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@Rochester -- Sept. 12, 2006

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In Today's Issue

  • Save the Date: Lennie's Investiture on October 27
  • Scientist Leads Federal Gene Therapy Advisory Group
  • Memorial Service Planned for Steven Harrison
  • Join Online Discussion at
  • Events: Caribfest, Retirement Workshop
  • In the Headlines: Masly, Swan

News and Announcements

Celebrate Lennie's Investiture on October 27
The University will celebrate the investiture of Peter Lennie as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering on Friday, October 27, with a symposium at 2 p.m. in Rush Rhees Library and a ceremony at 4 p.m. in Strong Auditorium. A reception follows at 5 p.m. in Rush Rhees Library. For more information, call x5-4111.

Rochester Scientist Leads Federal Gene Therapy Advisory Group
Howard Federoff, a neuroscientist at the Medical Center, has been named head of a federal panel that oversees human gene therapy experiments throughout the nation.

Memorial Service Planned for Steven Harrison
The University community is invited to attend a memorial service for Steven Harrison '00, '02W (Mas), a teacher at East High School and graduate student at the Warner School who was killed in a car accident on August 4. The service, called "A Celebration of His Life," will be held on Friday, September 15, at 2 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel. A reception follows in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library. Hosts Online Discussion about Electronic Media
A seven-member panel of musicians and other experts in orchestral electronic media will address the potential benefits of electronic media work during a virtual discussion panel on the Eastman School's site that continues through Friday, September 15.


September 13
The first "Wilson Commons Wednesday" celebration for 2006-07 will feature a Caribfest theme from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hirst Lounge. Menu items include jerk chicken, grilled shrimp and mango salsa, Jamaican rummed bananas, and more. There also will be live music, dance demonstrations, face painting, and free samples. The event is cosponsored by the Black Students' Union and is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

September 14
Post-Retirement Benefits and Income at Retirement: The information session includes an overview of the University benefit plans available during retirement to eligible faculty and staff. Medical Center, HR Conference Room 1-6127, 1 to 2 p.m.

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

Rochester in the News

Scientific American (September 8)
Wandering Fly Gene Supports New Model of Speciation
Graduate student and lead author John Masly comments on his discovery that has yielded new insights into speciation.

Daily Mail, UK (September 10)
Babies in Womb Exposed to 'Gender-Bending' Chemicals
The report about prenatal exposure to chemicals cites research led by Shanna Swan, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, that suggests chemicals found in many household products can harm the development of unborn baby boys.

In Higher Education

Boston Herald (September 8)
To Boost Retention, Some Colleges Turn to Personal Coaches
"Long reserved for pro athletes and corporate executives, personal coaches are now being offered by some colleges to help students set goals and manage time. "

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