University of Rochester

@Rochester — March 9, 2007

snow showers

Today's Forecast:
Mostly Sunny, High 28°
Tomorrow: Showers, High 41°

In Today's Issue

  • A New Look at Diversity
  • Effects of Flicker Illness on Airlifted Patients
  • University Orchestra Performs at Historic Opera House
  • Summer Science Program for Young Women
  • Event Highlight: Second Friday Science Social
  • Rochester in the News: David Wu on Drawing Ethanol from Biomass, Stephen Uebbing on Education Funding
  • In Higher Ed: Tech Transfer

News and Announcements

A New Look at Diversity
Helping build a more diverse faculty—in all its dimensions—is the goal of several new initiatives at Rochester.    Read more...

Sunny Days Pose Risk of 'Flicker Illness' for a Few Airlifted Patients
A Medical Center case report published in the current issue of the journal Prehospital Emergency Care suggests that light streaming through whirling helicopter rotor blades during medical air transport can cause symptoms ranging from nausea to full-blown seizures in a very small number of patients.   Read more...

University Orchestra Performs at Historic Opera House
The University Symphony Orchestra will travel to Geneva, N.Y., to perform at the historic Smith Opera House at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.   Read more...

Physics and Astronomy Department Hosts Summer Science Program
The Pre-College Experience in Physics program is designed to encourage young women's interest in all areas of science. The program will run from July 5 to 27, Monday through Friday, and is open to about 22 students who are completing 9th or 10th grade in any area high school. Applications are due at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, River Campus Box 270171, Rochester, NY 14627-0171 by April 30. For more information and application forms, visit or contact Connie Jones at 275-5306 or by e-mail at   


March 9
Second Friday Science Social: "tRNA: How and Why It Is All Dressed Up." Case Methods Room (1-9576), Medical Center, 4 p.m.  

For more events:

Rochester in the News

UPI (March 8)
"Genome Sequencing Aids Ethanol Production"
"This is the first revelation of how a bacterium chooses from its more than 100 enzymes to break down a particular biomass," says David Wu, professor of chemical engineering. "Once we know how a bacterium targets a particular type of biomass, we should be able to boost that process to draw ethanol from biomass far more efficiently that we can today."   Read more...

Democrat and Chronicle (March 8)
"All Must See to It That Schools Succeed "
"Gov. Spitzer's education proposal includes significant new funding for public schools and is based on an idea that is both simple and appealing—more resources for schools balanced by more accountability," writes Stephen Uebbing, associate professor of educational leadership at the Warner School, in a guest essay.   Read more...

In Higher Education

Insider Higher Ed (March 7, 2007)
"9 (Suggested) Commandments of Research Licensing"
"When it comes to technology transfer, the potential dilemmas come in multiple forms—the ethical and contractual among them."   Read more...

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