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@Rochester — Dec. 17, 2007


Today's Forecast:
Snow Showers, High 25°
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High 31°

In Today's Issue

  • Fraternity Sanctioned, Expected to Appeal
  • Slip & Fall Season Has Arrived
  • Few Leave Private Insurance for Public Programs
  • Danger of Steroids to Teens
  • Register Kids for February Break Rochester Scholars
  • River Campus Holiday Social
  • Event Highlight: Post-Retirement Benefits
  • Rochester in the News: Robert Boyd's Research on Slowing Light
  • In Higher Ed: Increasing the Social Relevance of Engineering

News and Announcements

Fraternity Sanctioned, Expected to Appeal
Theta Chi fraternity faces disaffiliation from the University after a disciplinary hearing this month. Theta Chi had been on disciplinary probation since last spring, after a series of incidents involving alcohol and other drugs. At the time, Theta Chi was warned that disciplinary probation "is often an indication that the group faces disaffiliation from the University if any future misconduct occurs." An administrative hearing team found Theta Chi responsible for violating its probation and recommended sanctions to the interim dean of students, who accepted the finding. Theta Chi said it plans to appeal to Dean of the College Richard Feldman, who would rule shortly afterwards. Further details are available in a letter to alumni members of Theta Chi from Dean of the Faculty Peter Lennie.  

Safety Corner: Slip & Fall Season Has Arrived
Environmental Safety & Health urges everyone in the University community to prepare for adverse winter walking conditions and provides this Safety Alert to print and post in your work area.

Few Leave Private Insurance for Public Programs by Choice
Only seven percent of new enrollees in New York’s Child Health Plus dropped private health insurance to join the federally funded program, according to a University study. The findings allay fears of a "mass exodus from private insurance that some anticipated with this program," says Laura Shone, assistant professor of pediatrics and an author of the study.
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Doctor Reiterates Danger of Steroids to Teens
With the release of Major League Baseball’s Mitchell Report painting a picture of widespread use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs among baseball players, University Sports Medicine is reminding the community about the dangers of steroid use among young athletes. Read more...

Register Kids for February Break Rochester Scholars
Registration is open for the Rochester Scholars programs during winter school break, Feb. 18-22. These mini-courses for high school or junior high students explore topics such as medicine, forensics, drama, and entrepreneurship. For details visit the Office of Special Programs web site or call 275-2344.

River Campus Holiday Social
Faculty and staff are invited to the River Campus Holiday Social on Tuesday, December 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the May Room of Wilson Commons. Shuttle service to the social will run from 2 to 5 p.m. with initial pick-up at the Towne House (ITS area) and additional stops at Goler, E. River Road, and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.


Wednesday, Dec. 19,
Post-Retirement Benefits plus Income at Retirement: 2-6408 (K-207), Medical Center. 1 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

Science Magazine (Dec. 14)
"Simple Scheme Stores Light by Converting It Into Vibration and Back
Robert Boyd, M. Parker Givens professor of optics, is cited for his research in which light is converted into motion in an optical fiber. Read more...

In Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec. 14)
"Make Engineering a Liberal Art With Social Relevance, Report Suggests
A new report calls for engineers to receive a liberal-arts education as undergraduates and then pursue graduate degrees as a standard route into the profession. Read more...

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