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@Rochester — Dec. 14, 2007


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In Today's Issue

  • President Seligman Establishes Staff Community Service Award
  • Doctoral Students in Education Showcase Research Proposals
  • ‘Retrospective Rubber’ Remembers Its Old Identities
  • Study Abroad Participation Hits Record High
  • Empty Your Flexible Spending Account Before Year End
  • Last Day to Name the Yellowjacket
  • Event Highlight: Second Friday Science Social lecture—Allen Topolski
  • Rochester in the News: David Douglass on Climate Change Models
  • In Higher Ed:'Grandparents University'

News and Announcements

President Seligman Establishes Staff Community Service Award
President Seligman announced today that he is establishing an annual Staff Community Service Award of $2,500. The award, which he is personally funding, will be made “to honor a University of Rochester non-management staff member whose career best exemplifies service to the University of Rochester or the greater Rochester community,” said Seligman. The initial recipient of the award will be Latasha Shaw, a 15-year dining services employee who was killed tragically on September 29. The prize will be awarded to the Latasha Shaw Foundation. Read more…

Doctoral Students in Education Showcase Research Proposals
Enjoy an overview of education research when nearly 50 Warner School doctoral students present study proposals during a Monday, Dec. 17, poster session at the Interfaith Chapel. The session runs from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. and includes topics ranging from the roots of childhood obesity to the effects of maternal stress on child behavior. For details, contact
Nancy Ares at or 273-5957. Read more... 

‘Retrospective Rubber’ Remembers Its Old Identities
University researchers have developed a rubber that can be stretched to a new shape and will retain its shape until heated. The pliable substance is part of a new class of shape-memory polymers and its applications could range from biomedical implants to self-sealing sutures. Read more... 

Study Abroad Participation Hits Record High
The number of undergraduates studying abroad this academic year has reached an all-time high, with 218 students hitting the books in programs overseas. Read more... 

Empty Your Flexible Spending Account Before Year End
2007 Flexible Spending Account contributions can only be used to reimburse expenses incurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2007. You forfeit any unused FSA dollars for which you have not incurred eligible expenses during that time period. To use remaining FSA funds, consider eligible over-the-counter items or an extra set of contacts. You can file claims until April 30, 2008. Read more... 

Last Day to Name the Yellowjacket
Today is the final day to submit your suggestion for the new mascot’s name. Submissions can be made using the online form or via suggestion boxes at the Eastman School and on the River Campus. A committee of students, faculty, and staff will review the suggestions and select the top five. Voting for the final selection will begin in January.


Allen Topolski artworkFriday, Dec. 14
Second Friday Science Social lecture: Allen Topolski, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History. Class of ’62 Auditorium (Room G-9425) at the Medical Center. Followed by drinks and snacks.
4 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

Fox News (Dec. 12)
"Study: Part of Global-Warming Model May Be Wrong"
David Douglass, professor of physics and astronomy, discusses his study of climate change models published online this week in the International Journal of Climatology. "Can the models accurately explain the climate from the recent past? It seems that the answer is no." Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Dec. 13)
"Back (or Forward) to School
"Some of the students haven’t stepped into a classroom for 50 years; the others won’t go to college for another five or more. . . Welcome to Grandparents University, a once-a-year academic program put on by several colleges as a way to attract more people to campuses and, perhaps, expand the institutions’ donor pools." Read more...

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