University of Rochester

@Rochester -- Oct. 20, 2006


Friday's Forecast:
Rain, High: 47°
Tomorrow: Showers, High: 53°

In Today's Issue

  • CEIS Awarded $2 Million
  • Medical Center Parking Update
  • Flex Spending Off Campus
  • Women's Mental Health Conference
  • Eastman Opera Theatre
  • Events: Kopelman Quartet, Flu Shot Clinic, Chemistry Seminar
  • In the Headlines: Myers on Fish Consumption, Treanor on Bird Flu Vaccine, Davidson on Faculty Diversity

News and Announcements

CEIS Receives $2 Million from State to Dramatically Grow Local Biomedical Imaging Businesses
The University's Center for Electronic Imaging Systems has received $2 million from the state of New York to strengthen research, development, and commercialization of biomedical electronic imaging systems—such as 3-D medical scanners and optical sensors that can detect bacteria in minutes. (See related story in the Democrat and Chronicle.)

Update: Medical Center Parking
Lot 1 and Lot 1 Reserved will be closed October 21 to 22 for sealing and restriping. Visitor lots can be used for alternate parking, including MRB, Lot 3, and the parking garage on levels 4, 5, and 6. Also Lot 1 is scheduled for conversion to 3-deep parking on October 23, weather permitting. Lockbox parkers (row 1) can pick up their lockbox at the Medical Center Parking Office and should bring their duplicate key. For more information, contact Patricia Hudson at x5-1533 or

Student Spending Off-Campus Is More Flexible, Takes on New Name
With the swipe of a card, students, faculty, and staff will be able to shop and dine off campus this fall. URos, the renamed flexible spending account that is pronounced like the European currency Euros, will launch in November at six businesses throughout Rochester.

Conference on Mental Health of Girls and Women Set for Oct. 27
Menopause, bereavement, and mental health in children and adolescents are among the topics of a conference on Friday, October 27, sponsored by the Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Strong Behavioral Women’s Health, and the Psychotherapy Institute.

Eastman Opera Theatre Presents Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera
Eastman Opera Theatre begins its 2006-2007 season on Thursday, November 2, with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's romantic comedy La finta giardiniera (The Disguised Garden Girl).


October 22
The Eastman-Ranlet Series continues with the Kopelman Quartet at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall. Tickets required; discount to University ID holders.

October 23
A flu shot clinic for University employees and their spouses is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Employees must bring a health insurance card and University ID.

October 23
The Department of Chemistry hosts an inorganic seminar with Martin Kirk of the University of New Mexico in Hutchison Hall 473 at 4 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

ESPN Outdoors (October 18)
Benefits Outweigh Risks, So Eat More Fish
"The controversy has been pretty one-sided, dominated by those who feel low levels of mercury impair cognitive development," says Gary Myers, professor of pediatric neurology, about two recent reports that indicate fish consumption provides many health benefits. "Now, we seem to be looking a little more at the more general issues of nutrition from fish."

CBS News (October 18)
Potential Pandemic Vaccine Protects Against Different H5N1 Bird Flu Strains
"We don't know enough right now to make any blanket statements about cross protection," says John Treanor, professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology, about claims that a bird flu vaccine being tested can protect against multiple strains of the virus. (Also reported by the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Forbes, and many others.)

Democrat and Chronicle (October 19)
$2.4M Set to Boost UR Diversity
"We had our hearts in the right place, but some of what we need to do actually requires action rather than saying 'Gee, we really want this to be a diverse faculty,'" says Lynne Davidson, deputy to the president, about the Special Opportunities Fund and other recently adopted measures designed to help attract diverse faculty candidates. Davidson has been appointed vice provost for faculty development and diversity effective January 1. (See the full report from the Task Force on Faculty Diversity and Inclusiveness.)

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (October 19)
‘Corpses in the Quad’
"A Brown University report released Wednesday on the institution’s ties to the slave trade stops short of recommending an apology, and eschews the subject of personal monetary reparations. It focuses instead on memorials and social justice efforts meant to acknowledge and make amends for the past—and, perhaps more importantly, offer a paradigm for other universities with spotty paths seeking to move forward."

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