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@Rochester -- Feb. 20, 2007


Today's Forecast:
Flurries, High: 36°
Tomorrow: Partly Sunny, High: 32°

In Today's Issue

  • Neer Honored at Game
  • Debate Team Earns Honors
  • Vagina Monologues Performance
  • Introduction to ASL
  • Ash Wednesday Services
  • Event Highlight: War on Terror Talk
  • Rochester in the News: Wilder on the New Professional Librarian, Striemer on Membrane Technology
  • In Higher Ed: Politics and Facebook

News and Announcements

Neer Honored During Sunday's Game
Men's basketball coach Mike Neer was honored for his 500th win before Sunday's game. Afterwards, the team celebrated his 509th as the Yellowjackets upended No. 11 Washington.

Debate Team Earns Numerous Honors at Recent Competition
University Debate Union completed its most successful tournament of the 2006-07 season at the 19th annual Forensics Festival hosted by Binghamton University. The team is entering the final phase of the debate season with a full slate of regional and national tournaments in the weeks ahead.

Vagina Monologues Performance Benefits Local Agencies
This annual performance of the the Vagina Monologues at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, in Strong Auditorium is part of the V-Day College Campaign, a nationwide movement that strives to empower women and end violence and abuse. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Sojourner House and Alternatives for Battered Women.

Continuing Studies Offers Introduction to ASL
Learn more about American Sign Language through an introductory course offered by the Office of Special Programs. The course meets on Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. from February 22 to March 29. University faculty and staff are eligible for a discount. For a complete listing of courses or to register, visit the Web site or call 275-2344.

Ash Wednesday Services
The Catholic Newman Community and Interfaith Chapel is providing the following schedule for Ash Wednesday (February 21) for anyone who wishes to receive ashes for Lent: mass and ashes at the Interfaith Chapel at 12:10 p.m. followed by a free soup luncheon; word and ash service at the Interfaith Chapel, 4 to 7 p.m.; mass, and ashes at 6:30 p.m. followed by a soup supper at Eastman School; and mass and ashes in Friel Lounge in Susan B. Anthony Halls at 10 p.m.

Event Highlight

February 20
Humanities Project: War on Terror Speaker Series. David Cole, "Less Safe, Less Free: Why We are Losing the War on Terror." Hoyt Auditorium, 7 p.m.

See for more events.

Rochester in the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education (February 23 edition)
The New Library Professional
"If you work in an academic library and are under 35, you probably don't have a lot in common with your older counterparts," writes Stanley Wilder, associate dean of the River Campus Libraries, in an editorial.

Scientific American (February 16)
Swiss Cheese Silicon Sorts Molecules by Size
"This is a tremendous leap forward in membrane technology," says research associate Christopher Striemer, cocreator of a newly designed porous membrane that may revolutionize the way doctors and scientists manipulate objects as small as a molecule.

In Higher Education

Washington Post (February 17)
Young Voters Find Voice on Facebook
"Late on the day that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) announced he was forming a presidential exploratory committee, Farouk Olu Aregbe logged on to, the popular online community where college students post profiles, share photos and blog. On a whim he created a group called 'One Million Strong for Barack.' . . . Farouk's group had 100 members in the first hour. In less than five days, 10,000. By the third week, nearly 200,000."

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