Notes Dancing and Flying
Jazz composer and Eastman School alumna Marie Schneider '88E (MM) is profiled. "Sometimes I feel like, in the world of jazz, people think that more chromaticism all the time is going to make their music hipper,” says Schneider. “It’s like, no. Music is a time-oriented art. So it’s how you play a person’s attention through time." (November 16)
Profile: Getting to Know the Real World
University trustee Cathy Minehan '68, president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, discusses her career and reflects on being the first woman accepted into the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's management-training program in 1968: "In classes and throughout life, I'd competed with men so it didn't bother me," says Minehan.

In Higher Education

University Business (November issue)
Coming Back from Katrina
"More than a year later, New Orleans' institutions of higher ed—and their leaders—are recovering, adapting, and reinventing themselves."

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