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@Rochester -- Sept. 28, 2006


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Rain, High: 64°

In Today's Issue

  • Jazz Showcase Benefits New Orleans
  • Lasik Discounts
  • Hursh on WXXI Today
  • Talk by Science Writer
  • Symposium: 'Polish Perspectives'
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Events: Pride Alliance, Smithsonian Day
  • Sports Buzz: Upcoming Home Games
  • In the Headlines: Lawrence, Choppin

News and Announcements

Eastman Jazz Showcase Benefits New Orleans Musicians
Eastman School jazz students are once again turning their annual Eastman Jazz Showcase into a benefit for New Orleans jazz musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. Admission is free for tonight's performance, but students are asking for a suggested donation of $5. Eastman students raised $1,154 at last year’s event. Donations will again be sent to the Jazz Foundation of America.

Employee Discount Available for Lasik Procedure
StrongVision is offering University faculty and staff and their immediate household family members a $200 discount on Lasik procedures through 2007. The savings apply to those planning flexible spending account deductions.

Warner Professor Featured Today on WXXI
David Hursh, associate professor of teaching and curriculum, is scheduled to discuss New York State test scores and other education issues today at 1 p.m. on WXXI's 1370 Connection with host Bob Smith. Call-in questions are welcome.

Skalny Center to Host Symposium on 'Polish Perspectives'
The Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies is sponsoring a one-day symposium titled “Images of America: Polish Perspectives on the U.S." on October 11 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel.

Science Writer Alan Burdick to Discuss Environmental Issues
Alan Burdick will discuss his latest book, Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion, which won the 2005 Overseas Press Club's award for best reporting on international environmental issues. His talk on Friday, October 6, is part of the continuing Neilly Series.

Volunteers Needed for Meals on Wheels
Meals On Wheels, under the direction of Visiting Nurse Service, is looking for volunteers to deliver hot meals. Deliveries are made mid-day and take about an hour. Volunteers can sign up for weekly, monthly, or seasonal schedules.


September 28
The Pride Alliance at the University is holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in 507 Wilson Commons. Representatives from the Office of Human Resources will discuss the University benefits program and highlight the benefits currently provided to domestic partners. The group is one of three affinity groups organized through Human Resources to address diversity issues. Attendance is confidential. For details, e-mail Jason Smith at

September 30
Along with other museums across the country, the Memorial Art Gallery will offer two free adult admissions to any visitor presenting a Museum Day card from Smithsonian magazine.

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

Sports Buzz

Upcoming Home Games:

September 30
Football, noon
Field Hockey, 4 p.m.

(View a complete schedule.)

Rochester in the News

CBS News (September 26)
Breastfed Babies Less Overweight
Ruth Lawrence, professor of pediatrics, who helped write the latest breastfeeding guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, comments on new research that suggest breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight during childhood.

Wall Street Journal (September 27)
Reading, Writing and Troubled Arithmetic
In a letter to the editor, Jeffrey Choppin, assistant professor of mathematics education, comments on a report about new curriculum recommendations from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (Subscription required.)

In Higher Education

The New York Times (September 25)
Newsweek to Team Up With Kaplan to Offer Online M.B.A.
"Newsweek is joining up with Kaplan Inc., the education service provider, to offer an online business degree called Kaplan University/Newsweek M.B.A. Executives at both Newsweek and Kaplan said they believed this was the first time a national media outlet had joined with an online degree program."

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