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@Rochester -- Jan. 2, 2007

few snow showers

Tuesday's Forecast:
Few Snow Showers, High: 38°
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High: 40°

Happy New Year: @Rochester will resume its daily schedule on Monday, January 8.

In Today's Issue

  • Photos of the Year
  • Appeal of Video Games
  • The Math of Invisibility
  • Warner Students Create Wiki
  • Basketball at Home
  • 2007 Reimbursements Rates
  • New Hours at MAG
  • Phones for Funds Program
  • Events: American Folk Art Talk, Organ Concert
  • In the Headlines: O'Keefe on Schwarzenegger's Injury, Feldman on Terahertz Transistors, Profile of Zeitlin

News and Announcements

Professor Mikhail Kopelman


Photos of the Year
University photographer Richard Baker picks his favorite images from the past year and tells the stories behind the photos.



A Reason Why Video Games Are Hard to Give Up
Kids and adults stayed glued to video games this holiday season because the fun of playing actually is rooted in fulfilling their basic psychological needs, according to a study led by Richard Ryan, professor of clinical and social psychology. (Reported by Slashdot, Monsters and Critics, UPI, and other news outlets.)

New Analysis Improves Methods to Render Objects Invisible
Allan Greenleaf, professor of mathematics, working with colleagues around the globe, has announced a mathematical theory that offers new insight about the recently announced "invisibility cloak." (Reported by CBC News, Register, and others.)

Students Create Wiki as Resource
As part of a semester-long group project, 16 graduate students at the Warner School taking an educational leadership class created their own Wiki.

Memorial Art Gallery's Public Hours Change
Following the close of Georgia O'Keeffe: Color and Conservation (on view
through December 31), the Memorial Art Gallery will return to regular hours. Beginning January 3, the gallery will be open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday to 9 p.m.; closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays.

Basketball Hosts Three Back-to-Back Home Games
The basketball season continues at home on January 2, 5, and 7. The men's and women's teams will host RIT, Brandeis University, and NYU.

New Mileage Reimbursement and Moving Allowance Rates
The University is adjusting its mileage reimbursement rates to reflect the new IRS rates. Effective January 1, the business mileage reimbursement rate will be 48.5 cents a mile and the standard mileage rate for moving expenses will be 20 cents a mile.

Donate Old Cell Phones Jan. 5 at Med Center Eateries
Donate old or outdated cell phones to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center to support the Phones for Funds program. Staff will collect phones from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 5, in the House of Six Nations Cafeteria, Courtyard Cafe, and MRB Link Cafe at the Medical Center. Employees who donate a phone will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to the House of Six Nations Cafeteria. Phones also can be donated at the 4-1200 Unit before January 15. Call Tim May at 242-0725 with questions.


January 4
What’s Up Talk: American Folk Art Collection by Docent Libby Clay. Memorial Art Gallery, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

January 7
Organ Mini-Concert: Peter Geise performs on the Italian Baroque organ. Memorial Art Gallery, 1 and 3 p.m.

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

Rochester in the News

ABC News (December 26)
Aging Schwarzenegger Should Enjoy Full Recovery
"I think that Gov. Schwarzenegger, in maintaining his activity, is a model of what people today can expect as they get older, and I think that the medical and scientific community can deliver on that expectation," says Regis O'Keefe, professor of orthopaedics and director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research, in a report about Schwarzenegger's recent skiing accident that resulted in a broken leg.

Pro AV Magazine (December issue)
What's Next: Going Ballistic
Marc Feldman, professor of electrical and computer engineering, discusses work at the University to develop terahertz (THz) transistors. “The highest speed commercial processors today are in the vicinity of 4 GHz,” says Feldman. “That is 0.004 THz.”

Democrat and Chronicle (December 24)
Violinist Zvi Zeitlin Bridges Musical Generations
The profile features violinist Zvi Zeitlin and highlights the January 21 gala concert celebrating Zeitlin's 40th anniversary on the Eastman School faculty.

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (December 28)
More Colleges, More Degrees
"Many of the recent public policy discussions about the future of higher education have asked whether higher education is growing to meet the expanding population of Americans seeking postsecondary education and training—and have assumed that the answer is No, or at least not enough. New federal data suggest that the higher education industry is continuing to expand its capacity to meet the growing demand."

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