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@Rochester — Jan. 9, 2007

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Tuesday’s Forecast:
Snow Showers, High: 37°
Tomorrow: Snow Showers, High: 31°

In Today’s Issue

  • Task Force Studies Health Insurance
  • Actor B. D. Wong to Speak at the University
  • Play Begins in Chase Tournament
  • Neer Wins 500th
  • Events: Retirement Planning
  • In the Headlines: Hays on Emergency Room Pharmacists, Gamm on Slaughter’s Role as Chair

News and Announcements

Q&A: Task Force Studies Health Insurance
President Joel Seligman announced the formation of a University-wide task force to study ways to control the rising costs of the University’s health benefits. In a Q&A, Chuck Murphy, associate vice president for human resources, talks about why the task force was formed and what faculty and employees can expect.

Actor B. D. Wong to Speak at the University
B. D. Wong, Tony Award—winning actor and television celebrity will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Hoyt Auditorium on the River Campus.

Play Begins Tuesday in Chase Tournament
The women’s basketball team plays at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Keuka College as the number one seed in this week’s JPMorgan Chase Scholarship Tournament. The Yellowjackets, ranked third in the country, take on Nazareth College. On Wednesday, the men’s basketball team opens play against Nazareth at 6:15 p.m. at RIT in the tournament. Both games will be broadcast live over WYSL 1040 AM.

Neer Wins His 500th
Men’s basketball coach Mike Neer will be looking to extend his remarkable record of victories when the Chase Tournament begins this week. Neer, who began coaching at Rochester in 1976, picked up his 500th career coaching win Friday as the Yellowjackets defeated 23rd-ranked Brandeis, 83-65. Also reported in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Events

January 10
Retirement Program Information Session: “Understanding the University of Rochester’s Retirement Program” and “Fundamentals of Investing,” Medical Center, Office of Educational Resources, 2-7608, noon.

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

Rochester in the News

Pasadena Star (January 7)
Hospitals Hire Pharmacists for ER
Daniel Hays, a clinical pharmacy specialist in emergency medicine at the Medical Center, discusses a growing trend among hospitals to hire pharmacists who specialize in treating patients in the emergency room. “It’s now, in my opinion, really going to become the next frontier for practicing pharmacy medicine,” Hays says.

Democrat and Chronicle (January 5)
Slaughter Takes Helm of Rules Committee
Gerald Gamm, chair of the political science department, comments on the role that Fairport Democrat Louise Slaughter will take on as chair of the Rules Committee in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. “She has a big seat at a small table,” Gamm says. “Louise will always be in the room when these decisions are being made, and her voice and her influence will sometimes prove decisive.”

In Higher Education

New York Times (January 7)
The Incredibles
“In past eras, good high schools provided the educational foundation for an intellectual awakening in college. But for the mostly affluent students in private and competitive public schools . . . high school has become the defining academic experience. The much-touted leap to higher education has become more of a lateral step, or even a letdown.”

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