University of Rochester

@Rochester -- Oct. 24, 2006


Tuesday's Forecast:
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Tomorrow: Snow Early/Cloudy, High: 44°

In Today's Issue

  • Lennie's Investiture as College Dean
  • Tribute to Former Eastman Faculty Member
  • Talk by Patch Adams
  • Team Identifies Bone Disease Gene
  • Events: Sustainability Webcast, Robin Hood Lecture, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra
  • In the Headlines: Goldman on New Stem Cell Research, Niemi on Political Polls

News and Announcements

Investiture Ceremony Celebrates New Dean of the College Faculty
A symposium on issues related to interdisciplinary initiatives, an inaugural ceremony, and a following reception will mark the investiture of noted neuroscientist Peter Lennie as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering on Friday, October 27. Those planning to attend may register online.

Memorial Concert Honors Former Eastman Faculty Member
A memorial concert celebrating the life and contributions of Richard Pearlman (1937–2006), former dramatic director of Eastman Opera Theatre, will be held on Saturday, November 4, at 2 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School.

Neilly Series Features Patch Adams, M.D.
Hunter (Patch) Adams, the real person behind the movie Patch Adams starring Robin Williams, will give a talk at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, in Hubbell Auditorium of Hutchison Hall as part of the continuing Neilly Series.

International Team Discovers New Gene Responsible for Brittle Bone Disease
Brendan Boyce, professor of pathology, is part of an international team of researchers that has identified a new genetic mutation responsible for osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition that makes bones much more likely to break.


October 25
The University is hosting the Campus Sustainability Day IV Webcast from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons. All are invited to attend.

October 25
John Chandler, a graduate student in the English department, presents "'This isn't scholarly!' Robin Hood's Place in Literature" at 5 p.m. in the Robbins Library of Rush Rhees Library.

October 25
Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Neil Varon, performs Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite and other works 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.

Rochester in the News

Seattle Times (October 22)
Stem Cells Might Cause Brain Tumors, Study Finds
Lead researcher Steven Goldman, professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and pediatrics, comments on study results that indicate injecting human embryonic stem cells into the brains of Parkinson's disease patients may cause tumors. (Also reported by ABC News, Washington Post, and many others.)

RNews (October 19)
Poll Crazy: Should We Believe Them?
"The polls are mostly believable," says Richard Niemi, Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science. "I can say more about their interpretation—you have to be careful—but they are believable as a snapshot of what's going on today."

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (October 23)
Colleges Share in Bounty as Giving to Top 400 Charities Rises by 13 Percent, Survey Finds
"Donations to America's most successful fund-raising organizations—including colleges and universities—grew by 13 percent last year, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual Philanthropy 400 survey." (Access available on campus and by subscription.)

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