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@Rochester — March 23, 2007

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Today's Forecast:
Partly Sunny, High 50°
Tomorrow: Partly Sunny, High 53°

In Today's Issue

  • Call for Proposals: Humanities Project
  • Reminder: Update Life Insurance Beneficiaries Online
  • Effect of Environmental Pollutants
  • Don't Miss Appearances by Atwood, León
  • Eastman-Rochester Chorus Joins Others for March 25 Performance
  • Register Now: Contemporary Chinese Cinemas
  • Event Highlight: The Last King of Scotland
  • Rochester in the News: David Williams on Development of Sensory Systems
  • In Higher Ed: Finding More Space for Classrooms

News and Announcements

Call for Proposals: Humanities Project
President Seligman has continued his commitment to showcasing the humanities at the University. In the interest of fostering conversations across disciplines and departments, project proposals for 2007-08 are now being accepted.   Read more...

Reminder: Update Life Insurance Beneficiaries Online
All eligible faculty and staff members must designate a beneficiary with Securian Life for the University-paid basic term life insurance and any optional coverage, otherwise benefits will be paid, in order of priority, to the faculty or staff member's spouse, children, parents, siblings, or estate. To designate a beneficiary and to review Group Life Insurance Plan information, visit Reminder letters were mailed this month to faculty and staff who have not yet updated their beneficiary designation.    Read more...

Ecology Expert Speaks on the Effect of Environmental Pollutants
Sandra Steingraber, biologist and author, will speak on how everyday environmental chemicals can raise risks for health problems in her talk "Contaminated Without Consent: How Chemical Pollutants in Air, Food, and Water Sabotage Human Development and Violate Human Rights" on Tuesday, March 27, in Hubbell Auditorium.   Read more...

Don't Miss Appearances by Atwood, León
Acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood will appear as part of the Plutzik Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in the Interfaith Chapel. Then, at 8 p.m. that evening at Rochester Institute of Technology, Cuban-American composer Tania León will join the author for the Rochester premiere of Atwood Songs, León's vocal-instrumental work based on five Atwood poems. The performance is part of the 2007 Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School.    Read more...

Eastman-Rochester Chorus Joins Others for March 25 Performance
The Eastman-Rochester Chorus will be one of the 14 Rochester-area choirs showcased in A Taste of Song, a free concert presented by the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium on Sunday, March 25, at 4 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre.    Read more...

Register Now: Contemporary Chinese Cinemas
Rochester Continuing Studies is offering Contemporary Chinese Cinemas, a class that introduces a few of the key "Fifth Generation" filmmakers from the People's Republic of China, compares the commercial martial arts and action films of Hong Kong to its art cinema, describes Taiwanese New Cinema, and concludes with Taiwanese American film. The class meets on Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Meliora Hall. The fee is $30. To register or for a complete list of courses, call the Special Programs Office at 275-2344 or visit   


March 23
Cinema Group Film: The Last King of Scotland: Showtimes at 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 11:30 p.m. Hoyt Hall.  

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Rochester in the News

The Scientist (March 22, 2007)
"New Clues to Why We See Red"
David Williams, William G. Allyn Chair of Medical Optics, comments on new research that offers insights into the evolution of primate sensory systems.   Read more...

In Higher Education

University Business (March Issue)
"Lost in Space"
"On average, classrooms represent just 5 percent of the space on campus, and that's excluding housing, according to Ira Fink, president of Ira Fink and Associates, a university planning consultant based in Berkeley, Calif. And yet 15 percent of the campus administrators from 200 institutions surveyed by Hillier in 2005 cited lack of classroom space as a major issue."   Read more...

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