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University News: September 5, 2006

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IN TODAY'S ISSUE

  • President's Message to the University Community
  • Convocation Ceremonies Kick Off Academic Year
  • Medical Center Utilities Project Starts Wednesday
  • Yellowjackets Play at Home Next Five Days
  • Goergen Winners Share Thoughts on Education
  • Lead Linked to Brain Cancer?
  • Fulbright Scholar Heads to Ukraine
  • Incoming Students Get Oriented
  • Eastman School Presents 'Freshman Show'
  • Session Focuses on Retirement Planning
  • In the Headlines: Treanor, Bonnez, King

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

President Seligman's Message to the University Community
“This is going to be a particularly memorable year for each of us in the University community. Our faculty and students are among the best in the nation; our programs are innovative; and our facilities are constantly improving," writes President Seligman in a message to faculty, staff, and students.

Ceremonies Kick Off the Academic Year
The School of Nursing is holding its convocation ceremony today at 11 a.m. to mark the beginning of the 2006-07 academic year. Other schools follow with ceremonies planned for this week and next.

Medical Center Utility Project Begins September 6
Construction of the new James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and related utility upgrades will create some delays for vehicle and pedestrian traffic on the east side of the Medical Center campus. The work begins Wednesday, September 6, and continues through the end of November.

Yellowjackets Host Series of Home Games
All seven of the Yellowjacket fall sports teams will be competing on, or close to, campus in the next five days as the intercollegiate athletic season gets started in style.

Goergen Award Winners Share Thoughts on Education
"The best teaching is really about imparting a love of learning, about engaging students in the joy of discovery, about encouraging students to grasp and follow their own inspirations," says Susan Gustafson, the Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies and one this year's recipients of a Goergen Award. Read more from Gustafson and the other recipients who will be honored during the College Convocation on Friday, September 8.

Study Links Lead Exposure to Brain Cancer in Adults
People who are routinely exposed to lead on the job are 50 percent more likely to die from brain cancer than people who are not exposed, according to a Medical Center study.

Skalny Center Director Travels to Ukraine on Fulbright Grant
Ewa Hauser, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, has received a Fulbright grant to teach in Mykolayiv, Ukraine for the spring 2007 semester.

Incoming Students Get First Glimpse of Campus
For both incoming freshmen and for graduate students, orientation sessions provide the "nuts and bolts" information along with a chance to bond with their classmates. Whether the programs last for two weeks or a single day, the goal is the same—making new students feel welcome and part of the University community.

EVENTS

September 6
The Eastman School presents "Orientation 2006: The Freshman Show" in Kilbourn Hall at 7 p.m.

September 7
The Benefits Office is hosting an information session for faculty and staff who are 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. Medical Center, ACF-C, Room 2-1361, noon to 1 p.m.

For more event listings, see these calendars: Currents, Eastman School, Medical Center, and Memorial Art Gallery.

ROCHESTER IN THE NEWS

Scientific American (August 30)
Blood Transfusions Might Aid Treatment of Bird Flu
A report on using transfusions to treat bird flu in humans cites a recent editorial by John Treanor, professor of medicine. (See similar reports by NPR and BBC News.)

New York Times (August 29)
How a Vaccine Search Ended in Triumph
William Bonnez, associate professor of medicine, discusses the role Rochester played in the successful search for a cervical cancer vaccine and the unlikely sources that led to the new discovery.

Democrat and Chronicle (August 30)
Income, Poverty Stable in Area
Kathleen King, a professor in the School of Nursing, comments on data that indicates half of all women living in the Rochester region do not make enough money to cover basic living expenses. "They're partly the most disadvantaged because they have young kids," says King.

IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Inside Higher Ed (September 1)
FBI Scrutiny of Aid Applications
"For hundreds of students since 9/11, applying for a Pell Grant apparently has meant scrutiny from the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

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