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@Rochester — Nov. 16, 2007


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In Today's Issue

  • Seligman Announces Formation of Environmental Sustainability Council
  • Traffic Engineers to Review Elmwood Ave. Crosswalk
  • Political Scientist Named Director of Polish Studies Center
  • Gifts for the Giving Project
  • Tips for Keeping Kids Safe in the Kitchen
  • Event Highlight: Organ Recital with Improvisation and Dance
  • Rochester in the News: Center Contributes $120 Million to Economy, Allan Greenleaf's 'Electromagnetic Wormhole' Featured
  • In Higher Ed: Professors of the Year

News and Announcements

Seligman Announces Formation of Environmental Sustainability Council
President Seligman has appointed Provost Ralph Kuncl and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Engineering Peter Lennie to co-chair a University Council on Environmental Sustainability. The council will develop a proposed University-wide vision for environmental sustainability that, in accordance with the University's strategic planning process, addresses academic and research initiatives. The council also will review initiatives for future implementation. Seligman also has requested that the council endorse or modify the Environmental Sustainability Principles proposed by a sustainability taskforce he appointed earlier this year.

“Few issues present a more global challenge than environmental sustainability,” says Seligman. “Much of the response to this challenge inevitably will involve national or international efforts. But the University, as with many colleges and universities, for a considerable period has been engaged in efforts to do our part to minimize the adverse impact of our operations on the environment.” 

Traffic Engineers to Review Elmwood Ave. Crosswalk
Local traffic engineers have agreed to an expedited review of a University request for the installation of traffic signals on Elmwood Avenue at the crosswalk and vehicle entrance to the Medical Research Building Drive in light of recent accidents involving pedestrians and motorists. The agreement was reached during a meeting that included senior representatives from the City of Rochester, the County of Monroe, and the University.

The study will take about a month to complete and will evaluate pedestrian and vehicle safety conditions, the timing and effects of new signals on traffic management, lighting, construction site challenges (underground utilities), and signage. If approved, new traffic signals will be installed in early 2008 as weather conditions permit.   Read more...

Political Scientist Named Director of Polish Studies Center
Randall Stone, associate professor of political science and an expert in international political economy, has been named the director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.    Read more...

Gifts for the Giving Project
Help make the holidays a bit brighter for those in need by contributing to the "Gifts for the Giving Project" organized by the Interfaith Chapel communities, the Religious Roundtable, and other area groups. Drop off gifts or monetary contributions to Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons Dec. 3 to 5 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., or to the Interfaith Chapel Office, room 211, Dec. 3 to 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 7 to 10 p.m. For more information and gift suggestions, contact,, or call 275-4321.  

Keeping Kids Safe in the Kitchen During the Holidays
A season of stuffing turkeys, prepping pumpkin pies, and cutting out Christmas cookies is just around the corner. But before you let little helpers take part in baking traditions, experts from Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong are eager to share kitchen smarts that can help your family enjoy a safer holiday season.   Read more...


Nov. 18
Organ Recital with Improvisation and Dance: Memorial Art Gallery. 5:30 p.m.  

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Rochester in the News

Democrat and Chronicle (Nov. 15)
"UR Center's Impact on State Economy Continues to Grow"
The University's Center for Electronic Imaging Systems, which links New York businesses with researchers from the University and other regional institutions, added $120 million to the state's economy last fiscal year.    Read more... (Nov. 14)
"Light Wormholes Could Wire Space Invisibly"
The "electronic wormhole" theorized by Allan Greenleaf and other University mathematicians is featured in this article.   Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Nov. 15)
"Professors of the Year"
"The Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced [Thursday] winners of their annual U.S. Professors of the Year award, given to instructors who show dedication to undergraduate teaching and mentoring."   Read more...

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