University of Rochester

@Rochester -- Oct. 19, 2006


Thursday's Forecast:
Showers, High: 62°
Tomorrow: Morning Showers, High: 49°

In Today's Issue

  • Disaster Drill on Oct. 20
  • Memorial Service for Alumna
  • Trauma Research
  • Memorial Art Gallery Book
  • Events: Warner School Info. Session, Theater Production, Eastman Wind Ensemble
  • Sports Buzz: Upcoming Schedule
  • In the Headlines: Mayer on the Housing Slump, O'Connell on Mammograms, Asbury and Others on Helping Students Explore Rochester
  • Correction: Today's Post-Retirement Info. Session

News and Announcements

Safety Update: Disaster Drill Planned for October 20
The University will be testing its Emergency Preparedness Response Plans on Friday, October 20, with a mass casualty incident that begins around noon at the Interfaith Chapel. Approximately 50 people with various degrees of simulated injuries will be involved. Traffic on Wilson Boulevard between Hutchison Road and Library Road may be diverted. The drill is designed to test the University's ability to notify and assemble the Emergency Operation Center, develop relationships with both internal resources and external first responders, and provide simulated training experience for the River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team. For more information, contact Chief Safety Officer Mark Cavanaugh at x5-8412.

Memorial Service Planned for Krystle Dixon '05
The University community is invited to attend a memorial service for Krystle Dixon ’05, who died in an automobile accident this summer. The service, titled “A Celebration of Her Life,” will be held on Friday, October 20, at 2 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel. A reception follows in the Interfaith Chapel Narthex.

Study Reveals Why Organs Fail Following Massive Trauma
A nationwide team of researchers, including doctors from the Medical Center, investigating post-trauma immune system and organ failure has discovered several new biochemical pathways that play a central role, according to a study published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

New Book Tours Memorial Art Gallery Collection
The University of Rochester Press has released Seeing America, the first catalog of the Memorial Art Gallery's American collection. The 336-page book is available in hardcover and paperback editions. More details can be found online or by e-mailing Anastatia Broikos at


October 19
Learn more about Warner School counseling and human development programs at an information session at 5:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library.

October 19
The International Theatre Program's contemporary adaptation of The Lower Depths opens at 8 p.m. tonight in Todd Theatre. Tickets can be reserved online or by calling the box office at x5-4088. Tickets also can be purchased at the door one hour before the performance.

October 20
The Eastman Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mark Davis Scatterday, performs at 8 p.m. in Eastman Theatre.

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

Field Hockey: The Yellowjackets battle for a Liberty League playoff spot, playing at Union on Friday and at Skidmore on Saturday.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming: The teams hit the water for the first time this season when the Yellowjackets compete at RPI on Saturday. Peter Thompson, former coach at Niagara University, makes his debut as a Rochester head coach.

Football: The Yellowjackets play at Liberty League rival WPI on Saturday at noon. Hear it live over WYSL 1040AM or at Rochester is 4-2 overall, 2-1 in the Liberty League.

Rochester in the News

The Wall Street Journal (October 18)
How Could the Housing Slump Affect the Nation's Economy?
Alumnus Christopher Mayer '87, a Columbia University housing economist, joins an online discussion about the housing market and how a slump could affect economic growth.

Democrat and Chronicle (October 18)
Disturbing Decline in Mammogram Checkups
Avice O'Connell, division chief of women's imaging in the Department of Imaging Sciences, encourages women 40 and over to get annual mammogram screenings. "It really does save lives."

Democrat and Chronicle (October 18)
UR Urges Students to Explore Rochester
Jody Asbury, dean of students; Bryan Rotach, program manager for the Rochester Center for Community Leadership; and Lydia Broome Crews, assistant director of Wilson Commons Student Activities, discuss ways the University encourages students to get off campus and explore Rochester.

In Higher Education

The Seattle Times (October 18)
Scientists Say Video Games Can Reshape Education
"The Federation of American Scientists, which typically weighs in on matters of nuclear weaponry and government secrecy, declared Tuesday that video games can redefine education. Capping a year of study, the group called for federal research into how the addictive pizzazz of video games can be converted into serious learning tools for schools."


The retirement information session highlighted in Wednesday's "Events" section was described incorrectly. The session, held today from noon to 1 p.m. in ACF-B (2-1318) at the Medical Center, is a post-retirement workshop for pre-retirees that includes an overview of the University benefit plans available during retirement to eligible faculty and staff. See details online.

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