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@Rochester -- Jan. 23, 2007

snow showers

Tuesday's Forecast:
Few Snow Showers, High: 33°
Tomorrow: Snow Showers, High: 28°

In Today's Issue

  • Jackson's Portrait Installed Today
  • Treanor Testifies before Congress
  • National Recognition for Greek Life
  • Nominations for Provost Search
  • Summer at Eastman
  • Event Highlight: Actor B.D. Wong
  • In the Headlines: Butler on Pentecostalism, Gamm on the Internet's Role in Presidential Campaigns

News and Announcements

Portrait of Thomas H. Jackson Joins Presidential Gallery in Rush Rhees
A portrait of Thomas H. Jackson, president emeritus, will join portraits of other former presidents in the Grand Staircase of Rush Rhees Library today during a ceremony to officially mark the installation of the painting. President Joel Seligman and President Emeritus Thomas Jackson will speak during the event, which begins at 5:15 p.m. The portrait commemorates the tenure of Jackson, a University Distinguished Professor who served as president from 1994 to 2005. After the ceremony there will be a reception in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections on the second floor of Rush Rhees Library.

Rochester Bird-Flu Expert to Testify Before Congress
Infectious disease expert John Treanor will testify before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday about the threat of a bird-flu pandemic. Treanor, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology, will speak about the status of research aimed at developing an effective vaccine against bird flu.

New Fraternity, Sorority Program Gets National Recognition
The University's new Fraternity and Sorority System—a College-centered program that works to strengthen and engage these groups—was awarded the Grand Bronze Excellence Award in the Student Union, Student Activities, Greek Life, Leadership category by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the largest national professional organization for student affairs professionals.

Provost Search Committee Encourages Nominations
The Provost Search Committee has begun meeting and to date has received several impressive nominations and applications. Nominations are encouraged from members of the University community as the search continues. Provost Charles E. Phelps will retire from the position this summer. A complete job description and related material can be found at

Summer at Eastman Offers Something for Everyone
Eastman School's summer session features classes for youth and adults, for educators, and for both the professional and amateur musician. Faculty and staff may be eligible for tuition discounts. Learn more and view a class schedule at

Event Highlight

January 23
Actor B.D. Wong. Tickets required. Hoyt Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m.

See for more events.

Rochester in the News

Today Show, NBC (January 23)
Anthea Butler, assistant professor of religion, discusses Pentecostalism during a news report that is scheduled to air this morning at 7:30 a.m. on NBC's Today Show.

10NBC/WHEC-TV Rochester (January 21)
Internet Changing the Way Politicians Campaign
Gerald Gamm, associate professor of political science and history and chair of the political science department, discusses the unprecedented way presidential candidates are using the Internet to launch and run their campaigns.

In Higher Education

Christian Science Monitor (January 19)
Students' New Best Friend: 'MoSoSo'
"Walk on a college campus these days and you'll see cellphones everywhere, but only some being used for conversations. . . . These under-25s (the target market for early adoption of hot new gadgets) are using what many observers call the next big consumer technology shift: Mobile Social Networking Software, or Mososo. The sophisticated reach of cyber-social networks such as MySpace or Facebook, combined with the military precision of GPS, is putting enough power in these students' pockets to run a small country."

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