University of Rochester

@Rochester -- Oct. 18, 2006

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In Today's Issue

  • Farmers Market on Campus
  • Town Hall Meeting: Dining Services
  • October Issue of HR Intercom
  • Take Five Scholars
  • Events: Flu Shot Clinic, Venture Capital, Retirement Workshop
  • In the Headlines: Topham on Vaccine Research, Fiscella on Racial Disparities in Medicine, Smith on the Bush Presidencies

News and Announcements

Sustainability Farmers Market Debuts on Campus
In an effort to raise awareness of the benefits of buying local produce and sustainability initiatives at the University, student and community groups have come together to host the first Sustainability Farmers Market on campus. On Friday, October 20, students, faculty, staff, and the Rochester community can purchase organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables from 3 to 6 p.m. in Dandelion Square.

Town Hall Meeting Looks at the 'Future of Dining'
The Students' Association Government will hold its second Town Hall Meeting about "The Future of Dining" tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons. Cam Schauf, director of campus dining services and auxiliary operations, will present the strategic plan regarding long-term changes to dining services on and off campus, as well as hold an open forum for members of the University community.

October Issue of HR Intercom Available Online
View the latest issue of HR Intercom, a newsletter that provides up-to-date information about Human Resources programs and procedures.

Learn More about the Take Five Scholars Program
The Take Five Scholars Program offers students a tuition-free semester or year to study something outside their major for intellectual enrichment. Students must attend an information session or view an informational video before applying. The spring application deadline is March 22.


October 18
A flu shot clinic for University employees and their spouses is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Flaum Atrium at the Medical Center. Employees must bring their health insurance card and their University ID.

October 19
The Medical Center Office of Technology Transfer presents "Venture Capital 101," a session that examines what entrepreneurs can expect when utilizing venture capital dollars to fund a start-up company. A question-and-answer session follows the presentation at 9 to 10 a.m. in the Northeast Conference Room (B CC 1-9525) at the Medical Center.

October 19
This information session is designed for faculty and staff eligible to participate in the University’s retirement program and for those who are new to investing or who want to review their current investment strategy. The meeting is from noon to 1 p.m. in ACF-B (2-1318) at the Medical Center.

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

Rochester in the News

Chicago Tribune (October 17)
Spanish Flu Vaccine Late, but Welcome
David Topham, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, says a new report that indicates scientists have created a vaccine against the catastrophic Spanish flu virus of 1918-19 "offers hope that conventional vaccination strategies will be an effective approach to a new pandemic influenza."

Washington Post (October 17)
Race Gap Persists in Health Screening
"Our sense is that probably the claims data are giving us a better picture of the true disparities here in services than in simply asking people whether they've received a preventive service or not," says Kevin Fiscella, associate professor of family medicine and community and preventive medicine. He is lead author of a new study that suggests there are racial and ethnic disparities in the reported frequency of screening tests such as pap smears and mammograms.

New York Daily News (October 15)
One Proud Poppy . . . but
"Conservatives want limited government, a balanced Middle East approach, a foreign policy that builds, not destroys, and general, not special, interest," says Curt Smith, a senior lecturer in the English department and a former speech writer for former President George H. W. Bush. "Bush 41 endorsed all of the above. Bush 43 supports none."

In Higher Education

The New York Times (October 17)
University for Deaf Resumes
"Classes resumed at Gallaudet University, the nation’s only liberal arts university for the deaf, though protesters opposed to the board’s choice of a new president continued to block the main gate."

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