University of Rochester

@Rochester -- Feb. 12, 2007

snow showers

Today's Forecast:
Snow Showers, High: 28°
Tomorrow: Cloudy, High: 12°

In Today's Issue

  • Chemist Wins NSF Award
  • Talk by NPR Commentator
  • Facilities Assessment Begins Today
  • Laser Lab's Summer Program for Teens
  • Study Abroad Program in Italy Moves to Fall
  • Event Highlight: Artist Reception with Carrie Mae Weems
  • Rochester in the News: Cahn-Hidalgo on Cold Remedies, School of Nursing Research on Therapeutic Effects of Rocking
  • In Higher Ed: Economic Class Divide

News and Announcements

Chemist Wins Prestigious Science Foundation CAREER Award
The National Science Foundation has offered its prestigious CAREER award to Misha Ovchinnikov, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry.

Legal Expert, NPR Commentator Talks about Loss of Nation's Freedoms since September 11
David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown University and a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, discusses the deterioration of civil liberties and how safe Americans really are in his talk at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, in Hoyt Auditorium.

Facility Assessment Continues through March 16
University Facilities and Services will be conducting a Facilities Condition Assessment project beginning Monday, February 12, and continuing through Friday, March 16. Facilities staff will be escorting an engineering firm to inspect all rooms in Strong Memorial Hospital, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Helen Wood Hall, Morey Hall, Meliora Hall, and Rush Rhees Library. For more details about inspections at the Medical Center, contact Alex Gales at 273-1688 or For inspections on the River Campus, contact Christina Goodermote at 273-5549 or

Laser Lab Offers High School Summer Research Program
The Laboratory for Laser Energetics announces its 2007 High School Summer Research Program. About 12 students from area high schools who have finished their junior year will spend eight weeks this summer working on projects at the laboratory. Applications are due by March 16.

Arezzo Study Abroad Program Moves to the Fall
Starting fall 2007, the popular Study Abroad program in Arezzo, Italy, will be offered in the fall semester instead of the spring.

Event Highlight

February 12
Artist Talk and Reception: Carrie Mae Weems. Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, 4 p.m.

See for more events.

Rochester in the News

Cincinnati Enquirer (February 9)
Cold Remedies—Do They Work?
Diego Cahn-Hidalgo, clinical assistant professor of medicine, says the verdict is still out on over-the-counter and homeopathic cold remedies because they lack well-designed, large-scale studies.

The Wave Magazine (February 8)
Rocking Out
An article about the enduring appeal of rocking chairs cites research from the School of Nursing that found patients who spent at least 70 minutes a day rocking had less anxiety and depression.

In Higher Education

NPR (February 6)
Colleges Face Challenge of the Class Divide
"In the United States, a good education at an elite private college can be a gateway into the upper class. But that education is also very expensive."

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